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NEW!! James Madison Tactical .308 80% Polymer Lower and Jig

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by ar15news

I first wrote about James Madison Tactical nearly two years ago when I was able to help introduce their new 80% AR-15 lower receiver. Since then I have had countless friends build AR-15 rifles off of JMT 80% polymer lowers with great success and zero issues. Once people started to see how easy it was to machine the JMT lower they started pretty much demanding that JMT offer a .308 (AR-10) lower. James Madison Tactical listened to their customer base and decided to move forward with developing a .308 lower. A few days ago I received a package from James Madison Tactical. On the outside it had their logo with the title “308 Equalizer”. 

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All James Madison Tactical lowers come with their own machining jig so of course inside the box I found…you guessed, a machining jig. The JMT machining jig has a 3-piece construction and is made of a rigid plastic that could probably be used more than once but all JMT lowers come with a new jig so you’ll probably never have to use it again. 

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What I was more interested in seeing was the lower itself. I have handled a few JMT AR-15 80% lowers before and they are nice so I was curious to see if the fit and finish on the .308 receiver was as nice. Maybe its just me but I think the finish on the .308 is the best they’ve produced yet which is pretty impressive. The webbing on the mag well looks great and the flare on the mag well is not just a sharp line but is actually curved out.

JMT 308 80percent Lower 1

JMT 308 80percent Lower 1

A couple of feature that I was happy to see carried over from the AR-15 lower are the aggressive texture on the front of the mag well which can be used as a support hand grip and they also used the threaded brass insert for the pistol grip screw so you can really tighten the grip screw down without stripping the threads. They also reinforced key areas of the lower so you don’t have to worry about them breaking like other less desirable poly lowers do.

JMT 308 80percent Lower 1

JMT 308 80percent Lower 1

Basically, as you can see, the 80% lower just needs to have the Fire Control Pocket machined as well as drill holes for the Safety Selector, Trigger Pin and Hammer Pin. That is where the supplied jig comes in handy. It has all of the holes in specific places to make sure you don’t screw it up. JMT has great machining instructions showing exactly how to machine their 80% lowers which is a great tool. It also shows you all of the tools you’ll need as well.

JMT 308 80percent Lower 1

JMT 308 80percent Lower 1

Over the next few weeks I plan on machining this James Madison Tactical .308 80% lower receiver, assembling it and getting it out to the range. I already have a few nicely running .308 uppers that I built so I will be able to quickly see how well the JMT .308 80% lower does with them and report back to you guys with more info after some range time.

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This could be a great start to a new .308 build for you and a nice way to reduce some of the added weight these big bore rifles bring with them. The James Madison Tactical .308 80% Polymer Lower Receivers are now available for purchase at www.RainierArms.com for an intro price of just $124.95 including the machining jig. 

Good Deal!! Anderson Mfg Complete AR-15 LPK for $39.95

Posted on July 21st, 2015 by ar15news

Our friends at AIM Surplus have some Anderson Manufacturing AR-15 LPKs (Lower Parts Kit) in-stock and are offering them at just $39.95 each. This is a complete LPK including the standard AR-15 grip and Anderson’s Stainless Steel Trigger and Hammer. If you’re looking for an LPK for a new build or just to have one in the drawer for the next time you get a hankering to build, you might want to grab one of these.

These are available for purchase at www.AIMSurplus.com.

AIM Surplus Anderson Mfg LPK

Rainier Arms 4th of July / Independence Day Sale

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by ar15news

Rainier Arms has a great 4th of July / Independence Day Sale going on. Pretty much something for every build on sale including Barrels, Muzzle Devices, Mags, Uppers, Lowers, BCG, Complete Uppers, etc. If you’ve got a build going on, you should definitely check out the Rainier Arms Independence Day Sale!

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More items on sale at http://www.rainierarms.com/on-sale/independence-day-sale

Overview / Initial Impressions of the AREA 53 Billet Lowers

Posted on June 30th, 2015 by ar15news

We were given the chance recently to take a look at a couple of lowers from AREA 53. AREA 53 is a company that I’ve heard of and seen pictures of their products but really wasn’t that familiar with. They primarily focus on billet uppers and lowers including many different models and customization options for their billet lowers. Below I’ve included some pictures of the AREA 53 billet lowers I have that will eventually get built up into complete lowers.

PACKAGING

The packaging for the AREA 53 lowers is very cool. The boxes have the AREA 53 logo on the outside and cutouts for the lowers on the inside. The cutout hugs the lowers very tight to keep them from getting damaged in shipping. The two lowers I have are the AR-15 “El Jefe” and AR-10 “El Capitan – Challenge Coin”. 

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AREA 53 Billet Lowers 1

AREA 53 Billet Lowers 1

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AR-15

The AR-15 model has a large AREA 53 logo on the right side mag well as well as an ambi bolt release. The finish is very clean and consistent with no sharp edges. It also features different selector markings where instead of machining in the markings they recessed the area around them so the “Auto – Fire – Safe” are raised. 

AREA 53 Billet Lowers 4

AREA 53 Billet Lowers 4

AR-10

The AR-10 model is very similar to the AR-15 model with exception of the larger mag well. The AR-10 model we received is also a different model that gives you a place to install a challenge coin on the right side of the mag well. These can be pretty cool if you have a neat Challenge Coin to put in them. They offer the Challenge Coin model in both AR-15 and AR-10 models. The AR-10 model also features an ambi bolt release as well. The finish on the AR-10 model is equally as nice and the anodizing is nice and consistent.

AREA 53 Billet Lowers 4

AREA 53 Billet Lowers 4

SPECIAL FEATURES

As mentioned before, both the AR-15 and AR-10 billet lowers from AREA 53 feature an ambi bolt release. The ambi bolt releases come pre-installed and function very smooth. 

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Both lowers also feature a threaded bolt catch pin. The bolt catch pin is notoriously the most annoying roll pin to install on an AR so any time its replaced with a threaded bolt catch pin is a great thing. Another feature not shown is the upper tensioning screw that is present on both models.

AREA 53 Billet Lowers 4

The front of the AREA 53 mag wells have been contoured to give you the ability to use it as a grip for your support hand. It also gives the lowers a nice look as well. 

AREA 53 Billet Lowers 4

AREA 53 Billet Lowers 4

Our initial impressions parallel all of the very positive things we’ve heard from others who have used the AREA 53 billet receivers for their builds. AREA 53 appears to take great care in making sure their lowers look and feel great. A couple of things I would love to see AREA 53 offer are 45 degree selector compatibility and possibly and ambi mag release but the lowers are very capable as is. Pretty soon we’ll get these lowers built up and make sure they function as well as they look which I’m quite sure they will. If you’re interested in using the AREA 53 lowers in your next build, head on over to www.AREA53.com.

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SI-Defense .223/5.56 AMBI Billet Receiver Sets Now Available

Posted on June 16th, 2015 by ar15news

Man, I really need to go on vacation more often! Not for the obvious reasons but because all the good stuff happens when I’m out of town. For instance, SI-Defense released their new 5.56 AMBI Billet Receiver Sets. If you follow AR15NEWS on Instagram or Facebook you’ve no doubt seen our .308 rifle we built using a set of SI-Defense .308 AMBI receivers which have their mirrored ambi controls. After months of use with the .308 set I can personally tell you they are amazing and now you can actually get your hands on the long awaited .223/5.56 set with the exact same mirrored ambi controls. 

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I’m a huge fan of Ambi Controls on my AR’s and the SI-Defense .308 and 5.56 receivers take that to the next level. Having the exact same controls, that work exactly the same, in the exact same place on your lower makes it very intuitive and very fast to get accustomed to. These receivers even have ambi takedown and pivot pins that can be installed facing in either direction giving you a truly ambi experience. 

If this sounds like what you’re looking for, head on over to www.SI-Defense.com and get your order in on the new 5.56 AMBI billet sets.

Rainier Arms June Promo – Free Lower Parts Installation

Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by ar15news

Rainier Arms is offering installation of lower parts kits for the entire month of June. This includes your standard LPK’s, Buffer Tube Kits, Stocks, etc. I spoke with the Big Boss at Rainier Arms about the program and he said that customers don’t even have to buy the parts from Rainier Arms. If you have a lower and parts laying around that you would like to have installed together, ship them to Rainier Arms and they will install it for you. You just have to pay for the return shipping. There is usually a $25 fee for this but right now its free. You could also purchase a new Lower, LPK and Stock Kit from RA and have them install it prior to shipping as well. Just FYI, there is an additional charge for tuning an adjustable trigger.

Free Lower Install

Rainier Arms Free LPK Install

Another thing they’ll be offering along side the Free Lower Parts Installation is a weekly Lower Parts Combo Kit on sale that you can take advantage of. If you purchase one of these kits, you can either ship them your lower or purchase a new lower from them and have the new Lower Parts Combo Kit installed. For week #1 they are offering an LPK consisting of a Battle Arms Development Ambi Safety, CMC Trigger, JP Lower Parts and an MFT grip for $240. As each weeks deal rolls out we’ll update the post and re-share it with you guys.

Lower Parts Combo Kit #1

Rainier Arms Week 1 LPK COmbo Deal

James Madison Tactical Memorial Day Sale

Posted on May 23rd, 2015 by ar15news

If you’re looking for an easy way to get in on the 80% Lower Receiver game, James Madison Tactical is a great place to start. They sell a really nice composite polymer 80% Lower Receiver that includes a machining jig as well. Normal sale price is just $99.95 but you can save 10% this Memorial Day weekend by using the discount code “MEM2015″ at checkout. 

www.JamesMadisonTactical.com

James Madison Tactical Memorial Day Sale

Milsport Arms – Skeletonized 80% 7075-T6 Lower

Posted on May 14th, 2015 by ar15news

Milsport Arms is relatively new to the 80% lower scene but they near the top when it comes to offering high quality 7075-T6 80% lower receivers that are affordable and have some really nice features. Now they’ve come out with a really cool looking Skeletonized 80% lower receiver that features lightening cutouts on the front and sides of the mag well and milled lightening pockets on the sides of the receiver. The 80% lower market seems to really be gaining some steam and its nice to see Milsport Arms coming out with some different styles for everyone to choose from. 

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The new Milsport Arms Skeletonized 80% lower receivers can be purchased right now from Rainier Arms and because they are 80% they do not need to be shipped to an FFL. To finish the machining you could pick up an 80% Arms Universal EASY JIG which they have shown as a “Related Product” at the bottom of the page. Head on over to www.RainierArms.com to check out these cool receivers.

**Note: As always, AR15NEWS does not charge or accept payment or commission for writing articles of any kind. If you find value in what we write about and can get in on a good deal or cool new product, that makes it worth while to us.

MILSPORT ARMS 80% Lower Receiver Intro Price – $49.95

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by ar15news

Rainier Arms is known for only selling the best of the best products. You won’t find anything other than above average quality items there. When I saw that they were selling the new MILSPORT ARMS 80% 7075-T6 lower receivers I checked with the guys at Rainier Arms and they were really excited to have access to these very high quality lowers. Many people mistake the idea of an 80% lower as “a way to save money” when in reality it has nothing to do with that. It’s all about providing a way for law abiding citizens to exercise their right to build a non-serialized firearm. They are not sold in as high of quantity so they typically cost a bit more. However, Rainier Arms is offering these at an introductory price. Normal MSRP will be $90 but right now they get to offer the first run of them for just $49.95. Details and purchase link are below. I’ve also put a link to what I personally have seen to be the best machining jig on the market that will help you finish any lower in about an hour with just a hand drill and a router with amazing results.

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MILSPORT ARMS 80percent Lower 2

M.S.R.P $89.95

These 80% AR-15 Lower receivers are forged in the US and are machined to mil-spec tolerances. Build your next custom rifle using a quality machined Milsport lower that are proven and tested.

Features:
—  Radius are machined and blended
–  7075-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
–  Mil-Spec Precision Machining
–  Flared Magwell
–  Front magwell is textured for grip enhancement
–  No FFL Required
–  Made in the USA

The operations left to be completed are as follows:
—  fire control well
–  trigger pin hole
–  hammer pin
–  trigger hole
–  safety selector hole

This is a not an FFL item. This is not a complete receiver and still requires machining to assemble a working firearm.

The MILSPORT ARMS 80% Lower Receiver can be purchased for a limited time at just $49.95. http://www.rainierarms.com/milsport-ar-15-80-lower-receiver-raw

If you are looking for hands down the best machining jig out there, the Universal EASY JIG from 80 Percent Arms is it! http://www.80percentarms.com/collections/lower-jigs/products/80-ar-15-easy-jig

Rainier Arms Blow Out Sale – GWACS Armory CAV15 MKII Lower

Posted on April 6th, 2015 by ar15news

Rainier Arms is running a big blowout sale on the GWACS stripped lowers at below cost! These are great for super lightweight builds or those looking to build a complete lower on a budget. The CAV15 MKII lowers are a polymer construction that includes the stock and grip with a design that doesn’t suffer from strength issues like many other polymer setups do. My buddy Matt over at Jerking The Trigger has a sub 6 Pound Build that he’s working on and has had good things to say about the CAV15 MKII lower on it. Rainier Arms has a bunch of Black CAV15 MKII lowers and has decided to put them up for sale at below cost to clear up some inventory room and make room for new stuff. If you are looking for something like this, head on over to www.RainierArms.com and snag one now for just $89.95.

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