I would have much rather taken my Del-Ton with me to Iraq than the M16A2 they issued me, lol.freeman101 said:I have never had a problem from my Del-Ton AR. If I was about to head to Iraq, I would be more than happy to take it with me to battle.
Precisely.CoolHand said:Next thing I know y'all will be telling me your Hyundai is just as good as a Honda. Yes they'll both get you from point A to Point B. One brand has a proven track record of high reliability and retained value backed by millions of production examples. The other can be bought dirt cheap new and even cheaper used. They have a proven track record of being average to unreliable cars with peeling paint and craptacular trade in value.
Del Ton uses commercial spec buffer tubes which are weaker than mil Spec tubes, inferior 4140 steel instead of 4150 for their barrels. They claim they properly stake their gas keys but the four or five examples I've seen were not right. If you take one of their charging handles, a common point of failure on Stoner rifles btw, and a Colt, LMT, or BCM charging handle you will immediately see the differences. The Del Ton is thinner and usually made from weaker extruded 6061 series aluminum alloy versus forged 7075 series in the higher quality rifles. I could go on to list more substandard parts they use but why bother. They're just as good as... right?
QC and testing is another place that Del Ton short the consumer to deliver a cheaper product. As far as I can tell they do no proof testing of their barrels or bolts. They don't even batch magnaflux (MPI) anything or shot peen their bolts. Colt & BCM test every single rifle they build. Can Del Ton build a good rifle without all that testing? Yes. Can Del Ton guarantee with a high degree of certainty that every rifle will be of the same consistently high quality? No way.
If you have a Del Ton rifle and it's been a good shooter great. I'm happy for you. However, do not try to tell me it is just as good as XYZ top tier brand rifle. It ain't, not qualitatively or quantitatively value wise.
Amen. I just like my uppers with full-auto rated parts....in case I win a lottery and buy me a full-auto lower.SMC_Nubby said:Here's the thing, you don't have to drop a considerable amount of coin to have a well-built AR/M4. You can get a BCM or DD for right at $1K, which is only a couple hundred more than the lower end rifles. We're not talking about the astronomical price differences between a RIA and Custom 1911. IMO, it would have been better if I would have save an extra month in order to get the BCM.