Periodically the question is asked here about which receiver is "better" - Phila Ordnance
or Richardson. My view on this has always been that both receivers are high quality and that
the choice comes down to manufacturing style. I recently had a new Richardson "Ultimax"
receiver here in the shop for other work and I took the opportunity to take some side by side
Here are a Richardson "Ultimax" (top) and a Phila Ord "80%" (bottom)
Front view - Richardson (left) Phila Ord (right)
Bottom view mag cutout and H-locks - Phila Ord (top) Richardson (bottom)
Left side mag cutout and 17 deg ejector flat - Phila Ord (left) Richardson (right)
Rear view - Phila Ord (left) Richardson (right)
Top view surface finish detail - Richardson (top) Phila Ord (bottom)
Side view surface finish detail - Phila Ord (left) Richardson (right)
Top view surface finish and engraving detail - Richardson (top) Phila Ord (bottom)
Note: The Richardson receiver has gold paint in the engraving. I do not know if this is
standard or an option offered by Doug, or if it was done later by the customer.
Bob Bower/Phila Ord