Forged 80 Lower
All forged 80% lower receivers we sell are proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. from mil-spec forged 7075-T6 aluminum. Each lower is precisely cut using CNC and then left raw for a custom coating, or coated with a matte black Type III hardcoat anodized finish, also mil-spec. Lastly, each receiver blank is engraved with appropriate "FIRE/SAFE" markings for your safety selector lever install once drilled.
Legal to Build Under Federal Law
The forged 80% lower is a nearly finished AR-15 lower receiver that isn’t legally considered a firearm. It’s just a chunk of aluminum in the eyes of the ATF (who officially recognize these units as "receiver blanks") and federal law. What’s so special about that? A forged blank can be shipped to your door, milled out with basic hand tools using a jig, and made into a fully functioning AR-15 rifle or pistol – all without any FFL transfer fees or red tape! It’s completely legal to complete your own 80% receiver. Read our full guide to 80% lower laws - state and federal - by clicking here.
State Laws May Vary
Contrary to federal law, some states have either restricted or banned the sale, transfer, and ownership of 80% lowers, firearm blanks, and other gun parts. Because of these restrictions, we cannot ship our products to certain states. Please confirm whether your state is restricted on our Shipping & Return Policy before placing an order. We cannot fulfill orders to restricted states if placed.
Forged vs. Billet or Polymer
So, why a forged lower in particular? Simple, it’s the toughest. Forged lowers are pressed from raw 7075-T6 aluminum blocks into a rock-hard construction that’ll take some serious abuse. The forged metal maintains a harder surface than a billet or polymer receiver blank and generally shows a more consistent phosphate or anodized finish than other lowers.
How to Finish Your Forged Receiver
Completing your receiver blank requires little to no knowledge and a few tools. With an 80% finishing jig, most of the calculations and measurements are taken care of. You control the tools, follow the instructions, and the jig does the rest. Total fabrication time for a new builder is approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- 80% jig
- Drill press or mini-mill
- Drill bits (included with jig)
- End mill bit (included with jig)
Pick up a lower, do a little machining, and you’ll be the proud maker and owner of an unregistered, un-serialized AR 15 that’s as tough and ready to rock as some of the big “operator” brands in the industry.
Benefits of Forged 80% Lowers:
- No FFL is required to buy or own one
- 100% compatible with retail AR parts
- Takes as little as 15 to 30 minutes to complete
- Made from quality billet or forged aluminum, or weapons-grade polymer
- Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects and workmanship
- Proudly made, coated, and engraved in the USA
Get to buildin'.
DISCLAIMER: If you are new to the world of DIY gun building, you likely have a lot of questions and rightfully so. It’s an area that has a lot of questions that, without the correct answers, could have some serious implications. At 80-lower.com, we are by no means providing this content on our website to serve as legal advice or legal counsel. We encourage each and every builder to perform their own research around their respective State laws as well as educating themselves on the Federal laws. When performing your own research, please be sure that you are getting your information from a reliable source.