Testing rifle components is a time-consuming and laborious process. It’s also one that requires a large amount of precision. And if there’s one thing that I’ve learned in testing various AR-15 components, it’s that you need a quality upper. Handguards, barrels, charging handles and bolt carrier groups are all routinely swapped out in my dedicated testing upper receiver.

When you are in the habit of taking apart and re-assembling your upper receiver as much as I am, you come to appreciate things like good-quality upper receivers. It’s for this reason that I have been very impressed with the Scorpion Tactical upper. I have several different barrels, two charging handles, three bolt carrier groups at least four different handguards, and hundreds of rounds on and through that upper in a matter of a month and a half. It has never given me any problem. It’s standard spec and works with a wide variety of accessories. Through all the use and abuse I’ve put it through, it’s remained rock solid.

In fact, I used this upper in a video that was featured during SHOT Show. Unfortunately, the video was nighttime evaluation of a flash hider, so you can’t really see the Scorpion Tactical upper.

My personal choice is to use the Scorpion Tactical upper on an optics-only carbine. It’s just personal aesthetic preference, but I love the scorpion emblem at the rear and hate to cover it up with a rear sight.

Scorpion Emblem

Scorpion Tactical offers a wide range of parts and accessories for the AR-15 carbine. In addition, they offer full rifles at extremely reliable prices

With the Sandy Hook tragedy and the resultant gun-panic, it’s my prediction that AR-15 parts are going to become about as scarce as Sasquatch. My suggestion is that if you’re looking for an upper receiver with which to complete your build, head on over to Scorpion Tactical before they’re all sold out!


By Allen Cosby

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53GR is an avid shooter, hiker and tinkerer. Introduced to guns at an early age, the hobby became a passion in his early twenties. After two years in Iraq as a contractor for a defense company, he developed an unhealthy addiction to military surplus gear. Though he's currently in treatment, the prognosis is that the condition is chronic.

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