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How To Legally Build Your Own Unregistered AR-15

If you consider yourself to be a proud, flag-waving, second amendment believing American, you might be a little weary of the media’s constant spewing of ‘anti-gun’ rhetoric. Logic itself should clear up the misconception that just because a gun is black, has a pistol grip, and resembles a military weapon, does not make it an “assault-weapon” or the root cause of an evil action.

Unfortunately, we are living in a day when politics and political pandering have silenced common sense and logic — except at 80-Lower.com.

80-Lower.com believes whole-heartedly in the traditional values that have made this country great. While we do not sponsor or endorse the gross crimes committed by those cowards who prey on innocent civilians, we do believe as Americans, we have been granted a constitutional right to defend our families and ourselves.

Disarmament has never worked and it never will.

While the current un control lobby is focused on labeling and demonizing “assault weapons” such as the AR-15, we recognize the issue to be a much deeper one. Those whose ultimate goal is a socialist agenda would undoubtedly like to prevent the sale or require the registration of all such firearms.

While some deny this could ever happen in the United States, there are others who are preparing to sidestep this type of atrocity. This is one reason why the 80% lower is now in high demand.

The Unregistered AR-15

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) the only part of the AR-15 that requires a Federal Firearms License (FFL) transfer at the time of purchase is the serialized lower receiver. This would refer to the serialization designated to a finished lower by the manufacturer prior to its sale. The only exception to this law would refer to the sale of 80% lower receivers, which the BATFE does allow to be sold without serialization or an FFL transfer.

An 80% lower receiver is simply a lower receiver which is inoperable due to in-completion on the part of the manufacturer. 80% lowers do not meet the BATFE’s legal definition of a firearm, due to the fire control group cavity remaining unmilled and in its original state. This is why it has received the name, “80% lower.”

As mentioned, the 80% lower receiver does not require an FFL transfer or serialization. Furthermore, any 80% lower receiver can be legally milled, drilled and made operable by the purchaser. As long as the purchaser himself or herself completes the milling for the fire control group, finishes the 80% lower for his or her own personal use, and does not sell the lower receiver after manufacturing.

The BATFE states: Individuals manufacturing sporting-type firearms for their own use need not hold Federal Firearms Licenses (FFLs). However, we suggest that the manufacturer at least identify the firearm with a serial number as a safeguard in the event that the firearm is lost or stolen. Also, the firearm should be identified as required in 27 CFR478.92 if it is sold or otherwise lawfully transferred in the future.

Building an Unregistered AR-15

Building an unregistered AR begins with the purchase of an 80% lower receiver. While in the purchase process consider purchasing an 80% lower jig­. The 80% lower jig will allow you to complete your 80% lower with the necessary precision.

Once you have secured your lower and jig, all you need is a drill press, drill bits and end mills. Finishing an 80 lower can be easy and anyone with DIY skills can complete an 80% lower. To some, the thought of finishing your own AR may seem intimidating, but it shouldn't. Thousands of people have finished their own 80% lowers without an issue.

If you’re considering building more than one AR-15, consider purchasing an 80% lower & jig pack, which will include a jig and up to 5, 80% lower receivers. These packages provide an all-in-one convenience for the DIY builder.

While it is 100% legal to complete and build your AR on an 80% lower receiver without any type of serialization or registration, one should be aware of a few facts.

First, your firearm cannot be traced in the event it is lost or stolen.
Second, you may be called into question about the possession of such a firearm if your vehicle or home is ever searched by law enforcement. Although 100% legal, make sure you know the law and be even more certain you can defend your right of non-registration adequately.

To start building your own unregistered  AR-15 (that only YOU will know about), check out our 80% lower & jig packs, AR 15 Rifle Build Kits, and our various other AR-15 parts that will assist you with building and completion of your AR 15.

God bless the USA!

(PLEASE NOTE: 80-Lower.com in no way sponsors the illegal manufacturing, sale, or possession of firearms. You are required to know and understand federal, state and local laws governing the ownership and completion of an 80% lower. Please verify your state requirements before purchasing an 80% lower receiver.)

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Should I Buy an 80% Lower: Why Are We Still Asking This Question?

A lot has been going on in the firearms industry in the past couple of years to contribute to the recent 80% lower rush. 80% lower receivers have been around for quite some time, but have never enjoyed the attention they are experiencing now. If you haven’t had your head in the ground, you have heard of it, looked into it, or even saved up for it. But something held you back from pulling the trigger on your DIY AR-15 build. Well, friends, allow us to give you 10 reasons (in honor of the Bill of Rights) to start milling your own 80% lower now.

10 Reasons to Build with an #80Lower

Reason 1) Let us start by saying that for us, it isn’t a choice. It is an American duty and a responsibility to the 2nd Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms is to protect the American people from overreaching and tyrannical government. Which bring us abruptly to…

Reason 2) Your 80% firearm has no serial number and, therefore, is not registered. When a tyrannical government needs to pacify a population, they need to disarm them. So they look up registered firearms owners and start knocking on doors. No papers = no knock.

Now, for those who are not in the know, I get a lot of crazy looks at this point. Along with, “how do you expect me to believe that what you are saying is even remotely legal?”

Reason 3) Because you are manufacturing a firearm for personal use, no FFL is required!

Don’t believe us? Ok, challenge accepted. Go to atf.gov then navigate to the firearms tab. Click on ‘Questions and Answers’, then ‘Manufacturing and Licensing’, then “What is ATF doing in regard to people making firearms”. Or just click on this  link here to get there more quickly.

And we quote, “There are no federal restrictions on an individual making a firearm for personal use, as long as it does not violate the GCA or National Firearms Act (NFA)”.

Reason 4) It’s cool as hell. How often do go to the range and your buddy asks, “What are you shooting?” Instead of saying, “Reuger, Colt, Daniel Defense, etc., wouldn’t it be awesome to say, “I’m shooting a (insert your last name here).”

Reason 5) The education alone is worth 10 times the cost of the build. Once you have finished your build, not only will you have a much deeper understanding of how your firearm works but…

Reason 6) You will now possess the ability to service broken parts and catastrophic failures because you now know how to perform a complete breakdown of all the parts that make your stick go boom.

Reason 7) Now that you are moonlighting as an armorer, your cost of owning and maintaining a firearm decreases because you aren’t paying someone else to swap parts.

Reason 8) You have a completely custom build. From start to finish you can use all the parts you want and none that you don’t. This goes hand in hand with…

Reason 9) It is a ton cheaper than buying a prebuilt gun, just to take off all the standard parts and rebuild it the way you want it.

Reason 10) It is so easy (read “fun”) there is no excuse not to. The biggest reason that 80% lowers have become such a popular option these days is that it literally requires no previous machining experience whatsoever and only a few common tools.

So now that you have no excuses, start a custom build with an  80% Lower Jig Set . It comes with everything you need to finish out your 80% lower receiver.

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What is an FFL? Is it Legal to Buy an #80Lower?

Thinking about picking up a new hobby? Does becoming an AR-15 builder sound interesting? Let's face it, what is more American than building your own custom firearm? Like most new builders, you're worried about the unknowns around it like: Is it legal to build an AR-15 for personal use? Is it difficult to build an #AR15

Short answers: Yes, it is legal to build your own AR-15.

No, it is easy to build your own AR-15.
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