With increasing crackdowns and re-interpretations of existing law, we all feared that the 80 percent frame market would dry up. Polymer80, for one, didn’t give up. Though maybe now they’re more like Polymer69?
ATF decided that a P80 frame blank was too easy for the end user to manufacture into a firearm, so tweaks were made and the current blank design, whether it’s now “80 percent” finished or 76 percent or 69 percent finished or what, has been given the stamp of approval.
Fins were added to the trigger housing pocket, which prevents a trigger housing from being installed until the fins are machined away.
Areas for pins, some of which were previously holes, now have to be drilled out by the end user.
There’s some material in the frame where the locking block goes, too, that now must be removed.
Ultimately it’s the same concept and the same P80 frame you know and love. There’s just a bit more elbow grease required before you can manufacture it into a functioning firearm frame.
We may not love that, but we’re thankful that Polymer80 has stayed in the fight.