Who makes a high quality AR15 LPK?


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Timradcliffe345
August 20, 2008, 06:41 PM
Is there any difference between the different LPKs' out there? Any mfg. I should stay away from? Any good deals out there right now?

Seems like DPMS has a fair share of the market. Thanks.

Tim

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taliv
August 20, 2008, 06:42 PM
mcdonalds has a fair share of the market too, for the same reason

you can buy colt lower parts from brownells.

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/AR15-Lower-Parts-s/5.htm

3pairs12
August 20, 2008, 06:45 PM
I will say that model 1 kit seemed to have a few out of spec parts.

strat81
August 20, 2008, 06:46 PM
RRA, Stag, and DPMS are the most popular.

I've used two DPMS kits with no problems. My Stag lower presumably has a Stag/CMT kit in it. A friend just bought a Stag kit and had problems with the hammer. Stag sent a new one that was also fugazi and so he got a third hammer.

Stick with a name brand and you'll be fine. If you order from a large shop that carries spare parts, I'd order an takedown detent and spring, and buffer retainer and spring. They have a tendency to get launched during install and it sucks having to pay $4 shipping for a $1 part. Order extra gas rings for the bolt too, while you're at it.

RockyMtnTactical
August 20, 2008, 07:11 PM
Stag Arms is really good.

I would avoid Model 1 Sales, like stated above. They are lousy.

Timradcliffe345
August 20, 2008, 07:57 PM
Who makes the best bang for the buck stripped lower?

rantingredneck
August 20, 2008, 07:58 PM
I got an Armalite LPK for 57.00 plus shipping. Parts seemed well made.

3pairs12
August 20, 2008, 08:03 PM
Stripped lower a lot of them I like Lauer though.

Gary G23
August 20, 2008, 08:05 PM
I use RRA and Stag LPK's.

MMcfpd
August 20, 2008, 08:54 PM
Because I put aftermarket triggers in my ARs, I've been using the White Oak Armament triggerless LPKs from ADCO.

strat81
August 21, 2008, 07:39 PM
Who makes the best bang for the buck stripped lower?
Essential Arms is probably the least expensive. 99% of the lowers you encounter are essentially identical save for the rollmark. I have rifles built on Spikes and Stag lowers.

Anvil is a good deal if you want engraving.

TexasRifleman
August 21, 2008, 08:13 PM
you can buy colt lower parts from brownells.

I thought Colts used a different pivot pin size?

I don't think a Colt LPK will work in anyone else's lower will it?

Not sure why that sticks in my mind as something to watch for, it's been a while since I built anything with Colt parts.

sarduy
August 21, 2008, 08:37 PM
i got my CMMG LPK from aim and it fit perfect on my spike's lower

10-Ring
August 22, 2008, 01:18 AM
I have used a few kits -- if you're on a budget, I prefer the DPMS, for an upgrade, I like Bushmaster

Mot45acp
August 22, 2008, 02:52 AM
Best out of the box LPK IMO is RRA(standard).Stag comes in second.

I have used RRA, Stag, DPMS, CMMG, Bushmaster, High Standard, Eagle/Armalite and Olympic.

The heaviest/clunkiest of the group was a toss up between Bushmaster and Olympic.

Bushy was just tight and heavy. Prolly would have gotten better with time.

The Olympic was pure crap, they must get Model 1 rejects. Poor fit n finish. I could deal with the finish but the fit was horrible.


They all worked but RRA felt the best to me. One difference is the roll pins used for the bolt release and trigger guard were tapered making assembly a lot easier and it had the lightest pull (for an AR) YMMV

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