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Discussion in 'San Antonio' started by RugerFan, Sep 9, 2013.
Anyone know of any machine shops that could offer this service to me? And possibly price?
I know a guy in Clear Lake (Houston) that does this.
A little too far for me but thanks!
It would be cheaper to sell the 80% and go buy a finished one.
If you take it to a machine shop to complete it, they must be a licensed manufacturer and will have to do the paperwork to transfer it to you when done.
The idea of an 80% is you do it yourself to legally avoid a transfer, paper trail, etc. That means you have to do the work on your own, not farm it out to someone else.
Now if you have the machining skills and you can find a place to rent you time on a mill, that is no issue.
If that shop in Clear Lake is doing that without the proper procedure they are in danger of huge firearms violations, fines, prison, etc.
I looked into this and it's just cheaper and easier to buy a completed lower. They can be found in the $90 range once again. If you are on the south side use Mark Chernushin to do your transfers; he only charges $15. A bit of a drive, though. I've done several with him and he has my whole-hearted endorsement.
Actually I have heard of machine shops in other areas that let you take them in and press the start button on the CNC machine.. They just charge you a flat fee for using their equipment. Thanks anyways guys.
And for the record, I am not trying to avoid a transfer, paper trail, or bg check. I won one in a contest and it did not come with a jig. The company is from Southern California and the owner told me to look for a CNC shop that would enter the variables in a machine and let me hit the start button.
Here is an example
Outlaw Gunsmithing [guest post by a former sniper and current pw reader] | protein wisdom
"Now, the place where I bought this little beauty (for $135) is also a machine shop. For another $80, they will allow you to use their 3-axis CNC mill to do a little work on your paperweight. As it happens, they have a couple of nifty milling programs that will gut the inside of the receiver, cut a hole for the trigger, stuff like that. But, and this is the critical part, you are the person who pushes the button to work the machine. In total, I think you make three cuts to the receiver, and then you have to drill about 4 holes. At each step, there is an expert machinist there to help you, but you are the person who pushes the button to start the cutting, you are the person who works the drill press to drill the holes. When you are finished, the paperweight is indistinguishable from a commercial AR15 lower receiver, except, there are no identifying marks.
"This is how you make an AR15 lower receiver. The machine shop requires you to sign an affidavit stating that you are legally allowed to own a firearm, and they take a copy of your drivers license. However, all this is simply for the purpose of CYA. They do not report the information to the government, and when you are finished with the lower receiver, there are no markings on the thing and no but you and the machinist know you have it. - See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=46620#sthash.tvan77l9.dpuf"
If you can't find a shop you can always try to sell/trade it for a completed lower.
Like I said, you are doing the work. You first asked about someone doing it for you. Don't know what level the BATF will consider them doing the work vs. you doing the work. Would hate to be the test case.
With 80% lowers selling for about the same price as a new completely finished ones. I Doubt you will find a shop that would help you with the tools, programming, supervision, instruction, safety gear, tool wear, insurance waver for using their equipment and being in their shop, and allow you to do it for about the $10 that you might save.
Sell the thing on here for $70-80 and go buy a brand new one for $<100. Way less hassle and a better product.
Of course, if money is no object, you could always drive to Austin http://www.techshop.ws/