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[Hands-On Review] Bear Creek Arsenal AR-15: Is It Good?

We tested the budget-friendly BCA AR-15 and found some...interesting surprises. Come see why this AR had us scratching our heads.

    Continuing our quest to review every AR-15 on the market, we’re finally making it to Bear Creek Arsenal!

    BCA AR-15 (1)
    BCA AR-15 with a Bushnell AR Optic 1-4x LPVO.

    While “budget” AR-15s aren’t as budget-friendly as they used to be, we wanted to find out just what the budgetist of the budget brands can offer in times like these.

    From the photo booth to the range, I’ve put it to the test and the results might surprise you.

    Or maybe not, I’m not a mind reader.

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    I’ll run you through who BCA is, what the AR-15 has to offer, as well as the good and bad features I found.

    By the end, you’ll be armed with the knowledge of whether this AR deserves a place in your gun safe.

    Let’s get to it!

    Table of Contents


    Bear Creek Arsenal

    Ask an AR-15 owner in the know about BCA and you’ll probably learn three things.

    First, they are very budget-friendly rifles.

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    Second, they are literally the only brand that offers a side charging AR-15 that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

    Third, their customer service team is one of the best in the industry.

    And that’s pretty much the whole story.

    While there are dozens of AR-15 makers these days, BCA has carved out their niche in the market by offering cheap rifles in a huge range of calibers and styles.

    Then, they back it all up with outstanding service.

    Specs & Features

    The rifle BCA sent out for review is a very standard AR-15. 5.56 NATO, 16-inch M4 profile barrel with a 1:8 twist.

    Carbine gas system, 15-inch M-LOK handguard, mil-spec trigger, M4 style stock, and A2 style grip.

    BCA AR-15 (2)

    The only change I made to the rifle was to add a MagLock to the rifle to make it California compliant and a Bushnell AR Optic 1-4x LPVO.

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    Before the Range…

    Almost all of my guns, to me, are tools. As such, I treat them and view them in that context.

    So when I get a tool that doesn’t look as pretty as it could, it doesn’t really bother me.

    Trijicon MRO Being Dropped
    We’re not tender on our AR-15s around here, the High-End Optics Torture Test was fun!

    But…this BCA upper was really pushing the limits of what I would have tolerated personally.

    If I had handled it in a store first, I would have put it back and asked for one that didn’t look like a showroom floor sample.

    Before taking this to the range I brought the rifle into our office so our awesome photographer could take some proper pictures with good lighting to really show what I’m talking about.

    Top of the list is this weird bird poop mark. No idea what caused it, but ew.

    BCA Bird Poop Mark (2)

    Also, this image highlights the very uneven looking finish.


    Weird blotch between the FA and brass deflector.

    BCA FA Blotch
    At first I thought this was just oil, but it won’t clean off so…ya.

    Above the charging handle is all scratched up.

    BCA Scratched Above CH
    My money is that a dull apprentice dropped it.

    And the barrel is scratched up in multiple places.

    BCA Scratched Barrel
    BCA Scratched Barrel (2)

    None of these is a real problem. None of the scratches look deep enough to go to bare metal and it’s all cosmetic.

    But still…I prefer beating up my own tools, not having one come looking pre-worn.

    On the Range!

    Some good and some bad on the range side of things.

    In total, I put about 300 rounds through the BCA rifle on the first day plus and then about as many again on added training days. 

    For the first 30 or so rounds I had constant malfunctions — literally, every second or third round was a failure.

    Literally MFW it failed on shot #2

    It took me a little while to figure out what was going on, but I finally discovered that the trigger was failing to fully reset.

    I would pull the trigger, the rifle would go bang and fully cycle. Pull the trigger again…nothing would happen.

    Tap, rack, bang immediate action would solve the problem — but this was because it was shaking the fire control unit into resetting.

    Once I tracked down that the trigger didn’t want to reset, it was as simple as pushing the trigger forward a few millimeters and it would reset and be happy.

    After the first 30-rounds, I stripped the rifle, took a look inside the lower, and didn’t find anything out of place or wrong.

    I could manually reset the hammer and dry fire the lower without the upper attached and recreate the problem.

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    Unexpectedly getting to train your immediate action drills.

    I wiped out the area and hit it with a little gun lube because when in doubt, lube it. The second set of 30 rounds ran “better” with only 4 failures to reset, but this pattern continued for a while.

    Around the 100 round mark, the problem started to solve itself and I managed a full 30 rounds without an issue.

    Over the next 200 rounds, I only had 1 failure to reset.

    I let the rifle rest multiple times during all of that shooting mostly because reloads were slow as hell with a CA maglocked rifle. 🙁

    But Why?!

    I don’t know. After getting home I stripped the rifle and took out the FCG to take a close look but nothing looks wrong.

    It’s not coated in grease or has a chipped part or anything.

    I don’t see any signs of obvious wear either as something wore into spec during cycling.

    BCA Trigger (1)
    Nothing looks out of sorts

    Once it started working, it ran flawlessly. Still is.

    I would also like to note that yes, the rifle was cleaned after the photo shoot and before it’s first range trip.

    But Wait, There’s More

    I did however find another MASSIVE blem and this one causes me some concern.

    Before now none of the blems were anything more than cosmetic, this one might be more than that.

    BCA inside trigger area blem (1)
    BCA lower inside the trigger area…heat damage?

    To me, that looks like heat damage of some kind. While it’s not in a critical area, and aluminum doesn’t really temper as steel does, whatever happened to this lower happened after it was anodized.

    At best this was yet another quality control miss, at worst…this is considered within spec.

    Either way isn’t good.

    Now the Good News

    Other than the trigger issue, everything ran perfectly. Tula ammo, Wolf Gold, IMI, the BCA ate it all.

    It was also surprisingly accurate, this was shot at 50-yards using a Bushnell 1-4x LPVO off of a tripod sitting down using Wolf Gold.

    BCA @ 50 yards with Bushnell 1-4x (2)
    BCA @ 50 yards with Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x

    Sure, that isn’t long-range match quality — but for a barebones AR-15 with a mil-spec trigger, “meh” ammo, and a 4x LPVO — I’m very happy with it.

    The top two shots were mostly me, I called them high — without getting out my good shooting bags and breaking into my fancy .223 ammo, I’m willing to call this rifle right around 1.5 MOA.

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    Going 10 for 10 on steel at 100- and 200-yards was no problem.

    By the Numbers

    Reliability: 1/5 (<100 rounds), 5/5 (>100 rounds)

    The trigger not resetting was a real issue. And since it wasn’t something I could point at and say “ah, that’s the cause” I’m marking it down as a QC failure more than anything.

    It works now, but it did take time to get there. This is why you should always test a firearm before trusting it.

    Accuracy: 5/5

    This really pleased me, for a barebones AR-15 and a mil-spec trigger I was expecting a lot worse — but the BCA put rounds where I wanted them and did it with a huge range of ammo and weights.

    For what it is, it’s great.

    Looks: 1/5

    Bird poop mark, scratches, weird blotches, if this upper were a blem I would understand and not think twice about it.

    But I double-checked with BCA before writing this and they confirmed that this was a standard factory unit and that it had been inspected before being placed in inventory and inspected again before being mailed out.


    It was also test-fired at the factory, so that might explain a little bit of it but not all of it.

    Since it was inspected at least twice, I guess bird poop marks are within spec…?

    Ergonomics: 5/5

    It’s an AR-15. The nice thing BCA does is give you a sling attachment point at the castle nut, so that helps plus things up a bit. The sling points in general are great with more QDs on the stock and handguard.

    Customization: 5/5

    Again, AR-15.

    Value: 1/5 (complete rifle), 4/5 (separate upper and lower)

    The complete rifle from BCA is a staggering $1,014. Even in a pandemic, right after an election, with AR-15s flying off the shelves — that is a ridiculous price for this rifle.

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    However, the separate complete upper and complete lower are also sold and combined are under $700 total. During these times, that’s a much more reasonable price.

    Even with the blems and the trigger issue, under $700 for a complete rifle is a good deal.

    I would strongly recommend testing your rifle and ensuring that it is 100% functional before trusting it though.

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    Overall: 3/5

    I can’t say this would be my first choice for an AR-15, but it’s not a wrong choice either. And with almost everything being sold out right now, if this is in stock and in your price range — go for it.

    difference between screwing around and science
    Don’t forget to write down your results after you test your rifles!

    Brands like BCA are built on price and volume. Nothing catastrophic happened and the rifle does run great now and it required zero actual maintenance or replacement parts.

    For a range or training rifle, this works.

    Break-in periods for high-end rifles enrage me, but a break-in period for a budget rifle makes complete sense.


    This rifle passes my standards…but barely. We as an editorial team even had a discussion on if we should even give it a passing grade or not.

    At the end of the day though, it does run. Outside of the trigger needing to be broken-in, the rifle runs perfectly and is surprisingly accurate for its specs.

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    If Cs get degrees, this BCA is the AR-15 version of that philosophy personified.

    Are cosmetic blems a hard pass for you? Had any experience with BCA? Let us know in the comments! For some higher-quality rifles, take a look at the Best AR-15: Ultimate Guide!

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    • Commenter Avatar
      Rob D

      Laughs while thinking about my $500 Radical Arms AR running flawlessly out of the box and running around 1.5 MOA @ 100.

      September 21, 2023 10:06 am
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      William Newberry

      The BCA is less than half that price now. No the blemishes don't matter anymore . Lol
      One can fine tune it for almost nothing and even dress it up a bit if so desired. Overall I'd say it's a bargain.

      August 19, 2023 3:06 pm
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      John Depota

      Had an error on my order, as shipping address did not show at time of order and only saw the error after it was placed.
      I emailed them 5 time called them 7 times, on a shipping address error on the order, a young lady said they would fix it, the did not, 3 more phone called a 2 email no replies,.
      if they can't fix an order before it goes out the door, do you think they make a good product or will fix an issue on you gun parts?
      Don't buy from these morons.

      July 12, 2023 10:36 am
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        patrick gemme

        I have to agree, avoid these guys at all costs. FedEx delivered my package to the wrong house. I have been emailing and calling for weeks now with only one automated email reply. So I am just out of my money and have nothing to show for it.

        September 12, 2023 10:58 am
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      i have had great luck with BCA products. I have their complete uppers in both .50 Beowoulf and .450 Bushmaster. Both arrived in pristine condition. I only shoot (for now) at twenty five yards or so. Both uppers fit my mil-spec AR15 lowers perfectly. Both shoot less than fist sized 5 shot groups at this distance.

      June 28, 2023 3:39 pm
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        Rob D

        Sorry to tell you bud, but if you’re shooting fist sized groups at 50 yards, you might want to check your shooting, not the gun.

        September 21, 2023 10:09 am
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      Just became a new member of bca community. Bought the 10.5 side charge 300 Bo upper heavy barrel . Gen 2 . Looks good put it on psa lower w ept trigger and sig Romeo 5 up top . I can’t wate to shoot it been seeing a lotta good things . Will update soon

      May 13, 2023 8:22 pm
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      Bought a 12.7 x 42 (500 Beowulf) upper 1/4/2023 and received it 1/9. I couldn't see any blemishes, certainly nothing like what is described here. Stuck it in my PSA lower and it has shot flawlessly. Groups at 50 yds with a red dot are around 1.2 inches. So far I have put about 70 rounds through it (Alexander Arms 350 gr Hornady HP). Certainly one of my favorite guns to shoot and couldn't be happier.

      March 1, 2023 10:49 pm
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      Richard G

      I’ve bought three uppers and one rifle from BCA. I like their products, I love their price.

      I had one problem with one upper. They fixed it, but getting customer service from them felt like pulling teeth. They were reluctant, but when they finally accepted it was their issue, not mine, they repaired the upper and got it back to me within one week, including 2-way shipping.

      January 9, 2023 11:19 am
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      Michael dunlap

      I bought their sales special..11/11/22. I literally just got it in today..12/14/22. In that 1 month 3 days time frame, I tried calling 4 out 5xs, emails 2xs a week. Simple question... you advertise 2-14 days to ship.. where's my Rifle? To get someone to answer the phone, I had better chances winning the lottery. Finally 12/8 I called my cc and asked for them to investigate fraudulent charges... that was a Thursday.. low and behold 12/11 I get an email it shipped. I will say it's a nice rifle.. is their customer service worth anything.. couldn't tell for sure.. first they had to answer the phone. If they can't ship on time they need to email or call the customer. Just that simple and I would've understood.. in my opinion their service sucks. I doubt I'll ever buy again from them.
      I'll buy from the other ar15 business that's in Raleigh N.C., that sells strictly online. I've had very good luck with them

      December 14, 2022 6:56 pm
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        I bought a complete rifle from them too on 11/26/22 (Black Friday sale)..I patiently waited for it to ship. Like you said 2-14 days. Well I was about to call them on the 15th day but checked my email first and it had just shipped.

        January 12, 2023 5:41 pm
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      m astrom

      i purchase my bear ar15 several years ago for around 500.00 put a scope on a put two rounds in a golf ball at 100 yards

      December 9, 2022 1:57 pm
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      I bought mine, new, 400 dollars from BCA

      November 10, 2022 4:26 pm
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      Dennis Eagleberger

      I have purchased 3 uppers in 300 BO and 556, place them on AERO lowers and they run perfect. Works for me and gives me cheaper caliber choices on many of my rifles. I love my BCM's and Aero's, but this works for me. I'll always be in the game and not broke. No malfunctions.

      August 22, 2022 11:22 am
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      Dirk D

      I have owned a BCA-15 w carbine gas system for a over a year now. My experience with this rifle so far has been positive. I had to make a few minor tweaks to make but that was all with one exception, the trigger. The BCA trigger is absolute garbage. Once I replaced that with a Rise armament trigger everything has been golden. For a rifle that cost me under $600 I am very happy with my purchase.

      August 3, 2022 12:49 pm
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      Shane Jones

      Their customer service is not the best in the country! 2.3 out of 5 reviews speaks for itself. Matter of fact they are 1 of the worse in America. Thousands say the same thing!

      May 11, 2022 9:37 am
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      Travis Glenn Gregory

      Well I now this article is a little old but after a lot of research on bca I see alot of negative reviews but when you read them I noticed it's alot of gas block was loose barrel nut was loose maybe machining marks etc but what are we expecting from a budget line product? Anyway finally decided to try one out do I ordered an upper they have on sale for entire month of fed 2022. 20 inch barrel nitrided 4150 steel heavy profile 1 on 7 twist 556 chamber. Can't really do a review yet got a out for delivery notice for today feb 10th then got notice sorry we missed you will redeliver tomorrow to ups store. That's on ups not bca. My review is the shipping time ordered on sun fed 6th they are closed on sun so mon Tues wed delivery thurs. So many reviews on how long it takes to ship from bca and psa. And that's another story ordered both the upper and psa lower on sun both out for delivery thurs that's no bad . Hope when I get them both will be good to go. But a complete upper 20 inch nitrided 1 in 7 twist 4150 steel side charger upper for 246 bucks ain't bad not expecting match grade accuracy but with bca 1 moa guarantee if it don't shoot with match ammo send it back

      February 10, 2022 12:31 pm
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        Never Settle For Poor QC

        Budget minded company or not the gas block & barrel nut should ALWAYS be installed correctly. Zero excuse for that poor QC. “But what are we expecting from a budget line product?” Can’t believe someone would actually say this. But to each their own.

        April 9, 2023 4:10 am
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      Jason Scott

      Took mine out for the first time the other day. Same upper, PSA lower. Ran great! But the barrel nut was loose. Other than that, was accurate and ran flawlessly, no trigger problems, no malfs at all. The shop took care of the nut for me, but I am changing out the handguard to something that doesn't need to be clocked correctly to properly install the handguard.

      I checked everything but the barrel nut. Live and learn, I will make sure to do that in the furture (first AR). As it is, I really enjoy this rifle. Kind of miffed I can get a complete upper for a lot less than I did earlier this year but, whatever. Will use it until it breaks and I have to replace parts, or build a new one.

      December 31, 2021 1:37 pm
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        Terrible QC

        Can’t blame you. Terrible QC

        April 9, 2023 4:11 am
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      Blockade Runner

      I have bought my last upper from BCA and l am sending it back for reimbursement. It is a 22LR and should have been sold as a blem. Failed to feed, 8 misfires and eject. In the beginning what caught my eye was the side charging (gen l). Scratched handles and coming loose. Sent them back for the gen ll exchange program ($99X3) and still own 2. Good runners. The .22 upper packing for ship is a upgrade but the 10 rnd mag was unprotected and loose in the box. I was hoping for a good runner and inexpensive shooter. Ordered a replacement from PSA. This was going to be a gift for my granddaughter Christmas day.

      December 30, 2021 8:58 am
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      Steve McGee

      How do you get ahold of them??? I've tried to order online, and it doesn't work. They don't answer their emails or phones! Can anyone help???

      December 29, 2021 12:39 pm
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        Blake Lunsford

        Reviews everywhere speak to this issue. They just don't have or apparently care to have/staff a good customer service dept. To make things worse they have enough problems of every kind that having good customer service would have them receiving a lot more positive reviews instead of the all too numerous angry customers who just needed a little communication. Too bad.

        January 11, 2022 8:03 am
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        Weird. Nobody was around during the holidays? Nobody in any sector of the gun industry skips December 21-Jan 3 ever.

        February 15, 2022 8:57 pm
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      the gun brotha

      I just got a rear charging 16" complete upper in 556, I mated it to a spikes tac lower with a CMC single stage flat trigger and BCM furniture and threw on an Eotech 552. Blemishes aside my experience and my review wouldve been exactly this including the trigger reset issue and accuracy.

      December 20, 2021 2:51 pm
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      I've had 3 of their uppers in hand. I sent a side charging. 223 Wylde back due to a throating problem with my 77 gn. cast bullets.
      My first upper was a 10.5" .223 Wylde, and it ran perfectly from the gitgo, with everything from 55gn to 77 gn. cast.
      I have an 18" Socom .223 Wylde, that I haven't had time to take out yet.
      But, all 3 ,of these were cosmetically perfect (with the exception of the side charger, that took a hit to the charging handle in transit). BCA replaced that on my first return over the chambering problem. The returns process was quite painless, as they covered all the shipping. The customer service people were courteous, with a bit of Southern charm.
      I don't know how the author managed to spend $700.00, on one rifle. I have 2 uppers from BCA ($200 + $274), with a PSA pistol lower ($150.), which comes up to $624.00. I'll go over $700, once I pick up another complete lower, but not by much. These are definitely budget firearms, but my pistol holds a much tighter group than my grandson's 11.5" SBR ($1600+$200 non refundable donation to Uncle Sam).

      December 19, 2021 8:24 am
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      dennis J davidson

      I have built several ar 15 and ar 10 rifles using BCA uppers. I have not in my experience seen any of the blems that you did with yours. everything looked legit, and was well assembled. I just got a slick side 6.5 creedmore upper fro BCA, but have not had the chance to test its 18" Barrel accuracy.

      December 19, 2021 7:18 am
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      I run a BCA side charging upper on an Anderson lower and love it. It was one out of two prototypes for their Gen 2 side charging uppers. Had a failure to properly extract issue and when it did extract it would throw the shell the casing would just sorta fall out. Swapped out the extractor and put a lighter buffer spring in and problem solved

      December 3, 2021 12:04 am
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      thomas ray light

      I currently own and built 3 AR 15's from BCA. I have not had any issues what so ever with any of them. my brother in law has a couple as well. he had issue with one, we originally thought the BCA upper and the BCG was the culprit, but turned out to be the 80% lower he finished. it was a factory problem with the mag lock in the well(which was not from BCA) I also have other AR's from Colt, PSA. my number one short rifle for now is my 16" BCA build.

      December 1, 2021 9:53 am
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      After reading the BCA reviews/complaints below and having experience with them on an Issue that shouldn't ever happen (see my comment below) "If C's get Degrees..."(funny) in this case I'd say C stands for something more earthy. Terrific review BTW. You have a way of saying things w/o actually saying it.

      November 25, 2021 1:35 pm
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      I bought one of their side charging LR-308 uppers. It was ejecting to the left jamming up the works. Bolt was 180° out! Bolt retainer could be installed from either side which is impossible with a correctly machined bolt (No, it wasn't the pin). The owner told me it wasn't a big deal as it wasn't a safety issue. Offered to replace it if I paid the return shipping. Customer service? Kept it. Bought one from Brownells. Didn't want another klinker. I'm sure they have others just like it. I use it for show and tell. People are amazed when I pass the pin in from either side.

      November 25, 2021 1:17 pm
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      Eric Snyman

      I've bought 5 complete upper in 50 Beowulf, 6.5 Grendel, 350 Legend, 5.56, and 7.62x39 (7.5" pistol). All have operated near flawlessly. All are side chargers. The only thing to note is 2 of then are gen 1 and the charger knob needed Loctite to stay tight. The other 3 are gen 2 and have worked perfectly. BCA will convert a gen i to a gen 2 for $100.
      l built my own receivers using Anderson stripped lowers with Armaspec stainless parts and a Nickel Teflon trigger from Bravo company.
      I'm sold on BCA

      November 16, 2021 10:41 pm
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      On my 3rd upper, 2 556($220 delivered, 10.5" & 7.5", no sales tax!!)and 1 308 ($300 delivered, SS 20" barrel)......so far I'm amazed at quality for prices.. no blemishes, consistent good finish, and flawless performance w all ammo....
      Gonna quit before I jinx myself but their gosh darn disposable for those prices but I actually sold the 7.5" 556 on and Anderson lower for $1200, so their all free now anyway!!

      Keep your powder dry and beer cold!

      November 15, 2021 10:07 pm
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      I purchased complete BCA S/c upper chambered in 556 NATO with 1/8 twist. The charge handle and cap screw were lost in shipping. BCA Fedex the charge handle and screw asap. Very Pleased with BCA value and swevice. I Idiscussed BCA with
      gun snob friend about and he said they are junk but that's because he buys big names and then upgrades evey possible part; spending a lot on the weapon and more changing parts that are already quality.

      November 6, 2021 2:04 pm
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        how does it usually take bca to ship and deliver to you?

        November 9, 2021 2:34 pm
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      I ordered a BCA upper in 5.56 in December of 2020. I was able to shoot about 8 rounds before I started having issues. I let the bolt slam closed as is normal. It would not fire the round. I then could not eject the round with the charging handle. I had to get a cleaning rod an run down the barrel and tap to get the bolt to open. A little touchy with live ammo. I tested a number of ammo types all of which had the same issue. On further investigation I found that without any rounds in the firearm I could let the bolt slam into battery, but could not open the bolt with the charging handle. So I changed the bolt with a PSA bolt from another rifle. This bolt worked in the upper just fine. I contacted BCA customer service relating this information. They provided an RMA. I got the gun back in a month or less with an explanation they had fired 30 rounds through it without a problem. I do not know how they did that. I tested the upper by letting the bolt slam closed without any ammunition. I had difficulty opening the bolt with the charging handle. I knew at the point the bolt need to be replaced. I explained my issue again with customer service and asked to just let me return the upper and call it a day. They sent me a second RMA. I returned the upper and they credited the cost back to my credit card. Customer service was responsive. I really do not know what to say about the person working on the upper . The person may not have read the information I provided or just did nothing.

      October 22, 2021 6:55 pm
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      Ken Deliz

      I have bought 4 of their uppers. Thought I had a problem with the first, but it turned out I had a problem with my reloads. Took 2 clip loads to get the Grendel running right. But the 223 and 300 blackout worked great right off the bad. Also got a 308 which worked great. Love the side charge, works great with a scope. Will be buying another 223 with a 20" barrel in the near future. The Blackout is a ton of fun to shoot.

      October 19, 2021 4:51 pm
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      North Georgia Wood

      I've purchased 2 uppers in 300BLK from them. A 16" and a 10.5". Both required a good bit of hand-cycling rounds initially before subsonic ammo would feed consistently. Both now have 1,000s of subs and supers through them with zero failures. Considering the <$300 paid for each I'd consider them steals for the money.

      October 18, 2021 5:59 pm
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        Oscar Pack Collins

        I got the 10.5" side charging 300blk for $209 shipped. Its heavy but i like it. I added an adjustable gas block and its my fav ar as of late.

        October 27, 2021 7:25 pm
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      Terry D

      Purchased a side charging upper from BCA last year and ended up putting it on my 7.62x39 with a 16 in. barrel, looks and runs great.
      Just purchased a complete upper 7.62 side charger and a 7.62 M4 style both with heavy barrels. I decided to do some changing around so I started disassembling the side charger and found the gas block damaged while installing the roll pin. Looks like the assembler beat the hell out of it. Decided to continue, but then I could not loosen the barrel nut. Used a vice block and could not break it loose.
      I decided to take a closer look at the M4 and noticed that the front site pins were flat on one side. Looks like they used a press or beat on them also. Didn't go any further than that.
      contacted customer service and arranged a RMA. Return labels for shipping were incorrect and now I cannot get any response from customer service. No one answer the phone, returns messages or response to email.
      Not real happy. Check you assembly.

      July 29, 2021 9:57 am
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        Edward E Claybrooks

        Having the same problem with customer service. My 7.62 extractor was not completely milled and won't grab the round. After calling and emailing I have had no response. Bought 2 uppers and the other works great. They need to work on service before I give them any more of my money.

        September 21, 2021 4:50 pm
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      My family has bought several complete uppers from BCA. They’ve all arrived with minimal blems at most. The finish on them has been pretty damn solid actually. The only real issue was one arrived for me with a broken FA. I called BCA and had a new one sent to me very quickly. Otherwise, my upper looks mint. I’m surprised to see yours being shipped like that and can only imagine their QC is stretched by a crazy labor market leading to a lot of inconsistencies. Hopefully it gets figured out soon.

      Thanks for doing the review!


      June 14, 2021 7:10 pm
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        Poor QC

        Speaking of labor market - BCA was busted for immigration law violations sometime back.

        April 9, 2023 4:27 am
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      Donnie Brite Jr

      I can't speak for BCA's lowers because I haven't got one of them. I did buy a complete upper with the BCG and I should have went with an 18 or 20 inch barrel but I am new to this platform, as far as owning, I've shot any type of complete rifle from the well known distributors, like a bushmaster, all the way to the cheapest dmps a vet friend of mine has. One thing I noticed on all the ones ive shot and the adjustability of the stock was cool, but the point it hooks to the aluminum frame was a concerning weak point that me being tough on equipment, knew I would break one eventually. Which is one of the reasons that kept me off the AR platform in general. Until recently, when I saw a one piece poly inject molded lower that got rid of the adjustability of the stock for a short stock that is pretty comfortable from K.E. Arms the KP-15 lower...I was searching online for a solid stock to reciever frame lower and it hapoened to pop up and better yet I found one at a local shop for 221. And some change after tax for the complete lower. I picked it up next day and had already been searching for a decent budget friendly upper that was also complete because I am still learning about all the parts internally. Thats when I ran across BCA and started perusing their little Treasure Trove of all their different complete uppers that they offer, and anything that would fit on an AR-15 frame we'll work on the KP-15 lower because its a multu-caliber which was another plus for it, anyway, I just decided to go with the 5.56 NATO chambering because though I don't know much about AR-15's I do know that the 5.56 chamber can also shoot two 223's SafeLink because the pressure generated by 223 is not near as substantial as the 5.56. And after looking through all the different 556 chambered complete uppers I decided to settle on the 16in parkerized 5.56 chambered Barrel with a carbine length gas tube and BCG included and it also has a 15 inch M Lok rail system which through research from what I seen was the easiest to find aftermarket parts for too attached to it and even during this whole pandemic s*** and they're elevated order demand, they still had my upper to me within a little over a week, which was pretty fast to me. I also ordered parts from opticsplanet including a utg Bug Buster 3-9x32mm scope and instead of going with see-through mounts which I don't really like I went with a set of 45 degree offset sights spring loaded and a vertical foregrip. At the same time I also bought and aluminum GI style mag from BCA because I wanted a man to show up the same day and I guess I had pretty good luck, as far as blemishes initially cuz I didn't find anything out of whack with mine and I took it out to my personal gun range that day as soon as I got the notification that it has been delivered I was at a friend's house and I told him I got to go and not hauled ass to the house picked it up and was happy as hell when I got it. I already had the lower in my car with me and I snapped the two together right in my driveway and lock up between upper and lower was nice and tight I actually had to take some 3,000 grit sandpaper sand the front lug of the BCA to get it to fit perfectly in the kp15 upper but other than that I think is absolutely perfect on the fit. I hauled ass out to my personal gun range on a family member's property because work just so had it in my favor that UPS dropped off couple hundred rounds of m855 green tip that morning and I already had that with me too so I just wanted to ask the gun range and that polymer frame lower made the rifle fuel front end heavy but it wasn't a big deal not to me anyway, so I loaded up the man got. Walked out to the range rack that charging handle back and my first time shooting it felt alright but I didn't have my scope or my sights in yet so I couldn't really tell except for shooting a couple rounds where I was hitting but it seemed to hit the same spot every time so I was excited and then a couple days later my utg bug Buster came in along with the 45 offset science which I immediately attach them and Bug Buster came with quick detach mounts which I don't know how I feel about those yet time will tell I like something that's solid locking in all honesty but for now we haven't done me wrong yet. So another trip back to the range decide in the scope and just don't feel as 45 degree offset. I got there. Set up at 50 yards just cuz that's all the room I got so I hot ones adjusted shot twice adjusted third shot dead on and then I emptied the man and group was 1/2 inch at the 50-yard mark, without sandbags just shooting from a kneeling stance taking my time I was satisfied with that and started transitioning between the scope snd offset sights and I liked that it was easy fast transitioning, and the irons were awesome right out of the box I didn't have to adjust anything except flip from the big CQB to the aperture sight and was pinging 4x4 inch plates and 2x2 inch plates at 50 yards. I didn't experience the malfunctions that you did but like you explained it was a problem in the lower. Overall pretty damn impressed with my complete then I got from BCA. For a budget upper I'm pretty impressed with how accurate it is and I haven't had any of my functions except for some hand-loaded ammo right now because of the fact primers are impossible to get it and I'm having to improvise my own homemade primers which are definitely not as reliable as some Factory primers. Other than that though and I had to Pioneer a load with some 55 grain performance and some 55 grain fmg boat tails both from and I don't have any powder for 223 reloading which is the tiring Pioneer part and I scoured the internet and found a forum are a couple guys did most work for me and had pioneered a 223 load with a 55 grain using Lever Revolution powder which doesn't even have load data for a 223 bullet because as the name implies it's meant for reloading 3030 lever action bullets and is the only rifle power I have one and good luck trying to find any right now it is ridiculous. But armed with the knowledge that the internet gave me which made me nervous as f*** I loaded up some 55 grain bullets for 25 grains of lvr and I loaded 5 with 25 and loaded 5 or 26 grains of lvr and I was sweating like crazy because I've never taken anybody's advice on the internet when it comes to load data and everything you read on the internet is true so needless to say I said my prayers before pulling the trigger on that first one but after I did I realize wasn't a load of bull crap and recoil wasn't much different from the m855 any accuracy was on par what do you make 55 so there's that. All in all I'm satisfied for getting what I expected to get something that I'm betting eight major top-of-the-line s*** but I didn't pay the major top-of-line price either oh no I'll do business with BCA again

      May 14, 2021 1:10 am
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        Did you write a short bus as a child?

        July 28, 2021 3:43 pm
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          Terry Meek

          Think maybe Donnies a little lonely.

          January 29, 2022 4:46 am