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Posted: 6/27/2015 9:58:38 AM EDT
I am looking to build or buy my first AR pistol. I want to stick with .556. What is the best barrel length to get. I want it to be reliable. Any recommendations, and good deals for an assembled upper???
Link Posted: 6/27/2015 10:11:16 AM EDT
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I am looking to build or buy my first AR pistol. I want to stick with .556. What is the best barrel length to get. I want it to be reliable. Any recommendations, and good deals for an assembled upper???
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I've done quite a few AR pistols over the years.  IMO 11.5 is the most reliable.  A lot of people think 7.5 is the most fun.  I like both but shoot the 11.5 more than the 7.5
Link Posted: 6/27/2015 10:14:29 AM EDT
any good deals right now on an upper?
Link Posted: 6/27/2015 7:13:02 PM EDT
http://aeroprecisionusa.com/m4e1-556-105-fsb-complete-upper.html

I'm a big fan of Aero stuff.  Seems like they have regular sales around the major holidays.
Link Posted: 6/27/2015 7:49:11 PM EDT
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http://aeroprecisionusa.com/m4e1-556-105-fsb-complete-upper.html

I'm a big fan of Aero stuff.  Seems like they have regular sales around the major holidays.
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Here's $150 cheaper from PSA, if you decided to go shorter. They don't seem to have their 10.5" config on sale right now, but they do every few weeks.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/21394/s/psa-8-5-pistol-length-5-56-nato-1-7-odin-melonite-upper-no-bcg-or-charging-handle/

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Link Posted: 6/28/2015 3:42:55 PM EDT
I went with a 10.5 for my budget pistol build. Works fine with all ammo but Tula steel case. Could be me, I installed the gas block flush against the shoulder. Too lazy to fix it. I barely ever shoot that gun anyways.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 6:21:14 PM EDT
gun shows around here OH,Ky you can get a complete upper for $350.00 no sights
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 7:32:01 AM EDT
I have a Radical 7.5" 5.56 and it runs like a top.  It has a KAK flash can on it.  Zero hiccups.  $279 without CH and BCG.  It has a Law Tactical adapter on it, and serves as my dedicated backpack pistol.  Some will say 10.5" or greater is more reliable (I have a 10.5" pistol as well), and Radical has them as well for the same price.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 8:51:26 AM EDT
I like my 10.5" a lot.  Been very reliable thus far.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 9:20:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:44:38 AM EDT
+1 on the 11.5" barrel.  I built one about a year ago, and its been 100% reliable.  The 11.5" is very handy, and perfect length/weight IMO.  Not too long, not too short.  I'm 6'-0" / 205lbs and its perfect.

Link Posted: 6/29/2015 7:42:27 PM EDT
This is great info, planning my first build as well
Link Posted: 6/30/2015 10:23:15 PM EDT
I got a deal at PSA for an 8.5" upper.  Added one of their "premium" BCGs and a charging handle and built a stripped lower with one of their on-sale pistol build kits.

It runs like a Swiss watch with Wolf Gold and my assorted bullet weigh handloads.
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