ive been sick since thursday and decided to take today off to recover. Of course today is ALSO the day the new upper showed up. quality as expected is quite high. there were however some small issues on arrival that i discovered.
first off here is the upper mated to my RRA lower with RRA 2 stage trigger and turner saddlry All Weather Biothane Sling. Shipping weight according to RRA packing label was 9lbs for just the upper. yes i know the sling is on backwards its since been corrected. im not feeling well today.
i ordered it with the barrel bead blasted normally they come shiny stainless steel but i hate the stainless look whether its handguns rifles shotguns or kitchen appliances. but the bead blasted stainless i have to admit is pretty damn sexy. its a wilson air gauged cryo treated barrel 1:8 twist chambered as a wylde to accomodate 5.56 and .223. unfortunately RRA chose to use a crush washer instead of a peel washer meaning if you need to remove the hider for some reason you will have to replace it. i will upgrade that to a peel washer at some point. its not critical just irritating and something that shouldnt be on a NM setup.
the handguards are free floated and to do this the heatshield was eliminated but a close look at the free float tube shows why this was done
the extractor comes with black rubber insert not sure why that is preffered in some circles but there it is.