Originally Posted by mjkeat
You can get a DD upper for under $600 including handguard and BCG from smartgunner.com. Thats a cold hammer forged chrome lined barrel. Now those are made to order at the DD factory so sometimes they can take a few weeks. Mine took 5 or 6 weeks. But if you look at how long others are waiting for lesser quality products it's a great deal.
BCM uppers can be had for unedr $600 including handguard and BCG as well. Non hammer forged barrel.
That sucks about PSA. Do you have any links to these posts?
MJ and I independently took advantage of Smartgunner's DD sale late last year. Prices were amazing, lower than most of us had seen before. Those end of year sales started around November so you might want to keep your eye on SG in case they do it again. At the time it was roughly $100 less than a comparable BCM upper and much less than DD usually goes for. However, the current prices are pretty darn good and include free shipping. Of course that leads to OOS conditions unfortunately but it is worth the wait. My upper also took about 6 weeks to arrive and was shipped straight from the Daniel Defense factory.
ETA: below is a link to the stripped upper I got: (I believe at the time the sale price was $360 or so with free shipping.) I added a BCM Gunfighter charging handle and MOE handguards. Just by chance I already had a DD BCG that I was using in my ArmaLite upper so the ArmaLite BCG went back in and the DD got moved to the DD upper. (Guess someday I need to get another spare!
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