Thinking of an AR Build

deemus

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Find an Anderson lower. On sale I have seen them for $30 or so.
You would be better served by buying a Palmetto Arms lower.

Edit, Zack ninja'd me.
 

satx78247

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zackmars,

Like me, Jack is an OF (AKA, over 65YO) of the RVN War era & wants a rifle that looks like the ones that were GI-issue of that era.
(The parts kit that he's bought was from a circa 1970 & likely unissued M16 that was sold by Colt Firearms to an Asian nation & seldom , if ever, used.)

THANKS AGAIN, satx
 

zackmars

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zackmars,

Like me, Jack is an OF (AKA, over 65YO) of the RVN War era & wants a rifle that looks like the ones that were GI-issue of that era.
(The parts kit that he's bought was from a circa 1970 & likely unissued M16 that was sold by Colt Firearms to an Asian nation & seldom , if ever, used.)

THANKS AGAIN, satx
Then an A1 style lower would be most appropriate, https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/receiver-parts/receivers/lower-receivers/ar-15-m16-a1-lower-receiver-prod107496.aspx

Looks like they've raised prices, may want to wait for a coupon code
 

Txhillbilly

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Anderson only has a2 profile lowers, and have weird dimensional cuts, and occasionally are not fully finished
I've built quite a few AR's using Anderson stripped lower's. They all have been made to the same specs as any other brand of forged stripped lower.
Yes,Anderson's are cheaper priced than most,that's because Anderson forges their own parts in house,while most other companies by from an outside supplier.

You'd be surprised to find that Anderson supplies a lot of their lower & upper receivers to other brands of AR's,but they are stamped with that brands name on them instead of saying Anderson.
 

deemus

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I've built quite a few AR's using Anderson stripped lower's. They all have been made to the same specs as any other brand of forged stripped lower.
Yes,Anderson's are cheaper priced than most,that's because Anderson forges their own parts in house,while most other companies by from an outside supplier.

You'd be surprised to find that Anderson supplies a lot of their lower & upper receivers to other brands of AR's,but they are stamped with that brands name on them instead of saying Anderson.

I've built a few ARs. The only one I have had a problem with was an Anderson. I won't be buying anything else from them.
 

zackmars

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I've built quite a few AR's using Anderson stripped lower's. They all have been made to the same specs as any other brand of forged stripped lower.
Yes,Anderson's are cheaper priced than most,that's because Anderson forges their own parts in house,while most other companies by from an outside supplier.

You'd be surprised to find that Anderson supplies a lot of their lower & upper receivers to other brands of AR's,but they are stamped with that brands name on them instead of saying Anderson.
I have had a few andersons as well, and handled a ton more.

Holes for BHO not drilled through

Holes for the FCG pins off axis

Holes for the takedown and pivot pin detents and spring either too short, or not there at all

Sides of lowers being dramatically ticker than the other

Front face of lowers sharp and improperly finished


I could go on, but the idea that they are made to the same specs as any other lower is laughable. Anderson is not some best kept secret in the world of AR's, and the vast majority of the time you get what you pay for
 

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Txhillbilly

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I have had a few andersons as well, and handled a ton more.

Holes for BHO not drilled through

Holes for the FCG pins off axis

Holes for the takedown and pivot pin detents and spring either too short, or not there at all

Sides of lowers being dramatically ticker than the other

Front face of lowers sharp and improperly finished


I could go on, but the idea that they are made to the same specs as any other lower is laughable. Anderson is not some best kept secret in the world of AR's, and the vast majority of the time you get what you pay for
Where are you buying all this faulty stuff from? Julio's Roadside Gun Emporium
You're either buying blemished or factory 2nd's from someone.

I've got 3 Anderson lower build's setting in my safes,along with Aero Precision,DPMS,and Rock River. The fit & finish is just as good as any of them,and I've built several more that I gave as gifts to friend's & family. Not a single issue with any of them.
 

Big Green

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Anderson seems to have had some problems early on. Even arfcom admits these days they are mostly good to go. “If” you have a problem with them contact Anderson and they will make it right.

Honestly, the best value for a stripped lower is Palmetto State Armory. It’ll be in spec and most importantly, the owner’s mission is to get as many ARs into the population as to ensure SOTUS’ definition of common usage. It’s hard to find a more pro 2A company than PSA.
 
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