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Here's a couple pix of my Bushmaster Carbon 15 M4. Ain't she purty? I found it on KSL.com back in November. Only had a couple hundred rounds through it. Paid $900 (included new Leupold 3x9 scope and mounts, 4 mags, and sling [not shown]; did not include Surefire light). Jeff, let me know if the images are too big. I'm new at the photobucket thing.

I like the aesthetics of the removable handle, but for this model, I would need to buy a different upper receiver to mount the A3 handle, at least that's what Bushmaster told me. I've looked around and haven't found anything that would work. What I would like to do is mount the A3 handle, and then mount the scope to the handle. In case Bushmaster was incorrect, does anyone know if I can buy a replacement rail that comes without the rear site attached?

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I see nothing in the chit chat pined how too or in the rules common etiquette if not directed other wise is to size the image so one needn't scroll left and right

 

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I'm assuming you mean Carbon 15 instead of Carbon 14, right? And yes, she is pretty!

Bushmaster is correct. The model you have is not the flat-top model that accommodates the A3 carry handle. There might be something after-market that will work, but it won't be the mil-spec handle and will be even higher than the A3 handle due to the existing, raised, optics-ready rail you already have.

If you want to stick with a scope, I would not recommend the carry handle anyway. By the time you mount the scope on the carry handle, you have a lot of room for play (scope mounted to rings mounted to handle mounted to flat-top rail), the scope will be VERY high making aiming difficult and accuracy/sighting in a pain, and the handle will be pretty much unusable with the scope mounted on it. Just my opinion.

BTW, what is the forearm rail you have on there? Is it just screwed into the handguards? How is it for comfort and stability? I'm looking at some BASIC forearm options (Surefire and maybe a vertical grip) for my M4 and have thought about doing that type of thing.
 

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Now that I think about it, I think I've heard of people cutting the rear sight off and mounting an A3 handle (at least I'm assuming you have the fixed sight). I'm not certain this will work, but might be an option - though it would be higher than normal. I have a A3 handle here in Cache Valley if you want to see if it would work.
 
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Personally I'd go low mount throw leavers and if money where not an issue the Dr. Optic/Trijicon on the scope fast and colse demands less precision so the good and consistent cheek weld is less necessary, than with a scope.
Or some of those fancy new 1-4X type scopes. Congratulations you are not the type of idiot that that puts rails everywhere on his "swiss army" gun. Light and handi with with 14 pounds of useless crap .......

Sorry about the rant.
 

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Thanks everyone for all the replies thus far. Apollo, yeah, i meant carbon 15. And the rear sight is fixed. The forearm rail was from cheaperthandirt (b-day gift from PW). It secures directly to the handguard via two screws. Obviously I have room to mount a bipod or foregrip if wanted. It's nice and easy. This set-up is lightweight and great for varmint and bunny quests, especially being the carbon model.

I think what I'll do is get another upper that accomodates the A3 handle (I already purchased one awhile back), so I can use the two options. And, eventually piece another AR together as I upgrade this one.

Oh yeah, and PW, lez rematch. I wonder if your bipod was an advantage? hmm.... :p
 

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hedonistic said:
Congratulations you are not the type of idiot that that puts rails everywhere on his "swiss army" gun. Light and handi with with 14 pounds of useless crap .......
:ROFL:
 

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You have a nice gun there crackshot,we will have to go out again sometime and tear some things apart with my ak and your gun. And if you and pw are having a rematch i'll sight in my .17 hmr and outshoot both of you at a hundred yards. :D
 

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You have a nice gun there crackshot,we will have to go out again sometime and tear some things apart with my ak and your gun. And if you and pw are having a rematch i'll sight in my .17 hmr and outshoot both of you at a hundred yards. :D
Game on. Course I know you will kick our butts with that .17 My AR is not a tack driver like that .17 is.
 

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Crackshot said:
I think what I'll do is get another upper that accomodates the A3 handle (I already purchased one awhile back), so I can use the two options. And, eventually piece another AR together as I upgrade this one.
Like they say, there's no such thing as AR "parts" - those pieces laying around are all individual, full-grown AR's in infancy. :ROFL: They're all just waiting for you to complete them.
 

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... just waiting for ammosargent and pw to name the place and time. :bat:
 
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