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Posted: 2/18/2006 7:49:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 7:52:49 PM EST by frick]
I just purchased a complete M16A1 upper receiver assembly, as I am building the SP1 rifle that I never bought in the 80's. Dont ask me why, but I always liked the shape of the triangular handguards, and the lightweight barrel, as well, as a shorter A1 stock fits me better.

Its not that big a deal, but I would like the lower to match the upper's color as much as possible, so does anybody know if any manufacturer produces a lower that closely matches the old M16A1 finish?

All the Bushies I have seen are almost black, as well as the newer Colt ones, can anybody help?

Thanks in advance.

Oh, I'm open to a Colt SP1receiver purchase as well, if somebody has one they want to part with.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 8:47:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:36:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 9:36:23 PM EST by Stickman]
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:41:10 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 11:23:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By Stickman:

Originally Posted By eklikwhoa:
m16a1 lower


That thread looks familiar...

I'll be going through that thread, editing, updating, and getting both the AR15 and 1911 refinishing guide up and running (hopefully) pretty soon. It will stay in its current version on BR.com, and the newer version will be found at www.rainerarms.com. I hope to have everything done before the new website goes operational.

Hey Stickman,

I followed your guide to refinish a couple guns and they came out great. Thanks! I have a few tips/suggestions that you might want to add in your update if you are open to ideas. I'll type it out, take some pics of a compressor I modified and PM you.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 11:47:27 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:47:29 AM EST
Essential arms. They have lowers in colt gray. Matched my SP1 upper perfectly. Sorry no pics at this time.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 11:15:23 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 11:19:58 AM EST
I just checked the Essential Arms website, it looks like a nice product, the only thing I didnt like were the safety lever "blockers" that are absent on an SP1, they stand out like tits on a bull, and offer absolutely NO legal protection if you have the wrong parts installed.

I know they do that so you cant easily create a FA, but I read somewhere that just having them does not prevent prosecution if you stupidly put in the wrong parts.

It wasnt clear if they sell a completely assembled lower or just parts, any idea?
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 11:40:09 AM EST
dont think essential arms sells complete lowers but the cast lowers do match pretty closely and are nice for a cast lower.

had one during the ban but "upgraded" when the ban died
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 12:12:17 PM EST
Preban Eagle Arms lowers were also finished in Colt Grey.

Link Posted: 2/19/2006 12:55:51 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:02:07 PM EST
I would assume that the forged is stronger than the cast ones, as the forging process helps align the molecular structure as they pound the hell out of it.

Is there a severe drawback to using the cast ones? Durablility perhaps?

Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:06:44 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:32:22 PM EST
Actually, Im going to inquire as to their forged receivers with the "old" grey finish, either way, I'll post what I hear from them.

Link Posted: 2/20/2006 7:36:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By frick:
Actually, Im going to inquire as to their forged receivers with the "old" grey finish, either way, I'll post what I hear from them.

Yes the forged lowers will be avaliable in grey.

According to Vaughn he will be using sandstrom grey.

Give him a call and remind him we want A1 lowers too.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 12:44:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By lt557:

Give him a call and remind him we want A1 lowers too.

Roger on THAT!
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