No, almost no other US domestic manufacturer meets the FULL MILSPEC requirements. They may look like it, but they DONT.
You are right for the most part. But they don't fall short of MILSPEC because they can't. They just cut corners to save money. Who the heck needs a shotpeened bolt in the civilian market anyway? But don't count the other guys out. It is NOT that hard to up the specs. Most of them contract out the individual parts anyway and many of the manufacturing companies that make the parts are making them right along side Colt Milspec parts. ARs are built like Lego sets or personal computers, a few parts from here, a few from there.
Just because the logo says DELL, or ROCK RIVER does not mean most, or even any of the parts were made by that company In the case of computers they were made by some company we have never heard of in Taiwan and for the guns it is machine shop outfits with no brand recognition scattered all over the country. Many of those shops can up the specs of what they make to MIL standard. And if they can't there are other shops that can.
posted on 07/23/2009 11:46:13 AM PDT
Read my post #10.
Only a buyer with a contract for 400,000 or a million units could demand those features and leverage the quantity of units to offset the cost/price increase.
But, for future contracts in SMALLER quantities, what shop will set up the lines (dedicated lines, probably) to make a MILSPEC rifle at higher cost?
posted on 07/23/2009 11:49:18 AM PDT
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