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Is there anything wrong with Oly Arms Lowers?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Rich7944, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Rich7944

    Rich7944 Kent, Wa. Active Member

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    Looking at picking up a used AR with Oly Arms lower, it is about 4-5 years old. My question is are they bubblegumt because I always see them in the classifieds for longer than any other AR or is it because they are more expensive.
    I am not an AR guy just looking to lean a little, thanks for the info.
  2. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    OlyArms has a bad rep for not being the most reliable out there...that being said, a bare lower should be fine.
  3. Z-PDX

    Z-PDX Clack Member

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    I have several years of direct experience with Olympic and can tell you their lowers are fine as are the rest of their parts.

    I have been to the factory and know many of the dudes. They genuinely do want to put out a quality product and are very capable of doing so.

    They do get a negative rap from some legacy products that may or may not be deserved. My take is that it is not deserved.

    They are an actual manufacturer who turns steel into gun parts and actually rifles barrels on site. Their SUM and target barrels are generally considered excellent shooters.

    They may beat up for not having chrome barrels or whatever is on the chart. But they are genuinely good folks who want to make a quality rifle. And they are right here in the PNW hiring local folks.
  4. DirectDrive

    DirectDrive Vancouver, WA Member

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    It was before my time when Oly had their issues.
    The brand has been dragged through the mud and that continues today.
    Blackthorne, Hesse and Vulcan are the only other brands that have sunk lower.

    Chances are good that this lower is fine, but it has that Oly rollmark on it.
    If you don't expect to sell it in the near future, then that won't matter.
  5. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Back in the early to mid 90's Oly made 'cast" aluminum uppers and lowers for a "budget" line of AR's. These were pretty much junk. This started to "Oly is crap" stories. these stories continue today, constantly repeated on the internet by talking parrots.
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  6. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Maybe it's time Oly arms changes their name. Kinda like what GoldStar did back in the 90's. They were well known for cheap electronics. they are now called LG and a very well respected brand. Nothing really changed but the name.
  7. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    When they had there issues the company was called SGW. Shuetson Gun Works.(not sure on the spelling). I too have been to their factory. It is not very fancy or very big. They are in the Nisqually valley east of I-5. I have owned a Oly AR-15 and was not impressed.