Guys! I need help.

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by mach1337, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. mach1337

    mach1337 New Member

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    Just went to the local gun shop here in Santee. They are havin a sale on lowers from a local company called JD Machine. I have never heard of them untill today. They seem pretty legitimate and they look really well built and good quality plus they are the right price. 89.99 each if you buy 2 or 129.99 if you get one. Lucky me i have a buddy that also wants to start a build. what do you guys suggest?

    Here's there website. JD Machine Tech, Inc. - San Diego, CA
     
  2. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I bought a no-name lower. I don't think $129 is a smokin' deal by any means, and I can't imagine why you'd buy 2 unless you wanted to build 2. For my second AR build I plan on going with some better materials so I went value on the first one.

    Do you want the best? Or do you just want solid and functional? If that's the goal, then $129 isn't the best deal out there.
     
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  3. Dillinger

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    Look at the new guy just jumping in with both feet and laying down the law.

    The hell Chris?? :eek:

    I agree with everything he said, he just doesn't get to go from asking questions last week to taking my thunder this week. :D

    JD
     
  4. mach1337

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    meaning I would be buying 2 for 180. and my buddy would be payin me for one of them when he starts his build. no to mention that everywhere else i have found its at least 120 for a stripped lower.

    And I am goin for Solid and Functional! plus on a budget.
     
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  6. CHLChris

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    My bad on the price. $90 for one stripped lower is a pretty good deal. Good enough for me to bite if I was building right now and knew the company. I think that was the price for mine.

    JD-I don't normally spit my drink when I read a post, but I feel duly chastised. I'm just glad my "advice" is so quickly peer-reviewed for fidelity. :cool:
     
  7. mach1337

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    i have seen them cheaper online, i meant at the local stores. im sure i can find them for less but it would still be about the same after ffl fees and shipping and transfer fees. at least i think it will. maybe im crazy lol
     
  8. mach1337

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    im on a budget but not a budget build. budget of 1000 since this is a over time build. so i plan on savin on the lower so i can put more money into the stock/free float/ upper/optics. want to build a really solid upper for the time being. and eventually ill upgrade the lower and then build another out of this lower.
     
  9. bgeddes

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    I'll throw i my $0.02. I built my AR on an RRA lower. Frankly, I'm darn glad I did. Everyone recognizes Rock River as a sound gun, most have no idea the thing was built from a stripped lower. Now it sports a White Oak upper. This combination is acknowledged by many far more experienced AR folks than I as a great combo. The other caveat is resale. Just as you had to ask about the company you do not recognize, if you build on 'brand name' pieces, others will be confident in the rifle should the need to sell arise. The extra $20 you spend on the lower will be returned then.

    I would urge you to factor in a trigger upgrade in you build. The Rock River 2 stage is good, there are others that are better in my opinion, but they are not cheap. Just some food for thought.

    Congrats on the decision to build. Even if you can buy one cheaper, you'll never have the connection to it like the one you put together.
     
  10. TheDaggle

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    Keep in mind that this is CA.... My stripped lower was $180 and it was the cheapest one around. M&P stripped lowers go for $250. Most FFLs will charge $80 transfer, so a $70 lower online still costs $150 by the time it gets to him. Sad but true in CA :(
     
  11. Jpyle

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    Just bear in mind that in CA you cannot simply sell a lower to your buddy. All sales, including private sales must be through the DROS process...be careful. What you are describing above can be construed as a straw purchase.

     
  12. mach1337

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    makes sense. In that case "I'm building 2". and in all honesty he keeps his other guns at my house since he lives on base and cant have them there. so he would only be storing/shooting it at my place and he leaves komie fornia before I do.
     
  13. Jo da Plumbr

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    So it sounds like the JD Company is a dealer and can do the transfer. Check to see if there is an extra charge for that. I'm betting there is. Most FFLs here in CA charge 75 to 125 for transfers. I got a Spikes lower from my FFL for 125 total including fees. Private party transfers are less. I think I paid 40 for that at Turners.

    Keep us up to date.
     
  14. mach1337

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    ok guys took the dive and went head first. Went it and paid for my 2 lowers plus background check and the rest of the fees. So in 10 days I will go and get my lowers. ill get some pics of them up then. oh and total for the 2 was 220 after all taxes and fees. not bad imho. then again i am a noob.

    Oh they had a Kel tech there 5.56 pretty sweet folding stock and other goodies all built in it was pretty sweet and not a bad price like mid 500's ill see if i can find one online somewhere. anyone know what im talkin about.
     
  15. Ubergopher

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    Any opinion on Sun Devil lowers?

    From what I've seen positive reviews for the most part, and they're based of out AZ and right now I like to buy AZ if I have any choice.
     
  16. Jpyle

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    Was curious so I did a little google research. Turns out JD Machine Tech is the former Kaiser Defense Industries. Rumor has it they manufacture both Noveske and Spike's Tactical lowers. Only complaints that I found were flaking finish near takedown pin holes, fixed with new anodizer, and isues with MAGPUL pistol grip screws not fitting in hole, apparently a common complaint related more to the MAGPUL grips than the lower.

    [​IMG]

    In short they sound like quality lowers for a good price.
     
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  17. mach1337

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    I talked to the guy at the gun shop. odviously hes tryin to get me to buy but he told me they sold a few in last couple months with no complaints. and he said the guy that owns jd machine tech was the guy that owns kaiser's brother and he usta work for them but split to start his own business. they also said SD swat and police force use there lower since its a local company... i figure that they should be fine. time to start buyin parts and tools now! anyone suggest a good quality lower parts kit for a good price?
     
  18. CHLChris

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    Have you been doing any reading in the other build threads? There's a gold mine of suggestions just waiting to be dug through. At the very least you could see what parts kits others have decided to use.