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Old 05-20-2012, 10:26 PM   #41
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And since when is seeking a lower cost option a bad thing?
Never. There will be options for ANYONE all the time. Some people have different liking, budgets, setups and etc. At the end of the day, we are all just gun enthusiasts or hobbyists.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:44 PM   #42
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And since when is seeking a lower cost option a bad thing?
Seeking to save money is NEVER a bad thing. However, especially in the context of this conversation, it's a trade off and therefore not real savings. To steal an old addage. "You can have light weight, high quality, or cheap. Pick any two."

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Too many people confuse inexpensive with cheap. They are not interchangeable terms.
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$110 for a complete poly lower is cheap , Myself I would rather spend another $50 and have a complete mil specd alum lower.
$104 PSA Lower kit with stock and buffer tube , and $56 LRB stripped lower . Now you got something that will last a long long long time not to mention looks alot better

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And since when is seeking a lower cost option a bad thing?
i dont think its necessarily a bad thing long as you dont have unrealistic expectations. so far poly ar15 lowers have a very very poor track record.

when you go for a lower price in an extremely competitive area you need to reduce overhead. either staffing costs, production costs or materials costs. or a combination of all three.

with poly lowers its a duo of materials and production costs. plastic is cheap. its also cheap to mold. thats why things like pmags and magpul stuff tend to be lower cost. they are also pretty durable.

someone may figure out a good formula for lowers but im not convinced its been done yet. if it ever is ill be there looking to save some weight!!
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Apparently H&K is satisfied with the strength of polymers. Example the XM8 platform.

I fully expect that the majority of new small arms development will rely very heavily upon polymer construction moving forward.
A few of the units that had discretionary funding tried the XM8's in afganistan with mixed reliability results. Some held up great, some cracked like cheap toys. I think they have potential, but more R&D is needed.
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