Questions for my first AR build


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epi 1:10,000
July 21, 2007, 04:21 PM
I have worked out what I want buy (16 midlength) but I I dont know much about what buffer to buy or what the differnce between flask supressers are. What is the difference between an A2, Smith vortex, and a YHM Phantom 5C2? What sort of buffer do I need for a short ACE SOCOM stock?

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RockyMtnTactical
July 21, 2007, 05:49 PM
A regular carbine buffer should work just fine.

The Phantom and the Vortex are better, more effective flash hiders (but they are longer too, which helps their effectiveness). The A2 is a decent flash hider, nothing special, but it's cheap and short...

I prefer the Phantom over the Vortex because it also works as a compensator, it's 99% as effective, less prone to breakage, won't kick up dust when shooting prone, etc... I also happen to think it looks better, and it's cheaper... but 95% of people out there won't ever know the difference.

10-Ring
July 21, 2007, 07:08 PM
As long as it's std carbine, a std buffer is all you need.

Don't Tread On Me
July 21, 2007, 07:23 PM
If your rifle will have a carbine gas system (not a midlength) like a 16" rifle, and you can spend the extra $10, get the H-buffer. H stands for heavy. It is the proper weight for a carbine length gas system. The gas system on a carbine is harsher due to the shorter length, and the extra weight of the H-buffer slows down the cycling and reduces stress on the bolt and cam pin.


As for the flashhiders. Well, the A2 is standard USGI. I like the Phantom. I have that exact model. The Vortex is better, but just by a hair. The difference in flash suppression is so little between the two, that there's no way to justify the Vortex being 2x the price of the Phantom - UNLESS you like the look of the Vortex. If you're going for that look, by all means. You can't go wrong from a flash suppression standpoint though. Both will pretty much kill 99% of the flash. They are leaps and bounds superior to the A2 flashhider.

DougW
July 22, 2007, 12:04 AM
Carbine stock, use the carbine buffer and spring. Rifle stock, use the rifle buffer and spring. I had my mid length barrel (post Ban) threaded, and I use the Phantom 5C2 DNA Extractor FH. It WORKS! The Vortex works vry well too. Going to change the FH out as I am adding a suppressor. The mid lengths nmees a GOOD FH, as they will light up the day (and night).

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