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DIY OR DIE ๐Ÿ’€ 80% Arms Easy Jig Gen 2! [Review]

– One hundred percent fun with the 80% receiver coming up. (electronic beeping) (funky music) Hey guys, I’m Johnny
with, your source for gun reviews, gear guides and all things that go bang. 80% projects are super popular these days, but if it’s your first time, it can be a little intimidating, and this project was
my first time, and yep, it was a little intimidating. In this video I’m gonna tell
you all that you need to know about getting started with
your first 80% project. I’ll tell you what you need, and I’ll let you know, is it doable, even if you don’t own a machine shop? Now usually at this point I encourage you to head over to our website
to check out the full article. For every video we do, we
always have a ton more stuff, but for this project,
I really am tellin’ ya, if you’re interested at
all in a 80% project, you do wanna jump over there. Over the last couple weeks, while working on this project, I’ve used the article repeatedly. It really is a solid source. Now, what is an 80% project? On the AR platform, the
receiver, this is the firearm, this is the part that’s
regulated by the ATF, and if that receiver is not yet complete, and it’s not yet able to fire projectiles, it is not yet a firearm, and therefore, you’re able to purchase
unfinished receivers without a form 4473, and then
finish the millwork yourself. Now my editor asked me if I
wanted to try this project, and to be honest, I was a little bit shaky on the whole idea. As a homeowner, I do
have basic tool skills, but I’ve never milled out anything, so my big question was is this doable for a soccer dad in his garage? I’ve got several receivers
in from 80 Percent Arms, and at first glance, they
look like any other lower, except the trigger housing is solid. You follow simple directions, and you do some basic
drilling and routering, and that’s all. Now there’s a ton of different
80% lowers on the market, but the one that my editor
sent me for this project is from 80 Percent Arms. The price right now is 89
dollars and some change, but you’re not limited
to the AR-15 platform. This is a 308 lower. I love me the AR-10 platform. And here’s a look at
the 80% AR-9, and yes, it does handle glock
magazines, yeah, L-O-L. Let me walk you through
what you’re gonna need. You’ll be fine doing it in your garage with a few basic tools. My editor also sent me a box store router and an end mill bit. He also sent me three drill bits that I use with my hand drill, and he sent me the Easy Jig,
which had everything else that I needed. I also bought some cutting fluid, but you can also use WD-40, and that’s it, you’re ready to go. Now this is not a step by step guide. YouTube doesn’t allow such freedom. So instead, we’re gonna
have more help for you over in the article. Also, I’m not addressing
state by state legalities because you shouldn’t take legal advice from an Appalachian orangutan. Now, let me tell you all about this jig. It’s the Easy Jig Gen
2 from 80 Percent Arms. There’s links in the articles
so you can check it out. It comes with a big top
plate that has depth guides. There are side plates that
are marked really clearly. You use one side for the
AR-15, and the other side, you just flip it around if you’re gonna be milling
out the 308 platform. The red piece is the buffer tube support which also receives the
sucky end of your shop vac. The cool thing is all
the hardware is the same. It’s just a bunch of
bolts, one hex wrench, and you’re good to go. And when it’s all together, the
jig is one shish kabob long. The whole jig is clearly
marked and it all goes together quickly and easily. And when you add in your 80% receiver, it all locks onto the jig
with just a couple pins. It’s super easy. My favorite thing about the Easy Jig is that it can handle
the AR-15, the AR-10, and the AR-9 platforms
without any additional parts. So, once you have the jig,
you can go any direction that you want. Price right now for the Easy Jig Gen 2 is two hundred and 49 dollars. Now let’s make a mess. First you drill a single pilot hole, and from there, you move
into making small passes, getting deeper and deeper
with the end mill bit. On the top of the jig is a depth guide that you use as a guide. You set your router, you
mill out a little bit, and then you lower it down
just a little bit more. Essentially you’re milling
out the inside of the receiver little by little. You make a pass, then
you increase your depth, and then you do it again. After every series was
completed all the big steps, I went back and checked the directions, and then double checked
them again on my laptop just to make sure about the next step. I’m a big fan of clear directions. As all y’all know, in every video we like to make things pretty, but boy oh boy, milling
out aluminum is not pretty. My workspace has been a
mess for the last week, but I think you need to know
this going into the project, that you’re gonna have a
plethora of aluminum shavings to deal with. Now, after the milling is complete, the final step is to drill out three holes for the safety selector
and your trigger pins. The jig lines all let up,
it’s all clearly marked. Now the process took me several hours, but my understanding
is after the first one, the entire thing goes much faster. It’s usually about 90
minutes per receiver. And after everything
is milled and drilled, you’re gonna have a mess of receiver, but get it cleaned up, and
then the real fun begins. You can now build your rifle
like a normal AR build, and for this project, I went with the CMMG Premium Lower Parts Kit. Everything assembles like normal, and it all went together for me perfectly. I added a complete 556
upper, and just like that, it was all done. I think mine turned out great, and it’s really weird to see a rifle with no serial number and no logo. Everything is functioning just fine. I’ve only been to the range once, and that was just for a function
test, but it ran just fine, and I’m a fan of that
CMMG Mil-Spec trigger. And at the end of the day, I have a non serialized AR-15
that is running like a champ. Now let me give you a few tips
that I learned along the way. First, you certainly
can mill out a receiver without the jig, and for those of you with a machine shop, you’re gonna be good to go. But if you’re doing this at
home, I can’t stress enough how I feel the jig made the entire process much, much easier. Second, the directions
that come with the Easy Jig are thorough and they have big pictures for all y’all from Alabama. But I like seeing things done in video, so if that’s you too, watch
the video on our website. I referred to it literally like 50 times. Third, go slow. I did half hash marks
instead of full hash marks for each cut. Yeah, it took a little more time, but in the end, I think
it was worth the hassle. Fourth, use the vacuum attachment. It’s a game changer
for all those shavings. Now usually at this point I give you drawbacks and negatives, but for this one, I think
the entire experience really is what you make. The inside of my receiver is
not as smooth as I would like, and that’s on me, I know that. I’m new to running a
router and an end mill bit. I’ll get better. And that brings me to
my question of the day for all y’all. For those of you with 80% experience, what tips or tricks do you have to share? Let us know down below. We’ll read every one. Finally, here’s my big thought. Yes, it is doable, especially
if you take your time. Now, for me, moving forward, I’m gonna start all over. I’m gonna see how much I
can improve on the next one. I think I’m gonna try the AR-9 ’cause I love me some nine millimeters. So, overall, the 80%
project was a lot of fun. I learned something, and it
gets from me a big thumbs up. Thanks for stopping by. On behalf of the entire
Pew Pew Tactical team, I’m Johnny, and we’ll see you soon. (electronic beeping) (funky music) (electronic beeping)

38 thoughts on “DIY OR DIE ๐Ÿ’€ 80% Arms Easy Jig Gen 2! [Review]

  1. 80s have always been tempting but i always thought you jad to have a big drill press to do it. So glad you made this video.

  2. Our shop teacher in HS would take a skinny wooden dowel and slide a hotdog over it. He would then proceed to turn on the table saw and say "this is your finger" (holding the hot dog) chop it off on the saw and send if flying across the shop ๐Ÿคฃ It was always hilarious, and gave us all a strong and cautious view on safety as well!

  3. In the couple I have done so far, I have found myself needing to ream out the safety selector holes after they are drilled out. Just drilling them from one side doesnโ€™t seem to do it (even though they look fine).

  4. That jig is pricey. As someone who has never done one, but has researched it, it looks as though that really helps simplify the entire process. I've debated switching all my lowers over to 80% and if I go that route this would definitely be worth the price. Great video, thanks Johnny ๐Ÿ‘

  5. Regarding your plethora of aluminum chips: You are now one of us Machining Gods!

    Most of us MG's use compressed air to keep the work clear, then clean up later. Glory in the mess.

  6. This gives me an excuse to buy a new router.!
    Johnny, do you plan to leave the milled aluminum bare or give it some paint, ceracote or some other finish?
    Thanks and good video.

  7. I've machine several with their 1st generation jig and I have a few suggestions:
    โ€ขKeep the chips clear using compressed air after every pass.
    โ€ขKeep the end mill well oiled during the entire process
    โ€ขDo what he did and only go half hash marks for a much cleaner pass and to keep the end mill from "biting" into the aluminum.
    โ€ขGO SLOW – take your time! If you run out of patience, stop and resume later.
    โ€ขRead the directions carefully several times before you start cutting and drilling.
    โ€ขWear eye protection! Seriously! The shavings are very sharp and fly at fast rates. Also, if that end mill comes apart, you're going to wish you weren't there…
    โ€ขGive yourself plenty of light to see what you're doing.

    With all that being said, don't be afraid of doing this. Patience is key and is a MUST. Don't have distractions around you and make a day of it so you won't rush. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ Enjoy exercising your rights, people!

  8. Congrats Johnny… welcome to the club. Now be advised that this can cause you to "need" more uppers and other gun related stuff.

  9. I went to the sight and use clip grab to down load a local copy. You never know when a hosting service suddenly gets a lack of spine. I did my first 80% lower on a vertical milling machine. This looks well thought out and I wish they were available when I did mine. I'm drooping Santa Clause hints if you catch my drift.

  10. Get a jig you think you'll be able to use over and over. (This one seems pretty damn cool to me.) I got one from a company that ended up going out of business and now I'm not sure what 80% lowers would be compatible. I also had an issue with the trigger not re-engaging which actually led to unexpected double-taps. While cool for zombie invasions, it's a pretty big ATF no-no. A drop-in trigger would have fixed it, or the cheaper way I went with was anti-walk pins with cross-bars to prevent the pins from moving in what I suspect were ever-so-slightly oversized holes. Next time I'll ream the trigger holes so they're perfect; drill bits are not precision instruments.

  11. Got a neighbor with all the machining tool been buying 80% lowers for years love it… It's funny the only useful thing the ATF has ever accomplished is make the gun community way way smarter!!!!

  12. The side walls of the trigger housing look pretty thin. Is that the case or is the video just making it look that way?

  13. And to the challenge of the close calls stories. I was drilling out two holes for a folding brace adapter on my M92. I breached the receiver with the first hole but not completely through when the drill bit locked up EXPLODED. Sent a chunk of shrapnel into my forehead just above my right eyebrow(not wearing eye pro like and idiot) and all over my garage. Moral of the story. Wear eye pro, dont buy Menards drill bits for drilling hardened steel….

    End story- new bits and one sexy gun. And a killer "battle" scar.

  14. Remember a clean shop is safe shop ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค™ get the family involved one of great things about being an American

    And above all have fun๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค™ my fellow Americans

  15. I call my girlfriends vajay jay "My 80% lower".
    Because it takes at least 90 minutes of hard work gettin jiggy with it…. and I still can't do it right!

    Oh well. Whatever.
    Never mind!

  16. A buddy of mine just down the road a piece has a small machine shop at home. He likes beer and I'm old enough to purchase it. Think I'll buy a 12 of his favorite flavor and pay him a visit. Thanks for the heads up, Johnny.

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