- It’s meaty – it feels like a rifle.
- It’s solid – there are fewer moving parts in the sights and stock.
- It’s balanced – the collapsible stock on the M4 is lighter than the full stock, making the M4 front heavy.
- It’s affordable (if you can call $860 affordable) – an AR-15 gun purchase can quickly rob your wallet for more than just the rifle. Once you start upgrading stocks, sights, optics, etc. you may get stuck with Black Rifle Disease and risk ruining your marriage because you think getting that new flash suppressor is more important than taking your wife out to dinner.
- It’s a classic.
A – quality range bag with numerous pockets for magazines, tools, cleaning equipment, etc. B – rifle sling C – field repair kit that fits inside the stock D – small M16 technical manual E – standard magazine F – ammo (Lake City 62 grain pictured) G – basic bipod that easily screws on and offIf you are buying one, there are only a few modifications I’d make from the standard A2. I’d upgrade the grip to something you like, I’d have the feed ramps extended and polished, I’d get a barrel with a 1/7 barrel twist (not 1/9) to better stabilize larger sized 5.56 bullets, competition front post, and I’d upgrade the flash suppressor to the phantom style with closed bottom port. You might want a sight adjustment tool and I recommend this book, AR-15/M16/M4 marksmanship book pictured (and linked to) here: The book is only 5 dollars more than the small technical manual and is far more thorough and reader friendly. You would be crazy to spend over $800 on a rifle and not spend $25 on a book that describes the ins and outs of it and its operation. – Ranger Man Visit Sponsors of SHTFBlog.com