I am building another AR in 5.56 , and apparently the style I want to put together is either just another one of my stupid ideas, or simply a bad idea.
I already have a bunch of the stuff I plan on using. I have an extra rifle stock, Giesselie (or however it's spelled) BCG, and a lower with guts. I will grab a fancy trigger shortly.
My question is regarding the barrel. I want a 16" tack-driver. I want to toss a 1-8 LPVO on top, and turn it into a death ray from the muzzle out to no more than 500 yards. I am getting ready to decide on a barrel, and as usual the more I read, the Iess I know. Are Faxon barrels pretty good? I can't convince myself to pop $400 for a match grade barrel, and ain't going to fall for the $100 "guaranteed to shoot under 1 MOA" bargains, and that's where things get "difficult". Faxon barrels seem to get pretty good reviews, and they offer a couple of viable options. A guy at the LGS that sells a bunch of AR stuff, including FAXON, told me he would consider----and remember I am merely repeating what he said-- of all things--a Rock River Match barrel. He claims they are made by Wilson, of which I have heard good things. I know the vast majority of Rock River stuff is barely one half step about paintball replica stuff, but according to this guy their upper end stuff is good.
I really don't care how heavy it is, in regards to contour or profile. I don't even care about a threaded end for any type of FH or break.
At this point I haven't even started to think about what type of fore end to cover the barrel with, I'll burn that bridge when I get there.