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Old 03-30-2014, 09:00   #1
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PSA parts

I ordered a stripped PSA lower (blemished) Friday evening... $50 on sale, couldn't resist. This is my first build and less the trigger, barrel, & whatever parts magpul can replace I plan to use PSA. What is the general consensus on palmetto state armory?

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Old 03-30-2014, 09:23   #2
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I've built four or five guns off their blem receivers and they are excellent. You probably won't be able to tell what the finish defect is or it will be on the interior and not show at all...

I just sold two builds that I used the PSA blems for the lower and the owners were quite happy with the fit and finish of the guns. I used a DPMS A1 upper on one and a Mega forged upper on the other. One had a Del-ton lightweight 1-9 chrome lined barrel and one had a Rock River 1-9 lightweight chrome lined bore. Both guns functioned flawlessly through 90 rounds of Federal M193 each and both guns sighted in at 50 yards produced 10 shot groups of 1.5 and 2" with iron sights shot prone unsupported.

I've built many ARs and find the quality if the PSA forged receievers to be as good as anything else I've used including some "higher end" stuff like Noveske.
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Some people will complain about their shipping times. I used 2 of their complete uppers for builds for friends and they were very accurate. I have not had a problem with their shipping (knocking on wood).
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:43   #4
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I looked at a few high end receivers but a friend told me investment wise it's a much better idea to invest money in performance parts like a nice trigger and barrel. I'm sure I'll go with a magpul package as well simply because it's quality and to me looks really gnarly. As four the guts, upper, etc. I'm thinking PSA is not a bad route to take.
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Some people will complain about their shipping times. I used 2 of their complete uppers for builds for friends and they were very accurate. I have not had a problem with their shipping (knocking on wood).
I've had one messed up order from them and they fixed it in 3 days. I've had messed up orders from Brownells, Midway, Rainier Arms, and bunches of others. Want to talke about shipping delays? Order something from Larue or Noveske....

I have a gun on order from Larue and am tracking 15 months now without a single word from Larue about possible delivery--for a freakin' AR! I can have a bespoke and fitted S X S shotgun from Holland and Holland made and delivered in 2 years!
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:07   #6
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I have one of there M4 premium uppers, in all honesty it has been 100% and is probably one of the nicer uppers I have had.
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I have one of there M4 premium uppers, in all honesty it has been 100% and is probably one of the nicer uppers I have had.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:49   #9
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As long as you use their premium line you are good to go. The PTAC is considering hobbyist quality. They are having a sale for a MPI/HPT shot peened 158 bolt carrier group right now cheap.
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As long as you use their premium line you are good to go. The PTAC is considering hobbyist quality. They are having a sale for a MPI/HPT shot peened 158 bolt carrier group right now cheap.
Have you heard what the actual difference is between the kits? I have a premium kit on one rifle and the PTAC kit on another. I can't tell the difference. The PTAC trigger was actually better than the premium after a little dry firing. With that being said I am only using the small parts as I use higher quality safeties and triggers.
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Just finished a pistol lower with PSA's Magpul's Moe trigger guard and grip lower parts kit. Nothing special but went together well. Trigger is fine and better than some factory Colts I've dry fired. No creep either! All springs and parts were well packaged in groups.....$79 with free shipping. I used a new Stag lower I bought locally for $100 out the door.

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So their customer service sucks... Found that out today.
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Old 04-03-2014, 18:52   #13
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Just finished a pistol lower with PSA's Magpul's Moe trigger guard and grip lower parts kit. Nothing special but went together well. Trigger is fine and better than some factory Colts I've dry fired. No creep either! All springs and parts were well packaged in groups.....$79 with free shipping. I used a new Stag lower I bought locally for $100 out the door.
I went with a similar package. PSA kit with magpul MOE grip, butt stock, and trigger guard. Unfortunately I ordered the one with the fixed stock and did not realize it until the order was placed. I called today and asked to pay the additional $10 to get the other kit, a matter of swapping out the butt stocks. Apparently their system can not handle such a change & I'm currently waiting on my $$$ to be refunded so I can order the other kit. Really...

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Old 04-13-2014, 13:44   #14
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Finished up the rifle & despite the issues I had with PSA I think I'll still order from them. I'm still shopping for a handguard so I have no idea how my upper is functioning but I plugged my lower into another upper & it functioned just as u would expect. Once I get some more cash to spare I'm gonna go with the ALG 13" hand guard, a bipod, & some glass and this build will done

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So their customer service sucks... Found that out today.
Yep, the penalty for great prices. Don't get started on the Marine Corp surplus backpack they sold- without shoulder straps.

Otherwise, I've been very pleased with their parts.
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Have you heard what the actual difference is between the kits? I have a premium kit on one rifle and the PTAC kit on another. I can't tell the difference. The PTAC trigger was actually better than the premium after a little dry firing. With that being said I am only using the small parts as I use higher quality safeties and triggers.
Some of the biggest differences reported over at m4carbine.net is lack of testing on the bolt and lack of proper staking on the screws plus the barrels only being 4140 instead of milspec 4150. I have seen pictures on the net of hoppes 9 stripping the finish off of PTAC barrels making them shiny silver. Your premium bolt should be marked that is has been tested. The PTAC bolt has not.

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I've built four or five guns off their blem receivers and they are excellent......


'Bird........are the blem PSA receivers stamped to identify they are blemished models? I know BCM stamps their blems with a C
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Not that I've noticed.
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'Bird........are the blem PSA receivers stamped to identify they are blemished models? I know BCM stamps their blems with a C
That C stands for Colt--meaning BCM sells Colt quality parts as blems....
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They are good to go. I have a couple of their premium M4 uppers. Really nice finish and 100 percent reliable even on steel case ammo.
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That C stands for Colt--meaning BCM sells Colt quality parts as blems....
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the top is built on a blemished PSA lower. The blem was inside the magwell so you can't see anything wrong with it.

The bottom one only has a 10.5" PSA CHF barrel. Both lowers were built with lower build kits from PSA. Both have ALG QMS triggers in them.

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