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So I’m new to the AR game but on Black Friday I picked up a new AR 556 pretty basic model flip up sights adjustable stock and one p mag plus an addition one I picked up separate for 475$ out the door. This is obviously my first one but not my first Ruger I have a gp 100 match champion sr1911 10/22 22/45 and a wrangler but in terms of the ar I’d like to add a few things such as a rail for a light as I wanna use it for HD also a red dot and right now I can grab up a sig Romeo 5 for about 90$ new. Anybody have any experience with that sight? As well as a recommendation for the fore end and rail set up?
 

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So I’m new to the AR game but on Black Friday I picked up a new AR 556 pretty basic model flip up sights adjustable stock and one p mag plus an addition one I picked up separate for 475$ out the door. This is obviously my first one but not my first Ruger I have a gp 100 match champion sr1911 10/22 22/45 and a wrangler but in terms of the ar I’d like to add a few things such as a rail for a light as I wanna use it for HD also a red dot and right now I can grab up a sig Romeo 5 for about 90$ new. Anybody have any experience with that sight? As well as a recommendation for the fore end and rail set up?
For $90 you can't go wrong with the Romeo 5!

As far as handguard for a light.....really depends on how much you want to spend.
You can go cheap and get a drop-in Magpul handguard with their rail adapter for around $50, UTG Pro drop-in for around $70. Or you can go as high as $300+ for a drop-in Knights Armament RAS quadrail. Some mid priced great options also.. Midwest Industries drop-in, Troy drop-in. Anyone will work though!
 

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Romeo is not a bad sight, also check out the vortex strikefire, its a great optic at around $180 and comes with the mount. Check out primary arms they have some good deals. I have a few of the vortex sights, and several of the eotechs, but the eotechs are far more expensive. As far as rails, I personally use yankee hill rails and midwest industries stuff on my builds, both are far lighter than the utg, and made in america. Run the bolt wet in the rifle until you get a few hundred rounds through ir and it loosens up. By all means get out and enjoy it above all.
 

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Assuming you have the standard model with the front sight tower, a Magpul MOE carbine length polymer hand guard will fit fine and provides M-LOK mounting slots on the bottom and sides that you can use to mount a light and other accessories. They run in the $25-30 range.

The Romeo 5 is a very good red dot sight. I have two of the regular 2 MOA dot reticle versions and one of the more expensive xdr versions with a dual dot or dot/circle reticle. None of them have given me any trouble in any way. The motion detection system automatically turns the illumination on and works very well. The 2 MOA dot remains crisp at higher illumination and the units hold zero well. The riser that comes with the regular Romeo 5 will provide an exact co-witness with the polymer flip-up rear sight and front sight tower. If you can get one new for less than $100 you will not find a better red dot sight at that price.
 

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Awesome thanks for the suggestions I’ll be looking into some of the handguards recommended as well as the other optics and make a decisions from there
 

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i put a vortex sparc ar on mine, it also will co witness, have seen them as low as $99

like it enough i picked up another to put on my yote gun, a savage 222/20
 

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If you have the A2 front post the SPARC works well. A bit more expensive but a nice red dot for the AR platform.
 

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I have a Romeo5 on my AR-556. I like it. It's neat that it comes with two different sets of hardware so you can select one to co-witness your irons if you like.

I haven't put a ton of rounds through it but reliability has been fine and it seems to hold a zero. The dot isn't as focused as I might like, but I think my vision problems play into it.

All in all I am satisfied with the purchase - no regrets.
 

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I have a Vortex Strikefire 2 I use on my AR556. It's a red/green dot, Amazon has them for around $150.

Red dot sights are just that, sights, they don't magnify, at least the Strikefire doesn't. I think Vortex makes a magnifying scope or whatever they call it that can "mate" up to the Strikefire2.
 

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