Category Archives: .223 Wylde

Ballistic Advantage has an awesome 4th of July Sale going on right now. Save 15% off orders of $175+ or 20% off orders over $250. The BA 4th of July Sale starts today! Every order includes a special edition patch designed by PrimerProjects

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These days everyone builds their own AR and for good reason…its a ton of fun, can save you money and gives you good knowledge of how an AR works. One issue that many AR builders run into is finding compatibility issues with the parts they bought. With the popularity of ultra low profile handguards one of the most common issues is gas block incompatibility. Many handguards are so low profile that they can actually come in contact with the gas block itself or accessories attached to the handguard. I recently ran into this issue myself and figured I would share my experience with you.

One of my most recent builds is a DMR style rifle with a BSF Barrels 16″ barrel with a Carbon Fiber Shroud. Because of the carbon fiber shroud (designed to strengthen the barrel, reduce weight and help it vent heat) the gas block seat is .936″ so of course I just ordered any old .936″ low pro gas block. 

Cross Machine Tool 936 low pro gas block on BSF Barrel AERO

Everything installed just fine, I slid the Cross Machine Tool UHPR Mod 2 handguard over the barrel, tightened it all down and … DUN DUN DUUUUN … the gas block was touching the bottom of the handguard. Not just close, literally touching. That’s called “unfreefloating” your barrel. 😂😂 This is something I verify every time I build a rifle as I’ve also seen MLOK screws touching gas blocks as well. Anything coming in contact with the gas block / barrel can and will effect accuracy even at just 100 yards.

Gas Block Touching CMT rail

In a basic beater build you might not care but in a build like this where accuracy is the goal, you have no other choice than to either swap out the gas block or swap out the handguard. Easiest and cheapest is to swap the gas block. Thankfully Cross Machine Tool has just released their new line of J.A.G. (Just A GasBlock) gas blocks which includes a .936 Gas Block specifically designed to fit under their UHPR handguards and many other super low profile handguards.

**One of the only things I actually do like about .936 gas block seats is that the .936″ opening of the gas block is usually big enough to remove without taking off the muzzle device**

936 gas block over dragon muzzle brake

New CMT Gas Block Installed on BSF Barrel Lantac Dragon CMC Trigger

While I had the gas block off I also decided to put a second dimple on the barrel so that the second set screw of the gas block would screw all the way in instead of sticking out just to make sure there was adequate clearance.

Dimpled Barrel for low pro gas block

At this point it was time to reinstall the CMT handguard and check to see how it fit. Flipped it over and definitely good to go! The new Cross Machine Tool JAG .936 Gas Block did the trick and my barrel is now truly Free Floating. 

Handguard not touching low pro gas block 1

Handguard free floating not touching low pro gas block 2

CMT 936 Gas Block Installed

Cross Machine Tool 936 Gas Block Free Float Low Pro Handguard BSF Barrels AERO CMC Lantac Vortex Optics

Only thing left to do now is get this blaster to the range. I’ll have a full review of the BSF Barrels 16″ barrel coming soon. If you’re looking for an affordable low profile gas block you can’t go wrong with the new Cross Machine Tool JAG Gas Blocks.

(CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of Faxon’s latest series of barrels – the Match Series. The new Match Series of barrels takes Faxon’s renowned performance and value up a notch.

All Match Series barrels start as 416-R gun-barrel-quality stainless steel. Manufactured 100% in-house, the Match Series features 5R rifling for increased velocity, decreased bullet deformation, and ease of cleaning. All barrels are fully stress relieved and finally salt bath nitride coated inside and out for corrosion resistance and longevity.  All Match Series barrels further feature NP3 coated extensions. The nickel-Teflon coating smooths feed ramps and its self-lubricating properties increase reliability.

Faxon Firearms Match Series Barrels Flame Fluted

The Match Series will be available across all calibers that Faxon manufactures including 300 BLK, .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, and newly released .223 Wylde. All calibers feature 1/8” twist except for .308 in 1/10”. Available contours will include Faxon’s famed pencil profile, Gunner, heavy fluted, and Flame fluted barrels. Lengths will vary by caliber.

“We are thrilled to formally include .223 Wylde on our production barrels.” stated Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management. “The .223 Wylde chamber takes advantage of the Match Series’ 5R rifling, 416-R Stainless Steel, and NP3 extension to enhance accuracy while staying compatible with both .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO charged loads.”

Faxon’s various stainless-steel barrels will all be upgraded to the Match Series of barrels over the next few months. Retail pricing for the barrels starts at $179 up to $409, depending on length, caliber, and profile. Launch profiles include 16” Gunner, 18” & 20” Heavy Fluted, and 20” Flame Fluted, all in .223 Wylde.

Additional information can be found at the Match Series dedicated website at www.faxonmatchseries.com

About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a leader in constant evolution in the firearms marketplace focusing on US-made quality and innovation. From the ARAK platform, GUNNER & FLAME barrels, upper receivers, and an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative accessories, Faxon offers quality complete rifle systems and components. New dealers and OEM accounts are welcome.

For more information contact Nathanial Schueth at nathan.s@faxonfirearms.com or Curt Staubach curt.s@faxonfirearms.com

Ballistic Advantage sneakily introduced a new barrel the other day and man is it sweet. The new barrel is an 18″ .223 Wylde Rifle Length SPR barrel from their Premium Series line of barrels but this one features some of the most aggressive flutes that I’ve seen on any barrel. The fluting not only looks amazing but at the same time makes for a really light weight 18″ barrel. If you’re looking for a great looking barrel that is sure to shoot even better for your next build, check out the new Ballistic Advantage Fluted 18″ Premium SPR Barrel.

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Ballistic Advantage Fluted SPR Barrel 1

This .223 Wylde chambered 18 inch barrel is machined from 416 Stainless Steel with a bead blasted finish. Our Premium Series Barrels feature a FailZero Nickel Boron Coated Extended M4 Feed Ramp Extension.

This barrel features some of the most aggressive and weight reducing flutes on the market. Coming in at a total weight of 28 oz. We’ve managed to cut almost a pound out of the barrel all while not sacrificing one ounce of accuracy!

http://ballisticadvantage.com/18-inch-223-wylde-spr-fluted-mid-length-ss-premium-barrel.html

Rainier Arms has a Barrel Blowout Sale going on right now with savings of up to 50% off ALL Rainier Arms UltraMatch barrels. The UltraMatch series of barrels is Rainier Arms’ flag ship line of barrels made from Stainless Steel Match Grade Shilen Blanks and features a proprietary contour. If you’re looking to start a new build with an awesome barrel, this is a great deal to get in on. Don’t wait too long though as it looks like they’re already selling out. 

www.RainierArms.com

Rainier Arms UltraMatch Barrels

After using a number of Ballistic Advantage barrels in builds over the last few years I can definitely tell you they make some awesome barrels that somehow stay budget friendly. There have been small comments about Ballistic Advantage Complete Uppers for months now and most of us assumed there would be a few different options. Nobody imagined there would be 44 different configurations available right off the bat. With that many options, you definitely should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. You get to choose between .223 Wylde, 5.56 NATO and 300BLK calibers, different barrel lengths, different muzzle device options, BCG options, etc. They even come with a cool new rail made by VLTOR specifically for Ballistic Advantage. Details below…

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We are proud to announce, the long-awaited Ballistic Advantage complete uppers are now available with special introductory pricing! The same precision and attention to detail Ballistic Advantage barrels are known for goes directly into these complete uppers.

Our complete uppers feature:
-Your choice of a .223 Wylde, 5.56 NATO, or .300 BLK Ballistic Advantage Hanson Barrel
-VLTOR + BA Freedom Rail w/ KeyMod, manufactured specifically for us by our good friends at VLTOR
-Mil-Spec Flat-top black anodized upper w/ M4 feedramps and T-marks
-Optional VG6 muzzle device
-Optional BCG (Nickel Boron or phosphate)
-Optional charging handle

We are offering 44 different variations to ensure you are outfitted with the correct tool for your type of shooting, from plinking to precision.

Buy Ballistic Advantage Complete Uppers Here! 

I’m definitely going to have to pick up a few of these new NIB EXO BCG’s from AIM Surplus. The NIB EXO coating is simply amazing and well worth the extra money over a standard NIB finish. Combine the NIB EXO finish with the awesome specs of this BCG and this should be a real winner. I already have a few AIM Surplus BCG’s and they do a great job of offering a high quality product at a very good price point. This new BCG is made right here in the USA with a Lifetime Warranty and just $119.95 shipped. 

Pics and info below. Get more details and purchase at www.AIMSurplus.com.

Aim Surplus NIB EXO BCG 2

AIM AR/M16 5.56/.223/.300 BLACKOUT complete Bolt Carrier Groups now with UCT’s exclusive Nickel Boron EXO Technology coating. We are having these bolts manufactured to our exacting standards with no Frills added to be able to offer the best BCG at the Best Price. Features 9310 Bolt Material; 8620 carrier and gas key; Properly staked Investment cast gas key hardened to USGI specifications fastened with Hardened Grade 8 Fasteners; Shot peened MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected) Bolt. Extractor insert installed. Proudly made in the USA with a Lifetime Warranty.

UCT’S EXCLUSIVE EXO TECHNOLOGY
EXO Technology creates a competitive advantage for all kinds of components, because treated parts run dramatically longer and more accurately with less maintenance. Further, EXO greatly enhances heat dissipation, so treated products run far cooler than non-treated parts. The EXO process is permanent, lasting for the entire lifespan of treated parts. A patented, nodular nickel-boron (NiB) surface treatment, EXO nucleates on the surface atoms of metals, becoming part of the metal rather than merely applied to the outside. In addition, the treated surface becomes harder than the substrate itself, eliminating the cost, weight and degradation problems of conventional hardened metals. EXO Technology is featured in firearms, weapons and support systems used by the U.S. military and law enforcement and security agencies. EXO Technology is appropriate for virtually any application where reduced friction, extended service life, enhanced performance and lower maintenance are desirable.

Carrier
–  M16 style (Auto)
–  Machined from 8620 tool steel
–  Heat treated to military specifications

Bolt
–  Machined from 9310 tool steel
–  Heat treated to military specifications
–  Shot Peened
–  Ground to meet military required tolerances
–  MPI (Mag Particle Inspected)

Gas Key
–  Machined from 4140
–  Heat treated to military specifications

Extractor
–  Machined from 4140
–  Heat treated to military specifications
–  Shot peened

Firing Pin
–  Machined from 8640 tool steel
–  Heat treated to military specifications
–  Ground to meet military required tolerances
–  Coated with .0002”-.0003” of hard chrome per MIL-STD-171 1.2.2.2

Cam Pin
–  Machined from 4340
–  Quench and temper heat treat
–  Ground to meet military required tolerances

Bravo Company Mfg just introduced a new version of their AR-15/M16 full auto BCG with a Flat Dark Earth IonBond finish. The IonBond is a low friction coating that will help reduce wear on your BCG, makes it easier to clean and protects our BCG from corrosion, etc. It also looks pretty stinking sexy!! Bravo Company Mfg BCG’s feature a C158 Shot Peened Bolt, tool steel machined extractor and ejector, BCM Extractor Spring and are HPT tested and MPI inspected. Take a look at the pics below, then head on over to www.BravoCompanyUSA.com to snag one of these beauties!

BCM FDE IonBond M16 BCG 1BCM FDE IonBond M16 BCG 1BCM FDE IonBond M16 BCG 1BCM FDE IonBond M16 BCG 4

 

 

Phase 5 Weapon Systems recently completed their lineup of FATman and littleBOY Hex Brakes with the addition of the 9mm/7.62×39/6.8 model for both FATman (dual chamber) and littleBOY (single chamber) brakes with 1/2×36 threads. This now brings the total to 6 different muzzle brakes in the Hex Brake series including the 5.56/.223 with 1/2×28 threads & 7.62×51/.308/300BLK with 5/8×24 threads for FATman and littleBOY models as well. 

Phase 5 littleBOY and FATman Hex Brakes

Phase 5 littleBOY and FATman Hex Brakes 1**Not my photo but shows the size of these beasts.**

I have all except for the 9mm model right now and they are actually a very cool muzzle brake. They are on the larger side but at the same time they have a collar that covers a bit of the end of the barrel as you thread them on. They have a pretty stout look too. These are definitely work taking a look at if you’re in the market for a new muzzle device.

www.Phase5WSI.com

Juggernaut Tactical just introduced their new Ultimate Jig. There are tons of jigs out there for machining 80% lower receivers. For the most part all of them are specifically for either the AR-15 or AR-1o lowers and not both. The new Ultimate Jig sets itself apart by accommodating both AR-15 AND AR-1o lower receivers from not just Juggernaut Tactical but also most lowers available on the market. It also has Press Fit Stainless Steel Drill Bushings, an alignment tool to keep your lower in the perfect spot and a depth gauge for the drill bits. 

Juggernaut Tactical Ultimate 80 percent lower Machining Jig 1

After considering everybody’s feedback regarding jigs, we were able to develop our patent pending Ultimate Jig. With this jig, you are now able to build both AR-10 and AR-15 80% lowers. Our alignment tool that ensures the pocket is always centered in combination with our oversized top plates allows for very smooth and consistent finishing. Pair that with our press fit stainless steel drill bushings and included depth gauge, you will have yourself the perfect tool to finish any top-tier AR rifle. The only thing necessary to get your project going is a drill press or a hand drill and router; everything else provided in your Ultimate Jig Kit.

Juggernaut Tactical Ultimate 80 percent lower Machining Jig 1

SPECS
– 17-4 Stainless Steel Drill Bushings
– Patented alignment tool with light
– Depth gage for quickly setting tool length
– CNC-machined from solid aerospace billet aluminum
– Laser-etched with Right/Left markings and drill hole sizes for convenience
– Individually replaceable plates
– Type III hard coat anodized
– Optional high quality tooling package includes all bits required to finish your AR-15 or AR-10 lower.  These are the same bits we use in our commercial CNC machines at the Juggernaut Tactical factory
– If instructions are properly followed, the jig kit can be used to finish up to 25 lowers, or more
– Made in the USA
– PATENT PENDING

Juggernaut Tactical Ultimate 80 percent bit set

Tooling package comes with:
– 1 ea. 0.375″ Cobalt Drill
– 1 ea. 0.3125″ Cobalt Drill
– 1 ea. 0.156″ Cobalt Drill
– 1 ea. 5/16″ Carbide Endmill

Overall this seems to be a very well thought out machining jig. The fact that it works for both AR-15 and AR-10 80% lowers is pretty awesome. Being that it works with both AR-15 and AR-10 lowers I was expecting to see a huge price tag on it but was very happy to see it is priced right in line or less than many of the comparable machining jigs on the market that only work with one or the other. If you’re an 80% DIY’er you definitely need to at least give the new Juggernaut Tactical Ultimate Jig a look.

The Ultimate Jig can be purchased directly from Juggernaut Tactical at www.JTactical.com.

Phase 5 Weapon Systems has recently introduced a couple of really cool looking new Hex shaped muzzle brakes. The first was the FATman Hex Brake which utilizes a two chamber design to reduce felt recoil and 12 o’clock ports to compensate for muzzle rise. The newest version is the littleBOY Hex Brake and, as I’m sure you’ve guess already, is a little bit more compact (shorter) than the FATman. Currently both Brakes are available for 556/.223 and 7.62×51/.308/300blk but my contacts at P5WS have told me they will be releasing 9mm, 7.62×39 and 6.8mm versions later this month. Check out these sweet looking muzzle brakes and read the info below. Will make sure we let you know when the additional caliber options are available in a few weeks. 

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Phase 5 FATman Hex Brake 2

FATman Hex Brake

The FATman Hex Brake was created to solve issues faced by many competition shooters and precision rifle builders. The 2 large (FAT) ventilated baffle sections and chambers create the compensation needed to reduce the overall recoil felt by the shooter.

Phase 5 FATman Hex Brake 2

The FATman Hex Brake includes two top ports machined at a 20 Deg. forward directed angle. These top ports help direct the energy of the spent gas in a manner that maintains a flat consecutive result shot after shot. The design of the FATman Hex Brake allows the first chamber wall to sit as close to the barrel crown plane as possible. This design element was included to maintain the full accuracy of the barrel.


Phase 5 littleBOY Hex Brake 1

littleBOY Hex Brake

Introducing the littleBOY Hex Brake; a younger, compact version of the original FATman Hex Brake, which was also created to solve issues faced by many competition shooters and precision rifle builders.

Phase 5 littleBOY Hex Brake 2

Including 1 large (FAT) ventilated baffle section and chamber to create the compensation needed to reduce the overall recoil felt by the shooter. Just like its big brother, the design of the littleBOY Hex Brake allows the chamber wall to sit as close to the barrel crown plane as possible. This design element was included to maintain the full accuracy of the barrel.

The iconic Phase 5 Hex design gives the FATman and littleBOY Hex Brakes the perfect styling that custom gun builders are looking for.

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Modern Outfitters recently began offering their beautiful Spiral Fluted .223 Wylde barrels for individual purchase instead of just in a complete upper/rifle. These barrels are made from 4150 CMV steel, have a Melonite finish, 1:8 Twist, chambered in the awesome .223 Wylde (it’s a hybrid chamber that shoots both .223 and 5.56 but shoots 5.56 more accurately than a 5.56 barrel) and an 11 degree target crown. Currently you can choose between 14.7″ or 18″ barrel but I’ve heard there may be a 16″ version coming along shortly as well. 

Modern Carbine Spiral Fluted Barrel 2

Modern Carbine Spiral Fluted Barrel 2

Modern Carbine Spiral Fluted Barrel 2

These sold out pretty quick when they were first released but are now back in stock in limited quantities. If you want one I would suggest jumping on it now. Check out these awesome barrels and many other products at Shop.ModernOutfitters.com.

ODIN Works just announced their extremely popular 300BLK barrels are back in stock. ODIN Works offers a 10.5″ and 16.1″ 300BLK barrel that are made from 416R Stainless Steel, Hand Lapped, Button Rifled with a 1:8 Twist and are Sub-MOA Guaranteed (I have a 10.5″ 5.56 and can attest these things shoot lasers!). Both barrels have M4 Feedramps and a nice satin finish.

ODIN Works 10.5 300BLK 1ODIN Works 16.1 300BLK 1

Another nice thing that ODIN Works does is include a low profile gas block with every barrel. These gas blocks have a small alignment mark  on the back that you sync up with a line on the barrel for perfect gas block alignment first time. 

ODIN Works Barrels

ODIN Works barrels seem to be a very well kept secret. Those that have tried them all say the same thing…”These things are awesome.” If you’re looking to sling some Sub-MOA 300BLK without breaking the bank, these are hard to pass up. They also have a full line of Sub-MOA guaranteed .223 Wylde barrels and 6.5 Grendel barrels too. 

Check them all out at www.ODINWorks.com

At SHOT Show 2016, Agency Arms announced a partnership between themselves and PWS (Primary Weapon Systems) to offer the Agency Arms Project CLASSIFIED DI rifle. I got permission to share the following photos that as far as I know have not been fully published yet. Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics and Agency Arms said this regarding the new rifle…

“Everybody knows there’s ARs all over the place. Why would you choose one brand over another brand? Quality is quality. But there are features on the AR platform that can be improved and when people get together and start thinking about them they find new ways to do things that some people just didn’t think of before. Some times its a little fix, some times its something potentially revolutionary. Not gonna use the word game changer but what I will say is this rifle brings a lot of value added products to the platform that are gonna be something that you might prefer in a rifle system if you’re looking for a new one.” – Aaron Cowan, Sage Dynamics

Agency Arms Project Classified Rifle 1Agency Arms Project Classified Rifle 2Agency Arms Project Classified Rifle 3

Agency Arms Project Classified Rifle 4

Agency Arms Project Classified Rifle 6

– The upper and lower receiver appear to be billet but it is a lightened forged receiver set.
– 14.5″ 416 Stainless Lithium Isolated Barrel
– Chambered in .223 Wylde with a 1:8 Twist, Medium Weight Profile
– Midlength Gas System
– Ambidextrous controls with ambi mag release, bolt release, short throw ambi safety and charging handle
– CLASSIFIED 13.4″ Rail
– Rail up front features both picatinny and keymod.
– Has a ratcheting castle nut. Can be removed without tools.
– H2 Buffer
– Magpul stock, grip and MBUS PRO sights.
– Will ship with rail scales polymer rail covers
– Dead Air Pyro comp and Flash Hider suppressor mount. Mount is pinned for 16″ OAL.
– ALG Defense ACT Trigger.

The photo below shows a 4 position adjustable DI carrier that allows for suppressed / unsuppressed use or when running different ammunition loads. This rifle is one of the few DI platforms designed from the ground up for suppressed use.

Agency Arms Project Classified Rifle 5

Pre-orders are available and existing Agents have the ability to match their Agent number to their rifle serial number. 

Also included:
Grey Ghost rifle case
G-Code Scorpion Belt pouch
Two ETS clear magazines
RailScales Panels

MSRP $2900

www.agencyarms.com

LANTAC USA had another awesome showing at SHOT Show. LANTAC’s best known for their Dragon muzzle brakes but very soon they will be offering a complete rifle called the LANTAC RAVEN LA-R15. The new rifle will feature the Dragon muzzle brake, a 416r SS barrel in .223 wylde or 300BLK, SPADA handguard, UAR billet upper and billet lower, E-BCG, LANTAC Trigger made by CMC and a Magpul Grip and CTR Stock. It will also feature LANTAC’s improved buffer system.

LANTAC RAVEN LA-R15 Rifle 1

LANTAC RAVEN LA-R15 Rifle 2

LANTAC also showed off their new triggers made by CMC Triggers. These are offered in both a straight or curved bow and look very cool.

LANTAC Trigger CMC

LANTAC has been offering Dragon muzzle brakes in 5.56, 7.62 5/8-24 and 7.62 14×1 LH (AK47). Another newer product from LANTAC is the new Dragon 9mm muzzle brake. These 9mm Dragons are currently available with a 13.5×1 thread pattern for the SIG MPX and 1/2-36 for other AR9’s, etc. KRISS has even started to OEM the LANTAC 9mm Dragon on their new 9mm VECTORs.

LANTAC Dragon 9mm SIG MPX

Lantac Dragon 9mm Kriss Vector

For more information on LANTAC products you can follow them on their social media links below and check out their website as well. 

LANTAC USA on Facebook
LANTAC USA on Instagram
www.LANTAC-USA.com

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SHOT Show 2016 photos provided by David (TracerX)