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AR gas tube length- mid- versus rifle-length

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SpookyPistolero, Nov 9, 2008.

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  1. SpookyPistolero

    SpookyPistolero Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Central Kentucky
    Hi folks-

    I'm trying to put together my first AR. (I've stepped into the dark side!) I'd like a longer gas length than the M4 style allows, so I was checking out some dissipator-type uppers.

    CMMG has these in either a mid-length upper or rifle-length. I had assumed I would only be able to get the mid-length on a 16" barrel so I wasn't really prepared for this option. Google hasn't been that helpful to me here.

    Can anyone tell me why one might be more preferable than the other? Is is allowing too much or a wasteful amount of time for cycling with the rifle-length upper?

    Any links to cheaper but reliable uppers are also appreciated. :)

    Thanks for the help -

  2. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 20, 2002
    If you already have a rifle length barrel, you may as well get a rifle length gas system. I'm no expert, but I can't really see the point of shortening the gas system when you don't have to do so.

  3. mattw

    mattw Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    The longer the gas system, the less of a beating your rifle is going to take. Rifle length gas systems are almost always better than shorter ones in terms of reliability and ease of maintenance. Bravo Company makes cheaper uppers that are just as good if not better, but they may be hard to find.
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