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What is an 80% Lower Receiver ?
80% lower Receivers, often called 80% lowers or 80 lowers, are lower receivers of the AR-15, AR-9 and .308 AR platforms which are “80%” complete. The area which houses the trigger, is not milled out, and therefore considered an 80% lower, because there is still machining that needs to be done.
Why Buy 80% Lowers?
80% Lowers are a DIYers dream. These are not considered 100% complete firearms, and therefore can be bought online and shipped directly to your house. Here are the Benefits of buying 80% lowers:
- Easily Accessible on the internet
- No Background check necessary
- No three day wait time
- No FFL transfer fee
- Cheaper than 100% complete firearms
How Much Do 80% Lowers Cost?
You can definitely expect an 80% lower to be much cheaper than any 100% complete firearm out there. That is because, like car payments, there are extra fees that you have to worry about. If you are buying a 100% complete firearm online, you will have to take care of the shipping cost, transfer fee, and the background check, as well as any applicable tax. When it comes to 80% lowers, you are essentially buying a piece of metal, and since less work has been done, the price is naturally lower. You do not need to pay for any transfer costs or background check for 80% lower receivers, and they can be shipped directly to your house, whereas 100% complete firearms must be shipped to a verified FFL dealer.
Why Buy Lowers From Steel Fox Firearms?
Our lowers are all inspected for a quality finish. We know there can be slip ups, but we make it our duty to deliver a good product every time. Our 80% lowers come in raw and anodized variants, however they all contain
- Fastest Lead times in the country (2-3 business days)
- Most competitive pricing in the industry
- Highest quality possible
- Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed
- Responsive Customer Service
- Our jig enables you to make more than one
- It’s Easy to build!
Who can machine 80% lower?
Anyone can machine an 80% lower thanks to the 80% lower jig, which can be used to machine multiple lowers in its usage. The machining process is easy to pick up, and with information on the topic being easily accessible on the internet via YouTube and online forums, you should be able to pick it up fairly quickly as a beginner.
How to Complete An 80% Lower
In order to complete an 80% lower and make it a fully functioning firearm by definition, you will need a few things. First things first, if it is your first time, you will need some patience. you will need a jig kit and power tools such as a drill and drill bits to cut through that extra material in order to have a trigger pocket milled to the correct dimensions. Here are some of the operations you will need to execute.
- Drilling the hammer pin hole
- Drilling a trigger pin hole
- drill a safety selector lever hole
- Drilling a hole for the fire control group
The 80% Lower industry is not young, and with more time passing the industry by, more innovations are coming about to make it easier for the average person to assemble a completely custom AR-15 themselves. With accessible information and the right tools for the job, the perfect AR-15 build for everyone is only a short milling process away.
Does An 80% Lower Need a Serial Number?
Except for a few states, 80% lower laws do not require a serial number as they are not classified as firearms until after they are built. The serial number is generally necessary for transfers and sales of firearms, but 80% lowers are not legally defined as firearms, and therefore do not require a serial number. Here are the states where serial numbers are required on 80% lowers, or where are they are not legal to purchase:
Can I Sell a Completed 80% Lower?
80% lowers are not legally firearms until they are machined to be 100% legally definable firearms. This means that if you want to sell one after you have already machined it, you are trying to sell a firearm. It is illegal to sell a firearm from a receiver blank if the firearm was built with intent to sell. This requires an FFL in order to do so. However, if you no longer wish to own your 80% build, a private transaction can occur which is completely legal.
Are 80% Lower Receivers worth it?
There are no real downsides to purchasing an 80% lower. The build you can make using one will ultimately be much cheaper than a pre-built, branded build you might have seen at a gun show. The customization is there right from the start, and 80% lowers help you know the intricacies of your firearm from the ground up. All the parts are extremely accessible on the internet, and you don’t have to worry about the government monitoring your gun ownership.
Build your 80% Lower AR-15 With Steel Fox Firearms
Machined from the highest quality forgings and CNC machines in the industry, our AR-15, AR-9 and AR-10 platform 80% lowers are the perfect fit for any of your AR build ideas. Machined from T6 6061 and forged from T6 7075 aluminum, our lowers have a quality assurance guaranteed. All of our parts are made right here at home, in the USA.
Fastest Shipping 80% Lowers in the Industry!
Our lead times on all orders are 2-3 business days. We keep this quick lead time by managing a livestock inventory. That means we only sell products that are in our facility ready to be shipped. We maintain a high level of organization in order to give our customers the best products with the best experience in the industry. We pride ourselves on our fast shipping, great customer service, and hands down quality of our 80% lower products and AR platform parts