I bought a new AR kit from palmetto, it came with a 16" barrel for 339.00, great deal, but I hate the 16", I've always bought a 14.5" with a pinned flash hider.
So I decided to build my own upper.
I'm going with a 11.5" with a long 5" flash hider, and MAYBE I'll pin it.
I definitely want to shoot it with the 11.5, it should BOOM pretty good.
I am using a Colt M-16 upper that was cracked, but it's been welded so it's probably stronger that the original.
This may end up being a completely new build, knowing me ........