80% 10/22 Receivers

80% 10/22 razor

There has been a lot of interest expressed by people wanting to build an AR-15 from a non-serialized 80% lower.  What some people may not realize is that the same thing can be done with other guns like the AK-47 and the 10/22.

A company called Select Fire LLC has been selling an 80% 10/22 receiver for several years.  The kits allow a shooter to build their own rimfire rifle without the need of transferring through a dealer.  The downside is all of the machine work that is needed to turn the 80% receiver into a functioning firearm.

According to many of the people who have built a gun with these kits, drilling the barrel hole is the toughest aspect of the build.  ShopTalk on YouTube put together a multi-part video series to help people with correctly drilling the hole.  This is part 1:

There are plenty of examples of home made guns with these 80% receivers.  User Rudynix at Calguns.net posted up this example.

MSRP for a black anodized 80% receiver is $123.05.  Unfinished aluminum and extended rail versions are also available.  Tool kits that include drill bits sell for about $40.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • wouldn’tyouliketoknow

    pft, more like 50-60 percent, that is ALOT of drilling and precision work for some guy in his garage on a cheap harbor freight drill press.

    AND they want 120 dollars for it? forget it, not worth the hassle.

    • John

      It is actually extremely easy, even drilling the barrel, and it doesn’t require precision at all. A drill press, the correct bits, and a hand tap is really all that is needed.

    • gunslinger

      if i recall, it’s not actually 20% remaining work. it’s some arbitrary line that the feds came up with saying if x is done it’s a gun. if step less than X is compelted, it’s not a gun, just some metal or whatever that we have no control over.

  • Little_Johnny

    I can’t wrap my head around why one would spend $120 for a 80% when you could get one just like it on brownells complete for $115.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      The blank version has no serial number and does not require one by federal law and most state laws. There is no paperwork involved with the blank one, and no FFL (or background check) needed in order to purchase one.

      That is a strong motivator for a lot of people.

      • M

        I was about to say. I know quite a few people who tinkering quite a lot. They’d rather spend their time building custom firearms than shooting them

      • dan

        I know that darn 2 minutes of paperwork and 5 minute phone call is such a pain, all the things I could be getting done in that time. I guess though I am a not a paranoid person, I don’t care if big brother knows I am buying a gun, the minute they come to take it i would have already reported it as stolen

        • Zachary marrs

          Yes, because people who like to have a sense of privacy are paranoid.

          Are you joking? Good lord I hope so

        • Lammo

          I see a tragic boating accident in your future. 🙂

      • gunslinger

        i can get the tinkering/building/engineering type people who like to make things.

        but having a secret/ghost gun/unseralized/ whatever gun in .22 so the feds don’t know you have it? i think that’s crazy. if the JBTs come for me, i don’t think a homebuilt .22 would be a match for their full auto battle rifles, tanks, mortars, whathaveyou.

        .223? 7.69s ok. i’ll buy into that. at least that’s about what you’d be facing (albeit semi auto vs. full auto)

    • Rick

      in CA, add around $75 for the DROS and FFL transfer fee (and extra shipping hassles) to any calculations of cost. Its what makes Gunbroker less appealing – a used out of state firearm “deal” becomes less of a deal by the time all that gets figured in. 🙁 I was going to buy a used Henry AR7 once, but the difference in cost and hassle made it actually cheaper to get one new here.

  • Nimrod

    Or just a buy a complete used 10/22 with no paperwork face to face for less than $200 which would be cheaper than building one from scratch.

    • dan

      Way to spendy to just end up with a 22

      • gunslinger

        wait. buying a used .22 is too expensive?

  • nadnerbus

    The entire rifle has an MSRP of $270 from Ruger, and can probably be found for less than that, brand new. Literally the only reason for an 80% build would be to avoid the FFL process. There is very little economic reason, since I suspect, even if you have all the milling tools already, by the time you buy the rest of the parts, you will be at or over the Ruger factory cost. I suppose just as a hobby fun thing it would be kind of cool, but even then, cost is a little high up there.

    • JohnnyBGood

      For people who want to try their hand at build a gun on their own, this is still probably the easiest economically speaking. Not everyone who builds an 80% receiver wants to avoid the FFL process. Some of us simply enjoy the process of making. Often, these people are willing to pay a little more knowing they made it.

      • ATman

        Here in Canada these have been around for a bit the appealing part is not having a restricted firearm on your hands when you are done. I am thinking of making one and the benefit would be match grade without the pre built price.

      • bigblue

        If you’re making an AK receiver from a flat piece of stock or CNCing the entire thing from plans you drew up I’ll buy that. I love building things and understanding the satisfaction you get

        80% isn’t really building though, it’s the equivalent of buying a birdhouse kit from HD and assembling it.

        • Rick

          ya still gotta drill the entry hole 🙂

          we buy kits like those for the cub scouts so they learn about sanding, and painting, and the importance of following directions.

          Not everyone has a gear lathe with a 30 inch bed and turreted tool holders for “real” firearms manufacture – we gotta go with what we got LOL

    • Makes for a nice base if in CA and want a 10/22 pistol

  • Blake

    If you don’t mind the FFL (I don’t), Shooters Discount offers loads of 10/22 parts & receivers in various states of build. This is the easiest way I’ve found to get a rifle with exactly the parts you want in it for a decent price, not much hassle, & still have the satisfaction of putting it together so it’s “yours”.

    Rimfire Sport & Custom in VA are great guys offering similar services but you’ll need to call or email to have a custom receiver built up.

  • iksnilol

    This is a 10/22 I can get behind (I am not a fan of changing out almost every part of a gun). Got to wonder, wouldn’t it be easy to make a stamped receiver? You could also mill one out yourself, I have seen plans for 10/22 receivers online.

  • BryanS

    In my mind, an 80% 10/22 receiver is a solid block of aluminum. They arent all that complicated.

  • pismopal

    We need a machine that eats muslims and $h!ts .22 LR.

  • Ross

    OK, I’ll admit my ignorance here and ask for enlightenment.
    I understand that if you buy the unfinished receiver, it’s not a “firearm” under the law, so no paperwork involved and no serial number needed.
    But after you finish the receiver and put the whole thing together, aren’t you then a manufacturer, and have to put on a serial number or do something else to make the finished product legal?
    Not saying I think it should be that way, just thought that “manufacturing” a firearm required certain things to be done. Thanks

    • Bruised Anus Lips

      As long as it is for personal use and not sold to anyone else you would not be considered a manufacturer and there would be no requirement to serialize the receiver.

  • Rick

    wasn’t too long ago here where you could not find a 10/22 for love or money. This outfit was the only one selling a receiver that had one in stock. I got lucky and picked up a receiver/bolt/trigger pack for a build I was working on off of Gunbroker, and spent more for the partial firearm than the whole rifle went for a year before…and only $60 less than the whole rifle when it became easily available almost two years later.

    Besides, sometimes making something yourself, especially with the AR 80%ers, is a lot more fun than just bolting it together.

    Now that I have access to a good drill press, I’ll do my first AR paperweight when it arrives. After that, if 22LR becomes available, I’ll try one of these.

    Bragging rights FTW.