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Old January 26th, 2017, 08:11 PM   #31
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I have 3 Oly's I built in the 80"s back when they were about the only receivers available. They are all fine shooters with 4 digit serial numbers.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 10:40 PM   #32
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I have one of their old, .45ACP uppers, from the early or mid 90s. It has been 100% reliable. I think I need to order more mags, since I don't have any of the modern, molded style. Mine are old Uzi mags with a welded on adapter.

At SHOT, I had a few conversations about the industry and over producing AR stuff in particular. There was a story about one mfg who had delivered a ton of stuff to dealers who were now wanting to return some of that inventory, given the market. One person suggested that a LOT of the companies at SHOT in the AR business may not survive the glut. Time will tell.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 10:51 PM   #33
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Has nothing to do with Olympic Arms going out of business but believe that the Waco, Texas fiasco involved the "leader" buying some AR's from Olympic and converting them to full auto which brought the Feds down on them. Fellow shooter in my area shoots an "Oly Arms" rifle and has done so for quite a few years and seems to like it.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 11:12 PM   #34
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made a nice custom 45 with one of there frames.
also real ivory grips for that frame. had the spider and scorpion engraved
one on each side. had tiny chip so got them cheaper.
sad to see them go..
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Old January 27th, 2017, 06:29 AM   #35
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Sorry to hear of any firearms manufacturer closing their doors

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Old January 27th, 2017, 09:30 PM   #36
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Has nothing to do with Olympic Arms going out of business but believe that the Waco, Texas fiasco involved the "leader" buying some AR's from Olympic and converting them to full auto which brought the Feds down on them. Fellow shooter in my area shoots an "Oly Arms" rifle and has done so for quite a few years and seems to like it.
Not to get this further off topic, but I do have to correct some of the misinformation you have heard. While I am not aware of whether OA was a source for the Mt. Carmel church or not, that had nothing to do with the feds beginning the investigation. That was sparked by a package shipped from another, well known surplus vendor, that contained dummy hand grenades, which were used to make novelty items to sell at gun shows. A UPS driver delivered a box containing the dummy grenades, which had broken open to reveal the contents. Said UPS driver contacted the local sheriff, who passed it on to ATF. That is the genesis of the affair. As to converted machine guns, that remains an unproven allegation which has not, to this date, ever been introduced as evidence in any court proceeding. Therefore, it remains a common excuse made by ATF and FBI, which they have never allowed to be challenged by exposing the claimed evidence to anyone outside the government laboratories. ATF's affidavit for the warrants contained no proof of conversions, and they declined an open invitation to visit and inspect the hardware at Mt. Carmel upon questioning the local 01 dealer who supplied AR receivers. And, they even sent a few agents to visit anonymously and went shooting with David Koresh and others just 9 days before the raid, bringing their own machine gun to try to entrap DK, who told them they should have that gun checked out because it was illegal. The report on that visit was released in a FOIA request. So, the whole illegal machine gun angle is a red herring, as that was not the real purpose of the raid. It remains an unproven allegation the Agencies throw out there, just like they use the "once a machine gun, always a machine gun" line, even after the courts have ruled there is no statutory authority for that blanket standard. These are the same guys who were trained to testify falsely about the accuracy of the NFA transfer registry, an institutionally supported act of perjury.

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Old January 29th, 2017, 09:21 PM   #37
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I agree, but these fellows offered several options in pistol calibers. I have coveted their .45 ACP varient for some time. Not necessarily the same old boring ARs.
I was eyeing their 40 sw uppers.

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Old January 30th, 2017, 06:06 PM   #38
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In reply to the Kimber comments the market is full of used Kimbers and they aren't moving.
I guess the market is speaking not too highly of Kimber.

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Old January 30th, 2017, 07:35 PM   #39
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Lucky #13, thanks for the detailed explanation regarding the DK situation. Should not have brought up the situation that happened back then for it is way off topic. My bad as they say. I don't think that situation would get out of hand today and should not have back then, but that's water under the bridge.

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Old January 30th, 2017, 10:02 PM   #40
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Anyone remember the AW Ban Era - Olympic Plinker AR?
What hunk of junk that was.

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Old January 30th, 2017, 11:30 PM   #41
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Lucky #13, thanks for the detailed explanation regarding the DK situation. Should not have brought up the situation that happened back then for it is way off topic. My bad as they say. I don't think that situation would get out of hand today and should not have back then, but that's water under the bridge.
No worries, I didn't want to get too deep into the weeds either, and you may be right about OA being a source of parts. It's an issue I know more about that most want to, lol. I just wanted to clarify that point, as it is a common misconception and still perpetuated by the ATF/FBI and their supporters in that affair. No justice was served to anyone, on either side. It should never be forgotten, but this is not the thread for that discussion!

Back to the topic at hand, I have always heard mixed things about Olympic in terms of their quality. That seems reflected in this thread. Same for Bushmaster, who has the advantage of being part of a well funded company. Always sad to see a long established company going away. But as I mentioned above, there are concerns that we will see a lot of this in the coming year or two. At SHOT there are so many vendors in the AR business that one can't possibly have heard of them all. And, with the likely slowdown period lasting who knows how long, I can't imagine all can find enough market share without diversification well beyond AR stuff.

As to Kimber, they had such a sterling reputation. Never owned one, never shot one. Makes me wonder, were they always overrated, or did they just start going downhill while resting on their laurels?

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No worries, I didn't want to get too deep into the weeds either, and you may be right about OA being a source of parts. It's an issue I know more about that most want to, lol. I just wanted to clarify that point, as it is a common misconception and still perpetuated by the ATF/FBI and their supporters in that affair. No justice was served to anyone, on either side. It should never be forgotten, but this is not the thread for that discussion!

Back to the topic at hand, I have always heard mixed things about Olympic in terms of their quality. That seems reflected in this thread. Same for Bushmaster, who has the advantage of being part of a well funded company. Always sad to see a long established company going away. But as I mentioned above, there are concerns that we will see a lot of this in the coming year or two. At SHOT there are so many vendors in the AR business that one can't possibly have heard of them all. And, with the likely slowdown period lasting who knows how long, I can't imagine all can find enough market share without diversification well beyond AR stuff.

As to Kimber, they had such a sterling reputation. Never owned one, never shot one. Makes me wonder, were they always overrated, or did they just start going downhill while resting on their laurels?
There are several posts here about Kimber, which is off-topic. I am interested in reading more about them. Maybe someone can start a new thread in the handgun section about them???

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Old February 8th, 2017, 03:21 PM   #43
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Interesting about Olympic Arms. Heard great thing about their barrels, but bad about everything else. I think they recently came out with a 1911 as well...

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Old February 8th, 2017, 03:24 PM   #44
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They sold off the pistol portion a while ago.

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Old February 8th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #45
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about 10 years ago I probed Olympic about building a left handed AR and they did tell me that they used to make a left handed 1911 and there about 300 of them out in the world. Would be fun to find one.

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