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Old August 5, 2013, 03:17 PM   #9
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Reynolds, it is perfectly legal to build yourself a firearm as long as it doesn't fall into the SBR or Fullauto catagory. So why would the question of who built it ever come up? However, I do believe the burden of proof would lie with law enforcement to prove that you didn't build it.

Ares Armor is one of the suppliesr of 80% lowers and I took this from their FAQ page.

80% FAQ
How the hell is this Legal?

Well its simple really. You are building the weapon yourself for your own personal use. This is legal under the Gun Control Act of 1968. This is on the ATF’s website under their FAQ page. You can see it here:

We are not lawyers always do your own research!

Can I Build one as a gift to my wife or other family member?

No, If you build one and then give it to another person you are distributing it… This would be illegal.

Do I need to put serial numbers on the firearm that I make?

A licensed Manufacturer has an agreement with the government to put serial numbers on the weapons they make. You as a private individual who is making a firearm for personal use and not for sale of distribution have no agreement with the government to serialize your firearm.

It is a good idea to mark your weapon somehow so that should it ever be stolen you have a way to identify it and report its loss to your local law enforcement.

Please check your local and state law.

What if a Cop sees me with my unserialized gun?

What if a cop sees you eating a greasy burger. At the time this FAQ was written There is no law against eating greasy food (The greasy food analogy may change if good ol’ Michelle has her way) .The gun control act of 1968 does not require a private individual who is making a weapon for personal use and not for sale or distribution to serialize it. lookup your local and state laws.

Can I make an SBR / Full Auto / other…?

For the sake of simplicity we are going to answer this one with a simple NO.

You must follow all Federal, State and Local Law There is a process for you to own those sorts of weapons. We will not provide any instruction on this.

C’mon I really want a full auto can you help me out? I will pay extra.

You would not believe how many times we get asked this… the answer is ALWAYS NO. Please do not waste your or our time asking this question. We are not interested in participating in ANY illegal activity nor are interested in helping you participate in ANY illegal activity. Thank you.

Will you help me make a Suppressor / Silencer / can .


I am a felon and am restricted from owning a firearm, may I come to build one using this process?

Sorry but no, you are restricted from owning a firearm… this would instantly stop you from being able to legally build one as well.

What is the difference between Anodized and Raw receivers?

Anodizing is a finish. If you want your lower to be black then go with the anodized if you want to do your own finish, go with raw.

How do I get an Unserialzed Barrel/upper/ other part to go with my receiver?

You buy one! The only part of most weapons that are normally serialized is the lower receiver / frame. You are making this from an 80% lower. You can openly buy all the other parts and have them shipped to your door.

If I get an anodized receiver what happens after I cut it?

After you cut it the inside portion that you cut will be raw. Many people will just leave it this way and put it together. This is up to you.

If I leave it raw will it rust?

The AR-15/AR-10 Lowers are aluminum and they will not rust. The 1911 should have a finish put on it after it is cut because it is Steel and will rust if left untreated.

What kind of finish should I use?

Duracoat / Cerakote are both good options. For those that are the “fancy” type Spray paint gets er done too.
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