As we’ve seen previously with the dismal MMC AR-15, the biggest problem with buying crappy ARs and AR parts is that you spend about the same money for a useless, out of spec piece of trash when you could have gotten a real rifle instead.
But as Erin Palette unhappily discovered with the scam artists at R-Guns, there’s another problem. Businesses that ship low-grade parts also tend to have low-grade business practices! This mirrors my experience with Palmetto State Armory. I placed an order for two uppers before the panic, but neglected to notice PSA’s warning that a 10% restocking fee applies to all returns and cancellations! That should have been a clue.
PSA charged my card immediately, then six weeks passed with no email, no replies to emails, or contact as to when to expect my parts. I called their 800 number a few times, but nobody picked up. Then I sent a final email at 9AM demanding that they ship my order or I’d initiate a chargeback. My uppers shipped at 5PM that evening.
I suppose the good news is that I got my uppers. The bad news is that I got PSA uppers, and while they have a reputation for very good barrels by FN, and the gas system was correctly pinned and aligned, I have zero expectation of any customer support should something go wrong, and they have considerably less resale value than uppers from a legit manufacturer.
I really should have spent the extra dough and gotten Bravo Company uppers like I had intended to. The $300 I saved seems fairly paltry now. I ordered my bolt carrier groups from BCM post election, and not only did they ship the same day and were in my greedy hands a weekend later, they also threw in a bunch of awesome stickers, catalogs and other goodies. If you browse BCM’s retail site, you will notice that many things are out of stock. But the items that are listed as in stock are actually in stock! and will ship immediately. This is the difference between buying on price or buying on what you get, and I wish i didn’t have to keep relearning this lesson. I blame my Swedish ancestors.
And it wouldn’t be an AR post without an AR picture, so here’s an updated pic of AR-dos wearing it’s new Magpul MOE fixed stock and a straight GI 20. I do have a Blackhawk! buttstock magazine pouch for it, but right now I’m enjoying the lightness.