I am about to assemble an AR-15 upper. This will be my first time, so I have done some internet searching and “opinions” on AR-15 headspace seem to range from “who cares”, to “you’ll put an eye out, or the barrel will blow up in your hand” if you have not checked the headspace on your upper build.
I have a Trybe .223 Wylde barrel. Don’t know who makes it, but Trybe appears to be made “exclusively” for OpticsPlanet. Regardless, I’m the kind of person that isn’t afraid to ask stupid questions and display my lack of knowledge on a subject. It would appear to me the headspace on the AR is completely a function of the chamber dimensions of each individual barrel. The reason I say that is the BCG will be pressed into the rear of the barrel until lockup. Am I wrong?
Do I really need to order 5.56mm Go, No-Go headspace checkers to check one barrel to assemble one AR-15 upper assembly? I know the answer is “it won’t hurt”, but I am tired of storing single use tools if they are not necessary.
As a follow-up, if there is a headspace issue, how do you resolve it? Return the barrel to OpticsPlanet for rework or replacement?