Your lower receiver is an important part of your AR build. It’s the base that the other components connect to. While you can purchase complete lowers, many prefer to start their build using a stripped lower. Doing so gives you the flexibility to customize your components exactly how you want to, and in some cases, it will save you some money. 

If you do decide to start with a stripped lower receiver, you want it to be the best quality that you can afford. Quality components lead to a quality, high-performing, reliable rifle. And after all, that’s what you’re hoping to build, right? While AR components are readily available across the country either in your local gun shop or from an online dealer (like us), they are not all the same. 

The saying, “You get what you pay for,” certainly rings true when it comes to rifle components and lower receivers. The good news is you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on your lower receiver to start a high-quality build. 

There are some top-quality manufacturers producing excellent lowers at affordable prices. In alphabetical order, here are five manufacturers of lowers that you can’t go wrong buying, and you can get them right on our website!

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Aero Precision
Black Rain Ordinance
Sharps Bros
Spike's Tactical
Yankee Hill Machine

Aero Precision 

Aero Precision Lower

Known for their all American-made and reliable AR-platform uppers and lowers, Aero Precision manufactures quality parts for rifle builds chambered in .223 Rem/5.56 NATO, .308 Win/7.62x51 NATO, and 6.5 Creedmoor. They develop stripped lowers in a multitude of colors – or unfinished if you want to do that yourself, too. The majority of Aero lowers are made in-house, which ensures your lower receiver will have the quality that you’d expect from Aero.

Black Rain Ordnance

BRO Lower

Black Rain Ordinance, or BRO, is a manufacturer of high-quality, precision modern sporting rifles and rifle components. The components are manufactured in America with American-sourced metal. BRO lowers are innovative and rugged. The company boasts having the best machinists who produce the best quality components. Founded in 2009, they’re truly one of the best at making the highest-quality lowers from the highest-quality materials. Their customer service is said to be second to none. 

Sharps Bros

Sharps Lower

In 2012, gun enthusiast John Sharps decided to lean on his decades of manufacturing experience to bring a host of unique AR lowers to the market. Sharps Bros offers some of the most unique lower designs, with a flair for custom looks that are sure to turn heads during any range visit. What started as a one-man business has since grown into a full-on firearms design and manufacturing entity that’s also branched out to include other AR parts and even custom Kalashnikov designs. Each design starts its life as a sketch before making its way to 3D modeling.

Spike's Tactical

Spikes Tactical Lower

Spike's Tactical prides itself on components built by shooters for shooters. They provide high-quality, American-made products at prices affordable to most enthusiasts. They don’t care if you’re a first-time shooter, law enforcement, or a competitive shooter running 3-gun. They want you to have the best possible lower for your build at the best possible price. They offer a high level of attention to detail with quality control inspections conducted at every step of the manufacturing process.

Yankee Hill Machine Co.

Yankee Hill Lower

Yankee Hill Machine, or YHM, is a name many aren’t yet familiar with, but don’t let that stop you from checking out their lowers and other AR parts, they have an amazing product lineup. Yankee Hill lowers are 100-percent machined in-house at their facility in Massachusetts. YHM prides itself on quality products with a unique aesthetic that goes beyond your standard AR looks. If you’re looking for an affordable, high-quality, unique lower, make sure you check out Yankee Hill Machine.

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