Ares Armor Polymer 80 AR-15 Receiver Kits

Ares Armor is back in the news, but this time with their new Polymer 80 AR-15 Receiver Kits. If you don’t remember Ares Armor was raided by the ATF earlier this year. Their new kit includes almost everything you’ll need to complete one of their polymer AR-15 lowers. It includes one of their new Polymer 80 lowers, a one-time use polymer jig and the drill bits needed to complete the lower. All you’ll need are some basic hand tools I’m sure you probably already have in your garage. Their new Polymer 80 lowers now have no indexing marks or guides and fully complies with the GCA of 1968. It even says so on their site:

NOTICE TO BATFE GOONS AND JACKBOOTED THUGS: This Product not only complies with the GCA of 1968 but also complies with your arbitrarily and capriciously moved goal post and your unlawful attempts to create law. It is Solid Core and has no Indexing Marks. I DO BITE MY THUMB AT YOU, SIR! I DO BITE MY THUMB AT YOU!

They’re made in the USA and retail for just $90 over at



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  • Zachary marrs

    That paragraph seals it, Im buying one, “I DO BITE MY THUMB AT YOU SIR!” LOL

    • dan citizen

      I’m biting my thumb right now! Though not at anybody in particular.

    • hami

      I have had no interest in an 80% lower until i saw this product and it’s description. I think they deserve a little bit of my money.

  • John

    Ares Armor tries to poke the bear (ATF) WAY too much for me to buy anything so legally ambiguous from them.

    • Zachary marrs

      What about sig? Dont be such a baby

      • John

        Tell that to the customers of the EP Lowers before the ATF announced their decision not to pursue them

        • Zachary marrs

          If you refuse to own something someone might want to take away from you, why not collect sewing machines? *ALL* firearms companies are poking the atf, you should know that

          • John

            Not all do it verbally and get egos/emotions involved

          • dan citizen

            Many firearms manufacturers have a close, relaxed, friendly relationship with BATFE.

            Tippman being a great example.

          • Zachary marrs

            Tippman still makes real guns? I thought they only made paintball markers.
            And “relaxed, friendly relationship” is pushing it. The atf is not anyones friend they are just bigger assholes to different people

          • Cymond

            Even paintball marker companies need to be careful with the ATF. Remember a few years ago when ATF seized a shipment of airsoft guns and claimed they were really M-16 receivers?

            And Sig? Sig at least bothered to submit their product for evaluation, unlike EP Armory. ATF ruled against them on the MP-X and Sig went to court. Now ATF has agreed to reevaluate the MP-X brake, and Sig has agreed to drop the court case if ATF reverses their previous classification. That’s a heck of a lot friendlier that the ego trip/shouting match we saw from Ares Armor (which was regarding the EP Armory products).

          • BryanS

            To be fair, Sig has the money to be able to push and poke the bear into the cage a bit.

  • Cymond

    Referring to Ares Armor and calling it “their new Polymer 80 AR-15 Receiver Kits” makes it sound like Ares Armor created these or is manufacturing these. Polymer 80 has been around for about a year and is not manufactured by Ares Armor.

  • Brilliant!

  • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

    Shakespeare quotes win my votes !!!

    • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

      Or in this case my money ! lol

    • gunslinger

      Is the law of our side if I say ay

  • sianmink

    I like the looks and beefiness of the JMT gen2 80% a bit better than this, but I do like their attitude.

  • Nicks87

    That’s right, stick it to the man baby! I’m going to buy a bunch of these and have an AR build party in my basement. We are going to assemble assault rifles and sing the national anthem while exercising our 2nd amendment rights.

  • Mark N.

    For those of us in California, the whole point of 80% lowers is probably going to be moot anyway, if Senator Deleon gets his way (which is likely). Under SB53 (the “Ghost gun” bill), a builder of a home manufactured weapon will be required to apply to the Dept of Justice IN ADVANCE for a unique serial number, that must be permanently attached, engraved or inscribed on the receiver before the firearm may be completed. Further, the bill as a retroactivity clause that requires ALL EBRs ever manufactured in Cali that are not relics and curios to have a DOJ approved serial number attached. Funny thing, this bill does not apply to the millions of EBRs already sold in the state prior to Jan 1 2014 that are NOT registered with the state. (Since Deleon has never seen an EBR he didn’t want to ban, one must assume that registration of those rifles will be next.) Since Deleon was in league with Senator (accused felon) Yee and Senator Steinberg to ban all EBRs, we must assume that banning and confiscation will occur after after the bill goes into effect in July 2016.)

    • Cymond

      As a fellow California resident, I hear you loud & clear, and I’m definitely keeping an eye on SB53. DeLeon’s ignorant “ghost gun” comments went viral across the entire firearm community.
      However, this is TFB, not FPC. There are plenty of places to discuss anti-gun legislation across the web. This is one of the few gun-based places where it isn’t discussed. Currently, SB-53 is only relevant to Californians anyway and doesn’t exactly belong on an national-level blog with many international readers.

  • BryanS

    At $90.. plus shipping… they lost me. I can get an aluminum lower for that.

  • Hardwood83

    Why is the jig ‘one-time’ use?

  • Joe Blow

    What will Ares Armor do about their customer lists this time?
    Not keep them on file?
    Perhaps purge their files of names and address with short time periods?
    Store the information encrypted?
    Or just business as usual of
    Make them just as easy for the BATFE to grab for the next time they “inspect them”….

    Poking the bear is one thing but being based in California, they might want to “not piss off the crocodile, if the live in the river” to twist an India Proverb. They do get points for picking a fight and taunting the BATFE (remember they are rumored to wanna be a 3 letter agency, so use the full 5 letters please). However the worry from the last round and previous cases like with I.O. has left people burned before. The lessons others learned about being cautious, falls under once shame on you, twice shame on me.

    Although we’re all probably on lists from purchases made online and with credit cards but being associated with certain companies may only make things worse.

    Too bad people aren’t able to buy them cheap and sell them at gun shows for about the same retail price. Making the dispersal better and less of easy paper/electronic trail.

    At this price you start looking you can get aluminum professionally made for less(ar lower blems were half with free shipping for the holiday sales) and/or buy assembled rifles for the same or less without the paper trail. Which leaves a market of people who just want to build a firearm for the experience, which may or may not have more risks later.

    Does any know if this plastic/polymer will float, if you use it as you for fishing boat gun?

  • Anon. E Maus

    Ballsy motherfuckers.
    I thought they were flying too close to the sun, but they figured out a way. They did it.

    Are the red frames one-time use or can they be sent back to Ares to be reused or something? Or can they be used on other 80% lowers?