One of the most common occurrences as a gunsmith, is seeing an incorrectly set up AR15. I know it’s a bold statement, but how often do you see AR’s adorned with the entire catalog of Magpul products while perusing the tables at a gun show?
It’s common, and I myself was guilty of slapping every part and piece I could find on my rifle when I first started out. Once I started taking classes and entered the firearms industry, I started noticing a couple of recurring themes. When it comes to building out and setting up a good carbine, you should look specifically at what problem your carbine is intended to solve. The question you should ask yourself, before clicking “buy” on that next 3-point sling that can be configured 6 different ways is this: “What am I planning on doing with this rifle?”
There’s nothing wrong with accessorizing, and personalizing your AR15s. The goal of these articles is to give you some insight on what you might need, versus what you might want when it comes to outfitting a carbine for a specific task. Just like the title of the article says, AR15s are like golf clubs. No one plays a full 18 holes with a putter. No, we play 18 holes with a set of clubs, each one with an intended purpose, and an intended shot. We should strive to set up our carbines for the ideal shot that we are taking. This will save us money, weight, and time!
There are a multitude of uses for the AR15. It’s a fantastic option for home defense, hunting, 2 or 3-gun competitions, training classes, and general plinking. From here, I’ll break down some of my thoughts on how to best accessorize your rifle for its intended purpose.
A carbine built out for home defense should be something easy to deploy, and operate. It’s of no use to anyone if it takes a minute to get your sling, optic settings, or ammunition situated when you only have seconds to respond.
Below are some tips to consider when setting up your home defense rifle.
In closing, just remember to keep your home defense setup as simple as possible, and to stage the carbine so that it may be deployed at a moment’s notice. Stay tuned for more articles as we go into solid guidelines to follow for other practical AR15 uses.