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The Best AR is the AR You Can Call Your Own

Describing a gun debate as “spirited” might be an understatement. Arguments often take on the passion and heat of a Sunni/Shia rivalry. Don’t believe me? Just start up an AK-versus-AR or 1911-versus-Glock debate and watch the fireworks. Everyone seems to be an “expert” and we think it’s helpful to acknowledge that most people argue over matters of preference and not principle. In the end, the weapon that best serves you is the one that feels like an extension of your own body. Obviously, we’re talking about the AR 15. Here’s our argument: The best AR is the AR you can call your own.


Know Your AR 15 and Win the Fight

We offer so many AR-15 parts because we know the shooter makes the perfect product, not the other way around. From pistol grips, 80% lower jigs, and handguards and to sights and barrels, a weapon that’s truly effective has to be comfortable for the shooter. The shooter should know their weapon and gear better than anyone else. Firing your AR-15 should feel natural. That’s why certain debates (like the AR-versus-AK) are fruitless. Ask a Marine who spent a career knowing, learning and even sleeping with the M16 platform what his preference is. He’ll choose the AR over the AK regardless of what logic you throw out. In the end, he knows that platform and he loves it.

RA LE145 Tactical Drop-In Trigger - Blog Photo #1

Our drop-in RA LE145 Trigger's favored by law enforcement and paramilitary alike. It's also a great example of how you can build an upgraded AR at home with ease.

That’s why we recommend serious shooters at least consider building their own ARs. There are some great options right out of the box, but if you are going to shell out the money for a top-of-the-line AR, why leave anything to chance? We even broke down some of the rules and regulations that govern building an AR-15 from an 80% lower. Click here to learn how to do it.

5.56 (7" Barrel & 6" Keymod Handguard) AR Pistol Upper - Blog Photo #2

Perhaps the standard-length AR 15 rifle feels too long - did you know you can legally build an AR 15 pistol and shoulder it using a pistol brace? Our 7" AR Pistol Upper is an affordable alternative and features mil-spec Chromoly steel and M4 feed ramps.

For others, knowing how to legally build an AR stretch far beyond just building an “awesome rifle that goes pew-pew”. States continue to put restrictions on the 2nd Amendment against the clear expression of the constitution. Knowing how to build your own platform could be the difference between your ability to exercise your right or not. But let’s get back to building the weapon you will love.


Don’t Listen to the Experts

Gun experts have the ability to inform and educate, but they can’t tell you what kind of AR you should build. For example, take a look at our collection of upper receivers. Each one has its own unique look and feel. An expert is not going to be able to tell you how that upper will feel in your hands. So, which is the right one for you? That’s really a question for yourself and not the experts. But let’s talk price by examining these full AR Rifle kits.

As you can see, pricing out a build can vary wildly. An expert can tell you the different functions of various builds, but they can’t tell you how much money is in the bank and when your rent is due. We offer a variety of AR builds to not only match your needs and wants but your budget, too. After all, we’d also argue the best AR for you is the one you can actually afford. The best part about building your own? You get to enjoy higher quality for lesser cost because you’re doing the work yourself - something you can be proud of and save money with.

Remember: The Best AR is the AR You Can Call Your Own

It’s like we said in the title, the best AR for you is the AR you can call your own. Here at 80% Lowers we will always continue to educate and inform, but we can never assume how it feels to be in your shoes. You know your ability to shoot better than anyone else. Just consider the Rifleman’s Creed: “This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.” That rings true more than ever before when it comes time to building an AR 15 you will love. Check out our options, do the research, and get to building the rifle you can call your own.

DISCLAIMER: If you are new to the world of DIY gun building, you likely have a lot of questions and rightfully so. It’s an area that has a lot of questions that, without the correct answers, could have some serious implications. At 80 Lowers, we are by no means providing this content on our website to serve as legal advice or legal counsel. We encourage each and every builder to perform their own research around their respective State laws as well as educating themselves on the Federal laws. When performing your own research, please be sure that you are getting your information from a reliable source.

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