DIY AR-15 Lower Receiver tutorial

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

VaderSpade posted a very nifty tutorial on how to machine a AR-15 lower receiver.

You won’t save money making your own. You need a mill machine, which second hand will cost about $900, and Tactical Machining’s 80% Master Kit jig which sells for $410.

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • AR1911 AR1911 on Feb 23, 2010

    You don't need the $410 kit.
    For this project the $150 kit will do.
    Or order the same kit with an 80% lower for $195
    Now that's a deal!

    And you can do all this on a chinese minimill just as well

  • Jed Jed on Jan 31, 2011

    While it's true you can't sell the recievers, you can teach those interested and charge for the instruction / use of equipment. Once you recover the investment you've got yours for free. and you will be an expert in the process.