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!
Also Read: TOP 10 BEST AR-15 FORUM COMMUNITIES
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.
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