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SOTA Arms Complete Uppers (Review with Pics)

Thread in 'Gun Reviews by Members!' started by meastt, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. meastt

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    So I figured that since I have seen so many posts on here about “budget builds” I would post my experience with a new dealer and Company, “SOTA Arms”.
    SOTA Arms or State Of The Art Arms is based out of Minnesota and currently offers a new line of complete uppers at a VERY reasonable price.

    All of the following prices on uppers INCLUDE BCG, CH and SHIPPING (UPS Ground):

    5.56/.223 1/9 twist, M4 feed ramps, NOT chrome lined $369.00, or $389.00 Stainless
    300 Blackout 1/8 twist, M4 feed ramps, NOT CL $439.00 Stainless
    7.62x39 1/10 twist, M4 feed ramps, NOT CL $379.00 or $439.00 Stainless
    6.8 SPC 1/11 twist, M4 feed ramps, NOT CL $379.00 or $439.00 Stainless
    All uppers come standard with a Free Float tube but that can be replaced with a quad-rail for an additional $60.00

    Now when I spoke with them on the phone I was quoted a “3-5 day order processing timeframe”, it actually turned into a 2 week time frame. When I called I was told that they got slammed at a gun show and that it was coming, and it did.

    I received my upper ready to go out of the box; the fit was perfect on my C3 Defense Lower, with no gaps to be seen. The flat top rails took all of my optics on hand with no hang ups.
    I was out on my property the next morning (shocking huh) to shoot this baby. I loaded up ONLY TULA 62gr .223. I had read that the TULA ammo may not feed well but the SOTA Arms upper ate it like candy, in 300 rounds, I had 1 double feed, but I use my magwell and mag for a grip so that may have contributed. At 50 yards once I walked on a cheapo optic, I was dialed in and was hitting a quarter sized groups with an open reflex sight.

    When it’s all said and done, I couldn’t be happier, it was a very good price and it’s performing as it should. I just wanted to put out some info for any other guys looking to buy.
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    Nice review. I like budget builds. Sounds like she shoots well. Do you have any other ARs to compare the accuracy to? Quarter size groups sounds good to me. I need a couple of dollar bills taped end-to-end to cover my Tantal groups... :)

    $369 delivered huh? Just what my credit card needed...

    Was she a PIA to clean with the Wolf ammo? I just ordered some but did read that it was dirty.
     
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    The ammo didnt make it a whole bunchg dirtier than nicer ammo would have....I clean after every range trip anyway.

    My buddy has a Armalite AR and a DMPS as well....we shot all three. Id say the only difference I noticed was that the Armalite trigger felt much crisper, other than that, we put lead on paper (and logs, cans, and anything else we saw that day).
     
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    Been looing for budget upper.thanks
     
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    Dang this review. I was hoping it would not be so positive. Just cost me $439, I ordered the 300 BLK upper.
     
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    I bought one too should be here thursday
     
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    Thanks for the intell. Ill be checking them out. I have a few to build.
     
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    My 300 Blk upper is out for delivery today also. Ordered 3/16, so just letting everyone know to be patient. I believe it will be worth the wait.
     
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    Looks like your front sight is on backwards. You might want you reconsider using plastic sights on the gas block as well. That is unless you only fire 1 round every couple of minutes.
     
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    Those are not on my rifle anymore....I learned the hard way on that day at the range....I tried them forwards and backwards and in the end decided against them, I now have a ACOG clone.
     

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