View Full Version : First AR build, need help choosing which barrel.

04-25-2012, 8:57 AM
Alright, so I am planning to start my first AR build soon. I have decided on a 20" rifle length, and I will probably be getting my upper from Palmetto State Armory, on an 80% lower.

I was pretty set on getting this kit http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/rifle-kits/20-hammer-forged-a2-profile-chrome-lined-rifle-kit.html

Which includes this upper http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/complete-uppers/psa-20-hammer-forged-cl-mp-a2-upper.html

Then, I found this upper, http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/complete-uppers/psa-20-5-56-1-7-cmv-chrome-lined-mp-hpt-upper.html

It has a non-hammer forged barrel(not sure on the make,I have heard they are wilson's, not sure though).

Here is my question, is it worth $60 to get the FN, hammer forged, double chrome lined barrel?

This won't be a battle rifle, and I would just assume save some money(or use it to upgrade the stock/forend/sights/buy ammo) if it was not a necessary upgrade. However, I also don't want to cheap out over $60 if its a decent upgrade(I know FN builds good stuff, which is why I'm still partial to go for it).

Any input would be greatly appreciated :D


04-25-2012, 9:25 AM
I found this to read on the subject:


04-25-2012, 12:30 PM
Thanks artoaster, that was an interesting read.

Anyone have any more insight?