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Thread: Sterling SAI 102 launch - intro sale (held over)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSE JR View Post
    So.... we played with the upper and making (mostly trying) the dust cover work. I must tell you, I was saying very UN-gentlemanly things by the end of the evening.

    What happened was: when we went from the NEA proprietary dust cover to the standard style, they used a Gen 1 DPMS cover that they had to test against... unfortunately NO ONE uses that one anymore. Because of this, they miscalculated the radius.

    So... I don't want these floating out there forever....

    We are making 200 new uppers with the proper dimensions. We will be exchanging everyone's uppers and yes, still using a Strike industries UDC... as installing the "stock" stamped one truly is a pain in the ass.

    This will take about 3-4 weeks, so use your kit and have fun. The swap out (rail, barrel, etc) takes literally 5 minutes, so enjoy your rifle for now and I'll post on here when we are ready to ship. We'll send you the replacement upper along with a return package so we inconvenience you the least. If you want us to do it, we will... otherwise, it's pretty simple on your own.

    Given this is the worst issue reported, while it sucks, I'm still pretty happy with the roll out. The rifles that have been built, have reported awesome performance so far.

    As to the barrel wobble: I asked Ryan (who knows a few things about building precision rigs) at IBI and he simply puts some Loctite 609 (green stuff) ON the extension to take up any differences between mating surfaces. Once you put any torque on the barrel nut, the barrel is then fixed... I trust this guy.

    SO in summary... new uppers in the queue. Use what you have and I'll be sending new ones out.

    JR
    Awesome news!! I went through two seperate strike industries covers thinking I had screwed it up.... I was just gonna go without. Thanks for looking into this and making the changes. I've used mine already and it's been a great shooting rifle so far! I'm excited to get the last missing piece for this. It's a well made receiver set and I really like it's looks!!

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    Cool awesome news but how do you get on the SAI 102 upper exchange program ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSE JR View Post
    Today we okay'd the engineer to tighten up the inner radius by 2 thou... this should tighten up the replacement batch... in for a pound... When you get your replacement upper, it should tighten up a bit.

    Also... full disclosure: our current batch of .243 barrels are not 1/8 but 1/10 and 4R...
    Is it worth it to get them too look at the charging handle notch too as most people have had to file their charging handles to get them to fit. If you're revising the design then I would suggest looking into that as well. If the new uppers are already being produced then I wouldn't even worry about. I'm sure all of us can confirm its not that big of a deal to file the charging handle to get it to fit.

    I understand why you wouldn't want to keep these uppers in circulation. As someone in the future might buy one of the EE and then ask for a replacement upper. However, is it not at all possible to mark these upper receivers a certain way and then resell them? Or perhaps mill off the provisions to install the dust cover? The Anderson Arms AR-10 doesn't even have a way to put a dust cover on their guns. I'm sure many would be willing to buy a no dust cover upper. Just brainstorming ideas to help you.
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    So, I finally received my .308 Barrel, after CANPAR dicked around with it for a week and then turned it over to Canada Post for delivery....

    Anyhow, just a heads-up that the Aluminum of the Barrel Nut's Female Half (with the Handguard screw-holes) is kind of soft. Be careful not to over-torque the Handguard screws when installing the Fore-end, as the screw threads in the Barrel Nut will strip quite easily. Ask me how I know! Anyhow, all you have to do is snug those screws up with light tension and the Handguard will be rock-solid.

    If you DO manage to strip a screw-hole in the Barrel Nut, don't panic. All you have to do is rotate the Female portion of the Barrel Nut slightly to align new, unused screw holes with the Handguard screws.

    Best of luck with your builds!
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    I too would appreciate the charging handle notch to be widened. I don't want to have to file my Geissele down to fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOOK View Post
    I too would appreciate the charging handle notch to be widened. I don't want to have to file my Geissel down to fit.
    Sorry... should have addressed this earlier. Yes; that was also addressed. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartok5 View Post
    So, I finally received my .308 Barrel, after CANPAR dicked around with it for a week and then turned it over to Canada Post for delivery....

    Anyhow, just a heads-up that the Aluminum of the Barrel Nut's Female Half (with the Handguard screw-holes) is kind of soft. Be careful not to over-torque the Handguard screws when installing the Fore-end, as the screw threads in the Barrel Nut will strip quite easily. Ask me how I know! Anyhow, all you have to do is snug those screws up with light tension and the Handguard will be rock-solid.

    If you DO manage to strip a screw-hole in the Barrel Nut, don't panic. All you have to do is rotate the Female portion of the Barrel Nut slightly to align new, unused screw holes with the Handguard screws.

    Best of luck with your builds!
    Good to know. Thanks. JR
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    Quote Originally Posted by TSE JR View Post
    Today we okay'd the engineer to tighten up the inner radius by 2 thou... this should tighten up the replacement batch... in for a pound... When you get your replacement upper, it should tighten up a bit.

    Also... full disclosure: our current batch of .243 barrels are not 1/8 but 1/10 and 4R...
    Awesome! Thank you for being so responsive to feedback.
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    I’ve been watching Brownells retro AR videos non stop since I bought this receiver set. It got me thinking that since I’m building my Sterling .308 to be retro “style,” when ever you come out with the smaller .223 receivers, I’m going to order one and build a retro style M16A1 gun off it to match the .308. My barrel nut shipped from the states last week. Hopefully should be here right around the 3 - 4 week time period of the new replacement uppers. Very excited to get this gun built.
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    Any luck with getting the rest of the missing parts together in a package to finish these off?

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