yeah I think one of the more confusing things for new people is how opaque the manufacturing process is.Rick Howell said:Spike's have built receivers from at least 2 different manufacturers forgings. (Or contracted from 2 different manufacturers).
Font, color, other markings are a indicator. What you can't see from the picture is the Magwell bevels, forging/machining marks, and one is a high shelf the other a low shelf.
I'm not sure what the number is now, but at one time there were four manufacturers that made up the majority of the forged receivers. It is pretty obvious that Spikes move to a different manufacture for one of the above lots. These were purchased within a year. It wasn't because one of the manufacturers went out of business at that time. The political environment was generating plenty of sales at that time.Spencer said:The vast majority of forged lowers come from the same company. Then they are machined and resold by dealers like spikes tactical.
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That's what I'm talking bout! I kinda figured at some point somebody biggish like DPMS would throw down some $350 ARs so we'd all be forced to buy two more just because.Mitch Gibson said:There is incredibly little useful information in this thread. Let's hear specifics about real-life experiences. Manufacturer names, model numbers, parts that failed. Parts that were cheap as hell and great quality.
I got an Anderson LPK a few years ago. The finish on the mag catch and takedown pins was awful: chalky, inconsistent, mottled. It had two front takedown pins instead of a front and a rear. The mag catch was too large to fit into the reciever, so I had to hand file it flat and refinish it. I ordered a DPMS rear takedown pin to flesh out the kit, and it was excellent. Every DPMS part I have ever used has been low cost and excellent quality. Every Brownell's branded part I have used has been good value and quality.
I had a cheap 16" Del-Ton governemnt profile non-chrome-lined barrel with excellent parkerizing that shot sub-1/2 MOA when free-floated. Shit was lit, fam.
I've never actually used a PTAC gun. I've used the freedom line of guns.Jesse Tischauser said:That's what I'm talking bout! I kinda figured at some point somebody biggish like DPMS would throw down some $350 ARs so we'd all be forced to buy two more just because.
Sounds like I need to get done Andersen lowers and a few PTAC uppers to try as well as a Sportical or two.
Dude probably shot a 300BLK through his .223dr poopgiggle said:OK adding gas blocks to the list of things that it's safer to not cheap out on: https://www.reddit.com/r/ar15/comments/571ocj/blew_my_gas_block_clear_in_half/