Originally Posted By DLIP:
Originally Posted By wolverine05:
Originally Posted By DLIP:
Originally Posted By MajorJustice:
Originally Posted By whollyshite:
I expect it to be well above mil-spec in quality and as tough as you would ever need.
Neither are "above Mil-Spec in quality". From what I've seen, BCM desperately tries to match Colt's quality control measures as closely as possible so they can claim that their product IS Mil-Spec.
I would like for you to point out any thing that you've seen BCM do "desperately" to try to keep up with colt.
I would never be so bold as to speak for Paul Buffoni, but I'd be willing to bet you a big chocolate chip cookie that he would be very pleased if his products were considered to be comparable to Colt.
Whose specs do you think BCM is striving to emulate after all?
After taking a step back, I think I am helping this thread get way off topic. I also will not speak for Paul Buffoni, but I have a hard time believing that he went into business with a goal to just be as good as Colt. I'm just one guy, but I don't think that colt is the end all, be all rifle that every other rifle is built after. Colt has the contract, and that says a lot for them. But they also have the ability to produce a massive quantity of rifles that meet the required specs of the military. Once again this is just one persons opinion, I just do not feel that BCM is trying to be colt. The upper I am using right now is a BCM, and that will be what I continue to use for a long time. I would also like to have a colt, just so I can have one in the safe.
If you go to BCM's website, you can see Paul Buffoni, on tape, explaining in his own words why he started BCM. In a nutshell, there were overseas operators who were in the commercial market and were finding a severe lack of choices for mil-spec products. He saw too many commerical mfg's cutting corners. Paul saw an opportunity and went for it. If you are going to build mil-spec AR's, you are going to try to meet the standards outlined in the TDP (which is owned and utilized by Colt).
Pat Rogers, on this very site, years ago stated that Paul Biffoni is a Marine who makes uppers which mimic in every respect Colt.
I don't know how much more clear that can be.
If I were starting an AR company back in 2005, I think tyring to produce product on a level with Colt would be a good thing to aspire to.
Paul is in business to produce a quality product and make money. BCM has EARNED a solid reputation, and if they have taken a bite out of Colt's market share, then I don't think Paul is losing any sleep over it. Frankly, with the shortages of AR's and AR parts we are seeing right now, I don't think anybody is losing any market share, and I'm just damned glad that a company like BCM is striving so hard to make solid quality products that are up to Colt's standard.
I just had a brand new BCM upper reciever group show up on my doorstep this afternoon. It is absolutely georgeous, and will go nicely with the substantial pile of other BCM products that I have procured over the years. But, I have no illusions as to the genesis of the specs to which it is built.