80% AR Lowers Being Sold On Amazon As “Art Pieces”

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Some enterprising individual has listed a 80% AR-15 lower receivers through Jeff Bezos honeypot Amazon.com, a company that absolutely prohibits firearms and related listings to be posted through its site. An object’s true purpose is up to the person using it, though, and PC Industrial Supply looks to be taking that to the bank:

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Amazon’s rules for prohibited listings are clear that no “assault weapon” parts or components may be sold through the site:

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Airsoft guns
  • Ammunition, such as:
    • Black powder
    • Blanks
    • Bullets
    • Bullet tips
    • Gun powder
    • Primers
    • Shotgun Shells
  • Assault weapon parts or accessories or products marketed as assault weapon parts or accessories, including reference to various assault weapon models
  • Body armor and vests designed for the insertion of body armor or body armor plates
  • Certain martial arts items, such as:
    • Brass, plastic, or metal knuckles
    • Leaded cane/staff/crutch/stick
    • Nunchaku (also known as num chucks)
    • Sandclubs, sandbags, or slungshots (also known as saps or blackjacks)
    • Zoobox (also known as clackers or kung fu sticks)
    • Throwing stars (also known as surikens)
    • Tonfas
    • Kunsari-fundo (also known as manrikis)
  • Clubs and blunt force striking instruments, such as:
    • Billy clubs
    • Escrima sticks
    • Bo staffs and jo staffs
    • Truncheons, nightsticks, and batons
    • Sjamboks
    • Weighted clubs
  • Explosives, such as:
    • Fireworks
    • Flares, flare launchers, flare guns, flare gun receivers
    • Grenades, such as:
      • Grenade launchers
      • Military practice grenades
      • Mines
      • Rifle grenades
      • Smoke grenades
    • Projectile and concussive products that employ gunpowder or explosives
  • Firearms, such as:
    • Antique and collectible guns
    • Assault weapons
    • Automatic guns
    • Muzzleloaders and black powder guns
    • Rifles, shotguns, and pistols
    • Sport and hunting guns
    • Starter guns
    • Zip guns
  • Gun parts and accessories, even when designed or marketed for use with paintball or airsoft guns, such as:
    • Assault weapon conversion kits
    • Assault weapon grips, forend grips, front grips, and foregrips,
    • Assault weapon and AR-specific tools, including vise blocks and bullet button tools
    • Barrels, barrel shrouds, heat guards, hand guards, and vent cooling slots
    • Battery assist levers
    • Camouflaging gun containers
    • Charging handles, latches, and assemblies
    • Chokes and choke tubes
    • Converters that can give a firearm automatic capability
    • Detachable carry handles and assault rifle carry handles
    • Ejection port, ejection port covers, and dust covers
    • Frames
    • Gas blocks, gas tubes, and gas pistons
    • Certain grips and grip accessories, such as:
      • Pistol grips designed for attachment to an assault weapon or shotgun
      • Folding, vertical, and tactical grips
      • Angled foregrips and ambidextrous foregrips
      • Grip pods, funnels, and extensions
    • Kits that can be used to create gun magazines
    • Magazines and related items, such as:
      • Magazine components or extensions
      • Magazine cinches, couplers, connectors, dual mag holders, and dual mag clamps
    • Multi-burst trigger activators
    • Multi-rail systems, including quad rails and rail covers, free-floating and drop-in handguards
    • Muzzle tamers
    • Recoil compensators
    • Receivers, including lower and upper receivers
    • Receiver extensions and pins
    • Selector levers, detents, and switches
    • Silencers
    • Single point, 3-point, tactical, and quick detach slings
    • Sling plates and end plates
    • Slide fire stock and weapons kits
    • Solvent trap oil filter adapters
    • Any non-fixed stock, including telescoping, folding or collapsible stocks
    • Suppressors
    • Takedown pins, pivot pins, cam pins, and roll pins
    • Threaded barrel adapters
    • All internal/moving gun parts, such as:
      • Bolt catch releases, assemblies, actuators, and battery assist levers
      • Bolt carriers, bolt pins, and buffer pins
      • Buffer tubes and related parts and extension tubes
      • Firing pins, springs, and stops
      • Trigger, trigger assemblies, or fire control groups
      • Upgrade parts and replacement parts
      • Anti-walk pins
  • Knives, other than the above permitted knives, such as:
    • Automatic knives
    • Balisong knives
    • Claws, such as:
      • Karambit knives
    • Concealed swords, including:
      • Cane-swords
      • Swordsticks
    • Knives disguised to look like harmless items, such as:
      • Air gauge knives
      • Belt buckle knives
      • Lipstick case knives
      • Writing pen knives
    • Knuckle knives, including:
      • Fixed or folding blade knives with split knuckle duster handles
    • Metal throwing stars, including:
      • Ninja stars
      • Throwing cards
      • Batman symbols
      • Cyclone knives
    • Push daggers, including:
      • Punch daggers
      • Punch knives
      • Push dirks
      • T-handled knives
    • Shobi-zue
    • “Slasher” knives or other devices used in cockfighting
    • Stiletto knives
    • Switchblade knives, such as:
      • Butterfly knives
      • Gravity-assisted knives
      • Spring-loaded knives
  • Parts or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon
  • Replica firearms of originals which were manufactured after 1898.
  • Stun guns and Tasers
  • Toy guns that substantially duplicate or can reasonably be perceived to be an actual gun. See the Additional Resources section below for examples of toy gun laws.
  • Weapons designed to be concealed
  • Weapons or other items intended solely for law enforcement or military use

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It may seem as though selling lower receivers via Amazon is dishonest, but considering that the above list contains such innocuous items as “springs”, “assemblies”, and “bullet button tools” (i.e., anything long and skinny enough to reach a bullet button), not to mention firearms components that so far as I know don’t actually exist (multi-burst trigger activators?), and that an 80% AR-15 receiver is, under the eyes of the law, just an inert piece of metal, it doesn’t seem to me like PC Industrial Supply is really doing anything out of the realm of reason. Frankly, Amazon’s rules are so impossibly broad that good-faith compliance seems to me to be virtually impossible for many vendors, and so if this seller wants to sell things that are legally not firearms as “art pieces”, well then, I guess he can. Until Jeff Bezos tells him to stop, that is.

Finally, Amazon customer questions were pretty unsurprising:

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Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • daniel

    amazon’s rules are nonsense, I’ve seen most of the illegal knives/defense tools on their site, and even bought a few. Besides, they sell things that are way more deadly than evil ‘assault rifle bullet buttons’. Lots of hammers on amazon, non prescription medication, and the alcohol! Don’t even get me started! Your local gun store probably sells things that are much less likely to hurt someone than amazon!

  • Jeremy R

    This is not really news. I have bought many 80 lowers on Amason and most other parts. It’s where I get my pma barrels.

  • Kefefs

    “a company that absolutely prohibits firearms and related listings to be posted through its site.”

    That’s not necessarily true. Even though it has that long-winded list of prohibited items, most gun parts and accessories are still sold. What all that text basically says is “no AR parts or scary things banned in Cali or NY”. Amazon sells all sorts of handgun, shotgun, and rifle accessories like optics, sights, grips, (fixed) stocks, holsters, slings, recoil pads, etc.

    It will be interestingly to see their reaction to this, though.

    • Norm Glitz

      A quick search on Amazon for “AR15” brings up 15,000 items. My guess is that’s their search engine’s limit. Add barrel to the search and you still get 1800 items with “barrel” in the title. Barrels from 7 1/2″ to 24″, tools, pieces, muzzle stuff (on a .223?) and at least one realistic fake supressor.

      • Kefefs

        Interesting, I’ve never actually looked for AR parts on Amazon. All I get there is pistol accessories and parts.

  • Michael Adam MacDonald

    I don’t know about them prohibiting gun related items there are tons and tons of ar-15 parts for sale as well as holsters and a plethora of other gun related accessories and parts available for sale on Amazon.

  • Joshua

    Not really new. You can buy all sorts of gun stuff on there.

  • Michael Rice

    So, those rails I wanted to buy for my Mosin and 10/22, the 7.62x54r snap caps and bore sight, the 9130 bayonet handle, compensator, bolt release, and that book on how to convert a 10/22 to select fire I was going to bury in the yard in a sealed ammo can (I figured an actual book would be better than the Kindle version) along with some other things, all things I saw on Amazon, I can’t buy from Amazon?

    • Swarf

      Back up. You put rails on a Mosin?

      • Michael Rice

        Not yet. It’s one of those scope mounts that replace the pins on the rear sight. And that’s the only mod I plan on doing to Marina other than may be shimming her up a bit as needed, and maybe some minor ‘trench art’.

  • Knygga Please

    “Sticking it to the man” … by giving him a cut of your sales?
    While I admire your spirit, sir, I must admit that I find your strategery … VERY confusing.

  • sgl

    I have bought most of the banned things listed off of amazon . It seems to be “more of a guideline than a rule”.

  • junyo

    No “…assault weapon” parts or components may be sold through the site…”? Really? Search for Magpul or Strike Industries. Amazon carries so many SKUs (as well as stocking SKUs for 3rd party sellers) that they can’t/don’t care to monitor items for compliance until somebody screams fairly loudly about them.

    Bezos’ politics notwithstanding, they’re a business first, and I figure a lot of the PC BS rules are CYA in case something that was bought off of the site ends up in the news and/or signaling to the progs in Washington state.

    • Sianmink

      Yeah, you can buy pretty much anything but lowers and barrels and complete magazines on Amazon.

      • RC Vic

        I have bought a lot of AR barrels on amazon for days!

  • Jeff S

    As others have said, most of this isn’t enforced… I just bought 1000 pieces of once-fired .223 brass through Amazon. No projectiles, but the brass is there.

  • Joho

    Here’s how it works:

    Certain states have specific rules about gun products. Amazon can easily control who THEY ship to and who specific venders can ship to. This can avoid the states with those laws. What they can’t do is control the rest of the sellers who vary from very large businesses to smaller garage-sale type venders. If some smaller company ships to New York, for example, Amazon could potentially get in serious legal problems (because many customers don’t even realize that Amazon products can have many different sellers of varying quality and integrity.) so they make it a rule. They don’t have to follow that rule because it’s their business. Some sellers get actual permission, but it’s the small minority.

    Source: We sell on Amazon professionally.

  • Harrison Jones

    Right now mine that I’ve had since 2012 is an unaltered piece of art. I’d say most people buy them and then never do anything with them. I’d be willing to bet 90% aren’t machined into guns. I know a guy that bought 20+ and hasn’t machined one. At the end of the day they are a pain to change into a gun.

    • John Smith

      Just the defiance of the act is enough and the potential to worry the anti-gun [expletives].

    • Norm Glitz

      I’ve bought two. One (too soft) casting from the old Tannery Shop people and a recent plastic one. They both somehow turned into firing rifles.

  • LV-426

    I was really bummed when Amazon stopped selling rifle grenades and surplus RPG7-EI Thermobaric Warheads. But to stop selling Nunchucks, that truly is an atrocity..

    • JW

      Fortunately Armat M-41 Pulse Rifles are still available. Xenomorphs, look out!

      • LV-426

        Never Xenomorph, not even once!

      • Michael B

        You can have my Armat M-41 Pulse Rifle when you pry it from my cold dead hands (with the Kung Fu grip)!

    • Michael B

      I know, right? Don’t forget the BFG 9000 Assault Missile Launcher w/500rd “clip”. I still haven’t found a suitable replacement supplier.
      Geez, Amazon, way to go….

  • BearSlayer338

    Sometimes when these 80% “art pieces” are listed as 80% they are actually more like 90-100%,a buddy of mine bought a an 80% and got a 99%.

    • John Smith

      Some folks are just bad at math, fortunately.

  • Redfoot

    Hellfire Armory 80% lower.

  • JSmath

    The PCIS stands for PC Industrial Supply.

    I might just buy a piece of lower art from them just because that name is absolutely genius.

  • LibertyDwells

    Why would it be “dishonest”? You have a duty to find ways around abuse like that of Amazon and feebay.

  • Chadd

    They also have AR-10 art pieces. A few months back,I actually saw a 1911 lower art piece.
    I think it’s weird that they go out of their way to say you can’t sell this or that on the website but I didn’t notice anything about brass sales, only shotgun shells.

  • Don Ward

    Or, you know, you can buy your firearms supplies from your local hometown gun shop and establish a relationship with them.

    • Michael B

      This sentiment doesn’t fly anymore. Local gun shops are jokes at best, with the rare exception. When I know in two seconds that I possess more basic firearm knowledge than their Ashworth & AGI online trained “gunsmith”, and I use that term loosely, and their 30% markup on everything ($29.95 for Winchester White Box .45ACP), yeah, but no thanks, or my fave line of “yeah, I can get that as a special order in a week or two”, then see he ordered it retail from the same places I can AND marks it up on his customers.
      Support local business? Absolutely every chance I get, I do, but only the businesses that don’t gouge their customers.

      • uisconfruzed

        Bummer for you. Are you located North of the Massey Dixie?
        We’ve got several GOOD ones around me. One has had to move into larger facilities twice since the AR/Obummer drought. When semi-autos were gold, they didn’t raise prices and sold them as they came in, usually @ 5 a day.

  • RC Vic

    Did you just fuc king wake up? Oh, I am sorry you have a GED don’t you and each and every day is one of discovering things that the literate world has found and been looking at for years! These have been selling on Amazon for way over 6 months!

    • drop that kind of language especially when talking to a writer. If you disagree fine but keep it civil. We don’t need this kind of approach to a complaint.

  • MP

    I have an AR parts kit in my cart right now. They don’t really care or are just stupid or both.

  • Edeco

    Darn it Nathaniel F, stop imagining horrible things about that decorative wall art.

    Pretty expensive wall art piece for that, erm, style of art. But yanno, there aren’t many pieces from that, oh let’s see here, particular artistic movement on Amazon. So I guess it’s a good option if one wanted to buy a wall art online, as one does, and didn’t want to break in a new merchant just to get a lower wall art piece…

  • Edeco

    Yeah. I don’t think Amazon should to be messed with as a matter of principle. But I think the wall art is hilarious 😀 Using the rules for fun and profit, putting the ball in Amazon’s court if they want to stop it, sounds like harmless fun to me.

    One might even say that by showing the difficulty of putting these things in a rhetorical box they’re, helping the cause. Like pointing out the silly lines in the sand a gun-enthusiast has to deal with.

  • Darren Hruska

    Hey, at least you can buy uranium on Amazon!

  • John1943

    Amazon seem to have all the grips, rails, gas blocks, gas tubes, lasers, boresights, sights etc. I need to finish my AR15 clone. Nothing that would only be found in a Federal Firearm dealer, and no ammo, but just about everything else I need.

  • rdsii64

    This is pure genius and funny too. If I didn’t already have all the 80’s I currently need, I would buy one of these just to make a point. Hell once my wife and I are in our new house, I may do it anyway.

  • It is a matter of freedom. We have the second amendment that says “none shall abridge”. If gay marriage is in the constitution then the right to sell this on Amazon is too.

    • Norm Glitz

      Actually, it says “…shall not be abridged.”
      Amazon is a business. It can sell what it wants or not. Luckily, they sell almost every gun part that’s on the market almost anywhere. Numbered receivers excepted.

    • Lee Attiny

      The constitution has no bearing on what a business decides it will and will not sell.

  • JK

    USFA’s ZiPgun accessories page has links directly to their Amazon pages. Jeff must not be paying attention.

  • Lee Attiny

    Pull up anything pertaining to MagLites on Amazon and be amazed at what the site suggests you buy along with your flashlight. Amazon is the go-to marketplace for DIY suppressors and accessories.

    • elconquistidor

      Really? I’ve never seen this.

      • J.T.

        I checked for myself. if you pull up one of the 4 D MagLights, and start going through the “customers who bought this also bought” list, after a few pages of batteries and LEDs, you start seeing things like “solvent trap adapters”, freeze plugs, and these things called “dry storage cups” that look a lot like suppressor baffles without holes in them.

  • This language won’t get it. You need to clean it up and not insult other readers.

    • RC Vic

      You are a prime example of the typical GEDite with your limited thoughts and abilities and lack of respect for My Freedom(s) of Speech! You have heard about those freedoms haven’t you(?) if not have someone read the Constitution of this Great Nation to you but yet I think that your limited comprehension levels might not allow you to fully understand! So, Stay in Real School and put down the Play Station(s) and Gameboy(s) and try and study and learn and memorize everything that you possibly can as it will help you later in your menial lackadaisical malingering lifespan. Look up the hard words in the Dictionary!

  • David Rodgers

    I’m not sure whether you noticed this but Amazon is completely full of all of the things on that list …. I buy hornady bullets from Amazon all the time, starline brass, gun parts for AR15s and Glocks ….

  • Michael B

    WTF? This is the most erroneous non-article of zero importance I’ve ever read on here.
    Did the author, or 2/3rds of other commenters even bother to look at Amazon’s website before their suck? That answer is clearly “No”.
    With the exception of live ammo and real firearm magazines, you can, and I have, purchased every other component necessary to build, repair and/or upgrade a slew of weapons, to include “assault” weapons. Go ahead, do a little fact checking and prove me wrong. I dare you.
    It’s idiotic articles like this that draw unnecessary attention to firearms overall. Some bleeding heart limousine liberal will happenstance across this article and start screaming about “assault” rifles being available on Amazon.
    I’ve said before and I’ll say again, the largest single threat to firearm ownership in this country is the dissemination of bogus information by a multitude of the firearm owners themselves.
    What was the point of this article in the first place?
    Anybody fact check anymore?

    • Norm Glitz

      The wall art is still up on Amazon. I just left a review. “If a major US government agency says this is just a piece of metal, who are we to disagree?”

  • Michael B

    Amen.
    I see you’ve visited the gun stores in my town.

  • COL Bull-sigh

    What’s the big deal? I can certainly find 80%er’s for under the $85 that Bezo-Bozo’s seller has them listed for. Like the first 73 listed on GunBroker between $45 and $60. I’ve bought several weapons related items on Amazon, but I’m smart enough to use Google and check for better deal. Gotta make our SHTF dollars go as far as they can.

  • Molon Labe!

    Amazon banned me when they introduced that commie list. Screw Amazon and the fascist horse they rode in on.

    • Theo Brinkman

      You do know that communism and fascism are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, right?

      • Molon Labe!

        Only in your mind. Both are totalitarian leftist that want evil domination to enslave the world. F*ck off troll.

        • Theo Brinkman

          No, Fascism is totalitarian right-wing, not left-wing. Do a Google search on ‘definition fascism’, and you’ll be met with the following definition:
          fascism: noun – an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
          (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.
          Synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy, Nazism, rightism, nationalism, jingoism, isolationism, neofascism, neo-Nazism

          Interesting that, despite the *easily accessible* definition of words you seem to have mistaken two diametrically opposed systems of government for synonyms, *and* mixed up capitalism (what Amazon is actively practicing) with communism, all in a glorious display of willful ignorance.

          But feel free to call me names.

      • Molon Labe!

        The foundation of Fascism is the conception of the State, its character, its duty, and its aim. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State.

        It doesn’t get anymore leftist that than. It’s a direct explanation of today’s left in the US.

        • Theo Brinkman

          Or, if you don’t like that source, you can try dictionary (dot) com, where you’ll find this definition:

          1. any ideology or movement inspired by Italian Fascism, such as German National Socialism; any right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism

          2. any ideology, movement, programme, tendency, etc, that may be characterized as right-wing, chauvinist, authoritarian, etc

        • Theo Brinkman

          No. Fascism has *never* been ‘leftist’, ‘left-wing’, or ‘left’ anything. Its roughly as far to the right as communism is to the left. There *are* political doctrines farther to the right than fascism, but to find them you’re looking at groups like the Taliban, or ISIS as models.

        • Theo Brinkman

          Hmm… Looks like your original response to me got nuked, and my initial reply to it was collateral damage.

          Here’s the definition that turns up when you do a google search on ‘definition fascism’:

          an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
          (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

          In fact, if you check the Wikipedia article on fascism, you’ll discover that it is *strongly* anti-communist, and anti-liberal.

        • Theo Brinkman

          Hmm… Apparently posting definitions of words is enough to get a post deleted around here. Check out the definitions at dictionary (dot) com, or do a google search on ‘definition fascism’. Or check out the Wikipedia article on it. Nothing ‘leftist’ about it.

        • Theo Brinkman

          Hey, mods. If you’re going to keep deleting posts that contain nothing more than the definition of a word, at least leave a response indicating the reason *why* the posts are being summarily deleted. If it’s the ‘no politics’ rule, then you missed out on the 18 hour old post at the beginning of this little threadl

        • Theo Brinkman

          Interesting… I guess the ‘no politics’ rule only applies to *correcting* misconceptions, rather than spreading them. Fascinating.

  • SemperFlyBoy

    Hilarious.

  • David Christian

    A lot of prohibited parts fly under the radar on Amazon until brought to their attention, like with this article. For retailers like myself it is a nightmare and I don’t have time to play games, constantly relisting my products and changing the names/descriptions in order to avoid their scrutiny, only to have the product removed and have to start all over again. I gave up after a simple Magpul sling I listed was removed because it was an “assault sling”. F these guys.

  • Ken

    I think it’s hilarious that Amazon says “assault weapon” left and right, when there’s no such thing as an assault weapon. It could be anything you say it is, whatever you can make up at the time.

  • Ken

    Ha! Amazon has already pulled the page and likely closed the seller’s account.

  • elconquistidor

    I’ve bought firearm parts from Amazon before, it’s not a secret. This post is cute, but kind of dumb.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    I was buying for a couple of AR builds and I bought some AR parts on Amazon, mostly for the convenience. Amazon recommended all sorts of crazy things based on what other people had bought with these items, including solvent patch catcher oil filter adapters (homemade suppressors). I think the Amazon rules are just CYA lawyer stuff that’s very selectively enforced. Apparently the good folks at Amazon learned the lesson of plausible deniability from the Reagan administration and every administration since.

    This sort of creative listing doesn’t bother me a bit. I find it to be amusing. What bothers me is buying a way overpriced Samsung Note 4 fast charger on Amazon to ensure I wasn’t getting the Samsnug fake, and still getting a closer Chinese clone with a connector that more-or-less fits. It does charge the phone but it won’t fast charge. These Chinese clones are ripping people off and costing the companies whose products they’re copying a very high price in diminished reputation and warranty repair on fake products. It’s also costing Amazon to lose reputation as a reputable online seller. They need to police their sellers and manage their supply chain better. My suggestion for sellers of fake products: String them up by their thumbs with piano wire and castrate them with a Taco Bell spork… on live TV.

  • Theo Brinkman

    My LGS has a 100% lower for $55. (Or at least they had two of them last time I was in.) If I didn’t have to go through the hassle of filling out the damned forms for them I’d have grabbed one as an impulse purchase.

    I don’t need one, mind you, and don’t have plans to need one either, so it’s probably for the best.

  • uisconfruzed

    Hilarious!

  • uisconfruzed

    RC Vic- Voted Most Likely to _____, _____ and ____.

    • RC Vic

      Typical GEDite response!

  • American Spartan

    Just put down “Nothing fun No exceptions”