I've been shopping for a budget ar to go to the range and have some fun with.narrowed it down to the dpms panther Oracle (629 on sale at cabelas) has dust cover and forward assist (do I need)? Has flat top and no sights, someone recommended get a reflex sight. FOR SOME ODD REASON, ON THE ORACLE THE GAS BLOCK IS LOW, SO A LOT OF FRONT AND REAR IRON SIGHTS DO NOT LINE UP EVENLY, ANYBODY KNOW ABOUT THIS??? Anybody know anything about this?
The other is the Smith and Wesson mp 15 sport. The cost is 729. No dust cover and forward assist.it has iron sights though. The rear sight folds down, front sight is an adjustable a2, DO I need a front folding to put a reflex sight on it???? I can not see me going to war in a desert or swamp, but in home defense or the shtf in saint louis, I want to be able to use this, so would I really need a dust cover????
What I'm getting at is how important is the dust cover and forward assist? What kind of sights would you choose between the iron sights and reflex sights or both? It's just for some plinking, and if ever needed home defense, maybe a coyote hunt, zombie takeover etc lol. I do have a glock 23 and Remington 870 already.
I am not looking to build one either guys, thanks but no thanks... does anyone have any experience with this?