Originally Posted by dog2000tj
I don't have any hands on with the specific model but I'm sure we've all seen this brand. I remember they used to make really a affordable pump-action .22LR that was durable. I'll bet we wore the rifling out of my neighbor's out in the country side where I grew up.
My opinion of the UP side:
Looking at this from the websites posted specs...
"1/7 twist 4150 (cmv) material"
1 in 7 will stabiliize a pretty heavy bullet and is typically viewed as an upgrade. Probably somewhere along the line of the .77gr Sierra match load. The AR I built utilizes a 20'' 1 in 7 free floated barrel. I put it together for just that reason though. Other than that barrel, the rest of this upper receiver looks mil-spec.
Looking at this from the DOWN (lower receiver pun) side...
There is usually a reason if any company does not specifically call out that the rifle as an AR15 model. In this example I use THEIR designation of HSA-15. My guess (and since I don't have it in my hands, it is just an educated guess) is that this rifle's lower is not completely mil-spec. All this means is that you MIGHT have some problems down the road trying to locate specific replacement parts or upgrades. This is not a real deal killer though. It's not unheard of for a good smith or educated DIY'er to fab up a part or improve thier own action. I'll use Colt for an example here. They were notorius for using a different size hinge pin in their lowers. It is not a big deal though since you can buy an aftermarket pin or "sleeve" (not sure what the actual term is but that was essentually what it was) that would fix this.
Since the upper receiver is what deals with the pressures and most of the abuse, I'd have to agree with most of these replys and say this looks like a good value, IHMO. Be sure and pay attention to details like the trigger group and such. It might be that they've substituted plastic for metal in some areas to save money. Give the takedown pin a push and take a look for yourself when you go back. (Before I buy any rifle or pistol, I usually research enough about it to at least know how it field strips and I break it apart at the counter.) Just don't pull the charging handle when you have it broke in half or you'll end up with the bolt group all over the floor. LOL