AR upper, suggestions?

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  1. Jack_Pine

    Jack_Pine CLM

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    Finale "build" at least for now. Just finished last lower and looking to buy complete upper to finish it off (.556). Have 2 already, one set up for distance shooting and one for home perimeter defence. Would like the second one to be defensive as well.

    Any thoughts on best, decently priced upper? Should I go piston?

    thanks for any help.
     
  2. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    There are literally thousands of defensive type uppers.

    Piston is a gimmick.
     
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    Define decently priced. Many BCM uppers can be had for around $700-800ish which is a little high but you know you are getting quality.

    Yeah the piston fad is over. Good riddance.
     
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    Got an upper from these folks: http://midstatefirearms.com/main.sc

    Usually I go with more widely known companies, but after reading lots of reviews, I figured I'd take the plunge.

    VERY SATISFIED. It's eaten everything I've fed it. I went with their SS barrel in a Wylde chamber. I put a ZeroFail BCG in and it'll flat-out roll! :)
     
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    Jack_Pine CLM

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    Thanks, will take a look.
     
  6. Steel Head

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    This!

    BCM certainly can cover you.

    Ballistic advantage
    Rock river
    WOA
    All three do a great built precision upper.

    Mine is a BCM receiver with a Rainier ultra match SPR barrel and SLR rail.
     
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    Rock River had a 25% off uppers. I've been satisfied with the two I have had. They use RR at camp perry for the small arms firing school.
     
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    BCM, Spikes, Midwest Industries, Aero Precision, Anderson Machining - just to name a few.
     
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    I like BCM myself
     
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    Only benefit of a piston upper is a short barreled upper, as On like 7.5". They tend to be more reliable than DI uppers that short.

    Other than that, I'd pick a Bravo Company 14.5" upper and pin it or do 16". I prefer a midlength gas system.
     
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    14.7" lightweight barrel plus pinned muzzle device to make 16", midlength gas, 12" mlok or keymod handguard. Nice handy self defense setup.
     
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    I would buy a RRA in a heartbeat. Lots of options and my RRA rifle has been excellent. It is my most proven AR.
     
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    I’m going to recommend any upper you like, with a quality barrel in .223 Wylde chamber and 1:8. This will give you a very accurate rifle that can also be used for defense. Put on the free float of your choice (I like M Lok). Add a good low power variable in an ADM mount and BUIS, and you’ve got an extremely versatile rifle.
     
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    If you don't have a budget, the HK MR556A1 is a nice piston upper.
     
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    Something like this?
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    Yup, That'll work!
     
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    Hey! It isn't a gimmick!! It's just totally unnecessary! :D
     
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    Colt, BCM, Daniel Defense would all be a great choice for a quality, reliable upper. Just be sure to match your upper with a good quality lower, don't purchase based on price.
    If you are looking for a really good quality upper, Noveske and LaRue Tactical would be great choices also.