Ok, first a little background. I had been saving up for an AR for a little while, but being a college student I wasn't planning on buying one for about another year. Well I stopped by my local Academy 2 days after Sandyhook and they had just received a shipment of AR's, so I dipped into my savings and got it while I could.
I bought a Bushmaster .223 optics ready. I got a little ahead of myself buying accessories for it and I know in hindsight that I could have done better. I put an aluminum quad rail handgrip on it but it is heavy as shite. I'm looking for ways to lighten the weight of it. I'm thinking maybe a magpul carbine handgrip and attaching a rail to the lower front portion of it. I'm looking for any suggestions on handgrips and stocks that can lighten it up and be of good quality.
floating just means that the barrel doesn't touch anything after the receiver. Non-floating would mean that the barrel and hand guards are connected/touching at some point. Floating barrels are supposed to be more accurate, but sometimes it doesn't matter if it is floated or not.