By Lars Dalseide | March 5 2015 13:02

How today's polymer lowers stack up to the traditional gear

FMK Firearms AR-1 Steve Adelmann takes a look at the wave of polymer AR lowers on the market today ...
Polymer AR Lowers
Polymer AR lower receivers are becoming more prevalent, but how do they compare to traditional, aluminum models?

Synthetic materials have been used in firearms manufacturing since the early 20th century. Franzite was one of the first plastic-like materials that replaced hard rubber, wood and ivory grips for a wide variety of handgun models. These materials were relatively inexpensive, durable and could be formed into nearly any shape, texture, style and eventually, color. The lack of aesthetic charm was counterbalanced by practicality. By the 1950s, firearms manufacturers began using similar “space-age” materials for rifle stocks, pistol grips and fore-ends. Most of us have heard about the cool reception the original M16 received from troops forced to trade in their wood and steel M14s for the new aluminum and plastic, small-bore rifles. Heck, senior non-commissioned officers were still referring to them as “toy guns” when I joined the Army in the 1980s.

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