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In 1973, a company was founded in Madison, North Carolina with an aim to provide a line of high-quality AR-15-patterned rifles and carbines. That company was Bushmaster Firearms International LLC. Now, nearly 40 years later, Bushmaster is known for its line of firearms that provide the military, law enforcement agencies and civilians with AR-15-patterned firearms known for their quality, reliability, accuracy, durability and value. Today, Bushmaster still makes its home in Madison, North Carolina, though its production facility is in Ilion, New York.
The M4 carbine is a part of a family of firearms that can be traced back to M16 rifle, which was originally based on Eugene Stoner's AR-15. Though very similar to the M16, the M4 is both shorter and lighter than the M16 and is equipped with a six-position telescoping stock. Though the M4 and the M16 have 80 percent parts commonality, some key differences do exist. The major difference is the shortened barrel characteristic of the M4, which typically measures 14.5 inches. Today, the M4 is swiftly replacing most M16s still in service with the United States Army.
The Bushmaster M4A3 Patrolman carbine is one of the company's most popular civilian versions of the M4. Based on the M4-type carbines that the company is famous for, each Patrolman is built with an increased barrel length to make them BATFE compliant. It is also worth noting that the Patrolman is available in two different configurations: the M4A2 and the M4A3. As noted, the configuration available here is the M4A3, which includes a removable carry handle that, when removed, offers access to an integrated MIL-STD 1919 rail.
The Bushmaster M4A3 Patrolman carbine features a 16-inch, chrome-lined barrel (1:9-inch twist rate) and an overall length of 32.5 inches. The chrome lining serves to protect the barrel and the chamber from rust and corrosion as well as giving them higher resistance to wear. The inclusion of a muzzle brake is intended to reduce recoil and muzzle rise. When combined with the synthetic six-position telescoping stock, you get a carbine that weighs in at just 6.7 pounds unloaded. The carbine also includes a standard M16-style front sight as well as a dual aperture rear sight that is adjustable for both windage and elevation. As noted, the carbine is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington and includes a single 30-round magazine. This carbine is compatible with all STANAG 4179 magazines.
What more can be said about the Bushmaster M4A3 Patrolman carbine other than the fact that it is a Bushmaster. That alone gives you an idea of the quality you can expect. Consider this carbine for:
- Sport shooting
- Target shooting
- Law enforcement
- Small-game hunting
- Personal protection
- Much more…
|Caliber||.223 / 5.56|
|Barrel Length||16 Inches|
|Accessory Rail||Yes - Weaver Style|
|Manufacturers Part Number||90289|
|Restrictions||Age - 18+|
|Returns Accepted||Yes - Must Not Be Modified Or Visibly Used|
I like AR's, I really like AR's and of the 3 carbines, my Bushmaster is hands down my favorite. It fit and finish are very nice and there is no play or wiggle whatsoever. Let me say first of all I never judge a firearm by it's price. You can get a nice quality gun for a very good, low price or you can get a problematic hunk of junk for a lot of money. I decided to devote most of the extras to my Bushmaster. It is a nice carbine as it comes out of the included hard case with 2 30 round mags and a nylon sling. I went a few steps further with mine with the addition of a rifle length free float hand guard with tac light, laser, grip and back up sights at a angle on the right side. Now I don't know if I got one from a special run or if it's a older or newer one, but my carry handle is detachable. Where there would be the carry handle I have a EoTech 512 Holosight. It has Magpul stock, trigger guard, and grip as well as ladder style rail protectors. That petty much sums up my main home protector. If you buy an AR and do not already have one it is easy to catch the upgrade bug. Bottom line on this rifle if that it will not let you down if you take care of it. I have another Bushmaster lower with a Colt A2 upper that has turned out to be a very good and reliable as well as super accurate with it's heavy match barrel. 2 of the top quality AR's working together flawlessly. I call it my "Coltmaster". In closing of this review, you can't go wrong with either a Bushmaster or Colt.