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Ar 15 Gas piston conversion experiences...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bragood, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. bragood

    bragood Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Anyone have any experience with these? What brand/type? I built a m4gery and was thinking about converting it. Can you tell the difference? Help me out please!
  2. Tarvis

    Tarvis Participating Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Northern Pennsylvania
    From what I've seen, you're looking at $400+ to convert your rifle. I thought about doing a conversion, but for the price it may be a better idea to go with an XCR. Just a thought.
  3. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Senior Member

    Oct 21, 2006
    Why do you want one? I don't have issues with my AR15's, and none of them have pistons...
  4. gvnwst

    gvnwst Senior Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    i don't have a conversion, but i do have a POF piston rifle. it is as reliable as it comes, more so than some DI ar's i have seen. As accurate as most DI ar's with equal barrels.

    And since some people here seem to have this unexplained thing against POF and piston rifles, i probably will get a lot of negative responses.
  5. dscottw88

    dscottw88 Active Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    I dont think Iv'e had a single jam in my experience with the AR platform and they've all had the regular gas system. As for converting one, I think it's too much money for too little an improvement. I would just hold out for an ACR or something if your willing to fork out the money.
  6. Shawn Dodson

    Shawn Dodson Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    A gas piston system has been proven to increase reliability in military combat. However the stock gas system has worked well for me. It isn't necessary for my purposes.

    I see this situation as being similar to the Beretta M9 handgun. I carried a Beretta M96 on police patrol, exposed to extreme weather conditions (wind, snow, icing, cold) and it performed flawlessly, a situation not experienced by those familiar with the M9 in military conditions.
  7. MCMXI

    MCMXI Mentor

    Jul 1, 2008
    NW Montana
    For us folks that shoot a few hundred rounds on the weekend, then go home and clean the rifle for the next range session, perhaps gas piston rifles are not worth the extra cost. That said, they should be quicker and easier to clean since carbon and other good stuff isn't getting forced into the action. I've been looking at the Bushmaster gas piston upper which was on sale this week for around $600. Now it's back to $1,100!! It occurred to me that I could buy a BM upper that I liked such as the 16" Heavy Carbine Upper Receiver/Barrel Assembly for $685 and the Gas Piston Retrofit Conversion Kit for $400, mount it to a lower receiver for around $300 and have better gas piston version than the one Bushmaster sells for $1850 for about $500 less. Now to be honest, I'm not sure if the gas piston conversion kit in a gas impingement upper is EXACTLY the same as an "original" gas piston upper that BM sells. However, I like the idea of a heavier barrel than the one offered by BM and any parts that come off the standard upper could be used as spares for other AR rifles.


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