Where to buy Lower Receiver?

Discussion in 'AR Talk' started by Thndr, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Thndr

    Thndr XDTalk Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    San Marcos-Magnolia,TX
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Id like to pick up a lower receiver, but nothings available, anyone know of any good deals? I regret so much not buying one in January when I was originally looking. I just want something reliable and nicely machined, not gonna be fired a lot, mainly for the experience and to have a rifle.

    I see Essential arms is shipping them now and dirt cheap, but I have read mixed reviews. Any one have any ideas? I am in Texas if that matters, Thanks
    John

     
  2. rak187

    rak187 XDTalk Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2008
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Grand Rapids Mi
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    places that lowers are in stock.
    POF USA
    LaRue
    Spikes Tactical
    these are higher end lowers though

    DPMS and RockRiver are about 8 months behind. Go to Ar15.com you'll find tons of lowers for sale.
     
  3. Thndr

    Thndr XDTalk Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    San Marcos-Magnolia,TX
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Will look at those thanks. I really wanted a DPMS too. So basically thats gonna mean most dealers wont have any and would need to order from DPMS or RRA respectively so its basically finding whomever has the lowest markup? Ive seen a lot of come and go dealers around here so its also gotta be a dealer that'll be around in 8 months
     
  4. rsb5772

    rsb5772 XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I got 3 from Essential Arms and they showed up 3 days later, here in Houston. I've put one together so far and everything about it is perfect. No different than my DPMS or CMMG lowers.
     
  5. Uraiit

    Uraiit XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    If essential arms is shipping, but it. Unless you're getting a custom-machined billet lower, they're all the same.

    It's very rare to find a forged lower that's not in spec these days. Just get what you like/can find, and build on it.
     
  6. xdmikey

    xdmikey XDTalk 500 Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2007
    Messages:
    533
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Cypress Texas
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    rsb5772, on your build, did you have/need any special tools? also, are you saying that almost all lowers are th same?
     
  7. Kent

    Kent XDTalk 4K Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2005
    Messages:
    4,096
    Likes Received:
    21
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    SW Missouri
    Ratings:
    +21 / 0
    I have two Essential Arms receivers. Both of them are great in the fit and finish.

    Kent
     
  8. Ske1etor

    Ske1etor XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2006
    Messages:
    1,369
    Likes Received:
    34
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Chacahoula, Louisiana
    Ratings:
    +64 / 0
    The negative that you heard about Essential was likely unjustified. I haven't heard a single problem with EA's lowers (And I know a BUNCH of people that use them).

    In fact, here are some pics of my new lower from EA... Check it out... Custom Engraving done by Mike at Custom Engraved AR15 Grip Plates - Personalized AR15 Assault Rifle

    I did the color fill myself with some testors model paint. Took all of about thirty minutes.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2008
  9. rsb5772

    rsb5772 XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    All I used were a pair of Channel Locks, Allen wrench, razor blade, small hammer and punch. Depending on the buttstock you choose, you will also need a flat head screwdriver or a buttstock/AR tool. It's much easier than you would think.

    Yes, they're all the same. Pick a rollmark that you like.
     
  10. Thndr

    Thndr XDTalk Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    San Marcos-Magnolia,TX
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    That looks good, did you get the Anodized or the Tough Coat or whatever they have?
     
  11. iwannadie

    iwannadie XDTalk 500 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2008
    Messages:
    610
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Az
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    I wish essential arms did online ordering not all phone stuff.
     
  12. StewieGriffin

    StewieGriffin XDTalk 1K Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Messages:
    1,082
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Quahog
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Your SN bothers me... I hope there's an inside joke to your SN and you're not suicidal.


    Sorry if off topic...
     
  13. rsb5772

    rsb5772 XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Don't have a phone?
     
  14. Barbarossa

    Barbarossa XDTalk 500 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2008
    Messages:
    679
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    55 Electoral Votes.
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    3/32, 1/8, and 5/32 punches really helped me with my build. Using them as a drift on the trigger assembly.
     
  15. iwannadie

    iwannadie XDTalk 500 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2008
    Messages:
    610
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Az
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    No.

     

Share This Page