If you only plan on having one AR and keeping fit or a life time . I would recommend chrome lined or melonite coated . You should get double the life with those coatings . As for the dust cover and foreward assist sure why not . If your looking to save some money , thats cool . I assume your looking at the M&P 15 sport . I have heard nothing but good things about that rifle .
As of this date 8-18-14 at 6:42am I became a proud grandfather I guess I'm officially old
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