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The 5 Must-Have Tools for Completing an 80% Lower

The 5 Must-Have Tools for Completing an 80% Lower

Building an AR-15 lower receiver from scratch is easier than you think – you just need the right tools. If you’ve read this far into the process, we’ll assume you’re already convinced that you want to become a proud homebuilt gunsmith. So, let’s dive right into the must-have tools for completing an 80 lower:    80% Lower AR-15 Jig Your jig is the heart of the entire operation. Without a jig, you simply can’t build an 80% lower into a finished AR-15 receiver. An 80% lower jig secures your lower in place and it even pre-measures the holes you need...

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Should I Use an 80 Lower Jig When Building an AR-15?

Should I Use an 80 Lower Jig When Building an AR-15?

Let’s make this easy: Yes! Absolutely! Not doing so would be time-consuming, confusing, and frankly, probably a little dangerous. Our 80 lower jigs make the whole process so simple that literally anyone with two hands and opposable thumbs can do it. You don’t need any prior experience with gunsmithing, or even machining, for that matter. Let’s break down the reason why, yes, you should use an 80 lower jig when building your AR-15.    An 80 Lower Jig is Guaranteed to Work Could you mill out an 80% lower at home with some power tools? Maybe. Will that lower of...

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5 Must-Have Accessories to Pair with Your 80 Lower

5 Must-Have Accessories to Pair with Your 80 Lower

Building an 80 lower is a fun process and a big step taken in owning an AR-15 – but it’s just the beginning. Most lowers look, feel, and function the same. You’ll need to customize that lower and truly make it your own with the right accessories. Which accessories, though? Some are user-specific, but some are simply must-haves. Let’s figure out what you should be considering for your 80 lower and your AR-15 project:    Adjustable Carbine Stock & Buffer Tube This one’s a “Duh!” moment, but we have to throw it in there. Your new 80% lower will serve...

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Secrets You Should Know Before Finishing an 80 Lower

Secrets You Should Know Before Finishing an 80 Lower

Machining an 80 lower into a finished AR-15 lower receiver can be a surprisingly easy, fun, and enjoyable experience – or it could be a disaster, a waste of time, and a sunk cost. Let’s short for the former! Here are some secrets and tips you should know before you even add an 80 lower jig or router to that shopping cart:    Start with a billet 80% lower Sure, a forged, mil-spec 7075 T6 lower that’s hard as Hell and ready for war is cool, but it’s also more difficult to machine than a billet 6061 T6 lower. You’ll...

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5 Ways to Complete an 80% Lower Receiver

For the DIY AR-15 builder, few things can compare to the satisfaction that accompanies the completion of an 80% lower receiver. The fact that YOU can ‘drill & mill’ and have a hand in making your AR operational, is just one reason so many AR aficionados are choosing to build on an 80% lower receiver. If [...]

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