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If I am not mistaken, Bushmaster and DPMS are both owned by Freedom Group (which also owns Remington & a few others).
I researched mine from day one and decided to build my first AR. I built it the exact way I wanted. I put in a little over $1100 into a rifle that would have cost almost $2000 before "the panic." Since that, I have put 2 AR's together for two friends and will be building 1 for wife and a couple of different caliber uppers to go with my rifle. And, I also plan to build a LR308 style AR as well.
Its addictive my friends.
Just for fun and for comparison, I recently purchased this one. Had to head out to Asia before I had a chance to fire it, but it is on my schedule for when I get home in August. By all accounts I have read, Colt is still a top of the line AR unit.
Excellent deal to get the ten mags, filled with ammo, and another 600+rounds, and other goodies - all in the same package.
Colt LE6721 .223 A3 Tactical Carbine
No longer produced!!! Marked with desirable restricted markings "For Law Enforcement/Military use only", legal to own by civilians). The AR-15A3 is an exceptional patrol rifle with tactical accuracy chosen by federal, state and local agencies. The 5.56 - 16.1" (40.9 cm) heavy barrel with 1 in 9" (229 mm) rifling twist allows flexibility in ammunition selection. The telescopic buttstock adjusts to four positions to enhance mobility and fit to a wider range of operators.The flat top upper receiver allows for easy mounting of optical, night vision and other tactical sighting systems. The tactical carbine is the answer to all the requirements of modern law enforcement.
CALIBER - 5.56mm (.223 Rem)
METHOD OF OPERATION - Gas; Direct system; Locking bolt
WEIGHT W/O MAGAZINE - 7.0 lb (3.2 kg)
LENGTH (stock retracted) - 32 in (81 cm)
LENGTH (stock extended) - 35 in (89 cm)
BARREL LENGTH - 16.1 in (41 cm) HEAVY barrel
SIGHT RADIUS - 14.5 in (37 cm)
EFFECTIVE RANGE - 600 m
FRONT SIGHT - Adjustable front
REAR SIGHT - Target sight adjustable for windage and elevation
HANDGUARDS - Standard carbine with heat shield
Comes with 10 standard mags
Nearly 1000 rounds of .223 Remington reloads 55 grain
UTG soft carry case
Additional quadrail gas block
MAGPUL flip-up sights
MAGPUL Angled Fore Grip 2 (AFG2)
Don't Tread On Me qualdrail
Has right at 1000 rounds down the pipe.
Back when the original Bushmaster (now Windham) sold AR parts, they were often considered the "Gold Standard" of the Market, as were their Rifles. I've had good luck using DPMS lower receivers and other parts.
I know Shooters/owners of both DPMS and Windham Rifles and they are all happy customers.
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Last edited by jwc007; 07-18-2013 at 12:33 AM.
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I bought a Bushmaster XM-15 16"HB A3 in Oct 2008, and it has been a solid performer that shoots as well as my Colt Sporter.