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cian
05-31-2011, 12:05 PM
Ok I am trying to figure out a good accessory or more for under $150. I have nothing but irons sites, so I am looking for good ideas .

762.DEFENSE
05-31-2011, 12:09 PM
Well if you have nothing but iron sights, how about an optic to go along with your rifle?
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=vortex+strikefire&cp=9&qe=Vm9ydGV4IFN0&qesig=jV3PuPBP4ah9Ni22ZguT2Q&pkc=AFgZ2tniReKWxuzpCzkMfqwJoXIQhuEdXUGDOBlhAclui6 KdLx0XItpaGXO_--UY8isLJqtq4d_FY7dhcaBegS7vSvEoIXLLYA&safe=off&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1920&bih=917&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=14622945864304163587&sa=X&ei=tDzlTeumJ9DWiAL3y6zrCQ&sqi=2&ved=0CDgQ8wIwAQ
http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/XpfDwnifLaGS4wmq5JzeEubOCCqyLq9ThQkN5watkpJdx75f7B YgCKXXHG8RuhFstx4vfgBdaOdX1IhuE-eP-0OuNzfgB2jPMbT08GBs6AzExpQLNsIcm_kxLHO2ETzg_LWbVF8 zRFtAJORsFMrlA-u4jMtPQAmPHKbj7Qrz0LqJKueOGUSEccjRNrVIxNHZPQ

MSRP: $149.00

762.DEFENSE
05-31-2011, 12:10 PM
Not knowing what you have on your rifle spec-wise, I'd go with an AFG, more mags, or ammo.

Can't go wrong with more ammo :D

ChrisTKHarris
05-31-2011, 12:12 PM
Rail

pyro3k2
05-31-2011, 12:20 PM
Ok I am trying to figure out a good accessory or more for under $150. I have nothing but irons sites, so I am looking for good ideas .

spend 100 on ammo and 50 on mags, those are very good things to spend money on. BTW spec or a pic of your rifle would go a long way to helo you get some good idea's.

mif_slim
05-31-2011, 12:25 PM
Primaryarms.com

RDS for 80-150 bucks. Great scopes for the money.

cian
05-31-2011, 12:25 PM
Sorry I forgot to put what I have

I have a Daniel Defense upper 1/7 twist chrome lined barrel, with vert grip

POF lower, with Magpul stock

trying to post a picture but its not working for me

sonnyt650
05-31-2011, 12:32 PM
Trigger:

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=190261
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=947200

I prefer two-stage triggers myself. The Geissele looks promising based on the name of the manufacturer, but no info other than two-stage and the service rifle competition trigger weight. I only have two of the Bushmaster which is adjustable for overtravel and 2nd stage start point.

cian
05-31-2011, 12:36 PM
I keep forgeting it has a 2 Stage RRA trigger

ZX-10R
05-31-2011, 12:53 PM
ACS.

sudo
05-31-2011, 12:59 PM
Can't go wrong with more ammo :D

I second more ammo. Grips, rails, and optics are just crutches to compensate for lack of proper shooting form. I like to keep it simple.

backstrap
05-31-2011, 1:00 PM
Magpul bad lever
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G02WjXBmoss

and extended bolt latch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5t34skfGqs

bender152
05-31-2011, 1:12 PM
Aside from ammo, I always go for an optic first.

r6raff
05-31-2011, 1:12 PM
Ammo... Ammo... then some more Ammo.

if you have to spend it on accessories, the first thing I would buy would be

These I have come to believe are necessities to any AR

1. BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle
2. BCM Extractor Upgrade

These are very nice upgrades that have great uses.

1. Magpul B.A.D. lever
2. Asap sling Plate

You can get all these for $150 I believe.

Otherwise, If you are good on Ammo and these I would go for optics... or a **** load of tannerite:43:

JayBeeJay
05-31-2011, 1:33 PM
+1 on BCM Gunfighter CH, Magpul B.A.D. lever, PMag's + ammo!

FailedAngrMgmt
05-31-2011, 2:28 PM
+1 on BCM Gunfighter CH, Magpul B.A.D. lever, PMag's + ammo!

speaks the truth, these small upgrades will improve the speed and reliability of you rifle.

dieselpower
05-31-2011, 2:32 PM
mags, BAD, BCM 03.

emy
06-01-2011, 2:03 AM
Looks like you already have a nice rifle , buy ammo and get lots of trigger time , keep your gun simple

1forall
06-01-2011, 6:10 AM
Ammo...

sonnyt650
06-01-2011, 6:27 AM
Now that you have the trigger, I'll suggest a very basic reloading setup so you can see what all the hype is all about. For a common caliber like .223 it's not to save money versus the steel-cased foreign manufacture, but to have quality similar to or better than the $1 a shot match ammo. I just don't question my ammo anymore: for any problem it's the rifle in some way/shape/form.

nrvnqsrxk
06-01-2011, 6:28 AM
I would either put that money in a charging handle, or start saving up for an optic.

Call_me_Tom
06-01-2011, 7:11 AM
Another ammo plug

mixicus
06-01-2011, 7:19 AM
Overall: Ammo and/or training.

If it's parts you really want, here are some priorities for a working gun:
1) White light w/ necessary parts to mount it. Probably need to replace the hand guard.
2) Usable 2-point sling like VTAC, Vickers, etc. Single point is fine for specific jobs too.
3) Red dot sight. Save up and buy quality such as Aimpoint, EOTech or Trijicon depending on your needs

Other stuff may look cool or help you run the rifle a LITTLE bit better but the stuff above can be mission critical (i.e. white light to ID your target).

evidens83
06-01-2011, 10:55 AM
Magpul BAD
BCM Gunfighter mod 4
ammo
training class

FeuerFrei
06-01-2011, 11:06 AM
$20 or less.
I put one in all of my A2 stocks and leave it there.
http://store.vikingtactics.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/ar15_kit2_lrg.jpg

17+1
06-01-2011, 12:07 PM
If you're just looking to spend money without having an actual preference or need, then you're probably better off just spending it all on practice ammo...maybe a Lee/used reloading setup.

Iron sights might not be 'high speed-low drag', but they work.

pacifico23
06-01-2011, 12:21 PM
Suprised no one has said it. Battlecomp. For me this is my best upgrade I have done to my AR for under 150.00

PuppY_K1ck3R
06-01-2011, 12:26 PM
Suprised no one has said it. Battlecomp. For me this is my best upgrade I have done to my AR for under 150.00

+1 . Spending it on a battlecomp 1.0 or 2.0 is a very smart and practical investment

r6raff
06-01-2011, 12:42 PM
+1 . Spending it on a battlecomp 1.0 or 2.0 is a very smart and practical investment

True, I love my BC1.0 but I would still get the BCM CH, Extractor upgrade and a few other things before a BC... but it deffinately is an outstanding muzzle devices and for the price, I don't think you can beat it.

ChrisTKHarris
06-01-2011, 12:48 PM
Suprised no one has said it. Battlecomp. For me this is my best upgrade I have done to my AR for under 150.00

+1 . Spending it on a battlecomp 1.0 or 2.0 is a very smart and practical investment

True, I love my BC1.0 but I would still get the BCM CH, Extractor upgrade and a few other things before a BC... but it deffinately is an outstanding muzzle devices and for the price, I don't think you can beat it.

Ugh I hate you guys. Now I want a Battlecomp. :/

sacshooter1
06-01-2011, 12:51 PM
How about a light system so you can see what you're shooting at in the dark.

The War Wagon
06-01-2011, 1:06 PM
Hmmm... for UNDER $150? Well, there's no SHORTAGE of good pieces in that price range. To wit;

- a Troy front OR rear BUIS
- Magpul CTR stock
- Ergo grip
- DD or G&R Tactical LPK
- Most Vltor stocks
- Gear Sector, TacticalLink, or Vickers sling
- DD QD rail mount
- Vltor or Gear Sector light mounts (most any flavor)
- Most any YHM, Troy, or PWS f/h - muzzle brake
- BCM BCG
- Vltor low-profile gas block
- MOST stripped, forged lowers these days
- MOST stripped uppers, these days (Vltor MUR-1 variants are da' BOMB)
- BCM/Vltor gunfighter chargers
- Magpul rail ladders
- a decent 6P-sized light
- a good H buffer
- an RRA 2-stage trigger (I'd splurge $15 more to $165, and get a Giselle myself)
- most any ADM Aimpoint mount

Sheesh, the parts list is about endless. Are you setting aside that much per week, per month, per paycheck, per...??? Squirrel away about three of those for a good Aimpoint, maybe three more for a decent barrel; probably 2+ for a good set of free-flota rails.

If you're on a budget, don't get greedy, sloppy, or in a hurry - let the deals come to you. Stick to your $150/paycheck - save a few when you get all the less expensive parts covered, to get your barrel, rail, and optic, and enjoy the process!

247Nino
06-01-2011, 1:24 PM
accuwedge

247Nino
06-01-2011, 1:25 PM
brass catcher

UserM4
06-01-2011, 1:27 PM
Go featureless. Kydex grip wrap and a muzzle brake. Then pin your stock and make sure that you don't have a forward grip attached. No bullet button FTMFW! All can be had for less than $150 depending on your choice of muzzle brake.

r6raff
06-01-2011, 2:49 PM
brass catcher

I had a brass catcher, the type that had a Velcro strap that went around the front of the upper receiver. Needless to say I only used it for a few days, blocked the mag release and with a maglock that made it pretty damn annoying, also every few shots I would have to rotate my rifle 25-35 degrees and give it a little shake so the shells didnt stay up at the top and cause a malfunction. All in all, worst 20 or 30 bucks I spent on my AR.

Its funny though, I only used it for a few days but in that short time I developed a muscle memory for rotation and shaking after every few rounds, been months since I use it and I still do that every now and then. I imagine people see me do it and are like... "WTH is that guy doing lol."

I am sure other people enjoy them, but I personally was very disappointed with my experience. I do a lot of run and gun where I shoot, and I completely detest people who leave their spent casings on the deck (At BLM land atleast, where there isnt someone paid to come and clean up afterwards). So I go through and pick up every casing I eject and a nice brass catcher would save me a lot of trouble (especially when I shoot 5-600 rounds in one session), unfortunately, I havent found one yet that makes my life easier rather than harder. One day I hope to find one that works for me, or maybe ill just stop giving a **** about the areas I shoot, hell, no one else seems to.

DannyInSoCal
06-01-2011, 2:55 PM
Training....

762.DEFENSE
06-01-2011, 4:20 PM
mags, BAD, BCM 03.

This too. :thumbsup:

9-12
06-01-2011, 4:29 PM
Ammo again. No substitute for range time. All the goodies in the world won't make you a better shooter, and your rifle is only as good as you are.

chesterthehero
06-01-2011, 4:39 PM
ammo ammo ammo

learn to walk before you try to run

cian
06-01-2011, 6:06 PM
thanks for your suggestions, I was looking at the red dots from Primary Arms, but the more that I hear the more I like the idea of the light and the B.A.D. lever, as for training, I can get that free from some friends that are still in the Marines (not just grunts).

And as far as optics, I have never used them but they could really help my wife with shooting it in a tense situation if one ever came up.

stix213
06-01-2011, 6:16 PM
Another +1 for AFG and for a weapon light

tiger222
06-01-2011, 6:20 PM
Best $150? Another lower reciever for the times when you can't get anymore.

five.five-six
06-01-2011, 6:24 PM
Ok I am trying to figure out a good accessory or more for under $150. I have nothing but irons sites, so I am looking for good ideas .

training

http://www.tacticaladvantageconcepts.com/

magic32
06-01-2011, 6:48 PM
Ammo and mags. B.A.D. Lever, gtg.

robgon
06-01-2011, 8:15 PM
Ammo, bad lever, mags, maybe a rifle bag, and more ammo.

762.DEFENSE
06-01-2011, 9:14 PM
Or how about a nice Pelican Case for your investment? :D

utvtactical
06-02-2011, 7:45 AM
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cian
06-02-2011, 5:08 PM
Thank you every one for your responses, I finally went with a light, a B.A.D. lever and some mags,
I got a Surefire G2 package deal from Primary Arms.

now I just need to get out and shoot it more

magic32
06-02-2011, 5:29 PM
Excellent choices. Now shoot it!

SIGSHOOTR
06-22-2011, 3:55 PM
Magpul bad lever
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G02WjXBmoss

and extended bolt latch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5t34skfGqs

+1 on the BAD lever. Just put one on my M4 and what a difference! Never having to take my hand off fire control to lock the bolt open and release is awesome. Doesn't add a lick of weight and doesn't get in the way of the trigger. Nicely engineered piece of kit, IMO, for $30.

MrPlink
06-22-2011, 4:12 PM
I second more ammo. Grips, rails, and optics are just crutches to compensate for lack of proper shooting form.

thats what I told DEVGRU, they wouldnt listen though :D


but seriously, +1 for ammo and mags.

IPSICK
06-22-2011, 4:17 PM
Ammo and mags.

bigb0886
06-22-2011, 4:18 PM
Some of those UBBT pmags. Or, personally, I was thinking of tritium night sights for my irons. Anyone used those before? I have them on my pistol and LOVE them