While long guns aren’t something I am passionate about I ran into a great deal for a complete polymer lower and figured why not eventually take a stab at a black gun. The manufacturer is New Frontier Armory and the model is LW-15. The lower was shipped quickly from the online vendor and my total out-of-pocket cost after picking up from my local FFL was $135 which included an additional and slightly narrower blowback hammer when using a .22 LR or 9 mm upper assembly. Not too shabby for a lightweight strong lower.
On a few forums people are of course poo pooing the polymer lower and IMO their statements are mostly without merit. I don’t see anything about this lower which would make it less desirable than an aluminum lower with the exception it could not be engraved. Some may argue an aluminum lower can be picked up for only $30-50 more so why purchase the polymer. I got it for the weight. I hope to eventually get my wife to shooting rifles and having a lightweight assembly with an adjustable stock for an affordable price is attractive. One person suggested the polymer would crack if dropped. Really? Crack if dropped? I guess every polymer handgun out there is falling to pieces.
That got me to thinking about a magazine torture test where they drove a truck over various magazines and then surveyed the damage. I wondered if anyone had driven a truck over the New Frontier polymer lower. Well, a short search on YouTube revealed a video. About 3 minutes in after chucking the rifle back and forth they put the truck over it. Take a look for yourself.
Now since I am somewhat new to black guns I have no idea if this lower will perform forever or not. In reality I may not have the opportunity to ever put it completely through a personal torture test. But I do know polymer firearms are strong, lightweight and generally affordable. Good enough for me!