View Full Version : Talk to me about my Sendra!

May 3, 2005, 06:40 PM
First of all Hello--this is my first post.

I just bought an AR15 with a lower made by Sendra Corp, Barrington, IL. On the left side it is marked XM15 E2. It has almost a purple tint to it. It is SN 073XX. It has the plain A1 style pistol grip that is not ribbed in the back. The mag release button does have the raised fence.

The upper is a preban 20" Colt with thin barrel and A1 six-slot flash suppressor. I know it is a Colt upper becuase the letters "C" and M" are just beneath the A1 windage dial. The upper has no foward assist nor shell deflector. The handguards are round and shiny. The barrel is marked "CMP Chrome Bore" near the suppressor.

One peculiar thing is that the selector actually covers up the word "semi" no matter what position the selector is in. Additionally, someone used an alphabet die set to mark "hold on" in the place where auto or burst would normally be on an M16. However, the selector does not actually turn to the "hold on" position.

It is in very good condition and I paid $750 for it. I would like to know more about the reputation and history of this particular model.

May 6, 2005, 05:18 PM

May 6, 2005, 05:28 PM
A Sendra is a pretty good lower and IIRC they're forged, not cast. I'm wondering about the "hold on" thing though. Is there a hole directly above the selector? Are there any M16 fire control parts in it?

FWIW a number of Sendra receivers were registered by companies like Bushmaster (before they actually made AR15/M16 receivers) and converted to full auto. I know a few people that have registered M16's built on Sendra lowers.

May 6, 2005, 05:30 PM
Sendra is a pretty good receiver. However, like bushmaster they will not accept early orlite magazines unless you grind down the rib on the magazine (easy and quick to do with a dremel tool).

It sounds like you got a pretty decent gun at a pretty good price. It should be a tack driver with 55 grain bullets. Those Colt chrome lined barrels are pretty accurate. It sounds like someone put your gun together with an SP1 Colt upper (Good Stuff), and A2 front handguards.

I don't beleive Sendra ever made entire guns. The one I saw also was stamped Rock Island Arms. Either way the gun shot fine.