Man, I gotta say, Rainier Arms is on a major roll lately. Not that they aren’t always awesome but lately they have been pumping out the new products. Just this week I told you about their updated RA Forged Lower with the A-DAC feature. Now they have released the updated version of their Billet Receiver Set. If you are a Billet Aficionado like I am, you will absolutely need to add the new Rainier Arms Gen 2 UltraMatch ambi billet receiver set to your collection. Priced at just $350 with Free Shipping this should be a no-brainer.
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
• M4 Feed Ramps
• 7075 Billet Aluminum
• Flared Magwell
• Integrated Trigger Guard
• Tensioning Screw for proper Upper/Lower Fit
Purchase the new Rainier Arms Gen 2 UltraMatch Billet Ambi Receiver Set exclusively at www.Revolvr.com.
Its hard to believe its already been 13 years since The World Trade Center attack. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on 9/11/2001 including many LEOs, FireFighters and First Responders. Never Forgive! Never Forget! It is more and more important that we don’t let our guard down. Be ready to protect your family and those around you at all times. Be a Lion not a Sheep! – Ben
Toward the beginning of this year, Ares Armor released their first NiB Bollt Carrier Group. This Summer they introduced an improved model with the MK1 Mod0 designation for its new NiB Coating that features a proprietary method of perfecting the balance of the Sodium Borohydride reducing agent. They are also individually coating all components of the bolt carrier group prior to assembly.
As with the original Ares Armor NiB BCG, this is a full auto model manufactured with an 8620 heat treated bolt carrier and a 9310 heat treated steel bolt. The bolt and extractor are shot peened and are MP batch tested with 20% of all product examined. The gas key is properly staked. Crane O Rings are utilized to increase tension on the extractor thus improving overall functionality. Our friends at PredatorArmament.com are now offering the new Mk1Mod0 BCG for $99.
(Richland, WA) James Madison Tactical LLC, manufacturer of the finest AR-15 polymer 80% lower receiver on the market today, has received the important ATF/FTB determination letter stating that the JMT80 AR-15 polymer 80% lower receiver is NOT classified as a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3) and complies with the Gun Control Act of 1968.
James Madison Tactical customers, past and future, can own a JMT80 AR-15 80% lower receiver with confidence. AR-15 enthusiasts are encouraged to ask their supplier for a copy of their manufacturer’s ATF/FTB determination letter before making their next AR-15 80% lower receiver purchase.
To view the James Madison Tactical ATF/FTB determination letter visit
James Madison Tactical Contact Information: Dan Hanchette, Dan@JamesMadisonTactical.com, 509-392-7500.
A while back I showed you guys a sneak peek at the OIP Lightweight (sub 4-pound) rifle that Battle Arms Development has been working on. At that time the OIP Rifle was in the very early prototype stages but just yesterday Battle Arms Development release a picture of Upper, Lower and Butt Stock that will be used on the new OIP Lightweight Rifle. The OIP Lightweight Rifle will be sold exclusively through Bentwood Gunsmithing. Battle Arms Development will be offering a slightly different version of the Lightweight Components for us DIY AR builders. For instance, according to Battle Arms Development, the Battle Arms version of the lower will have solid sides in the mag well but the recess pockets will be there. You can see the photo and details below. For more information regarding this new project be sure to follow the Battle Arms Development Facebook page.
Another sneak peek at the OIP Lightweight Upper, Lower, and Butt Stock in a special natural Type III hard anodize color. There are some natural fades from the anodizing process. The color also changes pending on the lighting condition and viewing angle from bronze to FDE to OD Green, Grey, etc. I think we will name it the Chameleon. Bentwood Gunsmithing is going to keep all the finish natural (no dyes) for the raw look.
I’ve finally decided to get involved in the world of NFA Ownership and I’m going to document my journey. Basically, I want to legally own an SBR, Suppressor, etc. As a life long gun owner in the state of Michigan, it was all but impossible to own Suppressors or SBR/SBS due to state regulations…that is until now. Over the past few years Michigan gun owners have spoken up and lobbied the State Legislators to lift the ban on Suppressors and most recently the ban on SBRs and SBSs. After all, why would a state feel they need tighter regulations than what our Federal Government does.
Photo courtesy of UWone77 who is already a legal NFA Owner
As a family man with a wife and kids, I wanted to make sure there were no legal issues with my wife, or children as they get older, being in possession of my NFA regulated items. I decided to start with an NFA Trust but I’m new to this so I didn’t know where start. My buddy Stickman (widely regarded as one of the top weapons photographers in the industry) started his 100K Giveaway on Facebook a few weeks ago and one of the sponsors is a company called Coyote Rifleworks. They advertise $95 NFA Trusts and Same Day Turnaround. This sounded awesome, almost too good to be true, so I contacted them through Facebook to get some additional information. I got a very prompt/friendly response and we decided to talk on the phone. Eric spent an hour on the phone with me explaining how at Coyote Rifleworks they want to help as many people become NFA Owners as possible. They could charge more but don’t ever want anyone to say “I just couldn’t afford it.”. They’ve spent a ton of money having an attorney help them create the trust that you ultimately receive. I really felt comfortable with these guys so I decided to go for it.
I will be documenting my entire process of becoming an NFA Owner from start to finish. You’ll know of any and all snags, if any, that I run into. My gut feeling is that this will be a very enjoyable, easy process. I can tell you right now I have already filled out the required information on Coyote Rifleworks’ website, called to make payment and received my trust paperwork back within a few hours. Now that’s impressive and I’m very happy so far. I will go into more detail on this process including what to do after you get your trust paperwork back in the next article in this series. You can keep track of my progress by following along on the website or using this specific thread URL: http://www.ar15news.com/category/ar15news-journey-to-nfa-ownership/ You can also get started on your very own NFA Trust now at www.CoyoteRifleworks.com.
Badrock Tactical has just introduced their new 12″ and 15″ Free Float KeyMod rails. I’ve recently became aware of and started working with Badrock Tactical and they really seem to build some sweet rifles. Now add these awesome rails to the lineup and they’ve really got you covered. These new rails have KeyMod slots at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock spots as well as at the 45 degree angles as well, plus there are short picatinny rail sections up front on the sides of the rail. As mentioned, they are being offered in 12″ and 15″ length models. Both models will be available in Black, Gray, Camo, Pink Type III Hard Coat Anodize as well as a Raw unfinished version for you DIY’ers. These rails are light on weight but are also light on your wallet coming in at just $165 for the 12″ and just $175 for the 15″. Check out the pics and details below.
We are pleased to introduce the Badrock Tactical AR 15 Platform Free Float Hand Guard. As with all of our products, they are manufactured under some of the tightest quality and tolerance metrics in the industry using aircraft grade 6061 T6 billet aluminum for the hand guard and 7075 T6 for the barrel nut. These units feature Keymod slots at the standard 3, 6 and 9 O’Clock positions as well as Keymod on the 45 degree angle surfaces for maximum functionality and flexibility for whatever purpose your rifle will serve. In addition to the Keymod slots (which all double as standard Quick Detach QD) you will find traditional QD holes mounted at 3 and 9 O’Clock at the base of the hand guard and 1913 Picatinny Mil-Spec Rails machined in at 3 and 9 O’Clock at the muzzle end of the hand guard. Our unique design allows for contoured fit for the operator’s hand that is easy to grip and comfortable to shoot. These will be offered in Type III Hard Anodize in Black, Grey, Camo, Pink and Clear. We will initially offer these in 12” and 15”, with a 9” version on the horizon.
Purchase the new 12″ and 15″ Badrock Tactical KeyMod rail at www.BadrockTactical.com.
Rainier Arms has officially released their new A-DAC Forged Lowers which means I will be buying one very soon. The A-DAC function is a right-hand bolt catch (integrated into the magazine release button). The A-DAC allows you to hold the magazine release button in (dropping the mag if one is inserted), pull the charging handle to the rear and lock the bolt back all at the same time. There are only a couple other lowers that offer this feature and the Rainier Arms lower is the newest and most affordable of them all.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I could care less about an ambi Bolt RELEASE. I want an ambi Bolt HOLD to help with increasing the speed of clearing malfunctions, etc. There really isn’t any other reason for you to manually hold the bolt open unless you’re clearing a malfunction or inspecting the weapon which in both cases you will want to remove the magazine. The A-DAC system is the perfect solution. Watch the following video that shows how the A-DAC system works.
The original Forged lower will still be available, if you don’t want or need this feature. The Mountain logo has also been added to the left side of the receiver.
- Removes six steps from the Manual of Arms when clearing a double feed malfunction.
– The device adds the ability to use the right hand to lock the bolt to the rear while still leaving you the option of using the standard left hand method.
– Greatly reduces the amount of time needed to clear a malfunction.
– Unlike all other devices there is no need to learn to find a new location for your trigger finger as one experienced with the weapon already instinctively makes contact with the magazine release button first to clear any remedial action malfunction.
Trouble free simple design:
- Can be field stripped with no tools.
– Only one additional part is required and is completely internal to the receiver.
– There are no screws to come loose.
– There is no weight added to the bolt catch that could cause it not to lock open on the last round like other devices which bolt on.
– Nothing to snag on clothes or other gear.
- Virtually eliminates the possibility of the user’s finger unintentionally entering the trigger guard while locking the bolt to the rear.
– When used, makes it impossible to inadvertently lock back the bolt with a loaded magazine left in the receiver. This prevents the possibility of chambering a round in the event the rifle is bumped causing the bolt to drop.
– Nothing to accidentally trip the bolt release when reloading or clearing a malfunction as it is only a bolt catch.
– Allows you to keep a firm grip of fire control – making it much easier to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction when locking the bolt to the rear.
– Nothing obstructing any portion of the trigger guard – preventing any issue with snagging a gloved hand.
The all new Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC lower is available for purchase now at www.RainierArms.com.
FrogLube has partnered up with the guys at MS Clean Kit to offer a FrogLube version of their “Magazine Shaped Cleaning Kit”. The MS Clean Kit is pretty cool for the fact that it is shaped like an AR magazine making it easy to carry with you anywhere you would take magazines with you. Having a cleaning kit on you whenever you’re using your firearm is always a great idea. Now add in a little bit of supplied FrogLube and you’ve got a winning combination. Check out the pics and details below.
One MS Clean kit containing sectioned steel rods, T-handle, steel patch eyelet, military to civilian thread adapter, all purpose double ended brush, 5.56/.223 chamber brush, 5.56/.223 bore brush, 7.62/.30 bore brush, 9mm bore brush, dental pick, patches, and 5ml of Froglube
- Limited time – Each kit comes with an extra 5ml pouch of FrogLube.
- Crush proof case prevents spillage of lubricant and bending of rods that current issued kits don’t.
- Long enough to contain sectioned steel rods which are required to remove barrel obstructions such as mud, stuck cases or squib rounds.
- Magazine shape allows for storage in rifle case, range bag or in any extra magazine pouches.
- Large enough that it cannot be inserted into magazine well accidentally.
- Provides a container to place small parts of firearm while cleaning.
- Chemical resistant case can be used as a miniature solvent tank.
- Made in the U.S.A.
Umbrella Corporation Weapons Research Group recently released their new Premium Bolt Carrier Group and man this thing is sweet. As I’ve explained this BCG to many people already, its basically a “No Corners Cut” BCG. Every single part of the BCG production was scrutinized to make sure this BCG is as high quality as it gets. I was able to get my hands on one and wanted to take some pictures of it and share my initial review of the UCWRG Gen 2 BCG with you guys. That way you could make an educated decision as to whether this was the right BCG for you.
Not only does it feature the awesome Umbrella logo but the fit and finish is perfect. At first glance you wouldn’t think the coating is Phosphate because its much smoother than what is required to meet Mil Spec. They also went above and beyond using the best materials possible such as the 4340 Extractor (everyone else uses 4140; both are allowed by the M4 data package but since 4140 is less costly, it always gets the nod), using Carpenter Technology No. 158 gun quality aerospace steel alloy, etc. They also proof fire each BCG, clean and inspect to make sure every one is perfect before it goes out the door.
Aside from the quality of the BCG, there is another aspect of it…which is that it looks really awesome. Whether you have UCWRG receivers for your rifle or not, seeing the Umbrella logo through the ejection port just looks cool. Of course if you do happen to be lucky enough to have some UCWRG receivers then this BCG will really tie everything together.
Overall, I think the UCWRG Premium Bolt Carrier Group is the perfect upgrade for someone who wants only the best in their rifle. I’m really excited to put some rounds down range with this BCG. Once I’ve had some time to get a good round count with the rifle shown below, I will come back and do another writeup to let you know about my experience with it. At this point I would definitely recommend the UCWRG BCG to anyone. Having such a detailed list of components/features (listed below) makes it easy to see why this BCG would be a no-brainer. Not to mention at the introductory price of just $165 it is not much more than the “suspect quality” BCG’s I see floating around everywhere. If you want one for yourself, they are in-stock now at www.UCWRG.com.
Additional Details from the UCWRG website
Umbrella Corporation AR-15 Bolt Carrier Groups are our take on a premium, no snake oil, combat ready BCG. Each and every bolt is proof fired, ultrasonically cleaned, tested via magnetic particle inspection (MPI), and once certified, parkerized for corrosion protection and lube retention. In keeping with a superior product, we don’t utilize a Crane O-Ring as a crutch to increase extractor tension. Instead, our bolts are built with a mil-spec black insert coupled with a Tactical Springs 5-coil high load extractor spring that’s compatible with all DI gas system lengths. It’s rated for 150K+ cycles to outlast your rifle barrel many times over. We have improved on the finish requirement of the TDP and have chosen the best materials of those allowed per spec, not the lowest cost like nearly all of our competitors. This second gen product is manufactured to the highest standards with an unconditional guarantee against material defect and manufacturing failure. We challenge you to compare our Bolt Carrier Group specs against the competition. Beyond using Carpenter’s 158 alloy for the bolt, ask what alloy they use for their extractors, Extractor pins, ejectors, and whether their cam pins have a solid film lube per TDP. You will likely find they don’t advertise any of these specifications. And don’t fall for the 9310 alloy bolt substitute; it is a less expensive, inferior alloy for this application. Bought into the hype and don’t believe us? Ask Carpenter Tech; they manufacture both materials and will without hesitation tell you 158 is the proper, superior alloy. The draw for 9310 is that it’s a decent material when heat treated properly though since there’s no spec, how do you know what “proper” might be for this application? It’s less costly, and you don’t have to buy mill run quantities for manufacturing. It’s the little things that make the real difference and we cut no corners with our Bolt Carrier Groups. as before, this initial first release is offered with a discount below our suggested retail pricing. Assembly/function check by a qualified Armorer is required.
- Bolt, precision machined from Carpenter Technology No. 158 gun quality aerospace alloy, heat treated per mil-spec (stress relieve, carburize, oil quench, temper, refrigerate, repeat temper), shot peened per ASTM B851/SAE AMS2430S, vibratory tumbled, individual high pressure/proof test fired, individual magnetic particle inspection ASTM E1444/E1444M, ultrasonically cleaned, markings deep laser engraved (SP=Shot Peened/HPT=High Pressure Tested, MPI=Magnetic Particle Inspection/158U=Car Tech 158 alloy type and Umbrella manufacture), manganese phosphate
- Extractor, precision machined from 4340 tool steel alloy per SAE AMS6415T/AMS6484D (vs typical 4140; mil-spec allows for either 4140 or 4340), heat treat, shot peen per ASTM B851/SAE AMS2430S, markings deep laser engraved (SP=Shot Peened/4340U=alloy type & Umbrella manufacture), manganese phosphate
- Extractor Retaining Pin, precision machined and ground S2 shock resistant tool steel alloy per ASTM A681-08 (vs typical S7; mil-spec allows S1 to S7), heat treated per ASTM A681-08, shot peened per mil-spec print, manganese phosphate
- Extractor Spring (premium spring eliminates need for Crane O-Ring), Tactical Springs/Sprinco 5 coil, ASTM Grade A401 Chrome Silicon wire stock, heat treated, stress relieved, Molybdenum-Disulfide infused, cryogenic processed (all post winding), mil-spec black insert/synthetic elastomer extractor buffer (nitrile-butadiene, shore hardness 80+/-5 durometer per MIL-PRF-6855)
- Ejector, S2 shock resistant tool steel alloy per ASTM A681-08 (vs typical S7; mil-spec allows S1 to S7), heat treated per ASTM A681-08, shot peened per mil-spec print, manganese phosphate
- Ejector Spring, Tactical Springs/Sprinco ASTM Grade A401 Chrome Silicon wire stock, heat treated, stress relieved, Molybdenum-Disulfide infused, cryogenic processed (all post winding)
- Gas Rings, mil standard stainless steel X3
- Carrier machined from AISI 8620 aircraft qualty alloy per ASTM A108/A322-13, full auto profile, surface finish improved over mil-spec, heat treated (carburized/strain relieved per mil-spec print), hard chrome bore, precision ground gas key interface, Umbrella logo deep laser engraved, manganese phosphate
- Gas Key machined from 4130 chromoly steel alloy per ASTM A108/A322-13, heat treated, hard chrome internal, manganese phosphate, Permatex sealed, Grade 8 Torx Plus cap screws torqued and staked all per mil-spec
- Cam Pin—precision machined 4340 chromoly steel alloy per SAE AMS6415T/AMS6484D, heat treated/processed per mil-spec, manganese phosphate, solid film lubricant applied and cured per mil-spec
- Firing Pin—precision machined 8640 steel alloy, heat treated/processed per mil-spec, hard chrome plate
- Firing Pin Retaining Pin—1038 carbon steel, heat treated/processed per mil-spec, manganese phosphate
- All components, material, and packaging made in the USA