It’s a little unoriginal to start an AR 15 article by saying, “The AR-15 is one of the most popular rifles on the American gun market in recent years.” But it’s also the truth. There are an estimated 15 million of these rifles in American homes, at present, and interest is at an all-time high among consumers. This makes hobby building from AR-15 lower receiver components, among others, popular, to say the least.
But we live in a complicated climate for gun enthusiasts, and reports of AR 15 rifles being dangerous can be hard to ignore sometimes. But are they any more dangerous than any other weapon? Are they even as dangerous as you think they are?
Let’s take a closer look.
How Does The AR 15 Work?
First, a little housecleaning: because you’re here, reading this, we’re going to assume you know enough about AR-15s not to need some long “101”-style lesson on what they are. That said, for those of you who may be new to this firearm, here’s a short breakdown:
The AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle based on the ArmaLite AR-15 design. Originally developed in the 1950s, this is a lightweight, highly-customizable rifle design that has had a lot of success in the commercial market.
It is important to know the function and components of this firearm. The AR-15 is a firearm based around an extremely efficient firing system. Cartridges are chambered, with the BCG shutting closed behind them. As it closes, it also rotates 15 degrees, which will be important in just a moment. Lugs on the BCG head lock into place with protrusions on the gun barrel, securing the bolt against the high-pressure of powder combustion.
The rifle itself redirects a small part of the gas that propels each bullet back through the barrel and to the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG). As each bullet passes the barrel’s gas port, these gases pass through a gas tube, traveling back along the length of the upper, through a gas key, and into the receiver, where it forces the BCG backward again.
As each cartridge is fired off, the remaining case is spun backwards along the initial 15 degrees and pulled back, ejecting it via the ejection port. A fresh round is chambered,a compress spring shoots the BCG forward with the new round, and the whole process starts all over again.
In an AR 15’s cycle of operation, there are essentially eight stages. These include:
During feeding, the bolt carrier group’s forward momentum helps the bolt strip cartridges from the magazine. Next is chambering, wherein cartridges are loaded into the barrel, followed by locking, when the bolt is locked into the barrel extension’s lungs.
Next is the fun part: firing, by way of pressing the trigger. After your round has left the chamber, the bolt is pushed back and unlocked. Extracting, ejecting and cocking follow from here, and the shell is pulled from the chamber, ejecting it from the receiver before compressing the buffer spring. From there, it’s wash, rinse, repeat for your next rounds.
In terms of parts, the AR 15 lower receiver contains the fire control grip, magazine well, and pistol grip. The upper assembly houses many of the rifle’s more important components, namely the barrel, forend, bolt carrier group and charging handle, among others.
How Does It Compare To The M-16?
The AR 15 is, essentially, the M-16’s consumer counterpart, so the question of how they relate to each other is actually pretty common.
Arriving in 1947, the AR-15’s military cousin would arrive a decade later. The two share various similarities and more than a few differences:
- Both firearms have a magazine capacity of 30 rounds.
- The M-16 is heavier than the AR-15.
- The AR-15 has a shorter range and a slower rate of fire.
What Defines The AR-15?
When the M-16 was originally developed for the military, it was designed as a fully automatic rifle which could, as you’d expect, fire dozens of rounds with the trigger pulled. As we’ve mentioned, the AR-15 is semi automatic with each pull of the trigger firing a single shot.
The AR was designed for quick reloading, firing dozens of rounds at high speeds. Contained in the rifle stock, a large internal spring absorbs shocks for lower recoil, making for easier, more accurate firing.
The other defining characteristic of the AR-15 is the ease with which it can be customized. Users have made a point of adding scopes, lasers and various accessories to create rifles that are 100% unique and suited to sport, hunting, and hobby ownership.
Then there’s the fact that you can put one together using partially completed 80 lower components and a little technical expertise. Get the right combination of AR-15 lower, upper, and accessories together, and anything’s possible.
What Are The Gun Laws Concerning Assault Weapons?
Among gun advocates, it’s an important issue for semiautomatic firearms like the AR 15 to not be classified as “assault weapons,” mostly because they’re simply not fully automatic. These are also created for recreational use, from hunting to target shooting and home defending.
Even so, gun-control advocates maintain that the distinction is unimportant. It’s their position that these weapons are dangerous, regardless, because they are designed to kill many people in a short amount of time. The AR-15’s high muzzle velocity is a pretty common point of contention, as well. Whatever the argument, however, it’s hard to argue that any other weapon isn’t capable of the same amount of damage in the hands of someone trying to use it for destruction.
1994 saw a major assault-weapons ban signed into effect by President Bill Clinton, which outlawed the AR-15. The law itself had a lot of loopholes, however, leaving gun manufacturers wide open to work around them by modifying their weapons.
The ban expired as recently as 2004, increasing sales of the rifle significantly during the Bush Jr. and Obama administrations. It can be argued that this period is responsible for the AR 15’s current title as America’s most popular rifle.
Efforts to pick up the ban again didn’t resurface until 2012, when California Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to ban assault weapons after the Sandy Hook massacre. Though the effort ultimately failed, gun-violence have since gone on to spearhead a new campaign to restore the 1994 ban. Lawmakers have joined in, calling for new legislation in the same vein. A new bill from Feinstein and 22 other Democratic Senate supporters is currently poised to ban the sale and manufacture of 205 “military-style assault weapons” in the state within the next four years. This would impact both the sale of fully-built rifles and 80 lower kits.
How Does The Second Amendment Factor In?
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is a significant part of the gun debate. The amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The right to keep and bear arms is a simple enough concept: it refers to the people’s right to possess weapons in the event they need them for their own defense. It’s actually not that common of a right in most countries, with only a few recognizing their people’s right to keep and bear arms on a statutory level. Fewer than that, even, will protect that right on a constitutional level.
So, why is it so important to the question of AR-15’s place on the consumer market? The Second Amendment insists that it shall not be infringed by Congress. Heller saw a Supreme Court decision handed down to hold the amendment’s protection of an individual’s right to keep a gun for the purposes of self-defense.
If we look at the constitution and the people who sat down and wrote it, their vision was an armed citizenry who could work as a barrier against an out-of-control government. These days, an idea like that might well get filed under “conspiracy theories”, but the truth is, some of our greatest leaders worried about the same thing. JFK is on record as saying: “By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ the ‘security’ of the nation, and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.”
As much respect and trust as we might have for our government, the truth is the economy is “essentially civilian”, and that can lead governments to make selfish, risky decisions without considering us. It might be a longshot to imagine the U.S. government turning tyrant on its own people, but that’s why it’s called being prepared.
At the end of the day, the second amendment ensures that our human rights, that is necessary to a free state, to defend ourselves, regardless of how that is, shall not be infringed.
What Are The Arguments For and Against?
But America has had more than its fair share of tragic gun violence incidents in recent, and that’s where this amendment comes into focus pretty quickly. Following any shooting, debates inevitably crop up over how to stem them. One big issue that always comes up is the question of stricter gun laws or bans whatever gun was involved in the shooting. Now there’s no shortage of political arguments for and against these bans, but let’s take a look at those with the most factual basis behind them.
First of all, it’s important to consider the actual lethality of AR-15s themselves, which is often overplayed and inflated due to emotions in the wake of gun tragedies. Gun advocates demonstrating the impact of different weapons on gun ranges have compared AR-15s, semi-automatic AK-47s, 300 caliber Magnums, 12-gauge shotguns and even 9 millimeter handguns. Heavier slugs win out almost almost every time over the lighter, faster AR-15 rounds. While these rounds are capable of impressive damage, there’s still not enough energy behind them to even humanely kill a deer.
It’s also one firearm in a sea of similar consumer products, which means the focus on banning the AR-15 is also a little shortsighted. Implement laws to ban that rifle in particular, and you open up a floodgate that directly affects the second amendment. After all, if you ban these weapons based on their potential to hurt people, you’d have to ban firearms that could do more damage.
When you look at it closely, any gun in the hands of a mass shooter is going to do massive amounts of damage, but this is an argument still used against the AR-15. Trauma surgeons have noted that the velocity of the bullet being among the fastest around means it hits and potentially causes more damage in a body.
But, as we’ve mentioned, the ability to cause damage shouldn’t really factor into a decision to ban something because, ultimately, that doesn’t make them any less lethal in the wrong hands. Cars, wild animals, industrial cleaners, or just your bare hands could do absolutely brutal damage in the wrong circumstances. With that being said, do we ban bears after a family gets mauled on a camping trip? Do we outlaw cleaning agents when a baby drinks some and gets sick? Or is the issue more complicated than just blanket banning weapons when sick people use them to murder other people?
So, Is The AR 15 All That Dangerous?
The short answer to this question is “No. Absolutely not.”
The long answer is, “Every weapon in the history of the world has been dangerous. We teach each other how to use them safely, never to point them at people outside of combat zones, and that there are laws that will punish you for hurting people with them. So, with dozens of firearms out there capable of doing much more damage and thousands of enthusiasts using them for sport every year, is the AR 15 that dangerous? No. Absolutely not.”
The AR 15 is a precision-crafted, highly customizable firearm, perfect for consumers who want to learn how to protect themselves, or just get out on the range and enjoy themselves. It’s a weapon with a proud history, borrowing a lot of great design tips from its military cousin, the M-16.
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The 80 Lower AR-15. It’s a prized concept in the Firearms community. It’s the most infamous thing that liberals try to use to get everyone on their bandwagon of disarming the population. We see through that though. And here is why you should by an 80 Lower AR-15
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Why are AR-15s Popular?
Well, let’s start off with what an AR-15 is already good at. It is an extremely modular platform, capable of running with different finishes, parts, and materials. They can come in blue, black, or any other color you can think of. The AR-15 takes the idea of “because I can” and multiplies it times ten thousand.
The 80 Lower gives you that extra bit of freedom to make your rifle truly yours. Nameless, but ever-purposeful in whatever you want it to be. And that is the beauty of it all.
Is an 80 lower AR-15 Worth Buying?
It might sound like a broken record at this point, but the 80 lower is something special, in that federal regulations (for now) do not view the transfer of them as the transfer of firearms. They are essentially aluminum blocks. We don’t condone anything illegally to be done with our products. In fact we promote, the legal ownership of firearms, and the freedom to defend oneself from harm if the situation calls for it. This is the United States after all.
Also Read: Why is an 80 Lower Great for Beginners?
Why buy an 80 percent lower?
The 80 lower is meant for builders to make something that fits any mold. It is not meant to be the perfect rifle, but it is meant to be perfect for you. You control every aspect of its production and its use.
It is a cost efficient way to learn about your rifle and express your God-given rights. Whether it be to defend yourself, go on your next hunt, compete it sport shooting, or simply because you are able to, the 80 percent lower AR-15 is built by you, for you. Let Thunder Tactical help you with your next build today.
There is a sense of accomplishment like no other when you have completed your latest build. And while there might be an intense satisfaction from buying the next new AR-15 from the household brand name. But when its your hands getting dirty, when it is your mind put to work, to build something that is just for you, that is where the accomplishment comes from. That is why you should build an 80 lower AR-15.
Why Should You Build an 80 Lower AR-15?
80 lowers are great ways to get knowledge of your firearm. The modular design in itself forces you to learn in a more dynamic way because every aspect of it can then be molded to your personal preference. And that is really what you are looking for when it comes to handling a firearm. How it feels to you dictates how well you are able to handle it.
Building your AR-15 from an 80 percent lower is especially helpful if you plan to build multiple AR-15s. While it is still cheaper to build AR-15s with 80 lower receiver, you might be buying a mill or cnc machine to complete them with relative ease. That is a cost that can add up in the beginning. It is best to build with the idea that you will build more. Maybe one trial yielded some errors, which you will be able to correct in the next build.
When it comes to cost efficiency, building is definitely the way to go. Unless paying for the next $2,000 AR is your style of course, for a lower price point, you can build your own AR with the same specs, pinpoint accuracy and expert handling.
The 80 Lower AR-15 is really another way to give you options. It is the idea that you can take something basic, and make it to fit your needs on your own. Because in a land of individual responsibility, the opportunity to do something great is up to you. Shop Thunder Tactical today!
Since the 50s the AR-15 has come a long way. Its popularity among the people has grown exponentially making it one of the most optimized rifles for hunting, sport, and especially home defense. However, due to liberal media and other anti- AR-15 propaganda, a lot of misinformation has spread around the internet. So, just what is the AR-15?
What does AR-15 Stand for?
The name of the AR-15 has always been the same since its conception. However, due to recent events, people have tried to skew its name, in favor of calling it an “assault rifle.” However this name is completely wrong.
- The name AR-15 comes from the company that developed the first AR-15
- That company’s name is ArmaLite
- When Colt bought the AR license, they kept the name “ArmaLite” in their civilian rifle
- Colt no longer owns the license, but the AR-15 platform is still built upon today.
Is the AR-15 Military Grade?
The short answer would most definitely be no. But we all know that there is more to the AR-15 than what is put out there. The AR-15 is is actually a rifle made for civilian use. The US military doesn’t actually use the AR-15 today. In order for a rifle to actually be military grade, there are a few things to consider.
- It must be of the quality and effectiveness the military deems worthy
- It is built to the specifications of a military grade rifle (Milspec)
- Military grade is not a standardized definition because the standard of the military is constantly evolving
- The AR-15 was never intended for military use
- The AR-15 is semi-automatic
What is the difference between Semi-Automatic and Fully Automatic?
The AR-15 has an immensely modular design, allowing for different variations, chambering, and actions. It just so happens that because of this, a lot of confusion has come up about whether the AR-15 is automatic or semi-automatic.
What is a fully automatic rifle?
Now all firearms that are semi-auto or full auto are considered “automatic” for the fact that the actions of the rifles are automated or the action is cycled through automatically from pulling the trigger.However, when we get into it, fully-auto refers to the firearm that cycles through the action as long as the trigger is held.
As it is right now, fully-auto AR-15s have gotten a bad wrap, understandably so. But a few misconceptions that people commonly believe is that anyone is able to get an automatic firearm. Well, like I just said before, that argument would not be incorrect in technical terms. We all know that if the argument on their part was technical, we would not have to fight for our second amendment rights.
That being said, here are the requirements to be able to purchase a fully-auto rifle:
- If the rifle was built before 1986, it’s good to go
- Given that the state does not prohibit its ownership
- If you are a Special Occupational Taxpayer(SOT) and are able to deal, manufacture and/or import full-auto rifles
- If the background check came back positive
- Yes, background checks have been mandatory for longer than it has been argued about
I think it is apparent enough that one doesn’t simply own a fully automatic AR-15. Even if it is a pre-1986 rifle the process will still take about a year before the owner actually gets it. The only ones allowed to carry them are government service-men who have the proper license, vendors and manufacturers who are SOTs and therefore permitted to sell, buy, and import those firearms.
What is semi-auto rifle?
Semi-automatic rifles are automatic, in the sense that the the action is cycled automatically when the trigger is pulled. When the rifle is semi-auto, the trigger cycles the action each time it is pulled.
Civilian AR-15s are made as semi-automatic rifles.That doesn’t mean you won’t see a full auto AR-15, but if you do, it has been modified by someone who has a Type 7 FFL, as well as SOT 2, or the owner is in the military or law enforcement.
Is the AR-15 Illegal?
The AR-15 is not an illegal rifle. However, there has been ongoing controversy in the individual building of 80 lower rifles built to the AR-15’s frame. There are two states in particular who have banned 80 lowers which are California, and New Jersey.
What is an AR-15?
The AR-15 is a rifle built in the 1950s and then popularized in the 1970s. The frame has been used in many projects to produce a civilian variants that are personalized to the owners desires. There are the best rifles for home defense, hunting, sports, and training. And for those who build 80 lowers, the AR-15 is a tool for expanding knowledge and preserving our god-given right to protect ourselves. Visit Thunder Tactical to get an AR-15 kit that is best for you!
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The great thing about the AR-15 is its modular design. For over 50 years, thousands of parts have come up to optimize these amazing rifles to the builder’s desires. Well that’s great for those of us who know how to build an AR-15 from scratch using completely custom parts.
For first time builders though, the building process can be a daunting experience. Unfortunately this deters a lot of people from going the 80 lower route even though, 80 lower built rifles have an increased chance of being higher quality over bought completes that cost a lot more.
In reality, simple things like organization, the right tools, and the proper kit can make all the difference between a good build, a bad build, and a waste of money. Read this article to found out more on the fundamentals of 80 Lower Parts Kits.
When looking for the best AR-15 lower parts kits, it is important to understand what you are getting. Some kits do not come with the essential bits needed to complete the AR-15. Here is everything a kit should have to ensure you are able to build it.
Also look here for our list of great AR 15 KITS
|Trigger Spring||Bolt Catch||2 – Takedown Detents & Springs|
|Trigger Pin||Bolt Catch Plunger||Pivot Pin|
|Trigger||Bolt Catch Spring||Rear Takedown Pin|
|Hammer Spring||Bolt Catch Roll Pin||Buffer Retainer & Spring|
|Hammer Pin||Safety Selector||Magazine Catch Assembly|
|Hammer||Safety Selector Detent||Triggerguard Assembly|
|Disconnector & Spring||Safety Selector Detent Spring||Pistol Grip|
Usually 80 Lower Parts Kits will have all these pieces and organized into their respective groups.
It really isn’t as hard as it looks. In fact, there are many outlets out there giving their own guides on building an AR-15 lower parts kit from the ground up. Thunder Tactical provides information every week detailing the proper tools, which we will list again in this article, as well as guides on how to build, what to look for in quality, as well as legal updates regarding 80% lowers.
Literally anyone with a hand drill and the proper bits can build an 80 lower from a lower parts kit. Here is a list of the required tools to complete your 80 lower AR-15.
- 80% Lower Jig
- 5/32” Drill Bit
- 3/8” Drill Bit
- 5/16” Drill Bit
- 3/8” End Mill
- Dremel with 1⁄4” Grinding Head
- Drill Press Vise
- Drill Press
Building an AR15 is not as hard as it looks. And with these tools, you will be able to build your 80 lower parts kit in no time. Visit Thunder Tactical to get more news on AR-15 as well as great deals on parts and accessories to optimize your dream rifle.
The Ar 15 has gone through quite a bit of controversy in the last few years unfortunately. This is especially when it comes to 80 lowers, as many will try to demonize these parts, and the legal methods gone through to obtain them. Here at Thunder Tactical, we do not promote violence, rather, we seek to help empower lawful citizens with their second amendment rights. This article will cover some of the major 80 lower AR 15 misconceptions.
The first AR 15 misconceptions as that 80 lowers are a loophole in the law. This , in fact is completely untrue. The ATF has come out openly to say clarify the nature of the law that regulates the manufacture of 80 lowers. Here is a run down of what has been stated many times.
The sale of the part of the rifle that contains the fire control group is strictly prohibited without an FFL. However, when it comes to 80 lowers, which are essentially aluminum blocks, an FFL is not required because it is not sold with an FFL.
The ownership of 80 lowers is actually protected by the law.
Let’s get this straight. Serial numbers only became legal as a part of the GCA of 1968. Before that, they were not mandatory on any rifles. They were used by manufacturers as a method of organizing interchangeable parts. The GCA requires any firearm that is built and then sold to be registered with a serial number. In this way, firearms can be traced.
However, 80 lowers do not require them, because they are not sold as firearms. The owner may choose to put a serial number on the rifle for his or her own purpose. The idea that 80 lowers are more dangerous because they cannot be traced is simply incorrect.
The Term AR
AR stands for ArmaLite, the company that made the original AR 15 back in the 50s. This name has taken a few turns according to the liberal left, as they use such terms like Assault Rifle to denote the AR 15. This is just a tactic for propaganda.
The AR is used really to pay homage to the company that first created. When colts license to the AR 15 expired, it became open source to other manufacturers around who created different variations of the AR frame.
NOTE: An assault rifle refers to any rifle that is used by the military.
This has been the major 80 lower AR 15 misconceptions that still run around the internet. We at Thunder Tactical urge our customers, and our readers to be informed about the true nature of the second amendment. It is a right to self defense. Let us help you make that possible with our highest quality AR 15 80 lower receivers, parts and kits!
There are a lot of misconceptions about 80 lower AR-15 Parts. And if you have done any research, or planned on building one for yourself, chances are you have heard them yourself. While this may not answer all the questions you have, it will denote the main misconceptions that come up in the 80 Lower world.
The main misconception revolving around 80 lowers is that they are illegal, or a loophole in the law. This is simply not true as the laws are clearly stated within the ATF as well as the Gun Control Act of 1968. As long as the fire control group is not complete on a rifle, it cannot be considered functional.
It is however illegal to sell an 80 lower built rifle, or build with intent to sell. They will need to be registered, though this is not always a 100% guarantee. What is certain is that build an 80 lower rifle is completely legal.
A lot of builders and DIYers are hesitant to begin their first build. This is due to the perceived difficulty of building the rifle. Little do they know, there are many guides out there, along with a community of people willing to help troubleshoot problems, and answer questions. AR15 Parts are relatively easy, especially when you have Thunder Tactical, who is dedicated to giving helpful tips and high quality parts to consumers of all skill levels.
Som may argue that store bought AR-15s are more durable than 80 lower built AR-15s. This is simply untrue. When building your own AR, the quality control is up to you the consumer. Researching the best types of materials is where most of the effort must be used.
In most cases, store bought ARs use the same materials as 80 lower built rifles. Otherwise the materials are all up to the builders desires.
The AR world is ever-growing. New innovations are popping all the time, in more efficient part production, kits, and rifle accessories. When Colt lost its expiration, many other manufacturers seized the opportunity to create different variations of the famous AR-15. This led to the mass AR industry we have today.
In the case of 80 lowers, the diversity of the AR world has skyrocketed. As the rifles are built by the individuals who buy the parts, nearly every new AR-15 is unique in its own way. Thunder Tactical has helped many consumers everywhere make the AR-15 of their dreams!
However, there is an issue of quality, and when it comes to quality, We at Thunder Tactical know exactly what you need. We offer many accessories, from stocks, optics and sights, of the highest quality and durability. Here are 3 great accessories for your AR-15.
Grips are essential to the effectiveness of every shot. Be sure to choose the one that most comfortably fits your grip and posture. Front grips are also very important for stabilizing aim. Sometimes it may take a little searching, but finding the right grip is immensely important for the effectiveness of your rifle.
Finding the right sights for your rifle is very important. The thing is, there should always be a backup. If the batteries on your laser optic die, be sure to have at least a back up iron sight available.
Having a standard flip sight as a backup may not be the most aesthetically pleasing thing in the world, but it will help you on the chance your main sight is not operational.
Buttstocks are important accessories to consider because they add a substantial amount of weight. Weight can affect the nature of your shot. However, a buttstock also helps ins stabilizing the rifle to your chest. And if this part is not comfortable, the shot can suffer greatly.
At Thunder Tactical, we offer the best accessories for the AR-15. Visit our website to get important information and guides to help you build the best custom AR possible!
Before the Gun Control Act of 1968, Serial Numbers were used by professional gun manufacturers to create a system of organization for interchangeable parts. The use of serial numbers has also helped collectors and historians alike appraise antique firearms. However serial numbers are now legally mandatory for every purchased firearm.
And this act has taken away much of the individuality and identity that was expressed in these numbers before. However, with the rise of the 80 lower, firearms have taken back a majority of their identities in an industry that has been ridiculed in social media and politics for ages.
Here is why the AR has become so popular in today’s society.
Hopefully with our little history recap, we gave you some idea on one of the key points that perpetuates the AR’s popularity, specifically with 80 Lowers. While serial numbers are mandatory for any AR that is purchased, they are not mandatory for 80 lower builds, whose buyers have build them individually.
Since these 80 lowers do not require serial numbers, they also do not need to be registered. This takes away a lot of the hassle that comes with buying a firearm, but does give way to a new obstacle in having to build the rifle from scratch, and buying all of the parts.
It’s Your Creation
When building an AR 80 lower, you are in control. This the main reason ARs have become popular. There are virtually no regulations on these firearms, besides the ethical and the moral. And for law abiding sportsman, hunters, and DIYers, the AR 15 80 lower build is they way to go.
There are many parts and tools needed to complete an 80% lower. Although there can be some variation in the type of tools you need, there is one that is of utmost importance to have the best result every time: the 80% lower jig. But what is this tool, and how can it help you get the best results?
Think of the 80% lower jig as a template tool. Its main purpose is to guide the builder, giving proper measurements of drill bit holes, and where exactly the milling needs to be done.
They come in many different varieties. Try to stick with multi-use jigs, as they provide longer usability. If a piece has outlived its usefulness, then you can order another of that same plate singularly. There are sticker variations which are meant to stick on to your incomplete receiver.
Jig variations that hook on and give more clear also have features that prevent builders from milling too deep, reducing the risk of permanent damage to the receiver itself. When it comes to milling out the mass of metal on the inside of the receiver, jigs are the best at decreasing the risk of damage.
The 80% lower jig is the most vital part of an AR build. And the best 80% lower jig kits come from Thunder Tactical! Our jigs come in 7075 T-6 airplane aluminum and are guaranteed long lasting results.
Each Jig comes with its own set of instructions to follow as well so our customers have an extra edge in creating their dream AR 80 lower. Akso, don’t forget about our jig fixtures which will hold the jig to the receiver giving a 3D outline of where you need to mill