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 TITANIUM LOWER RECEIVERS
COZINATOR  [Member]
9/14/2007 7:08:37 PM
HI Y'ALL!

Can anyone please tell me about these?

I see they are available in 80% PCR.

TIA



COZ
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Stainless  [Team Member]
9/15/2007 2:33:13 AM
They, along with titanium firing pins, and titanium nitride bolt carrier groups (AKA bling-bling gold) exist for ONE purpose:

To separate idiots from money.
Stickman  [Industry Partner]
9/15/2007 12:08:55 PM
Olympic Arms is the only company I know of that has made these in recent years.
Falar  [Member]
9/15/2007 10:15:38 PM

Originally Posted By Stainless:
They, along with titanium firing pins, and titanium nitride bolt carrier groups (AKA bling-bling gold) exist for ONE purpose:

To separate idiots from money.


I agree. The point of titanium is to have the strength of steel and the low weight of aluminum. So in some cases it is used to replace steel and lose weight and in others to replace aluminum and gain strength. In some applications the extra cost is justified. But a lower receiver? I've never seen one break even under extreme circumstances so why pay the $$$$?
M4  [Team Member]
9/16/2007 12:18:02 PM

Originally Posted By Falar:

Originally Posted By Stainless:
They, along with titanium firing pins, and titanium nitride bolt carrier groups (AKA bling-bling gold) exist for ONE purpose:

To separate idiots from money.


I agree. The point of titanium is to have the strength of steel and the low weight of aluminum. So in some cases it is used to replace steel and lose weight and in others to replace aluminum and gain strength. In some applications the extra cost is justified. But a lower receiver? I've never seen one break even under extreme circumstances so why pay the $$$$?


And the same can essentially be said about premium cost billet lowers.
GAU5-A-A  [Member]
9/16/2007 1:08:42 PM


Well,

I haven't tried one of these lowers.


But I have drilled/cut/shaped titanium alloy aircraft parts using ordinary shop tools. It was miserable to work with.

I'll stick to aluminum alloy receivers.
Stainless  [Team Member]
9/16/2007 4:01:35 PM

Originally Posted By M4:
And the same can essentially be said about premium cost billet lowers.


And i SAY the same about the premium cost billet lowers, AND uppers. Which are COMPLETELY unnecessary for 99.999% of applications they are used in.

But, the tards will buy.... so the manufacturers will make.
misfit47  [Member]
9/16/2007 4:36:53 PM

I've never seen one break even under extreme circumstances so why pay the $$$$?


Seen a OLY cast lower break in 2 behind the grip after being dropped at the range. Also seen a Colt SP1 broken in 2 from a car wreck. Oly replaced theirs without any hassle, Colt yeah sure...
Wirebrush  [Team Member]
9/16/2007 4:53:45 PM
I used to think it would be cool to have one until I picked one up. They are HEAVY! Yes pound for pound Ti is stronger than steel which means you can use less of it to build a part of equal strength, but if you are not using any less material as in the case of the AR lowers it does not really become any noticably lighter than if it were made from steel. Since Cav Arms has shown that plastic is of sufficient strength to build an AR lower I don't think you will gain anything other than a great deal of weight with a Titanium lower.
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