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Bushmaster Carbon 15 Superlight ORC No. 90689 5.56 NATO, $845

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Even in a wartime situation, one carries the rifle far more than one shoots it. Given our choice, we would carry this one all day way over the other two. Its trigger was poor, but our Geissele replacement was super. It delivered acceptable accuracy.

Bushmaster Carbon 15 Superlight ORC No. 90689 5.56 NATO, $845

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We thought this rifle had the appropriate weight for the 5.56 NATO round; the other two were too heavy. We also thought the composite action was plenty strong enough, and added, rather than detracted, from the rifle.
Here is the Chinese 1X scope on top of the Carbon 15 rifle. It is small and light, and totally dependent on its battery, which is inside that big knob on the side. The knob also turns on the reticle and adjusts it for brightness. We didn’t like it.
The superb $230 Geissele trigger is on the left. The original Bushmaster Carbon 15 trigger is on the right. We had major problems with the original trigger's inconsistency and heavy pull. That has to be fixed, we thought. The upgrade would put it nearer the others' prices.

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