what is the best all around carbine length barrel?
16 inch light weight mid length
16 inch mid length heavy
16 inch carbine heavy
16 inch carbine LW
16 inch m-4 profile
14.5 m4 profile
11.5inch heavy SBR
this is for all around use not a seal team dumping 100rd drums in a fire-fight. nor is this some guy in a rifle match. be general use it would include hunting, survival maybe some limited use as a LEO/CD type of thing. think of it as a modern m1carbine type of use.
now my personal preference is to the 16 inch mid-length lightweight.
in combat we carried many a m-4 with the m4/4 cut cv type barrels this is just a m-4 barrel with a little more meat left on the cutouts for better heat dissipation than the lighter versions of the m-4 . it is only useful for sustained auto fire--in a semi it would be just more dead weight.
maybe a heaver than a LW mid length--but lighter than a heavy ML--would be the ideal ticket?
the 11.5 is a very nice handeling weapon in CQC but at some cost? any thoughts on it??