Palmetto State Armory Mad Dog Stripped Lower Receiver — Colorized
Aside From Shipping Times, Palmetto State Armory Delivers ‘The Cool’ Again
Every once in a while something comes out and is just so silly, or cool, or ridiculous or awesome that I can’t open my wallet fast enough. Spikes tactical used to be my goto company for such frivolous diversions, however as of late it has been Palmetto State Armory.
I was just about to jump on board the Space Force and snag one of those lowers when they were introduced, but the more I looked at it, the more I thought, they could have done this so much cooler. It was cartoony and not at all the way I envisioned the Space Force to be. Too much Star Wars and blasters and such from when I was a kid (way back in 1978).
Then there was another contender. On AR15.com, which to me is the Godfather of all online web forums, I’m proudly in my 17th year as a member by the way, there was a Mattis or rather, Mad Dog lower shown. I’m been trying to find the exact first post, but all I seem to find are the posts from members who are pretty pissed it spread to Reddit and the like.
Anyway, I jumped over to PSA and decided this was the new ‘thing’ I had to have for the moment. I mean come on! It’s immortalizing General Mattis, arguably one of the finest military minds in history, one bad ass guy and the producer of more bone-chilling quotes than you can empty a belt-fed M249 at.
A few of our favorite Saint Mattis quotes:
“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
“I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”
Numbers 5 & 6 are what PSA combined to make one of the most badass lowers, even for novelty sake around. Now, I’m not saying this receiver is a novelty, it’s a machine and a well made one at that. The novelty comes from having something cooler than a horse as a roll mark.
For a long time now I have wanted to know who makes certain brand components. Sometimes it is easy to tell because of forge marks, however on the PSA lower, there are no obvious forge maker marks.
A little Google-Fu will give you fifty different answers. I was able to narrow it down to what I believe is the truth and that is that Aero Precision actually makes the lowers for Palmetto State Armory. There are just too many posts from people who are apparently “in the know” to disregard their voices. Of course, grain of salt. I guess until I hear it from PSA or Aero directly, which will never happen, I’ll just choose to live in that box for now.
Okay, enough word-spew. The lower is made from 7075-T6 aluminum. It’s hardcoat black anodized. Just like almost everything elses. The finish is pretty solid. I did notice a few nicks and a few rough patches, but come on, it’s a tool. It’s not a safe queen, it’s going to show wear over time.
I probably went and did something stupid with mine. I colorized it. Meaning simply I filled in the engraving/roll marks with color. I have never done it before and when I picked up the receiver it just seemed to be missing something. Nothing really stood out. So, color it needed, color it got. True, this was a fad a few years ago, so just count me late to the game. However, I like the results.
This is really nothing more than a piece of history for me. The lower itself is nothing special. The man it represents is mythological to guys like me and what makes this one special. Everything I have heard from the man’s mouth is so the epitome of America and honor. I’m sure some will have a differing opinion. If you do, just know that yours stinks.
Overall, there are a few gun parts that I find myself having a connection with. This just happens to be one of them. This one, I won’t ever get rid of. It’ll be handed down to my son when he’s ready.
So what does that leave? Well the build. I have the first pin started, so that means it’s on it’s way.