Good, but Very Different from the Pictures
The carry handle assembly is the final piece I needed for my ARM build, so grabbing one of these reproductions seemed like a great idea. However, I was rather disappointing when the part arrived significantly different than expected. The item pictured at my time of order and at the time of this review looks to be an original ARM carry handle rear retainer; it appears to be forged or cast and is most likely steel. What arrived is milled aluminum with a deep, black anodizing. It looks nothing like the one pictured. What bothers me the most about this is the material. While the retainer and pin are aluminum the carry handle itself is steel. I worry about the hole in the aluminum parts being worn by movement of the carry handle and to a slightly lesser extent the durability of the entire upper area should it experience any shock while being carried. Also, the use as a bottle opener may not be a great idea with the aluminum bipod catch area (although that's an incredibly minor thing). However, it is absolutely worth mentioning that the machining and finishing are very well done. This is going on a Galil ARM build that's going to see use, not be a safe queen. While there is certainly a possibility that my concerns are unfounded, the product delivered was still quite different from what was pictured/represented. If these are offered again, the pictures and description should be updated to mention the materials and show what is actually being received.