I took my Bushmaster to the range for the first time yesterday. I bought it because I've wanted an AR15 style rifle for a while but with the current events I didn't want to risk not being able to get one in the future.
I have been waiting for weeks for the weather to be nice enough to go out and in the mean time I have put a new railed handguard, front grip/bipod and a 2-point bungee strap on the gun. I much prefer shooting this style of rifle with a vertical front grip and the rails that the new handguard gave me will come in handy for the future. I have also ordered a handle mounted illuminated scope, but that's on backorder for another 2 weeks.
The gun came with a slight crease on the top of the handle, but it's not a big deal.
I was able to get 2 boxes of 223's and a box of 5.56 NATO. The 30 round magazine is built from flimsy thin metal and it scratched on the first time that I put it on the gun, but it was easy to load and the spring wasn't as bad as other new magazines that I've bought. It seems like 223 rounds are currently off the market as I have only found 2 boxes in the last 2 weeks. All the regular suppliers have been out of stock for a while. I kept my brass, but I'm hoping that supplies will ease over time.
The gun is lightweight - even with my added handguard. It has a solid feel to it and feels very natural to hold. The amount of recoil experienced was nothing to worry about and my wife and 10 year old son were also able to fire the rifle without any scares. We had ZERO problems with feeding and ejecting. It was all as smooth as butter. The gun is small and well balanced enough for even slightly built operators - especially with the help of the collapsible stock.
Just for fun I tried the 5.56 NATO's. With these there is more recoil and the gun had a different sound - heard even with hearing protection. Loved it! This gun is fun and in my eyes... beautiful. I'm looking forward to putting on a couple more attachments as time and money allows.
I've had a 22 clone for some time now and yesterday that felt like a toy in comparison. They look similar and are able to share attachments, but that's about as far as it goes. If you are able to find one of these guns, then you shouldn't hesitate to purchase.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]