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Posted: 12/10/2002 5:40:16 AM EDT
Has anyone here built a JT kit with an eagle arms lower?

If so, is the fit and color match good?
Link Posted: 12/10/2002 8:36:03 AM EDT
Just finished this combo. Fit was perfect. The Eagle lower is a flat black finish. The J&T (and most I have seen) is a semiblack finish. The color is close when you clean off the preservative oil on the upper and oil the lower. I could not have been more pleased with the finished rifle. This was my first AR and it went without a hitch. Some minor parts, such as the bolt catch, may have a different finish from all other parts. This is also true of most parts kits I have seen. Does not distract at all.
Link Posted: 12/10/2002 9:55:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jdmcomp: Just finished this combo. Fit was perfect. The Eagle lower is a flat black finish. The J&T (and most I have seen) is a semiblack finish. The color is close when you clean off the preservative oil on the upper and oil the lower. I could not have been more pleased with the finished rifle. This was my first AR and it went without a hitch. Some minor parts, such as the bolt catch, may have a different finish from all other parts. This is also true of most parts kits I have seen. Does not distract at all.
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That's good to hear! What configuration did you build? How does it shoot?
Link Posted: 12/11/2002 4:57:55 AM EDT
Built a 16 inch, fluted barrel shorty with tact brake. Used Tact stock which I find a little short. I have a 1 inch extension to install this weekend. Oddly, I have not had the opportunity to shoot it yet, but field checks show everything working properly. With the short barrel, I am not looking for target grade accuracy. I have a pre-ban Colt for that. By the way, the Eagle lower looks better than the Colt. I just wanted to build the shortest possible workable AR 15 rifle. In my opinion, the computer controlled machinery used today to produce parts does that so well that a gun that does not shoot well would be odd indeed. (assuming you buy from a reputable supplier) Also, I opine that this is remarkable in light of the fact that the M-16 is a throw-away rifle, never intended to have a long life like the earlier M-14s, M-1s and 1903s. When new developments in military arms come along the gun can be trashed and replaced cheaply. This is not to say it is a bad rifle, just built with a different intention. I expect I will get some heat for this. Keep in mind, the M-16 will get very hard use and poor maintenance compared to the average AR-15 so there is a big difference. It is an extremely simple piece of work with little machining required. I think it is a work of pure genius. John McP
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