I am considering purchasing an Olympic AR. Good or still sub-par?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by benjandpurge, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. benjandpurge

    benjandpurge New Member

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    I am considering purchasing an Olympic AR and have read horror stories in some threads. I would like any real FIRST-HAND opinions on these rifles, not my brother-in-law's roomate's cousin had one and blew up. This gun is brand new in a gun store, 16" barrel carbine, flatop. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
     
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  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I have personally assembled over 2 dozen Olympic Arms AR-15 receivers into perfectly fine working guns.

    I have heard these horror stories too, but aside from some problems with growing too fast many years ago ( like a dozen ) I haven't seen a "horror story" gun first hand and I work in a gun and AR-15 that deals with police, military and a lot of general shooting public.

    I personally own two Olympic receivers, one that is a full built gun and the other is in limbo / in progress while I decide what the hell to do with it.

    Any fully built gun, at the factory, has a chance of having something wrong with them.

    That being said, the new AR stuff is so tight in tolerance from unit to unit, that replacements parts and simple tweaking is something that ANYONE can do.

    We have, probably, 12 members that have come here with NO AR knowledge, asked a few questions, and built perfectly good SHTF weapons from parts ordered all over the interwebz.

    I would suggest building one yourself to be honest. You learn more, you will know more and you will be better able to take care of the damn thing when you are done.

    JD
     

  3. benjandpurge

    benjandpurge New Member

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    Yeah, I wanted to build one, and I will soon when I have time, but now I will buy a pre-assembled gun just so I have one in the house prior to any legislation that should arise. When I do get it, Im gonna swap a few parts and that will require taking it apart, because like you said, that's how you learn and I totally agree. You sort of echoed what a few friends of mine who built their own have said. I would never, ever buy a pre-built computer, I build my own, so I do understand. I just don't want to get to a point customizing the gun where it's like, "you should have got a bushmaster, or a Rock River, you wouldnt have had this problem" stuff. I do know that any gun from any manufacturer could have issues, but I was just wondering as a whole how Olympic has fared in the market recently. Thank you for your opinion.
     
  4. RONSERESURPLUS

    RONSERESURPLUS New Member

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    Don't Buy the Hype?

    Hello all, RON L here - SERE SURPLUS


    I tire of all posts that seem to be down on Olympic Arms parts or Rifles? I don't have the Experience that JD Has or a few others, but my Current AR is a Franken AR built with a 20" Super match upper and a Rock River lower! I've owned Bushmasters, as well as Colts and others, OLYMPIC as well as a few others Made and SOLD PARTS TO COLT, so Please spare me the I ONLY OWN Such and SUCH AR's? Build what ya like or Buy and enjoy, it won't be a problem! Let us know how it goes if you Buy the Oly and I hope all works for you!


    RON
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Okay, how is this?

    I am a Mod here. This is my only forum. The people here know me and they know I am good to my word. I would ask any member reading this to comment on that fact.

    I live, work and also play in a gunshop in Washington State. Olympic Arms is about an hour down the road.

    Buy the Olympic for the price you want.

    Shoot it. Run some ammo through it that isn't Soviet or Chinese or Wolf steel case. I am talking decent AR stuff that isn't out of the bargain bin.

    If you don't like the performance, send it to me and I will give you the first $100 of labor to "fix" whatever is necessary to get it to perform in a SHTF situation. Shop time is $75/hour, but I will give you (2) hours of my time for this deal.

    I am not going to guarantee accuracy, I am not going to get you shooting 1/4 MOA groups out of your 16" barrel, but I will see to it that you can hit center mass of a man sized target in SHTF sitations (0-200 yards)

    IF

    The weapon doesn't perform as advertised.

    How's that for putting my money where Olympic's mouth is? Because, like Ron, I am tired of seeing these BS posts about Olympic is shi'ite and they never made a good AR.

    I'm JD, and I stand behind this statement. It is good until the end of January 2010 for this poster, benjandpurge
     
  6. benjandpurge

    benjandpurge New Member

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    Man, I sure got a better feeling about my purchase now! I put this gun on a lay away deal that my local gun store offered, so it will be a couple months. I appreciate the offer and more than that it inspires some confidence in the brand of gun I chose. I saw Colts, Smith a wesson, I fondled them, I just didnt see that if these were all mil-spec rifles how much difference there really was. I don't need to shoot 1/4" groups at 100 yards, I wanna put a red dot on it and knock down metal targets with it. That's it. and if the SHTF I'll be OK for that too. I don't know enough about the different brands to say which one is better or not, I guess I just was creeping around in the wrong forums. Thanks guys.
     
  7. RONSERESURPLUS

    RONSERESURPLUS New Member

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    Well said jd!

    Well Said JD!]]

    In A WORLD OF FOLKS THAT TALK ****, YOU DO NOT! THANKS MAN!

    RON
     
  8. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Oly arms was the largest manufacturing company of AR15s in the world before Remington bought them out.

    Now they are the largest manufacturing company, owned by the largest conglomerate of AR manufacturers in the world.

    Oly Arms was the first AR I owned, I loved it. I kept it so damned meticulously clean. It still looked brand new when I sold it.

    A lot of people ****-talk oly as they do not chrome line their barrels. If it was a full auto machine gun, I might care. But its not, so I don't.
     
  9. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    I will vouch that J.D. is indeed the man.

    Indeed, my faith in him is such that I am sending him a Mosin, and know that I shall have a functional AR returned to me.:D

    Jokes aside, my only Olympic experience had to do with crappy sights, everything else functioned A-1.

    Even ran the dreaded Wolf through it without a hiccup.
     
  10. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    I’ve never owned or dealt with an Olympic AR, however, I trust JD’s word and you can take it to the bank. If you want an Olympic buy it with confidence.
     
  11. zeskullmaster

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    I have a Olympic AR and I have put alot of lead down range with it and I have no complants with it I am a old Black powder shooter and wanted something in the house in case the SHTF and as far as I have founds parts are accessable and you can mix and match with most other makes except Bushmaster and Ruger I have six or seven 30 round mags for it and they are mixed brands and two are ex military from a Army surplus store and they feed great ....... I buy my rounds in bulk 500 at a time so I have a few extra on hand ......:D
     
  12. benjandpurge

    benjandpurge New Member

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    I finally got my rifle and attached the MI quad rail and am still waiting for the MOE stock. Shot it today and it runs great. It was more fun than I anticipated! Gotta get some glass now.
     

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  13. Larry in SD

    Larry in SD New Member

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    Congrats on your new AR. I am quite sure if you treat it right it will treat you right.

    I personally do not own an Oly AR, but a good friend and shooting buddy has two 20" Bull Barrel K8 TargetMatch Oly's. To my knowledge he has never had a single hiccup with either one and they are as accurate as any .223 can be and better than a lot.

    Have fun with your new AR.

    Larry
     
  14. benjandpurge

    benjandpurge New Member

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    Thank you, I am going back today to shoot some more, I can see how buying ammo all the time is gonna get under my wife's skin!
     
  15. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Most Excellent! I assume that the fit was tight and true and that you didn't experience any problems like the myths that you had read previously??

    Glad you like the stick. She looks good, but definitely needs some glass on there, and perhaps some more mags and ammo. :D

    JD
     
  16. benjandpurge

    benjandpurge New Member

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    Thanks JD, I work offshore in the gulf, so I may have a little time on my hands now. I got through a fortunate deal, 6 army surplus mags bringing my total to 8, just gotta fill them up with ammo! About the fit and finish, I can't imagine another brand fitting tighter, the takedown pins are very tight and the receivers couldn't fit together any better. It took a little redneck gunsmithing to get the old barrel nut off and we dremeled off the delta ring, but this picture honestly doesn't do this rifle any justice. It is a beautiful piece of American hardware. And I enjoy shooting her, and she hit everything i aimed at and never (yet) FTE or FTF. I guess that settles the argument, at least it does in my mind. Thank all of ya'll for the help and advice.
     
  17. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Really great news Benj! I am glad that we have another fine quality AR in the hands of another owner.

    Keep us informed as you break it in and run it through the paces.

    JD
     
  18. benjandpurge

    benjandpurge New Member

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    Put a cheap scope temporarily for a day at the range, it shot pretty damn good considering! And I like the MOE stock alot.
     

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  19. Dillinger

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    Looks like a very nice SHTF rifle you have there sir. How was function? Any problems to speak of?

    I love that stock. I recently acquired a similar one myself and have to say it is definitely my favorite of all the ones I have tried thus far.

    JD