When we think SilencerCo, we think suppressors. The Omega 36M released toward the end of 2019 is a good example. But every now and then, you get a curve ball. The company released a teaser video a last week that had everyone thinking “AR-15 rifle.” You would be kinda’ right and kinda’ wrong. It is an AR-15, but it’s just a lower. Nah, I’m kidding; it’s an AR billet lower with a proprietary ambi bolt catch. And SilencerCo is calling it the SCO15.
Honestly, this might be a great move for SilencerCo. Due to our current 2020 WTF climate and the upcoming elections, AR-15s, AR pistols, AR ammo and AR accessories are flying off the shelves. Manufacturers can’t keep up with demand, so many are starting to build their own AR rifle and/or pistol. It’s a super nice looking lower with all of those nice attention to details that can get overlooked.
SilencerCo SCO15 Lower Features
The SCO15 starts life as a block of 7075 billet aluminum, which SilencerCo then machines in-house. As mentioned, it also come with SilencerCo’s ambidextrous bolt catch. Nice touches include an enlarged integral triggerguard, flared magazine well, 45- to 90-degree fire selector window (for short throw fire selectors), rear tensioner bolt hole (keeps the upper and lower tight; bolt not included), and an integral ambidextrous anti-rotation QD sling cups at the rear of the receiver. Lastly, SilencerCo finishes it with a Type III Hard Anodize.
If you’re looking to use this lower in your next build, you should note that SilencerCo designed the lower for use with standard Mil-Spec lower part kits and buffer assembly. Remember, there are Mil-Spec and Commercial Spec buffer tubes out there—know which one you’re buying.