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Are Olympic Arms AR-15 any good?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by whm1974, Mar 31, 2005.

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  1. whm1974

    whm1974 Member

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    I have been wanting an AR-15 for a while now. But I don't $1000 or more to spend on one, and I don't think I would be will to spend that much if I did.

    However looking at wwwGunsamerica.com I see that Olympic Arm has AR-15's that are reasonabled priced.
    I want a plinker or something to shoot not a compation rifle.

    I would also prefer a 16" barrel and maybe a CAR15/M4 stock.

    -Bill
     
  2. Lennyjoe

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    I have a post ban PCR-1 with the 16" SUM barrel.

    Since I have had it (got it used in a trade) its been flawless. I have shot well over 3,000 rounds thru it.

    I was impressed when I was hitting gongs out to 300 yds with factory ammo and iron sights.
     
  3. RRTX

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    I believe that is a PCR-2 you have there :D
     
  4. whm1974

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    Just about every AR-15 I've seen is like over $1000 retail. It's my understanding that the Armed forces only Pays like $500 or for each M-16, So why do most AR-15s cost so much?

    -Bill
     
  5. lycanthrope

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    You can slap an upper on a lower for around $515 and have an AR. The major companies ask high prices, because they can.

    Olympics had a bad rep early on due to tight mag wells and the misconception that they all have cast recievers. Currently, only the Plinker model has a cast lower. I have the OA-03PT and it is very well made. It also shoots tighter than the Bushy carbine.
     
  6. Matthew748

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    I have had a PCR 1 model for a few years and have only had one problem so far. Some how the little pin that secures the gas tube to the front site base worked loose. I replaced the pin and have not any problems since. The only magazines I have had trouble with are no name gun show specials. USGI, Orlite, and the nice steel British mags all work fine.
     
  7. TC66

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    This is no longer true. A factory standard rifle, this Plinker comes with a 16" barrel, forged receivers, A1 rear sight, A2 buttstock, bayonet lug, flash suppressor and more.

    http://www.olyarms.com/?page=m1_plinker_models

    I am very happy with my Olympic Rifles but I built them both so I could get exactly what I wanted. Only complaint I have is the black oxide finish on the SUM SS barrel was not good and had to be redone which I did with Norrel Moly Resin. Turned out beautiful and shoots great.

    [​IMG]

    TC
     
  8. lycanthrope

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    Plinker PLUS models are forged. Original PLINKER models are cast.
     
  9. TC66

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    OK The original plinker was cast but it is no longer produced. So currently there are no Olympic Rifles in production that have cast receivers. See below comments from Tom Spithaler of Olympic Arms.

     
  10. Bartholomew Roberts

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    My first AR was an Olympic Arms model for the same reasons (budget). I was always very satisfied with its performance.
     
  11. Lennyjoe

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    I stand corrected. How did you know that? ;)
     
  12. whm1974

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    Thanks guys I may pick one up after I get my refund.

    -Bill
     
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    Will aftermarket furniture fit on Olympic Arms rifles? ie collapsable(telescoping) stock, handguards.
     
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    My Oly is over 11 years old, and has been perfect.
    Yes, Oly had issues with a run of lowers in the past, but that has been corrected. If the price is right, I wouldn't hesitate to get another. Oly barrels are very accurate barrels as well.
     
  16. whm1974

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    I have thought about doing that. But what tools do I need and how much will they cost? If I can pick up an new AR-15 for ~$700 then I'm not going to bother.

    -Bill
     
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    There are several reasons for this. Firstly, economies of scale is at work here. The government buys massive quantities of M16s, so companies can charge less, since they are making up for it in a lot of sales. Secondly, I have read somewhere that FN actually loses money on the actual sale of M16 rifles, but makes up for it by selling the government spare parts. I am not sure how true it is, but maybe someone else can verify this. Thirdly, there is a basic supply and demand curve happening here. People are willing to pay around $1000 for an AR-15, so the companies are going to charge that much. Honestly, $1000 seems like a little much for your out of the box AR-15, but then again, you cannot find AR-15s in my area anyways. AIM has Bushmaster AR-15s starting at $720, if you find a good FFL, you can probably get the rifle for a little less than $800, depending on what model you get.

    http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/New_Bushmaster_Sunset_Rifles___Preban_features_.html
     
  18. whm1974

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    I guess I just have to settle for an AK then.

    -Bill
     
  19. MrMurphy

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    Olys aren't bad.

    You get good ones, and you get bad ones. The hard part is telling which you got.

    Save your pennies and buy a complete Rock River upper, and then a lower, and then put them together. About $700-800. If you can push two pins in, you can assemble it.
     
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    I had a very bad experience with Oly about every thing that could go wrong with an Ultra Match I bought from them did. The chamber was cut improperly and buldged brass. The trigger started to double after only a few thousand rounds. The floating handguard was installed incorrectly, It shot like crap. It took them 18 months to fix it. They lied to me about the return shipping date. I had to threaten to get my states attorney generals office involved before they made it right. They suck. Most problems I see with AR15's or complaints come from Oly owners. They are the number one trouble brand. Stay far away from them and their trash.

    Not all AR's are created equal. Colt has the best quality control and they cost the most. Bushmaster is not too bad but they have problems from time to time. Armalite has several problems. (things like sending out 223 chambers in guns marked 5.56) I don't know about Rock River. DPMS has their share of problems. We issue them and we have had to have 3 guns out of 10 fixed. Stick with Colt or at the very least Bushmaster.
    Pat
     
  21. lycanthrope

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    You will need your dominant thumb to push the two pins to mate the upper and the lower.

    Eagle Firearms sells complete RRA lowers for around $200. They are good enough for match use.

    Once you have the lower you can order the upper through the mail from wherever you please. Model 1 sales, Adco and various others offer a full line of uppers in differing configurations. Model 1 will be cheapest and great for plinking, but won't be a match gun of course.

    To get the cost to $515 you need to buy a stripped lower from Eagle or elsewhere ($90). Then a "kit" from Model 1. The upper is assembled. You just need to put the small parts in the lower. You can find detailed instructions on the web and at www.ar15.com. I didn't need any tools, but punches for the pins are nice.
     
  22. Onmilo

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    Forged component Olympics are comparable to any of the other manufacturers with the exception that Oly uses some non-Mil-Spec small parts.(i.e. the upper buttplate screw for one.)
    These can be easily switched for Mil parts.
    Olympic barrels and upper and lower receivers are made in house and quite good when forged parts are compared to forged parts.
    Olympic barrels are comparable to some of the very best manufacturers when they do their best work.

    I don't have much use for the very inexpensive cast part guns but they will get an under budgeted shooter into the AR game.
     
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    I got an Oly in 1999. I really enjoy it. I haven't had any problems with it. I clean it regularly and shoot it great.
     
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    If you place an order for a lot of 25k or so at a time then you can probably get them for $500 a piece also. I have seen NIB M4 configured Armalites at gunshows near me between $700-$750. Doesn't seem like such a bad deal at all. The only way I would get an Olympic Arms AR is if I wanted one in 10mm.
     
  25. jefnvk

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    Just got back from a gunshow, plenty of EBR's in the $750-1000 range. Many ban-era rifles in the $700 range.

    I myself bought a stripped DPMS lower for $140. Yes, I know it is high, but once you add in shipping and FFL transfer to the $100 you pay online, I am not paying much more. Maybe $30 at most.

    I'll add that to a $450 J&T or Del-ton kit, and for $600 have myself a nice EBR.
     
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