This was started under the POF thread, I will put it under this thread.
OK, hopefully this will work as a slide show for the POF and LWR ( LMT conversion ). The gas piston technology-POF and short stroke piston-LWR are well made and nicely finished products. The workmanship was fantastic on both. The LMT upper was already a great product but enhancement from LWR, kinda like plastic surgery for Ms Lohan, made it nicer.
The LMT upper originally started off as a traditional gas tube upper. Like some out there, I was wanting more out of the AR system and reading the web and bloggers out there. I decided to put my hard earn $$$ out there to see what
was available. Do you hear me HK?
Respectfully to both companies, I had NO problems with ordering, shipping, delivery, or customer service. All e-mails and phone calls were dealt with. My LEO status did give me some advantage.
As you can see, the finished products offer different advantages. The POF barrel was fluted and the front sight assembly can be removed. The BCG on the POF was finished in a nice bright nickel finish. This POF upper was an early version prior to POF making the BCG a solid piece unit. Please refer to their websites for details. The gas rings on bolt for the POF were removed.
The LWR conversion using some of my original LMT parts were transplanted into the new BCG. The dull nickel finish was equally well done by LWR. The gas rings on the original LMT bolt were left on. I will find out if this makes any differences in operations or performance when the next phase begins at the range. Both BCG were slick and smooth. LWR did not offer a fluted barrrel, I may be wrong but didnot ask them about it.
As to $$$$, the POF upper can be purchased as a complete unit. I am not sure if they are doing conversion job yet. Since I had a LMT upper already and did not want to make another purchase, I tried to save some $$$$ here. The conversion job from LWR was around $675-700. Please check with both companies for pricing. An complete upper for POF was around $975.00-1200.00, depending on the type of rail system you buy and a complete upper from LWR was about $1200.00, again what rail system can increase cost.
Breaking down both systems were fast and easy, POF a bit easier and faster. The upper on the POF had a nice teflon finish on the charging handle and interior of the upper receiver. With the LWR conversion, you need to remove the hand guard. The POF gas piston vs LWR short stroke gas piston, nice finish on both and each had advantages and smaller parts to work with. If I left something out , please remind me or ask. It's Saturday and I'm not awake yet.
I will follow up in the next few weeks, hopefully to shoot all the AR, tough job here . Since the Bushmaster was a copy of the POF, licensed to them. I did not feel the need to take pics-but I will later. The BCG for the BM was kept basic, no nickel finish or enhancements. The original Colt, well lets just say enough said. Range report to follow. Cheers. If link is not working, please cut and paste to go the slide show. 2 pics of HK416 w/BCG for comparison.