Congrats on your two M&P 15s. I assume you have two Sport models, based on the cost? Are they Gen 1, or Gen 2 with the dust cover or forward assist?
Before continuing, I want to say I’m far from a firearms expert, and only offering an opinion. There are many experts on this forum with vast amounts of experience on the intricacies and nuances to fully kit out your rifles. They have plenty of range time and/or can speak well to their personal experiences.
I assume having spare parts, say a lower and upper parts kits is first priority.
I’m going to supply my simple perspective, fwiw, on priorities. I’m also budget conscious. Depending on the item, I won’t spend a whole lot on upgrades or spare piece parts. If you have the potential to lose your primary, a subset of parts aren’t the whole. If the desire is to have nearly the parts to assemble another rifle, then I’d suggest already having a backup rifle. Being the M&P cost you $500, when talking uppers, lowers, trigger upgrades, charging handles, BCG, etc. I’d personally just add a spare M&P, or suggest saving a bit more money to get something with extra features, and keep the original M&P as your backup. All things break eventually, even a high end product. A whole spare/backup can be used out of the box when needed, with no extra time spent to diagnose and rebuild. After having a backup, then spare parts. Just my opinion.
On AR upgrades, one has to consider their own unique situation, use scenarios, and personal proclivities in such things. Beyond a stock setup one could be a minimalist (e.g.- MBUS flip sights, red dot, sling, fold up bipod) or spend hundreds on a high-end scope, and many other customs. On high end upgrades, from a defense standpoint, night vision could be a better choice over getting a superb rifle, or working to make something better out of something basic. All depending on what you see yourself doing of course.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:06 am