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Old 02-08-2013, 12:39 AM   #1
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So, even though I know I'll get a lot of biased answers, I figured I'd ask this openly. I have a DPMS. It's worked flawlessly since I got it. It's just the basic model, the Oracle I think is what the model is. Anyway, during this hysteria I sourced a couple of the NFA polymer lowers. In searching for an upper I managed to secure a Spikes complete upper with Magpul furniture that is being delivered next week. I am only building a second for sale at this point, I can't afford to keep both. My question to you guys is, should I put the Spikes on the NFA lower and sell it, or should I take the upper off my DPMS and put it on the NFA and sell it and keep the Spikes for my DPMS lower for personal use. I know it sounds complicated moving all this around, but I'm a relative newb to the AR platform and don't have any prior experience with Spikes or any other manufacturer for that matter. I just know I hear Spikes in about every conversation about high quality stuff.

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1) Put the Spikes on the NFA lower and sell it
2) Put my DPMS upper on the NFA lower and sell it, and keep the Spikes upper mounted on my DPMS lower.

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:47 AM   #2
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nothing from dpms is collectable so splitting it up is no biggee. the spikes upper depending on the parts used should be a big upgrade to the oracle upper. i would shoot the spikes upper to make sure it works properly before selling anything.

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I agree with JonM. The Spikes upper should be light years beyond the DPMS. And the DPMS lower is much better than polymer. Test them together and if all is well keep them and pass on the lesser stuff. Also think about the LPK (including trigger/hammer), RE (milspec instead of comspec?), buffer, stock, etc. I'd keep the better stuff. You could end up with a near milspec carbine, basically keep the baby and throw out the dirty bath water.

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Just to hear from another standpoint. Sell the complete dpms. You get a lot more money for a complete factory build, not a frankenbuild. Use the NFA lower for now. Buy and replace the NFA later. Or build one for a 80% lower in the near future. Make the NFA into a dedicated range gun, or 22lr.

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Just to hear from another standpoint. Sell the complete dpms. You get a lot more money for a complete factory build, not a frankenbuild. Use the NFA lower for now. Buy and replace the NFA later. Or build one for a 80% lower in the near future. Make the NFA into a dedicated range gun, or 22lr.
3 months ago i would totally agree. but right now its a seller's market and if you are going to offload a mismatched set now is the time. anything that even looks like a ar15 is selling immediately for far more than what the going rate used to be. its not going to last long because the rifle manufacturers are going full tilt.

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Friend I hope this helps, you hear tons of "professionals" preaching the crap factor of poly lowers, (all though glock,springfield and countless others would argue) but i own several ar models and 4 of them are the early plumcrazy models. These are my work guns, they have laid in salt water in my boat, spent the winter in the bed of my ford , had too many cheap russian metal cases hammered out to count and the only part of these guns that still looks and works like brand new is the poly lower. Dont listen to people who sell themselves as ar gods all though they have never used one . I have made my living offshore for many years and I'm telling from first hand experience gained over many years, you CANNOT TEAR THESE THINGS UP.
BTW.....not knocking personal preference, some dont like the feel of poly, fine. Just tired of guru's calling somthing junk with no real world experience.
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Dang, got way off topic...sorry... I sold 2 lowers because they brought more and kept my cmmg uppers and poly lowers. The poly lowers dont sell for as much and i have wrung them out and like them better.

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All Im going to say is dont expect to make a fortune off of it , The rage has slowed down and premium prices were 3-4 weeks ago . Dealers are starting to get them back in and I see RRA tacticals being offered for $1250 otd and MMC mil specs for $1050 out the door . Be careful and dont get a bunch of money wrapped up in one it it will bite you in the ass

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I agree with JonM. The Spikes upper should be light years beyond the DPMS. And the DPMS lower is much better than polymer. Test them together and if all is well keep them and pass on the lesser stuff. Also think about the LPK (including trigger/hammer), RE (milspec instead of comspec?), buffer, stock, etc. I'd keep the better stuff. You could end up with a near milspec carbine, basically keep the baby and throw out the dirty bath water.
I tried to PM you earlier Quen. Your box is full, er it was at the time. That's kinda the thought train I had, except I've yet to see any real evidence of the polymer having any lacking qualities beyond peoples opinions. I've heard a couple folks say they had failures but the positives seem to have outweighed the negatives. I mean, even a good aluminum lower can fail. However, I have two of the NFA complete lowers so I have a backup if needed. I intend on keeping at least one of them, to at the least use for my .22 upper.

@Tikki I'm not ready to go through the 80% thing. I need a bit more experience on the platform before I go tinkering with that kinda stuff

@Jon and Havoc I've thought about that as well. It is definitely a sellers market right now, however I too am seeing the market begin to cool slightly and a lot of the outrageous prices have begun to trickle back down, though still high by most respects.

@polyman You and I have similar trains of thought. While many people seem to want to dam the poly right away, I have to look at it from all angles as I do everything in life. I see Glock being hugely successful in their endeavors and I think Polymer may have a bright future. That's the reason I have two of them, it gives me more options. The only thing i'm not wild about is the poly trigger components. And from what I've heard from those who've done it, apparently they aren't the most fun lowers to install an LPK into. I'd really like to see someone do a true realistic torture test to a few, not some random dumbass stick it in a press or toss it around the desert junk science tests.

At the end of the day, I only have $610 in the whole DPMS rifle so I know I can make some on it no problem. At the same time, the Spikes and the NFA i'd only have about $750 in. I'm not to deep in either to turn a profit. (and that's not even considering parting the spikes which would probably be quite profitable as well) I just want to end up making a little ground in what I have, as I'm always trying to increase quality and quantity of my toyz
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GP, sorry I never get around to emptying out my PMs...

The Glock was designed around a polymer lower, the AR wasn't. I love the Glock and have three. I'll take 7075 receivers when it comes to the AR, even if the AR god says polymer passes salt water torture tests.

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