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Any good deals on lower parts kits?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by emt1581, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    So far the cheapest I've found is around $55 at Midway.

    I need a half-dozen of them to go with the lowers I just ordered. I figure once I get the LPK's I can add any upper down the road.

    Anyone have and good deals on them?

    Thanks!

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    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    Have you priced Brownells?
    They offer a military/LEO/Fire Fighter discount.

    What brand LPKs are you looking at?
     

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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I didn't know that.

    I think the DPMS have been the cheapest across the board. I don't really care about a specific brand. AFAIK, it doesn't really matter.

    I'll check out Brownells, thanks!:)

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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Just checked Brownells...$60 is the cheapest i'm seeing. Same DPMS LPK. Not sure if they'd knock off 5-10 bucks for a C&R or EMT though.

    Thanks!

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    S.Winger Trophy Husband

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    I am a firm believer that "brand" absolutely matters. That being said I do not believe that you need to buy your LPK from Colt to get mil-spec quality. Would you buy parts manufactured by Hi-Point or Jennings?
     
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    I think comparing DPMS to Hi-Point is one hell of a leap! But are there any brands that are known to be Hi-Point-like?

    Thanks!

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    in my internet research, people consider the DD parts > DPMS parts...but yes they are more expensive...i just put one in my doublestar lower and everything seems to be good quality and everything fit without problems...and when i ordered mine it gave me a 10% discount which equaled the shipping so i got for 69.99 shipped...once u add shipping to the midway its only about 5$ cheaper...
     
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    What about the other kits are better than the DPMS kits?

    Thanks!

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    S.Winger Trophy Husband

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    Why do you think comparing DPMS to Hi-Point is such a leap? One is a bottom end handgun manufacturer and the other is a bottom end rifle manufacturer.
     
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    Hi-points are pot metal POS guns that suck to shoot and (supposidely) frequently break. That the case with DPMS guns?

    And as I asked, what is so different about the kits?

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    S.Winger Trophy Husband

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    emt1581,

    I am sorry if you think I am pissing on your choice of LPK. I would not of responded to this thread had you not added. "AFAIK, it doesn't really matter." I felt like you opened the door to other suggestions.
     
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    S.Winger Trophy Husband

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    Ever been to a carbine class with someone running a bone stock DPMS?

    I have never heard of DPMS using pot metal.
     
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    No need to appologize. I don't really have any loyalty to DPMS or anything. I just want to make sure there's sound reason to spending the extra money. So if the parts are of better quality, great...how so? If not, I don't see the point in spending the extra money no matter how minimal it may be.

    So again....how are the other non-DPMS parts kits better? Be it made better, more durable, etc.?

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    I picked up my DPMS kit from Rainier Arms for $57. I didn't have it shipped though since I am local I just picked it up, that was also with a LE/Mil discount though.

    Edit: They are going for $60 before discount and shipping. Also great guys to work with.
     
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    better kits are usually fit/finished better, just better quality all around.....the parts fit right where as a lower quality kit may require some fitting if something is out of spec...do a google of dpms parts kits and see what folks are saying...
     
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    Yes, DPMS LPKs are usually the cheapest around. I've built several lowers using the DPMS kits and have had excellent results. I'll be snagging another DPMS kit to throw in a DSA lower I'm ordering today. I think $55 is about as good as you are going to find, give or take a few bucks.
     
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    Here is a link to check out.

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=32398

    I like m4carbine.net for AR15 information. I know you will find tons of guys over there that will use DPMS LPKs, but if you read around and see what the serious shooters are using, you will read names like cmt, Stag, lmt(I don't think they sell LPKs anymore), Colt, Daniel Defense and G and R Tactical. I am sure that I am forgetting somebody.

    I can not tell you exactly what is wrong with a DPMS LPK at any given time, however If you read around I am sure that you will find more DPMS horror stories than all of the companies I listed combined. I will be the first to admit when somebody has a problem installing a LPK 90+% of the time it is user error, with the exception of missing parts.

    If it comes down to price I would just build 4-5 of them using quality parts and save up to finish the others later. Ultimately it is your money and rifles so do what you want to do with them.

    Good Luck,

    swinger
     
  20. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    QC/QA is a concern, but for me the big diff is the trigger.