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I am interested in the ACR and have read everything possible on them. I work in Law Enforcement in South Eastern Pa and everyone I talk to says to go with a Colt or other high end gas piston system. I am going to a gun show this weekend and will be buying something. Just need some input on guys who have both. I also have to consider the fact that my wife is 5'4 about 110 Lbs. She is also a cop and will be shooting the rifle as well so weight might be a factor. Any imput will be a help.
 

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My suggestion is to take your wife with you and have her shoulder the firearms to see how they feel. Please remember that the stock and handguards on an ACR can be switched out in 30 seconds and you both need to try it in different configurations to get a true feel for it. I am a firm believer in If it don't feel good, you won't ever feel confident with it.

I happen to have colts, (both the 6920 and 6940) and ACR, SCAR and XCR. All are fine rifles, all have been very reliable and accurate. Each one brings something different to the table. Bottom line, all the mentioned rifles should serve you well, it all comes down to; "What feels right to you"
 

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Thanks for your imput cjt50. We are going to try that tomorrow and I just hope they have ACR's to handle.
 

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the only bad is the weight, the first time you pick it up you feel it vrs another rifle like a scar or ar, but if you are willing to ignore that then the rifle is definitely the way to go imo
 

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I happen to have colts, (both the 6920 and 6940)...
I've got a pre-ban Colt lower from back during the ban days that I built an M4gery off of. It's not doing much in the safe at the moment (the M4gery has since been stripped and replaced) but have been looking at those 6940 uppers to keep it pure Colt at least. How do you like it? My gripe with some of the monolithic uppers and railed fore ends are that once you get rail covers on them they are huge, does it suffer the same problem?


And Btpd142, just like what was already said, get something that works for both of you and don't be set in stone on a model name. I mean this is an ACR forum so you'll hear no complaints from the peanut gallery about someone joining the family (the more folks that jump on board the quicker they'll be more apt to start releasing more stuff!) but try a few out and see what fits best as objectively as possible.
 

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I've got a pre-ban Colt lower from back during the ban days that I built an M4gery off of. It's not doing much in the safe at the moment (the M4gery has since been stripped and replaced) but have been looking at those 6940 uppers to keep it pure Colt at least. How do you like it? My gripe with some of the monolithic uppers and railed fore ends are that once you get rail covers on them they are huge, does it suffer the same problem?
I like the 6940, it is a free floating upper and the accuracy shows. Much more forgiving of positioning then the 6920 is. As far as rail width with covers: I first started off with XTM's on the bottom and side rails and it was bad, way too bulky. I have sinced removed the XTM's covers from the sides and replaced them with ladder covers. Feels much better, good in fact. Rest of the rifle is pure Colt DI AR15, no surprises there. One thing, it came with a matech rear BUIS and personally, It's a piece of crap. after the 1st 100 rounds the peep would'nt stay down anymore. Notice the pivot pin was walking out of it resting place and there was no way to fix it. Promptly replaced it with a Troy.
 

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Ah yes, the Matech rear sight. What a POS that thing is. I had to swap out or otherwise repair dozens of those things. Ridiculous.
 

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Well I went with the ACR today. I picked up about 20 different AR's and although the ACR felt alittle frontend heavy it was ok for me. The wife was sick so she didn't get to shoulder any at the show. I told her if she doesn't like it she will just have to buy her own. Now I have to work on optic options. Thanks for everyones imput. Our regional Swat Team has training Wednesday so we will compare it to a couple different AR's. Will let you know how it turns out.
 

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+1,,,,,,,classic
 

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Everybody seems to think the ACR is front heavy. I guess I've been shooting gas piston guns for a while now because I just don't notice it. Is it perhaps the rails on the enhanced foregrip? Because with the standard foregrip, it feels less front heavy to me than my LWRCs (heavy barrels, metal foregrips). IMO, all GPs will be more front heavy than DIs (center of gravity is forward). Maybe that's where the perception comes from.
 

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Everybody seems to think the ACR is front heavy. I guess I've been shooting gas piston guns for a while now because I just don't notice it. Is it perhaps the rails on the enhanced foregrip? Because with the standard foregrip, it feels less front heavy to me than my LWRCs (heavy barrels, metal foregrips). IMO, all GPs will be more front heavy than DIs (center of gravity is forward). Maybe that's where the perception comes from.
I have to agree. After playing with my cousin's SR-556 the ACR with basic hanguards really isnt bad.
 

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with a 16" barrel and suppressor it is a little front heavy, but the 10.5 is not so much ;)

actually coming from a hk416 the acr feels really similar in weight distribution, my mk18 on the other hand is super light after playing with my acr
 

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I definitely disagree that the ACR feels heavy. With the appropriate sling, I would rather hump an ACR than an M16A2 like I used to. I would have MUCH rather ACR's in the tank than M16A4 or even the M4's we later got. Folding stock and 12.5" or 14.5" barrels would've made it a lot more convenient, too!

Don't really see the modularity being used much military wise, at least for conventional line units, but would sure make first and second echelon maintenance a lot easier. I would see most line units not wanting the user replaceable barrels. Another possible point of failure and you can punch the bore just fine without taking off the barrel.

What is definitely the ACR's best feature is the ergonomics and piston operation. The former is so much superior on charging, clearing stoppages (which shouldn't happen nearly as much thanks to the latter), etc.
 

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Don't really see the modularity being used much military wise, at least for conventional line units...
Nor do I. I think the thought of being able to go from a DMR style set-up and then keeping a 10.5" barrel in your ruck for CQB is stretching it. Barrel swaps would happen back at the FOB or elsewhere where there is a base of support. I'd go for a simple threaded barrel nut and a torque wrench set up for a .mil rifle. Still modular, still more user friendly than the SCAR, and simplifies the rifle by deleting parts.
 
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