Upper choices

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by AR-tim, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. AR-tim

    AR-tim Guest

    Right now, I have a Bushmaster AR-15 with the "16 upper, A1 style sights, and trapdoor buttstock. I am thinking about buying a "20 upper, with A2 style sights. I want the better sights, and from what I hear, the ballistics of .223 are better out of the longer barrel. I also want the true military look, and maybe a little bit better accuracy. I have a few questions about doing this swap ( I would keep the "16 upper). If I buy a new upper, should I buy a new bolt/carrier/charging handle, because of wear or fit? Would this be cost effective? I have the 2001(I think) Bushmaster catelog, and it has a national match "20 upper with bolt carrier assembly and charging handle for $525. Or the same thing with out bolt carrier assemble and charging handle for $385. Thing is, I spent $600 on the gun-used from a good friend, and that would be a lot of money just to basically change barrels. I know actual prices would be lower, but probably not much. Should I just save up and buy another AR? Any info or opinions would be helpful.
  2. Eric

    Eric Guest

    First off, alot of people believe that the specific bolt and upper should be 'married' Idisagree. What I would do, is get a complete upper in 20" with a flat top upper rec. and get a removeable handle with A2 sights. That sets you up to go to all kinds of optics, you can't go wrong. But I am a firm believer that you can't have too many guns. You can get a lower rec. for about $100 or even less. Buy the upper, then as money becomes available, buy the rest of the gun piece-meal. JMHO, godd shooting!