The Sharps Bros. company has been hard at work developing new versions of their Hellbreaker, Jack and Warthog lower receivers. These flashy lowers are works of art with a major improvement over the previous gen.
The new receivers keep the great looks of the original design but have lightening cuts to bring the weight down to make them more functional. They also now feature a threaded bolt catch pin which is a must-have for lowers that look this good.
Inspired by World War II-era planes and nose art, Sharps Bros. receivers add a lot of flair to any AR build. The Hellbreaker was specifically based on popular P-40 Warhawk and the Warthog follows the A-10. The skull-faced Jack just looks mean.
Every Sharps Bros. receiver is machined out of 7075-T6 aluminum billet. The Gen2 receivers come close to weighing the same as a standard MIL-SPEC lower with the Hellbreaker weighing in at just 8.9 ounces.
The Gen2 Jack is the heaviest at 10.7 ounces and the Warthog is in the middle at 9.8 ounces. All receive a MIL-A-8625 black hard-anodized finish after machining.
Apart from than the magazine wells these lowers are standard. They work with all standard lower receiver parts and upper receiver assemblies. They also work with Magpul magazines.
Other common features include integral, enlarged trigger guards, flared magazine wells, multi-caliber marks and ambidextrous selector markings. The selector is marked with 3-position icons for fire, safe, and full-auto — though they are standard semi-auto lowers. It’s still a fun touch.
Sharps Bros. has been developing the updated designs and used their experience with the first generation to improve one other element: manufacturing costs. Not only did they shave some weight off the lowers they cut the price.
Now both the Hellbreaker and the Warthog are priced at $299. It’s not a huge price reduction but it’s there to take advantage of. The Jack, with its fine machining, runs a little more at $339.
This is the third version of the Jack lower from Sharps. Earlier this year they partnered up with Angstadt Arms to deliver a small-frame Glock magazine lower for 9mm, 40 S&W and .357 SIG AR-style rifles and pistols.
These lowers sport Jack’s grin and are available stripped and as complete guns. The small frame Jack receivers run $345 and can be purchased from Sharps Bros. and Angstadt Arms.
Since their introduction customers have been asking Sharps Bros. what brand uppers look best with these lowers. Pretty soon the answer will be a Sharps Bros. upper.
The company is showing off an early billet upper they’re currently working on for full production. It is contoured to match the lowers and has a forward assist and deflector lever and a large dust cover-free ejection port.
Sharps Bros. will be taking pre-orders for the uppers in the next few weeks. Follow them on Facebook for details.