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Excerpt from Guns and Ammo Book of the AR-15 #5 2014
"TAC has effectively reduced weight and boosted aesthetics while maintaining functionality and durability"
Excerpt from a Third Party Review at ApexGunsmithing.com
"I honestly can't find any sort of practical test that would harm this receiver or make it in any way inferior to an aluminum one."- Tom @ Apex Gunsmithing
Hi all, I purchased several of the 80% polymer of the lowers from Tennessee Arms and have built a few of them now. I also have experience with other brands including JMC, polymer 80, and aluminum lower builds as well. The Tennessee Arms lowers surprised me regarding value for cost. They are a super value. One of the three lowers I have built did require some gun smithing skills beyond the norm in the sense of filing here or filing a little there, and cleaning out the drill holes, but basic work that a drill and file and a little patience can handle. Two of the three there was basically no fitment work beyond the normal finishing, only on the one so far. Something else I love about the Tennessee Arms lowers compared to the JMC, is that the Tennessee Arms are closer to mil-spec and will accept a FAB MAWG magwell extension adapter whereas the JMC will not because of their styled magwell edge is not anywhere close to mil-spec on the outside. That is not a knock on JMC, because they have their own pros, but I like to add a FAB MAWG to my polymer lowers because it does two things 1) Looks good and functions great by adding another good grip location, and most importantly for the polymer lowers, the FAB MAWG gives the lower another very thick layer of outer protection and support for a few dollars making them indestructible in that area. Overall, when I buy polymer lowers from now on, unless they are on super sale somewhere else, I am going with Tennesse Arms. For new gun builders, keep in mind, that you may need to do some slight gunsmithing work with a file, or Dremel etc., but minor fun work and all will go well if you take your time. If you are in a rush and expect to not work on your lowers, go with aluminum. If you like working on guns, or want to learn some basic gunsmithing skills, then these lowers cannot be beat. My rating is actually a 4.8 only because I had to do some extra work on one lower where I think TA can improve upon quality control for tolerance checking a little, just like all vendors can, but still super-duper happy with the quality and price. TA polymer lowers are the best value on the market IMO. Anonymous from Atlanta, GA