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I have A LMT s stage in my LMT MRP, I have a Larue MBT in my 516 so I have gotten to the point were a nice trigger means a lot to me. I will do a range report when I get it assembled.


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Posts: 2962 | Location: Northwest, In | Registered: December 03, 2004Report This Post
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I have two PSA lowers, and my only complaint is the triggers. I'll be changing them out soon, probably to the LaRue triggers.




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Posts: 2789 | Location: Morganton, NC | Registered: December 31, 2005Report This Post
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I bought a PTAC mid length upper when they were having a good sale on them and so far its been 100% reliable and on average will group around 2in at 100 yds. It'll be interesting to see how it holds up.


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Posts: 1833 | Location: TX | Registered: October 08, 2005Report This Post
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Don't shy away from the blems. I've never been able to find a damn flaw on any of them.




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Posts: 16252 | Location: Virginia | Registered: June 02, 2006Report This Post
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Lowers are good to go. I recently purchased a freedom level upper and haven't had a problem so far although I've only put about a hundred rounds through it. Fit to lower is the baby bear(or fun date) model, that is not too loose or too tight but just right. Pins remove easily and no rattle when locked up.

From my limited experience I'd say you'll be more than happy, especially considering the price point.



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Posts: 4400 | Location: Shenandoah Valley, VA | Registered: November 05, 2010Report This Post
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Don't shy away from the blems. I've never been able to find a damn flaw on any of them.


I've seen a report of dimensional issues with the blems, not actual physical blemishes in every case. The Gen3 PMags wouldn't fully seat with the over-insertion tab, but standard profile mags worked fine.

Not that one model of one brand of magazine is that big of an issue if the gun is flawless otherwise, it IS being sold as a blem. I've got a few and some had minor (and I mean *minor*) finish issues or dings, some may have the same dimension issue and I've never tried a Gen3 PMag. Otherwise no issues.

I like Aero Gen2 for a ground up build, now that PSA charges a bit more for their stripped lowers. But PSA has stupid deals on built lowers now that pretty much negates the savings of DIY lower assembly.
 
Posts: 5374 | Location: Romeo, MI | Registered: January 03, 2009Report This Post
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Both of the ones I bought the upper and lower fit perfectly with no slop and were perfect in there fit.
Last one with 1&7 twist stainless barrel and a Vortex 4-12x40mm AO scope


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Posts: 8997 | Location: Arkansas | Registered: July 21, 2008Report This Post
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Fyimo, I bought the same upper.
Swapped the black bird cage, fixed front sight & the MOE for the SL.
I really like mine.
It's sitting on a built LRB lower & went with an Aries Nickel Boron BCG.










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Posts: 5576 | Location: Central,Ohio | Registered: December 28, 2008Report This Post
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Both of the ones I bought the upper and lower fit perfectly with no slop and were perfect in there fit.
Last one with 1&7 twist stainless barrel and a Vortex 4-12x40mm AO scope


I wasn't so lucky, bought three PSA lowers and PSA uppers separately and they do have a bit of slop to them, nothing a accu-wedge can't remedy. But for the money the double chrome upper (FN) barrel, 14.7" pinned to 16" are nice. Factory lowers with EPT are nice as well.

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Are the PSA barrels any good, in the stainless?
 
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Several years back I purchased a pair of blemished striped lowers from PSA. One of them didn't get built until last year. When we tried to mount a basic Anderson upper receiver we found the lower was out of spec and they would not fit together. The upper fit on several other lowers of various brands.

Mr. Dremel fixed it and now it is a very tight fit with no movement. Not a huge deal but it shouldn't happen.
 
Posts: 4744 | Location: Modesto, CA | Registered: January 27, 2005Report This Post
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Several years back I purchased a pair of blemished striped lowers from PSA. One of them didn't get built until last year. When we tried to mount a basic Anderson upper receiver we found the lower was out of spec and they would not fit together. The upper fit on several other lowers of various brands.

Mr. Dremel fixed it and now it is a very tight fit with no movement. Not a huge deal but it shouldn't happen.


You paid less for a lower than was in some way not up to quality standards. Did you find a physical blemish like a ding or finish issue? No? Then you likely had a dimensional tolerance issue, either from thick anodizing or machining issues or whatever. That IS what's supposed to happen when you buy blems.
 
Posts: 5374 | Location: Romeo, MI | Registered: January 03, 2009Report This Post
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It has arrived and I tried it with a Colt Upper and it is a bit off, I will try a few more and report back. The PSA upper should be here this week and I will report back how that fits. I expect the Dremel will be getting broke out....HAHA


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Posts: 2962 | Location: Northwest, In | Registered: December 03, 2004Report This Post
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Don't shy away from the blems. I've never been able to find a damn flaw on any of them.


Agree with this ^^^

Bought a blem upper and it looked like someone lightly scraped a brass key across an area that would not normally be noticeable when assembled.
The mark wiped off with some Hoppes #9.

The rumor at the time was when they were overstocked on uppers or lowers, they would lightly mark the item and sell it as a blem (read that on the Internet so take it for what it's worth)


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Posts: 2303 | Location: Wylie, Texas | Registered: November 12, 2005Report This Post
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I've mated 3 PSA complete uppers to 3 PSA complete lowers. The lowers were all "blems" that I couldn't find a mark on. The rifles are now all SBRs, a 10.5" in .223, an 8.5" in .300 Blackout, and a 7.5" 9mm on a Glock magazine lower.

All have worked from day one, whether suppressed or unsuppressed. I'm very pleased and will purchase from PSA again.


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Posts: 1902 | Location: Minnesota | Registered: February 23, 2002Report This Post
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I gave away three AR's built on PSA parts this year, for Christmas, then took everyone shooting. Not a scientific evaluation, but the rifles performed just fine, everyone was satisfied.

I'm doing a 9mm rifle right now with the Glock lower.

The blem components thus far have had no apparent defects.
 
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I've had only good experiences so far with PSA. Did two rifle builds last year, in the middle of 2 right now for myself and my dad made his black-rifle debut with PSA about 2 months ago. All good experiences. I've found that even shipping from georgia, they ship faster and cheaper than any other source I've used. So far my worst experiences this year have been midwayusa, which currently is entering week 3 of waiting on a ~$900 order, in which they charged me an extra fee (Alaska) for their shipping. PSA ships free to Alaska, and gets it here faster than most.

Zero complaints.

I'll probably wait another 2 or 3 years before I order anything from MidwayUSA again.


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Posts: 12616 | Location: On the Kenai River | Registered: June 24, 2007Report This Post
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I've had only good experiences so far with PSA. Did two rifle builds last year, in the middle of 2 right now for myself and my dad made his black-rifle debut with PSA about 2 months ago. All good experiences. I've found that even shipping from georgia, they ship faster and cheaper than any other source I've used. So far my worst experiences this year have been midwayusa, which currently is entering week 3 of waiting on a ~$900 order, in which they charged me an extra fee (Alaska) for their shipping. PSA ships free to Alaska, and gets it here faster than most.

Zero complaints.

I'll probably wait another 2 or 3 years before I order anything from MidwayUSA again.


Sorry to go off subject here, but I had my first experience King Salmon fishing on the Kenai last summer it was awesome! Went in June before the summer rush so it was nice and quiet on the river. Best father & son fishing experience so far!
 
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In preparation for a possible Hitlery win I decided to get a DI AR15. I've got a SIG 516 I really like but figured a DI rifle was a good idea too. I didn't want to break the bank so I went with:

  • PSA upper w/ stainless barrel
  • PSA complete blem lower: The only blem I see is that the anodizing is not black but more of a cobalt blue color. I actually like it and have gotten some compliments on it.
  • PSA complete bolt carrier group
  • Magpul SL stock: I got this to replace the standard stock to match the Magpul handguards. It also has a QD sling point built in that I wanted and I like that they don't fit as loose as other stocks. In fact, I like it so much that I got one in OD for my SIG 516 to replace its standard Magpul stock.
  • Magpul M-LOK QD sling point for the handguard
  • Daniel Defense A1.5 rear sight
  • Magpul: Enhanced aluminum trigger guard
  • Total price: About $700

I wasn't really expecting to have any great attachment to this rifle but after I got it all set up I found that I really like it a lot. I haven't shot it much, just enough to function test, but I've had no issues. I wanted it to be an "everything I need, nothing I don't" rifle and got what I wanted. I might put a moderately priced red dot sight on it and/or a muzzle device for my Saker suppressor, but I'll likely just leave it as-is. Based on my experience I would buy PSA AR gear again.

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Posts: 1320 | Location: Inside the Beltway (VA) | Registered: December 09, 2009Report This Post
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I bought a blem lower and a pencil-barrel upper and a separate Premium BCG and then topped off the Sundae with some of their cheap magazines and then after that for backup got a Premium carry handle for BUIS and...couldn't be happier. {I did instal a LaRue MBT trigger}. The thing is very accurate for a rifle of its type, dead reliable and a joy to carry when fighting my way thru 4 foot drifts.

I'd buy again no problem. I have no problems with this rifle and it has served me as well as my Smith M&P and my ArmaLites.

I use it for varmints mostly and carry it a lot during the year. The skinny-barrel is very nice.

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