View Full Version : blackthorne ar15
11-17-2009, 10:40 PM
Does anyone know anything about them? ARE they really that bad? I dont want it as like my main ar i just want a little plinking rifle to mess around with since they are cheap
11-18-2009, 09:37 AM
i don't think they are quite as bad as the mall ninjas say.
i do think that they may be sort of a grab-bag deal. if they happen to have decent parts at the time you order their OK. i do suspect they ship some rejects from time to time.
i would buy from JSE, sherluck ,JT, or sarco since their only a little more expensive. last time i checked blackthorne/hess wasn't but about $40 less than a JSE kit so i don't see how the risk of getting a lemon is worth what little you think you might save.
there are plenty of places to buy ar kits and parts now so shop around some.
11-18-2009, 12:08 PM
I ordered a kit from GunBroker a few months ago, it's the one with the 16" barrel and full length rail handguard that fits over a low profile gas block. The handguard flexes really bad, the barrel nut is only threaded about 1/4", not nearly enough to hold it solid. I'm going to get a real barrel nut, probably a YHM with a locking ring and I think that will fix the problem.
Rest of the kit was fairly good. Just pissed about the barrel nut being a peice of crap. The rail handguard is decent, and it's threaded deep enough to use a "real" barrel nut.
11-19-2009, 05:26 PM
well i was going to go with Del-Ton but they said it takes like months to ship
11-19-2009, 05:36 PM
JSE Surplus - AR15 Parts (http://www.jsesurplus.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=4&Page=1)
11-22-2009, 02:36 PM
My son bought one of there kits i assembled it and i think its nicer than my rock river ar
finish, upper to lower fit.
a better question to ask is for the folks who own one of there ars to chime in you will get alot of bad from the hesse/blackthorn name
11-23-2009, 01:42 AM
My buddy had a Hesse, it shot fine, no issues, but the finish was bad. Felt like orange peel and was pretty ugly. He got it cheap and it shot well, which was his purpose, I would take reliable over pretty any day.
11-27-2009, 04:51 PM
Ordered a 16" M4 kit from Blackthorne a few months ago. They shipped fast and I received the kit in a few days. I put the kit on a YHM lower. I took it to the range for a test fire and it performed great. The kit looked great with no visible flaws.
11-28-2009, 10:41 AM
ID go with something from JT distributing before blackthorne or delton. HAve you looked into them ?
11-28-2009, 11:02 AM
ive got a blackthorne upper in 7.62x39.........
mine is perfect and works flawlessly. no issues at all and i had it in 2 days after ordering.
its not as pretty as a rock river in the finish department, but its fine for the $299 i paid for it at the time.