PSA 16" 5.56 NATO 1:7 Midlength Nitride 13.5" Lightweight M-Lok MOE EPT Rifle Kit w/ MBUS Sight Set

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PSA 16" 5.56 NATO 1:7 Midlength Nitride 13.5" Lightweight M-Lok MOE EPT Rifle Kit w/ MBUS Sight Set

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SKU: 516446780
UPC: 516446780
MFR#: 516446780
  • Barrel Length: 16"
  • Gas System: Midlength 
  • Barrel Profile: A2
  • Barrel Steel: 4150 Chrome-Moly Vanadium
  • Barrel Finish: Nitride
  • Chrome Lining: None
  • Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28
  • Chamber: 5.56 NATO
  • Twist Rate: 1:7
  • Barrel Extension: M4
  • Diameter at Gas Block: .750
  • Gas Block Type: Low-profile
  • Muzzle Device: A2 Flash Hider
  • Receiver Material: Forged 7075 T6
  • Receiver Type: M4
  • Handguard Type: PSA 13.5" Lightweight M-Lok Rail
  • Bolt Carrier Group Included: Yes
  • Bolt Steel: Carpenter 158
  • Bolt Carrier Profile: Full-auto
  • Charging Handle Included: Yes
  • Optics: Magpul MBUS Front and Rear Flip-Up Sights, Black
  • Fire Control Group: PSA Enhanced Polished Trigger (EPT) FCG
  • Overall Length: 24.5"
  • Weight: 4.0 lbs
  • Barrel Marking: "5.56 NATO 1/7 FREEDOM"

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Barrel: 16" 4150V Chrome Moly Vanadium steel  Freedom barrel, chambered in 5.56 NATO, with a 1:7 twist, M4 barrel extension, and a Mid-length gas system. The barrel is finished with with a .750" diameter low-profile gas block, PSA 13.5" Lightweight M-Lok Free Float Rail and an A2 flash hider. Roll mark on barrel reads "5.56 NATO 1/7 FREEDOM"

Upper: Forged 7075-T6 A3 AR upper is hard coat anodized black for durability. Featuring M4 feedramp cuts, these upper upper receivers are made for us right here in the USA.

Bolt Carrier Group: For AR15 and M16 rifles and carbines. Bolt is made of shot-peened, Mil-spec Carpenter 158® steel. Gas key is secured with grade 8 fasteners and staked. Bolt carrier is parkerized outside and chrome lined inside. Includes Charging Handle.

Lower Build Kit:  PSA MOE EPT Lower Build Kit, Black

Includes: Magpul MBUS Sight Set, Black 

SKU: 516446780
SKU 516446780
Brand Palmetto State Armory
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Has the headspace been checked on this barrel and bolt or would I need to get that done if I bought one?
Michael T on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I contacted PSA customer support and they confirmed that these are headspaced and test-fired to ensure proper functioning. It's ready to go.
Can this kit be shipped to ny without an ffl?
Shane M on Apr 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes
I would like to know the difference between the standard mil-spec AR15 barrel and the Freedom barrel?
T E on Jul 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: “Mil-spec” would be carbine length gas system. These are mid length.
Are the bolts marked MPI or HPT?
fieldfly f on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: these bolts have the Magnetic Particle (MPI) stamping.
Does this product ship to Ca??
Freddy on May 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes
Is there a way to add a bottom rail to this upper?
Travis B on Apr 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. M-lock's base go into the oval on the hand guard. They twist and lock as you tighten them.
Is this a quality stock...will it rip my beard hairs out?!
Joshua S on Jul 28, 2018
What lower receiver do you recommend for this upper kit?
Jarod B on Apr 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Any AR-15 style stripped lower. PSA lowers have about the best price going, and I’ve built 5 using PSA lower build kits with zero problems.
I was just wondering, with this kit, is it everything i need to put it together, or do i need anything else, this is my first one, an dont want to get it wrong?
Thanks
mustang8750 on Jul 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Short answer: includes everything EXCEPT a lower reciever.

hey buddy, I was in your shoes just a few years ago, the first build can be a little daunting. This is a great build, I’ve used it a few times. Most online builds (including this one) will need you to still purchased a Striped Lower Reciever to become operational. I recommend Anderson Arms Lowers as they are reliable and some of the cheapest on the market today. The lower parts kit included in this built kit will then go in your lower reciever.
Im a little confused on what else is needed to complete this rifle im very new to the gun world but i think its the trigger what kind do i need please help?
Wilfer C on Dec 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You only need a stripped lower receiver, some specialized tools make putting it together easier, but they are not necessary. Everything else to make it functional is provided.
Is this a complete build or just the upper?
Nick M on May 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is a complete build kit minus the lower receiver. The upper will come assembled.
It it hbar or does it have a pencil barrel?
Wyatt B on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm not into the tech stuff but it's a heavy barrel in front of the gas block and thinner behind.
What charging handle is in this upper?
Ryan H on Jul 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Standard military style charging handle, non-ambi. I am lefty and don't have a problem, just takes some time to get used too.
Can this be shipped to California?
Carlos V on Jun 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will just need to replace the parts that are not allowed on a featureless rifle if you wish to build one
does this kit come with all of the parts to assemble the lower?
shawn h on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this has everything you need to build a complete rifle, except for the stripped lower receiver. Link below.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-ar-15-lower-safe-fire-1728.html
Is the hand guard polymer or metal?
Matt H on Dec 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The guard is metal, possibly aluminum. Feels really solid.
Will this upper shoot 223 and 556 ?
William H on Dec 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes 5.56 chambers shoot either, .223 chambers should use .223 only. .223 Wylde shoot either as well.
Has anyone had any problems with certain Ammo running through this upper?
Matt S on May 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No problems so far. Got about 500 rounds through it shooting federal, winchester, hornady and even tula and aside from a few dud rounds of tula everything worked perfectly.
Is the buffer tube Mil-spec or commercial?
Nathan on Apr 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mil-Spec diameter buffer tube.
Does this have the magpul grip and butt stock?
Jshepp9790 on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Should come with everything in picture/description of product
Can you get the kit chambered in 308?
E R on Dec 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, this is for AR-15 chambered rounds...for .308 you need to get an AR-10.
I want to get my son a gun case for this gun. What size do I need?
JANICE T on Dec 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The overall length is just under 33 inches, and from the bottom of the pistol grip to the top of the rail is a little less than 7.5 inches. So really anything that'll accommodate those dimensions
I’m brand new to building. That being said, if I were to get this upper, and a stripped lower, would I still need to purchase a BCG? Anything else? Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated!!
Allan H on Oct 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No the BIG is included. All you need is a castle wrench to attach the buffer tube, roll pin punches, pin punches, and something non meeting to support the lower when you install the trigger guard pins. A vice and vice blocks are really helpful.
what modifications need to be done to the PSA kit to incorporate the AA piston system?
ben c on Sep 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: generally the handguard and barrel nut are the only issue, if any. I’ve done 2 conversions and 2 new builds with AA
Is the flash hider pinned and welded?
henry n on Aug 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it's threaded soy can change it if you want.Most pinned and welded holders are on 14.5 inch barrels to make them proper length for NFA.
Is it possible to get a lefty version of this?
Jay Wells on Apr 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm a lefty and used M16s in the infantry. Once you use them a bit it seems like they are more suited to lefties than righties if you change to an ambi safety! Bolt release with trigger finger, mag release with thumb of non firing hand when changing mags. Can't use a left handed AR now. Feels backwards!
Is the muzzle on the barrel permanently?
Mar B on Jan 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No. It screws on and is threaded the standard 1/2x28
Can you use .223 ammo with this rifle or just 5.56?
bcowboi on Aug 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Either one it is multi caliber
What is the inside diameter of the M-lok Rail handguard?
strangern on Jun 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine is hexagon and the OD is 1 1/2. Inside looks to be 1 3/8.

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Highly impressed.
Bought this to pair up with an Aero Precision lower. Arrived at my house before the next weekend.
Out of the box, all parts were well organized in ziploc bags. I was missing a part - the buffer catch and spring. No biggie, I chose to spend $6 and upgrade to a Ranier titanium catch. I just ran it without one until it arrived. Regardless, PSA shipped me a new one in about 2 weeks. Not ideal but no biggie. Everything was packed well with no shipping damage. Put together with no issues in about 2 hours (first build). So far I’ve ran 90 rounds of 0.223 55gr Aguila with zero issues, hiccups, etc.
The build quality is really nice for what you pay. I was expecting a decent rifle for a low price, but I got a nice rifle for a low price. Magpul furniture is great, really like the stippling of the grip. I didn’t expect much out of the MBUS sights but they’re actually pretty decent and will work fine for backup sights.

What I like:
EPT trigger is nice. Good finish. Pull is even with little stacking and reset is good. A little heavy but not bad out of the box.
Quality construction
Quality fit
Above average finish
Great price!
Operates flawlessly (so far)
Fast shipping

What I don’t like:
Buffer tube is kind of cheap. It fits the stock tightly but after loosening and re-tightening castle nut to install buffer catch, the threads started to strip in the groove that engages the lock plate. Not a huge deal, I was able to hold it straight while torqueing the nut. If I need to take it back off I’ll just swap in an upgraded tube.
Also charging handle is cheap. Will do the job until you figure out which one you want to swap in.
These 2 parts are the only ones I’ve seen so far that strike me as sub-par. Since they’re both cheap and easy to replace, I still gave this kit 5 stars. The things that matter are solid - the freedom barrel isn’t anything special (non CHF, non chrome, etc) but it has a good finish and is accurate to 2 MOA (so far, using a bench at 50 yards). The BCG and upper receiver are nice.
All in all, I’m happy with this and with PSA. Yes, they could respond faster. Yes, they shouldn’t have left out a part. But they sent me a nice rifle in less than a week for a great price, and for that I’ll be coming back to PSA.
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January 13, 2019
Good deal for the money.
Nice rifle for the money, my only complaints are the bolt catch is so loose that sometimes the bolt will not lock back on the last round and the stock rattles like a 1970s farm truck. But overall for $400 it is a excellent deal.
January 13, 2019
Course proven, condition tested, steel eating animal!
This rifle is nothing short of phenomenal. I paired this kit with an 80% Blem, and ran it hard all 2018 with one objective... to see if PSAs "Budget" rifles could hang with the much more expensive brands.
Boyyyyy did it! I put this rifle through 10 full day training courses last year, on top of 1-2 range days a month. I ran it in rain, mud, 120 degree desert heat. It ate just under 6500 steeel cased rounds and ran flawlessly. The only modification I made to it was swapping out the BCG for a PSA Nib BCG.
It has become my primary rifle, and has proven beyond doubt that it's a rifle that can be depended on. Despite what any of the label snobs or nay sayers think, this is far from just a "plinker".
I personally have built several PSA builds, and they all have performed amazingly. I see no need to ever buy anything else. For the price of one "Name Brand" rig, I've been able to arm my entire family and am grateful to PSA for it.
Range Day Stuntin'
PSA reppin in Training
What's not to love!?!
January 11, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
First build.
Fast delivery. This was my first build. Great fit and finish on all parts. Can’t wait to get it on the range.
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December 28, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Excellent firearm, I bought an Anderson lower from a different source and everything went together seamlessly in under 2 hours on my first build ever.
My first build, Anderson lower, Psa 16" 5.56 NATO kit.
My first build, Anderson lower, Psa 16" 5.56 NATO kit.
December 25, 2018
Recommend for both First time Shooters and Builders
This was the First AR Build I Ordered and am Pleased to say it is A Beauty.

500 Rounds Through it Since September 2018 with Only handful of issues but issues being related to ammo, Tested with a buddy's AR and it was indeed the Ammo.

I have Ordered a 2nd Build due to how happy i was with this purchase and am Glad to say i will highly likely be returning for more.
December 25, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
PSA mid length freedom kit -
Very nice kit - buffer tube fit MOE stock as good as any I’ve used. Barrel a little shiny for my taste - but overall, this made a nice weapon.
December 22, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Great rifle overall
Hand guard comes loose after about 60 rounds had to install lock washers to prevent further slippage
December 14, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
I’ve already recommended this product and PSA uppers/lowers in general multiple times.
First AR build I’ve done. Buddy recommended I check out PSA. The price and overall quality of the product is phenomenal. Paired with a PSA lower and it’s a head turner that won’t break the bank. Functions smooth and went together easily.
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December 13, 2018
Palmetto Arms has everything you need at great prices. The only complaint I have is not ordering before they are out of stock. Keep it all American.
I have purchased three .556 AR uppers. Two 10.5 pistol uppers and one 16in upper. They were all they said they would be and more . Very easy to assemble and quality parts.
My favorite.
First rifle.
Can't get enough.
First Born. First one built. Found out how easy . Kept going.
December 6, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago

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