Finally finished my new 5.56 upper. 24", 1 in 8 twist, full bull profile, target crown BHW barrel in machine finish. I mounted the barrel in a DPMS slick side upper receiver with a Midwest Industries 15" handguard, both of which I had Cerakoted red. Yes, don't try to adjust your picture, it is red. The rifle is plenty heavy. I wouldn't want to pack her very far.
I also just finished breaking in the barrel...lots of scrubbing intermixed with a few shots. The break in loads were running about 1" for 5 shots. I will soon start serious load work ups using IMR-4064 and Varget which I have on hand with Hornady 75gr BTSP bullets.
Currently I have a Leupold 3-9 scope on her, but I have a 6-24 scope ordered. The lower now has a BTE trigger and I'm liking it so far. Pretty good feel to it.
Very nice. It will serve you well. The BTE unit is great. AS a matter of fact I juts got two more installed fifteen minutes ago. George gets all my business if he makes the parts from triggers to forearms.
BTW red is cool.....LOL
The best firearm for self defense? Any loaded one will do.