Originally Posted By sarge1m19:
i just finished my second blackthorne kit- a spr.the first was the m4 flat top. Both have been mated to a spikes tactical lower receiver. I will start by saying that I am an m16/ar-15 family certified armorer and, up till this point had only worked on colt rifles. the order process was very simple, online only. received shipping notice and tracking numbers withn hours of orders. both kits were received in less than 5 days. Upon intitially receiving the kits, i was less than impressed with the packaging- nothing fancy just a plain cardboard box,with upper wrapped in bubble wrap, stock in plastic bag, and lower parts kit in seperate bag. The quality, fit and finish of both kits seem to be on par with other rifles i have worked on. I did note in both kits that the roll pins that were received were crap and i replaced them with spare pins. All parts mated perfectly with the spikes tactical lowers. The m4 kit has a trigger comparable with others i have used, the spr kit's trigger breaks clean and crisp with a light trigger pull. the finish on both rifles are uniform without blemish or scratches. I have used the m4 kit extensively, firing several thousand rounds with it. I mounted a strikeforce red dot on it for testing, and use magpul pmags exclusively. I have not to date had any malfunctions, failure to feed, or fail to fire issues with this gun. I used it to qualify at an instructor school without a hiccup. I have yet to fire the SPR. My personal feeling's with regard to these kits are as follows: approach with an open mind. many people comment on items based upon what they read without actually owning them. I have had bad and good experiences with many different companies and am basing my opinion of blackthorne on my experience with them so far.....
1. fast easy order process
2. fast ups shipping and delivery.
3. quality seems to be good, functional, and servicable
Certainly if a person were to want to spend more on a kit there are hundreds of options out there, but if you are looking for an innexpensive kit to break into the ar community and get shooting, I have found no fault with blackthorne kits(other than the crap roll pins). A friend of mine also built one in a varmint configuration and fired hundreds of rounds at a groundhog shoot out to 300 yards plus without a problem.
Why is it always some expert with a low post count who comes on to talk up Blackthorne? And I see you are in NY, yeah this place is littered with P-Mags.
Del-Ton has an excellent reputation on this board. One they have had for a few years now.