|AR-15 Carbine with Magpul MOE hand guards and vertical grip;|
A Magpul Pmag in OD and a Bushnell Trophy Dot sight round it out.
The back up iron sights (B.U.I.S.) consisting of the standard front post with elevation adjustment and rear flip-ups from Pro-Mag, I was able to hit the targets, but also wanted an optical sight of some sort. Being unable to afford an ACOG or AimPoint, I considered going with a 1-4 variable scope but couldn't decide which I liked best. Then I stumbled upon an unlikely candidate, at an unlikely sale price.
|High Standard AR-15 Carbine with Ergo Grip and|
ProMag rear flip up BUIS.
While I was still pondering over various rail systems, Magpul showed up on the scene with a new concept: the MOE system. These virtually indestructible plastic parts had lots going for them. Modular, well thought out, tough, and cheap, they also looked great and, being that I had already been using Magpul Pmags for a while and new their great quality, I knew the MOE parts would be good. I was leaning toward trying it out, but still tossing around the idea of a free-float aluminum quad-rail. Then it happened. I discovered that the MOE parts could be had in O.D. green. Game over.
|Retracting the hand guard retaining ring doesn't|
require a $20 tool, just a decent grip strength.
I went with the rail-mount vertical grip for a more versatile setup, allowing a quick swap to a different grip or a lower mounted laser, etc. The look of the new fore-end is not only vastly better than the stock hand guards, but more comfortable and has a much more solid feel. The entire gun feels less fragile having these installed.
|Standard hand guards removed. Be careful not to|
damage the gas tube while it's exposed.
|Magpul MOE hand guards and vertical foregrip in O.D. green|
|Magpul MOE forend and PMAG; Ergo Grip;|