He's not installing the barrel extension is he? If not, and he's installing a barrel that has a factory installed extension, headspacing isn't that big a deal. And a fired casing can tell you a lot but it never hurts to check it yourself though.
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together. You'll remember the quality of a gun long after you forget how much you paid for it.
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