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Old 07-18-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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ive been sick since thursday and decided to take today off to recover. Of course today is ALSO the day the new upper showed up. quality as expected is quite high. there were however some small issues on arrival that i discovered.

first off here is the upper mated to my RRA lower with RRA 2 stage trigger and turner saddlry All Weather Biothane Sling. Shipping weight according to RRA packing label was 9lbs for just the upper. yes i know the sling is on backwards its since been corrected. im not feeling well today.



i ordered it with the barrel bead blasted normally they come shiny stainless steel but i hate the stainless look whether its handguns rifles shotguns or kitchen appliances. but the bead blasted stainless i have to admit is pretty damn sexy. its a wilson air gauged cryo treated barrel 1:8 twist chambered as a wylde to accomodate 5.56 and .223. unfortunately RRA chose to use a crush washer instead of a peel washer meaning if you need to remove the hider for some reason you will have to replace it. i will upgrade that to a peel washer at some point. its not critical just irritating and something that shouldnt be on a NM setup.



the handguards are free floated and to do this the heatshield was eliminated but a close look at the free float tube shows why this was done



the extractor comes with black rubber insert not sure why that is preffered in some circles but there it is.



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the rear sight is 1/4 moa adjustment for both elevation and windage. not sure if i will like that or not but swapping it for 1/2 moa is easy enough if i dont. the hooded aperture is .040 diameter. not sure if im going to like that or not as ive never had a rifle with a hooded peep type sight. my lint free rags obviously arent as lint free as they could be *sigh*. im definately going to white inlay the windage marks



now for the odd.

on unwrapping and it smelled like it had been doused in wd40. took me a good hour to clean that crud off the upper. on the bolt firing pin and inside the bolt carrier there was a carbon like residue that felt like it was more plastic than carbon. as you can see it was pretty thick but wiped off easily with a solvent patch.



the catm4 tool with a solvent soaked patch took care of the inside of the carrier.

i have no idea what that black gunk was or how it got there with that consistancy.

overall im liking it a lot. cant wait to try it out this weekend.

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Awesome!

I just ordered a NM AR. My decision came down to RRA and BCM.

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so what did ya go with bcm or rra??

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Gives me something to expect when I get my RRA upper. Whenever that will be.

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so what did ya go with bcm or rra??
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tbh my local guys got the BCM about $300 cheaper than the RRA NMA4. And this...


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Gives me something to expect when I get my RRA upper. Whenever that will be.
...RRA couldn't give me any time frame on delivery. "Hopefully around 90 days."

And I already have a RRA. Wanted something different.
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my wait was right at 23 days. the price difference comes from the free float tube sights and barrel.

your gonna have to let us knw how yours shoots!!

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23 days? Does your cousin work at RRA?

If you don't mind my asking, what kinda mags you gonna roll with that NM?

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23 days? Does your cousin work at RRA?

If you don't mind my asking, what kinda mags you gonna roll with that NM?
heh i wish maybe they woulda give me the tour. but i live about 2 hours from rra.

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I placed my order June 1. Some of the stuff I've been reading was a 3 to 4 month wait time. So 23 days seems very lucky.

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