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Bushmaster XM15-E2S Super-Light Carbine 5.56mm NATO/.223, $1020

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Short, handy, compact, rugged and accurate, the Bushmaster Super-Light was a dandy. It was also 2.2 pounds heavier than the Carbon 15. Still, except for its buttstock's discomfort on our faces, we liked it, and would buy it if we wanted a well-made all-metal, all mil-spec rifle of this type.

Bushmaster XM15-E2S Super-Light Carbine 5.56mm NATO/.223, $1020

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The Bushmaster had a detachable carry handle with integral rear sight. Take it off, and it's easy to mount a scope. But then, you don't have the rear sight on the gun.
The Carbon 15 bolt, left, had a larger extractor than the Bushmaster, which had a conventional one. The Carbon 15 bolt was hard-chrome plated.
At top is the short, chromed bolt from the Carbon 15 Model 97S. Next is the skeletonized bolt from the Carbon 15 with standard, mil-spec butt, and at the bottom is the mil-spec bolt of the Bushmaster.
Workmanship was excellent on the Bushmaster, as it was on the Carbon 15s. The Bushmaster's all-mil-spec manufacture will cause it to be chosen by many shooters over the Carbon 15.

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