As I said in my previous post: "The upper half was assembled, there was a tywrap on the rear lug thru the bolt carrier to keep it in place. The upper was in a plastic bag."
The upper was FULLY ASSEMBLED. All I had to do was cut off the ty-wrap holding the bolt carrier into the upper rx, and pin it to the lower.
The upper needed lubricating before firing, of course, and it never hurts to clean a new barrel.
The lower rx parts were in a plastic bag.
I have seen some junky parts in other kits... things such as plastic buffers, plastic trigger guard, hammer and trigger that looked like they were made from old, worn out M16 parts and re-parkerized... but not in this kit. Everything in this J&T kit was new and of top quality.
Oh, the best thing! I ordered online Tuesday night, which means they got the order Wednesday morning. It was shipped out Thursday, and I received it the following Monday. You just can't ask for any better than that.
I would NOT hesitate to buy from J&T again.