Olympia Arms AR 15 opinions

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I just put down some money on an Olympia Arms AR-15 and was wondering if anyone had any feelings one way or the other on them. THe reciept say PRC 3 but I did not look the mod number so I cant say for sure. It was a bit of an impulse buy. I normally research things to the ninth degree.

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Olympic Arms?

They have a very bad reputation wrt quality issues. [And a good deal of my info came from a former armorer who used to work at their factory and knows ARs inside out.]

Personally I wouldn't touch one. I'd stick with the A,B,Cs (and add R) - Armalite, Bushmaster, Colt (huge premium for the prancing pony) or Rock River Arms and you'll do the best.


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I have an Olympic AR-15

and the only complaint I have is that, when I sent the open-bottom pistol grip back to be exchanged for a storage grip, the cretins sent my original grip back.

NO complaints about/problems with the gun, however. It's a heavy barrel w/free-floating fore end and A2 sights. I swapped the A1 flash suppressor for an A2 and added a scope.

Last year I installed the Chip McCormick drop-in match trigger unit, which I highly recommend.

So far, every mag has fit the magwell, too; even the wonderful Eagle plastic mags. Wish I could find more of those.


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I won't give Olympic arms a dime, because of the whole
7.62 x 39 "pistol" debacle they caused, which lead to the
summary banning of steel core ammunition in that
caliber. So they are not a "friend" of gun owners, by any

Esentially what happened was they designed a semiautomatic
" pistol " chambered in that caliber, then they waved it around
at a trade show, the ATF saw it, and then the ATF summarily
banned steel core 7.62 x 39. The ATF considered the pistol "offered
for sale" which thus completed the loop of "AP ammo that can
be used in a handgun", so the ATF was able to justify banning
the ammo on that.

As a result there was much suffering, wailing, and gnashing of teeth,
and there is no steel core ammo for AKs anymore. This locked out
a HUGE surplus market of the stuff.

And this wasn't an innocent mistake on their part either- people from
the gun industry knew that Olympic was going to do this, and they wrote
the company numerous letters trying to get them NOT to do it, as it
would screw up the ammunition market. They IGNORED all these
warnings and went ahead anyways.


Some would counter with "Oh, well so and so makes these pistols,
etc". My reaction to that, is they're hole in the wall companies compared
to Olympic, and likely would have not attracted the ire of the ATF as they're
not going to be going to trade shows and parading the thing
about. And most of the other companies making these AK pistols
nowadays have only appeared recently, well after the olympic fiasco.

Some will also argue "well, you can get a TC contender in XYZ
caliber" etc.... But that's crap logic, considering that the focus/intent
of the garbage ATF rules on the topic mostly focus around guns which
might be used by people of ill intent. (Note, I'm not justifying the
law... I think it sucks.... but the "AP in a handgun" deal is based
on guns likely to be used in crime, and a contender isn't even on the
map as far as that goes.).

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