While looking glassy eyed at a wall full of bottom dollar ARs at a very small gun shop yesterday afternoon, I saw an old codger with a carry handle and a tear drop shaped forward assist amongst them. I almost didn't bother to look, but when I did, I saw what I thought might be a rather older AR, one made by Essential Arms. A CAR-15 clone, it had their coated aluminum two position butt stock, 11.5" barrel with a brazed on 5.5" flash hider, with a proper bayonet lug, A1 sights, and a slightly odd lower, with raised lettering EA Co. KR Springs, LA, a Model J15. Fellas, I went back this morning and I think I just bought a pre-ban lower, and the rest of a retro build in mint condition, for the princely sum of $450. The coated aluminum two position stock and pre-ban lower are worth a nice amount to retro builders and those behind the lines in draconian ban states, but this little cutie is so old school that I might keep it all together and just shoot it. Or, I might sell the lower and pick up a decent quality non-rare lower and (hopefully) end up with a next to free AR. Won't that be the cat's @$$ with a Beeman 3x on an original carry handle mount? It's my understanding that the EA cast lowers (with the raised letter markings) were made by Ruger's Pine Tree Casting facility and all cast EAs were pre-ban, with those coming after made on more conventional forged (and roll marked) lowers. I hope I'm right, but either way I think I did okay. Who here knows anything about older, pre-ban ARs?