Sharps Bros Overthrow lower

This has been said before, but can be repeated: the AR-15 platform is really amazing.

The endless flow of ideas when it comes to designing new parts and painting them in even more endless ways lacks equivalent.

I am personally not too keen on Sharp Bros earlier creations like the Hellbraker, Warthog and The Jack but their new lower called Overthrow is really cool.

John Sharps, founder of Sharp Bros., teamed up with Rainer Arms and BDL Custom Finish and you can now see the end result.

In their own words:

This, my friends, is Overthrow. We have been fine-tuning the details on this one for long time, and we hope you dig the final product as much as we do. The receiver is an open magwell helmet design, featuring battle worn dents, sword gashes, and crack lines. Leave it anodized black, give it a Spartan style (maybe some 300-esque blood splatter?), do a Viking theme, … the customization possibilities with this one are endless.


OK, here we go with pictures below. THIS IS SPARTA!

The Overthrow – out of the CNC Machine.

Serial 00002.

And painted. It’s hard to tell what is painted and what is machined.


With magazine

There will be more information available soon at

I’m sure you’re all reminded of the movie “300” from 2006.

The Overthrow will be sold via Rainier Arms’ webstore as well through their dealers. The Overthrow costs 310 USD.

As you can see, BDL Custom Finish will certainly do a really good paintjob for it.

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • wetcorps

    “I’m sure you’re all reminded of the movie “300” from 2006.”

    I didn’t realize 300 came out more than 10 years ago. I now feel old.

    • PK

      No he’s wrong. That can’t possibly be the case.

      I looked it up, and IMDB is wrong too.

      • Dougscamo

        Pk & wetcorps….just wait till someone calls you a fudd just because of your age….. :p

        • PK

          That started happening years back when eighteen year old, first time gun owners with their M4geries asked things like “what does pre-ban mean” and I explained it.

  • Petto

    Ares AR15? why not

    • noob

      the company name is available again 🙂

      • SGT Fish

        everyone else already uses it. why not one more gun/tactical company named Ares just to add to the confusion

  • AD

    Hmm… I hate that I don’t hate this…

  • Yuki Mikazuki


  • Graham2

    The should make a full-sized helmet that you can wear while firing this thing!

    • noob

      out of AR500 plate

      • Rick O’Shay

        My neck hurts just thinking about that.

    • wetcorps

      With one side cut off because muh cheekweld.

  • Charlie Taylor

    Pretty? Sure. Practical or useful? No. I’ve said it other places, but this is the modern equivalent of a Parade Zweihänder.

  • Blake

    Doesn’t look very comfortable; I guess that’s a way to enforce the Costa c-clamp grip…

    Spiffy nonetheless.

    • farking Costa…the baddest ass Coast Guard Commando ever.

      • Bill

        I dislike Costa, but don’t knock the Coasties. They do some serious law enforcement and sporty search and rescue.

        • Oh don’t get me wrong, the Coasties are no joke and they’re great people. My beef is that Costa builds himself up as this super operator badass, but even with all the work the Coasties do, they aren’t exactly combat operatives.

          • El Mac

            I would disagree. Costa sells himself as a shooter/trainer. People read a lot more into that than there is.

      • El Mac

        Costa shoots better than probably 99.5% of the current population. That’s what matters.

        • Oh, I dunno about that. I’d be willing to bet that there’re more people that can shoot as good as or better than Costa than you think.

          Even if Costa’s a good shot, his ego and attitude are the main turnoff, just like Larry Vickers. Sure, they are good technical shooters. But it’s no excuse to be an A-hole about everything.

          • El Mac

            Point being, he is a good shooter. That said, how is he an a-hole? Explain.

          • The couple of times i’ve met the man or heard him speak, he’s a conceited a-hole.

          • El Mac

            Perhaps he is. I don’t know him. To be sure, if he is, it will catch up to him one day. LAV does come across like that as well. Oh the great LAV, lover of Glock hater of 1911s until of course he is paid by Wilson, then of course he loves em. Goofy dude. He should shed a few cheeseburgers.

  • Rick O’Shay

    Gotta molon all those labes.

    • Cory C


  • Joe

    Pretty slick, but I’m saving pennies for the Jack.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Impressed. Seriously impressed.

  • Brett baker

    A custom lower worth buying.

  • GhostTrain81

    I’m a bit tired of the whole Spartan iconography personally. Yeah, they held off a much bigger army, but many forces throughout history had to do the same. What makes them so unique? (rhetorical)

    I think the movie 300 and its source material carry much blame for greatly distorting the realities of the Persian war with the the Greek city states to the point where it’s now worshiped as fact. The movie boils down the conflict as a case of a big evil empire invading the “free” Hellenic people. The truth is that none of the combatants were paragons of anything.

    The reality is much more nuanced – the city states birthed the idea in the West of democratic republics but at the same time they (Athens, Sparta, etc.) were also expert practitioners of slavery which the film conveniently ignores. In contrast, the Archaemenid dynasty of Persia in history was generally well regarded for its religious tolerance… so much so that the most unlikely of sources, the OLD TESTAMENT gave it props for this.

    • Rick O’Shay

      Because if there’s anything the old testament is renown for, it’s definitely objectivity, infallibility, and accurate depictions of historical events.

      • GhostTrain81

        That was meant to be a bit tongue in cheek :D.

        However, the accounts of the war by Herodotus, which serves as an introduction to the topic when for Classics student, also contains quite a bit of embellishment and fantasy elements mixing facts and fables.

        There is a vast amount of literature on Persian history and the way the Achaemenid kings chose to rule. In none of these serious accounts, were the Persians recruited an army of disfigured monsters to attack Greece because they hated freedom.

      • James Young

        The OT has an excellent track record of lining up with history. Objectivity (defined as facts regardless of personal opinions) fully intact since most of the writers of the books said things that normal people don’t say about their rulers if they don’t want to die. What did they have to gain by lying? Everything, but they instead chose death and persecution. Rulers usually remove unpleasant facts from writings, but yet that did not happen, and we can see failure upon failure of foolish rulers.

    • Mmmtacos

      I do believe Frank Miller (author/artist of the comic) admitted as much that his comic was a flagrant, biased and heavily extreme dramatization. I mean he did pretty much have ogres and monsters as part of the Persian army after all.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        And you cant fault him for doing what he did. It was a pretty excellent story he told. We shouldnt sacrifice entertainment for historical accuracy. People just need to understand the difference.

        Tolkien said: “Every good story deserves some embellishment.”

    • Greece is the cradle of European/”western” civilization and its inhabitants appreciate Leonidas’ (along with the Athenian navy’s!) sacrifice to this day.

      • GhostTrain81

        I totally agree with you. I almost majored in the Classics in college, because Hellenic history was just so fascinating, and it’s one of the few things I remember from those gloomy 4 years. Their contributions were not just invaluable to Western civilization but to the whole world.

        I am not trying to denigrate, just stating that the Spartans weren’t the perfect freedom loving democratic hombres with perfect abs that 300 portray them as, and that the Persians didn’t have mutants with sword arms. Believe me, some people don’t know this.

        • I still fondly recall a class centered on Greco-Roman religion from my time at university. If studying history has taught me anything, it’s that less-embellished history makes the objects of study more endearing. Leonidas the man is infinitely greater than Leonidas the lubricated superhero in underwear.

          My personal opinion about the “Sparta as freedom & Murrica” trope is that Miller’s 300 fed off of the mutual distrust between the U.S. and Iran at the time. Comic books are seemingly gospel to Americans and his film informed and/or reinforced public consciousness then and even now.

      • int19h

        Sparta contributed relatively little to all that you have described. Even as far as politics, while e.g. Athens is a cradle of democracy, Sparta can be best described as the world’s first fascist state – in the literal meaning of that word.

        Unfortunately, people are too fascinated with their military prowess to remember about all the totalitarian aspects behind it.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Slavery was also illegal in the Persian Empire at the time of the invasion of Greece.

    • Flounder

      The spartans just did the best, in the worst possible situation, and they did it first.

      It went down in history as 300 vs a million. And the 300 accomplished thier goal, and they all gave their lives to do it. And we know it actually happened. maybe with significantly different numbers, but even at 2000 vs 100,000 that is still probably the most iconic and extreme delaying action in history.

      But yeah, the story gets old when it is repeated every year.

    • nova3930

      The entirety of the Persian wars was likely exaggerated, from the battle of Marathon forward. Basically we only have the account of Herodotus and other later Greek sources to go by, and they’re necessarily biased towards the Greek view of things. What for them was a life or death struggle was a relatively unimportant skirmish along their western border.

      The Persian expeditions to Greece quite likely had two drivers, the desire to punish the Athenians and others for interference in Ionia and the desire to put in place some buffer states. People forget the Persians burned Athens to the ground and at least temporarily conquered most of Greece post Thermopylae and long term held control of Macedonia and other states to the north of mainland Greece. So in all probability they accomplished their primary goals in the endeavor.

      • James Young

        I don’t think you can question the validity of all Greek sources. Some, certainly. All, no. Greece was not a unified state, hence the “city-states”. Most hated Sparta, and many writers were critical of Spartan culture and society for a number of reasons. Even Aristotle writes about them. The Corinthian War was an alliance Athens, Corinth, and Thebes against Sparta.

        Sources that came later (not from the time period before Roman conquest), romanticized Spartan culture. This happened many times throughout history and is happening today, due in part to the movie 300 and Halo, but also because Thermopylae was such a major moment in Western history.

        • nova3930

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting they’re invalid sources, you just have to be aware of what perspective you’re getting the story from. 2500 years of history detaches us from the situation in a way that the writers even a couple hundred years afterwards could not be. There’s a certain emotional attachment to events of that proximity that distorts the picture. Think about how our proximity colors our depictions of the US Civil War and I think it’s probably similar.

    • Edeco

      There’s an art to history appreciation. Most people looking at history, myself included for most of my life are like dogs looking for a leg to hump. Or it’s like alcohol, when you’re young you drink to socialize and get loaded, not to experience a rainbow of dry, earthy peatiness or whatever.

      • Dougscamo

        Scotch lover, huh?

        • Edeco

          More so than wine, I like drink that’s warm on the gizzard. If I still had time and room in my calory intake I’d probably be developing a 90 octane Sidecar.

  • Vitsaus

    This is what happens when you let a 12 year old design a lower.

  • PeterK

    Well that’s not going to be good in a pushup test.

  • Edeco

    Someone should paint veiny eyeballs on a mag

    • Brett

      And a mouth with angry teeth…but show friends the mag first. Have them question your friendship.

      • Glenfilthie

        This isn’t madness!!!!!

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    If I had to pick a lower based on a medium good movie from 2006 it would be “Talladega Nights”.

    • GaryOlson

      You,sir, are a redneck.

      • TheNotoriousIUD


        • GaryOlson

          Just reading the name tag out loud.

    • Brick

      Yeah, I can’t wait for the Mike Honcho edition

  • RogUinta

    I can’t figure out why I want this. I’m supposed to hate it, but I don’t.

  • Russ Kell

    Need to paint some eyes on those magazines. 😉

  • Gary Kirk

    Moldy labia

    • Dougscamo


  • TangledThorns

    That is the coolest thing I’ve seen since Hillary Clinton lost her election 🙂

  • Brett

    Where’s the one of a Hockey Mask?

  • Geremy Tibbles

    molon labia brother dont you be steppin on my punisher skull covered snake

  • SteveK

    Nice work, Sharps! I want one!

  • Mike Lashewitz

    About as useful as 2 inch tires on a F350 4WD. Barely tacticool.

  • Hammer Click

    HAHAHAHAH, when can I get one in Mickey Mouse?

  • Anonymoose

    Over-throw it in the trash.

  • backburner007

    As potentially impractical as this magwell may be…….it’s definitely badass.