Forget long, heavy rifles. At 5.85 pounds empty, this light, handy AR-15 by DoubleStar is a joy to shoot. The Constant Carry Carbine is intended for average civilians looking for the right self-defense weapon to protect them in times of danger.
The rail system is separated into two halves that join where the barrel meets the receiver, but the fit is so good that it might just as well be one piece. The Samson Evolution Series handguard is comfortable to shoot—no sharp edges.
he C3’s controls are easy to use, and the fit and finish is excellent.
AR-UL-E stock comes standard with either a 1-inch or half-inch buttpad. Note the stock’s two mounting options for a sling.
The Magpul MBUS sights fore and aft worked very well and fold down to allow a clear view through the scope. During the T&E, the C3 had no failures to feed, fire or eject, whatsoever.
When I was invited to write an AR-15 review, I first wondered what else could possibly be written about the M16/AR-15 platform. But its versatility among hunters, competitive shooters, plinkers and citizen home-defenders has earned it the title of “America’s Rifle.” And the AR has been the standard service rifle of the U.S. military longer than any other rifle in our nation’s history.
The AR’s adoption was due not to the usual Aberdeen Proving Ground trials that historically have been conducted by the U.S. Army to select small arms, but due to U.S. Air Force General Curtis LeMay, who had unintentionally led the charge (after some testing). General LeMay simply wanted the Colt AR-15 to replace
the Air Force’s ageing supplies of World War II–era M1/M2 Carbines, which Air Force personnel used to guard B-52 strategic bomber bases in the U.S. and overseas. In fact, the first technical specification for the AR-15 design came in 1957 from General Willard G. Wyman, who handed firearms designer Gene Stoner an M1 Carbine and told him to design a rifle that looked like the M1 but shot a high-velocity .22 caliber cartridge…
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When I was invited to write an AR-15 review, I first wondered what else…
by Mike Beliveau / Jul 11, 2013