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Old 01-30-2013, 11:22   #1
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Delaware Machinery stripped lower

After reading up on them a bit I decided to order a couple. I know some were out of spec and some were good. Well out of the 2 I got one is perfect and the 2nd was out of spec a touch. Luckily it was only at the front takedown pin where the upper slides in. The gap was too tight and needed to be opened up a bit (see pic). A small file and some elbow grease and fits like a dream. Of course the finish needs to be redone but that's ok. I planned on duracoating one in FDE anyways so no harm done. I guess if you're planning on a build that's going to require refinishing, then at $65 each you can't go wrong but if be hesitant to buy one if you don't plan on refinishing since it could be slightly out of spec and you may need to "fit" it. That said, would I buy one again? In a perfect world when options are available under $100? No. But since all this AWB talk had everything sold out I took a chance.

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:00   #2
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After some Duracoat in FDE

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:05   #3
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Looks great! I love FDE.
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Old 02-03-2013, 15:58   #5
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Sweet. May need to pick up some myself
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Old 02-05-2013, 22:27   #6
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Being new to the AR world, I think I know the answer to my question but would love to hear some answers, why a stripped vs full lower? Are there different trigger mechanisms for different builds?

Where would one start to learn the building process?
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Old 02-05-2013, 22:35   #7
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I agree in todays world that is a good deal. Nothing wrong there. Nice Duracoat as well
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Being new to the AR world, I think I know the answer to my question but would love to hear some answers, why a stripped vs full lower? Are there different trigger mechanisms for different builds?

Where would one start to learn the building process?
I bought built AR lowers first and then stripped lowers to build myself. I did so that if I ever had to replace parts, rebuild etc I would know how. Other than that I see no reason to buy a stripped vs a full lower. I guess you could buy over time and build slowly and save money that way but I do not have that kind of patience.
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Old 02-05-2013, 23:23   #9
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Being new to the AR world, I think I know the answer to my question but would love to hear some answers, why a stripped vs full lower? Are there different trigger mechanisms for different builds?

Where would one start to learn the building process?
Here's why I build them from parts vs buying a complete rifle: I like to configure my rifle a certain way. I have yet to find a quality one built the way I want it. Sure you can buy one then swap out parts with the ones you like (stock, grip, rails, trigger etc). I get the parts I want, choose a quality barrel and BCG, put it together and have a rifle I want without all the extra parts to stash away or sell. And I enjoy assembling it. Is it cheaper? Not really. Does it come with a warranty? No but you built it, therefore you understand how it goes together and functions so a fix is no big deal.


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Nice. FDE is the best color for ARs.
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Are there lowers to seek and those to avoid? I have great eye hand coordination and can read any schematic. What do I look for and what to avoid. I would love nothing better than to build an AR 15.

Op, I apologize for the hijack, your work is fantastic and only want to learn.
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My Google fu sucks. I can't find any for that price :(
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Are there lowers to seek and those to avoid? I have great eye hand coordination and can read any schematic. What do I look for and what to avoid. I would love nothing better than to build an AR 15.

Op, I apologize for the hijack, your work is fantastic and only want to learn.
I would avoid Delaware Machinery unless you plan on refinishing as some fitment may be required. For your first build look for a good mil spec lower such as PSA, Spikes, Stag, DPMS etc. All should serve you well. Good luck finding one right now due to the AWB talk by our "leaders".


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My Google fu sucks. I can't find any for that price :(
Yea prices jumped sky high after Sandy Hook. I ordered them the day of before everyone went on a crazy buying spree. I was offered $300 a piece for them when I picked them up at my LGS.


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I would avoid Delaware Machinery unless you plan on refinishing as some fitment may be required. For your first build look for a good mil spec lower such as PSA, Spikes, Stag, DPMS etc. All should serve you well. Good luck finding one right now due to the AWB talk by our "leaders".


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What is your take on New Frontier Armory as there are many at Gunbroker.com? There are both full and stripped lowers.

Yunno, I'm not really in a rush, but with all of the uncertainty of pending AWB, I feel compelled to speed things up sooner than planned, otherwise, I'd just place an order and wait. Seems that there might be an 8- 12 month back order time frame.

As for price, capitalism is in full bloom, Supply/Demand. The prices are as they should be. Unfortunately for many of us, we arrived late at the dance. Please be patient with those of us who are seeing the light later as we seem to be getting the crumbs.

With any panic scenario, there is power in numbers and those of you who are flush with ammo and firearms, might consider helping those of us that might one day have your back but can't due to shortages. Just a thought and thanks.

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What is your take on New Frontier Armory as there are many at Gunbroker.com? There are both full and stripped lowers.
They are plastic garbage IMHO. Friends don't let friends buy plastic lowers.
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They are plastic garbage IMHO. Friends don't let friends buy plastic lowers.
I wouldn't go as far as calling them garbage but they are not forged like the mil-spec ones. I wouldn't buy one.
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For those that are wondering about what the receivers are going to be here's a pic and parts list:

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Wilson Combat 18" 300 Blackout barrel
Troy 7.62 Medieval Muzzle Brake
Troy 15" Alpha Rail FDE
Troy Lo-pro Gas Block
Magpul STR Mil-spec stock
PSA MOE LPK w/o fire control group

I'm still waiting on my FCG on backorder and need to find a BCG then decide on optics. It will be a Configured similar to a SPR.
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