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How to Build a Premium AR-15

All AR-15s are good, change our mind. But seriously, there are some fine examples of top-tier AR-15s flooding the market as of late. Hyper-accurate barrels, ultralight receivers, ergonomic bits and baubles, and the world’s best triggers have all descended on the AR-15 platform. We’re throwing our hats in the ring with a formula for success. Here’s how to build a premium AR-15 using an 80% Lower!

It starts with a Premium 80 Lower Receiver

A premium AR-15 doesn’t have to just function like a well-oiled precision machine, it must look like one too. It should also be easier to manipulate, more innovative. Hey, that sounds a lot like our Premium Billet 80% Lower!

Our newly designed Premium Lower features plenty of cool aesthetic and functional updates. First, we’ve reinforced the lower and made it sleeker by integrating the trigger guard into the lower itself. We then reshaped and broached the mag well for easier reloading (and cool points).

We even made our Premium Lower easier to build with! Threaded bolt catch and rear takedown detent holes make dealing with those tiny, spring-loaded roll pins a thing of the past. This lower’s made from the highest quality 6061 T6 billet aluminum we could find and it comes with a Lifetime Warranty.

Find the best upper with the tightest barrel

A premium AR-15 needs to be lightweight, ergonomic, functional, and laser-accurate. That means investing in a properly mil-spec M4 flat top upper made from forged 7075 T6 aluminum, outfitted with the best lightweight, free-float M-Lok, Keymod, or Picatinny handguard and an M16 Full Auto bolt carrier group.

That also means picking up a top-tier barrel rifled precisely from heat-treated CR-V or 416R stainless steel with a hardness rating of RC 32-33, capable of MOA accuracy and rapid-fire alike. Guess what? That all happens to be found in all our available rifle and pistol uppers!

We have full-built, premium AR-15 uppers available in rifle and pistol configurations, chambered in 5.56, .223 WYLDE, .300 Blackout, 9mm, and .308. Each of our uppers is 100% made and test-fired in the U.S.A., and each features all the above specifications.

A premium AR-15 is maneuverable and intuitive

The best AR-15s make the shooter and the weapon feel like one. That means investing in the right sights, grips, and buttstocks. A pair of Magpul MBUS Flip-Up Front and Rear Sights will allow any shooter to easily manage conventional irons with the best optics available, with zero interference.

A Magpul Angled Foregrip provides a stable shooting stance and better grouping, while smaller, simpler features like the AR-15 Quick Release Takedown Pin make instant disassembly, troubleshooting, and cleaning a breeze when it matters most.

An ultralight Magpul Stock provides a stable and comfortable shooting platform while maintaining your AR-15’s maneuverability and balance.

Premium AR-15 Drop-In Triggers

The final figure to the Premium AR-15 formula rests inside that fire control group. A precise drop-in trigger is one of the simplest and most effective ways to transform any standard AR-15 into a premium shooter.

Triggers like the RA-535 Advanced Performance Drop-In Trigger guarantee the cleanest, most precise trigger pull on the market. Manufactured to one-millionths of an inch, the RA-535 guarantees zero take-up, no creep, and no overtravel. Tuned to break like cold glass at 3.5 pounds, the RA-535 simply feels like the best trigger on the market.


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