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Bushmaster XM15-E2S .223 Rem.

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Simply put, we think this is one of the most shooterfriendly weapons we've fired. With its big gun feel, the type of recoil that might make people shy away from a light rifle simply doesn't exist here. Fast, accurate, reliable (and fun), we think this carbine is worth every penny.

Bushmaster XM15-E2S .223 Rem.

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We can’t really say where the Bushmaster product picks up all of the extra 8 ounces it carries compared to the Panther Arms model but several factors obviously contribute to the difference in price. While this model came with only one magazine it was steel bodied rather than plastic as in the case of the Panther model. The barrel is marginally thicker. The difference of outside diameter is just enough to be noticeable to the naked eye (about 0.07 inches).
Both ARs used steel bolts, but the Panther's was hard chromed. The Bushmaster comes with one steel-bodied 10-round magazine. DPMS Panther has two plastic-bodied mags.
Bushmaster's larger rear aperture is much bigger than the smaller peep and really helps at close range. Rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation via twist knobs.
Each AR comes with a chrome-lined barrel, but the Bushmaster barrel is slightly heavier.

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