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nyc71
02-19-2012, 2:10 PM
I have narrow it down to these 3 uppers, if you have any experience with any of them please chime in;

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/495323/smith-and-wesson-ar-15-a3-flat-top-upper-assembly-545x39mm-1-in-8-twist-16-barrel-chrome-lined-chrome-moly-matte-a2-front-sight-flash-hider-with-30-round-magazine-pre-ban?cm_cat=Cart&cm_pla=ProductDesc

http://www.rainierarms.com/?page=shop/detail&product_id=1893

http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=XSTU4260MLS&name=Spikes+Tactical+5.45x39+Upper&groupid=150

Thank you.

therza2071
02-19-2012, 2:34 PM
Based on all my experiences, I would choose the Spikes. The quality is there in spades, and they even coat everything in melonite for corrosion resistance, should you choose to run surplus 5.45 through it.

GMG
02-19-2012, 3:56 PM
I have a S&W and very happy with it! Be sure to get a heavy hammer spring with it.

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FourLoko
02-19-2012, 4:01 PM
I have a S&W and very happy with it! Be sure to get a heavy hammer spring with it.

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nyc71
02-19-2012, 5:05 PM
I have a S&W and very happy with it! Be sure to get a heavy hammer spring with it.

Midway Bullseye Bargain $50 off any purchase of $500 or more, ends 2/19/2012 at 11:59PM..........TO NITE !!

Code is #5021277

They don't ship the S&W to CA.

FourLoko
02-19-2012, 5:28 PM
Figures, oh well.

How about magazines? I know that's the major issue and it can be hard to find the ASC mags in stock. Also, are there block kits to make 10/30 rounders?

nick
02-19-2012, 5:38 PM
I just got some 10rnd ACS mags from Exile Machine.

falawful
02-19-2012, 9:42 PM
Just get one that has anti corrosion coatings. They are dirty as all hell. Mine has literally rusted shut in an afternoon. Shoots loose though :-)

nyc71
02-20-2012, 9:10 AM
Doesn't S&W have anti corrosion coating?

1Luv4SF
02-20-2012, 9:34 AM
I have a S&W and I love it. The barrel is chome-lined so shooting surplus or cheap ammo is not an issue. It also comes with a heavy trigger spring so you won't have problems shooting cheap ammo with hard primers.

IrishPirate
02-20-2012, 9:55 AM
they wont ship the first one to CA because it comes with a +10rd magazine

The second one is nice, but pricier because it's a piston system, also you'd need to buy your own sights...not a huge deal, but something to think about. Piston would be nice with dirty surplus ammo...

The third one is a great option, but almost as much as the piston system.

If i had to choose, i'd pick #2. If #1 was an option, then i'd say save the money, but since they wont ship it to CA, and the Spikes is nearly the same price as the Adams Arms piston system...might as well go piston since you'll probably only shoot dirty surplus ammo.

FourLoko
02-20-2012, 10:04 AM
I've read that there isn't much benefit to the piston system even with the "dirty" surplus ammo. Adams Arms just loves pistons.

Spike's is sexy and has all the right coatings and such to resist corrosion anyway. Just can't get over the magazine issue. Actually found some 10/30 rounders but at $29.99 it starts killing the budget idea of this setup.

sd_shooter
02-20-2012, 10:35 AM
Is the spikes upper at AIM complete? (ie. does it come with the BCG and CH)

therza2071
02-20-2012, 12:34 PM
Is the spikes upper at AIM complete? (ie. does it come with the BCG and CH)

Yup, it's ready to bolt on and run.