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The Death of Olympic Arms
« on: January 25, 2017, 10:34:44 PM »
I've never really liked anything from Olympic Arms.  And most production rifles that I've dealt with that had issues, were mostly Oly's. 
Anyone sorry they are closing?
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    Re: The Death of Olympic Arms
    « Reply #1 on: January 26, 2017, 01:42:58 AM »
    If being an ass was a Olympic event, I'd have to give the gold medal to Tom Spithaler.  I don't know the real ins and outs of Olympics inner workings, but Tom seemes like the day to day guy from the outside.  Olympic was never big business, but they were early into the AR game.  They would source parts from Pakistani blacksmiths if they could, stiff their suppliers and pass the complete lack of quaility control onto you. 

    Even so, somebody at Olympic had a soul.  Somebody but enough heart into their scrapyard lathes to produce some really terrific match barrels since before truly accurate AR's were a thing.  In an industry dominated by lawyers and accountants, Olympic made 6mm PPC uppers, 30 Carbine uppers, WSSM uppers, AR's without buffer tubes, AR pistols and pistol caliber carbines, left handed 1911's and the Whitney Wolverine and some other weird and wacky stuff that mostly worked, but that nobody else would try. 

    I doubt we will ever know what happened behind the door at Olympic Arms, but I feel sorry for the guys that poored all that time and love and energy into the both the good and interesting things that came out of that shop.  There were sparks of genius that were mostly let down front office decision making. 
    That is a little sad and both the industry and enthusiast are poorer.

    Oh yeah, did I mention that Tom was an ass?  I don't kniw what brought the curtain down, but I'd lay money on it having something to do with Tom.

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    Re: The Death of Olympic Arms
    « Reply #2 on: January 26, 2017, 02:47:22 AM »
    IIRC they were the first to make a flat top upper. 

    Also  they had pretty consistent support for the 2A, even for being a manufacturer. 
    Renamed their post-AWB rifle models as "PRC-**", with the PRC standing for Politically Correct Rifle. 
    Built the OA-98 just to squeak around the AWB.
    When the AWB banned folding stocks they came up with a detachable stock just to tweak the Clinton Administration's nose.
    Built some horrifically brittle cast aluminum lowers in an attempt to make ARs so affordable that the AWB would be even more a waste of time*.
    The owner wanted to see a rifle in every home in the US, even if he wasn't the one to build them. 

    Say what you want about their quality and customer service, they were far better supporters of the 2A during the AWB years than companies like Ruger, Colt,  and S&W.   When many other manufacturers were trying to remain unnoticed by DC or were actively sucking up to the Clinton's,Oly kept trying to come up with new ways to give Slick Willy, Killary, and their abominable AWB the finger.   

    So top tier? No.
    Gave value to the shooting community? Absolutely.
    We should miss them.





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    Re: The Death of Olympic Arms
    « Reply #3 on: January 26, 2017, 11:34:02 AM »
    Never owned anything from them that I know of.

    Always appreciated that they had a 10mm upper, and figured one day I would buy one, even knowing it might have issue.  Guess I won't.
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    Re: The Death of Olympic Arms
    « Reply #4 on: January 26, 2017, 06:49:40 PM »
    Never owned anything from them that I know of.

    Always appreciated that they had a 10mm upper, and figured one day I would buy one, even knowing it might have issue.  Guess I won't.

    There are people building gas operated 10mm's now.  They work well and you even have some choice in the magazine.

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    Re: The Death of Olympic Arms
    « Reply #5 on: January 27, 2017, 10:13:39 AM »
    Yeah, RMW is a better choice for one.  Undoubtedly far better than the Oly arms option, and several of the guys at the 10mm forum have them and have them running like tops.

    As a 10mm jerk fan, I just always thought I would buy and Oly to try some day.
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