In the 1980’s a company entered the firearms market with their offer of what many people called a “plastic” pistol. The polymer product met with a lot of resistance and criticism. I remember people saying things like “It’s a plastic P.O.S. that will break”, “They will be outlawed because they can pass through airport security”, and other things of this nature. To be completely honest, I bought into a bunch of that crap and even fueled the fires a bit myself. Over time, the product has proven itself as not only a valid option, but one that is currently used by approximately 65% of all U.S. Law Enforcement agencies as their handgun of choice. It’s also the weapon that I now carry daily. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 25+ years, you know I’m talking about Glock.
When I was first introduced to the New Frontier Armory LW-15 polymer AR-15 lower, I was skeptical. I had also read a few things on forums like M4Carbine.net where the various “plastic” lowers have continuously been trash talked. Not wanting to jump on the negative band wagon as I had previously done with Glock, I decided to keep an open mind about the product and look into it a bit further. As I searched around the interwebs, I noticed that while the AR type forums didn’t seem to favor the product, the more general gun forums, like Calguns.net, had members chiming in that they owned and like the polymer lowers.
To make a long story just a little shorter, I purchased an LW-15 lower and decided to test it out a bit. For a couple of months I had been hearing & reading of problems with some of the internal parts breaking. What better way to test this than with rapid fire? So, I started by adding a SlideFire Solutions SSAR-15 bumpfire stock to the lower and, with the help of a few friends, have proceeded to put roughly 1,700 rounds down range utilizing simulated “full auto” firing. Just yesterday, we dumped over 250 rounds through it without a hiccup and this morning, I pulled it apart to look for damage. I cleaned up all the parts, inspected them, and the only marks I could find were on the head of the hammer where it strikes the firing pin. Although it was marked from this, it was far from damaged or showing any significant signs of wear or weakness.
Now, I’m not here to try to sell the die hard AR/M4 fans out their on something they don’t want. However, with the recent explosion of civilian AR sales, there are a TON of people entering the market that are seeking a light weight and/or inexpensive entry level type rifle. These are typically not the commando “A” type personalities, but more average guys like most of my readers. They are not looking for a gun to run through dirt and mud or something they can abuse the hell out of. They want an entry level ar-15 that they will shoot once a month, stick in the closet or safe, and shoot it again in another month or two. Others want something they can toss behind the seat of their truck and not have to worry about scratching up an aluminum receiver or a light weight rifle for their wife or kids to use. The LW-15 is a great option for those kind of people.
The stripped lower itself weighs in at about 5 ounces while the Tactical Innovations T15 lower I compared it to weighs 8.4oz. The two lowers are roughly the same cost except that the LW-15 comes complete with a lower parts kit, buffer tube, buffer, buffer spring, & stock all for $109. Assembly is done in house at New Frontier Armory’s retail store in North Las Vegas, NV. The LW-15 has a lifetime warranty so if you do experiences any problems, NFA will quickly remedy the situation. Some owners of the first generation LW-15’s experienced problems with the internals. Once the issue became apparent, design changes were made and parts were swapped out for those who requested them.
The guys over at New Frontier Armory took one of their LW-15 rifles out and shot some video of them abusing it. Running it over, chucking it across the desert, using it as a foot step, etc… Again, all things that most of us will never put a rifle through in the first place. To this day, they still use the same rifle for demos. It’s the dirty rifle in the photos and also the gun that Matt Supnick is using on the range portion of the video below.
Will it withstand anything you throw at it? In most cases, I believe it will. This is a pretty tough lower. In fact, here’s an email from another LW-15 owner and a photo of his rifle that was recently ran over by a tractor.
This is the result of running over one of my AR-15s with my 50hp tractor and a 6 ft Bush Hog. How it occurred is a long sad story, but of no importance to you.
The lower is one of you polymer lowers. What happened here speaks volumes about the ability of the polymer lower to take punishment and keep on functioning.
The polymer stock was ripped out of the threads of the lower. The keeper key was bent and the buffer with spring went flying. The bolt carrier was sticking about 1/3 of its length out of the back of the upper. You will note that the rear takedown pin appears to be missing, not so. The upper sheared the rear pin off at both ends and the polymer pin’s center was still in the upper. The half full magazine was ripped out of the lower. After cleaning, the magazine went right back into the lower and locked up, with the release functioning as prior to modification. The trigger, sear and hammer functioned perfectly after the sand was removed and the lower was flushed.
After cleaning with mineral spirits and flushing then hammering the key flat, the stock treaded right back onto the lower, locked up, and was ready to go with the replacement of the rear pin, plunger and spring, plus the buffer plunger and its spring.
The aluminum upper receiver did not fare so well, it was cracked where the barrel extension attached to the upper receiver. Oh, I had to cut the barrel, forearm and gas tube off 6 inches in front of the receiver with a saws-all to get the upper apart. The barrel was bent in 3 directions and the gas tube, still attached to the gas block, was wrapped around the barrel.
If someone wants to know how tough your lower is and if your lower will take punishment, show them this picture.
Although I do not consider myself any sort of expert in the field, I have been building my own ARs for 20 years. I’m a fan of hand picking every component that goes into my builds and pride myself on their uniqueness as much as the quality of the parts that go into them. This is what caused me to be skeptical about the New Frontier Armory LW-15. However, I’m also open minded enough to realize that there is a HUGE market for these kind of guns. Would I carry this gun into a battlefield type scenario? No, but that’s not what it’s intended for either. I will definitely be keeping this gun, using it, and sharing it with those who I believe would benefit from such a weapon.
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What a fascinating read. I’ve heard about these lowers but thought these could never handle any abuse. Looks like an interesting product. And if I won one, would definitely not turn it down.
I am trying to get the money together to start my first AR build , and this product would be a great jumpstart on the project!! If i were to win it i think it would motivate me even more to gewt this project going!
I’ve been reading about people using 3d printers to print their own lower recievers. Obviously there are questions about the legality of this. Either way if a printed lower works I’m sure a pro made polymer lower would work fine. The weight savings would worth any miniscule risk.
I have been considering on of these, going to be doing an AR build with a .22 upper for the wife.
Im still on the fence about this things durability in the long run. I WOULD LOVE TO TEST ONE MYSELF. I think it may be ok, but would like to see for myself.
Heard about these from an employee at shooters in Jacksonville,fl. He actually said he was going with a buddy this weekend to put 10000 rounds through it and see how it held up. So hopefully ill be getting i touch with him soon to see how it went.
Nice write up I had always wondered about the durability of a composite lower. A complete lower for a $109 bucks, might just have get a few.
I seriously considered buying one of these, only reason i didnt was LAR Grizzly makes complete rifles. My next one will be a NFA LW-15, if HK put a polymer lower on my $1000 .45C, why should i have a problem using one on a AR?
I used to be worried about the polymer guns, but after owning a couple of pistols, I have had no problems and think we will be seeing a lot more. My wife has problems with the weight of my Rock River with it’s heavy barrel. This type of lower might be just the answer for a lighter AR build for her. Win or not, I can see this is going to cost me.
This is amazing I don’t know how long it will lay but it can definitely take some serious short term abuse. I would love to own it it really is an amazing concept
I actually picked one up a few months back when they were doing the 99 dollar deal with shipping.
Have not fired it yet, and would certainly not turn down a second one for free.
I heard a lot of people replacing the guts with a standard lpk, but I will use the original till it breaks.
I also don’t really feel that much weight savings compared to my standard ar, but that is just me.
Seems like a bush hog would have broke the pin centers in almost any material, would be a lot of fun to have one in the safe…..
Yep that polymer stuff is tough. One of the gunsmiths from AGI had a heck of a time making cutaways to a SA XD to show the operation and key design features so polymer can and will take serious abuse. I would love to win this LW-15 lower but what about the uppers, are they proprietary or can any mfr be used?
Any upper should work.
I would consider the polymer lower for my next AR build.
Awesome concept,boy I hope I win. Everyone needs a weapon this durable.
That would be interesting to see firsthand the kind of abuse the military could put it through. I would love to get my hands on one.
I’ve been watching this product for about eight months now, they seem to be built of high quality and well made. I’ve sent over numerous friends to NFA to pick up the complete AR, they all love them and wouldn’t trade them. I haven’t been able to get one yet due to lack of funds, but I tell you this, the LW-15 will be my first AR once I get the funds.
These lowers are a steal. My brother has one and it functions perfectly.
This seems tp me that it could become as widely used as Glock in the LE community. With the weight of everthing else we carried while in Iraq, the Military should look into these as well! Would like to add this style lower to my AR…
This looks like what I need for my dedicated .22lr upper instead of swapping with my existing lower assembly.
We see people doing this a lot. Its a very economical way to do it!
I can think of plenty of uses for the lite weight set up I’d put together with this lower. It also seems like the company has excellent customer service.
Nice piece and your correct about keeping an open mind, otherwise advancements in weapons can’t be made.
Glad i got the email with the link to read this great article. I only shot a glock once didnt like it the material tore up my hand. Maybe its not the material just the design. Would love to give it another shot with a rifle…great read
Well, clearly most people who read this blog are not very experienced. Polymer lowers are not reliable, they are dangerous and are cheap for a reason. “You get what you pay for” has never been so appropriate. The guy with the tractor who ran his over is a perfect example of his demographic, stupid, careless and clueless.
As for the person who said that our troops should carry those, clearly you don’t want them to be safe or effective.
Polymer is not ready to handle the stresses of aluminum, and the weight savings of polymer to aluminum is negligible.
Not experienced in what? Abusing weapons? I suppose that damage was done under normal conditions? I’d like to know what kind of force it took to do that and how that same action would effect an aluminum lower.
I fully expect to have some people give negative feedback and although I won’t censor it, I will ask that you show more respect for others.
Thank you for calling my reader base “stupid, careless and clueless.” I’m sure it will helped drive your opinion home. ;)
I’d also like to point out that while I enjoy ar15armory.com, it is in fact an AR type forum as discussed in the review. Considering you came from there, your view on this product does not surprise me one bit.
Well like they say “opinions are like assholes everybody has one” That being said I’ve built a few AR’s and have had some experience with the now defunct Plum Crazy polymer lower. The company sucked but the lower itself was killer.Never had any issues with three different uppers (Adams Arms, DPMS and one cobbled together from different parts) all fit nice and tight, no FTF, FTE or wear issues. I have friends that use the polymer lowers and love ’em. I wouldn’t think twice about using one of these, but right now I’ve got a bunch of aluminum lowers that need some attention, but I wouldn’t mind sneaking a poly in…LOL
Polymer has withstood the same stresses as aluminum for decades in handgun frames. I have no experience with these lowers myself, but others I have spoken with have used them with no problem.
“Vulcan Arms” That’s your problem right there.
No Sir, his problem is that he’s the kind of person who thinks they know everything. I guarantee this man has never touched one of these lowers but he feels adequately informed to post such strongly opinionated comments based on things he saw and read on the Internet. He’s NOT the typical civilian AR consumer.
EDIT: From his signature on ar15armory.com: “Spoiler Alert! I am a jackass.”
Different design and much lower quality material in those pictures than what we are using.
I currently own a so-called plastic handgun, a Springfield Armory Xd9. I know people have said that it is not a reliable material, it’s cheap, blah, blah…. Well I know for sure they are wrong. This has been by far my best weapon….. I can’t imagine how we’ll it would perform in a AR platform, lower…. And after reading the article, along with the picture and testimonial about the one that got run over, I have no doubt that these guys are truly on the cutting edge of technology of this weapon system, that they are leading the way in to the next generations of AR systems. Thanks for posting it and good luck to all who are entered..
Very interesting i might have to change my thinking a little and try this
Great article, I will be visiting NFA to check one out in person in the very near future. It looks like a great concept!
Really good info on the LW-15. I may consider getting one of these for my first build or for the wife. What would be a good commando style lower? Within a couple months I’d like to start building my first AR. There are just so many manufacturers and options out there.
At first I was a bit leery about polymer, but my Magpul furniture has held up to some solid abuse, and I literally just bought a Remington 887 on the strength of a salesman’s experience with the 887 and Bushmaster’s polymer lower. I think it might be interesting to try this lower in a build. Worst case, it should do just fine as a dedicated .22.
I’ve had no complaints at all about mine. Great write up!
I’ll admit, I’ve been very skeptical about the poly AR lowers, and this is from a guy that owns both a Glock 26 and a Ruger LCP. I don’t know why I’ve been so skeptical, I know that the lower really doesn’t take any force in an AR. It’s there to contain the trigger group and hold the mag and that’s about it. I’d be willing to give one a try though.
Wanted one, but had heard the bad things about the internals. Good to see they got that fixed. For the price, it might be worth a go.
I’ve been wanting one of these for a new AR build. Only one question, with durability like this, why wouldn’t one want this in a life or death situation? I’m sold.
People fear what they don’t understand. That’s why they stick to antiquated ideas like polymer lowers aren’t reliable. “how can a plastic piece of crap be better?”
I’m a fan of the polymer lowers ever since I bought my Glock. First time I took t apart, I was amazed at how little the lower receiver weighs in comparison to the whole weapon. Based on this, as well as customer reviews from other owners of the NFA LW-15, and NFA customer service wouldn’t give me any reason not to get one. This giveaway would be the perfect jump start to building a .22 version for my wife. Thanks for the opportunity 702
I seem to recall, wasn’t there a bit of controversy semi-recently about someone with a
3d-printer, making his own plastic/polymer AR-lower?
Any any rate, I’ll be setting aside cash to pick one up eventually,
plastic space-guns FTW
Having such a lightweight lower and rear what does that do to the balance of the gun?
I just bought a new AR. This looks like it would spruce it up.
Very interesting article. I have no problems with polymer framed guns. I have a polymer framed 9mm that I love. I have been thinking about an AR build and this would be a nice way to go. Even if I don’t win, this one won’t break the bank and would actually put me ahead of the game. Not to mention it will make it easier for the “Boss” to let me have the funds. LOL
I was terribly sad to see the Cavalry CAV-15 go off the market. Now they’re available again, but at $200 stripped, they’re no longer the bargain they once were (though they still represent substantial weight savings).
I still haven’t picked an upper yet. Part of me loves the idea of the AR-57, using a hollowed-out magazine as a brasscatcher. Part of me wants one of the polymer uppers and a pencil barrel, to see just how light an AR can be. And yet a third part thinks the side-folding, side-cocking AR upper endorsed by FPSRussia is a really neat design in spite of the sponsorship.
I couldn’t afford any of these builds at the time, but things are looking up and Santa bringing me a lower will certainly expedite the process!
That was a good read, thanks for sharing and giving us this opportunity. I had long ago considered picking up one of the Bushmaster Carbon-series rifles but was hesitant and worried it “would not hold up”. I think one of these polymer NFA lowers could be a great way to go for a lightweight build or especially for a .22LR build. I would love to win this giveaway!
Looks like it would be an interesting build for my first AR. It may even stop the snickering of my friends while we are out P-Dog hunting when I pull out a new AR instead of that old model 70 bolt gun. Although I wonder if the AR would shoot through the same hole as that old model 70 in 22-250 does. Great write up, will definetly consider for my first build.
Can you use any upper with this lower? Could you get an upper chambered in 6.8 SPC? What about 204 Ruger? (Not available from NFA according to their website)
I’ve personally used 3 different uppers on it.
I’d like to try this lower in my first AR build; looks intriguing (and durable!)
I’m feeling really lucky since October is my birthday month. Those units look tuff enough to me. I would love to build one.
I’d like to give this lower a try
This is a good write up, this lower would make a great build starter for a .22lr for my son! I have been looking for a decent yet cheap and I know how it would be treated (he is 9) so range time, range time. Thanks!!
i would love the chance to win one! maybe then i can build my first ar!
Interesting read, and I would not have thought it could take such abuse. Not sure I would handle my AR that way, though! I want one SO BAD I CAN TASTE IT!!!
I can’t think of a better end of the world back up rifle. These “plastics” can survive with a flexibility the aluminums can’t.
If I am lucky enough to win one I would be thrilled, BUT with my birthday coming up, I may just buy one for myself if I don’t.
Either that or a 30/30 Lever Action Rifle.
For the price, I think one of these lowers would be perfect to use as a base for a dedicated .22LR build for my son. I’ve heard pretty good things about them – looking forward to checking it out.
Like you said, engineered plastics that are available today have a place in firearms manufacture. It sounds like this is a good application and just the thing to build a dedicated 22 LR trainer on. I’d love to win but if I don’t I may have to buy one anyway.
I have one of the last CavArms lowers and I love it. Now I’m looking for a new lower for a varmint AR, and this sounds like it’ll fit the bill nicely.
Looks like an interesting base for a basic build.
I love this article. I just started building my first lower AR15, and put serious thought into one of these lowers. I would love the chance to put one through the ringer like they did! Great article!
WOW! very impressed with the durability evidenced by the tractor incident. I’d love to win one of these to experiment with in my next build. Thanks for the review.
Very cool design and I am sure it fits into the niche it was designed to serve. I would love to get my hands on one!
being a farmer myself, this sounds like the perfect piece of equipment to keep handy, including around the machine shop
Excellent read! I like how you spoke about the Glock in the beginning. Great way of starting up the article. Count me in for the giveaway! Thanks.
great article, sounds like it will hold up very well.
I’d be willing to run a polymer AR lower. I’m thinking it would be great for a lightweight build, especially for introducing newer shooters.
I do have a S&W M&P15-22, which utilizes a polymer lower receiver. Granted that it’s a 22LR, but I can’t imagine the lower taking that much of a beating.
I get to shoot my first NFA lower build tomorrow. I have a good feeling it will turn out great. I can’t wait. Please let me win so I can build another AR! :)
This will be very useful
Thank you for sharing this….the picture of the rifle after the brush hog test.I found reassuring, being that I have bought a new AR15/22MP by Smith&Wesson….what a fun gun to shoot.
I have a few friends that bad mouth poly guns but I definitely don’t share that opinion. I love the glock and the PMR 30 I have and wouldn’t give them up. I have always wanted an AR rifle. If I don’t win one of these I’ll buy one anyway.
For the price, it a great deal to get into the AR platform.I would like to check this lower out in person to see how light it is. Nice review!
I own a Plum crazy composite AR lower. I have never had a problem with it but have taken alot of flack from my friends. I am glad I am not the only one who enjoys these wonderful light weight durable products. I would love to have another composite lower to build a 22 or 9mm platform. Goodluck to all.
That is OUTSTANDING! The fact a polymer lower can take that much abuse is amazing! When I can afford one, it’s gonna be in my arsenal. (unless you give me one first :-)
Great write up. I’d certainly be interested in trying one out.
A friend just picked up an ATI lower that is plastic with an aluminum insert. The lowers don’t really take any abuse (people have made them out of plastic before, as well as wood and other non-traditional materials), so I don’t see any problems. I’d love to build a dedicated .22lr rifle with one of those lowers!
I would really like to try one of these poly lowers. they are really inexpensive, i see them go for $99 sometimes. Poly has the ability to bounce back where metal would bend and deform, get scratched up. i wounder how it stands up to heat i remember seeing a poly Glock i think, had melted the frame from extreme heat, but unless you’re a firefighter i dont see that happening easily.
Thank you for another great review. Each one I read is more informative than the last. This seems like a great product that I would live to try out an add to my collection. Fingers crossed!
Good info to read 702, I’ve been a fan for many years of the typical tricked out AR-platform. Buy the time you dress these babies out, it sometimes can be a real lug to drag around on a tactical shoot. Rails, optics, lights etc start to weigh down sometimes making them a beast to carry. Sometimes looking good, just hurts. I went from Steel pistol platforms to Springfields/FNH’s which are mostly poly and the weight along with the durability I feel is without comparision, and if you drop them or scratch them while in a working stage, you arent kicking yourself like you would on a kimber or wilson combat> I also went to a poly on the 22 frame with archangel. Again light and durable, hard to hurt and no malfunctions. My team and I do tactical shoots and these weapons seem to hold up well. Lots of rounds and no problems. They even hold the heat of shooting many mags without any gliches. It would be interesting to see what this same difference would be in a lower, on my Ar and M4 converisions. Thanks for the info. good read.
These are very interesting receivers. I’ll be curious to see how these perform long term.
Even if they’re not as durable as the mil-spec stuff, I could see a real niche for these as target guns, training guns, or hunting guns.
I can see a real advantage in having a mil-spec gun that is kept in the house for home defense and one of these setup with a pencil barrel and lightweight handguard in a farm truck or being carried around to deal with groundhogs and coyotes.
They could share the same ammo, mags and internal parts for standardization, but be tailored to different tasks.
For my adult children, this sounds like a distinct possibility. I may be a bit old school but I’m staying with tried and true. After I build one for my oldest boy, I’ll wear it out on the range before I give it to him. Dad must have his fun.
Nice write up! I own a couple mid level AR rifles but would welcome another to the family! I am not a huge advocate of polymer firearms but will admit I own and love Glocks! I was pretty impressed by the tractor story and think they did a pretty decent series of abuse tests for the NFA videos. So if nothing else I am curious about this product for a couple friends who are brand new to guns. Thanks for the review, keep up the good fight! 2A= Freedom!
Okay, I admit I have been skeptical of the polymer lowers since they first showed up. But you’re right about history-learn from it. The Glock is an awesome pistol and met with the same cynicism as these lowers. If I win it, I will post a review. And probably eat crow.
Pretty interesting, and yeah, Glock had to prove the naysayers wrong. This would go great on a .22 upper, but what about the weight balance on heavier/longer barrels? Yes, 5 oz is light but carting around a old 20″ AR I appreciate the value of a well positioned CG.
for $109? I found this article very interesting. I am going to do some more research, but this might get under my Christmas tree!
Wow, i had no idea thay we’re so tuff.
This sounds like something worth checking out. I’ve been debating what to do about introducing my older daughter to shooting. Combining this with a CMMG .22LR upper might be the way to go, especially with the collapsible stock, it might just work for her – I guess we’ll just have to see!
Another great review on a composite lower…very good read.
Nice, informative article. I too was skeptical of “plastic guns,” but now they rank among my favorite Firearms. I am intrigued at the prospect of a polymer lower, and I now think that there’s a good chance I’ll use one on the next rifle I build (especially if I win one.)
As one of those guys that only carried a 1911 and swore that 9mm was only good for women and children, I have to say that my M&P9 has made me eat my words. I would certainly be willing to give this a try.
Roll with the times or they’ll roll on past.
As an engineer I find stuff like this really interesting because its showing how strong modern materials can be in the future… We’re getting to a point where, at some point metals may not be the strongest option. I personally envision a point in the near future where we may use more and more polymer parts… Maybe bolt carriers, entire barrels (not just CF wrapped), maybe even stuff like the bolt catch…
We seriously live in exciting times!
You have written a good article. I read it with great interest. I am interested in trying out one of these New Frontier Lowers in my next AR-15 build. Please enter me in the giveaway..
Just like everything else, we don’t take change very well
And probably never will. I own two plastic pistols, X DM’s
And they perform spectacular and I have no reason to believe
These Frontier lowers will preform just as well. Accepting change
Is tough so lets put on our big boy pants and let the product
Stand or fall on its own merit.
Advances in polymer technology continue and there are many fine examples of durable, quality arms that utilize this material. I think it makes great sense to reduce overall weight a bit while the metal upper maintains balance and a slight weight forward posture. Looking forward to using this myself and having my nephews try it in the future.
Wow. Ran over by a bush hog!? That’s a pretty strong testimony to the durability of this product. I’m sold! I’m a 13 year Army vet. and have always fired the traditional AR’s but I would love to have one of these bad boys. Especially if I don’t have to worry about scratching it up ;)
These LW-15 lowers are absolutely incredible. Check out the http://www.newfrontierarmory.com web page and watch the torture tests they put polymer lowers through. They do a couple of torture tests with a polymer, then with a standard Aluminum lower. You will be amazed. I have 3 of these lowers and not a single problem. For $109???? You cant get any better!
This looks awesome! I’d love to try one!
very cool idea, my sig 556 is too after a full day of tactical classes, this just might be the ticket
A good idea. If it’s done right, it should be good to go.
been looking into this lower for a few months now. Your review solidified my position. Even if i dont win one of these give aways i will have to pick one up!! thanks 702!
I have been collecting firearms for fifty years, and I an amazed by the inroads being made with new materials. I remember the buzz over the Glock when it first came out. I have a number of M16/ AR15 weapons in my collection with Colt, Bushmaster, and a number of other lowers, and I eagerly look forward for the chance to try this lower out. I believe that, in the long run, this will turn out to be a lower that will surprise the most “die hard” shooter. Lower weight is a big plus for a weapon that is constantly being saddled with lights, lasers, multiple sights, scopes, can-openers, etc.
I’ve done sooooooo much research on the LW-15 lowers and want one badly! I have only heard good things. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE could you pick me? Yeah, my mother always told me not to beg, and I tell my son the same thing. (but) The way I see it, a little beggin can’t hurt, right? Alright, enough already. Good luck to all and to all a good night.
I love the polymer guns. I have a Highpoint C-9 9mm semi auto and their 9mm Carbine. Both great guns and very economical for a tight wad like me.
Polymer frames work for handguns and it was inevitable that polymer made the leap into the rifle game. New Frontier Armory is proving polymer rifles can exists. I didn’t really believe that polymer was so great until I held and fired one. I am still apprehensive towards the polymer frame lowers for rifles, but if I can hold and shoot one someday I could be persuaded.(I live in California, enough said)
I have been toying with the idea of getting one of these. The tractor story and pics are amazing ….
A very enlightening review! I have had no personal experience with polymer lowers but after your review, I am intrigued. I don’t need another hardcore battle rifle and this sounds like an ideal lower for an economical but solid build. And I have to admit-if it can take being run over by a bush hog…c’mon! Who is going to give any rifle that kind of abuse? Even most aluminum lowers wouldn’t survive something like that! I would welcome winning one of these! Thank you for a very informative review and for the opportunity to win- what sounds to me and my open mind- a quality lower! I do appreciate it very much!
How did I not know about this? Love polymer gear. Been looking for a reasonably priced lower to get before the upcoming election. If I don’t luck out this ill probably pick one up anyway, thanks for the review!
Just built a rifle with LW-15 and it works fantastic, the weight feels great, makes a fun shooting gun for plinking. Just picked up another one of NFA poly lowers at the gun show for JIC. Will be going up to NFA to see if they have the pistol version in stock, you cant beat the price of these lowers.
Not to let the cat out of the bag too early but lets just say that you may want to hold off on the current pistol version just a little longer. ;)
Good job on the article !I’m gonna try one out on my 3rd ar build people all ways weary about Avery one else deal ! buy one or don’t if your so scared ! I think I want something most don’t have! I’m no fuckin Sheep thanks for the info and shut up haters.
Have heard good and bad about polymer lowers however most of it does look like people who are just clinging to tradition rather than the actual strength of the part. Would love to try one out for myself.
Nice Weapon. Tough like it should be…
Just like everything else, we don’t take change very well
And probably never will. I own two plastic pistols, X DM’s
And they perform spectacular and I have no reason to believe
These Frontier lowers won’t perform just as well. Accepting change
Is tough so lets put on our big boy pants and let the product
Stand or fall on its own merit.
Great article.. I’ve been looking for a budget AR build and I think I found it. Now if I only had a lower…..
Like it or not, this is the direction small arms is headed.
Throughout history, we’ve always looked to improve our arms, incorporating new materials and technologies as they become available. From the first literal fuse-lit hand-cannon, up to the current use of high-strength steel, Aluminum,Titanium and polymers.
As far as I’m concerned, it IS traditional.
In the AR it is the barrel extension and the bolt that contain all the stresses and pressures of firing. I would love to get my hands on one of these. Thanks for anoth great article and giveaway!
It’s funny, I still don’t know that I could trust a polymer lower on my AR, despite carrying “tactical Tupperware” on my hip every day. There’s definitely some good points made here though. Question – can you put a regular non-polymer lower parts kit in this lower?
Yes you can. It’s mentioned in the video.
I have seen some pictures of catastrophic failures on some of the plumcrazy lowers but I may give one of these a try. If nothing else it would make for a light weight .22lr build.
I would definitely like to try one of these out. My 9″ .300BLK upper + the polymer pistol lower would make a nice gun.
Nice looking lower hope they continue expanding the market.
I bought one the first poly full gun when they came out. I did end up changing the internals to one of NFA other interal parts they offer in the store. The ar has gone through a tone of rounds and has for its part done a great job. The only thing I do not like about it is the funny sound it makes and the feel it gives when you do what I call the light pull. When firing rounds you only let up on the trigger enough for it to reset and repull for your next round. It does make a horrible plastic sound and doesn’t feel like a metal lower does. BUT that is the only bad thing I can say about this lower and the gun as a whole. My serial on the full gun is in the 200’s.
Since we shot everything with the bumpfire stock, I never even checked the reset on the trigger with single shots. Going shooting tomorrow and will have to check it out. Thanks for the feedback.
what did you think about the short reset?
Very informative article! I am actually looking to build my first ar. I am doing it as a entry level gunsmithing project, but I think this product is definately one worth doing! plus for the price, its the best ar lower I have seen! may have to pick one up either way…
I am also looking to build my first AR and as usual your reviews are enjoyable to read and objective. Keep ’em coming.
Great article. I’ve been skeptical about polymer AR lowers, but this makes me rethink my skepticism. Keep up the good reporting work.
Lets try this again. hope I win!
Good review. Lighter is generally a good thing. Would love to try one.
Wow interesting article! Really got me thinking. I had a cousin who retired from the Army back when the gen 1 Glock came out. He had been a real steel 1911 guy for 25 years but fell in love with the new polymer pistol and wanted me to get into it as well. Was not going to happen! Fast froward, I changed my thinking and the Glock is my go to self defence handgun. I looked at the first polymer lower that other company made and did not like it. This one looks like someone has done their homework. I think one of these AR’s would would be great for my wife or better yet my 11 year old daughter who is a great shot. She and I would actually use the rifle as she loves going to the range with Dad! Great review, keep em coming.
I picked up a complete LW rifle a month ago and works like a charm. Next one I will build from scratch.
I have been considering one for a spare rifle build, for friends to use at the range or a .22 build. Really cant beat the price for a complete lower with a lifetime warranty.
I have one for my AR-22 build I did and it is definitely the way to go!! You can’t beat the weight or the price.
This article brought back some memories. I recall when the Glocks first came on to the law enforcement scene. I was carrying a Ruger Security Six in .357 at the time and I was used to, and comfortable with, the “meaty” handgun. We were going through our annual training and about half of the class still used wheel guns and speed loaders, while the others, mostly the younger guys, had semi’s (including a couple of these dishwasher safe Glocks). The wheel guys would look at each other and smile, or roll their eyes.
Now, of course, if you see an officer carrying a wheel gun you smile (I wish I still had my Ruger, though). I moved on to a stainless Sig P220 in .45 because of my preference for the meatier handgun, and my current sidearm is the Sig P226 in .40. So I never did join in the polymer evolution, though I now know that they’re rock solid and there’s every reason to carry them. I have an AR made up of a Spike’s Tactical upper and RRA lower, but would love an opportunity to try out one of these!
Would definitely like to give this part a chance…
With a complete lower for that price, it’s worth a try on my next build.
Sounds like NFA has a winner. Excellent and informative article that even I can understand. We all should put our old prejudices about polymers and plastic guns on a shelf with our dusty, old football trophys; they have proven to be hell-bent reliable. I like it when a product that has flaws when it is first introduced is quickly reworked and fixed by the manufacturer. This tells me they are serious about giving us a good, safe, and dependable product and this is exactly what NFA has done. I’m in on this one. Thanks for the heads up on this lower and the chance to win one.
Simply amazing product! The quoted comment on the tractor/bush-hog would have gotten caught in the B.S. filter without the accompanying pictures. All I can say is “wow!”
I have gotten some pretty good deals at my local gun shop on used guns and accessories that were bought by someone who wanted the top-of-the-line product, but ended up using it only once or twice and then wanted the latest-and-greatest and sold it back to the shop at half the price. They would have been served just as well by something less expensive. A lot of new guns/accessories are a bit gimmicky and aimed at people with more dollars than sense. Unless your life depends on it, if it’s not going to be your only gun, used for fun or training, why not keep a few bucks in your pocket for a soda or two?
That said, I wouldn’t mind winning this lower and hanging on to my cash. I would like to build an AR, but I haven’t done it before. This would be a great start on my learning experience.
I purchased one of these lowers from NFA to put together my AR-22. Never worried about the polymer with a .22 round and I really liked that it was so light. For my next project I am wanting to put together an AR-10 and was worried about using a polymer lower with a .308 round but after reading several of the reviews and actually putting the lower I have through some tests I feel confident that this would make a great lower for my next AR. Now if I could win one instead of having to purchase it that would sweeten the deal even more but even if you have to purchase one I haven’t found a better price anywhere then NFA
I have also heard alot about polymer lowers, most are not good. I would like to see for myself. That is after I read your views on it. Thank you
My brother picked one of these up and slapped an Adams Arms gas piston 5.45 upper on it. It has functioned flawlessly. The first thing I did was test it out with several different mags and made sure they all dropped free, which of course they did. There is no need for an accu-wedge, but the takedown pins are SUPER tight and really tough to get in and out. I put a dab of Tetra Gun grease on them…seemed to make a difference. The best part about the upper besides the weight IMO is the trigger. There is no creep, there is a super clean break, and no over-travel. They say it’s in the area of 5lbs…that I don’t believe. Either way, it has been a great product for the money so far.
Just found this site today and I have to say, I am very impressed with the developers of the site and especially of the guys that are making the polymer lowers. The lowers looks extremely solid. I am going to dig around 702Shooter, there is a lot of good stuff here and places I need to go and get some toys.
Good point about the glock. I remember hearing people say that they would never hold up. I have had my glock for a long time and it is still running strong. I imagine that these lowers will run forever.
Would love to be able to test one, i’ve been telling friends about them but have been unable to personally verify their ruggedness. Also its still amusing to hear crap from people about my Glock, would love to see how twisted their panties get when they see a polymer AR lower.
Cool, I have been wondering about these polymer AR receivers. It would be awesome to win one, my first AR. Probably a good fit for a beginner :)
I do like my Glock. It is virtually indestructible and functions every time. This should not be any different. People just need to try it for themselves to become believers.
Great write up x702
I was skeptical as well when they first came out. And at the time I thought I read somewhere that their lowers (plum crazy) exclusive with their own fcg. I’m not sure if that was rumor or maybe they changed it with newer designs, but it was cool to hear that even though it’d cost a little more, it’d still be an option to replace them with all metal.
Your video also made me want a SlideFire stock :P
I would like to hear more about how one accidentally runs over their AR with a bush hog.
I’m a bit curious about that too.
I picked up one of these day one. Serial number under 200. It has been flawless. I run 5.56 and a .22lr CMMG conversion kit and the lower fires without a hitch. Great product and for $99.00 you really can’t beat it! I did a review awhile back. Great writeup 702shooter!
I would be willing to give polymer a try – I had the same concerns about Glocks back in the 80s-90s. I still do like the feel of heavy steel, and wouldn’t give up my revolver. Same with my AR.
I also have my doubts about these polymer lowers. Specifically areas around the trigger guard and buffer tube. I would love to have one to do a build and try it out.
Another great company giving away great products…
This is an interesting concept. I can’t wait to see long-term evaluations of extended accuracy and durability.
I have been looking to build an AR 15 for myself (pre-built are to pricy for my budget) but one piece at a time I will eventually get one made I am sure I have no chance to get that nice AR package up for grabs (especially when there are guys entering hourly every day) so with luck I can win this and start building my own.
love the plastic ar lowers fun to shoot and at ther right price
Great giveaway very good video hope to win
I’ve heard great things about this lower, and I go to NFA for my gun needs pretty often. I’m stoked for NFA that the LW-15 is getting out there!
Polymer parts are probably the future… Already we’re seeing instances in which polymer is more durable than metals. I dont think we’ll ever eliminate metal completely because of things like springs and barrel linings… But, for just about everything else it seems like there’s no reason why a modern polymer couldn’t be used.
i guess I’m a skeptic,would like to see this in action
I have never owned an AR before, but I have owned several Glocks, an XD and an M&P pistol. It just makes sense that long guns would follow the same trend as the most popular handguns. I can’t wait to try one out!
I have five polymer pistols and i have only had one problem with one of them. Still use a poly pistol as my ccw.
I too was skeptical about polymer, but I carry a Glock everyday, haven’t had any issues and LOVE it! I’m working on my first AR build and think this is a great option. Thanks for the article & videos, very informative.
It sounds like this is a very tough lower that would make for an exceptional AR.
I’m seriously considering this lower for my first build. Thanks for the great review.
I hope to win I have always wanted an a good ar
I think it would make a nice hunting rifle in states that allow hunting with rifles. I would like to know if gun would support 308 or 30-30 or 30-06 or larger? if I won and was going hunting a 22lr would not be a suitable build. I am also wondering what the maximum size calibur this could take since if I hike in bear country I might need the most devastating build I could make? I hope I win but I live in Illinois and if this is full auto I might not legally be able to take possesion of it
Looks like a very nice weapon. Like the vid :-)
As a father of six kids and very limited funds, I am tempted to order one and not wait until the end of the month. I am betting my life on a polymer G19, so I think I can trust a lower like this one. I can’t imagine doing anything near as dramatic to my rifle as what was described above. For $109 plus shipping, I can at least get started towards building my first AR. It may also be a good idea to stock up on lowers before the upcoming election since that is the only part of the rifle requiring a FFL. I would be interested in hearing what others are saying regarding the potential ban and owning lowers. I would think that if a ban was passed, you could at least purchase “parts” after a ban. Please let me know your thoughts. Congrats to the winner of the BCM/Larry Vickers giveaway. Jealous… ;-)
I have no problems running a polymer lower and love my G17. I’ve been reading a lot of praise for these over at CalGuns, just as you had, and this post confirms everything else I have seen. I would love to have one and build it up for a nice “work” gun. A lot less worrying about scratching a polymer lower than the aluminum. The only negative I see is that it would be slightly harder for the mall ninja types to paint them ;)
Of the 10’s of thousands of these units that have been sold, around 40 have come back broken. Of those, only 4 were found to be defective. The others were broken from people trying to modify it themselves and/or abusing the weapon beyond any sort of reasonable actions. NFA still replaced every one of them.
The most common issue has been those painting the lowers, getting paint in the threads, then putting it back together and cracking the back of the lower with the buffer tube.
That makes sense. I’m sure that when you consider the number of units sold to the actual defective units sent back, that percentage is probably the same, if not less than many of the “mil-spec” metal ones that are out there.
Love to get my hands on one of these, seems like just the ticket to lighten my .450 bushy.
Great article, I hope this well help change some minds on tactical tupperware lowers. I just purchased a LW15 and mating it to a BCM upper I built. Im hopping to get another in the future and build another AR in a bigger caliber down the road.
After seeing what NFA has put them through, I don’t see why you wouldn’t consider carrying one into battle. Sure beats a sharp stick.
I remember the old “Timex” saying, “It takes a liken but keeps on tick-en…” but really guys, running over it with a tractor??? That does show it will stand up to abuse… Noticed the trigger well cannot be modified for use with gloves, but everything else seems OK… Great evaluation articles as always…
The trigger well, as you said, cannot be mocified or changed for use with gloves. It is built into the lower and provides structure and strength to the lower, that’s why it cannot be changed….
The article was very well done. It gives some balance against the predjudece against polymer construction. I’ll give my New Frontier Story – Against my buddies advice I bought a New Frontier Lower, and I am so glad I did. It has been amazing. I bought it and put an upper on in literally 10 seconds. Totally Ready to go in a few seconds. I have run a case of 1000 Tula 223 and half a case of Federal and its holding up fine. So light and so damned tough. Oh and that buddy? He bought one a week later. I’m going to get another one or two, plan on a 22 and possibly a 9mm. Thanks to NFA for a great option for us AR enthusiasts.
I was also skeptical, but went ahead and picked up one of these lowers for an AR build. I like it for something fun to shoot. Trigger is much better than I thought it would be, and it’s a great fit with the inexpensive upper I put on it from PSA. Been thinking about getting another one or two for a fun 300 AAC build.
Thanks for the great article ! I am thinking about doing a 9mm build next and wonder if this lower would be a good choice ?
I wanted a polymer lower to build a fun .22 LR ultra lightweight AR. I bought a New Frontier Armory LW-15 stripped polymer lower and put in a mil-spec LPK. I added a Taccom 3G ULW complete upper and a Taccom 3G ULW butt stock. When installing the butt stock the top of the threaded portion in the lower cracked. It was my first time assembling an AR, so I thought I had overtightened it. I was about to order a new one when I decided I’d email New Frontier to see if they thought I might have overtightened it and if not, if there was a warranty. I flat out told them I might have overtightened it and they replied and said they back their product 100% and to mail it back for a replacement. I mailed it to them and they shipped me a new one the same day the cracked lower was delivered to them. Great service and the turnaround couldn’t have been any faster. I assembled the AR with the new lower and I now have a really fun 3 lb 5 oz .22 LR AR that is a blast to shoot! My girlfriend doesn’t complain that it’s too heavy like she does the rest of my guns. If you ever have a problem with a New Frontier Armory LW-15 lower, have no doubt that they will take care of you!
I’ve been following New Frontier’s development of the LW-15 for a while, though I never really thought of a light-weight AR build until recently. I first saw their advertisements on Calguns.net, a few months before they released it to the public. I remember watching all their stress test videos vs. aluminum and was pretty amazed but not completely sold. They also had a live fire test in which they would dirty her up and toss her around from one person to another to see how she took the abuse. That was pretty good. I would much enjoying building one and testing it out if you all have a bullet button version of the complete lower – California isn’t very friendly to us.
To be completely honest with everyone, I feel this product really is a good one. I think it is great that companies like this one are making some quality high end stuff for a good price. I see many companies cutting corners when it comes to their products. I am a huge gun fan. I have been shooting since I was 11. I have done my homework on products and companies. Much of the products I look at I feel is way over priced. Sometimes it actually gets me frustrated to see some of the price tags on many of these products. More and more and time and time again, it seems that profit is the most important aspect of many of these companies. Although and important aspect of the business, I feel the most important aspects should be reliability and trust. Is this product going to satisfy the buyer? Is the company trust worthy in their endeavors? Are they fair and do they want to supply the best products for the best possible prices to hard working citizens in a not so good economy? I look for all of these things. After reviewing this product, testing out my friends LW-15 that he has on his AR 15, watching the videos, and doing my homework, I have decided this product is worth every single penny. It is about time that gun fans, like myself, can finally purchase a product they know is top quality and at a very reasonable price. My friend also feels the same way. Regardless of free giveaways, prizes, and so on, I decided that I will own one of these lowers as soon as my paycheck is deposited. Great job on the article and on being a trustworthy company. You have my support!!!! and I cannot wait to slap one of these bad boys on to my AR 15!!! Mike from Pennsylvania!!!!
Nice weapon, compact and to the point. Should be an easy step to get them into circulation. Very few people make quality anymore great job!
These appear to be good lowers. I would like to get one to try it out and see for myself. I would go buy an upper just to check it out and maybe even review it on youtube so there would be more reviews out there. I have been wanting to do an AR build so this would be a great way to get started. I have been interested in these for quite some time. This is a very informative article. I have enjoyed it very much. I would be one of those that only shoot it every so often that is unless I move somewhere that I can build my own range. LOL Thanks for having the giveaway. Hope I win!
Wow, a complete lower with collapsible stock and lifetime warranty for $109? Can’t beat that. I’ve been trying to decide what kind of gun to get my son and this sounds like it would fit the bill perfectly. Can you buy a lower/kit that’s not already assembled? I’d like to sit down with my son and build up a couple lowers together, which would be some good bonding time.
You can buy them stripped from Joe Bob Outfitters. That’s where I ordered my stripped lower. http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/New_Frontier_Armory_Polymer_Lowers_s/20223.htm
When I ordered mine there was a Slick Guns discount code available. I think I paid $37 and some change and added a LPK to get to $90 for free shipping. Might google it and see if the discount code is still available.
I have been eyeballing this lower for a while now. When the time is right, I think this will be my build platform. The only downfall of this lower to me is the trigger guard. I understand they need it to be connected and permanent for strenght, but I think it would be a lot better if it were oversized like maybe the Mega lowers
Nice article. I was considering one of these as a gift for my father. He is a Vietnam Veteran. He has finally shown interest in the AR platform but he will probably never buy one because he is afraid to spend the money now that he has entered retirement.
I’ve fondled this lower a couple times at NFA and fired one of the complete rifles they sold a friend of mine. Can’t find a thing to complain about with the rifle at all. After seeing the torture test videos, I have no doubt this lower would hold up to anything 95%+ of shooters would ever put it through, even if they leave the polymer LPK in. My next build will be with the LW-15, even if I don’t get lucky here.
Always looking for new ways to make the black rifle the go to weapon of choice. Glad people are constantly thinking and doing things like this!
I absolutely love my Beretta Storm, and I’ve enjoyed shooting the other polymer guns I’ve tried. I’ve gotten some good info from 702 Shooter before, and I’d love to try one of these for my first rifle build.
just wondering if im in a fire near a fire or around a fire would this cause the lower receiver to melt
X198 looks lighter and easy to carry….I’d like to have one for my new m4 test it with the bump slide…
The light weight would make this a great bug-out gun. I would love to try it. Count me in!
I’d like to try this great product ….another great invention!
Amazing things are being done with polymers these days! Looks like an interesting way to make a lower.
Lowers are prepper gold. IE a barter item. lots of people stockpiled lowers before Obama got in office, cheaper lowers means people can stockpile more.
USA made, good price. …I need two of these please!
Great review! I’ve been looking for a great idea for my next AR build and the NFA LW-15 seems like just the ticket!
I a game to try it out. Never been a big fan of polymers but do realize how important weight can be (or cutting it as the case may be).
Thanks for the info. Informative review
i put 200 rounds through my brand new NFA complete lower this past weekend without a hiccup. it performed really well. meanwhile, my buddy’s brand new lmt patrol suffered a couple of ftf. =) i can’t wait to build another one!
I think I will try a polymer lower. I had not been interested in them because they were sooo inexpensive. Think I need to rethink my criteria.
Great read that makes me even more intrigued to have one. What sold me was the crush test/material rebound test. I think the polymer lower would make a great base for a coyote shooter since it is lighter and probably can withstand the cold Colorado winters. As always I enjoy reading the articles.
Looks like a great product and as soon as I can I plan on purchasing one.. for the price you can not go wrong.. but money is really tight.. so it is on the back burner for now.. but i will get there someday..
I had and did a full build with their newest generation of them and loved it however I noticed a few minor things. The hammer is very light and the stock trigger group would not be strong enough to hold just a replacement hammer, this is not a huge deal since on the newest design incarnations I was able to just swap in a new trigger group and it worked fine (building AR’s means having plenty of spare USGI stuff around because everyone wants a better trigger). The reason that this was an issue was because after about 6 month’s and 5500 rounds I started to get light hammer strikes on some hornady critical defense rounds (about 1 in 10) but using the hard primers on Wolf and Surplus 556 it shot to about 5/10 rounds. This concerned me a little but instead of letting the problem get worse I made the swap no big deal.
Pro’s of the lower that really impressed me was actually the stock trigger. Very light and clean which was something I was not expecting. It certainly wasn’t a match trigger but it really was better than USGI. The polymer is very robust and strong, the mag well does not flex like my nightmares envisioned, and the buffer tower is very strong. all in all I like it very much. Like most of the things I tried it went to a new owner and he still loves it, but it mainly does duty as a floor model to display optics and magpul gear now. I would tell anyone that is even interested to snatch one up and give it a try it’s 100 bucks for a complete unit that if you don’t like there’s about 100 bucks in stuff on it that you would need to buy anyway for a new build that can be transferred over ( I look at it like this: Buffer Tube, Buffer, Spring, LPK minus trigger and Trigger guard which is what people upgrade anyway works out to right around 89-100 dollars that you will spend anyway). Just a thought why not try a free lower with it?
Great review on the NFA LW-15. I’ve never been a fan of poly weapons, but I may have to give it try. Price point is great, and it will serve the purpose for what I want it to do, occasional target practice and plinking.
I have dismissed these as well and now I am rethinking it. Would love to do a build with one of these. Thanks for the contest!
As the owner of many AR15’s I am a bit skeptical of a polymer lower but would love to give one a try. You can never have enough AR’s :-)
Good article. Thanks for taking the time to put the lower to the test and for presenting your findings for us. Wish NFA had a shop where I live to get a complete lower for $109.
Great giveaway. I’d be willing to give it a go.
Seems like a sound product. It looks like it could compete against the S&W M&P 15 Sport rifle is some ways. An entry level build that is a solid no frills lightweight reliable shooter. S&W also uses a polymer for its 15-22 lower. Its good to see new design ideas like this come to market.
Since it is election year scare time, some of my buddies decided they needed an to go a head and get an AR. I pointed them to NFA since they were on a budget and after seeing the video of the NFA guys throwing around their rifles. When they got their complete lowers we were all very happy with the quality. I cant wait till they finish their builds or let me slap on one of my uppers and really try it out.
Considering the use of polymer for their lowers, I’m interested in what crazy colors they might be considering for future releases. This might be something for me to check out in the near future for another budget build with locally available parts.
I have never won a thing in my life. What a life altering event this would be to win such a wonderful prize.
This would be a awesome prize to win. It would help me with the looming zombie apocolypse.
GO ZERT Y1135 OUT
It will be interesting to see if polymer lowers take the market or just stay an “option.” I hope I win as this will be my first gun build and my first AR.
The polymer lowers and uppers have been working great for us. I would bet over time more people will use them when they have a chance shooting them.
I’m a big fan of polymer lowers in general so the idea of a polymer ar lower is awesome. I can’t believe the beating that it took, that’s my kind of weapon. Polymer parts in general look to be here to stay, they’re only getting better and for pistol frames the benefits are huge. My brother would be super jealous of me if I won this.
I would love to have one of these lowers and see how they perform. Seems like there will always be die hard must be metal fans, just as there are with handguns, however, there is something to be said for durability and lifetime of the polymer.
can’t say i’ve ever even seen one of these lower receivers before. it would be interresting to see how they hold up against the heat and cold fluctuations of the midwest. what do you think would happen over time if the rifle gets used a lot in these kinds of conditions (from 120 degrees farenheit down to -60 degrees)
That is cool, i watched their torture test on the lowers and they put it through some rough stuff and it still held its ground. It would be nice to have one and start building my own custom AR-15.
Awesome article, dude! I live in Colorado (God’s Country) and we often just head to the mountains and cut lose up there. It may not seem significant to most, but saving some 3+ ounces when you’re lugging ammo, several firearms, and whatever assorted beverages you’re carrying matters a lot! Especially when you’re humping through back-country off-trail. Like most, I first fired an AR in basic training, so I, too was skeptical of the poly. I bought a handgun with it and had no problems, but thought it would be a terrible idea for an AR. You often worry that the pro (saved weight) will be offset by the unexpected con (durability, recoil). But from what I’ve read, the durability isn’t really an issue, and the recoil is pretty comparable. Regardless, at around $100 for a lower, I think it’s worth a look. Thanks again for the article!
This would be perfect for the pistol build I want to start!
It’s very interesting to see how well it held up. I’m happy to see “entry” level guns get better and better. Besides a first gun it could also make for a cheap back up rifle to your main one. I would imagine as time goes by the polymer formulas or recipes will make for stronger materials. They certainly seem like a viable option after watching all the videos. I wonder if they will come out with a 7.62×51 version ?
interesting, this would be a great starting base on an ar build.
This looks like it would be fun to shoot.
10yrs of law enforcement under my belt i am one of those guys who really knows what having the proper tools for the job means. I used to be 100% against the new plastic framed firearms that where coming out i only carried sigs and HK’S until i met the Glock .34 after 10,000+ rounds and now would never trade it for anything other let alone trust my life to any other firearm . Now plastic lowers for my car15/m4 i cannot wait to pick one of those up(secretly hoping to win one first to share with the guys at the range) light weight smooth action it would be a step up from the heavy receiver i now use I love bombastic plastic keep up the improvements on the new toys. From your loyal tupperware warrior
Curious to see how these play out. Polymers seem to start slow and then take off like wildfire.
Hell Yea! That’d be awesome!
Even though we don’t have much moisture here, do you think the poly build will do better with the dust in LV? Seems pretty rugged. Probably easier to handle if left in the sun / heat / inside a car.
I’ve got four polymer lowers and I really like their light weight and crisp triggers.
This post has sparked new interest in these for me. I have been considering building out a match rifle and the lower weight of the polymer lower would be a very nice added benefit when you are working through an 80 rd timed string at 600 yards.
looks like a winner. looks fun to shoot
The video you added just makes me want and AR and a slide fire solutions stock even more. Come on lottery winnings come my way, I need the money for more fun toys.
I just want to win it.
I am interested to see how these polymer lowers stand up against solvents and chemicals. I think If I win one I will dunk it in some solvents if I win one.
Nice review. I built my first AR back in March utilizing the LW-15 poly lower. I had read so much skepticism that I almost didn’t purchase it. However, after watching the YouTube torture vids and being on a tight budget, I ordered one. It was a low SN and I had a minor problem with the trigger not resetting, but after a couple of emails to NFA to help diagnose my issue, they sent me out a new trigger group free of charge (this is the “upgrade” on their site now). Since then, I’ve put about 1000 rds through my rifle with no hiccups. This is a sound product from a great company. I’ll go to bat for them to promote polymer lowers….their customer service alone has earned my business going forward!
Have been wanting to build my own AR and this would be the perfect launching ground for that.
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!
I checked them out a few months ago and started scheming a way to create a 9mm SBR out of one without my wife finding out….. This would be a big help.
SSgt Drake, M.A.
Active Duty USMC
RSS Las Vegas Recruiter
I’ve been wanting a polymer lower to build a dedicated .22 on. This would be quite a boost in that direction. Would also make a perfect trunk gun in .223.
Pretty Interesting vid. I’d recommend at least putting a cover plate of sorts on the hammer to strengthen up where it strikes the firing pin.
Personally I like the polymer based guns. They don’t rust. Many of the polymer hold up better under abuse the metals and as a rule they are generally cheaper to replace/repair so there is a lot of good reasons to like a gun based on polymers. Some of the most popular handgun’s out there are polymer based evem if you exlucde the Glock there are several out there even Sig Sauer’s latest generation of firearms the 250 is based on a polymer base.
I’ve been looking at building my first AR. I thought, there’s not going to be a better way to learn than to start from scratch. I have friends that have built several, so I wont be completely alone. I’ve been wondering about poly lowers, and you are right most people scoff at them. If you are giving out one free, I figured I’d give one a shot.
Thanks for an honest review!
Given how common polymer pistols are, it’s rather surprising its use in rifles isn’t more common already. I will definitely consider a polymer lower when I have the dough to invest in a rifle.
This looks like an awesome product. Winning it would make my year.
This is intriguing. I have been considering building my own for some time. but have not “pulled the trigger” and started. After reading this article, it is time!!!!! Thanks for the good information.
I’ve seen the product videos for these. I’ve been trying hard to get one of my friends to make the decision to arm his home and even offered to build an AR for him. This would definitely be the catalyst to start that.
I am also interested in a poly lower. I would love to build a rifle around this one to see how it holds up with my own eyes.
Looks like a great lower. Would be fun to build it into a nice custom AR.
There is nothing wrong with the concept of a polymer lower. The stresses on the lower stem from the recoil spring. If one favors light weight, it’s the ticket. Now, I wouldn’t expect NRA highpower shooters to switch to a polymer lower (my NRA HP AR weighs 13.5 lbs… lightweight is not my concern there!)
But, if I had to lug a rifle around all day, I’d want as much polymer as I could!
very good article. I would love to win
This would allow me to start an AR-15 build that I otherwise couldn’t afford! If I win one, I promise to treat it like hell and do my best to put it through it’s paces long-term!
What an amazing product! I can’t believe that the lower actually was salvageable after being ran over by a tractor!!! I am always looking for new and innovative parts for custom builds, this lower definitely has my attention. I wouldn’t trade my Glock for anything, that being said, I have a feeling that these lowers will end up having an loyal following! Durable, lightweight, inexpensive, and the company is completely behind their product…what more could you ask for!?!
nice product. had the chance to handle one in person.
This product looks very interesting. I wonder if they will start making other colors. I read somewhere (can’t remember where) that introducing dyes into polymers reduces their strength.
I have no shame in rockin’ that pink lower in my AR’s. Zombies are colorblind anyway.
I hope to win one of your awesome polymer lowers. it will definitely help me survive the upcoming Zombie apocalypse. If that doesn’t happen, well I still have a cool AR!
Can you guys make this in FDE too?
I just found this sight after joining ZERT. I purchased a M&P 15 about a month ago and I am now starting to get the bug to make some improvements on it. This sounds like a great piece of equipment. I’ve been a firearms instructor since 2003 and I look forward to being a part of this community
That is a slick lower. Polymer is growing especially with 3D printing and people attempting to print viable lower receivers.
Wow…. what an awesome prize and what an awesome website!
I am still skeptical about these poly lowers. I know I hear great things about them and all the positives, but I have a hard time buying one to try. I would definitely like to win one and try it out. I have all the parts needed to get it built and out on the range. I will be watching for an email. Thanks for putting these giveaways together!
Even if you don’t like the lower, the other parts that come with it are worth $100.00
Very interesting article, and it would be nice to be able to win this. I definitely see these having a successful future. Polymer has come a long way, just ask all the Glock owners.
I want one real bad even if I don’t win this one my wife is buying one for Christmas,(I hope) I already have my parts list ready!!!! I have read all the articles and watched all the videos and I am very excited to build my first AR, i want to get one before they sell out and go up in price. Thank you for the giveaway
Polymer has a good potential for ARs just as they do for handguns. It would bring down the weight of the AR, so you can outfit it with more stuff. Sounds and looks pretty cool, and I’m sure that it is cool.
Gotta agree with you that for a light duty AR or plinking at the range, these things are great. The guys over at New Frontier Armory are willing to stand behind their product and are very helpful anytime you are there. They did put a video up about these lowers and they will take a decent amount of abuse.
nice review. looking to create a plinker AR. this is a part I will consider. winning the part would be great.
wondering if 5.56 or (P+) would add any unwanted stress.
The gun in the pics and video is a 5.56 so no, it wouldn’t.
It’s nice to see a polymer option for the AR platform finally. I’ve read and seen nothing but great reviews on this lower. Repeatedly watch videos of this lower being tortured and coming out on top. It would make a great jumping point for me, as my first AR. Something I can do with my newly born son.
As a Glock fan, this seems like a very logical progression. I’m looking at a T15 lower, but this would be a very interesting alternative.
The T15 is the other lower I compared weight with. It’s a great aluminum lower and you can’t beat the price for the features.
Looks like an awesome addition for zombie killing. I never won anything so this would be the perfect first prize for me.
As I read the article, my first thought was,as I am sure it is with many, what is the cost and what do you get for your money? Reading some of the postive remarks such as toughness and durability were reassuring but the real eyeopener was the fact that you also get fire control group,buffer,spring,and stock. Now..we..are..TALKING! The AR-15 market has obviously exploded with so many “bells,whistles,and ribbons” to dress it up and before you know it you are toting a 2,000 to 3,000 dollar gun around with a set of optics that cost as much as the gun itself! Eventually, someone is going to “bust out of the AR stockade” with the cage rattling deal that will outpace the others and set standards for the others. Is this the one?
I have been looking at these since I first found out about them. I watched the videos on their websites and was impressed. I have wanted to build my own AR from scratch, but after seeing these complete lowers I want one!
Even though I don’t think much of the 5.56 or AR platform when compared to some of the other stuff out there I’ll probably end up getting one just because it’s what the MC has taught me to use and I’m comfortable with it.
i cant really review something i never used although its a great idea just wondering how it will stand up to heat
so review as far as i can tell from pics
light weight always a great idea
if as durable as said thats amazing
If I don’t win one of these, I’m buying one. Awesome concept for an AR.
Even though there’s a lot of evidence out there on the net that points to polymer lowers being just as good, if not better than metal lowers, Im still a bit skeptical. Im sure the lower frame itself is durable enough, but Im curious as to how long the internals will last. It seems that the hammer is degrading pretty fast (from what i see in the video) and im worried that eventually that deformation will lead to inconsistent or light strikes on the firing pin. I’m a rifle team member and I’m sure my team and i would love to run a few hundred thousand rounds through this thing in an attempt to prove its worth.
IF the hammer wears out, NFA will replace it for free, for life.
All the more reason to throw some lead downrange then. Im a relatively young shooter, and the more i research this lower, the more i think I’m going to use it for my first AR build. I shoot precision 10m standing air, and 3 position 50ft smallbore already and I’m in the market for something that will be a “fun” gun. I want something cheap that will sling lead downrange and this seems to be the best fit for that job so far.
I read the article and watched the video, I agree that it’s not for everyone, with that being said, it would make a great first time AR for a women or younger person wanting to get in on the action. If I were to be chosen as the winner Iam sure My Wife and Daughter would love shooting this rifle and would appreciate how light and well built it is . Thanx for the info,video and giveaway.
I’m also skeptical of the poly lower, but trying various configurations and components is one of the best things about owning an AR. It was nice meeting you up at the Clark County Range Wednesday. YOu’ve put together a very useful site.
Wow I had some issues about buying a polymer stock but after seeing that and reading the story I may have to, en less I can win one off of 702 here.
Thanks for the chance to own one.
Bought one of the polymer New Frontier complete last week and added an upper this week. Anxious to get to the range and try it out!
This is a amazing giveaway! I’m currently a college student who was previously Pre-Dent, however I recently switched over to a track that leads me to my true passion, civil service. My father is a police officer, as well as a SWAT officer and has been for nearly 30 years, so growing up I was fascinated by weapons and tactics. Sadly, we never owned an AR. I have been hitting the range more getting familiar with firearms and the one thing I have been looking into deeply is building my own AR. This is a dream that my father and I have shares for some time, but due to accidents or money problems it has been postponed multiple time. This giveaway would be an excellent starting place to making that dream happen! Plus, the day the drawing is (October 27) is MY BIRTHDAY, an happens to be my 21st birthday as well. Even if I am not chosen, I will for sure stay tuned to this sight for all the great information it offers! It really is among one of the best I have visited by far.
Stopped by NFA on my way home tonight to check out this lower – very nice in appearance, looks great for the price. Hope I experience it firsthand if I’m lucky enough to win.
Cool, rugged, and cutting edge… If they get the polymer down to use with a 3-D printer, everybody will be able to get one… But till then, Way to go, New Frontier Armory…
Im new to AR builds, but if they’re as durable as this article sounds I definitely need to go to Northtown and check these guys out! Please enter me in the raffle so I can do some testing too!
My step dad got a polymer AR-15 lower about a year ago due to its affordability. I was skeptical to say the least. The only cons I have found thus far is that it was a bit of a tight fit in some areas that took a bit of work to make fit properly.
However, between the price, weight, built in accuwedge and the fact it seems to function the same as its metallic brethren, I would say it definitely has a place in the AR world.
I hope I get one, I’ve been designing a custom AR for quite some time now.
I was sketical of polymers, but this is more than plastic. And I have seen several metal components fail…30 caliber trigger guard…various injection molded parts. I have a Keltec P3AT which I am very fond of and of course my law enforcement buds have glocks. So, I am very interested in this lower and will probably get one in the next year….moon
Would be great to win something like this! Would be my ar build. And would use it to train first timers.
If I happen to win one of these lowers I’ll donate the equivalent amount of the lower to Wounded Warriors. Additionally, I will supply one of my 50 cal Skull Bottle Openers to 702shooter to offer up as a prize.
Thanks for producing a worthy site for all of us that value our 2nd Amendment Freedoms.
Hooah! Go Army!
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
— G.K. Chesterton
I already bought one and have been reading reviews and watching vids on it while waiting for my PSA Upper to come in the mail.
Thank you for the review!
This would be a great prize to win. I really need an AR in my gun cabinet and have been looking at lowers and uppers wanting to build my own AR. I have heard good things about the New Frontier lowers.
It would be great to win this. If Glock could create a market for polymer handguns I don’t see why the same couldn’t be done for ARs. The only concern I have is that this will really give more fodder to the gun control nuts who are already raising issues about 3-d printers being used to make guns.
I have wanted an AR 15 since the 70,s. My brother used a similar weapon in Vietnam. I have one now, but he doesn’t and couldn’t possibly afford one.(too proud to take my only AR 15). He came home with the Bronze star and multiple other medals, and it would give me GREAT PLEASURE to build and present to him an AR 15 built with this New Frontier Armory LW-15 lower. He would be almost as happy owning it, as I would be giving it to him! I built him a custom K-Bar and would like him to have a custom AR-15 to go with it. He’s disabled now, but he still shoots mine like a pro, which he is! He is trying to teach me long distance shooting now. lol! Please consider my entry for my brother, a true “Hero” to me and to this Country that he gave so much for! He deserves it! Sincerely Thank You for the chance, Dave S “Digger”
I can’t let my girlfriend see the pictures of the pink lower! I’d never get that thing away from her…I’d definitely pick one up in some random color though and be “that guy” at the range :)
This would be an amazing win. I’m a Vet of the Navy and I am currently taking Law Enforcement classes at my local college to get onto a police force. This weapon would become a great asset to me when I finally make the force.
I’ve been looking at these lowers for my first build. Thanks for the review, and the opportunity to win one!
Well after watching the video and reading what New Frontier Armory had done to the LW-15 rifle i am sold on it. I haven’t really got into the AR/M4 platform rifles in the past due to there reliability, but now since technology has gotten alot better with them i think its time that i start. I mainly own russian combat rifles due to their reliability and if you practice with them enough you can get really good with them. I believe that this would be a great opportunity for me to build an American made M4 style rifle starting with the New Frontier LW-15 lower.
Thank you New Frontier for donating 3 lowers for the giveaway and thank you 702 Shooter for the opportunity to win one.
This is a fantastic giveaway for any hopeful beginner looking to get into the AR field.
I would love the opportunity to start a custom build with one of these lowers.
Very nice I would love to see how it does compared to my M&P 15!!! Then keep one as a spare
I bought a New Frontier Armory LW-15 stripped lower and built a ULW .22LR AR with it. I’d love to have another lower. Been very pleased with mine.
This would be perfect for the pistol build I want to start!
A friend of mine in Missouri just finished a 300 blackout pistol build with one of these lowers. He said he will absolutely buy another for his next build. He was impressed by the durability of all the components and that it’s 5ozs lighter is a plus.
I have not seen a polymer lower in person, but am intrigued by it. I wonder how it holds up to intense heat on a regular basis? Does the surface mar easily? It would seem that you could texture that surface if you so desired. Thanks for hosting another great giveaway!
I have never actually shot a polymer lower but when I held one I felt like I was playing with my little brothers Airsoft gun. It was good to see the video which looks like it actually holds up pretty well under diverse conditions
This will fit a build i have been wanting to do for a while now. Wanting
To build a very light rifle that i can paint up with camo
Thanks to all, that makes this site so good.
Hello X702! I left a comment before, but I’ll say this as well. You sound like a very sexy individual:) You must be very good looking and buff as well. I would be surprised if there are not gobs of women falling at your feet. I’ve also heard that flattery gets you everywhere! PS. I would really like to win this thing. Thanks for the opportunity man!
I promise not to run it over with a tractor when I win it, nor will I use it as a step to climb over a wall, Although I’m sure it would survive in both instances. Thank You.
WOW a Polymer AR. Christmas is coming and I want “Santa” to give me one.
I have built a number of ARs but never with a polymer lower. You have my interest in building a polymer pistol or 300 whisper. Please put me in the drawing.
That would be a badass upgrade!
As a retired, 25 year Navy Vet, this would be an excellent start for building a rifle on limited funds. Hope to win, but just as happy to see someone more deserving win.
This sounds really cool. How do I enter the drawing?
You just did. :)
Polymer is some strong stuff. Iv’e seen Glocks and polymer clips for AR’s and all the stuff is really strong. I think this will be the future of the AR once more people have them and and find out how strong they are. The Polymer lowers also make the guns cheaper so more people like myself can own one. I could never afford an decent AR. But now with the price of the lowers (109 for a complete lower), Iv’e started looking. These lowers make these types of guns affordable give you the options of multiple calipers, and I think these lowers will help more people buy AR’s because of the price. The more people that have them them will also make them harder to ban. Iv’e mentioned the final price to people and they can’t believe it’s for a complete lower. complete AR for about 500$! Great job NFA.
Lets see what happens when I get MY hands on it.
Thought of something interesting today. What if you could make the polymer lower in camo patterns during the molding process? How cool would that be? No more hours of spray or duracoat for this guy.
This would be my first build ever. I can’t believe that while knowing about “poly” handguns for what seems like forever that it would never cross my mind that you could do the same thing for a rifle. Now I just need to find a site where I can register to win a time machine to go back and get rich by having this idea first
I really need the glock of AR’s these lowers look sweet
As long as the lower receiver has been redesigned for polymer, and not just an exact copy of an aluminum lower, it should hold up very well.
I do have to say that a “glock” AR lower would be sweet, but after watching the videos NFA put up on youtube, I am pretty convinced this thing will take a licking and keep on ticking. Watching it get squeezed in a 12 ton press, then accepting and freely dropping a magazine is pretty impressive, the aluminum lower couldn’t do that.
This will make an awesome lower for a custom-build I am planning!
Would be an awesome base for a new build. I want to see how well it holds up to punishment myself. Thanks for the giveaway. You guys rock!
Wow! Glock is my sidearm of choice and to be able to use similar technology in an AR platform is truly a welcomed breakthrough. Lugging a heavy firearm on a wild hog hunt sucks and the NFA LW-15 is an answer to my apparent laziness. I need this thing!
Looking to build my very first AR. This would help me get off to a great start. I’ve always dealt with pistols in the past as an Instructor and now want to go from shooting a friends AR to my own.
i would like the lower because i would like to build my own ar. the lower would be the base of my own build project.i have never had or used a polymer lower before.but i sure would like to . thanks rich
give it to me!
This is the 4th giveaway you have improperly entered and the 3rd using the exact same demanding words.
Here’s an idea…READ THE DAMN RULES!
New Frontier is one of the best gun stores here in Las Vegas. I have bought several guns from this store already. I am planning on building an AR15 so winning this lower would be a great start. :))
That is a cool lower, i am trying to build my first AR15 and after seeing the product it would be a nice start to my first ever build.
What good timing in this giveaway, I am starting on my own AR build and this would be a great lower to have on it. I really like the lighter weight of this polymer lower, as being 100lbs with chicken arms–every ounce lighter is better for me.
NFA is such a great store, with quality staff and excellent customer service, and Iwould be proud to have one of these lowers on my AR.
I suppose if I was not lucky enough to win won the low cost is very appealing. I would choose this lower more for its low cost, than its low weight. The savings would allow me to buy a nicer upper. But I wonder if having such a light lower that the gun would feel fairly front-heavy once you added a heavy barrel, and aluminum free-float forend with other accessories. I guess I would find out once I won:-)
Would love to start an ar build. This would be a great start.
Nice honest review, It makes me want one of these pieces even more!
Technology does keep moving foreward and sometimes we’re skeptical at first. I was one of those people who couldn’t imagine owning a Glock when they first came out, I’m actually a Glock fan now. I’d love to win one of these lowers and get on board at the beginning instead of realizing years later that I could have had one and been enjoying it regularly with my sons.
Its amazing how far technology, specifically materials science has come. Polymers and even metals today today aren’t what they were 20 years ago. From hardening to tempering to specific material polymer properties we have come along way. Now this seems like a great choice for a lower cost lower, but I am sure soon we will see higher and high quality polymers for more lowers. I am sure we will all be blown away with what comes down the pike in 20 years.
With only four hours to go on giving away the first lower, it’ll be exciting to see who gets it. I can anticipate what I’m going to build with mine. I would be curious to see what the person does when they win it. Best of luck to everyone.
I was actually online doing some looking around for a lower for my first AR build when I ran across this. I agree with Woody that materials have come SO far & are continuing to progress at such a rapid pace. I think the concept of this lower is certainly strong & the product looks solid. (both figuratively & literally!) I would love to have this to get things started on my build!
Our first winner was selected and has been notified via email. Is it you? Check your email to find out an d claim your prize!
I can’t believe I won it!!!! This is awesome going to start my build as soon as I pick it up. Thanks to 702shooter and NFA for this awesome contest
Congrats man. Don’t forget to come back and post your thoughts on the product.
I picked up the lower yesterday and my initial impression of the product is, I’m liking it. While I don’t have an upper to put on it because I am new dad with a second child and a college student (bye bye play money) I did go over the lower in great detail. The trigger to me is nice, no slop, crisp pull every time (I’d guess about 5lbs of pull) Everything seems to have tight tolerance, except the butt stock but most six positions are like that. The polymer seems abundant in places of force and seems it will hold up. I am concerned about the hammer wear over time, but again NFA offers a lifetime warranty on the lower, so if anything should happen I just bring it back for the repair. Overall I am quite satisfied with this lower and look forward to put it through its paces.
As funds permit, switch the stock for a Magpul CTR and it will take most, if not all, of the wobble out of the 6 position stock.
Thanks for the update. Keep us posted on your build. :)
So just an update on my AR build went to Guns and Ammo Garage on Black Friday and picked up their optics ready upper with the Magpul MOE foregrip in FDE. Just a couple more finishing touches and I will be done with my first build.
I have an AR which I bought from New Frontier and olive it! Now I need a complete set of lowers to help with the next at plate form… please pick me!!!!!!!
I have a friend that picked one of these up. They seem pretty strong and durable. They are pretty light, would’ve been nice to of had one, when I was deployed. I’m looking to add one to my CMMG .22 upper. I do like the testimonial of the guy that ran it over with his tractor.
Did you ever make it to the range and try the short reset pull on the LW-15?
Yes but to be honest, I don’t have much to compare it to as I use Timney Triggers in all my personal builds and it’s like comparing apples and oranges.
I have been searching for a lower for my upper i just purchased 2 months ago but cannot afford one and whether or not I win this one I am still purchasing New Frontier Polymer based Lower because I have found that in weight and durability comparison New Frontier shows the most promising results in overall utility… In other words it is just as durable as most metal based lowers and it is much lighter! this is a promising product that is well worth the purchasing dollar… My friend purchased a Stag arms complete upper and he was worried about how it might work with a different brand lower and he has been nothing but impressed and his enthusiasm for this brilliantly designed product has made me a believer.
My primary has been the M1A 308 for quite some time. However my son has gotten me to try the ARs and wants me to get into building them. Especially, since he had his Bushmaster stolen in Spokane, WA last year with several other weapons. If nothing else I would like to build a light, special AR to replace that one for him. And this lower appears to be just the ticket to what I have in mind.
It’s interesting how the “old guard” in every field or hobby can be a little (or a lot) resistant to change. I’m glad the reviews for this look so great, it’s definitely on my list of lowers to consider for my next build.
This lower would be perfect for my fist AR build. I am definitely interested in polymer.
I own one of these LW-15 rifles in a very low serial number.
Never have I had any problems, and I would use it in combat.
I shoot much more then once or twice a month, as my nearest resident is over 9 miles away.
It is a great utility rifle, light, accurate, and for the money you can afford to knock it about without crying you scratched something.
This is a real rifle for serious users.
You can spend 3 grand on a hugmoe safe queen that might get some dirt on it ;).
VERY NICE! CONGRATS TO THE FIRST WINNER.
First time I have ever heard of these polymer lowers! It’s nice to see they’re being made and produced in my hometown where I live! Really would be nice to help bring down costs and help get out the word of the NFA polymer lowers! It would definitely be nice to win something I could most definitely be proud of and happy to show off. I happen to actually need a lower for my first AR build.
I’ve had one for a while and it has worked flawlessly for me.
This would be a sweet lower to win. Hope im the lucky person
I just read your article on NFA’s polymer lower. I think this would be a great lower for a walk an stalk AR, because of weight reduction. I think I would put a pistion upper on it to keep the heat out of the lower. I also think this would be great with a 17HMR upper. As far as adding strenght to the polymer lower,may I suggest steel bushing at the connecting points for the upper and lower mating points. Glock made this work with steel rails in their polymer lower, and their guns work great. After seeing a show about the H&K MP7, a polymer machine gun, I also think a polymer lower has potential as a combat gun. Thanks 702 for having all these giveways.
Great feedback man. Thank you.
I’ve been wanting to buy or build a new AR since I had to sell mine, but money has been extremely tight. Found these things online recently and decided I could work towards affording one, then piece together the upper as I got the money. Winning this would definitely springboard me into action and get me back to the range. Also trying to introduce my fiance to shooting, and an AR, in my opinion, is one of the best platforms to learn from.
I bought one of these at a gun show it was a Realy good price I knew nothing about it at the time. I have been reading a lot of good things about them. I took mine out and shot about 200 rounds through it works great and the weight is great compared to my friends forged ar mine is so light and nice to run around with. I would really like another to start a second ar build with the trigger felt great my friend also Thought it shot great and he liked the lighter weight of the gun I really think new frontier has a great product here
I am getting one next Thursday. I own 3 polymer lower pistols and am excited to get my “XD” AR I’m not a Glock hater i just prefer my XD. I own a YHM lower AR built with an SP-1 upper. Think I might go M4 with this one or a 300 Whisper. If I won one, I could build both. Thanks
Looks great. I would love to have one of these to test against other lowers. The weight sounds great too.
I love how the pressure test showed how strong they are!! This will be my first ar 15 that i would own and build from the bottom up. So good luck to all and, I can’t wait to get my hands on one and take it out to play with some exploding targets…
Man I didn’t win that one but I still want one I would love to have one for my first AR build. Thanks 702
that is a great looking lower and at a competitive price. i would love to do a comparison to my dpms lower.
Great lower to have in your arsenal, extremely lightweight, durable and fun to shoot! Need another for my addiction. Glad we live in a country (for now) that allows its citizens to have a chance to win something cool from a great shooting site. Thank you 702 for the great giveaways.
I have had several 15’s but not with a polymer lower. I was not to sure about them, but after reading your findings on it I think I would like to give them a try. I like the weight reduction and if the strength is there. NFA is a great store so I am sure anything coming out of there would be first class.
Benn looking for a lower to start my first build with… have looked at polymer lowers for their lightweight properties, but many of the ones I have come across have seem to have been found wanting, that is, not lived up to the needed functionality and/or durability… yours, from what I read holds great promise and potential of a great product and the next great thing in the polymer lower world and I would be more than happy to use yours for the build… Here is to being chosen by you all to give it a try… thanks for the opportunity…
Has anyone tried to paint one of the LW-15 lowers? If so, what type of surface prep did you need to do first? Looking to really make something original with my rifle. Many thanks, Ted
Yes, people have painted them. Not sure what they did to prep them BUT…One BIG mistake people make is getting pain inside the buffer tube threads. When the buffer tube is put back in, it can and most likely will crack the lower if there is pain in the threads.
Ahh good to know. I’ll make sure I tape that up really well. Thanks for the info and the great reviews. Keep it up!!!
Looks awesome. I’d love to have one of these!
I have an AR based on a PCF lower. I have not had any issues with this polymer lower to date. How do these lowers compare to the PCF lowers?
Looking forward to building an AR instead of buying outright and accessorizing. This looks like a great starting block. Quite possibly the material for the future of AR’s
I’ve been curious about the NFA lowers. I’ve read up on a few other polymer lowers and this seems to be a fair bit better and at an excellent pricepoint. To the author’s point on the glock, I have to say that I’ve tried shooting a good deal of pistols and tend to prefer the polymer in terms of lighter weight, less fuss to take care of, and it seems like they handle recoil better but perhaps that’s related to something else.
Thanks for the article and the chance at the lower!
I’m intrigued by the polymer trigger group, mostly surprised that the hammer can hold up to those sort of impacts, but that’s modern polymers for you!
If I were to win, I think the biggest challenge would be trying to figure out what caliber upper to get; .204 , .223, or 300 BLK
I’m interested in one of these lowers to build a dedicated 45 ACP AR. I hadn’t considered a polymer lower before reading this article, it may be just the right combination for what I have in mind.
Hey I like it. A cheaper lower is always appreciated and I would be willing to give a polymer lower a try.
The second chap to respond on this thread said something that sounded important; that as long as the lower had been designed with polymer in mind, and not just copied the aluminum receiver specs, it should be sound. We all know how Glocks work. This is the first time I have actually considered a polymer lower – would love to talk to the manufacturer more…
I agree that as long as these lowers were designed to be made from polymer, there’s no reason that they shouldn’t perform well. I’d be worried, however, if they just copied an aluminum design. Engineering doesn’t really work that way.
I have been contemplating getting one of these lowers for awhile. I would love to be able to try it out on my second ar build. Count me in, and thank you for the time to present this giveaway to us, as well as a special thanks to New Frontier!
I’ve got a couple heavy duty ARs. It would be nice to get something light and reliable for the wife to shoot alongside me. Is that so wrong?
I’ve wanted to build a AR, but didn’t know much about them. This was a great article! I hope I win so I can build one of these!
I’ve been looking at these polymer lowers for awhile and just haven’t been able to pull the trigger on buying one yet. Loved seeing that a tractor ran over the gun and the lower was pretty much the only thing to survive. Then when your video backs it up with wear data, it makes me wonder why you consider the lower more suitable for a truck gun as opposed to an everyday shooter? Look forward to any feedback you can give. BTW your article just shoved me off the fence, so whether I’m able to win a lower (that would be nice) or not, I’ll be buying an NFA lower this month, thank you for that. I’m thinking now that you can’t build enough of these, so maybe one in 300 blackout, hmmm…………
In the market to build a new AR in the near future. Glad to hear your side on polymer lowers; aside from NewFrontierArmory I have a hard time finding positive information on the relatively “new” product. I’ve proven myself wrong many times when I fail to do through research prior to making a decision, and it is something I have forced myself to change. I’d love to hear updates on the performance of the polymer lower down the line.
Also in the market to build an AR. A polymer lower may help with my idea of a SBR AR- This way it will be a bit more comfortable as a pistol until the tax stamp comes in. Heck, if it’s comfortable enough as a pistol I would just keep it there, save 200 buck.
Thanks to 702shooter and NFA for this contest. I bought my first AR this week– a Sig M400. Heck after reading the article and watching the video even if I don’t win this lower I think I’ll be buying one ASAP..
If I win this it would be my first AR. It is something I want to buy just don’t have the funds right now. A polymer lower is just like polymer based handguns the wave of the future.
I have a P95 with a polymer frame I have put about 2000 rds through it with very little wear.
this looks awesome
i’d like to put a .300 AAC blackout upper on this bad boy and call some hogs!!! this would be perfect
Getting ready to start a AR 15 build and this would make a great starting platform……………….
You send me the giveaway if you want, I’ll put it through it’s paces.
I think a polymer lower from New Frontier Armory would be a great way to begin my first AR build.
I would love to be a good brother and have a good present for my brother on Christmas Morning :D
I have been looking at these for my first AR… Would sure be sweet to win one!
I want to step into the world of owning and AR but I also want to build one. This would be a great way to start.
I have built one AR in the past but would like to do another for my wife. I think this would make an ideal lower for her, and a backup for me!
I’ll take one, PLEASE!
Keep hearing that getting a lowe now opens the door to making an AR later even if a new ban comes along. It’s mine, you hear me? All mine, mine, mine!
I have been thinking about building up a new M-Forgery. I was even considering trying the 80% milled receivers – but access to a milling machine, although possible – is inconvenient at best. This receiver is intriguing. I am not sold on a polymer lower, but I am not closed to the idea either. Certainly I have my share of polymer pistols, and I am well satisfied with them. It would be interesting to see how much ‘slop’ I’d have in between the upper and lower.
I can tell you from first hand experience that there is no slop with these lowers. It’s a very nice, tight fit between the lower and upper.
I could really use a NFA lower for a lightweight AR-15 build
Sweet a** lower! I’m making my first build in the next up coming months and its diff. gunna be a budget build. My first one’s gunna be a committed .22lr and I plan to get this lower for it. For a .22 there’s no real reason to go all out on the lower specially with such a low cartridge, plus look at the price tag no point in spending $200-300 on a lower for a .22lr. This has already been talked about I know but couldn’t resist the chance to get one free, only 18 workin’ on a farm shovelin’ shi* to make this build, keepin’ my fingers crossed! love this page btw very informing, that picture of the broken gun up top totally convinced me to get this. Keep up the good work 702shooter.
p.s. – Read the rules on the giveaways and I’m outta state so I went and unchecked the “Nevada Events” box but wasn’t sure about the rest of the boxes. Just don’t want to be ineligible is all, thanks.
You’re good. Thanks for paying attention to the rules. :)
Omg i stumbled upon your website while watching a youtube video about trijicon at a show you guys did in the 702 so i fllowed the link to your website then i seen all these giveaways and this was the last one left so im like i this real …so i click this lw-15 vid and omg i had my volume up and then mat shot this thing and almost woke up my kids .Im from michigan and i have never saw anything like this the LW-15 is the After Life God sent here to save us all i am in love with this and Glad you took time to show this off . For me this is like watching some star wars movie Not what i was expecting to see tonight .But im going to watch this vid over and over im astounded and i dig the web site
This is a great lower for someone like myself to start with without breaking the bank. Thanks for the review. It’s to bad they are sold out. I showed your video to guys here at work who are current AR owners. They were amazed at the performance and weight difference. Now I just need to keep my eyes open for when New Frontier gets more lowers in stock.
This is a great lower. I have one with a DPMS Oracle upper and have had no problems. When my friends see it, they are a little skeptical but after they pick it up and try it… a different story. They was supprised at the weight differance. This is a great starter lower for the beginners that don’t want to spend alot of money for something they might not like. But I would be surprised if anyone didn’t like it. I have owned or used others and could not be happier with this lower. I am not saying the other manufactures are bad products because I have owned some others and have nothing but good rifles. With the price of this lower you can’t beat it. I want to build another for my gf but if I don’t win, whoever does will get a great product. I would like to thank you for the chance and to New Fronrier Armory for the product.
OK, you’re moving me to go with a polymer lower.
I’d like to wring this thing out. If it’s done right, there’s no reason it couldn’t be the Glock of the AR world. Do it wrong and you earn your plastic fantastic derision.
Looking to build my first AR to get into 3 gun with. This would make a great start to my build.
Thanks for information on the polymer lowers!
I was impressed with your polymer lower reciever video of it taking a beating and kept on clicking. I was in fact a little sceptical. I say ‘little’ because my extra 30 rnd.polymer mags for my Sig M400 have proved to work flawlessly.Passing this video at your site to my nephews who are both dealers and build some of their own guns.
I prefer polymer guns. Plastic is the material of the future! Obviously there are some parts that shouldn’t be plastic, like the chamber and the barrel, but any part that doesn’t have to deal with high pressures or friction are better if they are made of polymer. Plastic is strong AND flexible. These look like excellent rifles in my opinion.
I wish I could get one of this before they take our US gun rights away
I was skeptical of these polymer receivers until I read this article and watched the New Frontier YouTube videos. Now I am a believer in the polymer wonders that they are.
this does look interesting. i was planning on a build soon and it would be great to put this under a sturdy 556 upper and prove its worthyness.
The more I read about this polymer lower, the more I want to buy one. Being in Las Vegas NFA is not far. I’m most impressed that it held up to a 12 ton press! Thanks for giving us great content 702shooter!
“The LW-15 has a lifetime warranty so if you do experiences any problems, NFA will quickly remedy the situation.”
Folks, to stand by your product and say any issues and we’ll make it right tells me something-they are doing things the right way. I think this is a excellent product for the Truck Gun catagory. I don’t see predators on the ranch turning up their noses at a ploy-lower except to kill over.
If these are as good as in the Video, I would consider buying 3 or 4. Was very impressed by the Video. The one thing that I was unsure of was the durability, but now I’m reconsidering my view on the poly-lower. Thanks 702 for the vid.
I’ve read about this product before and it looks quite promising. Isn’t the lower one of the components of the rifle with the least amount of stress being applied to it? I would love to be able to run it for and while and see for myself.
between the wife,kid,mortgage,car and Christmas..affording an AR ,at this point,is nearly impossible. If, however, I won this it would be possible to build my 1st AR and give myself one heck of a Christmas present A very merry polymer holiday to you all
i love these guns, my friend has one, and i need an ar to compete!
A buddy of mine told me about the LW15 lower last year, and I have been following them closely, waiting for more reviews over a longer period of time to roll out. I am hoping to purchase one here in the next month or so and have my own LW15!
It would make sense that rifles will eventually follow the pistol model of polymerization. Would love to have one of these for my preditor AR.
I have a composite lower and I would put it against any of the other lowers that I had purchased before. It is safe, reliable and a pleasure to shoot.
OK, in my first entry and post, I will make a fool of myself. I have never had any interest in anything AR, but the tractor story intrigued me. I am a total hand gun enthusiast and the only rifle I own is at Ruger 10/22 – very old, bought many years ago to shoot skunks on my friends ranch. I a few of the handgun magazines, I think I have seen ads for 22 LR uppers for sale – I’ll have to check this out. I would prefer a 22 mag upper if one is available. Regardless, thanks for the opportunity and your very informative website.
My best regards,
This would make a great start to building a M4 carbine for the wife. It would be light enough for her to shoot and to learn all about rifles
I think I could really make good use of the NFA Lower Receiver in my upcoming AR-15 Build…
Nice video… This lower would be a great start to my upcoming AR-15 build! I think a polymer lower is an interesting concept for an AR.
I shoot a Doublestar AR and have loaned my lower to my youngest son because he traded for a custom put together upper by someone that knows what they are doing. I was trying to help him find a lower for his gun and had actually discouraged him from getting one of the New Frontier polymer lowers. After reading the article on this site and watching some video on the manufacturer’s site. I have definitely had to “eat crow” as the old saying goes. I now plan to encourage him to buy one of the complete lowers and may even get one for my son-in-law for a build of his own. He is in the military, but I think will be very impressed after showing him what I have seen coupled with the New Frontier guarantee. Thanks for the great website that puts out reviews that are actually useful. As for my “crow,” I guess I will have to request it cooked “extra crispy”. I will learn to do more research before making suggestions I’m the future.
I have been in the market for the first ar15 for my son. I wanted to build the upper with him and after reading the review here, this looks like the perfect lower to fit his rifle!
I would like to use polymer lower in my first ar build. I would show that the strength and durability to stop misconception of the polymer lowers! If won I would build the ar by an average guy, notice shooter and shoot you tube video.Thanks for this opportunity
I’m digging your site and your content. I’ve been thinking about getting one of these for my AR build because I like what I’ve found in different reviews, which is what brought to your site in the first place. Thanks for not just sounding like you’re being paid to sell the products you’re reviewing. I appreciate the straightforwardness and the depth. And the tractor story.
I really think the Polymer type products are going in the right direction. Having a Polymer lower can definitely help out in both fighting combat fatigue and the ability to carry more ammo, food and water. For every ounce you shave off a system, it allows you to place that in another aspect of the mission. Not only those points, but also the durability. As the pics and video show, you can actually use this the way it’s meant to be used. You no longer need to “Baby” it, so to say. So in the end, this to me is really ground breaking, just like when they started using polymers in handguns..
I’ve seen what it can do, I’ve seen the durability of them. I pray after what I’ve been thru lets see if I’m on santa’s list this year…
Happy holidays…. Everyone.
Is it possible to make the entire lower COMPLETELY out of the polymer material? I know durability issues would arise, but short-term is it a possibility? I merely ask the question because I’ve been watching Homeland a lot so it’s got me thinking in terrorist terms…
I’m not sure what to say other than… I want one !!!
Total goodness all warped up in one !!! After checking out Frontiers website… all I can say is wow they really tricked out this product… enough said. Maybe a stocking stuffer this year from Santa . = )
New Frontier Armory Model LW-15 Light weight polymer AR-15 Lower
Complete* Lower – ready to pin onto upper and fire!!!
Lightweight – weighs in at 1.6 lbs – That’s 7.2oz lighter than a standard lower
Lightest most durable composite polymer lower on the market today
Low maintenance / easy cleaning / scratch resistant
Accepts all standard MIL SPEC uppers
Features the accu-group composite fire control system
Can accommodate any brand MIL SPEC LPK upgrade
Reversible safety to accommodate left or right hand shooters
Also available in multiple configurations
Another great review! I’ve been cheesing out the nfa lowers since they released them and have been really thinking of picking one up to build a rifle for the wife. It’s about time she had he own!
Another great review! I’ve been checking out the nfa lowers since they released them and have been really thinking of picking one up to build a rifle for the wife. It’s about time she had he own!
great review thank you. informative and well written
Whoohoo!!! just won the Monthly giveaway for the LW15! Thanks so much 702shooter.com and New Frontier Armory! Can’t wait to get this lower, pair it up with an upper and experience this product for myself!! Very Excited!!!!
Congrats man. :)
Let us know how you like it.
Still one more to give away, right? I’m going stir crazy over this, lol! Congrats rbuzar….you’re gonna LOVE that lower. Half the fun is proving everyone wrong at the range about polymer! Once they see it in action, they can’t deny…
Yep. Next drawing is December 27th!
Yeah, i can’t wait. I’ve already got a box of ammo and a day set aside for some range time :-p definitely some skeptics at my work place i can’t wait to prove wrong
I enjoyed your description of the caustic plastic guns. Ironically a Glock was the first handgun I ever fired. And just recently bought one as my first gun! I really like the design, weight, and functionality. Along with it I have been considering getting a rifle. I have debated between bolt actions and semi-autos, and haven’t fully come to a compromise. I have seriously considered building my own ar15. I find the information that you have provided on this product to be quite useful for a beginner.
Thanks for the feedback. :)
Here’s a link you may want to read over if you decide to buy or build an AR-15.
What with the UN and Congress both talking about gun control, it’s paramount that financially accessible options such as this lower become more widely available. That being said, being a broke college student, I’d love a free one! Good review!
=Hello NFA my name is Jeremy, i have built a few AR-15’s,556,300blackout,AR-10 308,and have always shied away from polymer lowers.They just seemed too cheap.I am now building an AR for my future wife.She is always trying shoot my guns and now its time for her to have an AR.I would be so lucky to have a chance to review your lower in person on her build if you would give me a chance.I will spair no expense in the testing of this lower and will document it well and post blogs about it because my buddies and I will be picking a couple up if it performs well as a weapon system lower.So please NFA from the bottom of my heart,please let me sample ur LW-15 lower. Thank You for the oppertuity JEREMY
That looks like a great low weight high-performance lower. Paired with a light weight chromed barrel and bump fire and and it could get real expensive to feed!
I have the LW 15 along with NFA AR pistol lower. I have to say they are quality made and I really enjoy them both. I may be looking to purchase another one shortly.
I picked up one of these lowers six months ago and works great. Want me another one to build a rifle from scratch…
protecting my family is a high priority for me and this will suit my needs i never had a build befor so this could be a first im ready and have lots of time thanks for the awesome vid and pics.
I was bummed that I didn’t win last month, but all the same, congrats rbuzar2012! And well there’s always next month.
Looks like a great piece, thanks for the chance!
My first firearm was a Glock. I absolutely love it. The polymer is strong and lightweight. I have been looking to purchase an AR style firearm. I am certainly intrigued by a polymer lower for an AR. It seems like a good way to keep the weight down!
I just ordered one of the NFA POLY Lowers for a CMMG .22LR conversion kit. This will be my “Dedicated” AR15/.22LR. I will be attaching the lower to a Surplus Ammo & Arms 16″ 1:9 M4 AR-15 Upper Receiver. I’m thinking about adding a “Slide Fire” stock as well! Thanks for a GREAT review!
I’ve been seriously looking into getting a lower receiver just in case Pres Obama does try to do what he said he would do. Unfortunately, everyone else has had the same idea. So, I’ve looked high and low and found a few things here and there, but the prices just haven’t been all that great. The NFA polymer lower looks like a very nice lower. Perhaps I’ll start with that. Take care and stay safe and shoot straight.
Great review. I’ve been looking to build my first AR and had been considering a polymer one. You’ve helped me make up my mind. I placed my order for one before noticing you are giving one away. Well, hopefully I will get to build two. I’ve been slowly reading some of your other articles and I really like what I’ve seen. Keep up the good work.
As many people that are making ar-15 ‘s now(we have 4 that I know of in Orlando),They HAVE to have all the bugs ironed out by now. I am like so many of the customers out there; I just cannot afford a $900 to $1200 version .With every guy in America owning(or wanting)an AR ,whoever makes an affordable one is going to sell a LOT of AR’s! Make mine a Lefty(wishful thinking)
been looking at thies for a while now to do a build for my son
My first handgun was a glock an it amazed me how much of the weight was all in the barrel and upper assembly. It’s the same thing here. I thinks it’s pretty bad@$$ a local company decides to do this, starts cranking them out, and has glowing reviews since. Props to New Frontier Armory, keep up the great work.
Now off to another section of 702shooter to ask questions about my own AR-15. Thanks guys!!
It is an interesting concept that would definitely be worth looking into. My Taurus 24/7 has polymer parts and I have little or no trouble with it.
Great concept. For such a small weapons system the AR is not light. I’d love to get my hands on one! It’s amazingly priced too! Plastics!
These things are not a new concept but all the haters out there will say they are NOT as good as metal!!!
Well look at the videos and the reviews!! all you haters!!!
These are here to stay and watch the price go up a little do to the demand!!!
Would like to build one with a .50 upper and see how many rounds i could put through it and video document the progress.
Extreme Torture test
These things are AWESOME!!!
Good job New Frontier!!
I am new to the AR-15 world . I would like to put together a light gun in 300 blackout or 7.62X39 for my son to deer and or hog hunt with. I would like to try the NFA lower for this I think it would be the best gun for a young hunter.
Welcome to the future. It is about time someone made a lower from polymer. I am surprised we do not have a 100% polymer gun yet! Oh well…it would look sweet in my gun safe!
Regardless of winning this lower, I plan on sharing this with my buddies and purchasing one In the future. This was a thorough review of a product that most have undeserved skepticism’s for. I would love to build an AR with this lower and winning this prize would get this eagle scout started on a college budget.
After 3 deployments and being mobilized to train soldiers I love to shoot the M16/AR-15 rifle. I really thank with a strong polymer lower will make a good light gun for close range hunting. This is a good lower and even if I don’t win I will be buying one soon to put together a gun for my sons to hunt with. does anyone know of dealers in Kansas that carry these lowers?
I love the idea of a polymer lower. I often wondered if I would see one as tough as this one seems to be. Looking forward to firing one some day. I hope I win :)
Very nice review. Thinking about getting one LR15 lower. I think it will work well with my Delton upper. For my first AR15 build.
Keep up the good work!
Very impressive platform. I hope to own one of these lowers pretty soon!
EXCELLANT !! PERFECT PIECE, for daughters first ar, will pair up with dpms 16” a3 upper, I will probably have to duracoat pink & black camo.
I have always wanted an AR but never had the cash. So this would be a great start. Now for the Polymer. Isn’t the Glock a polymer body? And if Im correct those have been around for a while without a ton of issues. I have to believe that this is going to be a lightweight rugged body to build on.
Big Glock fan here! Have nothing against polymer when it’s done right! Would love to try a polymer lower for my next build. I’ve built 7 so far and have two 80% lowers in the works for next two builds! Maybe a polymer for an SBR build to keep it light! BTW – great site!
I’ve been really interested in one of these, they sound like a very practical solution for plinking and a truck rifle. I’m also thinking it would be a great entry option when my kids are old enough to learn to shoot. The price sounds excellent, for sure. I wonder how well it would work as a 9mm rifle?
Wife and I new to Vegas and the club! We would love to build a gun together!
I’m hoping to win this poly lower to prove to my brother-in-law(who btw thinks Glocks are the best guns on Earth)that a poly lower for the AR platform isnt the laughing stock(lock & barrel)that he thinks it is. Not to mention it WOULD be an awesome Christmas present to me as well I dreamed I won the one last month….hope I do better this month
Fantastic give a way needless to say I would enjoy being th winner on this one.
Personally I’ve been planning a purchase of one of their lowers for some time. I’ve just been deciding which upper to pair with it. I’d love a review of one of their complete rifles in the future. The upper with the magpul forearm and folding front sight would actually fit my needs. I simply haven’t found even one review of the complete rifle.
I wonder how long a polymer lower would stand up to a 50 cal. upper? It would be great if the polymers drove down the prices for lowers in general – more black rifles for everyone! If I win I think a 20in 5.45 build would be interesting.
I do not currently own a carbine, as I am a bench rest shooter, due to my M.S.. I own a Stag 6 Super V, and enjoy it greatly. I would be extremely interested in building a competitive long-barreled AR with the polymer lower. I have never “built” an AR, so this would be a wonderful start to my first “custom” competition shooter. Though most people use theirs for three-gun competitions, steel plinkers, and varmit hunting, I prefer to punch paper with mine to “show up” the higher-powered shooters at my range. They can’t believe I can use a stock rifle with off-the-shelf reloads and put 5-shots in a dime at 100 yards. Oh, and use a (ultra) cheap scope on top of it, insults them to my enjoyment… I’m limited on a budget because of my disability, and starting with a free lower to begin with would make my life so much easier. I figure if you have faith in polymer, I may as well give it a shot!! Happy Holidays!!!
Saw the video on these and I must say they took alot of damage and held up very well. I will be looking into these for a new build. you really can’t go wrong for the price
I have been shooting for a lot of years. I have semi autos and AR’s all metal to a few years a go when I got my first Glock I loved it, but to use a polymer lower on my AR? I don’t think so, that is the way I was a few years a go. Now after reading your story about LW 15 I think I mite just be ready to try this new lower I like to build AR’s and this would give me the chance to build a new one with this polymer lower.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
I keep coming back to this review, and keep wondering if I should get one of these or go old school. I’m still on the fence.
I’ve been wondering, with the addition of the slide-fire stock for the full auto simulation, how much more punishment is it for the trigger group as opposed to the standard carbine set-up? do the lowers last any longer as far as round count is concerned, or is it pretty much even when compared to overall durability between the two. great looking lower, btw. would be fun to have with all this talk of gun bans and all that nonsense
I added one of these to a spare upper and it has performed flawlessly. I still have a spare upper or two (hint,hint,wink,wink).
Man I almost forgot that you were giving another one of these away!!!!!!! Took my pistol out for a little spin at the range today and thought how nice it would be to have another AR to take with me on these little outings…..thanks for all the positive info and spreading the good word on the poly-lowers. I believe the future in AR platforms is here!
Never really been thrilled by the concept of a polymer AR. Many people weren’t thrilled about the idea of “plastic” pistols either, but they’re still around and going strong. I might be worth a try.
After reading this article I definitely would love to build an AR off the LW-15. I just bought my first gun recently (a shotgun) and definitely have the itch to start owning more firearms. I’ve always loved shooting when my dad would take me to the range as a kid but the cost of it has kept me from doing it more. I think the LW-15 is exactly the type of setup I could see myself owning. It definitely has the potential to be a great rifle when it comes to keeping costs down and the fun factor high. Thanks for the chance to win!
Polymer is some strong stuff. I’ve seen Glocks and polymer clips for AR’s and all the stuff is really strong. I think this will be the future of the AR once more people have them and find out how strong they are. The Polymer lowers also make the guns cheaper so more people like me can own one. I could never afford a decent AR. Now with the price of these lowers (109$ for a complete lower), I’ve started looking. These lowers make these types of guns affordable and give you the options of multiple calipers, and I think these lowers will help more people buy AR’s because of the price. The more people that buy AR’s makes them harder to ban. I’ve mentioned the final price to people and they can’t believe it’s for a complete lower. Complete AR for about 500$! Great job on these lowers NFA.
Awesome product, great bunch of people.
This is t2 he second great review I have read about this lower. I would be proud to own one and to build an AR on this platform. What I would build first is a 22 caliber, and then have another upper ready to switch out. I have been saving up to get one but other things have always came up and cleaned out my special fund. I would more than likely stroke out if I won this great product. Once again, thanks 702 for all your hard work with the various products so that we who belong to this forum do not have to make mistakes, you have done all the hard work for us. Thank you for this opportunity.
The LW15 looks impressive and the torture tests sure go along way towards proving it’s worth. I’m seriously considering it for my first AR.
Getting ready to order my first one today. A few guys at my firehouse are starting AR projects together. .223 for me and then I think a .22lr for my daughter. Can’t wait to get it finished.
The New Frontier Gen II stock is intriguing. I have over 4 years of experience working with a variety of polymers. Everything from Extrusion welding to injection molding. I am curious what material(s) these lowers are made of. Durability tests seem impressive. Anyone should be proud to own one, much less lucky enough to win one for free. I wonder what type of blend it is? I know certain polymers like polyethylene have a certain amount of elasticity, or could it be a type of Lexan? I wonder. Perhaps if I win one I will have the opportunity for closer inspection. Thank you for letting me post some of my own questions and comments.
Does anyone in fact know what the properties of these lowers are by chance? If so, please, do tell. I must know. Thanks.
One of the things that I have been looking for is a quality firearm for the home.
I’m not a hunter, mostly because land development has closed down all the hunting opportunities in Florida. What I am is a collector of unique hardware and functionally useful equipment. Until just a couple days ago I had never heard of New Frontier. After reading reviews and comments I think I’m ready to make the leap. I think I’ll wait until the last lower has been given out then go from there. Regardless of whether I have to buy one or am one of the lucky 3, I’ll do a write-up and let you guys know how it works out for me.
I came to the website to review the LW-15. I debated purchasing a couple of these but I was not very familiar with this name. This seems like a solid product. I know I love my other brand of polymer firepower made in Austria. I think I am going to give this lower a try after reading all that I have read from multiple sites. The giveaway is just icing on the cake if I happened to be picked!
I’ve been looking at these for a while and am wanting to start my first build. I’m exactly the type you’ve described in your article. I want to make sure I have an AR before they might not be available (hopefully never). Thanks for this very informative site.
Haven’t done many modifications, but this looks like it would be a great one. The thought put into design and the quality seems it would make a good gun even better. Enjoyed the video, very straight-forward and informative.
So I just read this review and I think I’m in for one. Unfortunately, when I visited the site, the LW-15’s are backordered to 4-8 weeks yet.
That’s exactly why you should have subscribed long before now. ;)
In case you are not aware, there has been a lot of attention on firearms over the last week or so. AR-15 lowers, complete rifles, and ammo just became very scarce. I expect it to stay that way for awhile.
I have read reviews for a year or so about the polymer lowers, the plum crazy and new frontier models. From what I have taken from them (reviews) New Frontier has my vote me thinks. I have committed to an AR build, upper is ordered, but am still torn about spending the $ on a forged lower, or a budget build. Money is tight and time is a ticking. I think I can hold out for a few more days, ya just never never know until ya try.
Great review! I too am a bit skeptical still to be honest, but not as much as I was. Polymer doesn’t bother me one bit either. I “accidentally” stumbled on these lowers and I am intrigued and wanting to try..
Just found your excellent video. It has reinforced my decision to go with the LW-15 for a 300 BLK build. Thanks!
Mark in Alabama
As a military member, I’ve shot the M4/M16 many times, but I never pursued getting one due to the excessive cost. Prior to recent events, I felt that there would be ample time to get one in the future & I’d just shoot the military version at the range. The thought that in 2013 there may be a flood of state and federal bills/laws that restrict or outlaw certain firearms, magazines, accessories has really alarmed me. The past few days I have been scambling to find the most cost effective way to get an AR, and building one, seemed to be the best & funnest option out there [I was surpised to find out, the lower reciever was the item that required registration/FFL ~ that is how clueless I was; or still am].
To date, I don’t have all the tools needed to put a stripped lower together, and the New Frontier Armory LW-15, eliminates the short term need to acquire them now.
Absent of the timeI have several guns/pistols ~ mostly all for hunting personal protection. After the news bananza I have been intently searching on how to get into an AR system. I never really knew, but they are truely expensive.
Here is something most people do not know and we hope you in your capacity will make much more public. First, many legislatures will write bills/laws that have a grandfather clause in them so as to make the law more palatable to the opposition and citizens.
Wow, ok, i hit submit a little early on accident and didnt finish my thoughts or edit, but the general message/idea is there….
sounds like a little fun
I wrote in my last post ” I can hold out for a few more days” New Frontier Raised the price of the LW 15 complete lowers $60 bucks sometime today. Thats what I get for being optimistic I reckon. Looks like it will be just as cost efficient to go with a forging now. Oh well, live and learn. Cheers.
I’ve been intristed in a polymer lower but haven’t built a rifle on one yet. This might be perfect for my dedicated 22 upper
man i hope you guys still have lowers left tomorrow!
They have been sold out for a week. These lowers are now back ordered for at least 2 months.
are you open the 23rd cross my fingers
This lower caught my eye walking in the NFA I consistently do business with them and always wanted to start a build with this beautiful lower! Hopefully luck is on my side and can help me win this contest! Special thanks goes out to Mark at NFA he’s a real cool dude and very helpful with anything you need! Thanks 702Shooter!
Looking forward to getting this high quality lower to start building my first ar! Love having my money go to hard working American companies that make their products on our soil! Great review, can’t wait to try out the lw-15 myself!
I bought two….. I wish I had bought three!
Looks ideal for the first build I want to try. Scares me that the libitards could turn around and outlaw or even require confiscation, though.
This would make a great start on nice rifle. New frontier has acquired a reputation of building strong quality arms. It would be an honor to receive one of these fine lowers before a ban is enacted. A few psycho’s is all it takes to tare away our rights as honest law abiding citizens. I hope I can win this so I can enjoy the pleasure of owning a AR myself.
This is a great lower. I picked one up a few months ago. I have three kids and for the two younger girls wanted to do a lightweight build for each of them. The price on this complete lower is great. Sure, I had reservations about polymer, but with the lifetime warranty it was a no brainer to give it a try. The NFA complete lower saves you half a pound. The trigger is not a high dollar match trigger, but fully functional and works great. I have had worse triggers on standard lower parts kits, this one is fine. I built an upper with a lighter profile 14.5 barrel, and did a pin and weld flash hider to get to 16.1 inches. I used a light FF rail, and came up with a very light and agile handling carbine. I contacted NFA by email and got a rapid, customer friendly response. I had asked if there were any issues with painting them and they said no problem. Some flat OD and tan later, and it looks as good as it handles. Santa just dropped it off for her and she is all smiles. Ran like a Swiss watch when I tested it and sighted it in before it got wrapped up.. I bought my first AR in the 80s when I was a teenager, and am sure this will hold up just as well as that Colt has. I would be more than happy to win another! If not when things get back to normal I will buy one to do a build for my other daughter.
Love to build on one of these!
Great article. Great website.
I can’t wait to start my lightweight SBR build! I’m too excited for words!
Are the barrels on those simply coated black or are they finished with anything, ie melonite, nitride, etc etc. I know he mentioned SS but he didnt mention any type of coating.
This is a review on the lower, not the barrel so I don’t have that information. However, my guess it that it’s a standard finish since the price point is so low. Probably best to ask New Frontier Armory.
I tried to find a video using this lower as a pistol with no luck. If I win, I will do video review and test as an AR pistol.
NFA offers a pistol version but these lowers are already built for rifles so you can not legally make a pistol out of them. You can only do that with stripped lowers that have never been built into a rifle lower.
What’s the weight savings of a LW-15 lower as opposed to a non-LW AR? I took my brother shooting this past weekend and he fired my S&W MP15 Sport and couldn’t believe how light it was. I quickly referred him to the LW’s but I didn’t have any numbers on weight savings
Can’t wait to get my hands on this piece of hardware :) Although…I suppose I will have to share with the husband so he doesn’t start whining. :)
The winner of our last LW-15 Complete Lower giveaway has been selected and notified. The winner has 1 week to respond to my email and accept their prize!
Thanks again to New Frontier Armory for sponsoring this great giveaway!
This seems like a good choice for a cheap, lightweight, secondary rifle. and for the price, its worth giving it a shot.
I’m excited to give a poly lower a shot. I’m a big fan of the Glock. The big question is, are you still giving these away given the recent increase in value? :D
No, we are not still giving them away. However it has nothing to do with the value but the fact that the last one was awarded December 27th.
I would love one of these to be my first AR. I would be Proud to own this product and put my own 1700 rounds through it.
Thanks for the review! I have been shopping for a lower and found the New Frontier Armory LW-15 lower but didn’t know much about it. After reading I am sold and have one ordered and will be getting it next week.
Having built two M4s (for two of my three sons) with aluminum lowers, when I began to build my third son a M4, the out of sight cost of another aluminum lower was a issue. I researched and realized that composite lowers may just be the wave of the future. I procured one (New Frontier Armory Lower Receiver) this week and it will be in by this weekend. I have to build in stages to keep my wife happy but I will enjoy this one as my youngest (of three) son (36) will be doing the work as it will be his. The lifetime warranty is a big plus for this companies product and reputation! I am looking forward to see this M4 being built, and experience the difference (if any) from conventional aluminum systems. I will make a post after we have completed this new project and my three sons have evaluated the latest M4.
I bought mine for a build, and when my upper came, it wouldn’t fit. the same upper fits on a LMT lower without issue, the front pin goes in fine, but I have to force it closed, and the rear pin won’t close. I can’t reopen it, I have to pull the front pin to disassemble.
What did NFA have to say when you contacted them about this?
So my question is, if the Polymer Lower is so awesome why would it not be your SHTF gun? A glock is many people’s, why would an AR with a polymer lower that operates the same and is every bit as durable also not be a great gun for when SHTF? Just curious because I myself am getting them just for that purpose :-) Thanks for the great article!
I don’t recall saying the lower was “awesome” or that it is as “durable as a Glock.” Why would I not want it for a SHTF situation? Well, for starters, it isn’t designed for that and the manufactured themselves will tell you this. Secondly, other than the LW-15’s, every other AR I own is at least a 3k build because I’m an AR snob like that. ;) It’s about personal preference.
Got one of these for my wife and daughter due to the lighter weight. My daughter used hers at a 4 day rifle class and not a problem. They seem pretty solid and the trigger isn’t bad either.
Just want to build…
I just finished building a dedicated 22 upper, I would like to try this lower on it.
After owning a genII GLOCK 21 and duty 22, I feel more than confident using the new frontier polymer lower, so I bought onef from Ammo Bros in here in So.Cal I mated it to a Palmetto State Arms midlength upper and have run 2k through it.
The trigger actually feels better than my BCM Socom upper/ LMT lower combo, and the only problem I have encountered is the detent for the rear take down pin NOT keeping the pin in!( went to a local gun store and bought a lpk , replaced the detent with a metal detent and metal pin.
I do believe though that some plastic smaller parts will wear out but they can typically be replaced by their metal counter parts