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Anderson vs PSA lower reciever

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by EMT40SW, Jun 23, 2019.

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Which AR15 lower would you buy to build a plinking AR on?

Poll closed Jul 23, 2019.
  1. Anderson

    15 vote(s)
    40.5%
  2. PSA

    22 vote(s)
    59.5%
  1. OARNGESI

    OARNGESI Member

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    It’s like Wendy’s vs Burger King the both do the same for the same price
     
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  2. maxxhavoc

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    I am biased. I can get the PSA with no shipping or transfer fees.

    Other than that, I consider them equivalent.
     
  3. Hokkmike

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    Mine is an Anderson lower and PS upper. Just fine. It is only a $500 rifle with some add ons but it shoots just great...
     
  4. FL-NC

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    No difference in performance, in my opinion. My LGS sells Andersons for $70 OTD. Which is like buying a $30 PSA and paying the LGS $30 transfer fee, with no wait for shipping and no credit card fees.
     
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  5. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

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    I have built Aero and Anderson lowers, and the word is that one or both make them for PSA. I would happily buy the least expensive of the three........I ain't jumping into Teheran or Kabul anytime soon.
     
  6. BSA1

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    My most accurate AR is a PSA Freedom upper with a 16" 1 in 7" barrel on a Anderson lower. So from a accuracy point view I don't see reason to use a PSA lower.
     
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  7. joseywales76

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    Over the years psa has had less problems than the pony lowers. I would rate Aero precision better than both.
     
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  8. Lennyjoe

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    I’ve used both and can’t tell much difference. When Anderson’s go on sale I buy a couple and throw them on the shelf. LGS does transfers for military and retirees for $5.
     
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  9. earlthegoat2

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    I guess I’m lucky. My LGS sells Anderson’s for $50.

    A local AR assembler who is also an FFL said that Anderson is OEM for a lot of other brands lowers.
     
  10. herrwalther

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    My only lower so far has been Anderson. And I was not impressed. The grip screw just would not thread. Turns out the threads in the Anderson lower were done improperly on the one I bought. I ended up getting a tap and redoing the threads to finish my AR build. A minor lack in attention to detail such as this makes me weary of buying Anderson lowers. I got a new lower as a future project or hold on to lower for future bans. When buying I asked the clerk "Do you have anything besides Anderson?"
     
  11. theotherwaldo

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    I usually get my AR receivers at the local gun show. So far, an Anderson, an Aero and a Standard. I've had no problem with any of them. I like the over-travel set screw on the Standard, otherwise no preference.
    Maybe I'll get a PSA next.
     
  12. RFMan

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    I have both. My PSAs look and feel (the finish) a little better than the Andersons.
     
  13. Rittmeister

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    I have two ARs. One that's a DD upper on an Aero lower, and another that's a BCM upper on an Anderson lower.

    I can't tell a functional difference between the Aero and the Anderson, though I admit I haven't run the two of them over with a truck to see which one survives... I've also had good luck with PSA uppers and small components. I don't see much difference between PSA and Anderson, nor would I hesitate to purchase either one.
     
  14. Robbins290

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    I have had 2 problems with the anderson lowers. Never used a PSA lower. but there other products are great, so i voted for them. I will never buy a pony again. Been using spikes and windham weaponry lowers.
     
  15. gbw

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    I've had several Anderson lowers, and uppers, without problem and I'd not hesitate.

    I've also had several PSA models and I will remain a customer. But there have been 2 problems:

    First was a 20" 5.56 upper that would not keep all shots on an 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper once it got warm...PSA refunded without fuss.

    Second was a PA-10 rifle, upper and lower (.308). It is heavy, nearly 10# with scope and mag. More important to me, the fit between the upper and lower was poor - a .050" gap at the rear mating areas, and lockup of upper/lower was loose.

    The PA-10 rifle worked and was accurate, and for under $500 it was a great deal - but I wish the fit had been better.

    Still, overall, I'd use either PSA or Anderson and see very little difference - both tend to be high quality and high value, maybe not always perfect.
     
  16. Taurus 617 CCW

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    They are pretty much the same except for one difference. Anderson doesn’t seem to tap the pistol grip screw hole deep enough so you have to use a shorter screw. I have found this to be the case on 3 of them so far. FWIW I like the look of the palmetto lower better but it is purely an aesthetic preference.
     
  17. BLB68

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    If you go with PSA, you need to make sure that you don't transfer it from the FFL until you inspect it. I got one today that I didn't notice was scratched to hell on the rear until I got home, and they won't do anything except issue a blem credit, should they deem fit. They won't make it right be replacing it or by refinishing it.
     
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