Olympic arms

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Mossyoakman3006, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Mossyoakman3006

    Mossyoakman3006 New Member

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    So I just bought there K16 SST for 800 bucks I have been lookin at Bushmaster and Smith and Wesson, I was kinda worried at first because of the price but did alittle research and it seems to me that the only real differance is the chrome lining figured since the barrel is stainless it should hold up just wondering if my thinking is correct, I've put a few hundered round through it no jams shoots smooth seems like a tight rifle anything I should know? The guy at the shop said I've got 30 days and if there is anything that I was not happy about I could bring it back and get a store credit for the full amount of the rifle.
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    If you enjoyed shooting your new rifle and it functioned well, you have pretty much answered all of your questions. I have a DPMS carbine and it hits the target just where I point it every time. Hopefully my recent trigger upgrade will result in even better results.

    Enjoy shooting your rifle. It sounds like a keeper to me!
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Great answer! Regardless of what you buy, someone will always say "XXXX" is a better deal or "YYYY" is the be all end all. If YOU are satisfied with the rifle, then all is good as far as I'm concerned.

    If you're considering resale value in the equation that changes the situation. Some brands hold value more than others and Olympic is not one of the brands that holds value well. If you intend to keep it and shoot it - you're good to go...
     
  4. hawkchucker

    hawkchucker New Member

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    I bought a Oly Plinker waaaay back. No CL barell, but is a great gun. Goes bang every time and really wasnt a bunch of cash. Dont let the non CL bug ya. Just keep it clean and it will run well. Still have my Oly and I Keep it at my camp in the summer. It has well over 3000 rounds for it and a bunch of people learned to shoot from it.

    IF ya go to some of the ar boards, Oly has bad rep. that is because it is not the new guy on the block with all the bells and whistles. Dont let that sway ya. IF it is working and accurate keep it and enjoy it.
     
  5. whtsmoke

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    Oly makes a good gun , nothing wrong with them. They did bet a bad rep years ago but those problems were addressed and taken care of, tell me one co. that doesnt have a problem sometime. As far as being the new kid on the block they are the second oldest manufacturers of the AR and they make all of thier stuff as well as making parts for others. I guess you can tell that i shooy a Oly, they may not be a cadilac but they are a working mans gun that goes bang when the trigger is pulled and are accurate to boot.
    mossyoakman do a search for "OA2 forum" its the site where the oly guys hang out and its nice that you can talk to others with them and people who not only work for oly but owns the company. good luck and just feed the poor thing i can here crying right now.
     
  6. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Oly is a decent range firearm.

    You're correct about SS being more than adequite.


    The most important thing is that he is happy.

    The only thing I will add is that for $800 he could have had an AR w/ higher resale value, a better rep for being more reliable, and one made of better quality materials. Many of us wont ever see the differences though. But why not, its basically like getting all those upgrades for free.

    But then it always comes back to the most important thing. Is the buyer happy w/ their purchase.
     
  7. nfafan

    nfafan New Member

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    Not that you asked...

    I scored a BRAND-NEW Oly GI-16 a couple years ago; it is basically their entry-level "Plinker Plus" 16" A1-upper - but with the CAR tele-stock installed.
    I mention "new" as it seems that my GI-16 doesn't fit the Oly-hate mold and I don't want you to think these were after-the fact mods...

    According to the Oly catalog, my gun is not supposed to have this - but it has a stainless 16" HBAR installed. Guess thay had no standard bbls that day on the line and Oly substituted this bbl at no extra charge.

    It also has a "mil-spec" buffer tube as opposed to a commercial tube, and fat M4 beer-can handguards as opposed to slender CAR handguards - which is again counter to Oly-haters. And the gas-key is staked to the bolt-carrier - just as good as my Colt AR, opposite of the Oly-hate.

    The gun is tightly put together, ZERO upper/lower movement. Edit: If I could take my GI-16 and a similar Colt/S&W/BCM/RRA and blind-fold someone to handle them - unless they can read roll-marks with their fingertips they'd be REALLY hard-pressed to say which was which.

    As with all new Plinkers; the lower is FORGED and with a beveled mag-well edge, it is not cast as the ancient "Plinkers" were in the distant past.

    Some mags drop free, some do not. But it has been 100% fine with CT, Orlites, SIGs, Colts (some Colts were tight), and even poly Jamlines.

    Never ever ever a problem with this gun.

    Go to any AR board on the 'net and you'll find a brand du-jour. I've seen Stag-hate, Oly-hate, DPMS-hate, Bush-hate, DelTon-hate, RRA-hate, SIG-hate, and so on. Only seen actual pics posted of blown-up Colts and Smiths. Go figure.

    Due to Oly-hate, my resale value is zip - but all the more reason to keep it as a KISS carbine and shoot it, while the Pony-gun stays cozy in the safe to sell at retirement time.
     
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  8. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    If you are happy with it and it goes bang when you pull the trigger you're all set. Don't pay attention to what others say unless they have specific information relating to the product in question. I get tired of hearing people call a product junk and then when called out to explain what makes it junk they have no answer other than "well I heard from...". That's how all this hate stuff gets started.
     
  9. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    No hate here. Just a comment based on value and economics.
     
  10. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    Wasn't directed at your post. Just something I see often while cruising forums, and it just doesn't apply to guns. Any product can be attacked, sometimes warranted but most often not.
     
  11. JonM

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    this is very true and a lot of it stems from "experts" who run tacti-cool training schools or write self promoting articles in gun rags. the opinions based on little fact and a lot of hype get picked up by the interweb crowd and there ya go.
     
  12. nfafan

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    As for the notion of "hate" directed in a borad-brush; there is Century Arms. I know that I have read some positives about their "C15" retro-refurb-SP1, but in most circles the C15 would be greatly derided, even thought a lot of the gun is ex-military Colt AR.

    I don't work for CAI and have nothing to gain, but folks blindly pin everything about a Cent gun on CAI themselves, when AFAIK - they merely job out all those Century-branded gun-builds to 3rd part smiths and mfgs. Century provided the parts, the builder was supposed to do the work.

    For better or worse, Cent's business model has brought a lot of affordable guns to the masses that otherwise would not have been; like their Sterling MK6 carbine or HK-93 "C93". These re-assembled mix-master parts-guns make a great suitable substitute for the uber-expensive pre-ban versions out there, for shooters who would otherwise never been able to have spent crazy money on a pre-ban.

    And if you get a turd; keep at Century cust service until they get it right. It may take a gun - or two, but they usually make it right. If enough Century customers hold their feet to the fire, their products will improve.
     
  13. russ

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    I have a serious problem with the direction this thread is heading. Two pages deep and no PICS! WTF man? It's law that a new AR thread is accompanied with pics.

    FWIW, I came extremely close to going with the Oly .300 OSSM instead of my LR308. The only thing that stopped me was ammo price and availability. Nothing about Oly vs. whoever or any of that nonsense. I'd add an Oly to the stable any time, and I may still add the .300 OSSM at a later time if I start to reload.
     
  14. Dillinger

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    In my opinion Olympic Arms receivers are fine. They went through a growth period where their Q.C. went in the crapper, but their machines were still set for quality receivers.

    I have a couple of receivers from Olympic and have NEVER had a problem with FIT or FINISH. They aren't "high end, name brand" but a lower receiver is a lower receiver in the real world and while Billet is the sexy new term, there is nothing wrong with an Oly Receiver.

    JD
     
  15. whtsmoke

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    i loved the other thread that was posted for reading, good things were said but i had to laugh at the one posted by the guy in jo. co. ks that said Oly had been bought out by Remington.