Today, we’re breaking down one of the (if not the) most popular 80 lower jig on the market: The Easy Jig Gen 2! This multi-platform 80 lower jig includes all the critical stuff you need to pump out lowers of virtually every caliber and configuration – but what else makes it so great? Let’s look at all the smaller details that have launched the Easy Jig Gen 2 into 80 lower fame.
Why everyone loves the Easy Jig Gen 2 80 Lower Jig: Speed!
The Easy Jig Gen 2 is arguably the fastest 80 lower jig out right now. Initial setup is often touted as being simpler and faster than other jigs. The Easy Jig lives up to its own namesake by allowing users to insert, remove, and swap out lowers in a matter of seconds.
Once set up, the Easy Jig Gen 2 takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete an 80 lower, faster than most other jigs. Other jigs also often require numerous pilot holes to be drilled, and others still require disassembly and reassembly as you proceed through each step. None of this is required with the Easy Jig Gen 2.
Want to see a detailed video tutorial and breakdown of the Easy Jig Gen 2? Be sure to watch our video review and tutorial here! We detail full setup, a parts breakdown, and we even machine an 80 lower as an example.
The Easy Jig Gen 2 80 Lower Jig Requires No Drill Press!
Part of the allure of building an AR-15 at home from scratch, is the simplicity and the low barrier of entry to the project – you only need basic hand tools, and little to no experience is required. However, many 80 lower jigs require a drill press, something most of us homegrown gunsmiths simply don’t have access to.
The Easy Jig Gen 2 allows you to drill all your 80 percent lower’s holes with a handheld drill, thanks to their new, optional hardened steel hand drill stabilizers. This dramatically reduces total investment costs and overall machining difficulty with a simple, affordable, handheld alternative to the drill press.
The Easy Jig Gen 2 80 Lower Jig is Foolproof
Perhaps the greatest selling point of the Easy Jig Gen 2 is not its simplicity, nor its speed, but rather its foolproof design. Working fast and with convenience could normally breed complacency – and that results in mistakes.
But the Easy Jig Gen 2 takes all the risk out of the equation (mostly). For example, hardened steel drilling surfaces prevent any mishaps while you drill your holes. The entire jig is constructed from thick, reinforced plates so even tool-on-plate contact damage is minimized.
Furthermore, the Easy Jig’s router plate is designed to eliminate your end mill from ever touching the jig. This no-contact failsafe design ensures you can quickly and safely finish lower after lower without the need to replace worn out plates.
What you get in the Easy Jig Gen 2:
- (1) Top plate
- (1) Router plate
- (2) Side plates
- (2) sets of quick pins (DPMS Gen 1 .308 and AR-15)
- (1) Buffer tube support
- (1) Drilling block w/ trigger slot
- (8) Jig set screws w/ Allen keys
- (1) Center alignment tool
Easy Jig Gen 2 and 80% Lower Compatibility:
The Easy Jig Gen 2 is touted as being 100% compatible with all current-production 80% lowers, regardless of material and caliber!
- AR-15 (5.56/.223)
- DPMS Gen 1 .308 (AR-10)
- AR-9 (9mm)
What are you waiting for?! Check out the Easy Jig Gen 2 today!