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M6SL or M6A2

Postby donjose » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:01 pm

Looking to get one or the other real soon...

Does the SL have good solid hanguard lockup with the MOE hand guards?

And is the A2 worth the extra cash for the rail ?

Any help will be great

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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby TH317 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:10 pm

The MOE handguards are quite solid and very comfortable. I have a carbine-length (the SL uses a mid-length) one on my bushmaster with a long rail section and a VFG2 underneath and a MOE Scout Light and MSA on the support (left for me) side. This is a very lightweight set-up.

The rails on the ARM-R handguard are very nice, but I dare say if your mission doesn't require you to rapidly change out a wide range of accessories on a moments notice, they aren't really necessary anymore. I'd bet that's a big part of why the company has made such improvements as the REPR and SPR rails and the entirely new IC upper. With the ability to add rail sections only where you need them, having them all over is just dead weight, IMHO.

If it were me, I'd get the M6SL and just put MOE stuff where I need it. I've said before that I don't care for the MS2 sling, but that MSA makes a darn fine "two point" out of it. Also, the MOE scout light mount has a 1913 rail on it making it perfect for a wide range of lights, not just the Scout Light which bolts right to it. :2cents:

If you don't want the "A-frame" FSB up front, look at the SPR. That would definitely be worth the extra coin. :yup:
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby Snake » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:12 pm

I have both. Got the SL for my girlfriend cause it's lighter in weight. It's a solid piece though.

The A2 is my baby, it's never failed me and the flip front sight is nice cause it doesn't get into the sight picture of my EOtech like it does with my girl's.
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby donjose » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:34 pm

Yea I was figuring this would be hard to way out ............
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby chainring » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:47 pm

I like both, but the 14.5 inch SL is one of the sweetest rifles I've handled. Rock solid, and light as a feather. Really love that one. What kinda optic are you running? If it has any magnification at all, you won't see the front sight base. Dad is running an eotech on his SL and doesn't mind the FSB either. You can't go wrong with those two, but what kinda shooting and optics do you prefer?
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby donjose » Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:25 pm

I will be running a aimpoint c3 in a lower third witness, probally will try a 3x9 scope in a larue mount just for kicks as well............
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby TH317 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:26 pm

donjose wrote:I will be running a aimpoint c3 in a lower third witness, probally will try a 3x9 scope in a larue mount just for kicks as well............


Either rifle + either optic = no problem. Do you already own the C3, or are you planning to buy a new one? If you are buying a new Aimpoint, I can and do highly recommend the Aimpoint Micro H1. I have 2 now, 1 on my Bushy on a LaRue 660 Tall Mount and 1 on my 870 Tactical on the stock Aimpoint low mount. I plan on getting the LaRue 661 Low Mount for that one someday. I also have a 3-9 Leupold in a LaRue SPR/M4 Scope Mount QD LT104 on my M6A2-S. I swap it with the H1/660 combo from time to time and both optics work great on both rifles once zeroed.

You may as well get both rifles and both optics, 'cause one is none... :yeah:
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby donjose » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:44 pm

Yea I wish I could afford both but I am still trying to get some more info on the M6SL
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby Snake » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:06 pm

What info do you need? Mine's sitting right here next to me.
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby donjose » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:00 am

Thanks for the reply's I guess this is going to be harder than I thought :)
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby chainring » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:07 am

Or you could get the SL. ;) Seriously, for the money, the SL is an amazing little rifle. I have found myself considering selling some Glocks to try to get another one....especially now that they are making them with Cerakote colors. But I'm supposed to be saving for my REPR...
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby CarlosDJackal » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:41 pm

The M6SL is a lot lighter and there are railed handguard options available out there. If you want to install a Troy TRX, Samsosn Evolution or similar handguards, the M6A2 would be your only choice. Good luck!!
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby Snake » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:47 pm

By default, I recommend the M6A2 to everybody first. It's the backbone/most basic and dependable model of M6 that LWRC has, and whether it's in carbine or midlength piston, it's good to go every which way.

The same reliability extends to all M6A2 off shoots and spin offs: M6A2-S, TRICON Mk 6, SPR, A2-S Operator/Spartan, and now even the IC.

But like I said, if you're looking for modular rifle in it's most simplest form, the M6A2 is the way to go.
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby andreys21 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:03 pm

My first one was A2 back when M6 still had that ugly handguard vs the MOE now. I like the MOE on my SL, its not tight/snug but it ain't all loosey-goosey either. Very little play. I'd compare the amount of play similar to stock or slack between lower/upper. in any case, it makes very little difference.

SL is about a pound lighter when A2. Purpose should drive your choice here. Do you need a full rail? I've learned to hate the ARM-R rail for its weight and will be swapping it out for something lighter. Since I have bought the SL, my M6A2 sits in the safe for the most part.
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Re: M6SL or M6A2

Postby Snake » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:27 pm

Unless they retrofit your SL with an IC railed gas block, that A-frame FSB is gonna contaminate your sight picture. Hence why I like the ability to have a folding front sight on the M6A2.

The weight isn't bad, and that's with a full mag, an eotech, a flashlight, and a VFG on it. Don't let these guys make you afraid of a little heft, it won't kill you. Good workout, less muzzle rise/tighter groups.
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