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DPMS Panther Arms RFA2-AP4A Patrol Carbine .223 Rem.

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This is a basic no-nonsense carbine at a good price. A little trigger work and the scope of your choice backed by the Mangonel rear sight would make it hard to beat.

DPMS Panther Arms RFA2-AP4A Patrol Carbine .223 Rem.

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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The DPMS carbine came with the same Ergo grip as the one found on the Bushmaster. We liked its profile, tacky surface, and the way it fit the web of our hands. But, the cap on the bottom of our DPMS model never really fit into place. Meant for the storage of small items like batteries we were ready to glue it shut. This was a minor annoyance.
The Mangonel rear sight was one of the few units we have seen that can be stowed or put into action with only one hand. It was adequate at best for fifty yard shots but it did afford a lot of peripheral vision for fast shooting at close quarters. Quick access makes it a very good backup unit.

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