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Essex (sp?) Stripped Lower Receiver - any good, junk, does it matter?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by karz10, Nov 26, 2008.

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  1. karz10

    karz10 Member

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    Just wondering if anyone is familiar w/ an XXXXEssex (sp?)XXXXX stripped lower receiver for an AR? /

    Found one locally around $150 OTD, but hadn't heard of them, new to the AR game, so...



    I was thinking of matching it w/ a group buy upper I found from Stag Arms for $600 or $783 shipped depending on whether I go w/ 4 rail floating or not, and then another $88 if I do 2 stage match trigger...

    I can wait and find another lower I guess, but it was local and physically available, I'll have to wait a few months to receive the rest of the upper and lower parts kit, FWIW...

    Karz
     
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    There is an Essex Arms company (www.essexarms.com) that makes and sells 1911 receivers, but don't remember them ever making AR lowers...
     
  3. Kino74

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    Are you refering to Essential Arms?
     
  4. karz10

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    I don't know, I called a place about something else, and asked em if they had any stripped lowers, said they had one left, asked what the make was, said it was made by Essex (sp?), I didn't question them further, mentioned I never heard of them, but that didn't mean anything coz I'm new to ARs, he said that's what the owner of the shop builds all his personal ARs with...

    So, I thought I'd google it, but didn't find much so I posted a couple places to try to get some quick feedback.
    Thanks.
     
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  5. karz10

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    BTT for edit...
     
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    Some of the originals in the 90's were not machined up to specs, the bolt hold open feature wouldn't function with tier 1 parts.

    They were closed for a while, but are back. I would pass and buy a Stag Arms, Bushmaster, or somehing a little better.
     
  7. Kino74

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    The original ones, Model J-15, were cast and more olive drab color. The current Essential Arms lowers are forged just like the others on the market and are quite nice. They tend to be a hair darker than my Stag Lower and matched a S&W upper prefectly but my Stag Arms lower matched up colorwise better on my Bushmaster upper.

    Do a search and you will see quite a few favorable views. I like both of them.
     
  8. taliv

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    I had two of the old cast ones and half a dozen of the recent ones. Essential is NOT out of stock on these as they have limited sales to 3 per customer. Prior to the election they were $86 and now essential sells them for $100.

    Sorry to hear you paid $50 too much. I'd recommend a swift kick in the jimmy to the seller. But the quality is good. I've never had a problem with them.

    As for color they come in two different finishes and one is darker thanthe other
     
  9. taliv

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    by the way, I bought two more of them last week; one in each finish
     
  10. karz10

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    well the cost is relative, i did pay a little too much apparently, but not necessarily $50, as some pointed out, they do sell for $100, but no one around here has any, if I shipped one in, there may be some shipping charge, even if not, there'd be a transfer fee, my past transfer guy went up from $20 to $35, don't know if I could still find a $20 or $25 transfer guy, and if I bought it locally any other day, I'd pay sales tax...

    So, not a great deal, but I bet I could get my money back down the road somewhere...

    Thanks for the feedback, I'll keep my eyes out for some others, I was thinking about that anyway, having a couple extra, at least I have one for now :)
     
  11. thegooch

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    nevermind
     
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    Essential Arms lowers are just fine, and Vaughn's customer service is excellent. Great guy to deal with.
     
  13. Hoppy590

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    i like Essential Arms. i used one for my build. 150 is a bit high. i paid 110 for mine before the surge in buying.

    my local shop stocks them normally, but the owner pulled the last one for himself and restocked with Stag, and RRA, DPMS and SW. in respective price brackets

    right now EA is struggling to get them out the door like all the makers.
     
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