First of all, here it is:
It's an M&P15OR. Got it for $949, which isn't bad, but probably isn't great, but with a possible ban assault weapon ban coming down the line, I just wanted to make sure I had one.
1: The gas block seems really high on this rifle judging from other pictures on the internet etc. If I get a standard flip up front sight, will it be OK? I don't really want to switch out the gas block with a, er, single piece non-flippable sight (not sure the technical term) because I'm eventually going to get the gas conversion one of these days probably).
2: I'm not really sure what set of iron sights to get. I've been looking at everything from $50 ones at cheaperthandirt.com all the way to $140 Troys. I'll be getting an EOTech eventually but first just need some iron sights.
3. Is a gas conversion really necessary? I understand it makes the weapon more reliable and keeps it cleaner (I think), but if I'm only shooting a few times a year, will it be a must? Will my gun break or die without it (probably a stupid question)?
4. I loaded up a new mag today and the rounds seemed to be in there overly tight. It almost seemed like the front lip of the magazine was too high, and it would scratch the bullet pretty badly while chambering a round. Is this normal?
5. Also, when chambering, I had to use the bolt assist every time. Is this normal? When I actually shoot the weapon, will the rounds properly feed? I guess I won't know for sure until I shoot it, but it's kind of concerning me.
6. I think those are all the questions I have. Is there anything I need to know about my rifle in particular? I'm also open to any and all suggestions.
Thanks, and if those are idiotic questions, I apologize.