piston conversion kit for AR-15

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    piston conversion kit for AR-15

    Just got a cabellas catalog in the mail, and saw a piston conversion kit for the AR-15. Just curios if anybody has converted their AR, and how well they work. The add also claims it reduces recoil, I always thought that they increased recoil. I'm not so sure I want one they are pretty expensive. Any info would be appreciated.
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    I see absolutely no need for one. An expensive, heavier answer to a problem that doesn't exist.

    The AR platform is designed to be DI, and it works just fine that way. If it really, really, really floats your boat, well, it's your money. But I'll never have one. If I wanted a piston "AR" I'd get a Sig 5XX series...
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    you know the cheapest way to solve the two issues some people have with the AR right?

    DI vrs piston,
    bullet size and power

    Buy an AK

    Just kidding with ya. I guess my point is, if you've had issues the the DI aspects of your AR platorm, then it may be a way to correct the issue

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    They were having troubles with the piston system causing the Bolt carrier to tilt up as it went back causing some galling on the buffer tube IIRC
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPFOR View Post
    I see absolutely no need for one. An expensive, heavier answer to a problem that doesn't exist.
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    They were having troubles with the piston system causing the Bolt carrier to tilt up as it went back causing some galling on the buffer tube IIRC
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPFOR View Post
    I see absolutely no need for one. An expensive, heavier answer to a problem that doesn't exist.

    The AR platform is designed to be DI, and it works just fine that way. If it really, really, really floats your boat, well, it's your money. But I'll never have one. If I wanted a piston "AR" I'd get a Sig 5XX series...
    Same for me. I like my RRA LAR-15 the way it is. Why fix something that's not broken?

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    Supposed to keep the bolt cooler and cleaner, but unless you're firing hundreds of pounds thru it in a hurry, I don't see it doing a lot.
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    I see absolutely no need for one. An expensive, heavier answer to a problem that doesn't exist.
    The "piston conversion" is a solution to a problem that does not exist. The idea of adding more moving parts to a weapon in order to make it more reliable is absurd.

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    Just buy that. It'll keep your AR running till parts break or wear out. Assuming you have a quality AR that should be about 10k-15k rounds.

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    They have somewhat of a niche with supressed SBRs, but only barely, and you WILL get carrier tilt issues, which doesn't sound so bad at first, but can totally ruin your day if you are planning the AR as a defensive firearm.

    If you must have a piston system, go for one that is built from the ground up to be as such. (AK style rifle, or Sig 556. Possibly a kel tec SU16.)
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