Skip to comments.Make an AR-15 Lower from Beer Cans
Posted on 09/15/2020 8:02:59 AM PDT by w1n1
Extreme Recycling - Want a new AR lower, but can't afford it? No problem. Just collect soda cans and make one. Everybody loves getting new guns. Unfortunately for some of us, they are just aren't in the budget. If you don't have the cash for a new AR, you can always just start collecting soda cans. No, you don't sell the cans; you melt them down and make your own AR. Meet Jared of Gun Craft 101, this is how he likes to recycle his aluminum.
Jared starts out with a bunch of aluminum cans, melts them into ingots, then builds a mold to make a 0% receiver. Using a mill he transforms a chunk of metal into a sort of recognizable AR lower that a season gun maker would be proud to own for no other reason than the pure novelty of it.
Take this workmanship to another notch, he polishes the hell out of the receiver, gives it a serial number, then assembles an off the shelf rifle kit around his homemade lower receiver that it presumably made from old Coca-Cola and Pabst Blue Ribbon cans.
This guy is dedicated and pays attention to detail. After all the time and effort put into making an AR out of aluminum cans, you could probably buy one several times over, but what's the challenge in that?
This may not be for the average do-it-yourself hobbyist. But hey, if you have the machine tools and a whole lot of extra time on your hands, give it a try.
Here are some FAQ's about this endeavor.
Is it legal? Yes, it is legal to build a gun for personal use without a license or permit.
Do you have to put a serial number on it? No, it's not required by law. Read the rest of this beer can AR15 lower.
Cute idea, but completely impractical.
So how many cans?
What brand works best?
Get started on your project, now.
Only if you don't mind the paperwork the gov't has on you for buying a lower from someone else.
But, that's another story...
Agreed. I was mainly arguing with the term “completely”
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Probably easier than making an AK-47 from a shovel:
I agree to a point. Obviously it would be much easier to purchase an “80% receiver” for $80, or even a 20% receiver blank for $30. If I had some time to kill it looks like a fun project however. These days there are so many videos available that you can produce all sorts of interesting products yourself at home if you have the time.
The technique that he uses appears fairly complicated at first glance, but it really is not... He is just using standard techniques to copy an AR-15 receiver using a finished receiver as a pattern. I cast my own bullets and have experience with other more advanced foundry operations. Melting aluminum is quite easy and can be done with homemade inexpensive equipment. With a 3D printers and using the “lost pla casting” method, it is now easier than ever to produce detailed molds for sand casting which also takes very little equipment.
I think that he might have been able to save a little time by casting a blank that did not need as quite as much machining but there are other considerations when trying to do something like this so it is possible that his is the best method.
The lathe, milling machine and other tools that he uses can be expensive and take some know how to run as well. But most of the operations could be completed using a drill press with a milling vice and some other mostly inexpensive equipment.
Kewl! Mind you, if you have the machine tools and skills to turn an aluminum billet into a lower receiver it doesn’t really matter how you get that billet. But I’d be happy to do my part to provide the raw (hic!) materials...
Oh, that is a big load of crap!
You have commented on other threads as well that americanshootingjournal.com is infected. They are a legitimate safe site and the magazine is great also.
I knew of a man in Tucson who lived with a lot of beer drinkers and had a kiln. He first built a shredder for the cans, then decided to melt them down into ingots that looked like symmetrical tiles.
Soon he had a workshop full, so decided to pave his driveway with them, covered by typical driveway pavement.
MalwareBytes Premium says otherwise! They have a lurking Trojan virus on the domain.
Same here. I haven't been able to go to their site for weeks.
fireman15 and many others have the same problem, over the past 2-3mos.. Maybe you should UPGRADE your AV!
I go to the site all the time; I just scanned my laptop... no malware found with a malwarebytes scan... does that seem strange to you? Have you ever heard of a false positive? You should be reporting it to Malwarebytes as a false positive.
Your computer is probably infected and malwarebytes premium is malfunctioning because of it. Or maybe you are one of those people who runs more than one antivirus program at at time and they are interfering with each other in strange ways. https://americanshootingjournal.com/ is a safe reputable site and has no malware.
I certainly have had no problems with the website, and I always keep my AntiVirus and Malware protection up to date.
The problem is with malwarebytes... the only complaints that I have been able to find with several web searches are your posts one other person on Free Republic. Malwarebytes used to be a good program, but these days it causes lots of problems.
If you have very slow response times when you go to a website and see a message that says “system resolving host” close malwarebytes and everything goes back to normal. There are reams of complaints about malwarebytes causing issues for people in the last few months especially. The only thing that I now use it for is scanning the hard drive, other than that it is always turned off and set not to start up when the system is started.
It is no skin off my nose if you want to have a poor experience while using your computer and a bunch of false positives when visiting reputable sites.
Silent One has the same problem, and I just got notified again. I also have Norton 360 Premium running.
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