Describe / name the PERFECT AR stripped lower


January 1, 2010, 09:23 PM
There are a lot of companies making stripped lowers nowadays. You can get them cast/billet - aluminum/stainless/titanium - right/left handed - anodized/teflon - laser etched - wire cut - etc., etc., etc.,...

Is there a "perfect" AR stripped lower on the market? If not, what combination of features would be perfect in your estimation? What do you wish you could find in a stripped lower?

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January 1, 2010, 09:26 PM
machined from solid AL billet, annodized with teflon coating and dimensionally accurate...

what more could you need?

I'd stay way clear of a cast lower

January 1, 2010, 09:27 PM
Don't be fooled by the diversity of roll stampings

there are actually only a few foundries that make the bulk of the lowers on the market today

January 1, 2010, 09:29 PM
there's only one AR lower that is radically superior to all others, and it's not sold 'stripped'. it only comes with KAC's SR15

January 1, 2010, 09:44 PM
Taliv, what is different about the KA lower and what makes it "radically superior"?

January 1, 2010, 09:52 PM
btw, here's one for sale used as a complete lower. (not a bad price considering the KAC trigger would run you $300 and the LMT SOPMOD stock would run you $250 if purchased separately)

z, it is fully ambi, better than the ambi magpul/POF lowers. ambi safety, ambi bolt release, ambi mag release. also, sling mounts built INTO the lower on both sides. I really like the sling mount location better than the ones on the stock.

(it has lots of other premium features, but they're not unique)

January 1, 2010, 09:57 PM
Forged 7075 Anodized aluminum from a reputable company is what I look for.

January 2, 2010, 04:02 PM
krochus, billet lowers are CNC machined out of a solid piece of aluminum.

So, guys, is it worth the extra dough to buy a strong titanium lower?

January 2, 2010, 04:07 PM

Forged Aluminum has worked perfectly fine on GI M-16's for about 50 years now.

If an average GI can't break it, I doubt you can either!

Why spend big bucks to fix it if it isn't broke?


January 2, 2010, 04:18 PM
What the heck for????

You do realize that the lower is a non stressed part on the ar platform?

My next lower might very well be plastic

January 2, 2010, 08:46 PM
My next lower might very well be plastic

I have a Cavalry Arms MKII lower and like it a lot. If you want a lightweight KISS build, it's a great choice. I'm not thrilled with the long tiny rollpin to hold the buffer retainer, but as Cavalry Arms notes, the buffer retainer is not essential to operation of the rifle. Long and short - I don't think it's a good enough setup for military use, but I think it's a great setup for range, competition and hunting.

January 2, 2010, 08:58 PM
JP Enterprises. They make the sexest AR Reciever on the market. And the most accurate. ;)



January 2, 2010, 09:02 PM
I vote for MGI- military sales. a true modular lower...

January 2, 2010, 09:34 PM
There is no perfect lower to recommend until the exact tasks it needs to do are stated.

Billet lowers have a lot of aesthetic variety - but so do forged, as color, roll mark, safety markings, even custom serial numbers are not only available, but common. Like the pirate lowers with "parley" and "arrrgh" safety markings.

There is no best. Be specific what it needs to do, it'll be hard not to find it.

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