At first reading, I was pretty much in line with your thoughts. But the more I think about it, the more I’m apt to lean the other way.BCM is OK don't see anything useful with a 5.56 and a 11.5 inch barrel for most people , unless you are dedicated to kicking doors for a living a 14.5 is a much better option.
in a SBR or Pistol (wink Wink) 300 BO all day long .
Far superior and reliable? Not in anything I've ever built or shot. Defensively? Nope, not there either. I'd say defensive ranges for the vast majority are less than 100M. Usually much less. If you have an AR that doesn't work, that's a build problem, not a barrel length problem.Isn’t 11.5 ballistically far superior to the 10.5? It’s a lot more reliable too. I think that’s why BCM said they do 11.5.
1" isn't going to make much differently ballistically, especially at closer distances. It's really more about reliability and dwell time, though I think a properly set up 10.5" works fine.Isn’t 11.5 ballistically far superior to the 10.5? It’s a lot more reliable too. I think that’s why BCM said they do 11.5.
Heavy weight barrels are good for heat dissipation from sustained high rates of fire. Does that sound like the shooting you will be doing? If so go for the heavy barrel. If not...It appears there is some disagreement in terms of barrel length. I am gathering though that the lightweight barrel is plenty good for most people. Anyone prefer the government profile over the LW profile? Why or why not?