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Posted: 10/23/2003 10:14:29 AM EDT
I am looking at an ABC carbine (i.e. 16" barrell), "regular" type stock, aimpoint M2.

Use: General plinking, maybe competition, SHF, critters on the property. Other tools for beyond 200 yards if I get the chance to pick.

So.....

Does the carbine have a flat top or handle?

Mount? Forward mount or over receiver?

BUIS? Front, rear, both? Brands?

Please discuss, with thoughts on selections. Cost is behind quality, reliability, efficacy in order of my priorities.

TIA
Link Posted: 10/23/2003 12:49:06 PM EDT
Flat top--keep your options open. Aimpoint mount--forward is better for speed, but makes the rifle a bit more front-heavy. It's up to you. I have an ARMS #22M68 ($99); it's built like a tank AND you can reconfigure it to meet future needs, as I just did today (went from a cantilever spacer to a SIR) Sights--Keep the front post and put and ARMS #40 ($99) behind it. You'll be looking right over the front sight post when using the Aimpoint, so it won't be in the way. I'm a fan of the ARMS #40, but I wouldn't mind using a LMT ($150?) fixed rear sight either. You'd be looking over it and through the Aimpoint, so you'd hardly notice it's there. If, for some reason, you want the handle, you can still get an ARMS #39 (~$150, IIRC) and #22M68, which will put the Aimpoint out over the handguards. It's all personal preference. Good luck!
Link Posted: 10/23/2003 1:45:53 PM EDT
Don't forget to get a RAS or ARMS SIR [:d] Second the flat top option, I have no A1 or A2 upper receivers anymore, and the removable carry handle has about an inch of dust on it. Also second the factory front sight tower suggestion, it's strong and needs no manipulation to use.
Link Posted: 10/23/2003 2:26:52 PM EDT
Ditto what gents said above.
Link Posted: 10/23/2003 3:18:33 PM EDT
Definately go with a flattop! I use an Aimpoint QRP "rail grabber" with my M-68 CCO. It is accurate, handles well and with a flash light and broom stick on the KAC RAS, is versatile in all conditions. Good shooting! [img]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid81/pbf92392f6e038524a5c9f3e8f84213b9/fafd7829.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 10/29/2003 7:16:52 PM EDT
TTT
Link Posted: 10/29/2003 7:26:42 PM EDT
I'd recomend the SIR #50 and #40 rear sight for the most options on a flat top. Jack
Link Posted: 10/29/2003 8:12:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/29/2003 8:15:23 PM EDT by JTinIN]
Originally Posted By Duffy: ... Second the flat top option, I have no A1 or A2 upper receivers anymore, and the removable carry handle has about an inch of dust on it. Also second the factory front sight tower suggestion, it's strong and needs no manipulation to use.
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Agree, while always appears to be a short term saving getting an A2 upper, in the long run one tends to end up with flat tops. I just traded off my bare A2 upper at the show (after taking the barrel off for a different project) for another flat top (with heavy stainless steel barrel attached). Now if can find a good flat top 9mm upper will cull the another A1 (still have the OEM A1 for 22 LRs).
Link Posted: 10/30/2003 10:03:24 AM EDT
Like everybody else, I'd get the flat top, #22M68, #40 and fixed front sight. Just get the spacer for the #22M68 now; if you want to do a #50 later you are only out $10. The Bushmaster 16" M4 barrels are nice.
Link Posted: 10/30/2003 10:57:43 AM EDT
flattop for sure. It´s the best possibility to get everything mounted what ever you want. I was able to mount scopes(Zeiss 2,5-10x52) and Aimpoint ( M2)on my OA15 with no problems although picatinny rails are not very common in Germany.
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