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    Since being out of the Corps, I'vedesperately wantto own an AR.

    I'm familar with Colt, Bushmaster, Armalite, Trijicon AR's, But these also come with a price of $1,000 or more easily.

    I know it's also b/c of their quality.


    OA's history:
    Olympic Arms builds and sells AR15 pattern rifles and pistols. It also owns Safari Arms, maker of Colt 1911 pattern pistols.

    Olympic Arms began as Schuetzen Gun Works (SGW) in 1956, manufacturing barrels in Colorado Springs, CO. In 1975 the company moved to Olympia, WA. In 1982, SGW changed its name to Olympic Arms. In 1987 the company purchased Safari Arms, adding the M1911 pistol to its AR15 products.

    Olympic Arms was the first company to mass produce some of the newer features of AR15 style rifles, such as flat-top receivers, free floating aluminum handguards, pistol caliber conversions, and AR15 based pistols. Olympic also manufactures some non-standard caliber AR15s such as .30 Carbine, 9mm and .45 ACP.


    I've found a website selling OA AR15's for $599 :what:

    These AR's are made by Olympic Arms, which doesn't seem to have the reputation of the one's listed above.

    My Question is,

    Can anyone proivde any suggestions or comments on or about Olypic Arms AR's ?

    Thanks


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    If it's for plinking get whatever you want. But Oly is near the bottom of the barrel.
    If it's for SHTF or potential serious use, buy quality. You'll regret it if you don't. I'm a firearms instructor at a large institute that trains thousands of people a year... the little things do add up to cause guns to fail. If it's for "serious" use, buy quality, you'll only cry once!

    see this for a reference on who makes quality (bet your life on it kinda gun) and who doesn't. Your cheapest bet for a quality gun would be the basic LMT... actually a bit cheaper than is shown on the chart.
    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=6642

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    IdahoCorsair wrote:
    If it's for plinking get whatever you want. But Oly is near the bottom of the barrel.
    If it's for SHTF or potential serious use, buy quality. You'll regret it if you don't. I'm a firearms instructor at a large institute that trains thousands of people a year... the little things do add up to cause guns to fail. If it's for "serious" use, buy quality, you'll only cry once!

    see this for a reference on who makes quality (bet your life on it kinda gun) and who doesn't. Your cheapest bet for a quality gun would be the basic LMT... actually a bit cheaper than is shown on the chart.
    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=6642
    SHTF ?

    Plinking ?

    Also I'll have to check that site at home, here at work I got the





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    Dustin wrote:
    SHTF ?

    Plinking ?
    SHTF = Poo hit the fan

    Plinking = shooting at paper, soda cans, etc

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    Gotcha.

    RRA seems to be Top Quality, for Good Prices.

    You can Build your own for $600 to $700 it looks like.

    I'm trying to stay below the 700$ mark for now, b/c I'm also getting an SpringField XDM. My Budget for both is around $1300.

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    There is nothing wrong with Oly AR15's

    In my book they are GTG and local to me, have never had any issues with them and own several of there rifles with 0 issues to include no issues with customer service. I have been down to there place of bussiness several times and they have been extreamly helpful.

    I own whole or parts to various other makers and the Oly stuff is on par with the rest.

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    An assault rifle---i.e. a select-fire carbine---for $599? Nice!

    Or did we accidentally start using anti-gunner jargon?

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    Instead of getting a mediocre AR for $600, how about getting a nice AK for that price.

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    MetalChris wrote:
    Instead of getting a mediocre AR for $600, how about getting a nice AK for that price.


    Full Auto ?

    Show me some links

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    MetalChris wrote:
    Instead of getting a mediocre AR for $600, how about getting a nice AK for that price.
    I would say the same thing, but given the fact that Dustin is fond of, familiar and trained with that platform, I'd say the AR would be the better bet. Plus, you can probably manage to take that 600 and piece together a decent build.

    By the way, if you don't do a build, and definitely in the case of the pistol, BUY USED. That can save you as much as 50 percent on the price of new guns. At the price of some slight finish wear, you can have great guns for a lot less money. That is why I buy used every time.
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    I am not an AR fan (already own a .22 don't need another thank you) but OlyArms have a good rep around here. (Don't know why may have something to do with being made here..:P) I know the Olympia Police Department have OlyArms rifles in their patrol cars.

    I imagine they are just as good as any other AR platform, and dont' get me going on what I think about 'em. My opinions are too jaded by enough old 'Nam vets and my own personal love for Soviet guns.

    But since they are made where I live I have to say take a closer look!

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    Michigander wrote:
    I would say the same thing, but given the fact that Dustin is fond of, familiar and trained with that platform, I'd say the AR would be the better bet. Plus, you can probably manage to take that 600 and piece together a decent build.

    By the way, if you don't do a build, and definitely in the case of the pistol, BUY USED. That can save you as much as 50 percent on the price of new guns. At the price of some slight finish wear, you can have great guns for a lot less money. That is why I buy used every time.



    This is my thoughts exactly. It's not like I couldn't learn an AK, but I've put around 40,000 rounds down an M4/M16 already. I can reload anddisassemble it blindfolded all day.

    My Muscle memory with every aspect of this weapon has been branded into my brain. Hell I slept with it for 4 years. In the Marines you also still have to name it



    I do like the option of building. I'm defintely interested in that. RRA is a very pleasing to the eyes type of website though

    I do however lack in the understanding of civilan jargin.

    What does it mean when they say "Stripped Lower reciever" (No Trigger housing?)

    Can I buy a Lower reciever from RRA, and then Upper from elsewhere ?


    What do you guys consider the most important part/section of your AR ?


    Thanks Guys,I love this place.




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    I was a PMI at Parris Island for 5 years. So when I EASedI wanted an AR.

    I bought an Olympic Arms Car 97. When the ban ended I put a A2 compensator on it. I have run this rifle through the ringer, put several thousand rds through it. Never had a stoppage, period. I have fire PMP, Wolf, Winchester, and every other brand of ammo you can think of. Never had an issue. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

    I would say, feel very safe buying an Oly Arms rifle.

    My .02 cents as an Oly Owner for 10 years.

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    gwagner wrote:
    I was a PMI at Parris Island for 5 years. So when I EASedI wanted an AR.

    I bought an Olympic Arms Car 97. When the ban ended I put a A2 compensator on it. I have run this rifle through the ringer, put several thousand rds through it. Never had a stoppage, period. I have fire PMP, Wolf, Winchester, and every other brand of ammo you can think of. Never had an issue. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

    I would say, feel very safe buying an Oly Arms rifle.

    My .02 cents as an Oly Owner for 10 years.

    That's what I'm talking about !

    Hey do you guys get to keep the Green Vest ?


    Anyway I think I might end up building one. The $599 Oly, is the Oly A1, I think it's the Plinker Plus.





    As you can see I would have to replace the upper reciever anyway, b/c i refuse to have the Carrying handle.



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    I have 2 Oly Arms AR-15s, and I love them. Don't let people tell you that they're crap because they're not. I fired 10 rounds at the target below with open sights at 100 yards with my 20" rifle. The group of 4 shots in the 9-ring can be covered with a nickel.




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    Last thing I wanted when I left there was to ever wear that horse blanket again...I do however have my last campaign cover hanging on the wall in my office, and the range flag my last platoon did for me.

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    I would have to ask those who berate Oly Arms rifles if they have ever owned one.

    I have owned several and have a good friend who has owned over 100 (seriously) of their rifles. They are as good ANY other ar-15 out there, and have never caused me any problems. Also many Officers on my dept. carry them on duty as well.

    Also at one point or another I have had ar-15's made by every major manufacturer. I have never noticed a quality difference, and yes I still have at least 1 Oly Arms in my safe.

    The people to ask are the one's who own them, not someone who heard a rumor at the shooting range.
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    Which is why I asked

    Keep the comments coming guys

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    gwagner wrote:
    Last thing I wanted when I left there was to ever wear that horse blanket again




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    Dustin wrote:
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    This is my thoughts exactly. It's not like I couldn't learn an AK, but I've put around 40,000 rounds down an M4/M16 already. I can reload anddisassemble it blindfolded all day.

    My Muscle memory with every aspect of this weapon has been branded into my brain. Hell I slept with it for 4 years. In the Marines you also still have to name it

    I do like the option of building. I'm defintely interested in that. RRA is a very pleasing to the eyes type of website though

    I do however lack in the understanding of civilan jargin.

    What does it mean when they say "Stripped Lower reciever" (No Trigger housing?)

    Can I buy a Lower reciever from RRA, and then Upper from elsewhere ?


    What do you guys consider the most important part/section of your AR ?


    Thanks Guys,I love this place.



    I've put together several lowers (at least 5)and then topped them off with an already built upper. My latest build was on a strippedRRA lower, lower parts kit (trigger, hammer, springs, etc.), 6 pos. collapsible stock, a RRA 9mm mag well adapter (mag block), and topped off with a 16" 9mm RRA A3 upper. She shoots real sweet and is now my bedroom rifle. Putting together an AR lower is very simple, my first one took about an hour (at the most) to put together. My next project is a .45acp carbine built on a Cavalry Arms MKII stripped lower. Check out AR15.com for instructions on how to build and places where you can find parts.



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    P.S. yes, you can buy a stripped lower from RRA and put whatever you want on top of it. Check your gun shows for dealers that carry stripped lowers.


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    Dustin wrote:
    This is my thoughts exactly. It's not like I couldn't learn an AK, but I've put around 40,000 rounds down an M4/M16 already. I can reload anddisassemble it blindfolded all day.

    My Muscle memory with every aspect of this weapon has been branded into my brain. Hell I slept with it for 4 years. In the Marines you also still have to name it
    While you'd probably love an AK if for no other reason than ease of cleaning and the fact you don't have to anyway even if it has sand in the action (they are idiot proof, there is almost nothing to learn), I certainly think the AR would be the best bet for now. The fact of the matter is that every Marine I ever met is intimately familiar with the weapons that he or she had used, and puts a large amount of pride into that complete understanding. I can say with confidence that you can get business done with an AR, so I don't see a need to fix what's not broken with an AK if you like AR's. At least not yet.
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    Michigander wrote:
    At least not yet.


    I do think I've made the decision to build one.

    After I get the Springfield XDM.

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    I really recommend building one whatever manufacturer you choose. I am a complete novice and I assembled an RRA 20" with A-2 stock and forearm in a little over 2 hours with a little coaching.

    The feeling you get when you get out on the range with something you put together yourself is great!

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    DocV wrote:
    The feeling you get when you get out on the range with something you put together yourself is great!

    DocV

    That's what I'm going for.

    Although I don't plan on going to any ranges. I've never seen aNon-Military Gun Range before. I live in the Swamps of LA.

    I'm thinking Hard about opening up a Gun Range in my Area. As in My own Business.


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    You'll need to get certified as a range instructor through the NRA. You'll get a VERY thick book on HOW to run a range.

    AND your insurance company will thank you with much lower premiums if you do.

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