Have you ever wished you could talk to a Navy SEAL, who’s Been There, Done That, and ask him what components he would suggest or even have him build you a complete rifle? I’m pretty sure for 99.9% of people out there that really isn’t something that would happen but the NO EASY DAY SMC (Special Missions Carbine) is about as close as it gets. The 14-year Navy SEAL veteran who wrote the book “NO EASY DAY: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden.” under the pen name Mark Owen has released the ultimate complete rifle kit which includes components and accessories hand picked by the man himself.
The rifle itself has a Colt SOCOM complete upper, EOTech red dot and 3X magnifier combo, USM4 “NO EASY DAY” logo’d billet lower, Geissele SSA trigger, SureFire flashlight, a Centurion Arms CMR rail and more.
All purchases of the NO EASY DAY – Special Missions Carbine will come in its own Pelican Rifle Case and will also come with a signed and serialized copy of the NO EASY DAY best selling book. As a purchaser you will also be able to purchase additional accessories such as Suppressors, Night Vision, Lasers, etc. at a discounted price. To order this awesome complete kit, head on over to www.MarkOwenSeal.com and fill out the order form at the bottom of the page.
I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve not had a ton of time to go to the range but last week I specifically made time to hit the range and function test my 7.62×39 AR Pistol I built. This thing had been sitting in my HSP INCOG Rifle Bag completely ready to go just begging for some action and it was my pleasure to oblige. Below you’ll see some pics of my 7.62×39 AR Pistol. I’ll first cover the components I used to build it and the range report will follow after that.
Basically all you need to retrofit or build any AR upper as a 7.62×39 is the Barrel, Bolt and Mags and KAK Industry has everything you need in one place. I already had an extra AR Pistol lower built so I just needed some of their awesome upper components. The lower is a Noveske N4 forged lower with an ALG Defense ACT trigger, Battle Arms Development Selector, Magpul MOE K2 grip, Law Tactical Gen3 Folding Stock Adapter, Phase 5 Weapon Systems Pistol Buffer Tube and a Sig Sauer SB-15 Arm Brace. I upgraded to a Wolf High Power Hammer Spring but probably could have done without it.
For the upper I sourced the heart of the build at KAK Industry. They make all of their own components and have a great reputation. I used the KAK Industry 11″ 7.62×39 barrel, KAK Industry 7.62×39 complete BCG, KAK Industry Gas Block and Gas Tube. The upper receiver is an AERO Precision forged upper with a Northtech Defense Ti-FANG Titanium forward assist, Fortis Mfg Hammer charging handle, Centurion Arms 11″ CMR rail and a BattleComp BABC. Topped it all off with a Vortex Optics Viper PST 1-4 scope and an American Defense Mfg QD mount.
Of course the weather is changing up here in Michigan. It was cold and rainy that morning at the range but I couldn’t care less. I brought along some really nice Hornady 123gr 7.62×39 SST ammo to run through the brand new AR Pistol. The best thing you can do when function testing a new AR is to take it slow. I only had one ASC 7.62×39 mag so I loaded one round in the mag, pulled back on the charging handle, flipped the selector to “America” and pulled the trigger. As expected it went BOOM so I checked the chamber to make sure the rifle ejected the spent casing, which it did. After that first round goes as planned you get a bit of a smile on your face and start to have fun.
I loaded up another 5 rounds and proceeded to fire them down range sighting in the Vortex Optics Viper PST 1-4 scope. First 3 rounds went through perfect but on the fourth I had a Failure To Feed. Keep in mind I only had 5 rounds in the mag to start meaning this was the second to last round in the mag. I stripped the mag, removed the round and inspected it noticing that once the mag was removed the round didn’t really seem to be stuck or anything. I loaded another 10 rounds and again, second to last round FTF. This was a recurring theme and it became very clear that the issue was with the mag and definitely not at all a problem with the Upper, BCG or Barrel. Other than the second to last round of each mag issue I had absolutely ZERO malfunctions with this build. It really was a pleasure to shoot. I’ve heard the ASC mags get better as you wear them in but I will also be looking into some other brands and will do a followup article specifically regarding 7.62×39 AR Mags.
So after blowing through almost all of my ammo getting to know the 7.62×39 AR Pistol, I saved the last 5 rounds to get a little grouping on paper. Now keep in mind, when I test fire my AR’s I always go to the shorter range. Its basically a 30-35 yard range that typically has less people on it. When I shoot for groups I usually head on over to the 100 yard range but being that this is just an AR Pistol, I had no bipod, etc I decided to stay on the shorter range and just get a group there. The image below shows you a 5 round group, just resting the handguard on a block. I’m positive I could tighten this group up but I was out of ammo. One of these days I’ll get it out on the 100 yard range and get some longer range data. I was very happy with this group though based on the distance I would expect to shoot this rifle at in a real world situation.
Overall, I am very pleased with this build. Aside from the magazine issue, all of the parts functioned flawlessly. KAK Industry really is a one stop shop for tons of AR Parts including 5.56, 300BLK, 7.62×39, 458 SOCOM and .308 builds. This is not my first experience with KAK Industry and I’ve enjoyed every part I’ve purchased from them. For this specific build you can check out the KAK 7.62×39 AR Parts here. For all other builds just visit the KAKIndustry.com website and get to looking around at the awesome stuff they offer.
Everybody loves a chance to win something free! I happened to run across a post on the James Madison Tactical Facebook page showing that right now JMT is giving away 10 of their new Gen2 80% Lowers. You basically have to own and have finished one of their Gen1 or Gen2 80% lowers and make a video of it. Obviously the more creative you are the better your chance of catching their attention and winning another JMT lower. Read below for more information on this giveaway.
Scalarworks has just released their new LDM with stands for Low Drag Mount for the Aimpoint Micro (T-1 and H-1) optics. The LDM goes against conventional thought regarding optic mounts which says you can’t have Light Weight and Quick Detach at the same time. Weighing in at just 1.33 ounces and featuring a notched thumbwheel with ball detent that won’t back-out under heavy recoil you can now have the best of both worlds. Check out the pictures and press release for the Scalarworks LDM below. Additional information is also available at Scalarworks.com.
SCALARWORKS LAUNCHES WORLD’S LIGHTEST QUICK-DETACH AIMPOINT MICRO MOUNT.
South Orange, NJ – October 15, 2014 – Scalarworks, manufacturer of high-performance firearm accessories, is pleased to introduce the Low Drag Mount for Aimpoint Micro sights (LDM/Micro); the lightest quick-detach Aimpoint Micro mount in existence – weighing only 1.33oz. The LDM/Micro is a lightweight, low-profile, quick-detach optic mount that is compatible with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails and all Aimpoint Micro sights, including the new Aimpoint Micro T-2.
The Scalarworks LDM/Micro has a streamlined profile, free of protruding levers or knobs, featuring a notched thumbscrew with ball detent that won’t back out under sharp recoil. It also has a precision telescoping clamp that ensures a repeatable zero with each installation, while conforming to out of spec rails, without requiring additional adjustments.
The LDM/Micro is made in the USA and available now from Scalarworks.com in two Co-Witness heights, Absolute and Lower-Third, with an MSRP of $149.
Quite some time ago, BattleComp revealed some pictures of a new prototype called the BC51.0. The BC51.0 was a hybrid between a BattleComp BC1.0 and an AAC 51T suppressor mount. This will allow the end user more suppressor options while still retaining the awesome properties of having a BattleComp mounted to their rifle. These are now actual production units and can be purchased for a limited time at an introductory price. Check out the pics and details below.
Introducing the long-awaited BC51.0!
The introductory price is just $180.00 while supplies last!
The MSRP is $195.00 once this run is sold.
The BattleComp 51.0 is a one-piece unit manufactured from 17-4PH Stainless Steel. The 51.0 will integrate with those suppressors using an AAC 51T-style interface.
This suppressor variant is only available in 5.56 caliber at the moment. The BC51.0 comes with a Black Oxide finish only. 100% made in the USA.
More models to follow.
X Products is best known for their awesome drum mags. They make drum mags in 9mm, 5.56 and .308 for multiple different types of rifles. Recently they started venturing into the AR-15 Complete Upper market. They’re offering complete uppers (minus BCG and Charging Handle) using high quality components at an extremely affordable price point. Right now they have 5 different upper receiver groups (such as the ones shown below) in-stock in 5.56 or 300BLK with a Fortis REV rail at the ridiculous price of just $450. Read the details and check out the pics below.
At X Products we believe in “Specification Driven” performance systems that are built to achieve the best results when paired with proper ammo and components. We use components that interact with each other, have modular features and work with Mil Standard parts. This is done so the end user can easily work on their firearm using Mil Standard wrenches and off the shelf tools so they can familiar with their firearm without having to contact a gunsmith when there is a problem, or when they want to change parts.
Our line of enhanced uppers all have 4140 chrome-moly salt bath nitride or 416 stainless steel barrels that are easily good for 10,000 rounds of continuous accuracy (unless specified otherwise), and work on a free float rail system manufactured by Fortis that is light weight, durable, modular, and mounted to a mil standard barrel nut. Our uppers are hammer forged by Anchor Harbor on 7075-T6 aluminum and machined to exact M4 tolerances including feed ramps and rail markings for locating optics. Each upper is discretely marked with our manufacturing information and LOT number to ensure quality control. We offer both fixed gas systems and adjustable gas systems, so you can either by a gun for regular use or suppressed use. We only use clamp on gas systems as they are rigid and easy to remove with an alan head wrench. Each gas system is fitted with a WMD stainless steel salt bath nitride gas tube that is black limiting appearance and offers improved lubricity fighting against carbon build up. All uppers include a forward assist, barrel nut, barrel, gas system, and forend rail. We do not include a flash brake unless specified at bottom of page, bolt and carrier group (these will work with any mil standard bolt and charging handle). Available in Cerakote ™ FDE or black anodizing, all uppers include X Products no-hassle lifetime warranty.
You can take a look at the entire line of X Products Performance Based Uppers and make a purchase at www.XProducts.com.
Magpul has just released four brand new M-LOK accessories which includes an M-LOK MOE Vertical Grip, QD Sling Mount, Offset Light Mount and a Bipod Mount. The nice part is there’s no waiting for these like in the past. They are in-stock on the Magpul website as well as shipping to dealers as we speak. I know for a fact that M-LOK MVG is already calling my name for use on my Geissele SMR MK8 rail. Check all of these new products out at their respective links below or you can head on over to the general M-LOK page on www.Magpul.com.
If you liked the aggressive lines, cuts and edges of the Rainier Arms UltraMatch .308 billet receiver set, you’re gonna love the new AR-15 version of the UltraMatch Billet receiver set they are calling MOD 2. After releasing such an awesome .308 set recently, it only made sense to upgrade their existing AR-15 set to have a similar look. The new Rainier Arms UltraMatch MOD 2 AR-15 billet receiver sets are now available for purchase and will look sick on your next build. Pics and details below. Purchase now at www.RainierArms.com.
Our billet sets are CNC machined from solid billet 7075-T6 aluminum which is 70% stronger than the commonly used 6061 aluminum and finished with milspec hardcoat anodize to a surface hardness of 60 Rockwell. We have designed our lowers with an ambidextrous bolt release with extended latch for smoother deployment. The precision machining on our our billets are well known in the industry and we are excited to introduce our combo sets for your next rifle build.
- Ambidextrous Extended Bolt Release
– A4 Feed Ramps
– 7075 Billet Aluminum
– Flared Magwell
– Integrated Trigger Guard
– Tensioning Screw for proper Upper/Lower Fit
If you’ve ever stood next to someone shooting an AR you’ve definitely felt and heard the ear drum shattering concussion with every shot. The new QD Blast Shield from Griffin Armament helps reduce this concussive force by redirecting it forward away from the shooter or those next to the shooter. The QD Blast Shield is certainly not the first of its kind but has some unique features that make it one of the best designs I’ve seen.
One of the main features I really like about the QD Blast Shield is that it will work with multiple muzzle devices that Griffin Armament offers but is also compatible with the readily available A2 flash hider giving you multiple different options for the muzzle device you use under the QD Blast Shield. However, I would recommend one of the Griffin Armament QD 5.56 mounts if you really want to have a sweet setup!
The QD system itself is another thing I feel Griffin Armament improved on. Instead of a screw on or ratcheting system the QD Blast Shield locks on by pressing the locking gate to the side and engaging the spring clip. To remove the QD Blast Shield you have to manually disengage the spring clip and then pull the locking gate out to the side making it virtually impossible to disengage accidentally. This is the same QD system that they use on their flagship M4SD Silencers.
There are plenty of nice features of the QD Blast Shield but the last one I’m going to touch on is the visually appealing aspect of it. This thing just looks awesome. The black Melonite finish and triangular shape is much different than other similar products on the market but these looks are an upgrade in function as well which you can read more about below.
The QD Blast Shield was designed to offer significant concussion reduction for the end user and other team members operating in the immediate vicinity. Often team members in CQB environments experience concussion from muzzle blast that is not only deafeningly loud, but also can cause prolonged headaches that can last for days afterwards.
Especially effective on short barrels, the unique design of the QD Blast Shield directs concussive force forward while triangular gas flow pockets allow the muzzle device to retain it’s specific performance goals. Ultra strong 17-4PH stainless steel provides a robust material to withstand intense use and full auto fire without fear of failure. Fluted geometry in the triangular shield lightens the unit while providing internal front supports for the muzzle device.
Melonite QPQ surface treatment provides an extremely hard, durable, and attractive finish.
The QD mechanism is fast, positive, and free of wear prone geometry commonly found in ratcheting devices. The QD Blast Shield also comes with a shim set and overtravel stop to refit your A2 compensator for optimal use.
The Griffin QD Blast Shield is compatible with our line of QD 5.56mm mounts, Including the Flash Comp, Muzzle Brake, Compensating Flash Hider, and Tactical Compensator. It is also compatible with A2 Compensators that fall within the NATO spec blueprinted dimensions. Although many companies manufacture A2 style compensators not all of them are dimensioned properly. Not Compatible with BCM, BCE or PWS muzzle devices.
Griffin Armament has continued to pursue product development that will enhance hearing safety in tactical and shooting sport situations. The QD Blast Shield is a great product for those that would like to reduce the concussion of their muzzle devices.
You can order your QD Blast Shield from Griffin Armament at www.GriffinArmament.com.