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Professional Ordnance Carbon 15 Model 97S 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem.

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Once they try one, we believe many shooters will find the Carbon 15 to be their first choice in an AR-15.

Professional Ordnance Carbon 15 Model 97S 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem.

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About identical to all-metal AR-15s in appearance, the action, stock and many other parts were made of carbon-fiber-reinforced composites. The Hogue OverMolded grip was comfortable. That little lever near the rear action screw allows removal of the butt stock for takedown.
Here the buttstock has been removed (note lever pointing rearward), the mainspring and buffer removed, and the captive rear action pin pushed all the way to the right, allowing the action to open for cleaning.
The ambidextrous safety played well for lefties. Note the absence of an ejection-port cover and forward assist. The brass deflector was detachable if desired and the trigger pull was good.
Broken down to its major components, the Carbon 15 showed several major departures from standard AR-15 construction and specs. Some of the internals were identical to mil-spec units, like the trigger, but most were of new, innovative design. The main buttstock weighed only 3.5 ounces.

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