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I was at the gun show over the weekend and found a reasonably priced AR-15 clone. It had an A1 style receiver, but an M16 style handguard, butt stock and grip. Pretty much exactly the style I was looking for.

It was being sold at a good price, so good that it scared me off. I believe the manufacturer marked on it was 'Century', but I can't find anything on 'Century International Arms' website regarding AR-15s or Sportsters (just a bunch of AK variants).

The seller may have it at the next show, but I wanted to check with the board to see if they have any opinions regarding this model from this manufacturer.

Sorry for the sketchy information, I know what I want, but I don't know how to inspect a gun yet (maybe that would make a good FAQ).
 

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They are mediocre at best. Usually of cast construction built from used parts kits that are refinished into semi auto sporters.

I would reccomend a newer Olympic Arms sporter.
 

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Also run from anything marked Hesse, Blackthorne, or Vulcan.
 

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DPMS is a good brand as well.

Here is my list of OK makers off the top of my head

Colt too expensive though

Armalite - also spensive

Bushmaster

Doublestar

S&W

Stag

Rock River

Olympic Arms

Or build your own for relatively cheap
 

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I have never messed with a century AR but I would not recommend it as a first gun till you know how to make them work right, same with Olympic arms uppers.
 

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Oly Arms seems to be hit or miss. I think the older ones were the more ISSUE prone. I find that my Colt upper works so muich better with dry lube.
 

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I see ALOT of Olympic arms AR's at work, people bring them in all pissed off because of the jamming. Pop a D-fender in there one piece gas ring and if that fails a whole new bolt carrier most always solves the issue.

Just pay a little more buy a good one or build... I always recommend building because you learn how it works and you can pick the best parts where they need to be.
 

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Yeah you cn buy a whole lower from R-guns for around 200.00 and then buy an upper assembly from MOA or Model 1 and have it be around or less what you would buy an off the rack gun for. I wanted an A1 so I built mine off an unissued Colt M16 upper and a Stag lower. I just love how light and manuverable an A1 is compared to an A2.
 

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Oh! This reminds me Adler you know anywhere that sells the original CAR-15 triangle handgurds?

Im going to build a CAR-15 here soon.

I lost my massave list of links when my Hard drive went Kapoot.
 

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Oh yeah, as much as I hate to say it stay away from Rock river Arms lowers, there to tight! most uppers will not fit without haveing to mill part of the lower down so it will hinge.

Hard to see in this picture but I had to take down the edge on this pistol build. and it still fits very tight, Good in an AR-15 but not when you cant get the damn thing shut. I could have milled the lower recever out and I still may do that but this was a quick fix for it.




Yes I know thats a mag of T.A.P rounds and a No no but when im home this is my defence gun mostly a with C-mag on it.
 

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I have not seen the original CAR15 triangular handguards in a long time. Some one was making wooden ones for them though. I cant find it again.
 

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My stag lower si jst right. Snug, but you cannot for the life of you put one of those tightener buffers in them.
 

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I saw they where makeing them somewhere but I dont recall where now, its driveing me nuts trying to track them down. I have seen those wood ones...

Il have ask... *Sigh* AR-15.com forums..
 
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