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Blackthorne

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by ghanderson10, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. ghanderson10

    ghanderson10 Woodburn, OR Member

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    For those who know 'em, how are they, quality-wise?

    Please don't tell me what you heard someone else say about a gun their friend might have had...I'd like to hear about first-hand experience.
     
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    Luke B portland New Member

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    run far, far away. some of the worst quality around.

    also known as vulcan. and yes, i had one. sold it within 3 days
     
  3. ghanderson10

    ghanderson10 Woodburn, OR Member

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    How do you know it's low quality though? I've heard the comparison to Vulcan before, and I've seen the quality that Vulcan makes... but does anyone have first-hand experience with Blackthorne?

    In my limited experience, most people who hate 'em heard about them by word of mouth, but most people that actually have them say their good for the money...provided you're not trying to enter a match, lol.

    All I'm looking for a is a plinker to abuse while my high-quality guns appreciate over the next ten to two hundred years. ^^
     
  4. Luke B

    Luke B portland New Member

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    it IS the same company as vulcan. they just changed the name.

    same tooling, same plant, same people, different name.

    also known as hesse back in the days.

    all three are the same company
     
  5. coctailer

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

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    What didn't you like about the quality?
     
  6. Luke B

    Luke B portland New Member

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    it looked as though a small child has assembled it. the front sight was loose and would jiggle around. the gas key WASNT staked at all.

    worse then a century build AK
     
  7. ghanderson10

    ghanderson10 Woodburn, OR Member

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    I guess we'll see what happens then. I have one of their uppers. Nothing rattles or shakes at all, everything seems solid. I've read good reviews about 'em elsewhere, and usually the naysayers are only parroting what another naysayer parroted to them. Being in the military doesn't really help, I guess. I've seen a lot of crappy M16's, and after a while all of 'em become the same. (The rifle I had in basic training was worn silver, no joke)

    I've heard people say the same things about DTI too, but from all the reviews I've read about 'em, they put together solid guns.

    By the way, I've got a Century built Yugo too. Shoots like a dream. :D

    (thanks arjunki)



    Perhaps your Blackthorne was a rarity, Luke, but again, perhaps it's a rarity that I have one that seems solid :confused:

    Thanks for the input, though. Wish me luck :)
     
  8. coctailer

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

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    If it helps, I bought a rifle kit from them a couple years ago and assembled it on a Doublestar Lower.

    It finctioned great and vas very accurate.

    It was the 24" bull barrel Varminter.
     
  9. ghanderson10

    ghanderson10 Woodburn, OR Member

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    Thanks coctailer, I'll let you know how it goes when my lower finally gets in :p
     
  10. kirkcdl

    kirkcdl Roseburg,ORYGUN Member

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    I have a Century-built FAL with a Hesse reciever,which is,according to numerous posts on various boards,probably the worst combination possible in an Assault/Battle rifle.It works perfectly,and I have had ZERO problems with it.Even lemon factories turn out some good lemonade once in a while,I guess...

    Too bad I'm underimpressed with the FAL platform in general,I'd probably take it out and shoot it more...Oh well,a safe queen in 308 is not necessarily a bad thing...Maybe someday I can trade it for something more to my tastes...