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PSA 16" CHF 1:7 A2 Mid-Length 5.56 NATO Premium Dissipator AR-15 Upper Assembly - No BCG/CH


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SKU: 8974
UPC: 8974

Barrel length 16"
Hammer Forged Barrel
Machine Gun Steel
5.56 Nato Chamber
1 in 7" twist
Double-thick Chrome-lined bore and chamber
Magnetic particle inspected
M4 feedramps
Forged upper

Does not include BCG or CH

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Once upon a time, a "dissipator" AR was created by taking a 20" rifle-length gas system upper and cutting the barrel down to 16".  This allowed the shooter to keep the long sight radius of a rifle for accuracy, but keep the carbine length barrel for maneuverability.  The proximity of the gas port to the muzzle, however, played havoc with timing and made reliability a hit or miss proposition.   Advances in AR technology  have produced reliable carbine and mid-length gas systems, that can be hidden using low-profile gas blocks.  This allows for a front sight base to be pinned in the rifle position for the longer sight radius without the worry of the unorthodox gas port location affecting operation.   We use the term "mock" to differentiate our dissipator from a cut-down rifle length version.

Our Hammer-Forged Mid-length dissipator uses a "Machine Gun Steel" barrel that is thick chrome-lined for durability and high pressure tested and magnetic particle inspected.

Barrel:  A proprietary blend of Hammer forged chrome molly vanadium made by FN that is referred to as "Machine Gun Steel" by virtue of its use in FN's M249 and M240 weapons.   The hammer forging process work hardens the steel, making it more durable.  In addition, the chrome process for the bore allows for a lining almost twice as thick as a standard M16 for enhanced durability.  Chambered in 5.56 NATO, with a 1/7 twist, M4 barrel extension, and a Mid-length gas system.   A2 style profile barrel is Mil-spec phosphate coated, High Pressure tested and Magnetic Particle inspected.  Barrel is finished off with a pinned F-marked front sight post in the Rifle position with sling swivel,  rifle length handguards, and an A2 flash hider.

Upper: Forged 7075-T6 A3 AR upper is made to MIL-SPECS and hard coat anodized black for durability. Featuring machined T marks, and a mil-spec finish. These uppers are made for us right here in the USA by a mil-spec manufacturer.

Each upper is assembled to order with care, and test fired.  Bolt carrier group and charging handle not included.


SKU: 8974
SKU 8974
Brand Palmetto State Armory
Department Uppers
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SKU: 8974

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When will this be back in stock?
John A on May 2, 2019
Does this company ever restock?
Restock T on May 24, 2019
What is the gas port size (diameter)?
Jimmy R on Sep 12, 2018
People want to buy, when will it be back in stock?
Nathan C on Jul 16, 2019
Are these ever made in .300 BO?
Gene K on Jan 25, 2019
Is the gas block under the handguard pinned?
Horacio N on Feb 1, 2020
What is the Barrel diameter at the FSB is it .750?
Matt T on Dec 22, 2019
Do you have these uppers in a 416R?
Kanoa O on Nov 20, 2019


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We mated this upper to a Spike's Tactical lower for a nice, vintage, Dissapator look. I highly reccomend!
May 21, 2020
5 months ago
Dissipator haters need not apply.😂
4 day delivery!
FSP perfect alignment.
No tooling mark under upper receiver.
Bore camera scoped the barrel and it looks pretty good.
Gas block is solid, but I may upgrade and pin.
Will put a light weight quad rail.
This baby just screams sexy.
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January 15, 2020
Better but.....
I bought both the carbine length and this mid length dissipators from psa. I was assured that no nitrite parts would be used to include the flash hider and barrel nut. I sent email with this question, and was emailed back with "no nitrite parts will be used". Nitrite parts were used on both uppers, smh. This mid lenght upper is looks to be built better than the carbine length upper, that was pretty beat up no doubt. Both uppers have slight cant on the FSB. Overall its looks ok. Sold the carbine length to a friend. I didnt want to deal with returns and PSA customer service, been down that road before and it went nowhere so. Again it just ok....
October 31, 2019
7 months ago
Best quality dissipator
This is the best quality dissipator currently on the market. Yes its not perfect, but its a damn good upper. Barrel is top quality and the FSB is pinned on straight. I wish they had gone the extra mile and pinned the gas block, but hey you can't win 'em all. I think I paid right around $350 for this upper and should have bought two. Waited almost a year for them to become available and they were sold out in a manner of days. Zero malfunctions and more accurate than I am. With a KAC rear sight hits on steel at 400yds are routine. If you are looking for a dissy then be patient and wait for this one!
April 29, 2019
Fast shipping ( ordered Saturday arrived weds).
Great quality. All parts are mated well to the barrel- no room between the FSB and the barrel. Finish is phosphate- typical ar finish. Great quality all around and good price.
March 23, 2017
Nicely done
Decided to get one during Father's Day sale. $299 with rifle length sights. AND cold hammer forged barrel by FN. Can't loose on that. Was on the fence about getting 3 but only got one. Bad idea. As soon as I placed my order I went back to get 2 more and out of stock. Phooey! Put a carry handle on it a Spike's BCG and BCM Gunfighter CH I had in the safe and borrowed the lower off my Rock River to zero it in. First five rounds were one inch high and two inches left. At 50 yards. Nice. The grouping was about 3" but I can't see like I used to. So at 50 yards your guess is as good as mine as to where the center of the target is. I usually use optics of some sort. At least a 3x. But I wanted an AR with rifle length sights for the long sight radius so I could build one gun not dependent on batteries or optics. Plus the midlength gas gives the rifle manners. No worse than dad's old Ruger 10/22. And it's much more reliable than some of the dissipators out there running rifle length gas on a 16" barrel. One neat bonus with a carry handle it resembles an M16. So I built a lower with an A2 fixed length stock to really give it the look. Besides most people don't know an M16 has a 20" barrel anyway. I would have bought 7 more by now for my daughters but their never in stock. Get them when you can! Oh yeah one small issue was the A2 birdcage flash hider was loose when it arrived. Not a big issue. I have the tools so I tightened it and "timed" it in five minutes. I'm sure a gunsmith would have done it for next to nothing.
September 11, 2016

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