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Old 01-13-2012, 01:00 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by OkStateMET View Post
For the upper (haven't decided on a brand yet):
5.56 NATO
1/7 twist
Chrome lined barrel and particle inspected
Quad Rail w/ AFG
Flip front and rear MBUS
Other optics will come later.
I'm in the same boat as you, planning on building my first one soon. I have NOT been able to put together a quality build out for ~$800 or less that includes a quad rail or a free float rail of any kind. Those parts alone run ~$250ish depending on the length you want. My solution is to get a Magpul MOE hand guard and add in the rail sections to that. I figure that it would still look good, hold all the accessories I want, be lighter, and easier to hold on to.

I'm not an expert by any means, I'm far from it, but that's just my 2 cents. FWIW, I'm going to go with a Spikes Tactical assembled upper 16in barrel in 5.56. All you have to do is add a charging handle and it's done.
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