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$100 lowers

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by m'kay13, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. m'kay13

    m'kay13 Boardman, OR Member

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    I was just at the pawn shop in Corvallis and they asked if I wanted to order an AR lower on their group buy. They have 53 orders signed up out of a maximum of 75.

    I don't know which brand, some company with a TLA (Three Letter Acronym) name.

    I have never purchased any firearms from there before and only stopped in because I was having breakfast at Sharon's (right next door).
     
  2. stitchclimber

    stitchclimber St. Louis Active Member

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    $100 isn't bad at a time like this.
     
  3. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    If you're trying to build an AR now, go for it. AR lowers have gone up in price from about $100 for a decent one to more like $150 or some horrendous amount like that.
     
  4. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'd check what brand it is first. Could it have been CAI?
     
  5. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    If it sucks you could always sell it at a large profit to someone afraid of a ban. ;)
     
  6. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    century makes lowers now?
     
  7. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I swear I thought I've seen em.
     
  8. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Yes
     
  9. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    wow! i didnt know. are they as bad as their AK's?
     
  10. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I believe so :(
     
  11. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Better than Essential Arms..........
     
  12. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    From what ive heard, century's AR lowers are made by someone else, and they stamp their name on them.
     
  13. markw76

    markw76 Portland/Moscow on the Willamette Member

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    I read a post somewhere that there are only 3 places forging them and everyone else just finishes them to their specs. The outfits that forge them leave small markings somewhere on them for I.D.
     
  14. m'kay13

    m'kay13 Boardman, OR Member

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    Mark, I heard (from behind the counter at the Philomath Gun Shop) that there was only ONE place making lowers and everyone else just finishes them to their specs.

    I have not seen any evidence to back up this claim.

    I am not really into ARs, so I haven't put much time or effort into "getting to the bottom of it."
     
  15. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    Honestly the lower doesn't matter that much. Higher quality manufacturers will have better finish on it, but as long as the holes are in the right places it should work fine. Problem is, crappier manufacturers sometimes have poor QC and you get the misaligned ones more often.
     
  16. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    century has specs?
     
  17. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    :laugh:
     
  18. markw76

    markw76 Portland/Moscow on the Willamette Member

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    I'm sure they do, although they obviously seem to revise them several times a week...