|Originally Posted By nethole:|
What is the financial cost for going Larue instead of 'home growing' an upper?
What is going to be the difference in weight?
(pick and example you know of, before asking me. I'm looking for a reason to drink the cool aid, so having someone else's examples are going to point out things I hadn't thought of)
I'm really trying to evaluate the 'value' to myself for 'drinking the coolaid' versus the cost of doing so.
The difference in weight will probably be the same as any other upper configured alike. Larue uses polygonal rifling in their barrels. The stealth upper comes assembled and ready to fire as soon as its mated to a lower. In the end you DO NOT save enough to justify putting together your own (given that ALL parts are fairly equal). For example a quick break down:
(keep in mind all prices are rough estimates)
A2 FH $5
Pac-nor 16"bbl (polygonal rifling) $500
Larue 13.2 handguard $320
Larue Billet upper $250
mil spec bolt/carrier $130
shipping on all parts total $50
Larue sells this same upper assm for $1195 if shipping costs $60 then it would be the same cost wise as putting together your own thereby youre not saving anything.
The only thing you gain by putting together your own is the fun of doing the install. For me I put ALL my stuff together because I like to do it, not because Im trying to save money. If you have to find a reason to justify spending the cash for the Larue upper then you shouldnt buy it. Buy it because you WANT it. It is very nice and I personally look at people who buy the Stealth uppers as people that demand the "best" and are willing to pay (up to a certain extent) for the "best".
Besides, the stealth upper isnt THAT expensive for what youre getting.... its actually a very good price. Good luck.