Ascend Armory Matched Receiver Set

Ascend Armory set

In a current atmosphere of declining prices on AR products, it is interesting when companies go the other way and introduce highly stylized products that command a higher price tag. One of those companies is Ascend Armory and one of those products is the company’s matched billet receiver set.

Ascend Armory offers a matched upper and lower for the AR-15 platform. These sets are highly stylized and will definitely set your rifle build apart from the others you may see at the range.

Starting with the basics, these parts can be had in either 6061-T6 or 7075-T6 aluminum. (For those still a little drunk on holiday festivities, feel free to start a fight in the comments section below about which is best.) Both are milspec class III type 2 hard anodized.

In addition to the obvious style differences from a forged AR upper and lower, the Ascend Armory set uses an ambidextrous take down pin and it comes with an ambidextrous bolt catch. A magazine release is installed, but you will, of course, need to install your own safety selector when your add a trigger group. Interestingly, anti-rotation trigger and hammer pins are included with the set.

The upper is ready for a forward assist and standard dust cover, but like the fire control group, you will need to supply and install those yourself. A dust cover rod and spring are included.

If you want a 6061 set, this will set you back $450. For those wanting 7075, you will need to pony up an additional $45.

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  • some other joe

    Curious what this looks like with the HERA Arms CQB stock and foregrip.

    • Mattie Dimes


    • Jake

      something to scare the hell out of californian lawmakers?

  • Bob

    Ambidextrous takedown pin? I read that right? How does THAT work?

    • iksnilol

      You can take it out both ways.


    • Squirreltakular

      I think they just mean that you can pull them out with those machined grooves instead of just pushing them out.

    • Bad Penguin

      Looks like they can be inserted from either side of the lower.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Sub $500 seems like a pretty good price.

  • Joseph Goins

    There is way to much crap going on with the receiver.

  • valorius

    Very high tech looking.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Not a fan, they managed to take something simple and complicate it way too much

    • Kurt Eskildsen

      Looks like a candidate for the “trophy gun” dudes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’ll stick with mil spec basics.

  • Christopher Wallace


  • Edeco

    Man, no casing is going to get through that deflector, it’s supported way back.

  • Squirreltakular

    Okay, I thought it was pretty at first, but the other shots on their website make it clear that this thing is gorgeous. Perfect candidate for my ridiculous suppressed 6.5 Grendel piston SBR build.

    I wish they would post the weights, though.

  • tired of this

    I like it. Think I’ll do my first build around it.