Whats a good reciever???

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by cole5, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. cole5

    cole5 New Member

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    I'm planning building an AR and am looking for a good upper and lower. Good brands? I'm decoding between rock river or colt. I was thinking Noveske but the are expensive. Any ideas?
     
  2. NuckinFuts

    NuckinFuts New Member

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    Black Rain or Larue
     

  3. Sooie

    Sooie New Member

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    I built 2 rock rivers bc I got the special Christmas deal from gilbertsguns for $89 per lower.


    If I build another I will get the quientin defense billet lower.
     
  4. MikeJK

    MikeJK New Member

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    Get whatever looks good as long as it's w/i spec.
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Most any good forged alluminum lower should work out well for you. There are also good billet aluminum lowers as well. Alot of manufacturers get their lowers forged at the same forge houses, just with their markings. Smith and Wesson invested in forging their own.
     
  6. GaMatt72

    GaMatt72 New Member

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    I am very happy with my Spikes lower and my Aero Precision upper.
     
  7. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Palmetto State Armory frequently runs a sale on their lowers. As low as $49.95 per lower plus shipping & FFL fee. These are great lowers and uppers.
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Essentially the Lower Receiver, which is where everyone usually starts, is nothing more than a component to hold all the working parts in close configuration during operation. Assuming you are not asking about a "custom" or Billet CNC'd special purchase....

    Fact is many of the so called "manufacturers" all use upper and lower receivers from one of the 5 or 6 really big name manufacturers of AR components and merely have then stamped with their company name or symbol. They are then assembled in house and sold as a working "Brand X" model.

    Example?

    Continental Machine & Tool: Has produced, or is currently producing, receivers (upper & lower) for -

    Stag
    Rock River Arms
    S&W
    Noveske (past)
    Colt
    Wilson Tactical

    And those are only the ones I have seen specifically indicated, there are probably several more.

    LMT and LAR Manufacturing also source many other brands than just their own product.

    So at the end of the day buying a "X" branded receiver is really buying a receiver made by someone else and rebranded. This is very common practice in the AR world and has little downside as tolerances and machining/processing utilize Six Sigma processes to eliminate mistakes.

    Any lower receiver, assuming it wasn't made by Bubba at the local tire shop and AR store, is going to match with a like named upper and provide you the ability to effectively assemble a quality AR.

    Now if you want a match winning, course dominating, end all beat all competition model, you are going to be looking at a completely different animal. But for the basic AR owner who is looking at assembling, or outright purchasing, a weapon for SHTF defense and weekend plinking, the receiver is probably one of the most basic components.

    Essentially, pick a symbol you like that meets your price range. :cool:

    JD
     
  9. powell0892

    powell0892 New Member

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    I dont have one but I have just decided to go with a BCM lower and upper, everybody I have ask on here says they are great, reasonably priced too.