PSA 16" Mid-length 5.56 NATO 1:8 Stainless Steel Freedom Upper - with BCG and Charging Handle - 7778530

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PSA 16" Mid-length 5.56 NATO 1:8 Stainless Steel Freedom Upper - with BCG and Charging Handle - 7778530


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SKU: 7778530
UPC: 7778530
MFR#: 7778530

16" Barrel Length
5.56 NATO Chamber
1 in 8" twist
416 Stainless Steel Barrel
Mid-length Gas System
M16 Full Auto Bolt Carrier
C158 MPI/HPT Bolt
Charging Handle

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Barrel: 416 Stainless steel. Chambered in 5.56 NATO, with a 1/8 twist, M4 barrel extension, and a mid-length gas system. A2-style profile barrel is finished off with a standard handguard, F-Marked gas sight base, and A2 flash hider.

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

Bolt: Full-auto profile bolt carrier group. Milspec Carpenter No. 158® steel bolt, Shot Peened, High pressure tested, Mag particle inspected, Gas Key Hardened to USGI Specifications, Fastened with Grade 8 screws, and Staked Per Mil-Spec. 8620 steel M-16 profile carrier is chrome lined and phosphate coated.  


SKU: 7778530
SKU 7778530
Brand Palmetto State Armory
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SKU: 7778530

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Just awesome
Picked this up on sale with a stripped lower and a PSA MOE lower build kit. Got everything in 7 days. Everything went together perfectly. Looks great. Was offered a deal at my PD for a MP Sport 2 for $589.00 to buy and own our patrol rifles went this route instead with PSA after being impressed with a PSA Freedom rifle I got for him last year for Christmas. Saved $166.00. Thanks PSA.
December 16, 2017
Amazing deal!
I picked this up this upper to pair with a blem lower that I also bought from PSA. I put the whole rifle together for $380 and it is a amazing value! This upper is an amazing for the price and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to build a great AR-15 on a budget.
August 1, 2017
Great Deal
Took it out of the box. Performed a basic cleaning and lubrication before its first use. Attached the upper to one of my lowers went to the range and squeezed off two 30 round magazines. No issues worked perfect. Just what I needed.
July 6, 2017
Great buy
I've had it for a little while now and I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. The one complaint i have it that it wobbles a little when it sits on the lower (not PSA) but function has never been a problem and I've put at least 1500 rounds through it. I can't get mad at PSA for their product not quite matching another company's so I give this a perfect rating.
June 20, 2017
Beautiful Upper...
Love the stainless steel and daily deal too. Quick shipping and securely packed.
June 7, 2017
A2 SS freedom upper is a quality built upper.
I am very pleased with my A2 freedom SS upper which I mated to a PSA MOE lower if Is a very well fitted mating that shoots straight with the iron sights. After 320 rounds of brass and steel case ammo the performance has been flawless no issues at all.
I recommend this PSA product to anyone.
April 6, 2017
Excellent value and quality
PSA was very quick with my order was delivered in a couple of days.Doubled boxed the inner box padded very well.Nice fit on my PSA lower.At the range grouped well used a Nikon scope with a Nikon 223 mount on the rail.Used 55 HP grain Hornady Ammo.The cosmetics are excellent and at the range performed better than expected with no problems. Nice product.
April 6, 2017
Great deal
I purchased this upper on a daily special along with a blemished complete lower. Was at my door in less than a week. It's my first ar but I've been around alot of guns and the quality is great. The stainless barrel looks awesome. All together with shipping and transfer fees I'll be in a quality ar for less than 450 bucks. I don't think that deal can be beat. Thanks PSA!
March 3, 2017
Perfectly matched my RRA R3 Comp lower Great Value for the price!
I bought the PSA 16" Mid-length 5.56 NATO 1:8 Stainless Steel Freedom Upper - with BCG to use as an alternate plinker barrel on my RRA R3 Comp rifle. Just so I don't burn out the barrel on my tack driver actually. I placed my order last Friday and received the upper assembly the following Wednesday (Yesterday). To be honest I really expected it to take a week or so longer based on all the comments I have seen in various places online regarding PSA's shipping. To those that think PSA has shipping issues? I say "What shipping issues?" I received my order in a very respectable time.

This upper mounted perfectly on my RRA R3 lower no looseness whatsoever. Of course I have given this a close inspection verified the front sight was pinned and not bolted verified the bolt matched MILSPEC verified the feed ramps all was found to be better quality than I expected for the price. The sling mount rivet looks like it could have been flared better than it is but it isn't falling out so I'm not complaining. I wish they had the carry handle rear sight in stock I'll be ordering that as soon as I get the email that its available.

I have noticed one thing that concerns me a little but I can't say yet if its a positive or negative issue? I have yet to take this out and put it through its paces. The barrel profile below the hand guard is turned thinner than the heavier profile extending forward of the front sight. This may result in a lack of accuracy @100 meters due to harmonics? If it does present an issue I will seek a solution for that later. I really expected the barrel to be heavier behind the front sight back to the barrel nut (beneath the hand guard). I understand this was probably done to reduce the overall weight of the barrel but honestly for the weight difference I would rather have the accuracy. Again not saying this is an actual issue since I haven't put this through its paces at the range. I guess I have become little spoiled with my RRA rifle and its sub MOA accuracy but I paid over $1100 for that RRA rifle not counting the optics.

The upper assembly was properly and thoroughly lubricated and ready for storage or immediate use upon arrival. A small amount of thread lubrication was visible at the base of the barrel nut threads (which is actually a good sign). A good indication there won't be an issue with the barrel nut seizing in the future. The "T" markings are just a bit faint but personally I would rather they not be there in the first place so no complaints there.

Overall I would rate this upper a great buy possibly even "fantastic" depending on performance. Even if it only shoots the 2 MOA groupings I hear people complaining about in some of the youtube video's I've watched about it. I have found that grouping size is usually a "shooter issue" not a rifle quality issue. From an "entry level shooters" standpoint this is by far a suitable option for anyone just starting or learning the AR platform. I have been shooting the AR platform myself since 1982 (introduced in the military with an M16-A1). This is the rifle I will use to train my little grandson with as he gets older. Eventually I will be passing it on to him when he is older and ready for a starter rifle of his own. I will of course have to get him his own lower assembly.

I can see a long and happy relationship developing between Palmetto State Armory and myself as long as my wife doesn't find out (then Ill have to order two of everything) just take my money!

Great Job Palmetto State Armory!

Ken P.
USN Veteran
January 26, 2017
I wanted a standard upper that I could attach a carry handle rear sight to for a truck gun. This went on sale for 259 shipped so I thought I would give it a try. This upper exceeds my expectations in every way. The finish is very good and I can easily break clays at 50 yards using the large rear sight. I lubed the bolt put about 200 rounds thru it cleaned it once shot another 200. No problems at all. I did only sight it in at 50 yards with open sights so I cannot comment on accuracy at 100 yards with a scope. For me this upper is great.
January 11, 2017

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