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overclocking  [Member]
10/16/2013 8:15:45 PM
Just some quick feedback on PTAC upper from PSA.

I just received my upper last week and wanted to provide some feedback. It was the 16'' PTAC with m16 bolt, complete upper kit that PSA regularly has for sale.
cons:
The only real thing I notice that was worth mentioning was the gas key was not staked very well. Other than that the bolt was exceptional, no noticeable tooling errors or unfinished burs. It was a little dry, but after a quick dissemble and inspection it was ready to go. The gas key was the only thing that I noticed that could have been better.
pros:
The next thing I looked at was the barrel. It appeared to be installed correct, with no monkey marks or tool marks on it anywhere. It is melonite coated and the barrel finish inside and out looked great.
The hand guard was a free float, so as to be expected with yhm the quality was excellent and it fit the ptac upper perfect.
The upper itself was a great piece, no branding and it fit tight to the lower unlike many other cheap builds I have seen. The fitment was great in regards to the bolt clearances and the lower fitment.

The only other thing left to do was test it. Much to my surprise this gun was very accurate right out of the box. After 100 rounds went down the tube it was very predictable to know where the next was going to go. I would say I was very surprised with the accuracy of this gun and am very happy with the price and quality of PTAC upper kits. I suspect this barrel was from the same manufacture PSA uses as its identical to them.
Not one functional hiccup to report during use.
I wanted to provide some feedback since when I bought it there was little to no feedback about them anywhere. Needless to say, I will be buying up a few more in the very near future.
JHMC79  [Team Member]
10/16/2013 8:24:33 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By overclocking:
Just some quick feedback on PTAC upper from PSA.

I just received my upper last week and wanted to provide some feedback. It was the 16'' PTAC with m16 bolt, complete upper kit that PSA regularly has for sale.
cons:
The only real thing I notice that was worth mentioning was the gas key was not staked very well. Other than that the bolt was exceptional, no noticeable tooling errors or unfinished burs. It was a little dry, but after a quick dissemble and inspection it was ready to go. The gas key was the only thing that I noticed that could have been better.
pros:
The next thing I looked at was the barrel. It appeared to be installed correct, with no monkey marks or tool marks on it anywhere. It is melonite coated and the barrel finish inside and out looked great.
The hand guard was a free float, so as to be expected with yhm the quality was excellent and it fit the ptac upper perfect.
The upper itself was a great piece, no branding and it fit tight to the lower unlike many other cheap builds I have seen. The fitment was great in regards to the bolt clearances and the lower fitment.

The only other thing left to do was test it. Much to my surprise this gun was very accurate right out of the box. After 100 rounds went down the tube it was very predictable to know where the next was going to go. I would say I was very surprised with the accuracy of this gun and am very happy with the price and quality of PTAC upper kits. I suspect this barrel was from the same manufacture PSA uses as its identical to them.
Not one functional hiccup to report during use.
I wanted to provide some feedback since when I bought it there was little to no feedback about them anywhere. Needless to say, I will be buying up a few more in the very near future. [/quote]


Thanks for the good review.

Did the barrel have any markings on it? If so what did they read?
ztug  [Member]
10/16/2013 8:58:43 PM
Even PSA uses barrels made by others besides FN for their non premium uppers. I know some are Wilson.
mrpoodles  [Member]
10/17/2013 12:17:59 AM
How long did it take from ordering to arriving?
overclocking  [Member]
10/17/2013 9:07:19 AM
[quote]Originally Posted By JHMC79:
[quote]Originally Posted By overclocking:
Just some quick feedback on PTAC upper from PSA.

I just received my upper last week and wanted to provide some feedback. It was the 16'' PTAC with m16 bolt, complete upper kit that PSA regularly has for sale.
cons:
The only real thing I notice that was worth mentioning was the gas key was not staked very well. Other than that the bolt was exceptional, no noticeable tooling errors or unfinished burs. It was a little dry, but after a quick dissemble and inspection it was ready to go. The gas key was the only thing that I noticed that could have been better.
pros:
The next thing I looked at was the barrel. It appeared to be installed correct, with no monkey marks or tool marks on it anywhere. It is melonite coated and the barrel finish inside and out looked great.
The hand guard was a free float, so as to be expected with yhm the quality was excellent and it fit the ptac upper perfect.
The upper itself was a great piece, no branding and it fit tight to the lower unlike many other cheap builds I have seen. The fitment was great in regards to the bolt clearances and the lower fitment.

The only other thing left to do was test it. Much to my surprise this gun was very accurate right out of the box. After 100 rounds went down the tube it was very predictable to know where the next was going to go. I would say I was very surprised with the accuracy of this gun and am very happy with the price and quality of PTAC upper kits. I suspect this barrel was from the same manufacture PSA uses as its identical to them.
Not one functional hiccup to report during use.
I wanted to provide some feedback since when I bought it there was little to no feedback about them anywhere. Needless to say, I will be buying up a few more in the very near future. [/quote]


Thanks for the good review.

Did the barrel have any markings on it? If so what did they read?
[/quote]The barrel was stamped 1:7 twist on the top. Seems thicker than most pencil barrels too. I will try to post pictures later.
overclocking  [Member]
10/17/2013 9:16:11 AM
[quote]Originally Posted By mrpoodles:
How long did it take from ordering to arriving?[/quote]It took about 3 weeks. I was expecting a week delay, but even after waiting 3 weeks, it was well worth it.

In my opinion this is how I would rate then guns I have experience handling.

Assuming all are low/mid price range models.

1. Noveski.
2.Daniels Defense
3.
4.
5 Ptac
6.
7.
8 Stag
9. Dpms
10. Bushmaster.
If I was to order one of these other guns, with the same modifications, I would have spent several hundred more. I only really wish I wasn't so cheap and had ordered the carpenter bolt. However, I will never out shoot the m16 bolt that came with the PTAC, so its a moot point.

chriscw81  [Team Member]
10/17/2013 10:54:09 AM
i picked up this PTAC complete upper recently:

PTAC upper with yankee hill quad rail

it's my first AR and knew that it was probably only medium quality but i was ok with that because it's only a range toy and it definitely won't be my last build. i received the upper about 3 weeks after ordering. it fit my Aero Precision lower with the PSA classic lower parts kit really well. the bolt that came with it has an "M" stamped on it so i'm pretty sure that means it was MPI'd. The BCG was a little dry but i soaked the whole thing in CLP so it's good to go now. again, i realized it may not be the best quality but so far i'm happy with it. one day i'll be building a better rifle. i havent shot it yet but i will this saturday and i'll try to report back.

OP, sorry if i'm hijacking, i thought this might be a good place for others feedback also.

Chris
overclocking  [Member]
10/19/2013 12:45:51 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By chriscw81:
i picked up this PTAC complete upper recently:

PTAC upper with yankee hill quad rail

it's my first AR and knew that it was probably only medium quality but i was ok with that because it's only a range toy and it definitely won't be my last build. i received the upper about 3 weeks after ordering. it fit my Aero Precision lower with the PSA classic lower parts kit really well. the bolt that came with it has an "M" stamped on it so i'm pretty sure that means it was MPI'd. The BCG was a little dry but i soaked the whole thing in CLP so it's good to go now. again, i realized it may not be the best quality but so far i'm happy with it. one day i'll be building a better rifle. i havent shot it yet but i will this saturday and i'll try to report back.

OP, sorry if i'm hijacking, i thought this might be a good place for others feedback also.

Chris[/quote]No Hijacking, good feedback.. When you shoot it let me know how impressed you are. I'm guessing you too will be wondering how it was so cheap. They are really well built for the price.
chriscw81  [Team Member]
10/19/2013 8:49:09 PM
Well I shot it today and had no problems. Only shot about 80 rounds because the rain came. I got it sighted in at 25 yards only using magpul backup sights. So far so good. Obviously this was a short test but it shot well.

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