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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 1/10/2006 4:58:10 AM EST
hey guys! im considering a new bushmaster carbon pistol in 223 and id like some advice on wether it would be reliable enough for self defense? i mean. would you guys depend on one of these in life threatening situation? also why doesnt it have a forward assist and a dust cover over the ejection port? all help appreciated!
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 8:40:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/10/2006 8:41:20 AM EST by jonathon]
7.5" barrel is too short on them to get the 75gr and 77gr bullets to speeds they will fragment reliably, and the 75 or 77 gr bullets are about the only thing good out of a short barrel. Realistically, the practical barrel length is in the 10" area.

For a range toy or blasting the Bushmaster would be great.. from all accounts they are very reliable as well, but if you want something for those special occasions, I'd get a 10.5-11.5" setup, the added velocity is worth having a bit more length.

I like having the foward assist and the dust cover, though could do without if I had to, but if the option is there.. why not have it?
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:43:54 PM EST
I think it would be a bad idea. Choose anything that is not a hybrid.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 4:11:32 PM EST
I would use one for self defense. Just use soft point ammo. You figure 2200 – 2300 fps with a 55gr soft point is not too bad.

You may have to work with it a bit to get it reliable enough to bet your life on.

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