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Posted: 3/15/2001 8:29:32 AM EDT
Has anyone heard of essential arms, and what is their reputation for quality?
Link Posted: 3/15/2001 8:35:50 AM EDT
My .223 cents...

I have a preban EA lower with a colt 9mm upper.  And I have a Full Auto EA lower with a M4 upper.   They look and work just like my colt lowers.    

The only thing I dislike, is the tolerance in the magazine area.   Most like Bushmaster and Colt are around .930"  whereas the EA's are around .905.    I've had one USGI magazine rub a little and I couldn't get in a 9mm tacblock in.  I had to file the tacblock down to fit it in my M16.

Result.  Thumbs up. or AR15 up. [^]

Link Posted: 3/15/2001 9:17:05 AM EDT
Had a few Essential Arms lower guns, they all worked fine. Basically, as long as it is milspec, a lower is a lower is a lower.  If it aint milspec, then you got problems. AFAIK, all EA lowers were milspec.
Link Posted: 3/15/2001 9:26:04 AM EDT
I've heard Essential Arms lowers are cast, not forged.  Is this a problem with long term durability?  

Link Posted: 3/15/2001 9:55:31 AM EDT
I've heard Essential Arms lowers are cast, not forged.  Is this a problem with long term durability?  
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No.  Shooting an AR puts very very little stress on the lower.
Link Posted: 3/15/2001 7:31:50 PM EDT
Where are they out of, and how much do their lowers cost?
Link Posted: 3/15/2001 7:48:15 PM EDT
SS109, Essential Arms went out of business in 1993...I believe they were bought out by DPMS.
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