I know why people pin their 14.5 in barrels. To get around SBR issues and bring the OAL back up to 16 in. But why are people getting their barrels in 14.5 in the first place? Personally its more asthetically pleasing, from what I have seen. I have read its not as rough on the gun, and even with the flash hider, compared to a 16 with a FH its still about an inch shorter. Are there other reasons? I have been contemplating doing this myself. I know I will never run a suppressor on my AR's. Dont want to invest the hassle, time or money into it. And I also know the chances of me changing my FH to anything other than the A2 is just about 0. For me, it's not something that is of concern. The A2 works pretty good as it has for many years. So any reason not to perm a FH in my case? I know I will lose a few FPS in velocity. Any other reason not to? For those of you that do, why? Those of you that don't, why? I guess I should also add. Is there any real truth to 16 being more harsh than 14.5? If so what parts are wearing out early?