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Boot Stomper
12-18-2012, 22:41
Been wanting an AR 15 for sometime now and the recent push by the Democrats to resurrect the Assault Weapons Bill has motivated me to look a little harder.

On a whim this morning, I walked into Walmart to see how bad the run on guns and ammo was going. Walked to the counter at 9:30 am and two guys are there buying guns, an AR chambered in 308 and a Remington 870 (20 gauge). The salesman advised the 308 AR was the last AR in the store for sale.

Talked to the guys a bit and went shopping for birthday gift ideas for my wife. While walking, I decide to check if they had any 380 ACP ammo, a gift for my Dad I thought. I go back to the the gun counter and more guys are there buying more guns, one of which was a Bushmaster AR-15.

I overhear the one older guy in his 60s say to the clerk, "I changed my mind. I really want a bow and not two rifles." I asked the clerk "What was his other rifle." The clerk say, "A Windham."

I recently became familiar with Windham Weaponry and have read and heard many great reviews on their AR-15 line. I asked the clerk if I could see the Windham and what was the price. The clerk said, "Sure I'll get it. Its in the back and it sells for $799.00."

I looked the Windham Weaponry AR 15 over and it looked and felt solid. I told the clerk, "I'll take it." I turned to the the guy who turned it down for the Bushmaster, shook his hand and said "Thanks, you made my Christmas." The man said back to me, "I really just want a new bow."

Two dollars for the back ground check and five minutes later it was mine. I can pick it up tomorrow morning. Sorry no pictures yet, here is the model and link to Windham Weaponry's website.

http://www.windhamweaponry.com/pdf/UpdatedTechSheets/SRCMSRPPRICING.pdf

I will need to pick up some good iron sights, maybe a red dot down the line.

So a question for GT is what are the recommended iron sights for this rifle?? Who to buy from??

These are the sights sold by Windham on there website.

http://www.windhamweaponry.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=11&cat=Sights+%26amp%3B+Optics

Thanks for any feed back.

Here is a You tube review on Windham Weaponry.

Windham Weaponry AR15 Rifles - YouTube

boomhower
12-18-2012, 22:45
The Windahm rifles have been getting good user reviews. You have quite a few options for sites. For fixed I like Daniel Defense and Troy. If you want flippers either Troy or Magpul for cheap. ARMS are decent but for the same money you can get better.

I've never seen an AR-10 variant at Walmart. What brand was it and what price did they have on it?

Boot Stomper
12-18-2012, 22:50
Thanks for the ideas. I love King of the Hill.

Boot Stomper
12-18-2012, 22:52
I've never seen an AR-10 variant at Walmart. What brand was it and what price did they have on it?

I will look in the display case tomorrow when I go to pick up my AR. I did not look it over since it was being bought.

Update it was DPMS.

WinterWizard
12-18-2012, 22:55
The Windahm rifles have been getting good user reviews. You have quite a few options for sites. For fixed I like Daniel Defense and Troy. If you want flippers either Troy or Magpul for cheap. ARMS are decent but for the same money you can get better.

I've never seen an AR-10 variant at Walmart. What brand was it and what price did they have on it?

Don't buy Magpul. They are polymer and the front sight could melt seeing as it would be sitting on the top of the gas block.

I have the Troys on my Windham. Love them.

Don't skimp on irons or you will just end up buying them twice.

Boot Stomper
12-18-2012, 23:07
Don't buy Magpul. They are polymer and the front sight could melt seeing as it would be sitting on the top of the gas block.

I have the Troys on my Windham. Love them.

Don't skimp on irons or you will just end up buying them twice.

Thanks for the advise. The Troy flip down sights do look like a good option.

boomhower
12-19-2012, 06:15
Don't buy Magpul. They are polymer and the front sight could melt seeing as it would be sitting on the top of the gas block.

I have the Troys on my Windham. Love them.

Don't skimp on irons or you will just end up buying them twice.

Brain fart. Missed the railed gas block, definitely go metal.

Thanks for the advise. The Troy flip down sights do look like a good option.

Troy's are the best choice for flippers, they aren't cheap but buy once cry once. For fixed I prefer DD's.

smokin762
12-19-2012, 06:30
If you bought the same rifle as in the link, it looks like you will need a front sight and rear sight that is on the same plane. The gas block looks like it is elevated. I think those are a cool compromise, instead of a railed handguard.

Boot Stomper
12-19-2012, 07:24
If you bought the same rifle as in the link, it looks like you will need a front sight and rear sight that is on the same plane. The gas block looks like it is elevated. I think those are a cool compromise, instead of a railed handguard.

Yes, It is the same rifle as the link. I will pick it up this morning.

smokin762
12-19-2012, 10:46
Yes, It is the same rifle as the link. I will pick it up this morning.

Post picks when you bring it home. :supergrin:

mgs
12-19-2012, 18:55
Don't buy Magpul. They are polymer and the front sight could melt seeing as it would be sitting on the top of the gas block.

I have the Troys on my Windham. Love them.

Don't skimp on irons or you will just end up buying them twice.

Melting? Really? Please attach a picture.

Spiffums
12-19-2012, 19:27
I didn't see it mentioned but Windham is the old bushmaster guys.

WoodenPlank
12-19-2012, 19:59
Melting? Really? Please attach a picture.

Even the Magpul product page (http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG247/44) for the MBUS sights says not to use them on railed gas blocks, as the heat can damage them.

From the "SPECS" tab:

"NOTE: Cannot be mounted to a railed gas block due to excess heat issues.
Front MBUS must be mounted to a railed fore end on the same plane as the receiver rail. Because of this the sight is also not compatible with MOE Hand Guards."

WoodenPlank
12-19-2012, 20:01
If you bought the same rifle as in the link, it looks like you will need a front sight and rear sight that is on the same plane. The gas block looks like it is elevated. I think those are a cool compromise, instead of a railed handguard.

The FSB is same-plane, so a standard Troy front sight should work just fine. I've never seen a railed gas block that was TALLER than the receiver rail, only shorter.

smokin762
12-19-2012, 20:25
The FSB is same-plane, so a standard Troy front sight should work just fine. I've never seen a railed gas block that was TALLER than the receiver rail, only shorter.

You misread it. You must be tired. :whistling:

I said the gas block is on the same plane. When I said it was elevated, that meant it wasn’t the standard height of a normal gas block.

WoodenPlank
12-19-2012, 20:27
You misread it. You must be tired. :whistling:

I said the gas block is on the same plane. When I said it was elevated, that meant it wasn’t the standard height of a normal gas block.

Whoops, you're right. Sorry about that.

smokin762
12-19-2012, 20:28
Whoops, you're right. Sorry about that.

No problem. :supergrin::wavey:

Ruggles
12-19-2012, 20:47
Congrats, nice pick up :)

The AR10s at Wal-Mart are DPMS brand, not sure of the price.

Not sure about front sights but I have 3 of the flip up sights on the rear from M.I. and they are well built. Fixed I like the LaRue BUIS. Troy builds great stuff, I have a fixed rear from them as well.

Boot Stomper
12-20-2012, 02:20
Congrats, nice pick up :)

The AR10s at Wal-Mart are DPMS brand, not sure of the price.

Not sure about front sights but I have 3 of the flip up sights on the rear from M.I. and they are well built. Fixed I like the LaRue BUIS. Troy builds great stuff, I have a fixed rear from them as well.

You are correct. When I pick up the AR-15 today I asked the sales guy about the AR-10. He advised it is the DPMS and it was selling at $897.00 here in Southern Illinois.

After getting my AR-15, I was promptly escorted outside the building by a very nice and cute assistant manager, company policy. She told me Walmart is looking at working with local police departments to fund hunter and gun safety programs for youth.

All together it was a good experience buying an AR from Walmart. This is the second rifle I have bought from them. First was a Marlin model 60.

I'll get pictures up. ASAP

Because I know the Glock talk rule. So, I'll do it to myself.

:needspics:

Boot Stomper
12-20-2012, 02:59
Here are some pictures of the actual rifle. Had to use the wife's old 4.0 mega-pixel Kodak easy share camera. Batteries dead on the newer one. Only enough room to upload one image.

The rifle came with the plastic case, a military style sling, one 30 round military style magazine and owners manual. The owner's manual is very well done with great pictures..

smokin762
12-20-2012, 06:31
Very nice looking rifle. Enjoy it and if you ever get the chance, see if a Gun Club offers a shooting event. Sometimes, those can be real fun.

boomhower
12-20-2012, 06:34
Nice looking rifle.

I'd like to find one of these $897 DPMS AR-10's....

Boot Stomper
12-20-2012, 12:15
Thanks.

My next goal is to see if my Department will send me to AR-15 training this spring or summer. I have been before, but never with my own rifle, just the department Bushmaster.

Osborne
12-20-2012, 12:49
Great looking rifle!

boomhower
12-20-2012, 16:29
Thanks.

My next goal is to see if my Department will send me to AR-15 training this spring or summer. I have been before, but never with my own rifle, just the department Bushmaster.

Department training? That must be nice. Ours is show up and qualify on a dirt simple 30 round course.

Boot Stomper
12-20-2012, 23:58
Department training? That must be nice. Ours is show up and qualify on a dirt simple 30 round course.

In Southern Illinois there is a LE training organization which offers courses on all kinds of LE issues including handgun, shotgun and rifle courses. The classes are taught by acting or retires police offices. Very professionally done.

Here is the organizations website.

http://www.silec.org/