Being able to customize an 80% lower receiver is one of the top reasons people build their own AR-15 platform. When building your AR-15, most components of the lower receiver can be bought and installed individually, allowing you to make upgrades within your budget. Customizing your lower receiver permits you to build the firearm exactly like you desire it.
Once you’ve bought the lower receiver, you’ll need to think about how each lower receiver part that you’ll install in the lower will benefit the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the AR. Your intended purpose for the rifle and the parts in it can make a huge difference downrange.
4 Common Upgrades to a Lower Receiver
Depending on the goals and objectives of the AR-15 operator, a variety of upgrades can be made that range in commonality, difficulty, expense, and more. Below are four of the most common upgrades to make to your lower receiver.
#1 – Upgrade the Trigger
The trigger is part of the fire control group and is usually the first part that operators look at when making upgrades. This is because the trigger has a direct impact on the accuracy and functionality of your AR.
There are plenty of types of triggers available and range from single-stage, two-stage, match, and more. Luckily, the number of options available to you when upgrading your trigger allows you to be very specific with what you want and need. Triggers should be chosen based off the rifles intended purpose.
#2 – Upgrading the Buttstock
A common oversight of many new AR-15 operators is the buttstock. Take time to familiarize yourself with the different types of buttstocks available. They range from fixed, 6-position, folding, and more.
Many operators are fine with the standard adjustable buttstock, but depending on your personal shooting style along with the function of the rifle, you’ll need to determine which buttstock to install on your lower receiver. Tailoring your lower receiver with a quality buttstock can make your rifle have both a custom-made fit and feel.
#3 – Upgrading the Grip
It’s easy to not think about the pistol grip as being important to upgrade not just for aesthetics but improved precision. Ergonomically designed pistol grips are made to fit your hand and help increase precision by improving trigger and recoil control.
Remember that what you install and utilize on your lower receiver has a direct impact on the effectiveness. Looks of the pistol grip is important but not as important as better performance.
#4 – Ambidextrous Safety Selector
A popular upgrade to AR-15 rifles is an ambidextrous safety selector. Just because you aren’t ambidextrous doesn’t mean you shouldn’t install one. Doing so can help improve safety as well as increasing your speed and ability to fire your weapon.
Again, based on your shooting style, the effectiveness of an ambidextrous safety selector may or may not be worth the time and additional cost. At the same time, if you have never utilized an ambi safety selector and want to give it a go, then it’s a quick and affordable upgrade you can do.
There are plenty of upgrades you can make to your AR-15 that are quick, easy to do, and cost effective. Remember to base your upgrades on what your intending the functionality of the rifle to be. Being able to personalize and customize an AR-15 that fits your shooting style is one of the main reasons the AR-15 is such a popular choice for so many people.
Determine the purpose of your rifle and customize it to fit those needs. Customizing your rifle to improve performance based on your individual needs is crucial if you want to improve your skills as an AR-15 operator. Luckily, customizing your AR-15 is as simple or as hard as you make it and can help you stand out from other AR-15 owners in both looks and functionality.