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Posted: 1/11/2003 5:30:16 AM EDT
A local gun shop owner has an E.A. stripped lower.  It was manufactured in 1993..

Does anyone know anything about them?  He wanted $600.00 totally stripped.

Thanks,
Rambosky
Link Posted: 1/11/2003 6:14:01 AM EDT
[#1]
Supposedly same quality as Armalite, $600 sounds good to me. I just brought 2 post ban E.A. lowers. I'd go for it. If it's in good condition.

(See next post, that slipped my feeble mind.)

Where's my coffee?

My .02 cents worth
Link Posted: 1/11/2003 7:20:47 AM EDT
[#2]
When the ban took affect in 1994, ATF said that anything not assembled into a rifle (or associated with all the parts ready to assemble) at the time of the ban wasn't considered "pre-ban".  Just because it was made in 1993 doesn't make it "pre-ban".  Can the seller give you some history on it?  
Link Posted: 1/11/2003 10:36:03 AM EDT
[#3]
E.A. stands for Essential Arms. The model should be J-15. They were investment cast and rumored to be made by Ruger. Decent quality but not on par with a forged Armalite. The price is about what they are selling for. What hurts is they used to be advertised in Shotgun News in the mid 80's for $39.00
Link Posted: 1/11/2003 11:39:07 AM EDT
[#4]
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E.A. stands for Essential Arms. The model should be J-15. They were investment cast and rumored to be made by Ruger. Decent quality but not on par with a forged Armalite. The price is about what they are selling for. What hurts is they used to be advertised in Shotgun News in the mid 80's for $39.00
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wahyness, thanks for the education.

Rambosky, sorry for the confusion.
MM419
Link Posted: 1/11/2003 12:45:58 PM EDT
[#5]
Essential Arms went out of business in '93 (their tooling was supposedly sold to DPMS), prior to enactment of the AWB, so, in theory at least, [b]ALL[/b] EA lowers are pre-ban. Proving that the lower had in fact been assembeled into a functioning rifle prior to the ban might be a bit tricky however.

I bought three of EA lowers in '89 or '90 for $70 each, delivered. Still got two of 'em. Never had a problem with either. One of the nicer cast lowers I've ever seen.

[img]http://quartz2.cyberstation.net/~dwpaul/pix_files/ea-a2-03.JPG[/img]

All good . . . . Doug
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