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In a world where everyone and their grandma makes AR-15 lowers, there are these:

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Sharps-Bros-Hellbreaker-AR15-Lower-Receiver

spikes-tactical-logoThe company who makes them is Sharps Bros.  They are currently only available through our dick-spider logo’d friends at Spike’s Tactical.  Actually just the “nose art” style one (2nd pic) they call the Hellbreaker is available right now, the other one you’ll have to call in to order (like it’s 1994… maybe use your rotary phone too and ask them if they take a check LOL).

It’s about time someone did something more artistic with an AR-15 lower.  This industry is so fraught with copy-cats and laziness we don’t normally see people stepping outside the box like this.  Sure at $300 it’s not as cheap as a “normal” looking AR-15 lower receiver, which does the EXACT SAME THING… but you know you’re just going to blow the $250 you would have saved on some other stupid shit anyway so you might as well just splurge and buy this pimp’ish receiver.

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How to:

LOL the comments.  I find it hard to believe that the ATF itself is that worked up about this.  Politicians who don’t care to know any better, sure I can see that… but the ATF?  Surely there are bigger issues facing the F part of their job than people making AR-15 lowers off the books?  If not, I’d really like to see the stats on how many thousand murders happen every year with home machined AR-15 lowers.  The 2010 FBI crime statistic data for murders with weapons shows that rifles really aren’t used all that much in murders.  I look the liberty of totaling the columns from the FBI’s neatly provided Excel file and here’s what we have for the 2010 year:

  • Total Murders With Handguns – 6,009
  • Total Murders With Rifles – 358
  • Total Murders With Shotguns – 373
  • Total Murders With Firearms (type unknown) – 2,035

Total Murders With Firearms – 8,775

  • Total Murders With Knives or Cutting Instruments – 1,704
  • Total Murders With Other weapons – 1,772
  • Total Murders With Hands, Fists, Feet, Etc.. – 745

Total Murders With Weapons other than firearms – 4,221

Grand Total of Murders With Weapons – 12,996

Since we’re talking about rifles here, note that the FBI murder count for the year of 2010 is 358 people.  I’m not really sure why there are 2035 murders where the firearm is “unknown” (poor bookkeeping? poor state agency reporting?) but even if for kicks we say half them are rifles, that still makes rifles statistically less dangerous than knives.  Who knows though, since those stats are from 2010, maybe rifles have become the choice of murderers everywhere?  I doubt it, but maybe the ATF knows something we don’t.

I think it would be really interesting if we could get the numbers on how many of these murders were justifiable homicide.  This is EXTREMELY important.  Additionally, I’d like to know if suicide is included… because if it is I don’t think those numbers should count for obvious reasons.  Lastly, I’d like to know what percentage of the guns were owned legally, and how many were owned and used by already known criminals.

Whenever I see stats like this I can’t help but think to myself “…and people think firearms are the problem?”.  Look at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) Leading Causes Of Death data and tell me there aren’t bigger issues plaguing the country which should be focused on.

Ghost-Gun-AR15-Lower-ReceiverThoughts?  

Gat tip: Dale

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Yawn, oh look someone came out with another AR-15 receiver:

Yay it’s clear, so that makes it worth buying *face palm*.  I’m seriously so sick of the fact everyone with access to a CNC and injection molding thinks that the world needs another AR-15 lower.  If the market hasn’t reached full retard AR-15 lower saturation already, then I really don’t have my finger on the pulse at all.  I just can’t wait until the tipping point, when all of these fly by night companies (not saying TN Arms in particular is fly by night, I’ve just never heard of them) have thousands of receivers and no buyers.  With some of the sales I’ve been seeing recently, that seems to be partially happening.

Oh and if you wanted to buy this clear receiver by TN Arms Co, well tough shit you can’t buy it.  Yep… not even listed on their receivers’s page.

Assault-Rifle-Because-I-Am-BlackThoughts?  Is clear the new black?

Hat tip: Kev

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A transparent polymer 80% AR-15 lower receiver from Eighty Percent Lowers:

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The announcement was made as a “coming soon” on the EP Lowers facebook page.  People like these 80%’ers because you don’t need to buy them through an FFL.  You’re going to need some tools and some time to finish them though… as you can see in this video it takes around an hour with hand tools if you know what you’re doing.  Definitely a gimmick, but if you need a project to kill some time why not right?  It would be funny if that 2nd polymer that you have to mill out was found to be soluble in some type of solution, so no milling was actually required.  I don’t know the intricacies of 80% law but I’m sure the ATF would shit bricks and shut something like that down though.

They have several colors you can buy their lowers in already, and they are all $100 over on their website.

Thoughts?  Is transparency something that you’re currently lacking in kit and you feel you need?

Hat tip: Eric, Chris

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An interesting concept called “Receiver” by Wolfire games:

A video showing the updates and guns that were added:

Made in only 7 days as a part of an FPS game programming challenge.  Shoot drones, and turrets while manipulating your 1911, Glock, or revolver realistically using the mouse and a lot of keys.  Nice touch that they made the Glock with an auto add-on.  Available over at Wolfire Games at an introductory price of only $5.

Receiver-Gun-FPSThe fact it’s an FPS without the P (person) is interesting until you realize that there’s basically just an “invisible” person.  Decent looking game for $5 nevertheless.  I like the fact that it’s open source too because if it catches on there are a lot of people that will do some really awesome stuff for it.

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These guys market this like they are doing the Lord’s work:

Watching that guy pull the trigger was painful.  Slappy Mc2ndKnuckleSlapperson.

Maybe I’ll eat my words when someone says they printed that out on a $200 RepRap, but my guess is they have some sort of fancy printer similar to the $20,000 one Stratasys yanked their lease on.  If that’s the case, color me unimpressed.  I had perfect 3D CAD drawings of the AR-15 lower 7 years ago… they didn’t invent that shit.  Oh what they reinforced it in a couple places? *yawn*

I do support the Defense Distributed concept/project as a whole, but using boutique equipment and then humble bragging about the results is the part that doesn’t impress me.  As people have pointed out before, printing an AR lower out of plastic is cute and all, but I’m sure a lot of people who are shitting a brick over this don’t ever realize that you can make machine a billet aluminum ar-15 lower perfectly well using <$1000 worth of equipment bought from Harbor Freight.  Sure it’s not quite as easy as “hit print and come back in xx minutes”… but it wouldn’t exactly take a tier 1 machinist to pull it off.

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Thoughts?

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