How usable is a Scope on an A2 config AR?


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bernie
June 7, 2003, 05:55 PM
I want to know how usable a scope is that could be mounted on the carry handle of an A2 configuration A2. I do not want an A3 as I normally use the iron sights and like the ability to do long shooting that the detachable carry handle does not adjust all the way up for.

I was thinking that it would be nice to use one of the "old style" scopes that mount on the carry handle for an occasional hunting situation.

The gist of my question is, does the tall scope mounting position make it difficult to use?

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gun-fucious
June 7, 2003, 06:02 PM
http://www3.mb.sympatico.ca/~jhipwell/images/cmorecolt.jpg
the colt carry handle scopes work well

the chinese copies can not reliably run a box

notice thought that the center of the scope is ~3/4 of an inch above the iron sights

DFBonnett
June 7, 2003, 06:58 PM
Opinions vary, of course, but most people think that a carry handle mounted scope sits too high for a good cheek weld. IMHO, I agree with that assessment.

Redlg155
June 8, 2003, 12:46 PM
I had one a couple of years back mounted on a Bushy A2. Thing sat too high to comfortably shoot and still make cheek contact with the stock. They do however offer a cheek rest like the Delta type that allow for a more comfortable hold.

Still, the rifle felt unbalanced to me and felt prone to canting.


Good Shooting
Red

Steve Smith
June 8, 2003, 01:04 PM
I think it is a pain in the butt.

bad_dad_brad
June 8, 2003, 01:09 PM
I purposely bought my AR-15 (a Bushmaster 16" barrel shorty carbine) in the permanent A2 configuration and have no ambitions to put any optics on it for some of the reasons already stated.

You can also mount a rail on the handle that will allow a long eye relief scope, red dot, or holographic sight but that is not why I chose my configuration and I don't want to clutter up my basic A2 (which I chose to improve on the reasons to have a Mini-14).

Besides, I really like the AR-15 peep sight which is perfectly combat adequate to 300 yards. For close work within 100 yards the larger rear appeture is great. In fact, it could be improved by being even more open (Ashley makes such a device).

If I were to scope my AR-15, I would plan on getting a new flat top upper with a 24" barrel for tack driving.

cratz2
June 8, 2003, 01:10 PM
Opinions vary, of course, but most people think that a carry handle mounted scope sits too high for a good cheek weld. IMHO, I agree with that assessment.

My latest AR (only current one) came with a scope, then I put another scope on it... then finally decided that I could do well enough with the iron sights and finally just took the scope off. I wouldn't mind having a heavy barrel varmint-type flat top, but I don't have a whole lot of interest in using the handle-mounted scopes anymore.

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