** Update **
Ordered my upper today.. Went with a BCM CHF 16" Middy with VTAC TRX 13" hand-guard and Phantom 5C2 suppressor. I decided the cost difference between the BCM with the FF rails and the Spikes with a Magpul MOE hand-guard (I would have put one on) was so little that the added cost justified what I hope will be a very long term barrel / upper setup
Thank you all for your comments and I will post some pics once it is all done.
** Update **
I have my first AR15 project started and my lower is complete. I am now torn between which upper to get....
I have settled on a Mid-Length gas system A4 upper. The last decision is between barrels. I will be using his gun for fun shooting, SHTF CQC and hunting/varmint eradication.
Red options are out
Option 1: RRA 16" SS(410) 1:8 Wylde (heaviest) ~7.5lbs
Option 2: RRA 16" Chrome Lined 1:9 ~7.1lbs
Option 3: RRA 16" Chrome Lined Light-Weight 1:9 ~6.7lbs
Option 4 - Spikes Tactical 16" LW Mid-Length Upper (SS (LW50) 1:8, medium profile)
Option 5 - BCM 16" SS(410) 1:8 - Not sure on weight
Option 6 - BCM 16" Cold Hammer Forged 1:7 - Not sure on weight
I don't know what the exact weight difference is, but I think my estimates are close. Will I gain more by saving the weight for things like a scope, light, etc down the line or will the weight be worth it to be more accurate (I shake a bit all the time so heavier guns I tend to shoot better (at least in pistols)). Any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.