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Posted: 9/14/2004 6:47:28 AM EST
hello- just tossin' a few ideas around in my head right now. i'm thinkin' i might enjoy the 11.5" barrel with a 5.5" FH attached. it's gonna be mounted to an A2 upper, so i'm gonna have a short sight radius. just wonderin' what the pros/cons were to this length. also, and i realize this is probably a dumb question, but wil a bayonet mount properly on an 11.5? i know it won't on a 16", but it will on a 14.5. i hope i'm not bein' a total moron here.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 6:51:43 AM EST
They're kind of worthless, IMO..but they do look cool if that's your thing.

You get all the drawbacks of a short barrel (low velocity, BIG blast and flash) with NONE of the benefits (short overall length). I'd pass, myself. If you just like the way they look, Choate makes a FS that goes on a 16" that telescopes back over the barrel to give it the look of an 11.5"/5.5" but you still get the advantage of that extra 4.5" of barrel.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 6:55:30 AM EST

Stupid, unless "looks" is your thing.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 7:00:12 AM EST
nah, it just happened to catch my eye, up to this point i've been a 20" man, just now started lookin' elsewhere, i'll probably just go 16. thanks.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:14:30 PM EST
Just get a 14.5" with a Phantom or Vortex.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:24:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2004 12:32:02 PM EST by gus]
I just built one Monday morning (early ) using a Bushmaster upper. I would go for the 14.5" with Phantom permanently attached. I only built mine because it's something different from the other 8 AR's I already had. And yes, a bayo will mount to it fine.



Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:28:35 PM EST
I had one. It pegs out the cool meter, but that's about it. You give up velocity and get a huge fire ball. They can call it a 'hider' but mine didn't hide squat! Oh yeah, the only benefit I can think it that you can put a bayonete (sp?) on it. For what that's worth!
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:30:46 PM EST
I built one too. It is nice on the cool factor, but ballistics stink. For what I was building I wanted better ballistics. I will probably build another one sometime in the future.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:31:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By RenegadeX:
Stupid, unless "looks" is your thing.



I say it even looks stupid.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:37:14 PM EST
I have one just for poops and giggles. It's fun to take out every once in awhile and it's light weight. I'd say go for it if you have most of the other configurations...you can never have too many ARs
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:45:00 PM EST
dumb; unless you got a death wish

get a 14.5 with a fh (if its a rifle caliber) minimum
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:47:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:
dumb; unless you got a death wish




It isn't like I'm going to take mine into combat or even defend my home with it. This is one of those guns that qualifies as a toy. Still fun though, in a Bulletfest kind of way.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:57:56 PM EST
It's good for a plinker and the coolness factor, that's about it.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:00:46 PM EST
Sorry guys, I love mine, only gives up 200 FPS from my other 16" barrels. This is based on my reloads and my chrony.

Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:23:51 PM EST
I love mine but as others have said it wouldn't be my first or second AR. I have 11 or so so I wanted something different. I've got a Form 1 in right now to take it much higher on the coolness factor.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:32:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By M4-guy:
It's good for a plinker and the coolness factor, that's about it.




+1



Looks great, but, less effective than a 14.5" or a 16" barrel.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:42:26 PM EST
why not go with an 11.5 barrel and the 4.5 flash suppresor,11.5+4.5=16 in.;if going for originality the xm177e2 had that combo, not the 5.5.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:47:04 PM EST
If its going to be 16", make it something useful, like rifled bore.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:52:25 PM EST
Lets see. Its still 16" long. The 16" barrel with FH is about 16.75-17". In my opinion, the extra .5-1" length is worth it over the 11.5 with perm attached FH, especially when I can add a good FH or suppressor. The only way the 11.5" barrel would be worth it to me would be if you SBR it.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 3:36:53 PM EST
i pick up a new one on sat. i wanted something differnt i allready have 2 20 inch, 1 m4, and a dissy. i wanted somthing that would strike fear into the heart of the sheepel that i work with when i pose all them togther for a background. i think it will be great at the range. somthing lite and fun to shoot. i did not know it would alow a bayo thats a plus! i will put one on it for the picture. Ronald
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 3:38:59 PM EST
Do what I did, lose the 5.5" part.




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