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Posted: 5/14/2004 10:36:38 PM EST
...just getting a standard 16 inch barrel with the new AR since I'm planning on having a flash supressor attached come sunset? My other option is the 14.5" with the permanent attached y-comp(I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the Bushmaster M4 A3). I posted a week or so ago about being able to replace the y-comp with a phantom or vortex and still keep the 16" total length and some of you said it might be possible. Guess I'm just worried about the 14.5 refitted with the flash supressor being length legal. Think I'd be alright with the Bushmaster M4 barrel?
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 10:48:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 5/15/2004 7:16:05 AM EST
I can tell you with 100% certainty that a 14.5" Bushmaster Barrel with a permanently attached Phantom or Vortex flash suppressor IS slightly OVER 16".

Bushmaster offers them as an option for pre-bans, and I owned one as well.

As for the 14.5" vs. 16", I was always quite strongly on the 14.5" side of the fence, until I bought my first 16" mid-length barrel. I never saw any difference in performance or accuracy between the two, and all the "velocity" stuff is pretty much just figures on paper as far as I'm concerned, BUT being able to swap flash suppressors, change front sight bases, add free float/rail tubes WITHOUT the expertise of a gunsmith has been the deciding factor....

On the other hand, if you just want an M4 clone, then those things probably won't matter to you, and for that, a 14.5" IS the one to have.
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