I broke down and bought an AR15


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mugsie
June 18, 2007, 12:57 PM
After agonizing about it for months - do I need it, can I put the money to better uses elsewhere, I already have a .223 in bolt and a zillion other things, I finally bought an AR15. A new Bushmaster A3 configuration. I put 20 rounds through it this weekend and realized right off the bat I am going to be going through a lot of ammo! I reload so I can now see where my time is going to be spent.

I do have a question however, since my eyes are pretty much shot I'll need a scope for most of my shooting. My carry handle comes off (A3 config) and I can mount a scope. What about the front sight post? Will it get in the way of the sight picture with the scope or can I see the target well enough to use the scope?

Gotta go cause I need to start reloading again......

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MrAcheson
June 18, 2007, 02:12 PM
If your scope is more than 4x or so, you will never realize the front sight is there when you look through it. The scope will essentially look around it for you. It has to do with the physics of the optics.

glockman19
June 18, 2007, 02:19 PM
Congrats. Now stock up on ammo, Brass & bullets. my range sessions have increased by hundreds of rounds since getting a couple of AR's.

Essex County
June 18, 2007, 02:44 PM
Good for You! Don't worry about the front sight. Essex

another okie
June 18, 2007, 03:04 PM
I have the same model. I replaced the gas block with a G & G gas block with rails on three sides. That allowed me to put fold-up sights on the front and a light mount on the left side. I use a red dot scope, non-magnified, which is fine for out to about 150 yards.

You will probably also be happier if you replace the trigger.

Phantom Warrior
June 18, 2007, 03:48 PM
No military rifles have folding front sight bases. I wouldn't worry about it. I've shot a fair amount with Aimpoints (red dot sights) and never had a problem. My current weapon has a 3.5x or 4x (I'm too lazy to get up and go look at it right now) ACOG on it and Mr. Acheson is correct. I don't even see it when I shoot.

Personally, I kind of think folding front sight bases might be just a gimmick. I could see it if you had a reaaaally long scope, but with a red dot or an ACOG, not a problem.

DMK
June 18, 2007, 04:55 PM
No military rifles have folding front sight bases.
Technically not true (but this is the exception to the rule):

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/38/Marine-with-sniper-rifle-1.jpg/300px-Marine-with-sniper-rifle-1.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/38/Marine-with-sniper-rifle-1.jpg)

buck00
June 18, 2007, 04:58 PM
Congrats on the new rifle! Bushmaster is a good choice. :)

RockyMtnTactical
June 18, 2007, 09:29 PM
Now you've gone and done it... you have the disease...

cheygriz
June 18, 2007, 09:31 PM
Good choice. Now top it off with a Trijicon ACOG.:D

Gustav
June 18, 2007, 10:30 PM
Great choice and a great rifle Bushmaster is a good company and stands behind their products.

A couple good choises for your consideration are a Leupold 1-4X scope the low power allows you to keep both eyes open and 4x is good enough for most shots in the 5.56 calibers range.

Also I have had great luck with the Trijicon TR-21 1.25-4X scope the triangle reticle is lightning fast to use and it works in poor visibility and light conditions it uses tritium and a fiber optic light gathering system the triangle is large for up close shooting yet when the magnification is up the triangle is a small aiming point.

Do a google search for write ups on different reticels and scopes at AR15.com or on the Brian Enos forum.

Best of luck in finding out what will work best for you.

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