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Old 06-07-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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Any thoughts on a polymer lower.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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Found this using the search function, I have no personal experience:

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/new-frontier-polymer-lowers-90600/

Stop by the Introduction section and check in.
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Some people swear by them. Others curse them.

Personally not a fan.
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Why not? Have fired one. I have watched a lot of youtube videos of people that both liked and disliked them. Seemed many were pleased with them.
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The ar15 lower isnt a good design for poly lowers. Too many stress points with too thin walls. The thicknesses on the sidewalls extension areas etc were designed with aluminum in mind and the stress factors aluminum is capable of withstanding. Poly needs to be much thicker in some areas to be rugged enough for my tastes.

Poly lowers will work just fine in light range use. If allyour ever going to do is plink at paper its general ok.
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The ar15 lower isnt a good design for poly lowers. Too many stress points with too thin walls. The thicknesses on the sidewalls extension areas etc were designed with aluminum in mind and the stress factors aluminum is capable of withstanding. Poly needs to be much thicker in some areas to be rugged enough for my tastes.

Poly lowers will work just fine in light range use. If allyour ever going to do is plink at paper its general ok.
Glad you said it. I kinda got tired of saying it all the time.
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Glad you said it. I kinda got tired of saying it all the time.
Yeah it would be handy keeping a database of routine answers to copy&paste for frequently asked questions. Or maybe a sticky of FAQs.
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Any thoughts on a polymer lower.
For a light use plinker that you intend to be either really cheap or extremely light, they're just fine. And I'd go with the NFA over most other poly options.

I've built on a couple poly lowers, and then immediately sold them. That should tell you something. I do believe these are functional lowers that will generally perform admirably. I wouldn't build a rifle I intended to run 20K+ rounds through, or even one I deemed a personal 'keeper' around a poly lower. It screams 'cheap!'.

So because I typically build with quality parts (mostly BCM, some PSA), a poly lower will only do a disservice to my rifle's rep and resale value. In that regard, they'll probably never be for me. But it's not a bad idea to keep one around, if only to build an ultralight fun gun on one. Just don't go crazy trying to build a $1500 gun on plastic chassis.
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It is becoming increasing hard to get lowers. The deadline to legal purchase one in my state is approaching. I can get one of these lowers shipped complete. Then continue to look for a better lower.
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It is becoming increasing hard to get lowers. The deadline to legal purchase one in my state is approaching. I can get one of these lowers shipped complete. Then continue to look for a better lower.
Or you could move. I would suggest that.
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