AR Barrel Length Poll

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View Poll Results: What barrel length and gas system do you use on your AR?

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  • 10.3", Carbine

    2 2.08%
  • 11.5", Carbine

    2 2.08%
  • 12.5", Carbine

    0 0%
  • 14.5", Carbine

    4 4.17%
  • 14.5", Mid Length

    3 3.13%
  • 16", Carbine

    41 42.71%
  • 16", Mid Length

    27 28.13%
  • 18", Mid Length

    6 6.25%
  • 18", Rifle

    2 2.08%
  • 20", Rifle

    8 8.33%
  • Greater than 20", Rifle

    1 1.04%
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    AR Barrel Length Poll

    I often find this question by first time buyers and I'm sure it has been highly discussed on this forum. This is just a simple poll, I'd like to see what you guys are using.

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    I have one 18", three 16" and one 11.5".
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    I realize I misspelled Poll (PULL) and length (lenght) . Mods, if you could change this please do! Just a mistype

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    Cool

    Stag Model 15 with 16" barrel.

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    I have one that is 11.5" that I am eventually replacing, one 20" and one yet to be determined. Will probably end up being one 20" and two 16" carbines.
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    I prefer the 20" over the shorter ones. It's still a very handy length for vehicular use or home defense and it doesn't contribute to a loss of velocity. Don't really see many advantages for using shorter barrels in the AR 15. I've never been overly enamored with .223 velocity performance anyway. It's pretty middle-of-the-road in the .22 center fire cartridge line-up.
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    I voted 20", just because I have two that are 20" (a colt HBAR and a retro Vietnam rifle I recently put together, with an SP1 upper on a new Armalite lower w/ A-1 furniture) and one 16" (Spikes, carbine). So, 2 to 1. All three are awesome, though the 16" Spikes is the HD rifle.

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    I have a 16" carbine. It's certainly going to be the most popular for many reasons. With 16" being the shortest you can go without paper work and carbine being the original M4 length gas-system. It's probably the most produced combination out there.

    I think ideally, the best is a 16" mid-length. Mid-length's run smoother and 16" gives you a good combination of velocity with short length. Nothing wrong with the ol' 16" carbine though. Nothing wrong with any of them. Depends on what you want to do.

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    Why limit yourself to one size?

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    I'm currently shooting a 16" carbine gas system, so that's how i voted, but I will be replacing it with a 14.5" mid as soon as (financially) possible.

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    I like my 18" (16" w/ 2" muzz brake) it adds a noticeable amount of weight , but also beefs up my specs making it just a bit more effective than a standard 14" w/ 2" brake. The weight is really more of an aid than a hindrance, especially at range. And it helps with muzzle climb.

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    I have 8" through 20" with my 10.5" and 14.5" being my two primary rifles, the 14.5" seeing the most use. My 14.5" is a mid length. If I was recommending a rifle to a new shooter, it would be a 16". A Colt with a carbine gas system is a fine choice, but I'd probably lean towards a BCM or Centurion 16" mid length, especially if keeping the FSB.
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    I have a 16 inch Carbine.
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    depends... 16" with MID for tac work and fun, 24" for precision.. i sold my 20's

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    24", man I can't even remember the last time I saw one that long. I have an 18" Centurion Mk12 on order for precision work. My buddy's will give ten shot groups under 1 MOA with match ammo and an S&B 3-12. The 24" just seems so long, but I guess it's good for varmints since it shoots a little flatter.
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