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  1. You have to ask yourself, how often is it going to be necessary to mortar a rifle? Personally, in forty plus years if shooting with the platform, I never have. I did have too use a dowel and mallet one time to unstick a BCG on a buddy's AR. The prototype upper will not present any difficulties other than getting use to the top "trigger style" charging handle.
  2. The Warne cantilever mount is good stuff. If you are wanting to go to a QD mount, I highly recommend the LaRue Tactical LT-204 C.A.N. QD SPR mount (https://www.larue.com/products/lt204/). They are $138.96 with the 30mm rings. They are the best value for you money. Here is what one looks like with a 1-6x24 Strike Eagle on one of my ARs. As far as MAGPUL stocks go, The MOE SL is a nice simple stock. That is what is pictured on this AR. The MOE is nice as is the ACS. Magpul MOE Slim Line Carbine Stock - Mil-Spec - Black https://www.primaryarms.com/magpul-moe-slim-line-carbine-stock-mil-spec-black-mag347-blk Magpul MOE Carbine Stock - MIL-SPEC - Black https://www.primaryarms.com/magpul-moe-carbine-stock-mil-spec-black-mag400-blk Magpul ACS Carbine Stock - Mil-Spec - Black https://www.primaryarms.com/magpul-acs-carbine-stock-mil-spec-black-mag370-blk
  3. Which M&P-15 model do you have? Does it have a front sight block or a railed gas block? As for the 1-4x24 Leupold, that may work very well. You do need to make sure you get a proper cantilever mount for it. There are a number of good quality mounts available. Some are no-QD (quick disconnect) and some are. You mentioned the possibility of a prism type optic? What range(s) are you planning on shooting? It may be that a simple 2MOA red-dot optic may be fine, but that does depend on your eyesight capabilities. As far as ammo is concerned, I stock a lot of M193 (55 gr. FMJ) and M855 (62 gr. FMJ). This is NATO-spec ammo. The 1/9 twist of the M&P barrel will handle these very well. I prefer the Federal/American Eagle ammo, but I do have small amount (about a couple thousand rounds) of other brands (PMC, PRVI PARTISAN, and ZQ1). There are others that work well too. Hornady and Black Hills are a couple of the best, but they are also the most expensive. It all depends on how much you want to invest into ammo and how much you want to stock. As far as MAGPUL stocks, there is a wide variety as you may already know. What I am not sure about is whether the M&P-15 has a commercial or mil-spec buffer tube. If it is commercial, you are limited to stock options. You can change out the buffer tube (receiver extension) to a mil-spec tube and that would expand your stock options.
  4. Welcome. If I may ask, what are your plans for this M&P? You mentioned that you are looking to "outfit" it. What specifically are you looking to add/change? Is there a specific purpose for the M&P or is it just a general purpose weapon (home defense and plinking)? There are several of us who are willing to help you with whatever it is you have in mind, but we need some place to start. Personally, I have built over 85 ARs in the past 15 years and they are in numerous configurations. I have been dealing with the M16/AR-15 platform for 41 years now. I do have some experience and knowledge with this platform.
  5. TackleberryMCS

    Buttstock Question

    Colt never did. That is a RRA LE Entry Stock. FYI, Colt AR-15 A2 Sporter IIs and later models had A2 type buttstocks. A2 type stocks were not used until the M16A2 series of weapons started appearing in 1982. That is when the AR-15 A2 Sporter II first came out. Here is my Colt AR-15 A2 Sporter II (1987) Here is my Colt Sporter Match HBAR (1993)
  6. TackleberryMCS

    Buttstock Question

    Richard, the early SP1s had D type stocks and later changed to E type. The same goes for the M16A1s. Prior to 1971, M16A1s had D type stocks and from 1971 to 1982 the E type was used. The difference comes when you compare an A2 stock and an E type. The A2 stock is about an inch longer and the material is totally different. Here is one of my M16A1 clones (1971) Here is my 1977 SP1 The stocks are identical.
  7. TackleberryMCS

    Trying to Decide Between a Real AR and a .22lr AR

    Personally, I recommend buying a complete AR-15 in .223/5.56 and spending the additional cash for the CMMG .22lr conversion kit. The same upper will handle the .22lr and .223/5.56 ammo and this way you can shoot the .22lr ammo until you gather enough funds to buy and shoot the .223/5.56 ammo. There is no need to spend money on a dedicated .22lr upper. You can, at some point, buy the upper you want for hunting as long as it is based on the AR-15 platform as AR-10 based uppers (i.e. .308 and 6.5 Creedmore) will not fit with AR-15 lowers. PSA is a great place to buy a good quality AR for a very reasonable price. Take a look at this one. It is right at $600, but worth it for all that you are getting. All you would need to throw on it would be a decent red-dot optic like one I reference below. https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-16-mid-length-5-56-nato-1-7-nitride-13-5-lightweight-m-lok-moe-ept-rifle-w-mbus-sight-set.html Red-dot optic https://palmettostatearmory.com/sig-sauer-romeo5-1x20mm-red-dot-sight-black-r52001.html You could even opt for a decent 1-4x24 scope and scope mount. https://www.primaryarms.com/primary-arms-1-4x24mm-illuminated-riflescope-pa14x https://www.primaryarms.com/aero-precision-ultrailight-30mm-spr-scope-mount-ap210600
  8. TackleberryMCS

    Red dot recommendations

    Here is a link to Primary Arms that includes the brands of red dots I would recommend choosing from. https://www.primaryarms.com/Brand+Holosun,Primary-Arms,Sig-Sauer,Vortex-Optics/MCategories+Red-Dot-Sights These are good quality optics for reasonable prices. I own a couple HOLOSUNs, a few VORTEX SPARC ARs, and I just got in a SIG SAUER ROMEO 5 (https://www.primaryarms.com/sig-sauer-romeo-5-red-dot-sight-1x20mm-2-moa) for my SIG 516. I have owned Primary Arms optics in the past and I have always been pleased with them.
  9. TackleberryMCS

    Yet, another build completed

    I like the MBUS PROS in that they are much lower profiled when collapsed and adjustments are really easy. This is the third build I have used them.
  10. TackleberryMCS

    Yet, another build completed

    Richard, The primary difference will be in the felt recoil and the cycling rate. The 16" mid-length, because of the longer gas system, will cycle a bit slower and smoother. Recoil will be a bit more manageable too. Often time, you can run a standard carbine buffer with a mid-length barrel as opposed to a H or H2. It really depends on what you are looking to build. I have no issue with a carbine gas system on a 14.5" or 16" barrel. I will usually use a heavier buffer to compensate for the faster cyclic rate in order to tame it a bit.
  11. TackleberryMCS

    Yet, another build completed

    After months and months of deciding which route to go with a couple of complete lower assemblies I have had, I finally decided to use one of them. Here is the result. Upper Assembly: Aero Precision M4E1 Threaded Barreled Upper 16" 5.56 Mid-Length w/ 15” ATLAS R-ONE M-LOK handguard Brownells M16 Bolt Carrier Group 5.56x45mm Nitride MP Strike Industries Charging Handle with Extended Latch (Black) Lower Assembly: McKay Enterprises A2 Lower Receiver (stripped) BCM BCMGUNFIGHTER Grip - Mod 3 (Black) BCM BCMGUNFIGHTER Stock Assembly - Mod 0 (Black) BCM Mil-Spec Carbine Stock Hardware Kit BCM GUNFIGHTER Trigger Guard BATTLEARMS™ Enhanced Magazine Catch (BAD-EMC-IC) BATTLEARMS™ Enhanced Magazine Release (Black) (BAD-EMR-B) BATTLEARMS™ Enhanced Pin Set AR15 (BAD-EPS) BATTLEARMS™ AR15/M16 Enhanced Bolt Catch (BAD-EBC-IC) LaRue Tactical MBT-2S Curved Bow (2-Stage Trigger) Optic/Mount/Sights: VORTEX SPARC AR MAGPUL MBUS PRO Front and Rear Sights The only thing I plan to eventually add is a BCM GUNFIGHTER KAG.
  12. TackleberryMCS

    Best ar15 brand

    For some of the best factory ARs made, look towards LaRue Tactical, KAC, and LMT. You can also add BCM and DD. Of course, the best AR is the one that suits your wants/needs without modifications. Personally, if I was going to spend a large sum of money for a top notch AR, I would buy KAC. I do have one KAC. It is a SR-25 Match (1993) that has a factory Mk11 Mod 0 conversion. Only three were ever made like it. For a 5.56 KAC, you have a few choices and any of them are worth having. I am also partial to the LaRue Tactical OBRs and PredatARs. Extremely well built rifles. I only wish I could afford them now. Personally, I prefer to build my ARs as I can use the components I want based on the budget, accuracy requirements, and purpose for the AR.
  13. TackleberryMCS

    optics recommendation

    As was said, it is. I like it. I normally have used Harris bipods with bipod adapters from LaRue Tactical, KAC, and MAGPUL (M-LOK), but to have a bipod designed with a mount specifically for the M-LOK system is very nice, not to mention that the bipod functions well for many purposes. It is also lightweight which gives it an advantage over heavier bipods like those from Harris, Atlas, and Bobro when it comes to lighter weight ARs.
  14. TackleberryMCS

    EoTech With Glass Layer Separation?

    Have you bothered to contact EOTech yet?
  15. TackleberryMCS

    optics recommendation

    Guys remember what the OP was inquiring. Although the VIPER PST 1-4x24 is an excellent option (I actually have one), the price point is not on par with what the OP mentioned. I would also be very leery of buying a used PST off ebay, especially that cheap.