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All you ever wanted to know about the making of current AR-15s

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by 01coltcolt, Mar 16, 2012.


  1. 01coltcolt

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    Here is a list of the AR-15 lowers/upper manufacturers. I found over the years, and compiled them here for folks. There maybe doubles in these lists. yeah I know? If you know of one NOT listed, please list it

    Lewis Machine & Tool (Machinist)for:

    LMT
    Lauer
    DS Arms
    PWA
    Eagle
    Armalite
    Knights Armament
    Barrett


    Continental Machine Tool (Machinist) For:



    Stag
    Rock River Arms
    High Standard
    Noveske
    Century (New)
    Global Tactical
    CLE
    S&W
    MGI
    Wilson Tactical
    Grenadier Precision
    Colt


    LAR Manufacturing (Machinist) For:



    LAR
    Bushmaster
    Ameetec
    DPMS
    CMMG
    Double Star
    Fulton Armory
    Spike's Tactical


    JVP (Machinist) For:



    Double Star
    LRB
    Charles Daly


    Mega Machine Shop (Machineist) For:



    Mega
    GSE
    Dalphon
    POF
    Alexander Arms


    Olympic (Machinist) For:



    Olympic
    SGW
    Tromix
    Palmetto
    Dalphon
    Frankford
    Century (Old)


    Sun Devil (Machinist) For:

    Sun Devil forged billet receivers


    Superior (Machinist) For:


    Superior Arms
    Lauer Tactical(New)


    Aero Precision (Machinist) For:



    Aero Precision
    Surplus Ammo and Arms
    Palmetto State Armory




    Any other makers you guys can list please feel free if I missed them, Thank you

    Zombie Defense

    Sun Devil MFG

    Advanced Defense Systems

    JD Machining

    Kaiser Defense

    Stag Arms

    Spike’s Tactical

    Cobb Manufacturing, Inc.

    Daniel Defense

    C3 Defense

    Tactical Innovations, Inc.

    Rock River Arms

    Armalite

    Delaware Machinery

    Superior Arms

    Double Star Corp.

    Essential Arms

    Bushmaster Firearms

    Fulton Armory

    LWRC International

    Smith & Wesson

    Yankee Hill Manufacturing

    Hughes Precision Products

    DPMS

    NoDak Spud LLC

    CMMG, Inc.

    SI Defense

    Henderson Defense

    Firebird Precision

    Del-Ton, Inc.

    Liberty Tactical L.L.C.

    Tromix

    Noveske Rifle Works

    TNW Firearms, Inc.

    Charles Daly Defense

    SOCOM Mfg.

    Sabre Defense

    High Standard

    L.A.R. MFG.

    Alexander Arms

    Aero Precision, Inc.

    Olympic Arms

    MEGA Machining

    Bravo Company USA

    Lauer Custom Weaponry

    Blackheart International

    Colt Defense



    To clarify the Titles such as "Superior" "CMT", "LMT", ect are the machinest.
    The INC. such as Colt Firearms, Armalite, Knights Armament, ect is the purchaser of parts to build said AR gun.
    If you want to get more complicated look up the Key hole lower/upper forges that everyone is buying. This maybe a eye opener to you Name brand have to have buyers............
     

    Wanna kill these ads? We can help!
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  2. Cole125

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    Interesting. One you missed is JD Machine Tech.

    http://www.jdmachinetech.com/

    Edit: whoops you did list them. Well I have one of their lowers and its very high quality.
     

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  3. Javelin

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    It's not so much the parts but the lobotomy patients some of the these companies hire that put them together being the problem.

    Past being true spec quality steel and proper forged aluminum QA/QC is everything in the AR game.

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    I don't see Vltor on there....

    Though I believe they make their own stuff in house.

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    So do the machinists also own their own hammer forging machines?
     
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    Not many but some do. Even Noveske runs their barrel blanks through the PacNor machinery plant (though their steel, requirements, setup, tooling etc. are all completely different than a PacNor barrel) and then they finish them up at their own shop.

    But most just buy them in bulk from from big companies (FN, Wilson, etc comes immediately to mind) and then use them on their builds.

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  8. 8man

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    What about Larue?
     
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    I believe Sun Devil makes the LaRue billet uppers and lowers.

    This should be in the Black Rifle forum, though, not general firearms. :whistling:
     
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    Does that list imply that Bravo Company USA makes it own AR-15's?

    I only see their name in the long list at the bottom?

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  11. 01coltcolt

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    Maker/assembler not machinest. I would call Bravo and ask whom machines their parts. More than likely its a machinest listed above. See the small square in front of BCM its the same forging mark thats on the DS Arms uppers Ive put together so my guess is=Lewis Machine & Tool (Machineist)
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    Thanks.

    That does look like the LMT mark.
     
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    Looks like the list from arfcom?
     
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    A worthwhile list like yours ought to have the word machinist spelled correctly. It's one of those pesky words thrown in to trip us up. Thanks for putting this together.
     
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    Not sure. But this and lots others like it have been around for awhile. I'm adding inputs if you guy have any?
     
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    I belive PSA no longer uses Aero precision receiver castings.
     
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