View Full Version : Rock Rivers Upper

06-06-2012, 8:23 AM
I am currently in the process of building my first AR15. I just bought the body two days ago so it's currently in jail.

Ideally I have $1400 budget to complete my rifle. My local store as a Knights Arm complete upper for $1350 but I now realize my AR-15 would sit around incomplete for another 4 weeks while I complete the lower.

I decided to go with simplicity for my first build and get a good amount of ammo so I can actually shoot the thing.

I was looking at this: http://www.impactguns.com/rock-river-arms-16in-varmint-upper-with-a4-flat-top-ar0500.aspx

I can't tell if this has the bolt carrier group or not? Any help and suggestions about RRA upper would be helpful.

06-06-2012, 8:33 AM
Palmetto State has uppers right now for $299.99 without BCG (which you can add for another 100 bucks).

They are good, solid uppers for shooting


06-06-2012, 8:51 AM
Thank you for that suggestion. I will definitely consider it.

06-06-2012, 8:53 AM
Have you checked out the RRA website. You can buy direct from them as well.


06-06-2012, 8:56 AM
Ah, so it does appear that it's a complete upper. I think ill get it from them, if i do get it, since they actually have it in stock.

06-06-2012, 9:02 AM
That one is out of stock at impact.

RRA is fine. I have several RRA uppers.

Most of it is personal preference.

I would look over at Bravo Company. Some of there stuff comes with BCG and some doesn't. Most RRA stuff comes with BCG, though it never hurts to ask.

06-06-2012, 10:40 AM
I've read some good things about RRA. I just want something that will last.

06-06-2012, 1:40 PM
My RRA service rifle upper came with a hard chrome BCG, so I bet the one you're looking at would come with at least a standard BCG.

If you see the upper in stock on this site, they have it ready to ship:


06-06-2012, 2:19 PM
That upper is the same price on RRA site w/ the BCG. My guess is that it comes with it.

06-06-2012, 2:20 PM
I built a PSA mock dissipator rifle with magpul grip and 12in MOE handguard for around $800. I just completed the rifle two days ago so I havent had much time to feed her ammo, but the day I built her, she ate 200 rounds without a single problem. PSA builds fantastic parts at a great price. It would leave plenty of cash for a couple thousand rounds :)

06-06-2012, 10:22 PM
Another vote for PSA. They put out some great uppers.

06-06-2012, 10:29 PM
decisions ultimately up to you and what you like on/in your gun, but ill just say i LOVE my RRA rifle and don't regret it one bit.

good luck on whichever route you take:euro:

06-07-2012, 12:29 AM
Keep in mind that all RRA uppers use a .223 Wylde chamber as compared to a 5.56 in other brands. I specifically wanted the Wylde chamber so I liked the RRA.

06-07-2012, 7:59 AM
Thank you for that. I am going to go with 5.56 as it seems more abundant than .223 wylde.

06-07-2012, 10:24 AM
Thank you for that. I am going to go with 5.56 as it seems more abundant than .223 wylde.

Do some research before writing off the Wylde chamber. Here's the short version. (jump to the last paragraph for the very short version)

.223 and 5.56 are not the same caliber. 5.56 has a longer leade (throat) which is the length from the case mouth to the rifling.

For accuracy you want the bullet to be as close as possible, without touching, to the rifling. So a 5.56 can not be as accurate as a .223 chamber.

A .223 Wylde chamber is in between the .223 and 5.56, so it allows you to use 5.56 ammo or .223, but has higher accuracy potential than the 5.56. So I consider it to be the best of both worlds. It's versatile AND more accurate.

06-07-2012, 10:47 AM
+1. That is why I went "Wylde." :)

The Virus
06-07-2012, 10:51 AM
I just ordered a Mid length 9MM upper from them, now the wait begins.