AR15A1, or AR15A2?


February 16, 2009, 02:45 PM
Just for the heck of it, I think I'm going to turn my second AR lower into a fixed-carry handle, fixed-stock, FA-equipped 20" AR. No quad rails, no gimmicky stuff, just a KISS gov't profile 20" rifle, probably with a 1/9" (though open to arguments for other twists).

If you had to pick between an AR15A1 or AR15A2 to mimic, didn't shoot long-distance matches (not enough so that it's a consideration, anyhow), already had a 16" that you can make into a CQB rifle, had the .22 conversion angle covered, and just kind of wanted to have a fun/KISS 20" iron-sighted, fixed-carry handle AR15, which style would you pick, and why?

EDIT: Before anyone asks, 300 yard (sometimes) and less (more often) shooting=the norm.

If you enjoyed reading about "AR15A1, or AR15A2?" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!
February 16, 2009, 03:57 PM
A1 stock and sights are more KISS if you ask me, also a little better for general range blasting.

Zach S
February 16, 2009, 05:11 PM
I've got A1 carry handles for a couple of my flattops, and an A1 BUIS for my go to gun. All have A2 apertures though.

I like the simplicity. Chances are if I have to use an elevation drum, I'm not going to have time to and will just aim higher anyway. Same with windage. My sights are zeroed, and I dont plan on messing with them.

February 16, 2009, 07:47 PM
My KISS is a Bushmaster A-1 Shorty. I use the A-2 aperture. The A-1 is as simple as it gets. Add some GI 20 round magazines, lightweight barrel with triangular handguards and you also have a great looking rifle. Bill

P.S. a 50 yard zero will put you on paper out to 250 without adjustments, more simplicity.

February 16, 2009, 08:43 PM
My "Homesick" rifle.....

just missing one thing....

February 16, 2009, 08:48 PM
I said A1 but it's just because I'm going through a retro phase and I don't have one. Do what your heart tells you.

Glock Holiday
February 16, 2009, 08:49 PM
My advice....Go retro.:cool:

February 16, 2009, 08:51 PM
I prefer the M16A2 style. I A2 stock fits me very well and I like the elevation knob.

As for you, it's all a matter of preference. Get the one that fits you better. Both styles will more than meet your needs. I'm also searching for a 20" government profile upper and I'd be happy with an A1, A2, or A4. Can't seem to find any though.:(

February 16, 2009, 08:55 PM
Get 'em all.....

February 16, 2009, 09:44 PM
What's wrong w/ one of each?

February 16, 2009, 10:19 PM
i'd go a2 just because. why look side to side when you can look around.

February 16, 2009, 10:36 PM
Never saw much point to the A2 setup unless you had high power competition in mind. Otherwise the A1 has everything you need and nothing you don't.

My M4gery wears a compact ACOG on top so it's no impediment to a good optic, either.

February 16, 2009, 11:19 PM
What's wrong w/ one of each?Nothing; this is more of a "which build first?" type issue :D

February 16, 2009, 11:39 PM
What's the big decision? You can switch from one pattern to the other quicker than Barbie can change clothes.

February 17, 2009, 01:55 AM
I like A1 sights because there is no accidentally adjusting them off of zero. And I like the retro looking ARs.

February 17, 2009, 06:53 AM
I would go A2 but thats just because I had one pretty much attached to me for a year and a half. I actuly kind of miss having it slung around my neck all the time.

February 17, 2009, 09:04 AM
A1 for me, a non-trap door stock, basic sights and a gi sling.

February 17, 2009, 10:21 AM
From someone who owns both, but IS NOT a drinker of the famed "Kool-aid", I prefer an A1. Though I admit I'm a traditionalist.

My A1 seems to be the easier and funner choice to shoot.

If you enjoyed reading about "AR15A1, or AR15A2?" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!