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Old October 16th, 2020, 10:28 PM #1
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New to ARs

I just bought an AR from Hanover Armory. Does anyone have any experience with them? It seems well made. What are the best upgrades sooner than later?
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Old October 16th, 2020, 10:35 PM #2
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Hard to say what "upgrades" you need without knowing your intentions with said tool.

Ive heard good things from Hanover Armory. Last i heard they use BCA barrels(subpar quality) and a few other lower cost parts. Should run reliably. Best thing to do is become familiar with the weapon and practice.
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Old October 16th, 2020, 10:58 PM #3
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Use it for a while, think about what you don't like ergonomically (or functionally) and then upgrade from there.
Then think about what you might want cosmetically/bling wise if anything.

Also what you intend to do with it helps, short range/home defense? target shooting? "competition" shooting? "status symbol"? etc


I "upgrade" to ambidextrous controls (charging handle and safety) and usually change out the grip to a Magpul MOE or MOE+ one for comfort on my own personal ones.
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Greg not sure where you are shooting but check out a few clubs. The AGC isn’t far and you can see the 1 billion ways you can configure your AR and maybe try some different ones.

Check out Arlington RPC we have a 2 gun next Saturday. https://www.arlingtonrpc.com/
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Greg,

All the advice given is true. best upgrade you can get at this time is a lot off ammo and a lot of time at the range. Spend some time with other shooter and get thoroughly familiar with your rifle. You might just like it the way it is. Do not get caught up in the thought that every gadget you can buy is an "upgrade".

List uf things that might make your gun more enjoyable:

1. Some sort of Red dot sight. Allows you to learn more rapidly to shoot both eyes open and recognize designated point of impact more easily
2. A quality sling. I prefer a 2-point.
3. lots of ammo. Avoid Steel case unless you like replacing extractors. Steel case will work in a pinch.
4. a convenient range with lots of good heated, like minded people to talk to. maybe you will find someone with a AR that has different attachments that you could feel, touch, look through etc. Avoid a sales pitch.

Good Luck and congrats on the new tool.
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Thanks guys. Great advice.

Ill check out the Arlington Club. It is about an hour from me but I have some friends in Nova.

Right now I've just been getting used to shooting it with the irons.. i did run out of 5.56 though! I thought I struck gold at 6am the other day when it popped up on Cabelas for $429 /1k ... ordered it and two days later got the cancellation email. Now Im staring at $750 if I want 1k... hoping it changes post election?

As for upgrades, charging handle sticks out to me as it feels flimsy and it is small to grab quickly. Any reccomendations?
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Bcm gunfighter charging handle
Geissele trigger, or larue mbt if you are on a budget

I'm guessing ammo will come back down summer/fall 2021 with trump win
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I just bought an AR from Hanover Armory. Does anyone have any experience with them? It seems well made. What are the best upgrades sooner than later?
Take it to the range and try it out before upgrading anything. Does it have iron sights and/or some sort of optic (scope or red dot)?
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I just bought an AR from Hanover Armory. Does anyone have any experience with them? It seems well made. What are the best upgrades sooner than later?
Uhhhh.... At the very least you need to check the headspace on it and the alignment of the gas port to the gas block, before you do anything.
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1. Pickup some 30 round magazines out of state. Reloading mags sucks and the more time you spend reloading the less time you have to shoot.

2. Red dot or holographic sight. You don't need anything super expensive but a decent one will cost $200+

3. angled foregrip and bcm gunfighter stock or similar

4. Better trigger and charging handle

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