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Discussion in 'GATE AR-15 Forum' started by BassOverflow, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. BassOverflow


    Apr 26, 2008
    Western NC
    I'm looking to build my own AR but I'm not sure about the lower. I want 5.56, but is there really anything I should look for in a lower?

    This rifle would be to plink with and maybe HD but I want to over build it in case I do start shooting it a lot more.
  2. RainierArms


    Oct 23, 2004
    As far as a lower goes, you'll want to pick a reputable manufacturer that has good quality control. Some of the finishes/coatings on the the lowers differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, so if that makes a difference to you, just a heads up. But a reputable manufacturer that has produced and sold thousands of lower, in all likelihood

    Steer clear of the the "off-brand" lowers. Some tend to be out of spec and don't offer too much in the way of customer support.

    Nowdays there is also a choice between whether you want a billet lower or a forged lower. There are a lot of choices out there, it's just a matter of picking your poison. Let us know if we can help.

  3. Constructor

    Constructor Moderator

    Dec 10, 2009
    Makers- A list I found on another site, it said top half better quality.
    I could not remove the highlighting.
    One thing to watch for, most receivers are mil spec hard anodized, some are teflon coated and will not match color well so pick the same treatment on the upper and lower receivers. Some manufactures just have more tooling marks than others.

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

      Lewis Machine & Tool
      * LMT
      * Lauer
      * DS Arms
      * PWA
      * Eagle
      * Armalite
      * Knights Armament
      * Barrett

      Mega Machine Shop
      * Mega
      * GSE
      * Dalphon
      * Gunsmoke Enterprises
      * POF
      * Alexander Arms
      *AR Performance

    • Sabre Defense
      * Sabre Defense

      Sun Devil
      * Sun Devil forged billet receivers

      * Superior Arms
    • LAR Manufacturing
      * Anvil Arms
      * LAR
      * Bushmaster
      * Ameetec
      * DPMS
      * CMMG
      * Double Star
      * Fulton Armory
      * Gunsmoke Enterprises
      * Spike's Tactical
    • Essential Arms
      * Essential Arms
    • Cavalry Arms >>>>>>>>>>>>>>out of business
      * Cavalry Arms

      * Double Star
      * LRB

    * Olympic
    * SGW
    * Tromix
    * Palmetto
    * Dalphon
    * Frankford
    * Century (Old)
  4. BassOverflow


    Apr 26, 2008
    Western NC
    Thanks so much for the info. From what I've read, it seems like its really just up to what logo you like (if you order from a reputable manufacture).

    What about a lower parts kit? Same thing, stick with a reputable manufacture?
  5. RainierArms


    Oct 23, 2004
    LPK's are one in the same. CMT/Stag, DPMS or RRA are good to go.