DJH1 wrote:Look at it this way, all AR manufacturer's use the exact same parts.....exact same! So much so that they're interchangable. That being said, buy a name brand for the simple fact that it will be much easier to sell if you change your mind or just want something different. Believe me, I've had 2, a colt and a rock river. Down to 0 ar's right now, but a see another rock river in my distant future.
While it is true that all parts are "SUPPOSED TO BE" the same they are not. Not even close. There are dozens of companies making any given part for the AR15 and many of the are not located in the US. Many are making substandard parts that simply do not hold up to a rigid quality control inspection process.
There is great variation in type of metal used, heat treating procedures and effeciveness, allowable tolerances and so forth.
One of the few exceptions to the above is the receivers themselves. By US law it is all but impossible to import Lower receivers (The regulated part). There are really only a few places in the country that specialize in making the receivers and they supply about 90% of the entire AR industry with the receives the various companies use. However, just because a given company makes receivers for more than one brand name that you would recognize that does not mean that they are all made the same.
Some brand names specify different (less expensive) finishes, allow looser tolerances and so forth. There are numerous ways to cut costs (and overall quality) without the end consumer really being able to be aware of how/if it was done. There are some things that will be immediately obvious to the trained eye, some that are nearly impossible to see.
I do not mean to tun this post into a commercial but... At Anvil Arms our goal is to make the very best quality weapons we can. Just like Papa Johns Pizza that means using better ingredients. Better ingredients means better pizza, and better guns. We are driven by that goal and we are also driven to provide these very high quality weapons at a very reasonable price.
Just ask anybody that owns one of our weapons for a quality, reliability check. Stroll over to AR15.com and do a search on "Anvil" and/or take a look at out Industry Partner Section there.
Remember, just because a part looks pretty much the same and seems to fit into the correct place, does NOT mean it is the same construction or quality.
Hope this helps some!
By the way, somebody here mentioned that we do laser engraving. We are in fact the only AR manufacture that has our own in house laser and can in fact do custiom images. There are 100 or so posted here: http://ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=2&f=244&t=155811
If you want to send in your own custom image we will engrave it forno charge on our of our guns.
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