Many gun owners either expect or don’t notice that their new AR platform firearm has come with a forward assist. Some think the forward assist is now a useless addition to the platform, while others view it as a tool that simply has not found its purpose yet. However, whether you think the forward assist on your AR build is necessary or not depends on how you plan on using your firearm. So lets answer the question, do you really need a forward assist?
Where did the Forward assist come from?
During the Vietnam war, the USA went through a change in the infantry unit’s standard issue rifle, going from the M-14 rifle to the M-16. The reason this switch was made was primarily because of a major change in the kind of fighting in wars. Where previous wars up until World War II had soldiers fighting in trenches over long battlefields, Vietnam sparked a very new kind of war. This war entailed Airborne strikes on a completely different scale, and involved troops engaging combat on a much closer scale, involving combat against many enemies at a time.
The soldiers needed something lighter, with a smaller round that would not have any, if at all, recoil. The M14’s caliber, the .30-06 is a big round that does not lend itself well to a fully automatic rifle platform.
That being said, the M-16 was then adopted as the new standard issue rifle for not only the United States, but other NATO allies as well.
What is the Forward Assist used for?
Now that the historical synopsis is over, here is where the purpose of the Forward assist comes from. In Vietnam, the heavy marshes and swamps that the country is characteristic of proved to be something of a challenge for US soldiers and their rifle’s maintenance. Their M-16s would be rendered useless by the overwhelming amount of murky swamp water and dirt. Precious seconds and minutes were wasted trying to make them operable again.
However, the rifle came outfitted with a forward assist for the very purpose of helping soldiers move their bolts manually after a seizure in the action had taken place. The bolt is notched on one side to allow for the forward assist to push the bolt forward until a new round can be chambered, and the rifle can revert back to its action to cycle ammunition. This integrated tool helped many soldiers during combat, as it was meant to be useful in situations where a complete field strip could not be completed.
Let’s fast forward time a little bit now to the present day. The M-16 is no longer in use in the military, but its variants are. And they are still equipped with forward assists. How useful they really are these days, is not really clear. However, one thing that is clear is how the opportunities to use the forward assist have decreased a lot in the civilian world. With a wider circulation of AR-15s in the civilian market, you can bet your bottom dollar that there isn’t a lot of fighting going on, especially in such extreme environments as the ones in Vietnam. So the forward assist’s potential to help has been severely reduced to the point where some would even just call it dead weight at this point. The aftermarket on these things is not as crazy either. It just holds no weight in the face of a market so saturated with more customizable parts that may actually affect the performance of the gun.
However, if they are so useless, why does the platform not get an overhaul in which the forward assist is moved completely from it? Well that is a great question. Perhaps it is due to the fact that the forward assist is not a useless addition to the platform. In fact, it is a very useful item regardless of whether people use them often or not. It is the same way we view the guns we carry for self defense. We carry them with the likelihood of never having to use them, but always being ready to use them if the time arises. So to may we use the forward assist on our AR builds should the time arise where we might need to.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Constant gun maintenance reduces the overall chance you might need to use your forward assist, obviously. However what you might not think about is how the forward assist is meant to be used. It is meant to be used in situations where a complete field strip of the AR-15 is not at all possible, what with time constraints, lack of a clear place to seat the gun, and the occasional bullet flying overhead. The forward assist was designed for very specific occasions, and while we find ourselves, more often than not, able to perform complete field strips on our firearms, the forward assist is not designed to be used in those moments.
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Can you buy ARs without forward assists?
There are upper receivers out there now that are being sold without forward assists. If you stand by your AR-15’s forward assist, that is ok, because we just discussed how situational the use of the forward assist is. Not to mention, the purpose for which someone intends for their AR build may not even require it to be there. Maybe it is not meant to be shot as much, or be involved in such close quarters combat. The purpose and intent you have for your AR build will help you decide what is best for you. That means, whether you need on or not, despite the debate, is up to you and what you want to get out of your AR.
The ammunition market has been in disarray for about a year and half now. With the overwhelming cost of the most popular kinds of ammunition coupled with panic buying the likes of which have never been seen before, buying conventional calibers is almost impossible without luck. The most popular calibers like the .223/5.56 and 9mm are in as high demand as ever so you are lucky to get them even if they have a restock date. The thing is, most people don’t know or don’t think to look to the past for ammunition that might be even better than what you currently run.
Calibers are designed intuitively for specific rifles, which are designed around a certain purpose. Whether its for range, impact, etc., the kind of purpose a particular caliber is designed for matters for the kind of shooting you want to do. At the end of the day researching more types of ammunition only helps you to understand ballistics better. This will definitely help you if you are looking to reload your own ammo, although the information on that is widely accessible on the internet.
The history of ammunition.
While we won’t question how obsolete more archaic types of ammunition like those used in muzzleloaders, taking a look back in the history of ballistics might do you some good when looking for another type of ammo that may suit you even better than other more modern calibers. When the birth of the smokeless powder cartridges came with the lebel 1886, a revolution in the firearms industry had taken place. Calibers could be shot faster and farther than ever before, and many of them were created for battle. At a time when war was in demand, the early half of the 20th century and on, a great deal of innovations had been made. Manufacturers developed rifles and the ammunition that would be shot from them with heightened understanding of ballistics and the physical phenomena of projectiles.
Listen, no one here is telling you to go for milsurp ammo, but there are a few cartridges still in production today that you may not know about because they simply are not as popular anymore.
What guns take older rounds?
You would be surprised to know that many older milsurp firearms are refashioned into more modern sporting rifles. Many milsurp firearms were made with the intent to be easily manufactured so many things that competition shooters and especially hunters, would not be present on them. There are some more popular rifles whose ammunition is still widely accepted, like the 7.62x54R, like in the mosin nagant and the dragunov sniper rifle, and getting into sporterizing rifles is not as hard as you might think. Here is a list of 5 rounds that are not popular, but are still good.
This round is definitely not as popular as the more modern rounds we have talked about, but is still a great round that can go in a relatively cheap rifle. That is the mosin nagant 91/30. A variant has been made, called the ArchAngel which is a sporter kit made for the platform, the bolt and the receiver/barrel. If you want a very cheap rifle with an equally cheap caliber, go for the 7.62x54R
The .338 Fed is known for its very blunt nature. That is to say, while many might go for a smaller, faster round, the slower, heavier rounds are still capable of doing a fair share damage. 210 grains producing 2,630 fps and 3,225 ft/lbs of muzzle energy and roughly 23 ft/lbs of recoil in an eight-pound gun. It’s a perfect round for hunting any game in the United States.
.280 Rem/.280 Ackley Improved
If you are going the route of .280 remington then you might want to just head up, for no extra cost mind you, to the .280 Ackley which boasts 200 fps more than its predecessor. This round provides performance nearly identical to 7mm Magnum with a much lower recoil penalty. This is a function of efficient use of powder. The Ackley doesn’t use nearly as much powder to produce the same effect using a 140-grain projectile, pushing 3,200 fps and 2,800 ft/lbs of muzzle energy and a MPBR of roughly 310 yards.
This caliber is a necked-down .308 Winchester. It has a lower recoil because of this, even compared to the 7mm – 08 by at least 20%. It is a great varmint hunting round in this instance, however, the grains will get you to hunt even deer.
This round is a beauty, still manufactured today by a few companies, and is one of the best rounds I have ever fired. It was a round standardized by the manufacturers in Sweden and Norway who came to produce the Swedish Mauser and the variations of the Norwegian krag rifle. The round fell out of favor due to the better performing 6.5 Cm and 6.5 Grendel. However, while the muzzle velocity is about 50 fps slower, it comes with a very soft recoil. Plus who wouldn’t like to shoot such a round out of a prewar rifle.
Ammunition is scarce. Getting into new forms of ammunition may be just what you need to fuel your hobbies even more. And with what more conventional calibers cost now, doing your research and choosing a different ammunition may even keep you from breaking the bank.
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We have all heard on the news such crazy notions uttered about the AR-15, its platform, and its link to military style rifles in history and in the modern day. And while the media claims to cover this as news, it is really just fuel for the fire of fear. Misconceptions come around though from not only the media, but gaming as well. Popular games like call of duty don’t do a good job of making the distinction between what is real and what is fake. And all too often it seems that what is not so true is what is more widely accepted among the masses.
The AR-15 is not a military rifle. It is a civilian rifle carbine bearing some similarities to its predecessor, the M-16, which was made after the AR-15 was designed by Eugene Stoner. The AR-15 was made to be a civilian carbine with a varmint round in it.
What is an AR-15?
The AR-15, again, is a semi automatic rifle carbine that shoots a varmint caliber, the .223/5.56. It was developed by Eugene Stoner, in what would become one of the biggest revolutions to modern firearms in history. If you have ever purchased an AR style rifle, you know exactly why. It’s because the design of the AR platform is nearly flawless. It is constructed of light metal and polymer, a stark difference from the more archaic seeming wood and steel construction that has been the form of pretty much every gun since before the 1950s. What we are looking at with the AR-15 when it comes to the civilian market is a rifle that has a good, cheap caliber, and a design that can be fitted to many different purposes.
The platform is able to accept a variety of calibers with which its owners can delve into the many different kinds of shooting out there. Every piece of the frame to its internals can be modified making it the most popular match rifle to date, because competitors can adjust based on physical data of the parts they are using and the ballistics quality of the rounds they are shooting.
Can you Hunt with an AR-15?
Hunting is and is not possible with the AR-15. That is to say, the AR-15 itself shoots a standard cartridge that is more of a varmint cartridge. It is essentially a .22lr with 45mm of powder stuck behind it. So while it produces a high muzzle velocity, its weight and speed cannot hold up long enough to give a clean shot on bigger game, especially in America.
However, with advancement to the platform like the AR-10, bigger game hunting is possible because the platform is now able to withstand a greater deal of pressure, and accept bigger rounds with ease. The AR is generally known as a soft shooter. That is because of the gas system, which is based off of a weighted buffer and spring which eat up a lot of the energy. So you will not have to worry about taking a larger than life caliber out hunting because the recoil might be too much.
The .308 win is the standard cartridge in both the Armalite and DPMS versions of the platform and is able to take other rounds like the popular 6.5 cm and 6.5 Grendel.
What is an M-16?
The M-16 is the rifle carbine used in the Vietnam War by the US infantry after the M-14 rifle that preceded it. The M-14 was a big gun. Its full-auto capability was rendered useless in the face of the .30-06 cartridge, a legendary cartridge, used since the days of the Springfield 1903. Because it was a big gun, and fired an equally large round out at a super high rate of fire, you can imagine there might have been some issues with recoil, in the sense that the second shot would always go over the enemies head. The soldiers were forced to use the semi auto function which defeated the purpose of having a rifle designed to be fully automatic. Enter Colt with their newly purchased M-16 which they bought from Armalite a few years before and the US has a new rifle, a self cleaning rifle that shoots a much smaller round, with a full auto function that can also be used.
The rifle did not do so well in its first days on the battlefield because the rifles were not issued with cleaning kits, something that soldiers would soon find out that they needed.
The M-16 would be used in many other conflicts by other countries who are members of NATO, the standardized round of the M-16 being the 5.56×45 NATO. It is almost identical to the AR-15’s .223 rem, but has a bit more pressure, so is not as interchangeable unless you have a .223 wylde bore barrel.
Advancement to the M-16 would later come in the form of the M4-A1 which is capable of chamber .300blk, a caliber that can be made subsonic. The M4 is a carbine SBR with a much more attuned gas system for suppressed firing, making it one of the ideal choices in recon situations.
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What are the similarities of the AR-15 and the M-16?
The M-16 and the Ar-15 are essentially the same platform, one is made for the military and one is made for civilians. The AR-15 has no full auto capabilities and it is illegal for a civilian to modify it in such a way that it would be able to fire fully automatic. The M-16 has a semi auto and a full auto option and both of them come with a safety selector. They are constructed of the same materials, although the AR-15 has gone through many more metamorphoses due to the overwhelming innovation of the aftermarket. Advancements in composite materials like polymer have begun to usher in a new age of construction for the AR-15. The relatively small ballistics of the AR platform has also made it much easier to fashion completely polymer lowers, as much of the pressure from firing does not reach the lower portion of the receiver itself.
The core differences between the AR-15 and the M-16 lay in their purpose. One is a battle rifle, and the other has become a staple of American Ingenuity and craftsmanship, the likes of which have paved a new path for civilian gunsmithing and building.
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- 7075-T6 forging created in the United States.
- fully broached, ensuring a perfect fit.
- Forged from 7075-T6 aluminum
- These 80 percent lower receivers for sale are machined to mil-spec (military standard) tolerances.
- The magwells on these 80 percent lowers are fully broached for the perfect fit every time.
- They require additional machining for completion.
- Includes five standard lowers
- Machined to mil-spec tolerances
- Forged from 7075-T6 aluminum
T19 Frame and Jig Kit 80% Compact Pistol Frame Kit – PF940C
The 80% Compact Pistol Frame offers the compatibility with T 19/23 Gen3 components, the PF940C™ is an industry first. Features like the extended beavertail double undercut trigger guard, and a thumb ledge considerably enhances the ergonomics allowing for an effective grip and improved recoil mitigation.
- Enhanced Ergonomics and Features
- High-Strength Reinforced Polymer Construction
- Aggressive and Adaptable Grip Texture
- Picatinny/STANAG Compliant Accessory Rail
- Blank Serialization Plate
- Stainless Steel Locking Block Rail System (LBRS™)
- Stainless Steel Rear Rail Module (RRM™)
- Hardened Pins for LBRS ™ and RRM™
- Complete Finishing Jig, Drill bits, and End Mill Included
- Compatible with T 19/23 Gen3 Components
- Lightweight slide with custom cutouts
- T19 slides
- Fits Gen 1,2 and 3
- Can fit on T19 and T23 with a conversion barrel
Stripped Slide Features:Gen 3 compatibility (Works with all Polymer compact sized 19 frames)
- Trijicon RMR Cut – Utilizes (2) 4-40 x 3/8″ screws (4-40 screws not included as these will come with the RMR sight or mount)
- Black nitride finish
- Accepts standard T19 sights (not included)
- Made from 4150
This slide is meant to be used with T9mm barrels only.
The Upper Slide Parts Kit for the T19 pistols includes all of the parts you need to build your slide assembly
- Firing pin spring
- Spacer sleeve
- Firing pin spring cups
- Extractor depressor plunger
- Extractor depressor plunger spring
- Spring-loaded bearing
- Firing pin safety
- Firing pin safety spring
- Channel Liner
- Recoil Spring
These are all factory OEM parts from T19.
Factory T19 19 Gen-3 9mm Lower Parts Kit. Fits any T19 Gen-3 or P80 Compact-Size 9mm/40 frame.
- Slide Lock (Aftermarket)
- Slide Stop Lever (T19)
- Magazine Catch (T19)
- Trigger Spring 5lbs (T19)
- Trigger with Trigger Bar (T19)
- Trigger Housing with Ejector 9mm (T19)
- Trigger Connector 5lbs (T19)
- Slide Lock Spring (T19)
- Magazine Catch Spring (T19)
- Trigger Housing Pin (T19)
- Locking Block Pin (T19)
- Trigger Pin (T19)
These are genuine T19 Gen 3 factory parts for T Gen 1-3 19s or Polymer 80 Compact frames.
This is a complete AR-15 upper receiver kit with a 10″ Quad Rail and 10.5″ Blackout Barrel
The parts included are below:
- 10.5″ Stainless 1/8 twist .300 Blackout Barrel
- Barrel Thread – 1/2″ x 28
- 10″ Quad Rail Hand Guard
- Gas Tube, and low pro gas block
- Ejection Port Cover
- Charging Handle
- Forward Assist
- Flash Suppressor with Crush Washer
- M-16 Bolt Carrier Group
- Black Anodized
This is a completely assembled AR-15 upper receiver without a 80% AR-15 lower receiver.
All of our completely assembled uppers are test fired for cycling.
The parts included are below:
AR-15 Upper Receiver
- 7.5″ Phosphate Barrel 1/7 twist 300 Blackout
- 7″ Rail Hand Guard
- Pistol Barrel Length Gas Tube, and low pro gas block
- Forward Assist
- Ejection Port Cover
- Charging Handle
- M-16 Bolt Carrier Group
- Flash Hider with Crush Washer
- Complete Pistol Buffer Tube Assembly with Cushioned Grip
- Lower Parts Kit
This is not a complete receiver and still requires machining to be done.
- If you’re building your own AR-15, this rifle kit is a great option.
- The upper and lower receivers in this rifle kit are black hardcoat anodized.
- All AR-15 parts offered online at Thunder Tactical are machined to mil spec tolerances.
- Proper cycling is ensured because we test fire all fully assembled uppers.
This AR-15 rifle kit for sale is great for the gunsmith looking for a little bit of a longer barrel. The AR-15 parts included in the assembled .223/5.56 upper include the following:
- 16″ Barrel Phosphate, .223 Wylde
- 12″ Quad Rail
- Low pro gas block
- Rifle Length Gas Tube
- Forward Assist
- Ejection Port Cover
- Charging Handle
- M-16 Bolt Carrier Group
- A2 Flash Hider with Crush Washer
Also included in this rifle kit are a six-position stock with buffer, buffer tube, and spring, and a lower parts kit to complete your lower. Keep shopping our gun parts online to discover what else we have to offer among our selection of pistol and rifle parts.
- Black Anodized
- This AR-15 keymod handguard makes an excellent choice for a great price.
- Among rifle handguards, the keymod style stands out for its aesthetic appeal.
- This handguard has been hard coat anodized black for durability.
- This AR-15 part is made from high grade 60/61 aircraft aluminum.
If you’re shopping for a handguard for your AR-15 build project, then look no further. This AR-15 keymod handguard is 15 inches in length, making it ideal for your rifle build. This handguard stands out among other rifle handguards thanks to its high grade materials, hard coat anodized coating, and interesting design. Invest in this handguard for your build, and keep shopping our selection of rifle parts online for even more AR-15 parts. We have everything you need to complete your build from the upper receiver to the lower receiver parts kit.
- Handguard for AR-15 build
- Keymod style handguard
- Barrel nut included
AR-15 Jig top plates
The parts included are below:
AR-15 Upper Receiver
- 7.5″ Barrels 1/7, twist (.223 & 5.56)
- 7″ Free float Quad Rail Hand Guard
- Pistol Barrel Length Gas Tube, and low pro gas block
- Forward Assist
- Ejection Port Cover
- Charging Handle
- M-16 Bolt Carrier Group
- Flash Hider with Crush Washer
- Lower Parts Kit
- Pistol Buffer Tube with cushioned grip
- Black Anodized
This kit come with upper receiver assembly options. If you choose to do the assembly yourself, there is no cost.
This is a complete AR-10 upper assembly kit with a 16″/18/20″ .308 Barrel Assembled or Unassembled- Choose from the drop-down menu.
The Upper Receiver parts included are below:
- 12″ Keymod Rail
- .308 Billet Upper Receiver DPMS style.
- Upper is bead blasted and anodized Black
- Gas Block
- Flash Hider & Crush Washer 5/8″x 24
- .308 Barrel – 16″ / 18 / 20″ – Choose from the drop-down menu.
- Gas System -Rifle for the 20″
- Midlength Gas Tube for the 16″ and 18″
- Bolt Carrier Group Phosphate or Nikel-Boron – Choose from the drop-down menu.
- 1/10 Twist Chromoly
- Bolt Carrier Group
- Charging handle
10. 9 MM Rifle Kit, Cerakote Tungsten Rifle Kit 16″ Phosphate Barrel, Tungsten Keymod Rail Handguard With Tungsten 80% Lower/ Black Magpul Moe Stock / Black Magpul Moe Grip
The parts included are below:
- 9mm Upper Receiver Cerakote Tungsten
- 16″ Phosphate Barrel 9mm
- 1×10 Twist
- Bolt Carrier Group
- 12″ Keymod Rail Cerakote Tungsten
- Flash Hider Thread – 1/2″ x 36
- 9 mm 80% Lower Receiver Cerakote Tungsten
- Lower Parts Kit
- Pistol Buffer Tube with cushioned grip
- Compatible with Glock Magazines
*This is not a complete receiver and still requires machining to be done.
Also Read: Best AR-15 Forum Communities
As an owner of an AR-15, it is important that you are up-to-date with the latest firearm technology to equip with your weapon. There are many websites that you can visit for the latest information but it is better to be a part of a community.
By being a part of an online forum, you can engage, learn, and get a few tips and tricks from fellow AR-15 owners like yourself. On these forums are experts, beginners, and curious-minded individuals looking to find out more.
Here are the Top 10 Best AR-15 Forum Communities.
- AR15 Forum
- AR15 Armory
- Survival Monkey
- The Armory Life
- Reddit AR15 Forum
- M4Carbine Forum
- AR15 Builders Forum
- AR15 Nation / FaceBook
The AR-15 Forum features a sleek and modern website. It highlights special articles on top when arriving at the forum. Below it has a “Featured Content” section that focuses on DIY AR-15 Pistol Build Kits, Members, Forums, and Blogs.
What it makes up for with a stylish layout leaves a lot to be desired. When trying to get to the actual forum, you never leave and remain on the original page.
This forum focuses more on selling users products rather than enhancing and promoting discussion. You can find the latest posts on the side, but if you are unable to go to the forums, you cannot do much.
Ar15armory’s forum harks back to message boards of the past, in the best way possible. This forum is broken up by General Conversation, The Armory, Black Hole Weaponry, Industry Forum, Equipment Supply, and Hometown Gossip.
This forum has it all. Whatever your interest or talents are with an AR-15, you are sure to find a hub to discuss it on this forum.
Besides its variety, the website has a stellar interface platform that is easy to navigate for any users. You are not overwhelmed by advertisements and clickbait.
SurvivalMonkey has a similar layout and feel to Ar15armory but lacks the easy-to-navigate platform. What puts SurvivalMonkey at second, similarly, to Ar15armory is its variety and specialized hubs.
The forum is categorized by Announcements, Survival-Preparedness-SHTF, General, and Off-Topic. With it being survival-themed, that is its biggest category.
You can find recent threads and resources on the side which is convenient for those wanting to stay up-to-date.
Along with that, you can see users currently online, trending tags, and forum statistics.
SurvivalMonkey has garnered 42,626 discussions overall.
With the bronze comes Firearmstalk. It shares similarities to Ar15armory and SurvivalMonkey but overall is lacking in the organization that made the other two stand out.
It features a similar and classic forum layout which is easy to navigate but lacks categorization making searching for certain topics difficult.
There are 308 pages of total discussion, which highlights its healthy and active discussion. On the side, you can see the latest replies to threads throughout the forum.
Unlike the first two Firearmstalk features separate tabs for articles, showcase, media, members, and sponsors which gives the forum more depth.
The definitive source for firearms enthusiasts claims TheArmoryLife at the top of the forum. You can find the latest threads along with what’s new, members, and more information about TheArmoryLife website before scrolling down to find their discussion posts.
Rather than being bogged down by all current threads, possibly overwhelming the user, it is laid out by specific categories. Each section informs the user how many threads there are plus messages.
This forum is categorized by EDC, Gear, Guns, Skills, Survival, Reloading, The Lounge, Armed with Knowledge, and lastly News & Announcements.
While the user can find the latest threads on top actual news and announcements regarding the forum is at the bottom. As a new user, this signals a lack of importance or value compared to other categories on the forum.
Like the previous three forums, sign up is easy and takes only a few minutes.
Reddit is a comprehensive forum featuring separate “subreddits” about any topic you would like to find more about. These subreddits are individual communities whose focus is on that topic.
Reddit’s layout like the previous four shares similarities in terms of layout but is considerably more random and less organized.
Unless you search for it, finding a specific topic such as “survival” is not as easy to find. You can post questions, photos, and anything you’d like as long as it follows the subreddits rules and guidelines.
The same must be done at the other forums to prevent being banned.
What helps Reddit stick out is you can search for threads by new, top (hour, week, month, year, and all time.) and controversial. This allows for some organization but not by much.
Reddit is a highly popular website but lacks in various areas.
Powered by vBoard, an Internet forum staple it features an easy-to-use layout and navigation. Featuring 23,000 pages of discussion this forum has a lot to be desired.
m4carbine’s forum is consumed by advertisements at the top of the page that do it no favors. While great for the website, it overwhelms and takes away from actual discussion.
Others on the list chose bright and stimulating colors while this forum went for a more dark and gritty approach. That plus advertisements of all sorts make this hard on the eyes.
Discussions are plentiful on this forum but the overall lack of cohesion remains uninviting.
The majority of AR15’s website are affiliates, news, and sponsors. This user navigating this website would benefit from installing ad-blockers to make navigation easier.
Compared to the other forums mentioned, the forum is not the top priority by any means. At the top, there is a tab called “discussion forums” with a variety of firearm topics. The actual forum itself is organized well, very clean to use but lacks the desirability of the others.
If you are in the market for buying or upgrading your AR-15 this website is ideal. As for actual discussions, despite its consistent activity, would not be the first choice.
AR15 Builders forum is a great fit for AR15 owners interested in building platforms and guns of their own. If you are looking to engage in building discussion than this forum is perfect. With that said it lacks other necessary functions for a proper forum.
Users can buy/sell/trade parts on this forum. For builders, this can give them a new base and allows them to network.
The forum itself is very clunky and hard to navigate.
Facebook is a great medium for networking. One of its more popular features is its ability to allow users to join groups. There are groups for pretty much anything. Unfortunately, the only way to join the AR-15 Nation on Facebook is by request. It is a private group that you must ask to join.
While this isn’t a big issue, it gives the wrong message. The other forums mentioned are open and inclusive.
By being closed it can give off the wrong impression.
These communities all offer something unique and different while remaining committed to discussing AR-15s. Most feature a classic forum layout that is easy to navigate. Joining these communities is free and only takes a few minutes. If you are looking to join an AR-15 online community we recommend these for the most fulfilling and exciting discussions.
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The AR-15 is a great rifle for anything you might need it for. It is popular for it’s modular design and lightweight feel and handling. It almost seems lie there is nothing this rifle can’t do. However, one thing many people don’t talk about is how easy it is to clean these rifles. How often does it need to be done, what are the best tools? That’s all answered right here.
How often should you clean your AR-15?
That depends really on how much you go shooting, and what kind of cleaning you want to do. Getting a good cleaning after your day out shooting is always a good thing to do even if it is minimal. Getting away most of the residual carbon from shooting will make it easier for the next time you go out. Fieldstripping and doing a little cleaning and lubing before you shoot will also help ensure some longevity of your AR-15.
However, you want to do a heavy cleaning of your rifle at least once a month, just to make sure everything is clean and spotless. These cleaning will involve a lot more work, but if you keep your rifle at a manageable level of maintenance, then you should breeze through the deeper cleanings.
Depending on the kind of ammunition you use, you need a better gun cleaner, particularly one that can fight away corrosive materials. Wire brushes instead of cloth is also best for getting rid of any lead build up if you might have it.
Why is cleaning your AR-15 important?
Overtime, while shooting your AR-15, the carbon emitted from each shot fired will begin to build up in a lot of areas around the core components of the firearm. Namely the bolt assembly, the bore, and chamber, and fire control group. These areas are critical areas, and if left uncleaned for an extended amount of time, the buildup will severely affect the performance of your rifle. Rust can build up as well which will ruin the finish of your rifle, and if it builds up in the bore, accuracy and bullet trajectory will be decreased immensely.
Your best option is to keep your rifle clean constantly, and give it a deep cleaning every month or so to ensure the whole gun is completely clean. That will ensure the performance of your AR-15 and its durability for a long time.
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The AR-15 industry is always changing. With new trends and gear to keep buyers and DIYers looking for more, it’s no surprise that the AR-15 platform itself would also go through some immense changes. One of these changes is expressed in the AR-15 pistol platform. Let’s dig a little deeper into what gives this firearm its and what doesn’t
Why is it called a pistol?
The AR-15, in all its glory, is a rifle and carbine platform. It’s already a generally compact firearm, and especially during its conception, was up against the long rifles of The Cold War and WW2: The M1 Garand and the M14.
The legalities that go into what gives the AR-15 pistol its name predate these rifles, with the National Firearms Act of 1934. This industry changing piece of legislation laid the groundwork for what could legally be defined as a rifle, pistol or Any Other Weapon(AOW).
In order for any firearm to be deemed a pistol, it must have a barrel length under 16 inches, must be without a stock, and a few other accessories that might qualify for the AOW or Short Barreled Rifle category. If it classifies as an AOW, then a Title II tax stamp is required in order to legally own it.
And that really sets up the foundation for the AR-15 pistol. It’s a way to use the platform in its most compact form without requiring a tax stamp to own.
Per a natural course of events, a lot of debate has sprung up regarding the accessories of the AR-15 pistol, as well as their legitimacy in being their in regards to the NFA. The debates have been mostly perpetuated by the idea of the “pistol brace,” a design for the pistol which has the ability to be shouldered.
However, with multiple letters from the ATF either confusing or clarifying the debate, it is at this point legal to shoulder a brace for the idea that it cannot be deemed a rifle simply because it can be shouldered. Either way, be sure you know if the accessories you are using are legal to use with an AR-15 pistol.
What’s Good About the AR-15 Pistol?
The AR-15 pistol wouldn’t be much if it wasn’t popular. So besides skipping a tax stamp, what is the platform’s real appeal? Well one thing for sure, its compactness makes it much more maneuverable, and along with the .223/5.56 round, it is a great option for home defense without posing a big threat to anyone but the attacker.
One thing many do not consider about the AR-15 pistol is that it is legally a pistol. And while that may seem counter-intuitive, since they are generally more regulated than pistols, it is a viable option for vehicle defense. Generally, rifles are illegal to have in a vehicle without the firearm being loaded, however, for the pistol variant, it is legal to have in a vehicle while loaded, making it a great option with a little more bang than its 9mm counterpart.
What can’t it do?
Well there isn’t much the AR-15 pistol can’t do. In fact it will do what it’s designed to do. However, because you are changing a platform that was designed to be a rifle carbine, there are some things that would be considered drawbacks:
The AR-15 pistol has a significantly shorter barrel length, and this creates a lot of muzzle blast because the powder from the cartridge cannot fully brun up inside the barrel This might create a flash of flame either bigger or smaller depending on the type of powder the cartridge uses.
It is slower
Because it is a shorter barrel length, a lot of wound up time is lost when firing. The max range of the firearm will be severely reduced, as well as the velocity of the travelling round.
It is less durable
The shortened barrel and constant firing will do a number on the gas system which is not really designed for the cartridge. You have to remember that everything about the AR-15 was proposed around the round it fires. Changing the platform can pose some challenges when executed. But that doesn’t make it a wall hanger.
The AR-15 pistol is great for what is: a variant of a platform made famous for its customization, light weight, and maneuverability. And the pistol does capitalize on the dexterity required to handle it.However, you sacrifice performance for handling. As with most if not all firearms, it is simply a matter of sacrificing and changing for the features you need.
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Becoming an evermore common rifle among the hunting community, the AR-15 platform has paved the way for a new and easier way of hunting. While the caliber of your round is often decided by the kind of firearm you choose, the AR-15’s modular platform cann allow you to pursue whatever kind of hunting you want. If you are considering any kind of rifle for your next adventure in the woods, consider the AR-15.
What is the general appeal of the AR-15?
The AR-15 has a long history of being everything its owner wants. Its platform allows for a deep level of customization, down to the roots of your rifle. It is easily chambered in a variety of calibers with different barrel lengths, and accessories. Almost all of its components are interchangeable so you can really work on the firearm that is best for you.
The platform is lightweight, and highly maneuverable. The AR-15 is a rifle carbine, meaning its not your average long gun. It is lighter to handle, and
Why the AR-15 platform is great.
The standard AR-15 is chambered in .223/5.56. However, with its amazingly modular design, we are looking at a caliber range from.22LR to .50 Beowulf. While the .223/5.56 calibers will help you through most of your hunting game, it is definitely not a viable option for Big Game hunting. While the .223 is the most common round for the platform, it is generally seen as a varmint hunting round and defense round whereas, the AR-10 is more looked for in the big game.
That is where the AR-10 comes in, a slightly more bulky variation of the AR-15 platform which allows for bigger calibers. One of the most common calibers is the .308 win round which is a classic round for hunting deer and elk. You can even go for the famed 6.5 Creedmoor for even more blasting power.
Hunting takes patience, motivation, and the right firearm. The AR-15 is one of the best options for hunting all around. Whether its small game hunting to big game hunting, you can rest assured knowing that the platform has something for you.
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Since the 1930s, gun laws have controlled a lot about how we purchase and own firearms. Dictating what size, attachments, and actions we can display on our firearms, there is a lot to know when it comes to what you can and can’t legally do. And when it comes to the AR-15 platform, which has experienced a lot of controversy since its conception, is one such firearm that has been tasked with finding ways around these laws while still being a viable option for consumers. Here are some of the laws and solutions you can use to be within your legal rights to own the firearm you want.
Note: Please always be aware of your state’s regulations on firearms.
What size barrel length can I legally have on my AR platform?
The AR comes with many different barrel sizes and shapes. While they are all legal to some degree, there are still some areas you need to know about before executing your plan.
The NFA of 1934 defines what can be legally considered a rifle, a pistol, and Any Other Weapon. A rifle must have a barrel length over 16 inches, as well as a stock, with a total length of 26 inches. A pistol must have a barrel length of under 16 inches and does not have an overall measurement. However, it must not have a stock as well as some attachments, like vertical grips.
It is also illegal to modify a firearm that was intended either to be a rifle or a pistol.
The Title II Tax Stamp
If you don’t want to worry about the barrel length of your AR-15, you can apply for the Title II tax stamp with a lump sum of cash, and you will be able to own a firearm with a barrel length under 16 inches. It will then be classified as an SBR or Short Barreled Rifle. The only downside to this is that you may only own 1 SBR per tax stamp, meaning that your firearm will not only be traceable to the federal government, but you must also reapply and pay again for another firearm.
How to Avoid the Tax Stamp Legally.
The great thing about the AR platform is its ability to be modified. That’s also the reason it is the most notorious firearm to date. If you want to get past the SBR tax stamp, you can either buy or build for yourself, an AR pistol. They have the smaller barrels and remain within your rights to own without a tax stamp, and the many pistol brace designs out there are designed to aid aim, but are also capable of being shouldered.
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When it comes to choosing a high-performance rifle, we live in the best time ever for gun owners. Dozens of precision-made weapons in various sizes and capacities, from some of the world’s best rifle manufacturers to date. With so much to choose from, and prices to suit your budget, you could spend all day leafing through firearm magazines, looking for the perfect one for you.
But we don’t have all day. We’ve got just this one article, and we’re going to use it to dive deeper into four of the biggest names in AR pistol and carbine model firearms on the market: the AR-15, AR-10/.308, .300 Blackout, and AR-9.
So, without any further ado, let’s take these four out onto the field and break down exactly what it is that makes each one so popular.
What Is The AR-15?
The short answer to this question is: “The most popular civilian rifle on the American market, today”. Of course, there’s more to it than that. The AR-15 is a robust, lightweight semi-automatic rifle based on the military M-16 rifle. Popular for its inexpensive components, versatile construction, and endless customization, this firearm has earned its reputation as “America’s rifle”.
But let’s look closer. The ancestor of the M-16 ancestor, the modern AR-15 is a fully automatic weapon, firing multiple rounds with every squeeze of the trigger. In order to create a commercial, civilian counterpart, the AR-15 was made semi-automatic, with each pull of the trigger firing a single shot.
The functionality, obviously, doesn’t stop there. The AR-15’s design promotes rapid reloading, perfect for combat situations. An internal spring within the rifle stock acts as a massive shock absorber, soaking in the impact of each shot for lower recoil. This makes it easier and more accurate to fire off each shot, even when compared to military weapons.
One of the biggest draws with these rifles is how easily they can be customized. Adding scopes, lasers, custom sites and other accessories is made easy because the rifle itself is modular. And with AR-15 lower and AR-15 upper kits, more and more people are opting to build their own, every year. This makes it versatile and completely suited to any style of shooting. As a consumer product, the benefit of an AR-15 is in getting exactly the weapon you want, from varmint and game hunting to home defence with the AR-15 pistol.
What Makes It Different?
Compared to the AR10 .308 rifle, both firearms are impressively light, making them easy to use. Where it differs, however, is in how many bullets you can carry at any given time. The AR-15s 5.56mm cartridges are obviously lighter than the AR-10’s 7.62, making it easier to carry more of them. The larger bullets, meanwhile, carry more kinetic energy, making for greater stopping power with each round fired.
Big game hunters may prefer the larger round for its ability to take down more substantial targets. AR-15s are considered better for home protection and sport shooting.
What Is The .308?
The modern AR-10 rifle has seen a renaissance in recent years, putting it at the top of the pile for .308 rifles. This .308 semi-automatic rifle is an extremely versatile weapon for gun enthusiasts and novices alike. It’s perfectly at home on both big game hunting trips and for self or home defense, although the .308 round is more likely to pass right through walls and other barriers making it less ideal.
The AR-10 features a similarly lightweight design to the AR-15, above. Its air-cooled, gas-operated design is still pretty common on battlefields around the world, only in automatic variants instead of the semi-autos available to civilians. With variants customized for sniping and marksmanship, this is a gun for all seasons. Increased stopping power and a magazine-fed design make for a commercially accessible firearm with military-grade capabilities.
The AR-10 uses fires standard 7.62 NATO rounds or.308 Winchesters, equally well. With semi-automatic properly set up, it’s possible to fire off around 40 rounds in under a minute. As a standard, magazines come with 20 shots, but many variants are also available. What’s most important is that the ammunition here is something serious, with stopping power enough to kill elk, moose, and bear.
What Sets It Apart?
When placed side-by-side with the AR-15, you’ll notice the increased power of the AR-10, first and foremost. Something that doesn’t get as much press is the honest-to-God improvement over its accuracy, which is well worth the investment. Over long distances, this is a formidable weapon that hits the mark more reliably than most.
It’s a firearm with a lot of room for customization, as well, meaning the ability to create something that shoots, handles, and reloads the way you want it to. Configure your AR-15 upper or lower according to your budget and operation requirements.
A potential downside is that using it in tactical situations isn’t as easy as it would be with a shorter rifle, like the AR-15. Home defense is less of an option in this regard, in addition to the fact that higher caliber bullets are more likely to tear through your walls, supports and foundation. A general rule of thumb is that if you are defending your home with a firearm, you should not have to worry about the round damaging someone else in the house.
The .308 AR pistol, meanwhile, leans into its rifle counterpart’s maneuverability with an even more compact design. More easily concealed, it’s also far more powerful than handguns of similar sizes, making this a “best of both worlds” situation.
Which Parts Are Interchangeable?
The AR-15 and .308 are pretty similar in many respects. Owing to this, many of the parts in these guns are actually 100% interchangeable. Differences in size and caliber makes a lot of them incompatible and, complicating this problem, AR-10s and AR-15s are also manufactured by various brands. Each company produces versions unique to its brand, muddying the waters for direct comparisons.
Parts that are are more likely to be compatible between AR-15 and AR-10 builds include:
- Armalite capture roller pins
- Butt stops
- Cylinder Head Assemblies
- Disconnector springs
- Hammer springs
- Pistol handles (occasionally using spacers)
- Receiver extensions or protection tubes
- Safety selectors
- Spring-release buttons
- Trigger springs
What Is A .300 Blackout Rifle?
The .300 Blackout hit the American gun market with a crash, instantly becoming extremely popular with gun owners across the country. These were gun enthusiasts with long histories with the AR-15 platform. Bolt carrier groups, gas systems, and bolts. All of these standard parts, completely compatible with the 300 Blackout. With this much versatility, there’s a lot to offer with one of these rifles.
But the value doesn’t stop there. Another big part of why this weapon is rated among the best is its ability to fire different ammunition types without having to use an adjustable gas system of any sort. Subsonic and full power ammunition, specifically, are both on the table, for more firing options and a more varied product for your budget, overall.
300 Blackout Rifles are accurate, highly customizable, and, if you know where to shop, extremely affordable. It’s great for use at home, and lethal out on a hunt. Let’s put them under the microscope.
What Makes It Unique?
The 300 Blackout platform has become a household name for anybody looking for mid-level game performance or legitimate braking power in a close quarters combat scenario. Equally at home in home defense or on a hunt, this rifle sees equal play among hardcore enthusiasts and newcomers to the field alike. But how does it stack up against similar firearms in the same class?
The .300 Blk AR was built from as the civilian counterpart to the M4 Carbine. It’s versatility on the battlefield has made it a token item for those who want a more optimal defense and hunting caliber.
The platform was designed initially for combat, in order to be a more ideal counter to the AK-47s 7.62 rounds. However, it was made with the intent of adding various components, sub-sonic rounds, as well as suppressors for even more versatility.
They are optimal for pistol length barrels making them great defense weapons. Shorter barrel lengths means generally means turning corners a lot easier in close quarters. And the great thiung about the .300 Blackout pistol is that it is has the durability to withstand the pressure as many others of the AR platform don’t with such a short barrel length.
What Is The AR-9?
9mm Armalite Rifles are, first and foremost, a great weapon for effective home defense. 9mm bullets are available in a huge variety of options, helping to prevent overpenetration. And, if you’re looking for further proof that this calibre has what it takes to perform under pressure, just take the fact that the FBI has switched back to using this round.
Carbines in the 9mm range, such as the AR-9, have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, and the AR platform is among the most popular out there. These rifles use the same magazines and ammo as your at-home 9mm pistol, while still packing more than enough firepower in the event of a home invasion.
As a proud member of the emerging pistol caliber carbine community, the AR-9 is a solid offering that looks as good as it operates. But let’s dive a little deeper into what makes the AR-9 such a unique firearm.
What’s Different In The AR-9?
AR rifles have barrel life expectancies, just the same as any other piece of performance machinery. Like any car, garbage disposal, or lawnmower, these components will give out eventually – it’s just a matter of time. When firing at high volume, standard barrels vary greatly in terms of their life expectancy varies greatly, especially given different options for ammunition. 9mm cartridges tend to give you a lot bang for your barrel’s buck. These rounds fire under much lower pressure, eroding the throat of your barrel in smaller increments.
Ammunition also costs less when compared to other AR-15 ammo, making these rifles a more budget-friendly option as well. Fire off a bucket of 9mm rounds, then do the same with .223/5.56 ammo and feel free to comment down below with how much each cost you. There’s no comparison when it comes to cartridge cost, here.
From AR-15 Pistol to 9mm Carbine, Which Firearm Works Best For You?
Whatever reason you have for investing in an Armalite rifle or equivalent pistol, you need to know you’re using a weapon you can rely on when you need it most. The firearms reviewed in today’s article are some of the highest-quality pieces on the market. Each has its own benefits, making them ideal for home defense, hunting, and sports shooting, in different ways.
So, which is the best rifle for you? Depending on your budget, experience, and home security needs, the answer is: definitely one of the ones listed here. For our money, the AR-15 pistol and its compact maneuverability make it an unbeatable all-rounder. But what are your favorites? Sound off in the comments below, and make sure to reach out to us for AR-15 lower and upper components to get the rifle you want by building your own today!
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 AR-15 has been the pinnacle of creativity in firearms for decadedIts platform has been expanded on allowing for different actions to be placed inside, and it has been shifted to chamber different rounds, effectively making it one of the most functionally diverse platforms ever. The .308 rifle is one such expansion. But just what is it? And how does it’s function differ from the standard AR-15.
Well first off, the major difference in the .308 rifle from the AR-15 is that it chambers a different round, the .308 winchester. This round was adopted from the 7.62×51mm NATO T65 as a predominant hunting round as the 5.56 NATO round is not optimal for hunting big game.
Essentially what you are getting with the .308 rifle is a lot more bulk. This translates into a lot of extra weight, as the rifle has to be able to withstand the high amount of pressure from it’s chambered round. While advancements on these AR rifles continue, the rifle is becoming more lightweight, allowing better functionality and viability in the field.
The.308 rifle is able to provide more power, and distance when on the hunt, although it is a round structured towards bigger game that the 5.56 is just not effective against.
The .308 round is a bit more expensive than the 5.56 which makes it more optimal to use with the purpose of hunting. However, you can use it for whatever you want. Just like the AR-15, AR-10 .308 rifle is just as customizable and modular. With any change, you will still have to account for what you are using it for, and its impact on the rifles performance. So nothing new there.
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The AR-15 is a prized firearm in the United States for many reasons. It is one of the best to buy, because its modular design allows its owner to experience a great deal of freedom in maintaining and customizing it. However, for the past few decades, the atmosphere around the AR-15 and the 2nd amendment has become ripe with discontent. Legislation is constantly brought on to reduce the rights of legal firearm owners to own.
So what is the solution? The 80% Lower
What is an 80% Lower?
80% lower refers to the lower receiver of a firearm being 80% or less milled out. According to the present ATF standards for what a firearm is, these are basically forged or billet aluminum blocks which are milled to the shape of the lower receiver necessary. In this case, with the AR-15, the 80% lower receiver is only missing the hole for the fire control group. This effectively makes the lower nothing more than a paperweight.
However, if you’re a builder, this becomes the grounds for a new legal-to-own firearm. All you need to do is use a jig kit and some power tools to mill out the hole you need and there you go.
Not to mention, they come out much more cost effective too. And ordering online
The main point about the 80% lower is that it is able to be purchased anywhere, anytime, without any hassle from the ATF. No background checks, no FFL. It is currently the only way to purchase a rifle without serialization. It has earned the nickname “ghost gun” for its inability to be traced by the government.
The idea of the 80% lower clings to the idea that law abiding citizens should not be punished for the wrongdoings of others. Therefore, if you are in the market for 80% lower built AR-15s to add to your arsenal, visit Thunder Tactical!
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
Also Read: What is an AR-15?
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
If you have decided that you want to build your very own AR 15, you are one step closer to exercising your 2nd Amendment Rights. However, We at Thunder Tactical would not want you to get into the game without knowing the rules.We stand by our product, selling the most high quality parts for our customers. In light of this, we feel that it is necessary to discuss what makes an AR 80 Lower high quality and what makes it low. Here is a Quality guide on how to know the quality of your 80 Lower.
The AR 15 since the 60s has been known by most as America’s gun. That is because, with its rich history, its military counterpart, the M16, has been coined as one of the most reliably made American arms to date.
For this fact, American manufacturers tend to take a lot of pride in their 80 lower builds. To ensure quality, make sure you are buying from an American manufacturer. This way, you will know that your parts have been made, with its rich history involved.
Thunder Tactical’s parts are all made in the US and made with the customer in mind. We use milspec 7075 Forged aluminum and the highest quality billet aluminum, all made on American soil.
The 80 lower you are buying cannot be considered reliable if you cannot be guaranteed 100% quality. Finding a reliable company to buy from can be tricky at times, but once you have found it, you are sure to never be let down.
If you reading this are still having trouble looking for a great company who offers a 100% guarantee on our product, look no further.
Thunder Tactical is an all American company that prides itself in preserving the rights of the people, enabling them to purchase and build firearms without fear of prosecution. Visit our website to get helpful guides and our shop with the highest quality parts and kits!
80 lower builds gained popularity in the firearm world primarily because they were a way to get rifles and pistols without the need for registration. Buyers can order them online and complete their 80 lowers with many different tiers of tools. But for those who have just come into the 80 lower build scene, understanding why and when an 80 lower does not need a serial can be a fuzzy area. So here we are to clear up some of the fog about serial number’s and other regulations in relation to 80 lowers.
ATF and NFA
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is the federal power that regulates firearms. According to ATF, the part of the rifle which controls shooting, or the fire control group, must be under 80% complete to not be considered a firearm. This gives birth to the name 80% lower, as the fire control group is in the lower receiver of the AR-15.
If the receiver is under 80% complete, then it cannot be under regulation under the ATF, meaning no serial numbers are required.
However, some states, like California and New Jersey have tried to crack down on 80% lowers. The Dept. of Justice of California has issued AB 857, a law that forces legal gun owners to register any lawfully unserialized firearm with a state issued serial number.
The best way to be sure about whether your rights are protected in the state you are in, is to research and take actions with a legal attorney.
The National Firearms Act prevents unserialized firearms from containing destructive or explosive ammo. If the firearm is fully automatic, the firearm must also be serialized.
Purchasing an 80 lower is all fine and good if you intend to keep it. However, if you plan to sell your 80 lower built firearm to someone else, you could be in violation of the law. 80 lowers are strictly prohibited from being bought with intent to sell. In a court, it is usually harder to justify selling or exchanging these firearms.
However, if you do wish to sell your rifle, or any rifle for that matter, do so with an attorney, and make sure it is registered. Any firearm that is made to sell must be registered according to the law.
Hopefully this gave some insight into the nature of serialization and registration in relation to 80 lower firearms. We at Thunder Tactical understand the importance of protecting individual rights.
We are dedicated to providing our customers, and all who fight fight to preserve their rights, with parts, guides, and information to help them in all their endeavors. And what trouble is there if you’re having fun doing it? Visit our website for more information, and premium store for the best parts around!
The AR has come a long way since its conception in the late 1950’s. In these more modern times, the AR has made a name for itself as sparking one of the most controversial topics around gun rights. Many misconceptions have made these civilian rifles a topic for disdain, but we are here to shed some truth on the history of the AR 15.
The AR in AR 15 stands for ArmaLite. That is the company that created the rifle. In 1959, the rights to the AR 15 were sold to Colt who modified it into the military variant called the M16. When it was adopted by the military, the rifle was successful in many ways, so Colt decided to start new development on the same rifle for civilian use. This became the modern AR 15.
AR-15 VS M-16
In external appearance the AR -15 and the M16 are almost identical. However, the inner mechanisms, like the fire control group are milled and set up differently. The AR-15 is only set to go between safety and semi automatic modes while the M16 uses interchangeable parts that allow it to be made into a fully auto and semi auto firearm.
America’s Most Famous
For reasons of customization, easy milling, reliability, adaptability, the AR-15 has become America’s favorite firearm. The ability to personally modify the AR caliber, barrel length and optics make it highly sought after by civilians and professional sports shooters alike.
Needless to say, a culture has formed around the AR-15. The AR history has perpetuated its growth from its high military reliability as the M16 variant, to its civilian counterpart, boasting immense personalization in its modular design.
Here at Thunder Tactical we are dedicated to carrying on the legacy of the AR by selling our 80% lower receivers at great prices to anyone with an inkling for their individual rights. Come by our shop today or visit our blog where post helpful information and guides to expand our customer’s knowledge and passion for the AR.
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AR building has come a long way. There are many different strategies to complete an 80 AR lower receiver. For beginners, knowing the right tools to use, what materials are best, and the plan to complete makes all the difference. Here are 3 very important things to consider when completing an AR 80 Receiver.
The Right Tools
A jig and a jig kit are the most necessary tools to complete an AR 80 receiver. They help with holding the receiver in place, and display the exact points to drill in order to create the control fire group. Many tools can be used to complete it from hand drills to CNC machines. Make sure you have the correct bits for your receiver.
Types of Material
There are two types of materials that AR 80 receivers can be made from. Different materials affect build strategy and longevity so it is very important to know what you want and why. AR’s are made in aluminum and polymer. Aluminum ARs can come billet, forged, or cast. Here are the specs on each type of lower.
Billet – These are the most common and middle tier receivers. A billet lower has a moderate difficulty on build time and are not overly expensive. It is also very easy to find a reliable manufacturer .
Forged – Forged lowers are the most high-end receivers out there. They are mil-spec, meaning these are “military grade” receivers. They are relatively more difficult to complete, requiring much more technical skill, and are heavier. They do provide a more unique with a more rustic tone. Manufacturers of forged lowers are also very reliable.
Cast – Choosing cast is not the most popular option, due to the process of casting itself. If the mold can produce air holes, they can form into pressure cracks that damage the integrity of the rifle. It is also important to say that cast lowers are not always bad, but the reliability of the manufacturers is far and few between.
Polymer – These are the easiest to complete because of the softness of the material. However, its softness also means that it is not the best AR 80 receiver to buy and keep as a long term investment.
AR 80 receiver completion is typically done in phases. This helps keep parts, bits, and tasks organized. The 3 basic phases are milling, installation, and assembly. Keep every tool, bit, and part organized to ensure a smooth build.
Visit our article on how to build an AR 80 lower as well!
Building an AR is a fun experience, and here at Thunder Tactical, we can make that experience great one! Visit our website today to see the best jig kits, parts, and accessories to build and customize the perfect AR!
As the AR world continues to evolve, stone age specs like the standard iron sight have become relatively extinct. New innovations have given way to more technologically advanced rifle sights. Even with more advanced optics though, having a back-up iron sight can make all the difference.
Back Up Iron Sights
Back up Iron Sights (BUIS) are a great way to ensure you always have a sight on your AR. If a bit redundant, BUIS provides a helping hand, as more tech-advanced sights require batteries or are less durable.
Iron Sights can be made in steel or aluminum. Steel is more durable and long-lasting, but adds extra weight. Aluminum does not have as much durability, but is much lighter than steel.
Polymer is also a viable option. However, finding a reliable polymer rifle sight is more difficult than its metal counterpart.
Height Differences Matter
The height of your sights matter. There are two different height types for rifle sights.
Same-Plane- The front and rear sights on a Same-Plane sight are the same height. That means on whichever rail the sight is placed, the front sight must be at the same height.
Gas Block- The front sight is about 1/4″ higher than the rear sight. However, these are only meant for circumstances where the gas block is lower than the upper receiver.
Fixed or Folding Sight?
The choice between a fixed or folding sight makes all the difference. Here are the main reasons people choose either fixed or folding rifle sights.
Fixed Sights- Fixed sights are generally more solid depending on the material. They are designed for primary use, and do not fold in any way. This also means that you don’t need to worry about the sight moving. Just Set it and forget it.
Folding Sights- These sights are meant as secondary assets. If a primary rifle sight runs out of battery, or another sight is in use, then this folding sight can be positioned up or down.
They do lack in durability, simply because more moving parts yield higher margin of error. the hinge may become loose with time, creating less accurate shots.
Fixed sights are usually more dependable in the long run, but folding sights provide an extra asset. The general rule of thumb is that Fixed sights are for primary use, and folding sights are for secondary use.
Now that you know what to look for when purchasing new optics, Visit Thunder Tactical to get the best quality rifle sights!
Completing an 80% lower receiver takes time. This labor can be heavily supplemented with the help of a jig. All it takes is a bit of know how, the right tools, and patience. And, today, our article is bringing you all the know how you need.
Here are the steps to follow in order to complete your 80% lower receiver.
The Right Tools
Having the right tools and bits is the most important factor in completing an 80% lower receiver. Better instruments produce a better quality finish. Here is a list of everything you will need to complete your 80% lower receiver:
- 80% Lower Jig (click here to view our complete list of jig kits)
- Drill press and vise
- Dremel ¼” grinding head
- ⅜” End Mill
- Drill bits 5/16”, ⅜”, 5/32”
Assemble the jig first by connecting plates A and B. Install the VA-C top plates, keeping in mind the location of the jig and the position of the trigger.
The top plate C is marked 1-¼” deep. Set the drill press accordingly, as this is the profile you will be using to make your cuts.
Using a ⅜” end mill, create a flat bottom, making sure to get out all of the “webbing” produced by the first assembly. This should open the pocket and complete that 1-¼” depth needed to complete the 80% lower receiver.
Complete the same actions with the VA-D top plate, using a ⅜” drill bit and a ⅜” end mill. Be mindful of the webbing, and use the end mill to open the pocket to the correct depth.
Switch to the 5/16” drill. Drill carefully through the fire control group at the specified hole. Watch for “drill walk” and use a file or the ¼ grinding head Dremel to create a nice finish.
Side Plates A & B
This step is pretty straightforward, but requires more technical skill to produce the best outcome. Instead of drilling all the way through on one side, make your drill holes partially on either side.
This reduces the chance of drill walk.
Complete but Not Finished
Now that you have assembled your 80% lower receiver, use the Dremel to create a nice finish. Once that is done, you have finished your 80% lower.
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The AR-15 is one of the most popular firearms of its age. The controversy around it, the simplicity of its build, and its modular design all put this rifle squarely at the top of its game. Speaking of modular, the AR-15 is highly customizable. Custom colors, designs, and attachments make your AR unique to you and your needs.
But customization does not only affect your AR15 cosmetically. Choosing to go beyond factory parts can provide your firearm with better accuracy, recoil, and function.
Choosing to go beyond factory parts can provide your AR with better accuracy, recoil, and function. Here are some awesome parts you can put on your custom AR-15 to get more from your purchase.
Barrels are a critical part of your AR build. With a custom barrel, you can decide what caliber ammo you prefer, as well as the amount of twist. This will greatly affect the degree of accuracy on your AR.
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Choosing the best-fit handguards for you is crucial to improving the function of your custom AR-15. A further forward grip provides better recoil control and accuracy.
Click here to see our wide variety of hand-guards for your custom AR15.
To improve the fit of your AR, purchase an adjustable stock. This also makes it easier to store, since these can be completely removed.
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80% Lower Receivers
Going the AR complete route is all fine and dandy, but choosing to build your AR at home gives you the chance to maximize its function. Building a custom AR15 also carries the fulfillment of building your own AR-15.
Look here to see our complete list of 80% lower receivers.
Magazines are an important part of your custom AR-15 build. Since most cycling problems are caused by magazines, making sure you have the best one possible is important to
Check out our line of custom Magpuls here.
A custom AR is set apart from complete models, not just because of its unique aesthetic but its function, as well. Purchasing or building a custom AR can mean long-lasting and dependable results, in addition to being
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Under a new law, NYPD off-duty officers may not travel throughout the state of New Jersey with high-capacity firearm magazines.
Many New Jersey residents with excess magazines qualify as de facto felons under the new law, including police officers.
An internal Police memo, issued this week, advised New York City officers of the new law. Passing through with a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds, off the clock, is violatiing this law.
The law, which limits the magazine size allowed for most gun owners traveling through the state, passed through court earlier this month. Legislation is still pending to amend the statute, allowing officers to carry large-capacity magazines in all instances, according to the document.
“While on duty or traveling to or from an authorized place of duty,” on-duty officers may carry large-capacity magazines. This same allowance, however, does not extend to off-duty law enforcement personnel, as outlined in the memo.
It seems New Jersey officials are even going as far as plans to outlaw distributing information about firearms. The ban also
U.S. District Court hearing scheduled on January 15 in Austin, Texas.
Seeking to ban the distribution of information relating to guns can be considered a direct violation of the First Amendment, Commerce Clause, and Supremacy Clause. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal argued that posting this information online is as dangerous as handing out hard copies on a street corner.
The AR industry has skyrocketed over the course of the past decade. Building and buying ARs has become the norm for firearm enthusiasts, no matter their level of ability.
The reason for this AR boom is the AR 80 lower parts kit. But how do you go about putting one of these invaluable kits together?
What Is an 80% Lower?
The term 80% lower refers to any AR lower receiver that is left only 80% completed. If this part, which contains the control fire group, is left unfinished like this, it is not legally considered a firearm. In reality, it is just a block of metal.
Since it is not legally classified as a firearm, the 80% lower can be delivered directly to the buyer with no regulations whatsoever. Essentially, what this means is that anyone could buy
However, this also means the buyer must have the tools to complete the lower receiver of their AR. Here are the recommended tools to complete an AR 80% lower.
What Kind of Tools?
There are a lot of ways to complete your 80% lower. With all of them though, it is important to factor in patience and careful planning.
All of these tools are dependant on their availability. Some may take a little more precision, and others may take more skill. Here is a list of the most commonly-used tools to complete
The Drill Press is designed to make cuts with precision. It is very useful because it has depth settings, making cutting holes accurately much easier.
A drill press vise will ensure no drill walk occurs, reducing the margin of error greatly.
Hand drilling is the most economical approach to completing an 80 lower parts kit. A fair amount of dexterity is required to use a hand drill. Drill walk and loss of control are more likely to occur when there are no harnesses or grips.
80 Lower Jigs
This is definitely the most recommended tool to have in your possession. The AR 80 lower jig includes guides on how to properly complete your receiver.
Check out our jig kits here!
Completing an AR can be rewarding and fun. When done properly and with the right tools, there is nothing to worry about. Now that you know the tools you need, check out our awesome 80 lower parts kits at Thunder Tactical!
Trying to learn how to build an AR15? Well, first things first, you’ll need an extensive AR-15 assembly kit, preferably one that comes with both upper and lower receivers, a handrail, barrel, and stock, plus grips, forward assists, port covers, charging handle, and all those small buffers and tubings that come along for the ride too.
It may sound like a handful of pieces and parts, but trust us, you can stop scratching your head. Building any weapon does sound like a task better suited for a gunsmith, or someone with at least some kind of mechanical ability. But just because you hear that, doesn’t always make it true.
In fact, with the correct assembly kit, crafting any firearm is not just achievable, but actually pretty easy. For the most part, it’s just knowing which parts fit into where, like an incarnation of the jigsaw puzzle. The only component that may require some further expertise, is the 80% lower receiver we sell in our kits.
What is an 80 lower receiver?
Essentially, it’s exactly what it sounds like. As a way to circumvent ATF licensing and serialization, manufacturers started producing, and selling, lower receivers as “incomplete” goods. Basically, the biggest difference between an 80% lower and its fully-operational counterpart, is that the former isn’t fully milled to add the trigger control group.
Using our kits, you can build the entire weapon up until the point where you insert the pistol grip and trigger unit. Milling an 80% lower is left to the customer, but with recent advances in technology and the widespread availability of machinery, the process isn’t difficult.
Some Brief Methods On How to Finish an 80 Percent Lower
For the sake of time, we advise you seek out professional help when trying to determine the actual drilling locations; something we can provide for you. Milling a receiver requires some preparation too, you’ll need a lower receiver jig, a variety of different sized drill bits, a Dremel, and a drill press. If you’re able to assemble all of that, then great, you’re on your way to a fully-functioning weapon. However, acquiring the right tools can prove exhausting and expensive, which is why we recommended seeking out a third-party provider.
Below, you’ll find 5 approaches that any individual can theoretically try. Some may be more complicated or infeasible, but nonetheless, we just wanted to provide all methods.
- CNC Machine: An automated machine tool controlled by computer design and manufacturing systems that offer a much closer and precise drilling option. It eliminates any level of human error, but also requires adequate knowledge of computer operating systems
- Milling Machine: One of the more commonly selected options, milling machines can be operated manually, or through computer systems similar to a CNC machine. They offer precision drilling, but if operating it yourself, there may be a steep learning curve. It will essentially perform similar to the CNC, but they’re more widespread.
- Drill Press: A pedestal styled drill, this press is much easier to use than our previous entries, and does not require a ton of practical skill. Most gun builders will use this method since drill presses are economical and extremely easy to find. The drawback is that you typically won’t get the same level of precision drilling as a CNC or Milling Machine.
- Router: Designed to hollow-out the edges of solid materials, a router uses a single spindle and rotates extremely quickly to perform its job. Much like the drill press, it’s easy to use but does require some pre-existing experience. Since the router moves so quickly, builders must be sure not to “over-drill” the actual receiver.
- Electric Hand Drill: While hand drills will get the job done, they’re mostly considered “last case” scenario type tools. The hand drill’s nature does not allow for precision drilling or depth settings, but they are available virtually anywhere, and they don’t require experience to use.
We hope that this was informative enough to get you started on milling your own lower receiver and getting your weapon full-functional. If you’re interested in purchasing your own 80% lower, or any of our assembly kits, then please head over to our products page and check out our inventory today!