So a little over a week ago I ordered my upper from SOTA Arms. I was nervous about going with a company that I couldn't find a lot of feedback and info about. But I decided to give the Minnesota boys a shot and the price was so good. I had tried to email them and call them. It took 2 days to get a call back from them and 4 days to get an email back from them. Which i suppose isn't too bad. It is a small company and from what I hear they are swamped. I talked to the guy on the phone for 20 - 30 minutes asking him all sorts of questions. I told him I was interested in the 16" stainless steel free float barrel with the flat top. I told him that I would probably end up putting a quad rail on it when I got it. He told me that for $60 more they would do it for me. Why the hell not. Less for me to do.
I asked how to place my order online and note that I want the quad rail and he told me that any customaization to an order has to be done over the phone. I decided to pull the trigger on the order. I asked how long it would take to make my upper and when would I see it. He told me that they are totally swamped and that they usually ship from there location in 5 business days but right now it would probably be 10 business days. Ummm heck yeah sign me up. A lot of place I have looked at are 4 weeks and longer. Plus I figured if they screwed up my order... it would be a nice short drive to North Branch to get their attention.
I got my upper from the UPS guy yesterday. My only concern with the whole process was the delivery. And maybe I am just being weird, but there was no signature required. Says on their website they ship with a signature required. And I certainly wouldn't want this just sitting on my front step for someone to walk off with.
The upper looks awesome. Its feels nice. I want to weigh it and see what the total weight is. Haven't done that yet. Wish I could fire it today but I don't have my lower yet. Keep thinking about borrowing my brothers lower and take it to the range in circle pines. But we will see.
Now I just need to get off my lazy butt (on spring break) and go pick up the Vortex Strikefire. Already have 8 mags full of ammo.
Whenever I take it out to the range I will write up a review of the upper. But so far... I am pleased with the service i recieved from SOTA Arms. Oh and don't try to save money by going up and picking up the upper when it is complete. They only knock off like $5. and since shipping is included... let UPS do that. It takes one day for it to be delivered.
Wrap that around your overly muscled left wing and row your dinghy in counterclockwise circles as a result.