Are there AR uppers to avoid or to focus on?

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    • #114589
      leam
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      I have a PSA (Palmetto State Arms) carbine style lower and would like to get a 223 upper. What I really want is reliable and good enough for classes. Maybe not getting laughed at, at least. 🙂 I do not want an SBR or a 1,000 yard tack driver.

      Recommendations? Is the PSA lower something that just needs to be set aside, and get a “real gun”?

    • #114592
      Joe (G.W.N.S.)
      Moderator

      No shortage of opinions out there.😉

      Plenty already written here in forum.

      Best bang for the buck is a Colt AR IMHO.

      I would go with a LE6920OEM1 and choose your favorite furniture.

      Here’s a picture and a link for one example for $770.00!

      The Colt LE6920 features a 16.1″ chrome-lined barrel with a 1:7″ twist, an adjustable-post front sight. It has a matte black metal finish. This model has no furniture and is ready to customize with your drop-in handguard or rail system, buttstock, and rear buttstock, and rear sight optic.

      Specifications:

      Rate-of-Twist: 1:7″
      Muzzle: Muzzle Brake
      Barrel Description: Chrome-Lined

      Colt LE6920

      Look around you might find a better deal, but they go fast!

    • #114607
      Hessian
      Participant

      I’d take the PSA lower and use it for a ‘hobby’ build.

      As Joe has mentioned just get a colt LE6920 OEM 1 as it is the best bang for buck out there. I wish they still offered the OEM 2. You could get the colt and a decent optic for the price of the more expensive brands like DD and Noveske.

    • #114652
      TC
      Participant

      If not Colt, check out uppers by Daniel Defense, BCM, and Sionics. My two ARs are Aero Precision lowers with factory-complete BCM uppers. If I had to get a third, I’d either get a Colt Combat Unit Carbine or another Aero lower with a 16″ BFH ELW 13″ MCMR BCM upper. My BCMs have yet to malfunction through 5-6k rounds. Fwiw.

    • #114659
      First Sergeant
      Moderator

      I have a PSA (Palmetto State Arms) carbine style lower and would like to get a 223 upper. What I really want is reliable and good enough for classes. Maybe not getting laughed at, at least. 🙂 I do not want an SBR or a 1,000 yard tack driver.

      Recommendations? Is the PSA lower something that just needs to be set aside, and get a “real gun”?

      Store the PSA lower.

      Get a Colt 6920, go with the one Joe linked to.

      You want a rifle chambered in 5.56, not .223.

      Holy crap, why did the quote function give a smiley face that damned big?

      FILO
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    • #114662
      veritas556
      Participant

      Holy crap, why did the quote function give a smiley face that damned big?

      Because it knew you were laughing at PSA 😉

    • #114862
      leam
      Participant

      I’d take the PSA lower and use it for a ‘hobby’ build.

      That might be the way to go, at least at first. At this point I don’t know what I don’t know, and need to practice basic handling and manipulation. And then figure out the things I need to learn. A klunky AR that I can learn on cheaply might be the tool to get me ready to spend more on the right stuff.

    • #114899
      JohnnyMac
      Participant

      If you already have a psa lower, just keep using it, I doubt you’ll have any problems. As for an upper, previous recommendations are good.

      The main issues I’ve seen are gas block issues, bolt issues and primers stuck in the feed ramp area. 1st SGT has seen it all though

    • #114943
      First Sergeant
      Moderator

      I’d take the PSA lower and use it for a ‘hobby’ build.

      That might be the way to go, at least at first. At this point I don’t know what I don’t know, and need to practice basic handling and manipulation. And then figure out the things I need to learn. A klunky AR that I can learn on cheaply might be the tool to get me ready to spend more on the right stuff.

      Spend the money on a Colt now. That is the rifle you need to learn on, not something subpar that could cause you issues.

      While the lower may be fine, why take the risk.

      With prices still low, now is the time to get a good rifle at a good price. The one Joe linked to is the best way to go.

      FILO
      Signal Out, Can You Identify
      Je ne regrette rien
      In Orbe Terrum Non Visi

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