One of the most popular firearms on today’s market is the AR-style rifle, especially those patterned after the military’s M4 carbine. High-quality semi-automatic-only versions for the civilian market are being produced in large numbers by over a dozen companies. At B&T you can find rifles from Bushmaster, DPMS, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Rock River Arms, Armalite, Windham Weaponry, Ruger, and others in stock. So many good choices exist today in complete rifles that it can be a bit confusing for the beginner. The most popular pattern according to recent sales are the M4A3 type: a 16” barreled carbine with a flat-top receiver for mounting optics and a removable carry handle/rear sight. Add a quality scope or electronic sight and the average shooter will be quite satisfied. The last ten years, however, have seen a giant increase in after-market accessories to make these great rifles even better.
A wide assortment of custom parts are now available, including stocks, grips, quad-rail handguards, triggers, back-up iron sights, sling attachment points, magazines, and more. These can be used to increase the ergonomics and performance of an existing rifle, or to build a custom rifle from a lower receiver. The lower receiver is the serialized portion of the firearm that must be obtained from an FFL dealer. B&T carries an assortment of lower receivers including Bushmaster and S&W, but can get them for the discriminating customer from any available source. Daniel Defense, Bravo Company, Spikes Tactical, and other small manufacturers produce high-quality lowers, as well as upper receivers and parts for sale.
Magpul is a company that offers many great products for the AR market, including grips, stocks, rail covers, handguards, back-up sights, and more. Their polymer magazine, the PMAG, has proven to be one of the most reliable magazines available and is becoming a standard item for both military and civilian shooters. A number of companies use Magpul’s anti-tilt follower in their aluminum magazines as well. The Lancer translucent magazine is another high-quality polymer option. Grips, stocks, and other accessories are also available from Tango Down, Vltor, Troy Industries, and Ergo Grip.
A custom trigger can provide a huge increase in performance over mil-spec trigger assemblies. Single stage and two stage trigger groups are available from Geissele, JP Tactical, Wilson Combat, and others. A lighter, crisper trigger will help improve the accuracy potential of any rifle. High quality optics from Leupold, EOTech, Trijicon, Aimpoint, Ultradot, Bushnell, and others offer a big improvement over traditional iron sights. Many other accessories such as weapon lights and laser sighting systems are in wide use on today’s ARs as well. B&T stocks Surefire, Streamlight, Insight Technologies, and Lasermax, to name a few.
The number of options to choose from today is amazing. From target shooting and hunting to protection and law enforcement applications, rifles can be set up to perform their best according to the shooter’s preferences. The staff at B&T can help you make the most of your AR style rifle.