– [Voiceover] Hey guys,
it’s Alex C. with TMP tv. Today I’m gonna talk
about AR-15 carry handles. Now I know that’s not exactly
a sexy topic of discussion, but I have always felt that
the humble carry handle has been overlooked by a
whole generation of shooters in favor of expensive, fancy optics. Now, of course there’s nothing
wrong with optics at all, they really do help in a lot of areas. Now of course they have detachable
carry handles, you’re not married to that old A-1
style carry handle anymore. And the new 69-20s and
everything on the market pretty much has a rail and, to be honest, I will keep this detachable
carry handle on this 69-20 because I like the ability to
carry my gun by said handle. And now I really have
noticed a lot of competition and three gun shooters will
scoff at a carry handle because the don’t seem
to have the mindset that people use guns for stuff
other than competition and target shooting, things like that. I really like the idea that
I can use the carry handle to basically throw my gun into the
back of this vehicle with or tote the gun around, and it
is handy as hell to have that. And of course in addition to a sling. Now I like the carry handle
because when you’re going over obstacles like this barb
wire fence into this deer plot you can actually grab the handle and raise it up, which is very nice. And of course for long
treks around property, if you want to relieve some
stress off of your shoulder, just grab it by the carry
handle which is also nice. Also a lot of people will write off AR-15 iron sights as not being quick. I’ve always found that they
are extremely fast and I can probably line up a shot in about four or five seconds on a coyote. And as long as you can do
that, I don’t feel the need to drop four or five hundred
dollars on a nice aim point. Now I would obviously put one
on a gun if I was given one because they are fantastic,
but for what I do, I think that the iron sights and carry handles on guns suit my needs best. And of course they’ve
got that retro look which is in my opinion kind of neat. Now anybody should be able
to make off hand shots at 100 meters with a AR-15 iron sight. And here I am using the
tailgate of this vehicle to make quick shots, which is also easy. Let’s say I came up across
three or four coyotes harassing maybe a baby calf,
now it’s unlikely that they wouldn’t scatter quickly
after the first shot but I guess in my mind
I like the idea that in theory I would have the
ability to make more shots. Now when you take the
rifle back to 300 meters anybody should be able
to land all their hits on a twelve inch diameter plate, I feel. And with an AR-16, M16 rear carry handle, these sights offer the shooter
realistically a very precise sight picture that you can do a lot with. Now here I’ll just let
the gun do the talking. Now taking shots kneeling is
a little bit more difficult. It’s not impossible. You can see I get most of the hits here. I believe I missed one out of five. And that’s why it really does make sense to drop down to prone if
you can do that if you have the time, if you’re not
gonna scare the coyotes off. But at 300 meters you have a better chance obviously than at 100. And of course you could
quickly use the tailgate of a vehicle or something to give
the rifle a bit more stability. Now here I use that method
to shoot a five shot group. And the rifle really
does perform pretty well. I’m shooting at a color
changing target at 300 meters. Actually this is probably
more like 295 meters. I think I moved the vehicle
a little closer for this one. You know, there’s just something about the carry handles that I like. They’re very durable obviously,
you’re not gonna break it. If you do you’ve really
done something bad. And I think the results
here speak for themselves. At 300 meters I made about
a, I would say probably a six or seven inch group with
standard M193 ball ammunition. I feel like I could have
performed better with some hand loads or something like that but I obviously didn’t use any. I didn’t have the time to
whip any up before this video. So with any luck, maybe
this made you guys take a second look at the carry handle. Not the most tactical. Choose here the best rifle scope for deer hunting.
gun but I can still knock out a pretty rad el presidente
drill with the gun quickly. Big thanks to Ventura Munitions guys. Hope you enjoyed this post and we hope to see you next time.

Carry Handles: Why I Like Them
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100 thoughts on “Carry Handles: Why I Like Them

  • October 28, 2018 at 10:19 am
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    I remember back in 1982 at fort benning during basic, our training company Co forbid us from carrying the m16a1 by the handle, He claim it would off set the sights, Which we thought was nuts, But we didn't want to get the article 15, Which one guy did.

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  • October 28, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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    AMELI, anyone?

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  • October 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm
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    I love carry handles on ARs, it has own charm like folding stock on AKS-74.

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  • October 30, 2018 at 10:14 am
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    You really threw that gun around….i would never do that to any gun…

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  • November 8, 2018 at 12:01 am
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    I want to be married to my carry handle.

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  • November 8, 2018 at 12:58 pm
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    You are such a hippie

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  • November 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm
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    We used to have a local made M16S1 made in our country for our military. We were trained on the M16S1 and I had used the AR-15 too when I got posted to my unit after basic military training. We did bayonet fighting and one of the tricks we were taught is u can stick your fingers into the carrying handle and use it like an improvised knuckle duster and another trick is we could remove the rifle strap and sort of tie it at the carrying handle to use as a way to create a simple frame to drag a wounded buddy.

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  • November 13, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    Well buddy you really did it here. As a Marine Marksman instructor DONT ever ever ever GRAB THAT DAMN CARRY HANDLE AND TREAT THAT FIREARM AS A SUITCASE. Seriously brother thats the CORPS rules and I dont break them. Semper Fi

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  • November 16, 2018 at 12:04 am
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    I remember this in a special firearms magazine I bought in 2006 reviewing the M4A1(the model without carrying handle)used in the War in Afghanistan & Iraq.The Author wrote,"during the 1950s-'70s some NATO alliance/Western military nations it was all the rage to design combat rifles having a carring handle(FN FAL/L1A1 l,G3,Famas)but no one should carry a rifle like it's a suitcase"(something like that).

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  • November 18, 2018 at 4:26 am
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    If you have an AR with a carry handle, you can actually take it on a plane with you as is because it is considered luggage.

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  • November 20, 2018 at 7:38 am
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    God you're a hipster

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  • November 21, 2018 at 7:19 pm
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    I have 6 different variations of AR platform. 5 out of 6 either have the Cary handle upper or a detachable carry handle. If I ever have to return to combat it will be with the reliable sights supplied with a carry handle.
    No batteries, no banging a scope off a rock and hoping the thing is still zeroed. No need for anything more than standard sites when the shit hits the fan. Ii will trust my life to fixed sights instead of a battery operated dot.

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  • November 23, 2018 at 12:18 am
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    I am doing as close to a retro look on both my AR's and are using A2 carry handle's on both. I'm using PSA complete upper's and lower's for the base of mine.

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  • November 29, 2018 at 3:45 pm
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    I don’t like the retro look

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  • December 16, 2018 at 8:23 pm
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    KISS if you want a shtf weapon you need GI mags and a carry handle. Good video subscribed 👍

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  • December 18, 2018 at 6:11 am
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    The built ins I could never imagine looking at, but I'd check out one of the detachables.

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  • December 23, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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    Anybody should be able to make all shots at 300m while kneeling.

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  • December 25, 2018 at 8:33 pm
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    Great video on the carry handle on your AR 15. Could you reply back, & let me know who the manufacture is, that would be nice to know ? Thank's, and a Merry Christmas to you !

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  • January 1, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    It is not a carry handle!

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  • January 4, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    If you have a way to attach it, a G3/FAL/Barrett style carry handle can work WITH optics.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    I like the handle because it completes the iconic look of the gun tbh.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    All I’ve shot on an AR was irons. Love them.

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  • January 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    these comments smell of nostalgia and fear of change….

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  • January 18, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    You're a damn good shot if you can hit 300m kneeling.

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  • January 18, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    Carry handles make iron sites more accurate in my opinion.

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  • January 21, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    That's the way it was back in the day

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  • January 28, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    I love the look of the carrying handle I may just remove my MBUS sights and slap one on my S&W

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  • February 4, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    Why do you toss it around? After spending a decent amount of money on a rifle that could potentially save my life, I treat it nicely.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:24 am
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    Throwing a weapon? Not acceptable. I turned you off when I saw that.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Nice Datejust!

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  • February 6, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    Tosses rifle around to clumsily make a point. What a doofus.

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  • February 8, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    As a Marine I shot expert every time I went to the range (4th award). We shot at 200m 300m and 500m all with iron sights.
    I have an A2 style, with a carry handle that I will never ever use.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    Using the carry handle = "quarter deck, bitch/f*ckface"

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  • February 17, 2019 at 4:10 am
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    As i get older i miss simplicity most. Im going back

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  • February 19, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    it looks cool

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  • February 20, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    A2 with A1 carry handle and 20 round magazine? Sleek and beautiful. Simple and effective.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    I love how you used coyotes as a euphemism throughout the video. Very clever and organic.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    A1 upper receiver with A2 barrel and handguard? Reeeee!

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  • March 2, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    I fill the same way and what a wonderful video young man you were fantastic

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  • March 3, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    You're not utilizing that sling to it's full potential when shooting. There's a usmc fundamentals of marksmanship video that shows how to get a lot more stable when shooting with one arm wrapped a certain way in the sling.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    Yes, me too.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    Iron sights for me are faster to aim with

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  • March 3, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    Your carry handle won't run out of batteries or break.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    It's a gun, not a suitcase.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Try walking around with this on the streets

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  • March 4, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    carry handles are not for carrying
    at least that is what all my drill sergeants said

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  • March 4, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    Dude we must be related… rangers. Ars… only we raise sheep not cattle….

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  • March 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Brother! Great vid. And I agree.
    I think I have a good handle on love & while I don't have love handles, I do love handles on an AR.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    Good video. Which particular flavor of AR do you have?
    I carried a traditional M16 in the military, which looked like yours, except mine had triangular fore grips.
    My Ruger 556 (M4-style) came with short round fore grips, a collapsible shoulder stock, and a top rail. I dressed it up with an A2 solid rear shoulder stock, a carry handle, and a Hogue contoured pistol grip.
    Close enough to what I carried in the military without plunking down many hundreds of dollars more for a Bushmaster or Colt AR15 A2.
    The long 30-round magazines look so good hanging under my 556.
    Keep shooting.

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  • March 21, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    I miss Alex

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  • March 27, 2019 at 4:40 am
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    Why drop a rifle onto the bed of a truck just for the sake of dropping it ? Doesn't make sense to me, I mean why do it when you can just as easily put it down normally ?
    Yes, a rifle is a tool, but I don't throw my tools around just for the hell of it either.
    If theres a need to toss or roughly handle the weapon, no problem, you gotta do what you gotta do, but to do it as some sign of how evolved you are above someone who handles their firearms with common sense and respect is idiotic.

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  • March 29, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    Whatever floats your boat, It's your money and your weapon

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  • March 31, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    i was expecting a 6 second video that just consists of
    "One: They look cool as shit."

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  • March 31, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    Watching that rifle being carried like a purse made me cringe.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    carry handles in weapons are amazing!

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  • April 11, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    A loose gun in the bed of a Ranger with the tailgate dropped looks like a seriously bad idea.

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  • April 12, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    How about you stop treating your rifle like a $2 hooker and fix your fucking fences……

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  • April 13, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    Very surprised this wasn't a 5 second video that just had you saying "uhhh, it makes them easier to carry"

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  • April 13, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    Why drop your gun like that. I don't even treat HI-points that way.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    Watch out Coyotes, I've got a carry handle

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  • April 17, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    For those of us trained back in the day, carry candles are great.

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  • April 23, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    To be honest, my favorite M-16 carry handle is the A1 (the one on the M-16, M-16A1, and M-16A2) And I also think that M-16s look awful with anything other then a handle, where as the M4 looks good in mostly anything.

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  • April 24, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    Im personally planning to build an A1 build for my first ar and am looking for parts recommendations other than brownells. Any recomondations?

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  • April 24, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    Looks first, functional practicality second.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    😀👍

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  • April 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Carry handles, they dont just look badass. Its almost like handles and iron didnt get us all the way into the late 2000s. It wasnt until around 2010, that combat optics became the norm and only the last couple years that they've become truly accessible to the consumer market. A service grade red dot, still costs twice as much as it should.

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  • April 29, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    The Chad A2 carry handle vs the virgin detachable carry handle

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  • May 14, 2019 at 3:45 am
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    Correct me if I'm wrong but those handles were originally meant to protect the charging handle which was contained within the "carry handle" enclosure on the original model. Don't believe they were originally designed to be a "carry handle."

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  • May 27, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    It wouldn't hurt to take better care of your firearms.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    My standard AR has always had a milsurp a3 carry handle. I like the handle for the same reasons you brought up in the video but I also like having the ability to use an optic without needing a gooseneck or other such rail mount for the a2 version.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    Carry handles are nice but you also could have grabbed it by the pistol grip in those situations.

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  • June 7, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    i made a lego m16 its good and i like the m 16

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  • June 12, 2019 at 9:16 am
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    Is that an A2 Transition gun. Hickok45 has one of those and it has been the subject of great interest and debate.

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  • June 14, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    Battery 🔋 in iron sights never die.

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  • June 24, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    AR15 irons, especially the A2s, are fucking magnificent.

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  • July 2, 2019 at 8:44 pm
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    Too many tacticool , geer kweerz only relying on optics.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    I will have 2 AR-15s. One with 20 inch barrel, quad rail handguard and with Vortex Viper 6-24x scope for long range sniping, another AR-15 ( Colt M-4 Semi Auto ) with 14 inch barrel, quad rail handguard and with carry handle for close range shooting.

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  • July 10, 2019 at 5:31 am
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    Or you know, you can, grab the gun by the handguard to carry it

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    Great thoughts in this video.

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  • July 14, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    I like how he throws his rifle into the back of that 4×4 just to demonstrate that his rifle is a tool.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    I Like Them To

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  • July 18, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    0:31 Is My Most Favorite Gun Ever!

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  • July 21, 2019 at 3:46 am
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    @3:00 Sorry to pick, but you're "slapping" the trigger. Proper follow-through is key for best accuracy.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    I love the carry handles on a classic style m16 or m4 from the Vietnam – desert storm era. It just looks bad ass

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  • July 25, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    My brownells retro rifle is by far my favorite AR to shoot I've ever owned.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    If this doesn't make you want an A2 Idk what will.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    You can find similar ones on the Norinco QBZ 95.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    I love new ars. But I love classic ars more.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    In order to graduate boot camp in the United States Army, you have to make kill shots, human kill shots at 300 meters. With Iron Sights.

    1meter=39inches
    300meters=11700inches
    1yard=36inches
    11700inches/36=325yards

    That bears repeating: in the military, you are trained to kill a man at 325 yards with Iron Sights.

    Snivilians will spend hundreds on fancy optics, and brag about 125 yard hits on paper targets. From a bench. With a vise. And sand bags under the buttstock

    Tell me more about what an expert shooter you are.

    If used properly, the M16 rifle, with Iron Sights, is basically a mid range sniper rifle.

    Millions of Germans, Japs, Koreans, Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghanis, and others have been mowed the fuck down with iron sights.

    Simo Hayha, the deadliest sniper in world history with 505 confirmed kills, only used his Iron Sights.

    Plus, if you're the type who wants the best if both worlds, they make ACOGs that mount to a carrying handle but, still have a valley underneath them which enables you to still use your Iron Sights without removing your optic.

    But, what's the point in having an optic when the weapon itself with Iron Sights is rated and proven to make kill shots at 800 yards?

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  • October 1, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    I love 'em. Irons are solid and don't need batteries

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  • October 4, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Ive put 10+ optics on my AR and always end up with my carry handle back on. It just feels more solid and if i were to end up in a shtf situation its not gonna break or run outa batteries lol.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 8:07 am
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    Didn't your SOI instructor tell why not to use the carry handle.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    Ar15a2 like the a2

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  • October 14, 2019 at 8:49 am
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    I just like the way it looks

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  • October 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the carry handle. You can do anything.

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  • October 19, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    I’m sorry but I served in the Army Infantry for 8 years and I cringe when I see people use the carry handle to actually carry. That being said I know it sounds dumb but they beat that into us. Also I have an A2 style AR-15 and I love my carry handle and 20” barrel.

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  • October 21, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    Throwing handle

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  • October 21, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    Stupid is as Stupid does

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  • October 22, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    I agree with you that carry handle is old-school I like that style.. I need to know if I can put a detachable carry handle on to my Ruger AR 15 556???? And if so, Which one would work best…

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