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AR-15 Lower Parts Kit on a Budget

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Will_Power, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    I'm hitting a wall with my budget on my first AR build and need to save a couple bucks (that, and the G&R LPKs are out of stock till the end of the month).

    I have three options that seem to be in stock right now:


    From what I've read, it seems DPMS has a pretty abysmal reputation, at least in the 5.56 realm, and CMMG is hit and miss. Can't find too much about JP Enterprises, however.

    Any of these clearly the better choice?
     
  2. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    Eh? This is right in my breadbasket as I'm in a group buy on some good lowers on the NES forum, DPMS has always been well regarded for quality.

    Who is poo-poo'ing them now? nutnfancy doesn't count, btw.

    ETA - I'm leaning towards DPMS from Midway, myself.
     
  3. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have heard of a bad reputation of DPMS parts in the past. But I have put together several lowers using DPMS parts with no issues. Rock River has a good reputation among
    the people I know. I have 2 Rock River lowers and they seem to fit tighter on all my uppers than any of the other lowers I own. In my experience Rock River is top quality.
    Check out the prices on PK firearms. PK Firearms | Online Store Olympic Arms is the only one I have bad experience with.
     
  4. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    Huh. Ok, I'll do a little more legwork on DPMS, but I have friends with DPMS, YHM, and Rock River, and nothing but crazy amounts of love for all three.
     
  5. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    I've used DPMS lpk on lowers that I've assembled and I haven't had any problems with them. They are cheap, and the triggers suck, but they work without problems. You can get a decent trigger pull out of them if you know how to use a dremel.
     
  6. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Most of the issues with DPMS are the trigger, as with most cheap kits. Check PSA as well. If you want something better look for a DD parts kit in stock.
     
  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Funny thing is there are only a few places that make all these kits and package them for each company............
     
  8. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    Then why the variance in opinions on the user end, Nwcid?
     
  9. lamrith

    lamrith tacoma Active Member

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    PSA has Lower builders kits for a decent price, $109.99 for complete lLPK plus Mill spec buffer assy and adjustable stock.. A Month ago they were $75, I had mine to my door for $86 after shipping..
     
  10. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    So they're trying to profiteer over the election insanity?
     
  11. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    That I can not answer. The simple answer is that like most products many parts are outsourced. There are a few different makers. Each company may spec things differently or QC them differently. Of course then there is always a "mine says XXX" so it has to be better because I paid more syndrome.

    Again I am talking about "stock" parts not custom stuff.

    Look at your car. Is every part in it actually made by Chevy? Many parts are made by outside companies that build parts to spec for them Ford, Dodge, ect.
    Again I am talking about "stock" parts not custom stuff.
     
  12. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    Hm, fair enough. :)

    I need to make a big midway order.
     
  13. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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  14. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Ended up going with the JP Enterprises one. I've got a Gieselle SSA trigger on the way, so just needed the other assorted parts.

    Heard decent stuff about PSA, but apparently their shipping times take forever. Called up Joe Bob Outfitters and was told that my order could make it in by Friday. Heard good things about JP when I asked this question in other forums, and that was that.

    Should have all my parts in by this weekend, and I'm stoked. Now I just need to find somebody witht he AR tools I could borrow for a few hours.
     
  15. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Tools, hours, humm not sure why you can not do it in 1hr, std tools, hammer, punch,
     
  16. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    It's not the lower in question in this thread, but my upper, barrel, and handguards are getting in this weekend. I don't have the armorer's wrench or a magwell vice block.
     
  17. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    As said what the company ordering the parts specs has a major part in final price, and what you get. Do research to find out who makes their own stuff, and who sources and from where.
    Why the differences: DPMS orders say 5K LPK's at a time, without knowing their specs/requirements assume that a percentage will fall on the low side of the scale, some on the high side, and a majority around the middle.
    If you buy an LPK without a trigger there's really not much there that can cause you issues.

     
  18. raindog

    raindog Portland, OR Active Member

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