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Old November 23rd, 2012, 06:44 AM   #1
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Which M4 carbine to get???

I've been sort of wanting to add a M4 carbine to my gun stash and would like your thoughts on which one to buy. I'm looking at Colt and Bushmaster so far. I don't want a low end that may not function that well, but don't need a super high end to break the bank either. What I basically want is a clone of our current military issue M4. Thanks in advance.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 06:49 AM   #2
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I have a DPMS M-4 clone that works perfectly.
DPMS take hits from lots of folks, but I've never had an issue.

The Colt M-4 is supposedly the "gold standard". Walmart, in many locations, has them for around $1100.

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My LMT was definitely a buy once cry once purchase. Of course it was right after the 2008 election so my timing couldn't have been worse. The 2-stage trigger though... droolworthy.

When browsing, Rock River seemed a decent mid-grade choice.
http://www.rockriverarms.com/

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 06:54 AM   #4
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Colt LE6920 - milspec made on the same assembly line as the M4.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:15 AM   #5
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I've had two Rock River rifles, including my current go to. I've never had an issue with either (sold the first because it was an A2 style and wanted a flattop). Colt makes good rifles, as do most of the big names.

That being said, honestly I think they overprice a bit, but everyone does anymore. Have heard some complaints of improperly staked gas keys, but haven't seen it myself. Only other issue I have is that they cut their feed ramps after finishing the upper receiver, and it can look kind of ugly.

If you're up to it, the best deal I've been seeing lately is the Del-ton kits for around $620, and then pickup a stripped lower for $100-$130, and build your own. Even including the cost of buying the tools you still end up saving money over a new rifle.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:21 AM   #7
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Colt LE6920 - milspec made on the same assembly line as the M4.
I second this! I just bought a Colt LE6920 SOCOM. It's a pricier version of the Colt but my LGS had other less expensive versions. They all look and feel great. Plan to hit the range this weekend and expect no issues.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:26 AM   #8
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Troy Defense makes an interesting M4 with a lot of rail and desirable features that Dick's is selling right now for $900 + sales tax.

Correction: $800 "while supplies last."


There's a lot to choose from. Good luck and don't get took.


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Lots of good choices whether you DI or piston. For DI the 6920's are a good deal, but so is the Stag model 1 or any other Stag seeing as their parent company CMT makes parts for tons of builders, Colt apparently one of the them. Piston AR's run much more like an M14 though and care will be even easier. Adams which I prefer these days need very little care if you want to just run it hard and unlike an M14 there's no tools needed for removing componets. I prefer picattiny top blocks on AR's myself so I can use hooded front sights which are much faster to acquire with than standard winged M16/M4/AR front sights in my experience.

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Thanks for the great input. One thing I failed to mention is this will not be a match rifle, so I definitely want the bore and chamber chrome lined.

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Thanks for the great input. One thing I failed to mention is this will not be a match rifle, so I definitely want the bore and chamber chrome lined.
Again the LE6920 has you covered. A friend has a few class 3 toys. One is an M16A1, we put my 6920 upper on his FA lower and rock and rolled - no jams or miscues of any type. The 6920 comes with the FA bolt and chrome lined 1in7 twist barrel standard. It's surprisingly accurate too, especially with the 62 grain ammo.

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I recommend Stag Arms. You can get a carbine for eight or nine hundred dollars and the quality is top notch. Years ago I was looking for a M4 clone myself so I could practice before my annual qualifications with the Army National Guard. The Stag Arms carbines are perfect clones and are mil spec except for the twist rate of the barrel. True M4's are 1:7 while the Stag's are 1:9, which depending on what kind of ammo you want to buy, may not be a big deal.

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Ive owned many ar-15's and the best one so far has been built with this upper
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...4a1-upper.html
its a hell of bargain for a cold hammer forged chrome lined barrel. mine has been 100% reliable and accurate and I have yet to clean it (ive put 700 rounds through it dirty and dry) so far

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Colt LE6920 - milspec made on the same assembly line as the M4.
+1. This is what I went with. Just be sure your ok with the 1:7 twist as it might limit your ammo choices, some people seem to like a 1:9 for more versatility.

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