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Posted: 12/15/2002 1:50:33 AM EST
Just picked up an Essential Arms rifle/as purchased from an estate,it has a Colt marked A2 upper,triangle handguards,Colt C MP B marked barrel.Serial # EA 28xxx. Have an email out to DPMS(thanks elohim)requesting any info they might have on unit.Anyone here know if EA sold completed rifles such as this?As far as I can tell,this is new,unfired,still had the barrel tampon in it.Any info appreciated/

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Link Posted: 12/15/2002 3:30:50 AM EST
Essential Arms only made lower receivers. I just handled a neighbor's Essential Arms J-15 yesterday evening. His was built years ago using a surplus M-16 upper. It has an A1 upper with triangular handguards and no forward assist. ALL Essential Arms J-15's are parts guns. That doesn't mean they are junk by no means. It just means that they never left the factory as complete rifles.

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Link Posted: 12/15/2002 5:02:00 AM EST
Thanks for info.If that is the case I have a brand new EA lower complete,will probably part out after the novelty wears out!

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Link Posted: 12/18/2002 6:28:06 AM EST
To clarify... Essential Arms was also Essential Accessories. They sold rifle kits, minus the barrels. They stocked all parts except barrels, and also had matching gray uppers. Toward the end of their business, they produced their uppers and lowers in a black finish, too. They also manufactured rubber coated aluminum CAR buttstocks. All of their parts appeared to be of good quality (I used to see them at gun shows), however many J-15 receivers have been assembled with some pretty junky parts by individual builders, so you can't really judge the company by quality of rifles you may see with their receivers.

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Link Posted: 12/19/2002 3:41:32 AM EST
Funny this comes up. I was at a gunshow on Saturday. One of the dealers was trying to sell an EA J-15 w/ 20" A2 HBAR upper saying that it was a complete Bushmaster rifle. I told him that the lower receiver was not a Bushmaster, but an Essential Arms. At this point he produced a 2001 gun value price book, showed me a picture of a post ban Bushmaster Shorty, and said "This is the rifle RIGHT HERE". He then proceded to tell me that the EA and J-15 were what Bushmaster USED to use to label their rifles. Finally he showed me a box with a Quality Parts stamp on it, saying this was the box the rifle came in. With that kind of evidence, who was I to doubt him????? Anyway, I passed on the rifle. Brad

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Link Posted: 12/19/2002 11:55:57 AM EST
Sounds like someone was trying to pull a really fast one on you.Think you were wise to pass just on principle.Lets see,if I bought a new chevette that came in a box marked corvette,that would make it a corvette,right?To best of my knowlegde Bushmaster never ever was associated with EA,I just needed some clarification on some items and thanks to posts and emails have things figured out.Thanks to all who replied!

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Link Posted: 12/19/2002 12:44:02 PM EST
Ammo FAQ: www.ammo-oracle.com
(Old) Mag FAQ: magfaq.tripod.com

Barrel? Go CHROME or go home.
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Link Posted: 12/19/2002 12:48:52 PM EST
Well then I stand corrected.Will check this info out,maybe I have an early Bushmaster/EA rifle.That would maybe change initial plans on this.Again,thanks for info,I sincerly appreciate inputs on items posted.

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Link Posted: 12/20/2002 3:39:15 AM EST
Wow Troy. Is there anything you don't know? Thanks for the history on Bushmaster. I will add it to my gunshow book, so I will know better next time. Brad

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Link Posted: 12/20/2002 8:38:58 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/20/2002 9:54:28 PM EST
I live about 15 miles from BUSHMASTER.I built 5 prebans in the early 1980s.The first lower I bought from them was an EA.

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Link Posted: 12/21/2002 3:05:29 AM EST
Very interesting information,and to check I emailed Bushmaster with my serial #.Got a return phone call from their Customer Service,was told that yes,they did use EA lowers in the beginning but no,my serial # was not assembled or used by them.Must compliment Bushmaster on their great customer service response!

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Link Posted: 12/22/2002 9:54:59 AM EST
Bushmaster bought and used OLYMPIC ARMS lowers at one time! [x]
The General Discussion Board is to the AR15.com forums as are Beanie Babies and Beef Jerky to Gun Shows. [x]
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Link Posted: 12/22/2002 12:16:02 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/22/2002 4:27:57 PM EST
Also, I seem to recall that Oly was also the first to offer a "flattop" receiver, which they made by cutting off the carry handle and pinning on a weaver rail. This was some years before the adoption of the A3 upper.

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