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After quite a long time out of stock, Ballistic Advantage 5.45×39 barrels are finally back in stock. 5.45×39 is the ammo that you usually shoot out of an AK-74 and for a long time was some of the cheapest centerfire rifle ammo around. If you’re like me you stocked up on it when you could and now need a good barrel to shoot it all. The Ballistic Advantage 5.45×39 barrels are some of the nicest you’ll find anywhere, are very accurate and are machined from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium steel with a QPQ Corrosion Resistant Finish. Ballistic Advantage also includes a WOLF Extra Power Hammer Spring to ensure proper function. They also have 5.45×39 Bolts available for pre-order as well.

Ballistic Advantage 5.45x39 Barrels InStock

I have built a few 5.45×39 uppers including one with a BA barrel and I love it. Head on over to www.BallisticAdvantage.com now to snag a few of these barrels while they last. You won’t be disappointed. 

Cross Machine Tool is running a special promotion with two of their largest retails. From now through the end of the month, if you purchase a Cross Machine Tool Billet Receiver Set (upper and lower together) you will also receive a FREE Cross Machine Tool Muzzle Device. AR-15 receiver sets will come with the CRC556 muzzle device and the AR-10 sets will come with the new CRB Muzzle Brake.

Cross Machine Tool CMT Billet Receiver Set Muzzle Brake Promotion

This deal is only available currently through Rainier Arms and Aim Surplus which are both top notch retailers and great to do business with. If you’re looking for a quick start to a new build or a great finish to some parts you have laying around, this is a deal look into. Check out these deals at the links below.

CMT Receiver Sets at Rainier Arms

CMT Receiver Sets at Aim Surplus

ETS Group introduced their C.A.M. Pistol Magazine Loader a few months ago and is now introducing their new Universal C.A.M. Rifle Magazine Loader. The Universal C.A.M. Rifle Magazine Loader works very similar to how their Pistol Magazine Loader works. Simply attach the loader to the mag, pick up the ammo with the loader and then use the plunger to push the rounds into the mag. There are lots of mag loaders out there but most are much larger and the C.A.M. has a very impressive list of Mags and Calibers that it can load. Take a look at the details and video below.

ETS Group Universal CAM RIFLE Magazine Loader

LOADER FEATURES

– Loads rifle mags in seconds! Truly the first universal speed loader for rifle mags.
– Works with AR15, AK47, AK74, G36, Steyr Aug, MP5, Scorpion EVO, Colt SMG, UZI, AR10, and more.
– Loads the following calibers: 5.56×45 /.223, .300BLK, 7.62×39, 5.45×39, 9mm, .308 and more.
– Picks rounds up from ammo tray. User doesn’t have to even touch ammo.
– Feeds easily and won’t damage the mags in any way.
– Portable, easily fits in your range bag.
– Made from an extremely durable polymer that will hold up to wear and tear.
– Lifetime Warranty

I know I would rather be shooting guns than loading mags but it seems like you spend more time loading at the range than anything else. If you want to spThe ETS Group Universal C.A.M. Rifle Magazine Loader is available to order now for just $29.99 at www.ETSGroup.us

Ballistic Advantage started a new promotion at the beginning of the week. With the success of last months Free Upper promotion they have decided to do another promotion this month but this one includes a FREE Ballistic Advantage Forged Lower Receiver. All you need to do is add $175 in other products to your cart on www.BallisticAdvantage.com, add the lower receiver to your cart as well and use the discount code “FREELOWER” to receive the lower for FREE. Basically buy a barrel or other Ballistic Advantage part you probably would have already purchased and they’ll hook you up!! Doesn’t get easier than that.

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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.

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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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When I go to the range I usually go by myself so I can just do my thing. After spending some time by myself at the range over the weekend and having to reload my mags in the cold, with gloves on, etc. it was funny to run across this new product online yesterday. Plate Design has been making speed loaders for a while and even make them for the AK as well. What I like about their Gen2 ACEM AR/M4 Speed Loader is that it is MultiCaliber. Instead of just being designed to work with .223/5.56 it will work with a wide variety of the most popular AR calibers which includes .223/5.56, 300 Blackout, 6.8 SPC, 6.5 Grendel, 5.45×39 and 7.62×39 rounds. That’s pretty impressive. I myself shoot 5.56, 300BLK, 5.45×39 and 7.62×39 all the time through my ARs so this definitely interests me. 

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Plate Design ACEM AR-M4 Speed Loadergen2 4

Plate Design ACEM AR-M4 Speed Loadergen2 4Click the Gif above to watch it again.

ACEM™ AR/M4 30 GEN 2 
–  Magazine interface: AR15/M4 platform 
–  Rounds: (capacity) 
–  5.56 x 45mm NATO/.223 Remington (30) 
–  300 Blackout (30) 
–  6.8 SPC (25) 
–  6.5 Grendel (25) 
–  5.45×39 (30) 
–  7.62×39 (25) 

I definitely think I am going to pick one of these up to give it a try. They are just $59.95 which seems totally worth it to save me the time and hassle of loading mags one bullet at a time, especially now that it works with multiple different rounds that I use often. If you’re interested in one yourself, you can get more information and purchase on for yourself at www.Plate-Design.com.

Today, I’m excited to start a new series of articles documenting the process of LEGALLY building a suppressor from home. Building your own suppressor allows you to use an NFA Trust and e-File a Form 1 which can drastically speed up the process. It also can be much less expensive than purchasing a suppressor from a manufacturer. So here’s your invitation to follow along with us as we experience a completely new part of NFA Ownership.

Many AR-15 owners have built an AR using an 80% lower receiver and even more know about the legalities and rules regarding it. Just the opposite can be said for building a suppressor from home. Up until a few years ago, the state of Michigan (where I live) did not even allow Suppressor ownership. Once that changed  I started learning a bit more about it and saw that some people built suppressors themselves. Building a suppressor in some ways is very similar to an 80% Lower in that most of the work is done but it requires some additional machining to complete. One huge key difference is that unfortunately you do have to register it with the BATFE and pay for a $200 Tax Stamp, unlike an 80% lower. This article will focus on the components of the suppressor build but the next article will focus solely on using an NFA Trust to submit a Form 1 Suppressor build.

WHAT COMPANY SHOULD I BUY FROM

There are quite a few websites that sell kits that are typically called “Solvent Traps” which consist of a tube, and additional components, all of varying quality. I really wanted to the best components possible to mirror how we at AR15NEWS build our ARs. Through a recommendation from a friend and additional research I turned to SD Tactical Arms. SD Tactical Arms is a Veteran Owned, Class 7 Type 2 FFL manufacturer that produces very high quality “Solvent Trap” components, rifles, etc. and has an outstanding reputation amongst DIY’ers.

THE COMPONENTS

Of course AR15NEWS readers only deserve the best so we are going all out on this build. For our 7.62mm suppressor build we will be using the SD Tactical Arms Titanium 7.6 inch “Solvent Trap” tube and thread protectors (end caps) which come to 8 inches overall length, Titanium Blast Chamber and Spacer Material, Stainless Steel Freeze Plugs that will be formed and drilled to become baffles and the new Challenge Coin (helps keep the suppressor threaded on tight). Once finished, this suppressor will thread directly onto their muzzle brakes and I have a 5.56 and 7.62 brake so it can be used on multiple rifles. Owning these solvent trap components is perfectly legal as they have not been drilled and assembled as a suppressor…yet.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1

THE “CHALLENGE COIN”

Here’s a closeup look at the “Challenge Coin”. Currently it just looks cool but once our Form 1 is approved we can machine out the center of the coin and insert it in the blast chamber of the suppressor which will help keep the suppressor on tight without needing a locking mechanism on the mount.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1

THREADED MUZZLE BRAKES

The SD Tactical Arms muzzle brakes have ACME threads on them allowing you to mount your suppressor directly to them using the threaded end cap. I’m sure I’ll be purchasing a few more of these brakes so I can install the suppressor on different rifles with ease.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1`

ENGRAVING ON YOUR SUPPRESSOR BODY

As I mentioned above, to build a suppressor you have to submit a Form 1 at which time you have to put in your Trust Name, City and State, choose a Model Name and assign a Serial Number for your suppressor. Once the Form 1 is approved you have to have that information engraved onto your suppressor. I was very pleased to find out that SD Tactical Arms will engrave the information for you, as seen in the image below, for just $25. If you know this information at the time of purchase they will engrave it before sending your parts to you. 

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1Click to enlarge image

HOW MUCH & HOW LONG

You are probably wondering what all of these high quality components cost and if it really is that much cheaper or faster than buying a suppressor. To start, Form 1 Suppressor builds that are e-Filed are taking anywhere from 70-80 days to be approved. Compare that to 3-4 months to purchase a suppressor from a dealer using a Form 4, which can’t be e-filed, or even longer if they have to order that suppressor from the manufacturer and you can see how this is a pretty quick route.

Now lets talk price! Here’s the breakdown:
–  Titanium Muzzle Brake Adapter – $45.99
–  Titanium end cap – $45.99
–  Titanium 7.6″ tube – $73.49
–  Titanium D-cell spacer tube – $29.99
–  Challenge coin – $34.99
–  Muzzle brake – $56.99
–  Stainless freeze plugs – $3.39 each x 12 = $40.68
–  Double sided centering tool – $22.99
–  Engraving Service – $25

The sum of those parts comes to $376.11 including one muzzle brake for the suppressor to thread onto. Assuming you already have a drill press, carbide drill bits, a vise and a few tools to do the final machining, your cost including the $200 tax stamp would be just $576.11. Keep in mind this cost is for the top of the line components and can be reduced by using different components which are also available at SD Tactical Arms. This type of price range for an 8″ Suppressor that you would purchase from your local FFL would be virtually impossible to find. Most options would run you at a minimum $200-300 more for a very low end suppressor.

At this point I am still waiting for my Form 1 to be approved so I can not do any modification to the parts. Before we get to that I will add an article showing you step by step instructions specifically for e-Filing your Form 1 to build a suppressor and another article explaining the tools needed to turn your Solvent Trap into a Suppressor. As soon as my Form 1 is approved I will document the machining process, assembly and show you how well it shoots. 

Until then, you should get a head start on your own build by visiting www.SDTacticalArms.com to pick out your own components. You can also visit the SD Tactical Arms Forum for information, tips, instructions, etc. from the pros.

Don’t forget to get your NFA Trust from Coyote Rifleworks. I have used mine twice now and couldn’t be happier. They are just $95 with same day turnaround.

Be sure to bookmark our AR15NEWS Form 1 Suppressor Build thread to keep tabs on the process.

**NOTE: AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice.

LANTAC USA has just released their new Product Brochure for 2015 which shows a snapshot of their current and coming soon products however I know they have many many more products that they would like to introduce this year too. I can tell you right now I have 2 Lantac Dragons that are just begging for the new BMD to be released and their new E-BCG is a must have and is already in the hands of customers with people raving about it. Other products such as the new UAR billet upper, SPADA rail, Dragon and DrAKon muzzle brakes we already know are out or on their way but I was surprised to see the addition of a 14.5″ Mid Length and 14.5″ Intermediate Length barrels which look to be really nice barrels. Check out some images of the LANTAC USA 2015 Product Brochure below. If you would like to see read the actual PDF click on this link.

Visit www.LANTAC-USA.com for more information as well.
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**Update: I may have gotten ahead of myself here. Apparently I mistook the “Related Products” section where they say Add To Cart as the Add To Cart for the coming soon 5.56 Ambi Sets. I will let you know as soon as these receivers are officially available for purchase.**

One of my favorite products that I’ve recently used in a build is the new SI-Defense Ambi .308 billet set. The Mirrored Ambi Controls are seriously the best thing since sliced bread. Of course as soon as they introduced the .308 billet set the #1 question was….when are you releasing the .223/5.56 set? Well, the wait is finally over! SI-Defense Full Ambi .223/5.56 billet sets are now available for purchase on the SI-Defense website. They feature the exact same Mirrored Ambi Controls that the .308 set which includes the same Bolt Catch / Release lever on both sides and the same Magazine Release button on both sides. Craziest part is the set costs less than many of the other billet receivers sets on the market that aren’t even ambi. Take a look at the pics and then head on over to www.SI-Defense.com to put in your order today. 

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AMBI SI-D 223/556 Receiver Set
–  Material: 7075-T6 Billet Aluminum
–  Finish: Deep Black Hardcoat Anodize
–  Patent Pending Mirrored Ambidextrous Controls
–  Ambidextrous Takedown and Pivot pin locations
–  Bore is reamed for superior accuracy
–  M4 Feedramps
–  Front magwell grip grooves
–  Ambi index finger grooves
–  Sleek and stylish shell deflector
–  Threaded forward assist hole
–  Quick release dust cover assembly

The SI Defense .223/56 receiver set is the ultimate ambidextrous receiver set. The ambidextrous bolt catch release and magazine release are exactly mirrored identically on both sides of the receiver. These features are unique and unparalleled in the industry and were engineered to accommodate the left and right handed shooter. Special attention was given to incorporate smooth transitions throughout the receiver set, giving it a feel of confidence and reliability. Bore is machined perpendicularly and concentrically for superior accuracy. Receiver Set Includes: Dust cover, Ambi bolt catch, and Ambi mag release button.

http://si-defense.com/shop/ar15-receivers/ambi-si-d-22356-receiver-set/

You may have heard already that Lehigh Defense, makers of some amazing ammunition, are now offering very high quality AR Bolts in 223/5.56, 5.45×39, 7.62×39, 6.8SPC, and 458 SOCOM. I recently got my hands on a Phosphate 223/5.56 and Nickel Boron 7.62×39 bolt and just from my initial inspection, they are very nice.

The bolts are done on one machine/station. This alleviates the stacking of tolerances from multiple fixtures. They keep their tolerances down to .0003” and have a propriety heat treat process which ensures consistent case hardness across the hole bolt as well as insuring consistent core hardness. The Bolt material is AISI 9310 VAR (vacuum arc remelt), which is the highest standard material used.

Lehigh Defense Bolts 2

Lehigh Defense Bolts 2

This weekend my plan is to get out to the range to test out both of these bolts. The Phosphate 223/5.56 will be used in my new SBR and the Nickel Boron 7.62×39 will be installed in my KAK Industry 7.62×39 AR Pistol. 

Lehigh Defense Bolts 2

If you’re looking for a new high quality bolt for your AR or just want to have an extra one laying around, you’ll be hard pressed to find nicer ones that these from Lehigh Defense. Check out their full list of available Bolts at www.LehighDefense.com.

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. 

BattleComp BC51.0 AAC 51t mount

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.

Purchase at http://battlecomp.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18&products_id=72

My buddy Roy at Weapon Outfitters just posted on his Facebook page that the B.E. Meyers 249F 5.56 Flash Hider will now have a Melonite coating which is awesome as it Melonite offers great corrosion resistance and is applied inside and out of the entire piece.  The 249F is an awesome flash hider that has been used in Military/Special Operations for years now and was recently made available to civilians as well primarily through Weapon Outfitters. I have one pinned to my 13.7″ Weapon Outfitters upper (16″ OAL) and its very impressive. If you’re looking for a great Flash Hider, this would definitely be one that I would recommend.

BE Meyers 249F Flash hider

New and Improved for 2014!

After nearly 2 decades of service, and STILL a top tier flash hider according to JSOC and Vuurwapen Blog, the BE Meyers 249F is now MELONITED for superior corrosion resistance and surface hardness!

http://www.weaponoutfitters.com/be-meyers-flash-hider-for-5-56mm-weapons-1.html

Been thinking about buying an awesome new BattleComp Tactical Compensator? Now’s the time to do it. BC is running a 15% off sale in celebration of Labor Day. No discount code needed. Just pick out an in-stock BattleComp and buy away. As you can see below, I’ve been using BattleComp’s for a few years now and recommend them anytime I can.

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We are proud to help all hard-working Americans celebrate Labor Day. Please enjoy your long weekend and enjoy our 15% off sale on all in-stock BattleComps.

Our Labor Day Sale starts…RIGHT NOW and ends at midnight PDT on September 8th. And remember, all orders still come with free samples of FIREClean…while supplies last!

Start shopping now at www.BattleComp.com.