I figure that this has been asked a few times already, and has likely been hashed out on AR15.com a few bazillion times, but I'm too busy (or is it just lazy?) to search and read for hours nowadays.
I want an A3 upper ( think... correct me if I'm off base here) , 20" barrel with 1:8 twist, free float 'rifle' hand-guards (that is, look like the A2's hand-guards), and "standard" front sight.
Is it worth it to build my own AR15 upper?
What tools at a MINIMUM would I require? I have a vice, good gunsmith (i.e. hollow ground) screwdrivers, a decent understanding of assembly and ability to read/follow directions, plenty of other basic shop and mech. tools, a Dremel and big anvil too
(last two in jest... well I do have them....).
Cutting edge/benchrest accuracy is not my goal, a decently accurate (can I say that here? ) and reliability are equally important.
Most "reasonably priced" uppers are 16". I've about decided I really prefer the 20" barrel.
By the time the BCG, detachable carry handle and 1:8 barrel is added to the online "options" one is usually up near $600. That's close to White Oak's price for a complete Service Rifle upper.
How think y'all? Advice, opinions or leads are appreciated.