I handled a ton of AR-15s at the NRA Convention in search of my next architecture. I am looking for specific features for my next AR-15. Weight is the theme. Lean and mean. Simple.
My current DPMS AR-15 is named Alice and is configured with the kitchen sink. It has everything: EOTech with a flip out 3x, a LASER, a tac light, bull barrel, drop front grip.
The leading contender for my next light rig will probably be a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 like the one below. It's a light 6.5 pounds. Add a nice sling, small EOTech, a drop front grip and it's done.
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