Hi all, I'm looking to put together another quality AR 556 staying under 1k for the complete upper. It will be a range, hd, shtf and backup rifle. I plan to probably put a few hundred rounds through it a month. The lower has already been assembled with a PA LBK w/STR stock. I just need an upper to finish it off. I'm not in a huge hurry but I'm starting to do my research again. My only rifle now is a 16" BCM Middy that i assembled, this time I'd like to go with a 14.5 middy, pinned to 16. I want a long rail 12" or longer, not set on quad or tube but no fixed site post. I've heard a lot of positive reviews regarding the PA uppers. But at 420.00 w/o a bcg or ch, it doesn't seem like that great of a deal when a bcm can be had for 439 or DD for 400. Do the 14.5 PA uppers go on sale very often? Has anybody ordered a DD upper from Smartgunner lately? is the current $400 deal their reg price or do they have specials too? The other option that I am looking hard at is the Rainier Arms with Milspec bcg, ch and Xtc comp. 725 for the 12" RA Evo rail or 850 for the 12" centurion C4 rail. I live in WA so RA will charge me close to 90 in tax. 90 dollars I can splurge on a DD 12" lite rail. So many option, Like I mentioned above I prefer to stay under 1k for the complete upper. Any AR guys going through a similar situation or can give any insight to the above? Thx banker Wanna kill these ads? We can help!