We’ve already seen all kinds of stylized magazine wells of AR-15 lower receivers – skulls, hog heads and whatnot. Looks like for 2017 the helmet styled magwells are in trend. Two companies offer them right now.
Sharps Bros., known for making the majority of (or all of them) above-mentioned variations, came up with an AR-15 lower receiver which magwell is shaped like a Spartan helmet. They call it Overthrow. It is machined out of a 7075-T6 aluminum and is hard coat anodized. This receiver is compatible with standard AR-15 lower receiver parts and takes GI magazines or PMAGs. The MSRP is $310, but it is available for preorder at $269.99. The Overthrow receivers are sold through Rainier Arms.
Another company called Rare Breed Firearms offers two helmet-styled AR-15 lower receivers. One is a Spartan style too and it is called “Spartan”. The second one is called “Crusader” and, as the name implies, it resembles a Crusader helmet. Both versions are not available yet for purchase and they will be sold through the Spike’s Tactical website.
Although these receivers are perfectly functional, I don’t see a reason to opt for them unless you just want your rifle to look “cool” (still questionable). However, who knows, maybe these receivers will have a psychological effect on the enemy or criminal spooking them only with their appearance, just like only working the action of a pump action shotgun does (sarcasm).
Which one do you like the most?