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Posted: 1/7/2006 4:11:52 PM EDT
Hi Folks. My First Post...I'm thinking of buying a Bushmaster XM15 A3 .223 in a couple of weeks and I was wondering if i should get the 16" or the 20"(1/9 both) stock barrel. I've read most of the pros and cons but am still undecided. I will probably mod it later but I was trying to choose which is the best length to start with.

Thanx
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:55:55 PM EDT
Whatever you want, really.

I went with a 20", but I would like to have a 16" carbine eventually.

Your first AR will most likely NOT be your last. You'll end up (or end up wanting) both anyways eventually.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 5:21:46 PM EDT
same here.

if you can just get both. keep one as a reach out an touch ya pretty much stock rifle and then use the other for mods and gadgets.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 5:55:32 PM EDT
I got both, The 16 is a really fun rifle. The 20 more serious. IMO
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:39:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 8:40:25 PM EDT by ar-jedi]

Originally Posted By Ch0wd3r:
The 16 is a really fun rifle. The 20 more serious. IMO



the 20" is worth two dozen yards, that's it.
www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=16&t=189353

ar-jedi

ps:
get a 16". better yet, get TWO!!!



Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:47:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 8:49:08 PM EDT by heavytank2]
Best of both worlds, get a 16" mid-length if you can.

First off you get more grip/rail real estate and the action is under less stress/pressure making it more reliable then a M4 based gas system. And in my opinion, why be stuck with an M4 profile 16" barrel? Its all about the 14.5" which requires a perm flash-hider or SBR tax stamp and all that mess.

AND! You can still affix a bayonet for any zombies who try to be clever during a reload.


Edit: Blah, bushmaster doesn't make one yet. But, river rock arms and armalite do if you want to go that route.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 4:24:09 AM EDT
Thanx guys...I'll probably just go 16"...It seems to be the all around best choice...I'll mess around with that for a bit then start a build probably..Thanx for all the input folks...
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