AR-15 Lower Receivers? - Page 2

AR-15 Lower Receivers?

This is a discussion on AR-15 Lower Receivers? within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Here is a list of lowers that are manufactured by someone else. This list may not be accurate due to dated info and the fact ...

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 25 of 25
Like Tree1Likes

Thread: AR-15 Lower Receivers?

  1. #16
    Senior Moderator
    Array HotGuns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    15,134
    Here is a list of lowers that are manufactured by someone else. This list may not be accurate due to dated info and the fact that there has been an explosion of many smaller shops that are now using CNC machines to manufacture their own.

    Lewis Machine & Tool

    • LMT
    • Lauer
    • DS Arms
    • PWA
    • Eagle
    • Armalite
    • Knights Armament
    • Barrett
    Continental Machine Tool
    • Stag
    • Rock River Arms
    • High Standard
    • Noveske
    • Century (New)
    • Global Tactical
    • CLE
    • S&W
    • MGI
    • Wilson Tactical
    • Grenadier Precision
    • Colt
    LAR Manufacturing
    • LAR
    • Bushmaster
    • Ameetec
    • DPMS
    • CMMG
    • Double Star
    • Fulton Armory
    • Spike's Tactical
    JVP
    • Double Star
    • LRB
    • Charles Daly
    Mega Machine Shop
    • Mega
    • GSE
    • Dalphon
    • POF
    • Alexander Arms
    Olympic
    • Olympic
    • SGW
    • Tromix
    • Palmetto
    • Dalphon
    • Frankford
    • Century (Old)
    Sun Devil
    • Sun Devil forged billet receivers
    Superior
    • Superior Arms
    • Lauer (New)
    Aero Precision
    • Aero Precision
    • Spikes Tactical
    • Del Ton

    I've been on several forums where heated arguments were going about which receiver was the best and why. I thought it amusing that in many arguments, the owners had no idea that the lowers they are arguing about were produced by the same company.

    Something to think about...if its built to Milspecs, it ought to work, no matter who makes it.
    RockStrongo likes this.
    I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.


    AR. CHL Instr. 07/02 FFL
    Like custom guns and stuff? Check this out...
    http://bobbailey1959.wordpress.com/


  2. #17
    New Member Array CmpsdNoMore's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    8
    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Palmetto State Armory...the last batch I bought were 49 bucks each. They charge 7 bucks shipping no matter how many you buy, which I never did understand, but that brings the cost up to 56 bucks...which is still good any way you look at it. They are good solid lowers. They run this sale every couple of months,so keep an eye out.
    They did run a sale where they were selling them for right around $50, but right now they're listed at $80 on their website. Also, shipping to Wisconsin is $10, so it can change depending on where you are.

    I was considering getting a PSA lower for A build I'm going to do, but after shipping and my FFL transfer fee I decided to pay $10 more and just get a Stag lower he had because I like the design and it will work for what I want.

  3. #18
    Senior Member Array Rigrat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    South
    Posts
    961
    I've got a New Frontier Armory complete polymer lower on the way. Figured for $95.00 I'd give it a try for my first AR.

  4. #19
    New Member Array Mikenmd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    6
    dont forget about seekins precision, they have done some lowers for spikes and they have quite an interesting look. i am currently building one with their lower and a mega upper...hoping it goes smoothly..

  5. #20
    VIP Member Array jonconsiglio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Posts
    3,172
    Keep in mind that with HotGuns list, that's mostly just the unfinished lower. Let's say Noveske and RRA both get their's from CMT. Now, when they arrive, LMT and RRA will both machine them to mil spec or their own specs (or have them finished off site to their specs, y'all get the idea). This will basically give you two completely different lowers and the only thing they have in common is the 7075 aluminum.

    For example, RRA's are usually very tight fitting and I've seen some where certain uppers won't even close on it. So, take that list with the smallest grain of salt since there's only a couple forgers to choose from in the US. What is most important is the material used and the quality of the final finishing. Some will be very consistent, for the most part, and built to a specific specification while others will build to their own spec and may be tight. Also, final QC is what means the most.

    A good comparison to this is barrels. Some may source from Douglass then finish on their own or have them finished. FN is a great example… PSA, BCM, FN and whoever else may (or may not, I don't know) use them, but either order them to their own specs or they order blanks and machine them to their own specs. Again, it's the final finishing that will make all the difference here, not where they are sourced as much.
    Proven combat techniques may not be flashy and may require a bit more physical effort on the part of the shooter. Further, they may not win competition matches, but they will help ensure your survival in a shooting or gunfight on the street. ~Paul Howe

  6. #21
    Member Array rolltide13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    120
    The portion of polymer lowers where the stock threads in will crack and eventually fail, I've seen photos on ar15.com before of this happening with the plum crazy polymers. Not sure about any other brands. Don't forget just because it's polymer doesn't means it's lighter and better, glocks still have steel in their frames
    1 gun 1 reload 1 knife
    If 27 .40cal Hornady Critical Defense cant save me, only God can.

  7. #22
    Senior Moderator
    Array HotGuns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    15,134
    Fuuny you should mention that. I had a guy the other day bring me a lower that was cracked right at the front pin junction. He wanted to see if I could fix it.
    It was totalled. He did it when he overtorqued the barrel nut while having it in a vise. It was an aluminum lower and NO he didnt have the proper vise blocks to protect the lower with.

    So, yeah, any lower can fail for a multidude of reasons, whether it is plastic or not.

    With that being said, there are thousands of plastic lowers that have not broke and the one that been featured on various gun boards has been broked for quite some time. I think that for most people that just like to have fun, they do just fine.
    I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.


    AR. CHL Instr. 07/02 FFL
    Like custom guns and stuff? Check this out...
    http://bobbailey1959.wordpress.com/

  8. #23
    RKM
    RKM is offline
    Distinguished Member Array RKM's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    1,883
    Unless you're dead set on building one, and you're looking for nothing more than a fun range gun, the M&P15 Sport deserves a look. Very affordable, reliable enough, everything you need for the range and nothing you don't.

    If you are in fact dead set on building one, I can't really help you. I'd listen to both HotGuns and jonconsiglio. I know the basics about buying a complete rifle, but I've never researched building my own.

  9. #24
    VIP Member Array Sticks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    3,550
    You can't build an upper cheaper than buying one complete.

    Lowers are a different story. Shop around for stripped and assembled.

    BCM and G&R Tactical both have options for different LPK, triggers, grips, stocks...so it may be cheaper to buy an assembled lower with all the specific parts if you are going high end (Colt LPK, Geissele trigger, and so on)

    Know what you are going to do with the rifle before you buy. If you plan on shooting the crud out of it, then please...go with high end known companies. If you are only going to run 500 rounds a year, then you will be fine with Bushmaster, DPMS, Stag, Rock River...
    Sticks

    Grasseater // Grass~eat~er noun, often attributive \ˈgras-ē-tər\
    A person who is incapable of independent thought; a person who is herd animal-like in behavior; one who cannot distinguish between right and wrong; a foolish person.
    See also Sheep

  10. #25
    VIP Member Array TWO GUNS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    2,713
    Quote Originally Posted by 9mmPro View Post
    Bushmaster makes great barrels and lowers for the price, i own Bushmaster so their name precedes them.
    +1 I love Bushmaster, Thats the brand I have always been happy with.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. ATF open letter to Industry - re: frames and receivers
    By AKsrule in forum The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: July 20th, 2009, 09:02 PM
  2. DSArms Lower Receivers?
    By packinnova in forum Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: May 29th, 2009, 11:46 PM
  3. Sun Devil Mfg Receivers - Company Dead?
    By dnowell in forum Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: January 18th, 2009, 08:48 PM
  4. Everyone Sold Out of Lower Receivers?
    By Yoda in forum Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: November 24th, 2008, 06:29 PM

Search tags for this page

ar 15 lower receiver
,

ar 15 lower receiver reviews

,

ar lower receiver reviews

,
ar-15 lower receiver reviews
,

ar15 lower receiver reviews

,
best ar lower receiver
,
best ar15 lower receiver
,
cheap ar 15 lower receiver
,
composite ar 15 lower receiver
,
lar lower receiver review
,
lower receiver reviews
,
reddit lower receiver
Click on a term to search for related topics.