Smith & Wesson M&P15OR
Knight’s Armament Carbine Handguard
Magpul CTR Stock Od Green
Magpul RVG Od Green
Magpul ASAP & MS2 Sling
First of all the Smith & Wesson M&P15OR is a great AR15 with an even better start out price. It is the first and only AR15 that I have owned, so being new to the world of AR’s, I wasn’t looking to spend much, as I didn’t quite understand what made one pricier than the next. I picked my M&P up a little over a year ago for about $599… a perfect price range for the beginner AR platform. I have always known and been around S&W and knew that it should be a reliable gun just by the brand name, so I had to get one. Since then, I have learned more in the AR world of brands, accessories, features & customizations but am still very pleased with my purchase. After several trips to the range and several hundred rounds through my S&W, not a single hiccup yet! I would feel comfortable enough with my setup so far to keep it for home protection… or even take it to battle! My only partial regret was choosing the “OR” edition of my gun and not going with something that came with the iron sight setup already. However, this has given me a better chance to pick and choose my own sight setup to my liking. I would 100% recommend this AR to anyone on the market looking in this price range.
After a while of having a cheap red dot sight I decided it was time to step it up a notch. I chose the EOTech XPS2 for a couple of reasons; one, EOTech’s name brand has always been a good one. If it’s good enough for the military.. it’s definitely good enough for me. Secondly, I want my setup to be ready for CQB (close quarters battle) more than anything. I figure if the SHTF, the place I would probably be more apt to using my AR would be less than 100yrds and if I did want to stretch it out.. there’s always the option of the magnifier. The way I see it, if you take a look at Afghanistan and other wars most of the battle goes on in more of a CQB situation. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are instances where the battle goes out a lot further but I believe that a holo vs ACOG in the CQB would be a no brainer. Plus back to price wise… $400+ vs $1200+ really helps keeping that extra cash in your pocket. And finally, I had pretty much decided on the EOTech right around my birthday when it just so happened to go on sale on Amazon… It was like a sign.. I needed this sight, so I purchased it and had it within two days! It is everything I hoped it could be. After a few mags at the range, she was shooting tacks. It has been a very reliable Holo (holographic) so far. I haven’t put it through the trenches such as combat training or anything so I can’t speak for that end of reliability, but so far.. it has perfectly fit my needs. I would feel very comfortable in using my EOTech in a battle scenario should it ever be called upon.
Ahh, the Knight’s Armament hand guard… I was first attracted to this set up from the movie “I AM LEGEND.” I know you shouldn’t believe everything you see on tv, so I did some research on it. Turns out, it was a pretty nice, fairly expensive drop in rail system. Just so happened that a friend had one and no longer needed it, so they handed it down for the greater good to be used on my AR setup. I couldn’t have asked for any nicer of a gift. It has been an extremely sturdy RAS so far. No wiggle(wiggle bugs the crap out of me) so I am very pleased on that end. It has a very appealing look and design and holds everything you need on your setup.
The Magpul CTR… enough said! I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why there is such a big price difference between the CTR and the standard Magpul MOE, or maybe asking is the friction lock worth the difference… short answer, YES! Once again, NO WIGGLE. The way I see it, your AR is not a toy.. so don’t put toy parts on it. I don’t really have that much against the MOE, it’s just that sturdiness has always been a key concern with my AR. I want it to be like one solid machine! When you get play, I would be afraid that something could go wrong if you really put it through the works. I really enjoy the friction lock on this stock. It has held up very well and is just as sturdy as the day I purchased it. Oh, and that OD Green on the CTR is one beautiful shade of green. Blends in and tends to transform shades depending on backgrounds and shadowing. I would highly recommend the CTR to anyone looking for a nice stock in the $100+/- range.
As for the Magpul MS2 sling and ASAP adapter, I have enjoyed them. I would be willing to feel other slings on my AR, but so far I am satisfied. I do like the raised positioning of the MS2. I feel that in a battle situation it would be excellent for quick aiming and easy conversions from left to right cornering. The ASAP adapter itself is in a perfect position and allows sliding of the sling smoothly making the swift changes from left to right easily possible. The only thing that I may would change about this sling is possibly widen the strap a little. I’m sure that over a vest or tactical gear that it wouldn’t matter, but over clothing it’s a bit uncomfortable. I know that say that there is ZERO comfort in battle… but why does it have to be uncomfortable all the time? They could even just add an adjustable strap pad that would solve the issue. All in all, I would still recommend this sling and adapter to someone in the market.
I do have a few more future plans for my AR and possibly even more builds to come. I am potentially planning on going SBR down to an 11.5″ barrel and adding a Daniel Defense 10″ Lite Rail. I also plan on eventually going through the process of getting a suppressor as well. Only time will tell. I would prefer to have a few AR’s. One SBR, one for longer range, maybe a 300 Blackout setup and wouldn’t mind going with a Beowulf 50 cal…. If I do, I will be sure to update!