Discussion in 'On Topic' started by AVengeance, Sep 13, 2004.
What is the difference between, say, an AR-15 and AR-15 Carbine?
Technical answer preferred.
In this specific instance the difference is lenght. The AR-15 carbine is shorter than a standard AR. Their foreward grip is shorter and is a strait cylinder (not tapered like standard ARs).
A carbine is a shorter version of a longer rifle. On an Ar-15 a carbine would normally be considered anything shorter than a 20" barrel which is the “standard” barrel length. Most people probably would start calling an AR a carbine at 16”.
It doesn't have to be exact as the M1 and the M1 Carbine are pretty different weapons.
Does that answer your question?
a 20" AR is a full length rifle. an 18" with mid-length handguards is a mid-length. a 16" with full-length handguards is a dissipator. a 16" with carbine handguards is a carbine.
the advantages of each:
20"- better effective range of the ammo, as far as terminal ballistics go; longer sight radius for better accuracy.
midlength- longer sight radius for accuracy; shorter barrel for a little more maneuverability; you can still use a bayonet on it.
dissipator- shorter barrel for maneuverability, but still keeps longer sight radius. can't use bayonet on it, though.
16" carbine- shorter barrel for maneuverability; shorter handguards, making it lighter, especially when you add rail systems and accessories.
I think that all makes sense. So functionally, they're the same. The term "carbine" is generally applied to shorter versions of same rifle, and they have a carbine handguard?
My AR-15 is 20" barrel, bone stock from Rock River. It does NOT like reload ammo- very tight barrel. It's already killed 1 deer and 1 opossum . FYI, I did NOT eat the ugly rat pig thing, it was getting in my trash cans.