Tiger McKee recently blogged about the pitfalls of pronouncing “mil-spec” gun parts superior to their civilian cousins. Sometime they AR, something they ARn’t. But God (and manufacturers) know the ability to utter the phrase “mil-spec” is worth the price of admission. I mean, how can a pseudo-operator’s black gun part not be mil-spec? And now it’s time to officially add another tacticool term to the lexicon: millet-billet stripped lower. According to IO, their new $199 millet-billet stripped lower AR receivers are “precision CNC machined from a solid block of billet aluminum . . . manufactured with the most technologically advanced equipment on the market today.” [Video above. Press release after the jump.] According to TTAG commentator GAKoenig, not so much . . .
Calling a Haas horizontal mill “the most technologically advanced equipment on the market today” is pure bullshit. Haas mills are nice enough, but they are about the exact opposite of being “the most advanced” anything on the market. Shops buy Haas machines because they are precise enough, inexpensive, well serviced and easy to run. To start saying you’ve got the “most advanced” machines available, you need to buy something from Makino or DMG/Mori Seiki; machines that literally hold 0.0005″ tolerances, at extremely high speeds, taking huge cuts.
So there’s your throw-down IO. What say you? While we await their reply, here’s the presser.
Palm Bay, FL Top-quality firearms manufacturer I.O., Inc. has now added milled-billet aluminum stripped AR lowers to their already impressive line-up of products.
The AR lower receivers are precision CNC machined from a solid block of billet aluminum. The receivers accept all Mil-Spec AR15 components and feature original Mil-Specs. The receivers are fully compatible with all standard AR uppers, including the 6.8 and 50 Beowulf.
“Introducing the stripped AR lower is something we are very excited about,” says Uli Wiegand, CEO of I.O., Inc. “Our lowers are manufactured with the most technologically advanced equipment on the market today. This insures the best quality and reliability possible. Our lightweight AR lower platform enables the user to switch between multiple calibers and gives them consistent reliability and solid performance.”
The Milled-Billet AR stripped lowers have an MSRP of: $199.95