Thoughts and comments on the Olympic Arms AR-15?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by 1bigtarge, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. 1bigtarge

    1bigtarge New Member

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    does any one know anything about the quality of of olympic ar15s ? i just got one with a free floated hand guard 20inch barrel and a 1.7 tiwst and it comes with a a2style olympic stripped upper all for $500
     
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  2. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills New Member

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    Although in my shop Olympic Arms is toward the bottom (in price) it isn't because they don't offer more expensive products. I have sold many Oly Arms guns without any complaints. I would caution anyone from paying in advance to have oly arms custom make anything. I guarantee it will take them this side of forever to get it done. I just stick with the standard stuff with them.

    BTW 1bigtarge, at that price you can't go wrong, Olympic has a great warranty.
     

  3. 1bigtarge

    1bigtarge New Member

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    ya thats what i figured that for $500 you cant beat it i put that much money in my rock river arms lowwer then couldt afford to build the upper lol so for 500$ i think it will be alright
     
  4. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills New Member

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    Worst thing, you'll hafta send the gun back to Oly for warranty repair
     
  5. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    How in the world did you get $500.00 in a Rock River Lower when retail with the National Match 2 Stage Trigger is $380-$390. Unless you added some aftermarket stock pistol grip or etc.
     
  6. 1bigtarge

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    yes it had quit a bit of after market parts when i started to build it i planned on haveing the best i could get and it was pretty awsome i just wish i had the money to built all of it but i traded the lowwer for a brand new saiga 7.62x39 mm i wanted somthing that could shoot so now i have the ak and im going to have a ar15 as soon as i get my oly paid off only owe 140$ left on it but ya the rra lowwer was a sweet peace of machinary i have a picture of it on my profile with a colt upper attached to it
     
  7. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Understand that you can get a ton of money tied up in the extras!
     
  8. 1bigtarge

    1bigtarge New Member

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    you are 100% right but it was worth every pinny
     
  9. whtsmoke

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    Oly's are great giuns and the price is where more people can afford them, yes you will send them in for warranty work but then again its lifetime so nothing to worry about. I found one forum that is for Oly's you can find it by going to Ol's home page I believe or just do a search. What kills me about some of the haters on other forums Oly is one of the oldest out there making the AR and they makt all of thier own stuff they dont buy from someone and then put it together. You will enjoy it so dont worry about it, it might not be the best but then who says what is best?
     
  10. 1bigtarge

    1bigtarge New Member

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    does the gun have to be bought brand new in order to get the worrenty becuase it is a used gun ?
     
  11. whtsmoke

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    that you would have to contact them about. call 1-800-228-3471
     
  12. kimberkid

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    I've had a couple oly lowers ... the fit to any other upper was extremely tight ... tight enough that I would have to set it on the edge of my bench and press down on the upper to get the rear pin to line up. It was nice that it didn't rattle but I always worried about the stress it was putting on the receiver pin holes.

    I've heard of a couple problems with the "Plinker" models. Over on the now defunct AK forums, one of the mods had bought one for his daughter, she was shooting it when the barrel came apart from the upper receiver ... no kaboom, the threads that hold the barrel to the upper just broke off and IIRC he said something like, she was getting ready to shoot and she turned to him and she had the barrel in one hand and the rest of the rifle in the other. He returned it to Oly, they replaced the upper and sent it back no questions asked - he didn't shoot it just got rid of it at the next show or something.
    The other thing I've heard is the back of the lower receiver that the rear extension/buffer tube screws into has broken off the receiver, I've seen a couple complaints of this ... all of these complaints were limited to the Plinker which was a cheaper made version of their standard model.
    I've only heard of these instances on other forums, I've never seen it in person and don't personally know anyone that ever owned a Plinker ... I don't want to spread Internet rumors but its something to be aware of.
     
  13. whtsmoke

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    Ive never heard of anything like that and havr my doubts about it but thats my opinion. I am going to check with some people I know that have been using them for a long time and a couple of them work for them, i cant see any company in this day with all the liability suits going on that they would do this. I have heard they had some issues years ago with QC but that has been taken care of. I will see what I can find out or you might go to thier forum and ask some of the guys on it.
     
  14. Sniper03

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    I have heard of this area of the receiver being cracked but never coming apart! I think that is a little far fetched if you know what I mean!

    03:cool:
     
  15. billdeserthills

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    I can't say I would doubt any type of failure in anything man-made. I recently watched the result of shooting reloads in a Springfield Armory XDM-40- was not pretty, but I haven't gotten rid of my XD.
     
  16. Sniper03

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    I am an avid re-loader! However more weapons have been damaged or destroyed by mistakes or negligent reloading than for any other reason. You can not blame the weapon for these situations. Most of the mistakes are caused by a severe case of cranial rectitis!
     
  17. 1bigtarge

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    well i was thinking about it and i figure it will depend on the individual gun becuase i have seen colts and smith and wessons that where junk and jammed every round and i have seen off brand guns that would fire every round so im starting to think its more about that individual gun more than anything els becuase each gun is different there are no two guns that are the same they all put wear on the parts different and everything els so im not to worried about it
     
  18. whtsmoke

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    Thank you 1bigtarge, you brought out the point that I have tried to make on several forums just because you got a bad one doesnt mean they are all bad. :D
     
  19. peabody

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    yes, i would think of bad reloads' b4 i'ed blame the weapon' ... as whtsmoke says, they not all bad...
    lowers, for AR's are exactly that... a lower.
    dont mater who made em. an AR is an AR... is a AR.
    i roll my own now' but ANY AR can be upgraded.

    i putt a BCM carrier n' bolt , and a tubbs carbine spring in a DPMS, and it runs like a sewing machine.

    olympic arms are all forged now. nothings been made cast, for many years.
    my next rifle. ? if i was to ever buy one. and not build it myself, i'ed buy the olympic plinker 20'' rifle, with the A1 sights.
    to me, thats ''perfection'' a rifle with oly's [great barrels] rifle gas system, and set and forget A1 sights.

    my .0000000002 cents worth of opinion... :)

    peabody.
     
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  20. whtsmoke

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    Peabody I have a PP in the 16 inch bbl and its a blast, and I dont think that groups of an inch at 50 yards with iron sights are to bad.