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Anyone Done Business with Hardened Arms?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by etrain16, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I just heard of them today due to a banner ad on this site. It looked interesting so I clicked the link. They have uppers (no BGC/CH) currently on sale for as low as $199.00 (3 models including a pistol upper). For anyone on a budget, that's a pretty nice price.

    But, I'm always leery of prices that seem a bit too good to be true, so in those cases, getting some actual feedback from folks that may have used them. They're out of Friday Harbor, WA, so it's a bonus that they're a PNW company.

    So, any feedback? Do they use cheap parts? Are they reliable? Any industry buzz on them?

    https://www.hardenedarms.com/ecCat_70
     
  2. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have bought 3 of their uppers in 300 black out, two of them at 8.25 and one at 10in, all of them came the day after i got shipping notification, infact the tracking barely updated when it hit my door, sometimes they take a week to get out the door when its a holiday, I really have had no complaints, seems like they are well made uppers. In my 8.25 300blk out it shot regular supersonics just fine and with a suppressor it would shoot subs without adjusting anything so it was perfect.

    I have not ever had to contact the Customer service but as far as buying and having it shipped to your house and going bang every time.. A+
     
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  3. bbbass

    bbbass La Grande Well-Known Member

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    I really like their catalog of items. They seemed to have what I wanted (9mm melanite 10" upper) so I called several times and got no answer, then sent an email to them regarding paying with a Money Order and never heard back. I guess that their small shop is not set up to do business other than internet orders. There were some reviews about them on Slickguns re: poor customer service but their owner was right there to rebut, so I don't know what is fair.
     
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  4. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've dealt with a couple small gun related businesses over the years that really only operate with a web presence. May be a small shop without dedicated folks to answer the phone during business hours, but often are still good folks to deal with.

    But, it's always good to have feedback, positive or negative.
     
  5. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    not bad but would rather build an ar piece by piece. i had one of their uppers be out of spec once and wouldnt fit my lower.contacted them and they made it right.quickly.
     
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  6. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Also good info. I expect from time to time folks will turn out a sub-par product, but it says a lot about that company if they make it right.
     
  7. bbbass

    bbbass La Grande Well-Known Member

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    I think you are correct in this. At the time it spooked me tho. But later I did purchase a target upper from a Texas shop that advertised on Gunbroker. The diff was that tho they did not want phone calls unless something went wrong with the order, their email response was very good and Gunbroker would be there to rack them up if there was anythink hinky.

    IDK... I might still want that melanite 10" or 11" upper from Hardened Arms someday.;)
     
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  8. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    i see them all the time at the rickreall and ARPC albany shows.
     
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  9. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    Only way to find out is to give them a shot and tell us how it works out.
     
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  10. FA9

    FA9 Hillsburrito, ORgun Well-Known Member

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    They're gtg I've ordered from them.
     
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  11. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm more of a research before I buy first, and certainly not a first adopter. I'd much rather hear from others before I pull the trigger so to speak. That said, up to this point, it sounds generally positive, so maybe down the road I'll give them a go.
     
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    osprey NW WA Active Member

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    I emailed them about visiting their shop as they are basically in my backyard. I got a response back with an invite to come check them out. I have not done it yet but I will report back if I do. I have heard decent reports about them and very little negetive but I will reserve judgement until I have direct experience with one of their products.
     
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  13. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    same here, what’s funny is I was just going to start a thread asking the same question as you.

    I was wanting to build my own upper, but its hard to argue against what appears to be $129 off of an near identical upper build I was thinking of.

    I’m going to think about it for an hour or two, or maybe a minute... but I might buy this one tonight: https://www.hardenedarms.com/ecProduct_493_70

    so far the mostly positive reviews in this thread have been helpful but I’m all ears if anyone wants to persuade me in a different direction.
     
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  14. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    So I've tried to look at their site. But I keep getting an error that the page cannot be loaded. OSX El Capitan with both Chrome and Safari....anyone else unable to find them?
     
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    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    page loads just fine here on chrome and windows 10 on comcast. might be your dns??
     
  16. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I thought DNS resets every couple of days. I've never been able to access it but just tried from my phone and its all good. Strange.
     
  17. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It might i use either google dns servers or open dns, never have a problem with a page not loading.
     
  18. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    website works fine for me.
    Cant decide between the 16" or the 18"
    I'd like a carbine but I understand the twist rate on the 18" offers more options in bullet grains accurately. Which is a better twist rate 1:7 or 1:9?
     
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  19. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    1:7. Good for heavier grain weight/longer distance shots. 1:9 is good for the really light grain rounds (if you like 40-50 grain but will go as far as 62 grain reliably). 1:7 works for 55 and above. Do these uppers have chrome lined barrels?
     
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  20. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    the 16" says "5.56 4150CMV Mil-B Spec Steel Barrel"
    the 18" says "4150CMV Mil-Spec-B Steel Melonited High End Barrel, air gauged and borescoped"
    both are "socom" profile barrels....

    Im not experienced enough to know the difference, thanks for the replies.
     
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