AR-15 Slick-Side Billet Upper Receiver

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Lead time for this product in As Machined is currently 5 weeks from date of order either solo or with all IN STOCK products;  Black is approximately 6+ weeks from order date. *Please be aware: all production lead times are estimates only; these are in no way guarantees of product shipment dates.  Orders only ship when complete.

Next available to ship with other products:  16916, 17168, 17272

Next available solo as-machined: 17301, 17309, 17338, 17339, 17390, 17400

Next available solo in BLACK:  16725

Next available BLACK with other products:  16737, 16768, 16772, 16775, 16781, 16784



Simple. Clean. Affordable. 

Our Slick-Side upper omits the traditional forward assist, shell deflector and dust cover for a clean and simple addition to any AR-15 build. Our Slick-Side upper is precisely machined from premium, billet 6061 aluminum to ensure the tightest tolerances, in many cases, exceeding mil-spec requirements. Compatible with both forged and billet lower receivers as well as most types of fore-ends and quad rails. 

Weight 6.0oz



Please note - while many of our customers enjoy the look and simplicity of the "as machined" aluminum, this finish is intended to be completed by the end user; therefore, machining marks may be visible. Applying a wear resistant coating (Cerakote or similar) to as-machined uppers prior to use achieves final fitment and provides a barrier to resist rapid wear that will otherwise occur. 

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26 Reviews

  • 5
    Billet Upper

    Posted by marvin wilson on Sep 14th 2020

    Wanted a billet raw upper for a build. This gem came in Flawless! Hit with some medium polishing media and than a high speed buffer. Shines like a new quarter. Fit up on the lower is close to perfect as I can see with them not bing matched sets. I did remove some material to lighten it up some more. The peep hole on top is what sold me along with he ability to get it raw. This is going to be my upper for my future shop builds. Thanks for the great product

  • 5
    I can see myself!

    Posted by Taccat Aylesworth on Aug 8th 2020

    I love how simple it is, and also the cuts and contours are sexy. It comes with the CNC machining marks, but after some mothers aluminum polish and a microfiber towel, it has a mirror finish.

  • 4
    Slick side receiver

    Posted by Ric on Jul 29th 2020

    Good looking receivers. Only 4 stars because I haven't used them yet. But I like em.

  • 4
    really cool

    Posted by Payton Gillis on Jul 28th 2020

    super cool looks great and works great. Thought it would come with the ability to install a breach cover plate but doesn't still other wise awesome though

  • 5
    Billet Receiver Set

    Posted by Kyle on Jul 25th 2020

    Excellent product! Nice design, not too busy and no silly gimmicks. The only constructive criticism I have to say is that I would like to see a tiny bit more attention given to deburring. Quite a few small burrs left in a few places that got coated over and a couple odd pieces of material left near some of the clearance toolpaths made with a chamfer possibly? But I still love the product! Just being totally honest and I run and program CNC every day so I take a close look at any machined part I buy. Great price too!

  • 5
    Beautiful upper.

    Posted by Dakota Phillips on Jul 11th 2020

    The machining on this product was next to perfect other than a few spots under the rail that looked like a little bit of material tear out. Once the upper was cerakoted the spots seemed to disappear. I would definitely recommend this product.

  • 5
    VD Slick Side Upper

    Posted by J Means on Jul 8th 2020

    Nice design clean milling and looks great on .22LR pistol build. Shipped out and arrived in 3 days.

  • 5

    Posted by GARY KONIGSMARK on Jun 28th 2020

    Have several of the uppers in operation, great workmanship and at a fair price, works well with PCC caliber rifles and pistols, give one a try, I think you'll like it...

  • 5

    Posted by Jlee on Jun 10th 2020

    How can Venom Defense produce such a high quality "designer" upper like this at this price point? WOW