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Old 02-15-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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First post, and I'm excited to learn a few things.
I've started my first AR build recently. So far I have a ST stripped lower and Magpul MIAD in OD green. I'm waiting on a few things to come in, the biggest is a ST enhanced LPK with the combat trigger. I bought it mainly for the nickel boron parts.
My question is this: if I buy a nickel boron BCG, is there really any added benefit to paying for a piston driven upper? Also, does anyone know if the Magpul BAD lever will work with an ambi mag release?
I have a Magpul ASAP and an Omega Tactical buffer tube kit coming in also. All I need is an MOE stock in OD, BAD, and ambi mag release to complete my lower. Then the upper hunt begins!

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If your going to use a piston upper why are you looking at buying a direct imping BCG ?
or maybe Im just misunderstanding the question

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If your going to use a piston upper why are you looking at buying a direct imping BCG ?
or maybe Im just misunderstanding the question
No, it's either or. Looking at either a DI BCG with Ni Boron, or a piston upper.
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No need for a piston upper, no need for a nickel boron bolt either. If it comes down to want, fine, that's up to you. Again no need. I'd put that money into things that matter.

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No need for a piston upper, no need for a nickel boron bolt either. If it comes down to want, fine, that's up to you. Again no need. I'd put that money into things that matter.
Ok, want it is! I want Ni Boron. Seems to function better with grit and dirt. Really just want to know if the piston upper is worth the extra cost.
What would be a better use of the cash?
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Piston upper ,It makes for a heavier rifle to start with , its really unneeded for standard / basic use , I would look into putting that extra money in a high quality optic , trigger assembly or like stated above something that matters . I see some guys unloading there piston uppers for DI uppers because of the additional weight and no performance gain

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Piston upper ,It makes for a heavier rifle to start with , its really unneeded for standard / basic use , I would look into putting that extra money in a high quality optic , trigger assembly or like stated above something that matters . I see some guys unloading there piston uppers for DI uppers because of the additional weight and no performance gain
I've read that on several forums now. Can't see spending 2-3 times the cost of a DI upper if there's no real gain. That solves the dilemma for me, thanks!
How about the ambi mag release and BAD lever combo? Any insight into that? Will it work?
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Piston upper ,It makes for a heavier rifle to start with , its really unneeded for standard / basic use , I would look into putting that extra money in a high quality optic , trigger assembly or like stated above something that matters . I see some guys unloading there piston uppers for DI uppers because of the additional weight and no performance gain
I agree, better to save the money on piston and nickel boron and buy the best upper and optic you can afford.
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I own a NiB and it performs no better than my mil-spec phosphate ones, it's just easier to clean. I think i would spend my money elsewhere on your rifle - I'll use mine, but didn't need it. DI is fine, piston imo gains you nothing, but weight and again, you can spend that money elsewhere that it does matter - better barrel, better trigger, better optics

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I have a coated piston gun and like it but if I had it to do over again I would purchased another DI instead.

A good lube will handle any job.

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