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This is a discussion on Why buy an AR with front sight base / gas block? within the Ruger Semi-Auto forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; Originally Posted by msp3903 Because this was several years ago and all the different configurations weren't available. It was basically standard or something with a ...


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Old February 28th, 2017, 02:29 PM   #16
 
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Because this was several years ago and all the different configurations weren't available. It was basically standard or something with a free float upper already installed.
I have the original Sport, 1:8 twist 5R barrel, no forward assist, no dust cover. When I purchased it, I could have also bought the S&W M&P 15 ORC for about the same price at the gun show. I decided that 1:8 barrel and ready to shoot out of the box was better than the ORC at the time.

But I get what you are saying... the market is much different today than it was just a few years ago.



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The ORC would have gained me nothing really. While it has a front sight ready gas block, it's not low profile and it has no rear sight, for usually same money. So didn't see the point. I knew I could cut the front sight down and have a flip up rear for the spares box. Might need it for something one day. Plus I did shoot the rifle some before I put optics on it, to see if I had any interest in an AR with irons............I don't..........LOL!!! I have an AK for that

If I were buying another M&P, it would likely be the Competition depending on how good the trigger was

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Old February 28th, 2017, 03:25 PM   #18
 
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The AR556 was just what I wanted. As an entry level rifleman, an entry level gun is just the ticket. It was my first center-fire rifle and I didn't plan to install optics.
My only beef was the very heavy trigger. I replaced it with a nitrided unit that I bought cheap from Midway USA. Very happy with it now.
If I ever get deeper into ARs I'll build one from scratch, now that I've learned the basics.
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I like my Ruger but then again I can shoot iron sights and have no desire to modify it. I also don't need to shoot over 200 yards on my place and I'm not going into combat. It just needs to put hogs down and it does it at an amazing rate. I have been shooting ARs for over thirty years so I'm not just now jumping on the bandwagon.
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Because it was a gun show impulse buy for a good price. I don't plan on going all in on AR's just thought it would be fun to shoot occasionally. Oh, and my son thought it was way cooler than the SBH I went to the gun show to buy.

Still going to get the SBH once the bank account has been replenished.
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I don't see what the big deal is. I bought an AR and wanted the GI front sight. My desire to have a AR is why it was designed. I installed non folding rear sight and a Vortex Spark II. It will most likely stay that way. It only takes a few minutes to change so again no big deal.
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I don't see what the big deal is. I bought an AR and wanted the GI front sight. My desire to have a AR is why it was designed. I installed non folding rear sight and a Vortex Spark II. It will most likely stay that way. It only takes a few minutes to change so again no big deal.
You are not the buyer I was asking about... I am curious why so many will buy the AR-556 with the full intention of removing the front sight assembly and replace with a low profile gas block...

What you did makes sense to me, probably because I did something similar with my Sport. Take off the plastic rear sight, replace with one that can adjust for known distance shooting, add a red dot and call it good.
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I purchased my AR556 early on​, back when they were hard to even find. Wasn't really interested in ARs because I'd never been a fan of the 223 cartridge and was looking for an AK. Stumbled across a YouTube review of one and given the price point it caught my attention. Figured what the heck, it is "America's rifle" and everybody should have at least one and if you can get one that cheap from a very solid company like Ruger why not. The only thing I could ever envision doing​ to it was putting on a red dot so the FSB was a concern but then I learned about coowitnessing and that took care of that. Was not into ARs so I wasn't concerned about free floating the barrel and all the other stuff. Just thought I should have.a good basic AR in the safe.

Well, have.to admit that after my first range trip I carried around a.ear to ear from for.a couple days and have become a real AR fan. For me it's been a great entry level rifle and I have made a few changes; ambi charging handle and safety (am a lefty), Mission First stock, UTG super slim drop in hand guard. Looking at a new ALG Defense trigger too. Moved the red dot over to the AK( finally got it, everyone should have one of these too) and now running a Primary Arms 1X6 ACSS and still see no need to change the FSB.

I think I'm hooked, looking to build an AR10 soon.
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I purchased the Ruger AR556 just so I could have a black rifle. How little did I know that I would want to replace nearly every part and now the only Ruger part left is the lower receiver. Grip, buffer, trigger and stock have been swapped out on it. Entire upper was replaced.

So many buy the Ruger just to have a rifle. It's a decent entry level rifle. But many get bit by the AR bug from there.
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I purchased the Ruger AR556 just so I could have a black rifle. How little did I know that I would want to replace nearly every part and now the only Ruger part left is the lower receiver. Grip, buffer, trigger and stock have been swapped out on it. Entire upper was replaced.

So many buy the Ruger just to have a rifle. It's a decent entry level rifle. But many get bit by the AR bug from there.
I think what I hear you saying is that I need to get a second job?
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I suppose for some people the fun and challenge is modifying the AR more that shooting it. The AR556 platform is an inexpensive base from which to start. I prefer to shoot it so my money goes into ammo instead of mods.
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