The chrome barrel is worth it and doesnt cost very much. The forward assist isnt needed...until it is. The dust cover is an very useful feature to have as well. Most AR uppers come with the forward assist and dust covers anyway, so why not?
NRA Life Member (2003)
I think that one of the notions common to the anti-gunner is the idea that being a victim is 'noble'; as if it is better to be noble in your suffering than disruptive in your own defense.