Thanks @Minuteman. I do agree that the new grip design on the Daniel Defense rifles don’t exactly match up with I currently use or enjoy, but I didn’t want a $20 cosmetic issue that could easily be swapped out spoil a pick for one rifle over the other.
I do like the fact that with BCM, you can order an upper to your personal specs down to the type of muzzle brake I would want pinned and welded for the 14.5" barrel to meet the 16" limit. I guess I get so confused/overwhelmed with which parts come from where, what’s worth investing money in over the other, etc. $1,500 for a rifle is a lot of money, I’m really just trying to make sure I talk to some guys and gals about what gear they run and what they’ve had positive and negative experiences with.
I really appreciate everyone’s pointers and opinions on the post (except for the piston stuff - not really sure why that was introduced, but whatever). I’ll do a bit more reading and hopefully I’ll share what the final result ends up being.