UPS delivered my new PSA midlength upper today.
Took a while but I know they've been swamped from the Labor Day sale.
I have to say I'm impressed, it measures up pretty well with my BCM and Daniel Defense uppers which is saying something considering it was only $279 for the barreled upper with M4 handguards minus the BCG and charging handle. I would have bought their BCG but it was out of stock and still is. So I ordered BCM's which is in stock.
I ordered their light profile barrel, expecting a pencil barrel, but got the government profile as you can see in the pictures below. I debated sending it back but after weighing it, it's only two ounces heavier than my BCM LW upper. I thought the difference would be more like 5-6 oz. Looking again at their site, they call the gov't profile light profile and also have a pencil profile. They should use the proper terminology but in the end it's my mistake not theirs and after having the upper in my hands I like the balance and look.
Anyway, the quality is there in spades and the price is amazing. I have $440 in it with the BCG and a spare charging handle and a cut carry handle. It's going on my ArmaLite lower and I'm passing on my ArmaLite upper to my son-in-law who borrows that upper all the time.
I'm not the first to say it here but if you're looking for bang for the buck, definitely check out PSA!
And for a great deal take a look at this! http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/complete-uppers/psa-16-hammer-forged-ulw-madness-stripped-upper-without-bcg-or-charging-handle.html
I noticed that my PSA, BCM and Daniel Defense upper receivers all have the square forge mark indicating they were forged at Brass Aluminum Forging Enterprises. Quality was top notch on each and they have nice tapering that the ArmaLite upper does not have. Nothing bad about ArmaLite but there is a noticable difference.
Also I weighed four 16" midlength uppers on my Escali scale and am dropping in the data here.
Daniel Defense LW profile/DD M16 BCG/Gunfighter 4 CH/MOE handguards - 3# 15.3 oz.
BCM LW profile/BCM M16 BCG/Gunfighter 4 CH/MOE handguards - 4# 1.3 oz.
PSA gov't profile/BCM M16 BCG/DD CH/PSA M4 handguards - 4# 3.2 oz.
ArmaLite HBAR profile/ArmaLite AR-15 BCG/ArmaLite CH and handguards - 4# 10 oz.