AR lower question


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MonkeyMan
April 2, 2003, 04:15 PM
A co-worker has a SOCOM Mfg. billet lower receiver for sale for $250. I'm a total know nothing when it comes to AR's. Opinions? The picture I saw on the web site sure is pretty.

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Handy
April 2, 2003, 04:52 PM
An opinion:

SOCOM sounds cool, but it is probably just a cute name borrowed from the military.

A regular old cast receiver runs between $88 and $130. They don't tend to break or wear out and that price includes some of the best name brands.

For twice the money you MIGHT be getting a stronger, better(?) product, or you might not. Is it worth it to you?

Redlg155
April 2, 2003, 05:55 PM
Yep, they sure look sweet!
http://www.socommfg.com/images/rights.jpg


But at twice the cost, will it do anything more than a standard AR lower reciever from a reputable manufacturer? Nope. It does however rate very high on the "Neato...Cool Beans!" factor. :D

$250 sounds ok for a complete lower with a 2 stage trigger. The Socom Website (http://www.socommfg.com/diamond.html) priced the first run at $295.00. Any reason he wants less?

Good Shooting
Red

Onslaught
April 2, 2003, 06:27 PM
The new "Stinger Arms" FORGED lowers are getting much good press on AR15.com, and they go for $89 a pop!

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=7&f=21&t=153544
:cool:

You can get "Eagle Arms" (Armalite) forged lowers for $100 from http://www.quanticoarms.com/

www.sableco.net offers Rock River Arms stripped lowers for $95

And if you want something "cool" stamped on your lower, there's always the RRA "US Property" marked forged lowers from Legal Transfers.(Pete in NH FFL/Dealer
Legal Transfers 603-770-2281
www.ar15sales.com
legaltransfers@worldnet.att.net
LEGAL TRANSFERS
PO BOX 172
PLAISTOW NH 03865)


Your "friend" is probably trying to sell this lower because he spent $295 for it and realized it wasn't worth the extra $195 it cost him, so he's trying to recoup some losses...

I've never had any of the problems out of my Bushmaster that this high priced lower "solves" , nor have I heard of any from friends Bushys or RRA's.

MonkeyMan
April 4, 2003, 01:13 PM
Thanks for the info folks. I sort of figured it was mostly "Gee-Whiz" factor but I do know a bit about machine work so the CNC and billet factors caught my eye. I had no idea as what the stresses would on an AR lower and if it was worth the extra $$$ for all of that WOW factor. Guess I'll pass.

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