With so many available 80 lower jigs on the market, it can be tough pulling the trigger on the right one. Which one’s faster? Which one has the right features for you? Is one more difficult to use than the other? Many questions we’re sure you have – we’re going to make it easy.
We’re pitting two of the 80% lower market’s top 80 lower jig contenders against each other. It’s time for the 5D Tactical Router Jig Pro vs. The Easy Jig Gen 2 Multi-Platform!
The Easy Jig Gen 2 Multi-Platform
The Easy Jig Gen 2 is perhaps the most popular 80% lower jig for many reasons. Recently introduced as an upgrade to the Easy Jig Gen 1, the Easy Jig Gen 2 includes loads of features and simplicity that make it a favorite among new builders and pros alike.
The Easy Jig Gen 2 Multi-Platform (as the name suggests) is compatible with all AR-9, AR-15, and DPMS Gen 1 80 percent Lowers! It’s the perfect jig for all your future projects. The Easy Jig Gen 2 is also incredibly quick, thanks to a reduction in overall metalwork time – only one hole’s required to drill before milling!
The Easy Jig Gen 2 boasts other great features that make it a crowd favorite:
- Converts from AR-15 to AR-9 and LR-308 in seconds
- Integrated measuring guides
- No drill press required!
- Video tutorial and written instructions included
- No disassembly required to remove lower
- Included shop-vac for easy clean-up
The Easy Jig Gen 2 allows you to complete a lower in as little as 30 minutes. What’s more, all drilling surfaces are made of hardened steel to protect against mistakes and ensure longevity. A no-touch design prevents your end mill bit from ever contacting your jig, too.
The Easy Jig Gen 2 is fast, simple, and universal. Can the 5D Tactical Compete?
The 5D Tactical Router Jig Pro
The 5D Tactical Router Jig Pro is incredibly similar in form and function to the Easy Jig Gen 2 – in fact, they’re nearly physically identical. Where critical differences lie is found in how the 5D Tactical Router Jig Pro seats and secures your 80% lower while you work. The 5D Jig uses the buffer tube of the lower to guarantee that its centered when milling.
This level of precision ensures your fire control group is perfectly centered, no matter the shape or caliber of the lower in question. This is hugely beneficial for repeating reliable lower builds in any form, making the 5D Tactical Jig just a tad superior to the Easy Jig Gen 2 when discussing larger production.
Where the 5D Tactical Jig falls short, though, lies in how one must drill the holes. The 5D Jig is not compatible with a handheld drill – and some of us don’t have easy access to a drill press. This is expected, given the 5D is built for repeatability – most who will machine many lowers do have access to a drill press.
So, which 80 lower jig wins?
In the simplest terms, the Easy Jig Gen 2 may be just a little better suited for the at-home guy or gal doing his or her build with basic hand tools. The 5D Tactical Jig Pro will surely benefit anyone with a drill press and the mind to build many lowers at once.
Regardless, both 80 Lower Jigs are guaranteed to produce a perfect AR-15 Lower Receiver with your hands at the controls. Either will allow you to enter into a hobby that makes you a proud gunsmith – so get to building!