80% Lowers

80% Lowers
  On July 22, 2016 California Legislators passed Assembly Bill No. 857 which applies in part to 80% lower receivers. The bill states:
This bill would, commencing July 1, 2018, and subject to exceptions, require a person who manufactures or assembles a firearm to first apply to the department for a unique serial number or other identifying mark, as provided. The bill would, by January 1, 2019, and subject to exceptions, require any person who, as of July 1, 2018, owns a firearm that does not bear a serial number to likewise apply to the department for a unique serial number or other mark of identification. The bill would, except as provided, prohibit the sale or transfer of ownership of a firearm manufactured or assembled pursuant to these provisions. The bill would prohibit a person from aiding in the manufacture or assembly of a firearm by a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm. The bill would make a violation of these provisions a misdemeanor. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program."

What this Means:
  • California residents will still be permitted to purchase and own 80% lower receivers which do not meet the definition of a firearm. In an unmodified state, no further action is required.
  • If a serial number or identifying mark has been applied to an 80% lower that has been modified or finished to a stage of manufacture to be considered a firearm before July 1, 2018, no further action is required. Applying to the State of California DOJ or disclosing ownership of the firearm(s) is not required for receivers engraved with an identifying mark prior to July 1, 2018.
  • After January 1, 2019, any person in possession of a firearm that does not bear a qualifying identifying mark as of July 1, 2018 will be required by law to first apply to the California Department of Justice for a serial number, pay a fee, and therefore disclose ownership of the firearm.
  • To avoid being forced by the State to apply and pay for a State-assigned serial number, simply engrave a qualifying mark to your finished 80% lower receivers before July 1,2018.

The above is not intended to be legal advice. Please be sure to read, understand, and follow the laws in your State.

The Router Jig Universal Fitment Guarantee
  We are so certain that our Router Jigs will be compatible with all metal AR-15 and AR-308 lower receivers, that we offer a Universal Fitment Guarantee for our 5D Tactical AR-15 and AR-308 Router Jigs. If you find that an AR-15 or AR-308 lower receiver does not mount in one of our Router Jigs, we will modify the jig, or issue a refund, provided the following conditions are met:


1. The customer must first contact us by phone or email - an explanation and pictures are preferred.
2. The customer must ship our jig and the 80% lower receiver in question to 5D Tactical - contact us for the correct shipping address.
3. The Router Jig must be in new condition.
4. The 80% lower receiver must not be modified from its original form. 5D Tactical will dispose of any lower receivers that it deems have been modified or may meet the definition of a firearm.
5. We will first attempt to modify the jig so that it will work with the customer's 80% lower.
6. If we are unable to modify the jig to work with the 80% lower, we will return the customer's lower and issue a full refund for the jig.

If you are in need of assistance or would like to file a request under our Universal Fitment Guarantee, please email admin@5dtactical.com


What is an 80% lower receiver?
  The term 80% lower receiver, also referred to as "receiver blank", "ghost gun", "80% lower", refers to an unfinished receiver that has not yet reached a stage of manufacture that meets the definition of firearm frame or receiver according to the Gun Control Act of 1968. Generally, the receiver blank has all the finished dimensions of a completed lower receiver, but requires the fire control group pocket, safety selector hole, hammer and trigger pin holes be finished. As 80% lowers are not considered firearms, they can be purchased and shipped directly to your home without an FFL transfer. It is not until the receiver has been modified from its original state and/or finished that it is considered a firearm. Finishing an 80% lower is fast, easy, fun and can be completed with common hand tools in conjunction with the use of our AR-15 and AR-308 Router Jig Products.

Is all this legal? Yes! From the ATF: "Individuals manufacturing sporting-type firearms for their own use need not hold Federal Firearms Licenses." Additionally,a serial number is not required to be applied to the firearm once complete, although it is recommended for in the event the firearm is lost or stolen.A serial number must only be applied if the firearm is to be sold or transferred*. As the firearm does not bear a serial number, in most states firearm registration is not required, thereby keeping your homemade firearm off the grid if you so choose.

*California laws regarding 80% lower receivers are changing. California residents see here.