eagle arms?


September 6, 2007, 08:14 PM
Apparently these guys are a sub division of armalite.

I ordered an 11.5" M15A2 carbine from my supplier last week and was told that it was a 4 month wait for armalite right now due to customs. I get a call just yesterday from their gunsmith and he told me that he has all the parts to make what I want and have it verified (verified is a way to tell the government that its still legal to sell to that particular applicant). I asked him if all the parts are new and what the catch was. He told me everything is brand new, complete upper with an eagle arms lower instead of just the armalite branded lower...

I hesitated, but then at the same time I don't want to wait 4 months at all for this gun. I told him to go ahead and get it going.

Do I have anything to worry about? they are a credible company and an AR lower isn't terribly complicated in case a part is out of place due to incompetance (highly doubtfull), I'm just worried about the quality of the arm lower.

Does eagle arms have a good rep for ar lowers?

Tell me I shouldn't be worried.

thanks guys.

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September 6, 2007, 08:26 PM
Does eagle arms have a good rep for ar lowers?Eagle arms is very good. Like you said, they are a division of Armalite.

In fact, Eagle bought Armalite for the name when that company was having financial trouble. So the modern Armalite is an evolution of Eagle Arms.

ArmaLite Incorporated II
Independent of ArmaLite, Karl Lewis and Jim Glazier formed a company named Eagle Arms in Coal Valley Illinois in 1986.

Lewis had manufactured a wide variety of both commercial and military parts for M-16 rifles, and Eagle Arms assumed the increasingly distracting retail business from Lewis’ company, Lewis Machine and Tool (LMT). Eagle Arms initially marketed M16 and AR-15 type rifle parts. The early Stoner patents had expired, and Eagle was able to build both parts and complete rifles. In 1989 Eagle commenced production of complete rifles, with LMT serving as the major supplier.

In January 1994 Mr. Mark Westrom purchased the company. Westrom was a former Army Ordnance Officer and a civilian employee of the Weapons Systems Management Directorate of the Army’s Armament Materiel and Chemical Command (AMCCOM) at nearby Rock Island Arsenal.

After the purchase, he continued producing Eagle Arms EA-15 rifles. Plans were made to add a line of telescopic sights to the product line. Westrom’s background in military Service Rifle competition produced a focus on high grade target rifles even before the AR-15/M-16 rifles came to dominate American Service Rifle competition in the mid-90s.

In November 1994 Westrom decided to initiate the design of a .308 caliber AR-10 type rifle, to be called the “M-10” in line with Eagle’s production of .223 caliber “M-15” rifles. Work on the project began in November 1994. The bulk of the engineering work was contracted out to LMT, with an experienced Quality Assurance expert, Mr. David Dorbeck, doing the bulk of the work.

By coincidence, the president of the company manufacturing telescopic sights for Eagle, Dr. John Williams, had worked for ArmaLite in his youth. He introduced Westrom to the former Production Manager for ArmaLite, Mr. John McGerty. McGerty led Westrom to John Ugarte, the most recent President of ArmaLite.
Ugarte had retained rights to the ArmaLite trademark. In early 1995 Westrom purchased those rights, and production of ArmaLite rifles resumed in Illinois. The corporation was reorganized as ArmaLite, with Eagle Arms converted to a division of ArmaLite. First shipments of new ArmaLite rifles began in 1995.

September 6, 2007, 08:30 PM
Nice, then I have nothing to worry about. Thank you.

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