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what is the differnces bewteen a carbine barrel and a regular barrel? is it better for shooting at short ranges or is it better

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  • #16
    14+ inches is considered a rifle. Somebody said that an M4 is AS accurate as an M16, A1,A2,A3, or A4 despite having a shorter barrel length. That's completely false. The M16 IS more consistently accurate. Of course there are variables such as the operator and the the actual rounds being used, but saying that the M4 is AS accurate is false. The M16 has a greater point target accuracy at 500 meters making it, in fact, more accurate than an M4. If you were to take a machine and fire these weapons at identical targets from the exact same range, you would see a difference in results beyond about 400 meters.

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    • #17
      Anything beyond 500 meters is considered "plunging" fire, so if you're making that type of shot, there are many other things to worry about beyond the length of your barrel. Ultimately, the difference in the M16 and the M4 is going to go unnoticed unless you're sitting on the range taking a series of long shots.

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      • #18
        to be honest, a couple inches on your rifle barrel is not going to make your or break you unless your selected target exceeds 800 ft or more. That's a pretty good shot...and the difference in accuracy isn't going to be in your barrel or cause you to miss as long as you made a good shot in the first place.

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