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Posted: 9/25/2005 9:02:59 AM EDT
I am interested in manufacturing my own lower for personal use (I am trying to do as much of it myself as possible). I have looked around on the BATF website and found :

“With certain exceptions a firearm may be made by a nonlicensee provided it is not for sale and the maker is not prohibited from possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from making a semiautomatic assault weapon or assembling a nonsporting semiautomatic rifle or nonsporting shotgun from imported parts.”

It sounds like I cannot legally build it. I am not really interested in becoming registered as a manufacturer, because it’s just two of us who want to make these for personal use. Does anyone on here have experience trying to build their own Uppers and Lowers and assorted parts?

-Thanks
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 9:48:07 AM EDT
You cant use imported parts,but you can make them all day long with US made 80% lowers and uppers.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 9:58:38 AM EDT
But can I make the actuall Lower myself (the part that has the serial number on it and is considered the firearm)?

Also what do you mean by "US made 80% lowers and uppers"?

-Thnaks
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 10:42:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CubDriver:
But can I make the actuall Lower myself (the part that has the serial number on it and is considered the firearm)?

Also what do you mean by "US made 80% lowers and uppers"?

-Thnaks



If you want to go through the trouble of making the lower from bar stock you're more than welcome too.

You will need to put some sort of identifying mark on the reciever (IIRC) but since it is home built for personal use, you may never sell the lower to another person.

Also, 80% lowers are forged lowers with some basic machining you can buy that are not considered true Firearms by the BATF. You will need to do some basic (and sometimes extensive) machining to make them true "firearms." The last 20% has to be machined by yourself, and no one else.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 11:06:54 AM EDT
here are some things i found using google, and using the arfcom search button
www.thebodyshot.com/articles/sports-ar15.shtml
www.ktordnance.com/
ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=4&t=244168
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 3:54:55 PM EDT
So when we do this, there is no need for a serial number, just an engraving stating “Not for sale or transfer” or something to that effect?

-Thanks
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 4:38:35 PM EDT
There is no need to engrave anything unless you want to.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 5:44:36 PM EDT
Check out www.homegunsmith.com

and

www.ray-vin.com there is a very good writeup in pdf for doing a 0% lower forging at this site.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 9:21:03 PM EDT
This is all very good information, thank you very much!
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 10:24:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stickman:
There is no need to engrave anything unless you want to.


+1
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 10:39:06 PM EDT
Go here for all the info you'll need to make your own AR15 out of a blank stock.

www.cyberstation.net/~dwpaul/bs-home.htm

~NewbieDave
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:31:52 AM EDT
CNCGunsmithing has decent info with a lot of pics

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