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    I have not noticed a thread about this outfit yet.

    about a month ago i ordered a 16" completed upper from them.

    shipping was meh (2weeks)
    came packaged in bubble wrap in a nice box.

    initial inspection was awesome, loved it. until i tried to swap the muzzle break or my J comp i ordered.

    I locked the upper in a block in a bolted down vice (like i did with my other 3 ARs). I tried to loosen the muzzle device, would budge... Pulled put my torque wrench and attach to the Armorer wrench. nothing. Thought maybe it was a diff thread pattern. Nope. However, the Barrel did unscrew from the barrel extension, causing the barrel to rotate and ruining the gas tube as it bent around the barrel. So I thought okay its not supposed to do that (should have more than 100+ ft lbs of torque no?) so I turned the other way, and the barrel extension alignment pin for the upper sheared off. At this point I pull the barrel from the upper and clamp it down. Nope still didn't work.

    I tried heat, even until it was glowing red/orange. That didn't work. So I tried oil and Liquid Wrench. Still didn't work, I called them and they stated that these are put on my hand with a standard wrench and elbow grease. I have to call BS as I was applying over 100 Lbs of torque and it didnt budge.

    in order to save the barrel nut and handguard mount, I sawed the barrel in half. Super cheap soft steel, took no effort to get through at all. My guess is the threads we soft too and when initially tightened they locked up. Anyways atleast I was able to save everything but the barrel, gas block and tube.

    I will not be buying from them again, I also read that they send out non mil spec parts alot (gee hope I didn't get any..) Rant over.

    Buy from these guys at your own risk.

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    ...and THIS is why I avoid gunsmith and armoring

    jobs. Perhaps you should, too.

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    I love gunsmithing. Ive done everything from strip and Re-HotBlue a gun to 80% lowers. I fix all my guns myself and have never come across this problem. Unfortunately I can't control the material people make or how they make items.

    just got under my skin a bit, i dont like when i can solve a problem. Im bringing it to my buddies machine shop to see if we can get it off there.

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    AR's are Lego kits....nothing about them makes you a gunsmith.... unless your turning and chambering your own barrels.
    "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

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    i never said it did. And turning and chambering ones barrels also doesnt make you gun smith. i know guys that can make ar barrel but actually tell them to field strip and put the gun back together they cant.

    gunsmithing is an art to me. I like to strip and refinish, checker, engrave, fix or modify.
    Last edited by dune870demon; 03-13-2017 at 09:08 PM.

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