ARP 113 - An in Depth Look at 80% Lowers with 80% Arms, Inc


Welcome to Episode #113 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me tonight is my co-host J.W. Ramp.  This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. Brownells helps make this show possible.

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Main Topic: 80% Lowers with 80% Arms, Inc.

  1. Definitions
  1. Tools and Equipment
    1. Router/Drill Press?
    2. Bits?
    3. Which router to use? Answer
  1. Machining Your Lower
  1. Finishout
  1. General Thoughts

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The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

Congrats to Hunter, our second giveaway winner!

Hunter’s rifle is in the hands of the FFL and on its way.


Thomas G:  Thomas wrote in to encourage you to contact your legislators and let them know what you think about the ATF’s possible ban.

Gunrunr82:  Man, so awesome to hear this episode with FN. I'm a huge FN fan myself. Started with the purchase of my FNX9 and my latest purchase was the SCAR 17. Anything with their name on it is of interest to me. Could listen to this episode a dozen times.

Hunter C:  Thanks for the heads up Mr. Snyder. I'll be like a kid on Christmas eve till I fill out the paperwork and get it home! I look forward to seeing what it can do on the range. I'll make sure to send you an update after I test it out. Thanks again for the opportunity to win this gun, and please let Brownells know how thankful I am for their generosity in sponsoring this giveaway.

Tom J:  Hey Reed, Any word on when the AR15 podcast is going to do a show on the 80% lowers. Once again great show and keep up the good work.

Thomas G:  Hi Reed, JW & Anthony, Thanks for your feedback on my question about sight for my SBR. I understand that sight radius is not that great on SBR I am not looking for a long range rifle, I have better AR's configured for that.  As I had no experience shooting an SBR I am thankful to get your feedback.  I was thinking the XS big dot sight for point shooting out to 100m, thanks for sharing the info on the review before I spent the $130 for them.   When I built the SBR I had envisioned it would be for home defense, using it some fighting rifle training and shooting out to a max of 150m. Eventually doing some suppressed hog hunting.  Having said that what is your opinion on size of red dot should I utilize for close target acquisition and out to 150m, the 2 MOA or 4 MOA?

The only real experience I have with a red dot is the 4 MOA Vortex Strikefire just shooting paper from 25m to 100m and occasionally shooting 8 inch steel at 100m 200m and 300m from a sitting and standing position.

On another note I heard some snickering when you read my inquiry into talking about other chamber offerings.  I thought it might be interesting to hear from a guest that might have experience in those calibers.  I first started reading about 300 BLK and got caught up in the hype. So I built the first of my many AR's in 300 BLK in 2013.  (I now think I would have been better off staying in 223/5.56 but going with a 77gr since I don't shoot suppressed yet)  Before I spend money building the next fad I would like to see what others think of their AR's in other not so common calibers and what they are using them for.

I attached the photo again of the SBR with 10.5" barrel.  Next pic will have a Aimpoint but waiting on your discussion on 2 MOA vs 4 MOA.

Kevin C:  I have learned a lot about AR's listening to this podcast, but I dread playing it each week. Many of the podcasts I enjoy are about 45 minutes, like Michael Bane and The Gun Dudes. Maybe it takes more work to tighten it up, but the result is better. Another peeve is the audio stretch marks. Not sure if that is a Skype artifact or Reed's method of talking.

On the other hand, I really enjoyed and learned from the Marines talking optics and the Keymod episode. I just finished my second build in 6.8 SPC and have parts for more.  I meant this as constructive criticism, thanks for what you do and keep podcasting and improving.