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Originally posted by dwd1985:
I’m not affiliated with this company in any way, just a guy with a 180s upper who thinks the charging handle is goofy. And if you’re like me, you might be interested in this: https://www.ar15.com/forums/eq...-BRN-180/22-1996678/

Anyone want to buy one and tell me if it’s worth it?


Thank you. Mine has some slop in the charging handle. I wonder if these have a tight, rattle-free fit?


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While the charging handle does look a little like a crippled dog's rear leg, it would be great if you shoot left handed! As a rightie, I could be interested in the aftermarket one shown in that link.
 
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As soon as an optic goes on the rifle, the 'dogleg' calculus changes again. I'm tempted to get a knob just because I think it'll make reloading acceptably similar to an AK. (Not that an AK charging handle is "great" somehow; I'm just willing to live with it.)
 
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As much as I'd like to have one of these, I'm waiting a while to see how reliably they perform and how Brownells will deal with replacement parts availability.

One major weak link I see is the spring clip that holds the hand guard in place. Looks like it's likely to loosen up over time and there are reports of breakage already. Why the short barrel upper has an adjustable gas block for suppressed and un-suppressed, but the rifle barrel uppers have non-adjustable gas blocks with replaceable gas regulators makes no sense to me either

Hopefully they prove out well and give us a viable piston action AR upper.
 
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WAG? The rifle uppers were first and Brownells' was in a hurry to get them out the door when they realized they'd struck a gold mine. FWIW, they've been having (purely aesthetic, to the best of my knowledge) issues with the last batch of lower receivers for the BRN-180 too.
 
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What issues? Mine's at my FFL since it arrived a week ago (first batch shipped).
 
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There's a few gripes on a thread over in the Industry section of Arfcom having to do with how well the lettering/etching was done and finish. Other people on that thread did mention that they had no issues with the lowers they received.
 
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