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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Getting it for $850 which I dont think is too bad. Was wondering whats the first thing people buy for their AR? Sling? Optics? Living in NJ with only a 10rnd mag available, you know mags is an automatic.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
First thing I bought was a quad rail, Unless your's comes with one, At the same time a fore grip and some ladders to protect your rails and make it look Tacticool. A sling is a must but if you are like me, There are tons on the market and choosing one has been a bitch. Mags are something you buy when you got a $20 bill burning a hole in your pocket. And optics, Lasers which I am shopping for will confuse you even more
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
First thing I bought was a quad rail, Unless your's comes with one, At the same time a fore grip and some ladders to protect your rails and make it look Tacticool. A sling is a must but if you are like me, There are tons on the market and choosing one has been a bitch. Mags are something you buy when you got a $20 bill burning a hole in your pocket. And optics, Lasers which I am shopping for will confuse you even more
I actually dont like the look of the foregrip and quad rails, a little too tactical for me. Right now the list consist of Hogue grip, sling (going to need to order a few and find the right one it seems), some sort of optic (probably a red dot) and thats it.

Would a bipod look silly on a 16" carbine?
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
A sling will probably come with it.
I've been shooting ARs for a long time.
The most important extra to get is ammo! :mrgreen:

Rails? hmmmm, that is only good for trains ;)

Congrats! have fun!
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
A sling will probably come with it.
I've been shooting ARs for a long time.
The most important extra to get is ammo! :mrgreen:

Rails? hmmmm, that is only good for trains ;)

Congrats! have fun!
Yea thats on the list. I have to check the web to see what it comes with. I know it comes with a case and a mag.
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Rails? hmmmm, that is only good for trains ;)

LOL! Ain't it the truth!

Ammo

Reloading press

Shoot it alot.

Larue Tactical SPR 1.5 quick detach scope mount. http://stores.homestead.com/Laruetactical/Detail.bok?no=30

Spendy as heck. But it's the best mount on the market. You can take the scope on and off all day long and the mount returns to zero every time.
I switch back and forth between the carry handle sights and a big honkin' varmint scope.

Gratuitous AR nudity



Scope is up to you.

Enjoy your new addiction!

ZM
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Yea thats on the list. I have to check the web to see what it comes with. I know it comes with a case and a mag.
Stags do not ship with a sling. You get the rifle, magazine, hard case, instruction book, lock, and a t-shirt. (At least that's what came with mine.)

Next purchase after getting your rifle should be lots of ammo. Spend lots of time on the range so that you are competent with the rifle with just the iron sights. You will always have those no matter what happens to any other stuff you can hang off of the rifle in the future. Red dots, scopes, etc. all have their place, but start out with concentrating on the basics. If you can't hold your rifle properly and have crappy trigger control, that $$$$ Aimpoint ain't gonna turn you into a marksman.

I just shake my head when I see the guys show up at the range with a thousand dollars worth of "stuff" hanging off their rifle and still can't hit squat with it. Of course, in their minds, they look "cool". In mine, they look like they have more money than sense.
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Ok. I'm no expert on ARs but its my understanding that now if I want to do longer range shots or varmint hunting all I'll need to get is an upper with a longer barrel right? Like say I want a 20" barrel so I can throw a bipod and scope on the rifle, all I'll need basically is the new upper.
 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Funny that no one ever mentions a quality cleaning kit.

Slings are find and dandy.. USGI issue will run you about $10 and there isn't a damn thing wrong with them. I take it up 1 level and use a padded USGI M60 sling with the addition of 2 HK style snap hooks to mount to the rifle.

I'll second what most are saying as well. Get out and shoot it. Then figure out what you want to do to it. You should have no issue shooting minute of dinner plate at 300m w. a 16" AR. After around 2000 rnds you'll start to get a much better feel for what you want to look at in detail.

And while some folks don't see the actual value of a railed forend, a good number of us do. Yes, there are a lot of folks that put them on to be tacticool, but there are a number of us that do actually do it for a reason and we're not out there at the public ranges trying to show off our latest gadget either :)

Get a good range case, get as much ammo as you can - collect your brass!!!! - and learn more about what you want to do with that wonderful rifle rather than listening to all of our speculation about what you'll want :)
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Funny that no one ever mentions a quality cleaning kit.

And while some folks don't see the actual value of a railed forend, a good number of us do. Yes, there are a lot of folks that put them on to be tacticool, but there are a number of us that do actually do it for a reason and we're not out there at the public ranges trying to show off our latest gadget either :)
+1 on the cleaning supplies and +1 adding things to your rifle that make sense for you. My previous post was more an observation of the mall ninjas that show up with a AR with an Aimpoint, laser dot, tactical flashlight, broom handle, etc., etc. hanging off their rifle and still can't shot a decent group at 50 meters.
 
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Yeah kinda like the kiddies putting massive spoilers, lo-pro tires, spinners and monster mufflers on a friggen Neon... saw that just the other day and nearly wrecked I was laughing so hard...

I'll admit that some of the stuff I've added is pure tacticool. But then again I've got each AR setup for different roles and only have Rails on 3 of the 5 and that's because I've learned my own expensive lessons over the years. I think the first rail I put on was onto my 20" RRA just so I could get the scope mount forward enough to get a good sight picture without having to contort my cheek weld and mount/dismount the bi-pod quickly. Some of the stuff I've bought and tried was because it looked cool.. to me. Some has stayed, most has gone away in the face of practicality.

I'm always fascinated to hear about why folks put something on their AR's or AK's. AR's have become kinda like Lego's :) Build it to your own liking and wants with different parts and pieces. But yeah, the guys with more money than sense always make me chuckle, kinda like the guy last time I was out who wanted everything he had to be just like the Marine issue gear, even though he had never served. Then again, emulation is a form of compliment I guess you could say.
 
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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Good post. I've been considering a Stag as well. Trying to decide between a Model 2 or a Model 3. Main question I have for you AR experts is this.

The Model 2 has a stationary front sight. Does this get in the way of a scope or a red dot? i.e. EoTech, AimPoint, etc.
 
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