DPMS Panther Arms AP4 Carbine versus BM M4?

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    DPMS Panther Arms AP4 Carbine versus BM M4?

    So, I sold a couple of my pistols and I'm ready to buy my first AR-15. I'm looking for a fun rifle to shoot at the range that can double as a home defense/SHTF weapon. I have an .308 HK91 close, so I'm looking for just the opposite here, light and small. I'm pretty busy these days, so I'm not really looking for a project, just a fun rifle.

    Here in communist MA my choices are pretty limited (we still have a AWB of sorts - but certain ARs are MA legal). Basically, I need to choose between the DPMS AP4 or the BM M4 - price is the same. From what I've read, they both seem like nice rifles, anyone have a strong preference of one of the other?

    Thanks!

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    From the research that I did, both DPMS or Bushmaster make good rifles. Bushmaster seems to have the edge in AR-snobbery, but other than that, if they're the same price, you probably can't go wrong either way.

    For me, the decision would probably come down to a chrome-lined barrel, number of mags shipped with it, or something small like that.

    My DPMS AR has been a ton of fun. Just don't run Wolf ammo or other steel-case/laquer coated ammo through it - you will void your warranty.

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    DPMS was the one I went with a few weeks ago and have deen very happy with it. I've shot a Bushy at the range a time or two, and thought they wee great too. Sounds like a win/win to me. Have fun deciding
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    I bought the BushMaster 'flat top' and added an EO Tech Holographic sight...sweet...

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    At this stage, I think either will serve you well.
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    Thanks guys, I'm looking to make a move soon - so I'll update this thread with some pics (hopefully in the next week or two).

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    I have a DPMS, but Bushys are supposed to be just as good.

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    Considering getting a plain DPMS lower and going the "big kids mechano set route"... that way I can get a couple of uppers for when I feel like shooting iron or with a scope.

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    I got a DPMS AP4 M4 about a month ago. Comes with 2 30rd mags, sling and hard case. Go to DPMS on-line and you can get the Black Teflon 30 rd mags for $12.00 ea. Sweet shooting rifle. I think you will like it. But like "Bob the Great says "Just don't run Wolf ammo or other steel-case/laquer coated ammo through it - you will void your warranty".

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    Quote Originally Posted by TC_FLA View Post
    I got a DPMS AP4 M4 about a month ago. Comes with 2 30rd mags, sling and hard case. Go to DPMS on-line and you can get the Black Teflon 30 rd mags for $12.00 ea. ".

    No 30 rounders here in MA :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by TC_FLA View Post
    I got a DPMS AP4 M4 about a month ago...But like "Bob the Great says "Just don't run Wolf ammo or other steel-case/laquer coated ammo through it - you will void your warranty".
    Interesting. Bushmaster doesn't have a problem with it...

    http://www.bushmaster.com/documents/ammoadvisory.pdf
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