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XANTHOS-LITE “LARGE FRAME” .308 RECEIVER SET

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by ar15news

I’ve always liked the looks of the 2A Armament receiver sets. Recently they released their new XANTHOS-LITE “LARGE FRAME” .308 receiver set which looks absolutely amazing and is super light weight at just 1 point (16 ounces) for the stripped set. The term “LARGE FRAME” just refers to your typical LR308/SR-25 receiver set. This set would make for one beautiful rifle. Check out the details and pictures below.

The XANTHOS-lite was developed to give the end user a lightweight solution for the popular “large frame” 308 (LR308/SR-25) pattern of firearms.  The XANTHOS-lite is geared towards the user who want’s quality material, design, and functionality in a large frame build. The XANTHOS-lite shares the common DPMS HIGH standard for rail height, and will accept most accessories on the market. The lightening cuts on the top of the receiver feature a tapered design to give aftermarket rails a seamless look from receiver to rail. Features such as a tensioning screw, and screw in pin for the bolt release are also included. A generous magazine well aid in reloading. The XANTHOS-lite is sold only as a matched set.

2a Armament XANTHOS-lite billet set 308 12a Armament XANTHOS-lite billet set 308 12a Armament XANTHOS-lite billet set 308 1

Features:
–  3-D Machined from U.S.A. Certified 7075-T6 plate aluminum
–  Pocketed design reduces weight, and enhances appearance
–  Forward assist has been removed from upper to reduce weight
–  Bolt release features screw in pin (Included)
–  Integrated and lightened trigger guard
–  Machined T-Markings and minimized logo for a clean appearance
–  Tapered charging handle ramp to eliminate unsightly wear marks
–  DPMS Standard high rail height
–  Integrated tensioning screw guaranties a tight fit (included)
–  Bead blasted and hard coat anodized black (Type3 class2)
–  Weight: (16oz total) Stripped upper and lower combined
–  Compatible with most accessories on the market
–  Product of the great state of Idaho, MADE IN THE U.S.A.

BACK ORDERS ARE TYPICALLY 2-3 WEEKS OUT!

You can order the new XANTHOS-LITE “LARGE FRAME” .308 receiver set or check out other awesome AR products at www.2a-arms.com.

3 New 5R Rifled .308 Barrels from Faxon Firearms

Posted on March 7th, 2016 by ar15news

If you remember back to the beginning of 2015 we predicted that the .308 AR market was going to explode and it absolutely did. The increase in demand for the AR-10 has brought great new products at amazing prices from many companies and that definitely includes Faxon Firearms. Faxon just added 3 more barrels to their line of .308 barrels bringing the total to 12 different models. These new barrels all feature 5R rifling vs the traditional rifling of the other .308 barrels Faxon offers and are available in 3 different models, all with a QPQ (Nitride, Melonite, same thing) finish.

The three new models are: 
16″ .308 – 4150 – Medium Taper – Mid Gas – QPQ 
18″ .308 – 4150 – Medium Taper – Mid Gas – QPQ 
18″ .308 – 416-R – Heavy Fluted – Mid Gas – QPQ 

Faxon .308 5R Barrels 1

These new barrels range in price from $269 to $329 and are available right now for both customers and dealers at www.FaxonFirearms.com

President’s Day Sale – KAK Industry

Posted on February 15th, 2016 by ar15news

KAK Industry is doing a one day President’s Day Sale. Save 15% off your entire order using the code “PRES15″ at checkout. KAK is known for their super competitive pricing and this is a great opportunity to save even more. Barrels, BCGs, Muzzle Devices, AR furiture, etc. The photo below shows my 6.25” 300BLK upper build entirely with parts from KAK Industry. 

www.KAKIndustry.com

KAK Industry Presidents Day Sale

Presidents day sale starts now. Not retroactive. One use per customer. Use code “PRES15”. Good for the entire site. One day only

Does not apply to bulk orders

FALKOR Defense “King” .30-Cal Breacher Muzzle Brake

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by ar15news

FALKOR Defense has been on a hot pace, introducing one new product after another and I think you’ll see that continue throughout 2016 for them. After their huge showing at SHOT last month they came home and got back to work. First up is this new “King” Breacher Muzzle Brake. The “King” is designed for use on barrels with a 5/8-24 thread and .30-Cal ammunition such as 300BLK or .308. As with all FALKOR Defense components and rifles, this thing is built to withstand a lifetime of abuse and then some. Read more about the “King” Breacher Muzzle Brake below, then head on over to www.FALKORDefense.com to purchase one for yourself.

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FALKOR Defense “King” Breacher

The “King” Breacher muzzle brake is designed with two elements in mind; kicking ass and minimizing recoil and muzzle rise. The “King” is designed specifically for .30-cal “battle rifles” utilizing a simple two port design with a diffused front baffle to help reduce back pressure.  The unique 2-port tapered design combined with an internal variable diameter chamber maximizes the efficiency of gas pressure distribution while the port shape redirects the flow to eliminate muzzle rise.  All FALKOR muzzle brakes are machined from 12L14 Steel and case hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 50c before the black Nitride finish process to insure longevity of the baffle integrity. The result is a simple and effective brake that will withstand the abuse of .30-caliber semi-auto use while sustaining precision on target.

*comes with a 5/8″ crush washer for installation

Weight: 3.01 oz

Length: 2″

Threads: 5/8 – 24 TPI (standard .30-cal)

Coating: Black Nitride

FALKOR Defense KING Breacher Muzzle Brake 1

http://falkordefense.com/shop/parts-accessories/falkor-king-breacher-muzzle-brake/

F-1 Firearms To Begin Sales In The Canadian Market

Posted on January 28th, 2016 by ar15news

F-1 Firearms, a USA manufacturer of extremely head turning ARs, billet receiver sets, rails, barrels, BCGs and other components, is partnering up with O’Dell Engineering Ltd to introduce the F-1 Firearms lineup of rifles and components to the Canadian market. O’Dell Engineering Ltd has a huge dealer network all across Canada as shown in the graphic below. So, if you’re in Canada and would like to get your hands on some F-1 products, you don’t have too long to wait before you start seeing them on the shelves of your favorite firearms stores.

F1 Firearms Canadian DealersF-1 Firearms / O’Dells Canadian Dealer Network

F1 Firearms Canadian Dealers

F1 Firearms Canadian Dealers

For more information on F-1 Firearms products, go to their website www.F-1Firearms.com, F-1 Firearms Facebook or F-1 Firearms Instagram. You can also find a whole list of O’Dell Engineering Ltd Dealers where you will be able to purchase these fine rifles and components at http://www.odellengineeringltd.com/find-a-dealer.html

KAK Industry – LR-308 Carbine Heavy Buffer

Posted on January 26th, 2016 by ar15news

I have a few LR-308 rifles, two of which I have personally built myself. Both of those rifles I wanted to run a standard AR-15 stock and buffer tube on instead of say a .308 PRS. Not only is it nice to have the option to swap stocks with any of my other ARs or to use stocks such as the Magpul UBR but the AR-15 buffer tube is slightly shorter than the AR-10 buffer tube making it a bit more compact. I’ve shown this setup to tons of people and they love it. To do this I’ve used what is called an LR-308 Carbine Buffer and the LR-308 Carbine Spring.

LR-308 Carbine Buffer in RifleMy FALKOR Defense .308 16″ with a normal AR-15 UBR stock installed.

So far so good but I’ve been thinking about increasing the buffer weight to reduce felt recoil a bit and just make it even smoother. My current buffers weigh in at just 3.8 ounces which is pretty light. Most LR-308 Heavy Buffers are close to $100 so last night, when KAK Industry told me about there new LR-308 Carbine Heavy Buffer, I was all ears. 

As you may already know, KAK Industry makes all of their parts in house so they not only make sure their Quality Control is top notch but also they can pass on the savings to their customers. The new KAK LR-308 Carbine Heavy Buffer is made from superior 304 grade stainless steel for durability, hardness, and longevity vs the typical 303 grade stainless steel. They also have solid tungsten cores and weigh 5.5 ounces. Whats even more impressive is that they are selling them at just $55 each. At that price it is a no-brainer to upgrade to the heavy buffer.

KAK LR-308 Carbine Heavy Buffer

These are available for purchase now. I literally just ordered some other parts from KAK Industry last night and should have added a couple of these too. If you’ve got an 308 AR or are in the process of building one, and want to run an AR-15 buffer tube on it, my suggestion is to go with this LR-308 Carbine Heavy Buffer and an LR-308 Carbine Buffer Spring. KAK Industry is an awesome small business to show some support to.

KAK INDUSTRY 308 CARBINE HEAVY BUFFER
https://www.kakindustry.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/510/

LR-308 Carbine Buffer Spring
http://www.kakindustry.com/lr308-carbine-buffer-spring

SHOT Show 2016 – LANTAC USA

Posted on January 26th, 2016 by ar15news

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)

SHOT Show 2016 – F-1 Firearms

Posted on January 23rd, 2016 by ar15news

F-1 Firearms had some really sweet looking rifles in their SHOT Show booth. Many of the rifles they showcased featured finishes by some of the best Cerakote guys in the business such as BlownDeadLine (BDL Custom Finish). The BDR-15 3G rifles really stood out with their cool skeletonized receivers and rails. 

F1 Firearms BDR-15 3G rifle 1

They also introduced their new BDR-10 receiver sets (we were the first to offer a sneak peek here) which will definitely create some sweet looking big bore builds. 

F1 Firearms BDR-10 308 billet set

You can follow F-1 Firearms on their social media channels below as well as their website.

F-1 Firearms on Facebook
F-1 Firearms on Instagram

www.F-1Firearms.com

SHOT Show 2016 – .308 Hexmag Spotted

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by ar15news

If you looked close at SHOT Show you just might have spotted the .308 Hexmag magazine. I haven’t heard any official dates as to when Hexmag will be introducing the .308 magazine but it sure it awesome to see that they are actively working on the magazines. Below are the pictures of a couple of .308 Hexmags shown at SHOT Show.

www.Hexmag.com

Hexmag .308 magazine 1Photo by Steve Coulston

Hexmag .308 magazine 1Photo by TracerX

SHOT Show 2016 – Faxon Firearms

Posted on January 21st, 2016 by ar15news

Faxon Firearms was at SHOT Show this year. They showed off some really cool stuff including their Holding Precision Firearms rifles as well as the much anticipated ARAK-31 (.308) version of the ARAK.

For Holding Precision Firearms they featured the Wraith rifle. It has a really cool Carbon Fiber handguard, the Curse dual chamber muzzle brake, billet receivers and even a Carbon Fiber stock. http://faxonfirearms.com/brands/Houlding.html

Houlding Precision Wraith 1

Houlding Precision Wraith 1

Of course, everyone wants to see the Faxon Firearms ARAK-31 .308 rifle. It appears they’ve made some nice improvements so far including the ambi charging handle that can be used at the same time as the standard folding charging handle. The ARAK-31 features an ambi ejection port meaning the end user can rotate the bolt 180 degrees and choose which side they would like the rifle to eject on. Another nice touch is the M-LOK attachment method on the rail as well as the QD sling attachment points. Not sure when the release date is but lets hope it’s soon! http://faxonfirearms.com/arak/arak-31-308-win/

Faxon ARAK-31 1

Faxon ARAK-31 1

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SHOT Show 2016 photos provided by David (TracerX)

SHOT Show 2016 – Mega Arms

Posted on January 20th, 2016 by ar15news

Mega Arms never fails to deliver some amazing, top quality new products at SHOT Show and this year they did the same. Some of their new products include an absolutely sick Light Weight .308 rifle, 22″ 6.5 Creedmoor barrel, Dedicated .22lr upper and their new DogBone optic mount.

MEGA ARMS Small Frame .308 Rifles.
These rifles will be available this coming summer. These are “Small Frame” meaning most of the parts are AR-15 compatible parts aside from things like the barrel, mag well, etc.  This helps the 16″ .308 rifle weigh in at just 7.2lbs. Will be available in 18″, 16″ and SBR models. All models will come with an adjustable gas block. These will be available only as complete rifles.

Mega Arms Small Frame 308 1

Mega Arms Small Frame 308 1

Mega Arms Small Frame 308 1

MEGA ARMS 22″ 6.5 Creedmoor 1:8 416Stainless Nitride Barrel
The 22″ 6.5 creedmor 1:8 twist barrel is made of 416 Stainless with a Nitride (QPQ) finish. Each barrel comes with matched high pressure bolt and firing pin. MSRP $430.

Mega Arms 6.5 Creedmoor barrel

MEGA ARMS Dedicated .22lr Upper
Dedicated .22lr uppers are great for training without shooting up all of your expensive ammo. The new Mega Arms .22lr dedicated upper has a 16″ Steel lined Beyer barrel and will fit any AR-15 lower. MSRP will be around $770. Should be available in about 6-8 weeks.

MEGA ARMS DogBone Optic Mount
The Mega Arms DogBone Optic Mount will be available for both the Trijicon MRO and Aimpoint T-1/T-2. Looking at about a $60 price tag. Will be ready for purchase in about 60 – 90 days.

Mega Arms DogBone Optic Mount

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SHOT Show 2016 photos provided by David (TracerX)

Sneak Peek!! F-1 Firearms .308 Billet Receiver Sets

Posted on January 13th, 2016 by ar15news

F-1 Firearms makes some pretty sweet looking AR-15 receivers and rails and lately everyone has been asking for them to make a .308 billet set as well. F-1 Firearms has hinted that their .308 sets were coming soon and with SHOT Show 2016 starting next week it only make sense for them to be introducing them there. However, today they released a photo of their SHOT Show display and wouldn’t you know, right at the bottom were two awesome looking F-1 Firearms .308 billet sets.  

F-1 Firearms .308 billet receiver set 2

F-1 Firearms .308 billet receiver set 2

F-1 Firearms .308 billet receiver set 3**F-1 sent me this AR15NEWS exclusive photo last night showing both versions of .308 receivers.**

As you can see they will be offering a skeletonized .308 version similar to their AR-15 receivers. I also like that on their non-skeletonized model it still has some aggressive cuts on the sides of the upper. If you are going to SHOT Show 2016 next week you can see these in person at booth #1243. For the rest of us sad saps, we’ll have to wait until they are released for sale soon. 

www.F-1Firearms.com

www.Facebook.com/F1Firearms

www.Instagram.com/F1Firearms

New!! STRYKE-2 Compensator from 556 Tactical

Posted on December 2nd, 2015 by ar15news

556 Tactical has just introduced their new STRYKE-2 Compensator and it looks pretty sweet. The STRYKE-2 is actually a combination of a muzzle brake and a compensator with the 3 side ports to reduce felt recoil and a 3 vertical ports to help reduce muzzle rise. And don’t worry, the STRYKE-2 is available for both 5.56 an 7.62 rifles. I’ve always been a fan of 5.56 Tactical and the fact that they offer great quality components at a great price. Check these out at www.556Tactical.com.

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556 Tactical STRYKE-2 Compensator. This new muzzle device will dramatically reduce muzzle rise as well as felt recoil, allowing for faster target acquisition. 3 upward ports to ease the side felt concussion and increasing target acquire spped. With our Stryke Face design this can be used for breaking a window, stamping a zombie on the forehead, or tenderizing your favorite meat for grilling!

With Radical Firearms rise in demand a popularity they have been getting more and more requests for a large frame rifle such as an AR-10. Yesterday Radical Firearms responded to those requests and officially introduced their new RF-10 rifle line with a BANG! Instead of releasing just one model, Radical Firearms introduced 3 different models of the RF-10 that are sure to accommodate a wide variety of tastes and budgets. We were fortunate to get our hands on one for a few weeks to take some photos of and man this is a nice rifle.

Radical Firearms RF-10

MODELS
The RF-10 will be available in three different models, all built off of the new RF-10 billet receiver set, that will all appeal to different crowds and budgets.

–  The first model is the RF-10 HUNTER which will appeal to a very broad range of customers as it comes nicely equipped with an 18″ barrel, Billet Receiver Set and 15″ RF billet rail but not a ton of other frills. The price point being at just $1,200 leaves the end user plenty of room to customize the rifle to their specific taste.

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–  The next model available is the RF-10 3-Gun model which bumps you up to an 18″ SS Fluted barrel, adjustable stock, NiB BCG and a few other upgrades. With a few extra upgrades this rifle still comes in at just $1,600. This is the model we got to borrow for a few weeks and they definitely know how to make a sweet looking rifle. 

RF10-BIL-RIFLE18SS-308-15FHR-3-gun

–  Last but definitely not least is the new RF-10 SuperMatch Tier1 model. This rifle includes many of the upgrades from the previous two models but also features an 18″ carbon fiber wrapped super match stainless barrel, guaranteed sub-moa, nickel boron BCG, adjustable stock, etc. Price on this beast comes in at a reasonable $2,600.

RF10-BIL-RIFLE18-308-tier1

Now for some Gun Porn! Below you’ll find some pictures of the RF-10 3-Gun model that we borrowed for photos. Plenty of closeup shots to show off the details of this beautiful rifle. Radical Firearms did a great job on this rifle. 

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

Radical Firearms RF-10 1

For more information about each model, head on over to www.RadicalFirearms.com. You won’t be disappointed!

New Product! Hybrid Contour .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor AR Barrels

Posted on September 23rd, 2015 by ar15news

Criterion Barrels is well known as a supplier of DPMS pattern .308 AR barrels for a wide variety of premium rifle manufacturers. Recognizing the demand generated by individual rifle builders for a premium hand lapped match grade barrel, Criterion has added a full range of mid-weight Hybrid contour .308 AR barrels to their stock model inventory.

Criterion Hybrid contour .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor AR barrels

While many of these designs are available in a traditional stainless steel finish, Criterion has sought to extend barrel service life and improve corrosion resistance by offering models in a chrome lined and salt bath nitride finish. Designed to accommodate a wide spectrum of rifle build configurations, barrels range in length from 16 to 22 inches.

Criterion Hybrid contour .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor AR barrels 1
Most of the new models feature a M118 LR chamber, a design specifically engineered to offer sub-MOA performance with 168 and 175 grain match ammunition. The M118 LR chamber retains the capability to accept both .308 Win and 7.62×51 NATO cartridges. Select models are also available chambered for the popular 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge.

A complete list of dealers and distributors can be found by visiting the .308 AR product page on the Criterion Barrels website.

http://criterionbarrels.com/barrels/.308_AR/ar-10-hybrid

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