Vorn USA’s Lima 1 LW Forged Lower

Vorn – USA, a relative newcomer to the industry (established in 2012) has released a milled forged AR-15 lower receiver. As a forged receiver, the Lima 1 is a strong entry into the lightweight AR market dominated by polymer, magnesium, and billet construction (like the awesome 2A Armament Balios set)

Forged receivers are stronger than their billet cousins due to the way the aluminum is processed during forging. Strength gains are relative (as billet is commonly thicker), but present especially as the forgings are typically 7076 high-strength aluminum.


Unlike some other LW designs, the Lima 1 is not open to the environment. No holes are punched through in the name of weight savings so the receiver should handle any common AR environment with no performance change.

The Lima 1 is offered in both stand-alone and as a matched set with a standard forged upper receiver. Color options abound with most of the standard Cerakote colors available including Magpul FDE, OD, Tungsten, Burnt Bronze, and then the plethora of custom colors (Contact Vorn for details on the custom receivers).

Pricing starts at surprisingly low $99 (considering the machine time) for the stripped lower in either black anodized or customers can opt for a raw aluminum finish if they are going to further machine or finish the receivers themselves. Cerakote is typically a $30 adder.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • thedonn007

    $99, wow. I was expecting the price to be at least $150. They cannot be making much money on these lowers.

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      I know right! What’s with calling their it light weight and them not telling us the weight. Its not listed on their website either. If I called something light weight, I’d want to brag about the weight and the savings compared to other standard and lightweight lowers.

      • E T

        They have 8.3oz listed under their “Add To Cart” button.

        • Hensley Beuron Garlington

          Thank you. I was never good at finding Waldo.

  • C. Her

    $159 for the set, $189 for the set in cerakote! TAKE MY MONEY NOW!!!!!!!

  • Bill

    Thank god, I thought we’d never see a new AR receiver.

    In all seriousness, it looks interesting, but does the company have a rep for quality products? Great price point, but there must be a catch.

    • Salty

      Yep that’s why I’m digging em, don’t look like everything else out there… Ameeeeeerrriiicuuuuuuuuhhhh! FACK YEA!

  • Sludig

    I wish Mega’s were this cheap. This looks catchy at first but I think ends up being a little too busy.

  • James Scott Bahler

    I’m pretty sure a 49 dollar PSA blem weighs 8.5oz. yawn

    • Sauzy

      Have you seen stripped blem lowers @ PSA in the past month? (The only truthful answer is no.) And, not every build needs to be completed with lowest-priced, blemished parts.

      • James Scott Bahler

        I guess what I’m really trying to say is that almost any forged lower weighs that much, I expected something more like the balios lite in terms of weight from something that is called lightweight. However, I am impressed with the aesthetics. I actually ordered a PSA blem for 49 on Jan 2nd.

  • bull

    if weight saving was their ultimate goal they made a few weird decisions…
    like why didn’t the mill off some material behind the trigger? the part there the grip attaches? and those raised bumps around the mag release? i like how it looks though 🙂

  • JamesRPatrick

    They missed a big opportunity to put a rib between the trigger pin hole and the hammer pin hole. Price isn’t bad.

  • Rick5555

    Strength gains are relative from forging to billet, since billet is thicker. Actually that’s not quite true. Billet has to be thicker in certain places to ensure it can handle the pressure of the 5.56. Forging is going to be twice as strong when compared to billet or even extrusion. Many people think the commercial buffer tube is just in size. When the milspec buffer tube is made from 7075 and forged. Commercial tube is made from 6061 aluminum and extruded. 7075 is twice as strong compared to 6061. And 7075 has to be forged due to it CANNOT be extruded successfully. I would take a forging over any other method. Due to its inherent strength.

    • bull

      the receiver of the AR15 does not take the load of any pressure. thats the barrel extension , barrel and bolt head that does.