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Posted: 7/17/2011 4:44:25 AM EDT
I recently asked a local AR15 dealer/Custom builder if they could order me a lower from BCM or Spikes. They said they couldnt and then he told me that all the lowers are the same why pay the higher price of other ones when he has plum crazy lowers, cmmg, and superior arms lowers in stock. They are the same as BCM and Spikes. I was like Ummm no! I then asked him how can this be. He then told me there are only 3 places that make lowers. They make them and send them out in the white with no roll markings to other companys such as BCM, Spikes, RR,Bushmaster, Ect. Once at the other companies , that company then adds there roll marks and numbers to the reciever and then coat it. I found this hard to believe as I have had many AR15's and many lowers, some of the cheaper ones the finish and fit were no were near as good as the higher end name ones. So how can that be if they were all made in the same places? Is he giving me a line? I have had LMT, Bushy, Stag, DPMS, Noveske, BLACK RAIN ORDNANCE, CMMG, Superior Arms, all with different prices and all had varying quality areas. So am I just being ignorant and not believing him or is he wrong and just trying to sell me his crap?
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:01:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2011 5:04:06 AM EDT by gunner_71]
as long as they are within specs, they are all fine. with all other things being equal, it really comes down to what roll mark you like. my next lower will be a Palmetto State Armory. and yes there is only a handful of forgers that make the lowers.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:02:33 AM EDT
For the most part he's right. CMT (Continental Machine and Tool) is one of the largest suppliers of lowers. Someone will be along shortly to name the others.

I've built AR's with Bushmaster, Armalite, Rock River, CMMG, Stag, DPMS and even Roggio without problems. All went together easily and in spec.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:06:40 AM EDT
So is it safe to say that some of the companies that say they make all parts in house are not talking about the recievers? Really Im in a state of "awwww" right now cause Ive payed for higher quality stuff just to find out there pretty much the same.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:11:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:13:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2011 5:23:08 AM EDT by Thefryzone]
http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_12/318113_AR_Lower_Receiver_FAQ__56k_beware__MMS__CMT__LAR__LMT_compared___.htmlReceiver FAQ Version 0.3 (please note this is still rough, and is not nearly finished)

I see a lot of threads asking these questions about overall quality and suggestions for which brand of receiver any particular person would recommend, so I thought I might document the aesthetics of final finish machining info into an info thread of it's own.

Who makes the best receiver? Which receiver is the best? Which receiver is the highest quality?

Of course the answer is that all of them are pretty much the same. The actual brand of receiver means little to nothing. When deciding on which receiver you should purchase you should take into consideration two factors. Price and manufacturer. Of course if price is not an object, get the receiver that has the logo or emblem that you want. I know that is superficial, but the best receiver really boils down to the one you like the best.

There are currently FOUR manufacturers that produce the majority of lower receivers for the AR market. MMS, CMT, LMT and LAR receive orders from many licensed manufacturers who obtain an ATF variance to have them cut and logo receivers on their behalf. JVP and Superior Arms cut for a couple of different companies as well, but currently I will only focus on the four main manufacturers differences.

Mega, Stag (CMT), LAR and Barrett (LMT):

Not all inclusive, and a few brands have had more than one manufacturer cut their receivers. Many companies receive CMT and LMT cuts in the white and finish them themselves. I have not seen a LAR or MMS cut that was finished by a third party company.

LMT = LMT, Lauer(old), DS Arms, PWA, Eagle, Knights Armament, Barrett, Bushmaster (?)
CMT = Stag, RRA, High Standard, Noveske (old), Century (current), Global Tactical, CLE, S&W, MGI (1st batch), Wilson Tactical, (some?) Colt, Ratworx
LAR = Grizzly, Bushmaster (L Prefix), Ameetech, (?)DPMS, CMMG, Double Star, Fulton, Spike's Tactical, Noveske (new)
MMS = Mega, Gunsmoke, Dalphon, POF (forged), Alexander Arms, Stinger, Spike's Tactical(old)
JVP = Double Star, LRB
Olympic = Olypmic, SGW, Tromix, Palmetto, Dalphon, Frankford, (old) Century
Superior = Superior Arms, Lauer (current)
Grenadier Precision
Sabre Defence (?)

There are also a number of custom cut billet lower receivers:

MGI multi-caliber
COBB multi-caliber

JP CTR-02
SOCOM Diamond (out of business?)
Sun Devil
POF - 415/416 Gen 1 (no trigger guard), Gen 2 (integral winter guard), Gen 3(integral guard + ambi bolt release)
Smith & Wesspon M&P-15PC Performance Center Model

7.62x51 receivers
POF - P-308 Gen 1 (winter trigger guard + ambi bolt release)
DPMS Panther LR-308
Fulton FAR-308 (made by DMPS)
Hesse HAR-10 (bleh... really crappy machining)

Wishful thinking:
Oberland Arms / HK 416/417 (billet)
Magpul (soon I hope)
LaRue (people have been asking.... lol)
Vltor (you never know...)
LMT (very wishful thinking...)

Not sure if RRA .308 vaporware will be forged or billet.


Characteristics of the manufacturers (please note, the most typical characteristics are listed, and each manufacturer may have substantial sample variation between lots):

LMT usually leaves forge flash underneath the trigger well, and roughly cuts them between the receiver extension and pistol grip, while leaving a vertical mold flash line on the front lip of the mag well, as well as having other "fingerprint" marks... no bevel cut for the charging handle on the rear lug for the receiver extension, as well as particular mill marks in between the pivot pin tangs. They also have a 'fingerprint' cut in the receiver on the shelf, and below it where the FCG goes. Notice the diagonal mill mark on one of the pivot pin supports. Also unique is the radius in the grip tang pocket, which is not as smooth a transition as the other manufacturers.

Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:14:37 AM EDT
This thread pretty much covers it:

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_12/318113_index.html

Even lists who makes lowers for whom and highlights differences etc...
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:15:42 AM EDT
The forgings for the lowers are pretty much the same.
The final machining is what sets lowers apart.
That being said, most companies machine within mil-spec tolerances making the finished product fairly universal.

The question that needs to be asked is " who makes a non usable lower ?"
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:16:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
So is it safe to say that some of the companies that say they make all parts in house are not talking about the recievers? Really Im in a state of "awwww" right now cause Ive payed for higher quality stuff just to find out there pretty much the same.


they do all the machining, but the actual forging of the upper and lower is done by another company, so as long as their machining is done well you have nothing to worry about. same thing applies to the barrels...none of these companies have their own steel refineries. get it?
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:17:22 AM EDT
For the most part he's right. CMT (Continental Machine and Tool) is one of the largest suppliers of lowers. Someone will be along shortly to name the others.

I've built AR's with Bushmaster, Armalite, Rock River, CMMG, Stag, DPMS and even Roggio without problems. All went together easily and in spec.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:21:16 AM EDT
Thanks Now that I have that all cleared up on to my next build I guess (cheaper lower of course.lol )...
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:21:55 AM EDT
The one exception to what he said (shop guy in OP) was the Plum Crazy lowers. Those are not forged aluminum... they are made out of polymer.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:25:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Staticxd00d:
The one exception to what he said (shop guy in OP) was the Plum Crazy lowers. Those are not forged aluminum... they are made out of polymer.


I had a plum Crazy lower once (gun show for $100 complete) and it was ok but I didnt really like it much so I ended up using it for a dedicated .22.. Now its great..
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 5:33:16 AM EDT
Yeah, wasn't necessarily knocking it, just pointing out that it wasn't forged from one of the main companies that forge them, so it doesn't really apply to what the guy was saying as far as them all being made by 3 or 4 places.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 6:12:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Staticxd00d:
Yeah, wasn't necessarily knocking it, just pointing out that it wasn't forged from one of the main companies that forge them, so it doesn't really apply to what the guy was saying as far as them all being made by 3 or 4 places.


Yup.. Im not knocking them either.. I just prefer it on my dedicated .22. something about the feel of metal on a weapon makes me all warm and fuzzy inside..lol
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 6:17:22 AM EDT
great post

Originally Posted By Thefryzone:
http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_12/318113_AR_Lower_Receiver_FAQ__56k_beware__MMS__CMT__LAR__LMT_compared___.htmlReceiver FAQ Version 0.3 (please note this is still rough, and is not nearly finished)

I see a lot of threads asking these questions about overall quality and suggestions for which brand of receiver any particular person would recommend, so I thought I might document the aesthetics of final finish machining info into an info thread of it's own.

Who makes the best receiver? Which receiver is the best? Which receiver is the highest quality?

Of course the answer is that all of them are pretty much the same. The actual brand of receiver means little to nothing. When deciding on which receiver you should purchase you should take into consideration two factors. Price and manufacturer. Of course if price is not an object, get the receiver that has the logo or emblem that you want. I know that is superficial, but the best receiver really boils down to the one you like the best.

There are currently FOUR manufacturers that produce the majority of lower receivers for the AR market. MMS, CMT, LMT and LAR receive orders from many licensed manufacturers who obtain an ATF variance to have them cut and logo receivers on their behalf. JVP and Superior Arms cut for a couple of different companies as well, but currently I will only focus on the four main manufacturers differences.

Mega, Stag (CMT), LAR and Barrett (LMT):

Not all inclusive, and a few brands have had more than one manufacturer cut their receivers. Many companies receive CMT and LMT cuts in the white and finish them themselves. I have not seen a LAR or MMS cut that was finished by a third party company.

LMT = LMT, Lauer(old), DS Arms, PWA, Eagle, Knights Armament, Barrett, Bushmaster (?)
CMT = Stag, RRA, High Standard, Noveske (old), Century (current), Global Tactical, CLE, S&W, MGI (1st batch), Wilson Tactical, (some?) Colt, Ratworx
LAR = Grizzly, Bushmaster (L Prefix), Ameetech, (?)DPMS, CMMG, Double Star, Fulton, Spike's Tactical, Noveske (new)
MMS = Mega, Gunsmoke, Dalphon, POF (forged), Alexander Arms, Stinger, Spike's Tactical(old)
JVP = Double Star, LRB
Olympic = Olypmic, SGW, Tromix, Palmetto, Dalphon, Frankford, (old) Century
Superior = Superior Arms, Lauer (current)
Grenadier Precision
Sabre Defence (?)

There are also a number of custom cut billet lower receivers:

MGI multi-caliber
COBB multi-caliber

JP CTR-02
SOCOM Diamond (out of business?)
Sun Devil
POF - 415/416 Gen 1 (no trigger guard), Gen 2 (integral winter guard), Gen 3(integral guard + ambi bolt release)
Smith & Wesspon M&P-15PC Performance Center Model

7.62x51 receivers
POF - P-308 Gen 1 (winter trigger guard + ambi bolt release)
DPMS Panther LR-308
Fulton FAR-308 (made by DMPS)
Hesse HAR-10 (bleh... really crappy machining)

Wishful thinking:
Oberland Arms / HK 416/417 (billet)
Magpul (soon I hope)
LaRue (people have been asking.... lol)
Vltor (you never know...)
LMT (very wishful thinking...)

Not sure if RRA .308 vaporware will be forged or billet.


Characteristics of the manufacturers (please note, the most typical characteristics are listed, and each manufacturer may have substantial sample variation between lots):

LMT usually leaves forge flash underneath the trigger well, and roughly cuts them between the receiver extension and pistol grip, while leaving a vertical mold flash line on the front lip of the mag well, as well as having other "fingerprint" marks... no bevel cut for the charging handle on the rear lug for the receiver extension, as well as particular mill marks in between the pivot pin tangs. They also have a 'fingerprint' cut in the receiver on the shelf, and below it where the FCG goes. Notice the diagonal mill mark on one of the pivot pin supports. Also unique is the radius in the grip tang pocket, which is not as smooth a transition as the other manufacturers.



Link Posted: 7/17/2011 6:28:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
Originally Posted By Staticxd00d:
Yeah, wasn't necessarily knocking it, just pointing out that it wasn't forged from one of the main companies that forge them, so it doesn't really apply to what the guy was saying as far as them all being made by 3 or 4 places.


Yup.. Im not knocking them either.. I just prefer it on my dedicated .22. something about the feel of metal on a weapon makes me all warm and fuzzy inside..lol


I would definitely own a Plum Crazy lower........ but just like you, only on a dedicated .22 upper.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 7:23:36 AM EDT
The main difference as mentioned is final machining and quality control. For instance BCM has very strict quality standards and may turn away lowers that other companies will not catch out of spec tolerances on.

Others are different and make in house or custom, Daniel Defense and Noveske's new flared lowers come to mind.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 7:30:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Staticxd00d:
The one exception to what he said (shop guy in OP) was the Plum Crazy lowers. Those are not forged aluminum... they are made out of polymer.


Anyone who says these are as good as a forged needs there head examined, or they are trying to sell them.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 7:57:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2011 7:58:10 AM EDT by chuck1022]
anymore I think you have to be crazy ( i use that term nicely) to order an expensive lower. My cap is $70, If BCM/spikes/XXX can explain why there lowers are worth the extra money, I will consider them. I hope the industry is trending towards Palmetto State Armory. Quality (hopefully, need some people to shoot a bunch of rounds through them) at a decent price. If i can buy a quality upper for $200 less than an equivalent BCM, why would I own a BCM
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 8:36:28 AM EDT
I can notice slight differences between most mfgs (as covered in the above threads) but the only lower I've had that gave me trouble was a Roggio. Out of spec paperweight.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 9:13:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2011 9:19:12 AM EDT by iNeXile556]
There are many more then just 3 manufactures, but the most stupid thing that the dealer told you was that lowers were sent out in the white and only needing roll mark, numbers and anodizing. The problem is these 3 operations are not necessary for a functioning firearm and if the first shop was to do that they would be shipping illegal firearms. If the lower is capable of being turned into a firing firearm without need of further machining, not just adding roll marks, numbers and anodizing, then they are considered a firearm and must be marked accordingly.

There are only a few companies that supply the raw forging but there are many shops the do the machining into finished lowers. They may supply them without roll marks and in the white but they must have a serial number, manufacture and city/state engraved on them as they are firearms. 80% lowers are the exception, these can be shipped out without markings because they are not considered firearms.

Although the same shop may machine a lower for different manufactures, that does not mean they are the same. The machining is done to the customers specifications which may or may not be different. The customer may also supply the raw forging so even that may be different.

That being said, most lowers are machined to accept standard mil-spec parts and perform properly. As long as they meet this requirement then there is no real difference between lowers except the roll mark and the finish applied.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 10:54:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2011 10:55:00 AM EDT by Medicfrost]
Resale is the best reason to choose a big name over small in my opinion. If you build identical rifles with same parts on a Spikes receiver and a Surplus Ammo receiver, you'll have an easier time selling the Spikes.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 11:12:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Medicfrost:
Resale is the best reason to choose a big name over small in my opinion. If you build identical rifles with same parts on a Spikes receiver and a Surplus Ammo receiver, you'll have an easier time selling the Spikes.


Not necessarily, Joe Blow on the street has never heard of Spikes. S&W, Colt, Armalite, etc. yes. But the majority of people will have never heard of Spikes.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 11:38:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2011 11:39:03 AM EDT by jcrowl]
Colt makes their own, I think JD Machine (old Kaiser Defense) out of San Diego makes some for Spike's
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 1:59:33 PM EDT
I kinda thought that to higher quality lower brings in a better price.. The reason I say this is because I built a AR15 (one of my first ones) and I used a Superior Arms lower. when I took the rifle in to trade it towards something else they said they had to go according to the lower on resale because people dont see whats in it or on top of it they see a name. So he offered me trade in on a superior rifle with same features as mine and it was way less than I put into it. Well I never did sell that Ar but I have been told by every sporting shop here thats how they have to resell it. Had it had a bushy lower I wouldve gotten more, even more yet had it been a Colt or Noveske.

Sounds like names mean alot now a days even if thats all they have going for them?
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 2:04:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
I recently asked a local AR15 dealer/Custom builder if they could order me a lower from BCM or Spikes. They said they couldnt and then he told me that all the lowers are the same why pay the higher price of other ones when he has plum crazy lowers, cmmg, and superior arms lowers in stock. They are the same as BCM and Spikes. I was like Ummm no! I then asked him how can this be. He then told me there are only 3 places that make lowers. They make them and send them out in the white with no roll markings to other companys such as BCM, Spikes, RR,Bushmaster, Ect. Once at the other companies , that company then adds there roll marks and numbers to the reciever and then coat it. I found this hard to believe as I have had many AR15's and many lowers, some of the cheaper ones the finish and fit were no were near as good as the higher end name ones. So how can that be if they were all made in the same places? Is he giving me a line? I have had LMT, Bushy, Stag, DPMS, Noveske, BLACK RAIN ORDNANCE, CMMG, Superior Arms, all with different prices and all had varying quality areas. So am I just being ignorant and not believing him or is he wrong and just trying to sell me his crap?


Isn't it obvious that he wants to sell you what he stocks? Why would you have a dealer order a lower for you when you can very easily order one online yourself?
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 2:17:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bdawg998:
Originally Posted By Medicfrost:
Resale is the best reason to choose a big name over small in my opinion. If you build identical rifles with same parts on a Spikes receiver and a Surplus Ammo receiver, you'll have an easier time selling the Spikes.


Not necessarily, Joe Blow on the street has never heard of Spikes. S&W, Colt, Armalite, etc. yes. But the majority of people will have never heard of Spikes.


Okay, change the word "Spikes" to "Colt."
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 2:30:21 PM EDT
How can I order one online when I need an FFL to get one? most local shops wontlet you transfer somethign in using there FFL unless you buy something from them
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 2:40:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
I kinda thought that to higher quality lower brings in a better price.. The reason I say this is because I built a AR15 (one of my first ones) and I used a Superior Arms lower. when I took the rifle in to trade it towards something else they said they had to go according to the lower on resale because people dont see whats in it or on top of it they see a name. So he offered me trade in on a superior rifle with same features as mine and it was way less than I put into it. Well I never did sell that Ar but I have been told by every sporting shop here thats how they have to resell it. Had it had a bushy lower I wouldve gotten more, even more yet had it been a Colt or Noveske.

Sounds like names mean alot now a days even if thats all they have going for them?

There is truth to that. A known rollmark will bring a higher price from most of the buying public. I don't buy to resell so it is never a consideration for me.
The last AR I bought was in the early 80s. I've built all mine since then, still have them all.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 2:56:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
How can I order one online when I need an FFL to get one? most local shops wontlet you transfer somethign in using there FFL unless you buy something from them


You need to call around. Don't forget about pawn shops either. Usually you can find one that will do it for $15-$30. I'm lucky and have a local pawn shop that does it for free.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 3:10:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
How can I order one online when I need an FFL to get one? most local shops wontlet you transfer somethign in using there FFL unless you buy something from them


All my local shops will do transfers .. $30 for the good shops, 50 and 100 for the not so good
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 3:14:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
How can I order one online when I need an FFL to get one? most local shops wontlet you transfer somethign in using there FFL unless you buy something from them


Here's a good start:
http://www.gunbroker.com/FFL/DealerNetwork.aspx

Try to find a non-stocking FFL. They appreciate the business and there's not hurt feelings that you didn't buy from them.
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 3:22:31 PM EDT
holy shit,,,,that ffl transfer is ridiculous. $10 per item in my neck of the woods!!!....$30-$100. those guys can go F?ck themselves
Link Posted: 7/17/2011 6:33:55 PM EDT
Thanks for the point in the right direction guys.. I will look around and see what I can do but if uppers from cmmg and superior work the same as bushy or noveske them I mine as well keep it cheap and spend the money else where.. I have 3 CMMG lowers I was kinda just hoping to get a better quality one. Since there all pretty much the same theres no point I guess
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 4:32:07 AM EDT
Thefryzone
...
Wishful thinking:
Oberland Arms / HK 416/417 (billet)
Magpul (soon I hope)
LaRue (people have been asking.... lol)
Vltor (you never know...)
LMT (very wishful thinking...)
...
What do the comments after these companies' names mean? We don't know who makes them, or we don't know if they're machined, or we disagree with something the company claims?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 6:08:07 AM EDT
The anodizing also sets lowers apart. The finish on a BM lower is so rough if you run a red shop rag across the lower, it will leave red rag lint. A RRA arms or Stag are fairly smooth to the tough.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 6:17:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Jaywalker:
Thefryzone
...
Wishful thinking:
Oberland Arms / HK 416/417 (billet)
Magpul (soon I hope)
LaRue (people have been asking.... lol)
Vltor (you never know...)
LMT (very wishful thinking...)
...
What do the comments after these companies' names mean? We don't know who makes them, or we don't know if they're machined, or we disagree with something the company claims?

Thanks.


It means that whole list is dumb as something like that could never be kept up to date nor accurate. It's funny, I always see people complain about "The Chart" being bogus but they never say anything about that list of lowers.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 7:15:34 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TANGOCHASER:
The anodizing also sets lowers apart. The finish on a BM lower is so rough if you run a red shop rag across the lower, it will leave red rag lint. A RRA arms or Stag are fairly smooth to the tough.



eww.... that'd drive me nuts.


Wonder how much trouble it is to have your own run of lowers done. Lot's of outfits do it, other than the ATF's blessing as whatever sort of manufacturer I guess you buy the raw castings and have them
stamped and machined somewhere. Or are they finished other than marks/logo and finish when they come from whoever makes them? I'd like to have my own roll-mark. :)

Link Posted: 8/4/2011 8:29:18 AM EDT
those lists are about as accurate and true as a an article from the national inquire


of the top of my head

COlt
KAC
LMT
oly
larue
and a few others make thier own lowers

I can show pics of a few in each factory being made in house



want to see colt making rifles them selves AT colt?

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/08/the-making-of-the-militarys-standard-arms/


these idiotic lists and the claims they make should just stop

and no one will ever tell who makes lowers for them if they are a MFG that dont make them in house
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 10:08:08 AM EDT
Colt: Assembled by little old ladys. I like it. :)
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 12:14:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By chuck1022:
holy shit,,,,that ffl transfer is ridiculous. $10 per item in my neck of the woods!!!....$30-$100. those guys can go F?ck themselves


I haven't found an actual Gun Shop around me that charges less than $40 per transfer, and on top of that thanks to our greedy politicians here in Washington we now have to pay a "Use" tax on all firearms transferred here!
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 12:47:14 PM EDT
$20-25 here. Use Tax? Not familiar with that esp. with lowers. There shouldn't be any tax if you paid elsewhere.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 2:41:12 PM EDT
From a functional POV, as long as it's within spec, they are all basically the same. Some are milled a little cleaner, some are finished better and some have cooler rollmarks but in the end, none of that will make the rifle shoot any better or more reliably.

Now that said, I do have an OCD\Anal thing about matching my uppers and lowers when possible. So if I needed a new lower and I knew I was going put a BCM upper on it then I would buy a BCM lower. I don't mind paying a little more to get the lower I want (within reason) seeing how the lower is one of the cheapest parts of most builds.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 3:06:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/4/2011 3:10:41 PM EDT by iNeXile556]

Originally Posted By Shawnmt6601:
...and no one will ever tell who makes lowers for them if they are a MFG that dont make them in house

Check Barrett's web site where they say "manufactured for Barrett by LMT".

So your comment just ain't quite right.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 3:20:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
Thanks for the point in the right direction guys.. I will look around and see what I can do but if uppers from cmmg and superior work the same as bushy or noveske them I mine as well keep it cheap and spend the money else where.. I have 3 CMMG lowers I was kinda just hoping to get a better quality one. Since there all pretty much the same theres no point I guess


I wouldn't put Noveske in the same sentence with those other brands.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 3:29:43 PM EDT
That whole who get's what from who bit has been touched on more than once here an on m4c, I've run my mouth
about it quite a bit also. I'm mostly annoyed by the fact, and try and not buy stuff that the important parts are of
unknown origin, no matter WHO is peddling it or sticking there name on it. Dudes were all up in arms that PSA and Spikes
were using FN barrels.. And braggin about it! They can't do that! It's not the way things are done!
I think it's a bunch of BS myself, if you don't want to admit who makes your shit you likely ought not to be using it.
We are all big boys and we know there are only so many people that make parts for these things. There are
always botique guns and outfits that DO make there own stuff, and hats off to them, but if you are just assembling
stuff, stand on that and your customer service and eye for popular setups, don't try and pretend you mined the
damn ore to smelt and make the steel.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 3:50:32 PM EDT
Your dealer is a complete dumbass! of course not all lowers are the same or of equal quality . I would suggest finding a new dealer
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 4:11:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/4/2011 4:19:25 PM EDT by airgunner]
Originally Posted By mrblueagian:
I kinda thought that to higher quality better known name brand lower brings in a better price.. The reason I say this is because I built a AR15 (one of my first ones) and I used a Superior Arms lower. when I took the rifle in to trade it towards something else they said they had to go according to the lower on resale because people dont see whats in it or on top of it they see a name. So he offered me trade in on a superior rifle with same features as mine and it was way less than I put into it. Well I never did sell that Ar but I have been told by every sporting shop here thats how they have to resell it. Had it had a bushy lower I wouldve gotten more, even more yet had it been a Colt or Noveske.

Sounds like names mean alot now a days even if thats all they have going for them?

Fixed it for ya

It's not about quality, it's about name recognition and perceived quality. I own or have owned a number of lowers from many different manufacturers including Colt, LMT, Armalite, Bushmaster, RRA and S&W as well as low cost receivers from companies like Ameetec and Mega and I can tell you first hand that my Mega lower is much nicer (from a machining, finishing and tolerances perspective) then any of the "name brand" lowers. My RRA receivers are a close second.

But in general I do agree that right wrong or indifferent, Name brand lowers will have a higher resale value and it's not just with "less knowledgeable" dealers and buyers. Watch the EE... guns with name brand lowers typically bring in more money then builds on lower cost lowers. Part of that may be the thinking that, if the seller bought the lower based on price or convenience, what does that tell you about the rest of the build?

Link Posted: 8/4/2011 4:21:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/4/2011 4:22:52 PM EDT by CTbuilder1]
Originally Posted By wolfwalker:
That whole who get's what from who bit has been touched on more than once here an on m4c, I've run my mouth
about it quite a bit also. I'm mostly annoyed by the fact, and try and not buy stuff that the important parts are of
unknown origin, no matter WHO is peddling it or sticking there name on it. Dudes were all up in arms that PSA and Spikes
were using FN barrels.. And braggin about it! They can't do that! It's not the way things are done!
I think it's a bunch of BS myself, if you don't want to admit who makes your shit you likely ought not to be using it.
We are all big boys and we know there are only so many people that make parts for these things. There are
always botique guns and outfits that DO make there own stuff, and hats off to them, but if you are just assembling
stuff, stand on that and your customer service and eye for popular setups, don't try and pretend you mined the
damn ore to smelt and make the steel.


It doesn't matter who makes what for who. It matters that the parts are made to the specs set forth by the brand that will ultimately be selling the parts. Why people get wrapped around the axle on needing to know what machine shop parts come from is beyond me. A heavy amount of parts comes from shops that most have never heard of and wouldn't even know if they were told the name.

If brand A gets parts made by brand B you are buying the parts from brand A. So if there is something wrong with your part you will be calling brand A to deal with it, so it doesn't really matter that brand B actually made the part. Put your trust in the end brand because at the end of the day that's all that matters.
Link Posted: 8/4/2011 4:55:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CTbuilder1:
Originally Posted By wolfwalker:
That whole who get's what from who bit has been touched on more than once here an on m4c, I've run my mouth
about it quite a bit also. I'm mostly annoyed by the fact, and try and not buy stuff that the important parts are of
unknown origin, no matter WHO is peddling it or sticking there name on it. Dudes were all up in arms that PSA and Spikes
were using FN barrels.. And braggin about it! They can't do that! It's not the way things are done!
I think it's a bunch of BS myself, if you don't want to admit who makes your shit you likely ought not to be using it.
We are all big boys and we know there are only so many people that make parts for these things. There are
always botique guns and outfits that DO make there own stuff, and hats off to them, but if you are just assembling
stuff, stand on that and your customer service and eye for popular setups, don't try and pretend you mined the
damn ore to smelt and make the steel.


It doesn't matter who makes what for who. It matters that the parts are made to the specs set forth by the brand that will ultimately be selling the parts. Why people get wrapped around the axle on needing to know what machine shop parts come from is beyond me. A heavy amount of parts comes from shops that most have never heard of and wouldn't even know if they were told the name.

If brand A gets parts made by brand B you are buying the parts from brand A. So if there is something wrong with your part you will be calling brand A to deal with it, so it doesn't really matter that brand B actually made the part. Put your trust in the end brand because at the end of the day that's all that matters.


That's pretty much exactly what I'm saying, except I think it's BS and it DOES matter who Brand B is in your example. It'd cut out a lot of crap if we knew where the crap was coming from, not just who's selling it. Firearms are the only entity I know of that is set up this way. I know who made the individual components in my smart phone, I know who made the resistors and capacitors on my motherboard in my computer, I know who made the balljoints in my car. I don't like leaving things up to other people when it involves things I really care about. The whole setup with the AR industry is goofy man. It might feel more normal if you've watched it develop for years from knee deep in it but I'm a fairly new guy and after getting familiar with the machine and the industry and market, it's very weird. This is why you have the "flavor of the month" junk and a hundred and something people putting these things together.
There's no shame in just picking good parts and assembling them, there's no need to hide it, and I hope to hell PSA and Spikes little stroke of marketing smarts by pimping some FN stuff that everyone is hot for these days makes
a change in things.



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