An 80 lower jig is designed to make building your own AR 15 easy. It’s a template, or a map, of what to do, and how to do it. Without an 80 lower jig you are just guessing at what exactly you are doing. What’s interesting is that completing 80 lowers has become so popular that there are a variety of different AR jig options out there. Different jigs are designed to work with different tools, different lowers, and different methods. With multiple options may ask yourself, “Which 80 lower jig is the best for me?”
The One and Done 80% Lower Jig
A simple and effective jig is our Rugged 80 lower jig. This jig is perfect for new builders who are attempting to build acouple rifles total. The Rugged 80 lower jig is capable of producing 2 80 lower receivers. For a beginner, using this jig is going to take you roughly 4 hours to finish an 80 percent lower.
The Rugged 80 lower jig is built to be use with a drill press and a handheld drill. The Rugged jig needs a few basic drill bits, and you’re ready to start milling. The Rugged lower is one of the toughest, but most affordable options on the market.
The Collector’s Option
If you are looking to build several rifles and mill several 80 lower receivers, then the Tough 80 lower jig may be better suited for you. The Tough 80 lower jig is capable of finishing 4 lower receivers, and each will take around 4 hours. This is perfect for the AR builder who wants an AR is every flavor. 4 80 lowers can quickly become AR 15s in 5.56, 300 Blackout, 9mm, and 22 LR.
The Tough 80 lower jig uses the drill press and hand drill, with basic drill bits to get work done. The Tough 80 lower jig is simple to use, and similar to the Rugged 80 lower jig. One of the advantages is that if you goof and hit the jig with the Drill you can replace a single plate of the jig instead of the entire thing.
For the Party
The best jig on the Market is by far the Easy Jig. The Easy Jig gets its name because it can complete a lower in less 2 hours. It’s perfect for beginners and experienced builders alike. It’s an excellent option for build parties because it can finish at least twenty 80 percenters. This 80 lower jig is unique in the fact that it is designed to be used with a router and specialized end mills. A few pieces are finished via hand drill as well.
The Easy Jig is very easy to use, and easy to assemble. It’s a complete jig system that includes the tooling necessary to finish a lower. The plates are dual purpose and have depth measurement slots to make sure you are milling accurately every time.
The Low Down on 80 Lower Jigs
If you’ve invested in a high quality, well made, and good looking 80 lower receiver do not ruin it with a piece of crud jig. Going cheap on the jig is no the route to take. A vinyl sticker in the shape of a jig is not a jig. Choose a well-made jig that compliments your lower.
Now that you know which 80 Lower Jig is right for you, find the 80 percent lower by checking out our 80% Lower Receiver: Buyer’s Guide!