Category Archives: 5.56 NATO / .223 (5.56×45)

(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

More and more it is becoming very apparent that Cross Machine Tool is more than just an AR receiver manufacturer. CMT was not satisfied with just making some amazing receiver sets so they basically starting making everything else. First it was muzzle devices, which they offer multiple models now. Then they came out with some extremely nice AR-15 and AR-10 handguards and most recently they announced they are introducing their new JAG gas blocks. Well, if you add all of those parts up you’re basically only a few parts away from a complete rifle so it only made sense for Cross Machine Tool to start offering complete rifles. 

Currently they are offering a number of different models including a 10.5″ 5.56 SBR, a 16″ 5.56 rifle and a 20″ 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10 rifle as shown below.

Cross Machine Tool 10.5″ 5.56 SBR

Cross Machine Tool 10.5 INCH SBR

Cross Machine Tool 16″ 5.56 Rifle

Cross Machine Tool 16 inch rifle

Cross Machine Tool 20″ 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle

Cross Machine Tool 20 inch 6.5 Creedmoor rifle

I can tell you I’ve built a ton of personal rifles using Cross Machine Tool receivers, handguards, etc. and you simply can’t go wrong with them. If you’re looking for a new factory built rifle or if you want to buy the individual components and build one your self, Cross Machine Tool is an option that is hard to beat. Check them out at www.CMTTAC.com.

Check out the San Tan Tactical Memorial Day Sale. Now through 5-30-2017, save 15% off of anything on their entire website using the discount code “MEMORIALDAY” at checkout. This is a great opportunity to save some $$ on one of the best ambi billet lowers on the market.

Get in on the sale at www.SanTanTactical.com.

SanTanTactical Memorial Day Sale

 

Every month I get excited to see what my buddies at AERO Precision have come up with for their new Monthly Builder Set. What I’ve been really stoked to see is that lately they’ve been offering both AR-15 and AR-10 builder sets in the same month instead of just one or the other. The May Builder Sets are again offered in the M4E1 (AR-15) and M5E1 (AR-10) with an amazing Desert MAD Dragon Cerakote finish. They are also offering a limited amount of matching B5 Systems furniture. Check out the picture below then get ready to buy your set before they’re all gone. 

www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

AERO Precision May Builder Set

The May builders sets are live and available in both M4E1 (AR15) and M5E1 (.308) This months finish is a Desert MAD Dragon from MAD Custom Coating! Limited matching B5 Systems furniture are also available. Get them before they’re gone!

https://aeroprecisionusa.com/combo-sets.html

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY

AERO Precision May Rifle Giveaway

This month AERO Precision is also giving away one M4E1 complete rifle chambered in 5.56 with a Geissele LPK, Super 42 buffer system, Maritime Bolt Catch, Super Charging handle and Super Dynamic 3-gun trigger! Its also coated in the Desert MAD Dragon done by MAD Custom Coating. 

https://aeroprecisionusa.com/ap/monthly-rifle-giveaway/

Faxon Firearms Announces Sub 1 Pound 10.5” Pencil Barrel

(CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of the new 10.5” Pencil barrel chambered in 5.56 NATO. The new 10.5” pencil barrel clocks in at less than 1 pound, focusing on maximum maneuverability and versatility for any pistol or SBR platform.

Focusing on removing all possible weight, the 10.5” Pencil barrel is formally rated at .9 lbs. including the barrel extension. The barrel is set up for standard carbine length gas systems, using a .625” diameter gas block journal, 1.1” in length – ideal for low-profile and light weight gas blocks.  

Faxon Firearms 10.5 inch Pencil Barrel 1

The barrels feature a 1/8 twist, conventionally rifled 100% in-house by Faxon under our numerous quality certifications. For maximum versatility, the barrels are chambered in 5.56 NATO and feature concentric 1/2×28 threads with a relieved shoulder. The 4150 certified gun barrel quality steel is individually magnetic particle inspected and finished with a durable and resilient nitride.

Faxon Firearms 10.5 inch Pencil Barrel 1

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our pencil barrel product line with the 10.5,” stated Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management. “Our pencil barrels are the lightest in the industry and with the 10.5” we have set another benchmark in ultralight performance.”

The 10.5” pencil barrel is available today and shipping now to Faxon’s dealers and OEM customers. MSRP is $159.00. New dealer and OEM inquiries are welcome.

10.5” Pencil Barrel Specifications

  • Barrel Material: 4150 Certified Gun Barrel Quality Steel, Triple Stress Relieved
  • Barrel Type: Button Rifled 
  • Barrel Caliber: 5.56
  • Barrel Twist: 1:8
  • Barrel Length: 10.5″
  • Barrel Profile:  Pencil
  • Barrel Gas System: Carbine
  • Inside Finish: Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch) 
  • Gas Block Diameter: .625″ 
  • Gas Port Diameter: .081″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  • Barrel Extension: M4 
  • Weight:  .9 lbs.
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • 11-degree Target Crown

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

Right now the AR market is kind of in a slump which sucks for retailers and manufactures but it is kind of awesome for us AR builders. This forces the manufacturers and retailers to bring out new products on a regular basis and those products have to offer more bang for the buck than when the market is at its peak. Case in point are these new QPQ barrels from AIM Surplus. All 3 of the barrels come with a QPQ finish for durability and corrosion resistance AND they include a low profile gas block that has already been drilled and pinned to the barrel which is the best way to make sure you’ve got a bomb proof setup. These are averrable in three different lengths which are 11.5″ Carbine, 16″ Mid and 18″ SPR Rifle and start at just $139.95. Check out the details below.

AIM Surplus QPQ AR Barrels

We are proud to introduce our 5.56 chambered AR Barrels. They are machined from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium steel with a QPQ Corrosion Resistant Finish and QPQ coated M4 feed ramp extension. They ship with a .750 IN. Low Profile gas block that is pinned and set screwed to the barrel. We are having these barrels manufactured to our exacting standards, we can offer you the customer a quality military grade product at a reasonable price. An incredible value. Made in America!

AIM .223/5.56 QPQ 11.5IN. CARBINE LENGTH AR Barrel w/ Gas Block Specifications:
– Length: 11.5 IN.
– Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium
– Profile: Government
– Finish: QPQ Corrosion Resistant
– Gas System Length: CARBINE Length
– Gas Block Journal: .750 INCH
– Twist Rate: 1:7 inches
– Muzzle: 1/2×28 Threaded
– Weight: 1.3 lbs (Includes Gas Block)

AIM .223/5.56 QPQ 16IN. MID-LENGTH AR Barrel w/ Gas Block Specifications:
– Length: 16 IN.
– Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium
– Profile: Government
– Finish: QPQ Corrosion Resistant
– Gas System Length: Mid-Length
– Gas Block Journal: .750 INCH
– Twist Rate: 1:7 inches
– Muzzle: 1/2×28 Threaded
– Weight: 1.8 lbs (Includes Gas Block)

AIM .223/5.56 QPQ 18IN. SPR RIFLE LENGTH AR Barrel w/ Gas Block Specifications:
– Length: 18 IN.
– Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium
– Profile: SPR
– Finish: QPQ Corrosion Resistant
– Gas System Length: RIFLE Length
– Gas Block Journal: .750 INCH
– Twist Rate: 1:7 inches
– Muzzle: 1/2×28 Threaded
– Weight: 2.6 lbs (Includes Gas Block)

Purchase at: http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?groupid=8453

BCI Defense Logo

BCI Defense is going to be debuting its newest rifle at the 2017 NRA Show in Atlanta (Booth #5348). The Dagger Series is built off the BCI Defense Professional Series platform with a few additions and changes. Starting with the “Battleworn” Cerekote finish that is available in 5 different colors; Battleship Grey, OD Green, Burnt Bronze, Blue and Red. Coupled with the non-traditional Cerakote finish, the rifle also features a Hogue Buttstock and Rubber Molded Beaver Tail Grip as well as 3 different muzzle devices; the Traditional 3 Prong Flash Hider, the NEW Rainmaker Brake and the NEW Envoy Compensator. To complete this package, BCI Defense is also including a Vortex Sparc II Redot. 

BCI Defense Dagger Series Rifle 1

BCI Defense Dagger Series Rifle 1

Available in both 5.56 and 300BLK, MSRP is starting at just $1425.00. Please visit www.BCIDefense.com to learn more about the BCI Defense as well as how you can enter to win a Dagger Series Rifle.

A while back the guys at Andro Corp Industry ran a short term special on their M4QR 10.5″ Complete Railed Upper that was an awesome deal. At the time I missed it until it was too late. I decided to reach out to Jason at Andro Corp Industries to see if they would extend the deal for us and they were happy to do so. The M4QR complete upper includes an Milsepc Forged Upper complete with M4 Feed Ramps, Forward Assist and Dust Cover, M16 BCG, Charging Handle, 10.5″ 4150 CMV barrel with 1:7 Twist QPQ (Nitride) finish, 7″ 2-piece quad rail, F Marked FSB and A2 Flash Hider. All uppers are test fired prior to shipping to ensure a properly functioning upper. This would be an absolutely awesome start to an inexpensive SBR or AR Pistol build.

Andro Corp Ind M4QR Complete Upper 2

Usually this upper sells for $490 plus shipping (see HERE on their website) but they are offering it to AR15NEWS readers for just $345 Shipped!! That includes the complete upper with a 7″ Quad Rail, M16 BCG and Charging Handle. To purchase this upper at that price you have to contact Jason Wilcox direct by emailing him at jason@androcorpind.com. Payment options are PayPal Friends and Family OR Check OR Money Order OR if paying with Credit Card add 4% fee. Florida residents will need to add 6.5% Sales Tax. Happy Shopping!! Special thanks to ACI for letting us in on this exclusive deal.

**AR15NEWS is not compensated in any way for this post. Just another great deal to pass along to our readers.

We’ve known the guys at Hexmag ever since they first introduced their Hexmag magazines. They are much more than just a magazine manufacturer now as they offer AR Grips, Rail Covers, their recently introduced Series 2 AR Mags, AR-10 Mags and soon Glock mags.

Yesterday I got an email from them letting me know they just opened their new web-store and offered to give all AR15NEWS readers a 10% discount on any order over $20. That can add up really fast when you’re stocking up on mags. This isn’t some affiliate code that we get paid on. Just a special deal for you guys that we wanted to pass on. Use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout at www.hexmagstore.com

Hexmag Discount Code - AR15NEWS

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

Cincinnati, Ohio, March 8th, 2017 – Faxon Firearms, manufacturer of the ARAK-21 piston upper, XRS rifle, AR-15 barrels and many new products to come, is pleased to announce the new CL5R (Chrome-Lined, 5R) series of barrels which will be distributed exclusively through Rainier Arms.

The barrels will be available in both 5.56×45 (7.5”, 10.5” and 16”) and 300BLK (8.5” and 10.5”) featuring the Rainier Arms Custom Medium barrel profile. Additional lengths and calibers may be added based on customer demand.

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“Combining our experience producing thousands of M240 and machine gun barrels, renowned AR-15 barrels, and a disdain for status-quo, Faxon is pleased to offer exclusively through Rainier Arms, the new CL5R (Chrome-Lined, 5R) series of barrels. The new barrels combine Faxon’s know-how, mil-spec proven coatings, and Rainier’s profiles – creating a strong heart for any duty-rated rifle.” said Nathan Schueth – Director of Sales and Product Management

“CL5R barrels feature mil-spec chrome lining completed in the same facility as 1’000s of military barrels. Chrome increases resistance to abrasion, wear, and corrosion which greatly increasing barrel life. The exterior of the barrel is manganese phosphate coated. Rifling is 5R for increased accuracy and velocity and NATO spec chambers aid reliability.”

Specification:
– Barrel Material: 4150 GBQ Mil-Spec Steel
– Barrel Type: Button Rifled, 5R Style
– Barrel Caliber: 5.56×45 or 300BLK
– Barrel Twist: 1/7 for 5.56 and 1/8 for 300BLK
– Barrel Profile: Rainier Custom Medium
– Inside Finish: Hard Chrome
– Outside Finish: Mil-Spec Manganese Phosphate
– Gas Block Diameter: .750″
– Gas Block Journal Length: 1.9”
– Barrel Extension: M4
– Magnetic Particle Inspected!
– 11-degree Target Crown

For more information or to purchase the new Faxon Firearms CL5R barrels please follow the links below to the Rainier Arms website as the new barrels are in-stock and ready to ship.

Rainier Arms – Faxon Firearms CL5R (Chrome-Lined 5R) 5.56X45 barrels

Rainier Arms – Faxon Firearms CL5R (Chrome-Lined 5R) 300BLK barrels

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About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms engineers and manufactures the ARAK-21 complete upper receiver, AR-15 and AR-10 barrels, Handguards, Muzzle Devices and many other products as well as OEM manufacturing for other well respected companies in the industry.

http://faxonfirearms.com

About Rainier Arms: Rainier Arms was started by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. We specialize in high end AR15s/M16s, parts & accessories. “If we won’t use it, we won’t sell it.” Founded in 2005, Rainierarms.com already has more than 2456 unique products, and growing. Our technical advisory team consists of enthusiasts, law enforcement, & military personnel that continue to make our offerings unique and desirable in the market place.

https://www.rainierarms.com

Rebel Arms has both of their awesome looking AR-15 BCGs on sale right now. They offer both a standard M16 style BCG and an Enhanced BCG, both featuring a Black Nitride finish and Rebel Arms “REBEL” logo. Below you’ll find a picture details on the two different BCGs. Not sure how you could go wrong, both look like great BCGs and Black Nitride is my preferred BCG finish.

Rebel Arms BCGs

M16 Nitride BCG: Priced at: $155.99 Sale price of: $136.99
Our high quality Nitride Bolt Carrier Group features the newest revolution in coating. Unlike phoshpated or parkerizing, this bolt carrier has a black nitrided surface that reduces the need to apply oil to the carrier that can attract dirt, dust, unburned powder, and carbon and lead to cycling failures.

The nitriding process creates an ultra-low friction coefficient to the surface. When you feel the surface of the carrier you will notice that it is much smoother to the touch than a standard bolt carrier.  It also means less heat generated by metal on metal contact and also provides for easier cleaning.

The process hardens the steel as well, which makes this carrier have an increased resistance to wear thereby increasing the life of of the component and increases the amount of shots you can run over the life of it. The Gas Key comes already side-staked properly to the carrier.

Carrier:
– 8620 Carrier
– 9310 heat Treated MPI Bolt
– Heat Treated
– Case Hardened
– Black Nitride Finish
– High Lubricity

Enhanced Nitride M16 BCG: Priced at: $181.99 Sale price of: $159.99
The enhanced bolt carrier is designed to reduce carrier tilt/cant during recoil and increasing reliability by strategically relocating key bearing surfaces. The enhanced carrier has fewer points of contact resulting in less friction area and the slight increase in carrier mass extends dwell time and ensures proper gas pressures for reliable extraction.
– Material: Case Hardened 8620 Steel
– Finish: Black Nitride. This advanced low friction coating minimizes the need for lubricants.
– Gas key: 4130 Steel, attached with Grade 8 hardware and properly staked into a milled “valley” to ensure proper positioning
– Ejection port area is milled with added material for more strength and rigidity
– Cam Pin: Hardened 4340 cam pin
– Firing Pin: Mil Spec firing pin made of 8740 steel, center-less ground and Hard Chrome coated

Bolt Assembly: The Bolt is “True” Mil Spec dimension and external surfaces are CNC ground after heat treat for a precision fit.
– Material: Case Hardened 9310 Steel.
– Finish: All Bolt components Shot Peened & Manganese Phosphate or Black Nitride
– Extractor: 4340 Steel, Manganese Phosphate coated
– Mil Spec Extractor Spring & O-Ring Combination
– MPI: Magnetic Particle Inspected
– HPT: High Pressure Test

Rainier Arms has the exclusive intro offering of the new Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP-L Linear Muzzle Device. The new ZCOMP-L is basically a blast forwarding device with a few small side ports as well as some cool machining. The machining on the outside gives it a similar look to the standard ZCOMP and the mag well grooves CMT is know for. With out outside diameter of just 1.187″ you should be able to tuck a portion of this comp under many rails for a nice clean look.

Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP L Linear comp 1

Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP L Linear comp 1

Cross Machine Tool’s ZCOMP™ LINEAR provides forward directional muzzle blast control desired on rifles with shorter barrels. The outer diameter fluting and front nose cuts not only reduce the overall weight of the device but also blend with the aggressive aesthetic appearance of our Trademark magwell grooves on CMT UHP15 series Lower receivers. Function of the ZCOMP LINEAR muzzle device is equaled by the exceptional visible manufacturing quality & apprearence you expect from Cross Machine Tool products. MADE IN USA.

Features for ZCOMP™ LINEAR 556:
– 1/2 28 RH ID threads
– 1.187″ max diameter x 2.75″ OAL.   Nitride finish
– Weight- 5.5 ozs.
– Caliber- 5.56mm / .223 Remington only
– Rating- Full Auto
– Zero porting on bottom side to reduce ground signature when fired from the prone position
– Zero porting on the center top side to reduce flash sight obstruction through optics/sights
– Minimal side port holes minimzing side blast concussion
– Crush washer included

Features for ZCOMP™ LINEAR .30 :
– 5/8- 24 RH ID threads
– 1.187″ max diameter x 2.75″ OAL.   Nitride finish
– Weight- 5.3 ozs.
– Caliber- 308, 300blkout, 6.5
– Rating- Full Auto
– Zero porting on bottom side to reduce ground signature when fired from the prone position
– Zero porting on the center top side to reduce flash sight obstruction through optics/sights
– Minimal side port holes minimzing side blast concussion
– Crush washer included

If you want to get your hands on the first batch of CMT ZCOMP-L’s to hit the market and get an exclusive intro price on them too, head on over to www.RainierArms.com now. They have both .22 Cal and .30 Cal models in stock and ready to ship.

Right on the heels of releasing their new MOD2 handguards, Cross Machine Tool is now introducing their new ZCOMP LINEAR muzzle device. The ZCOMP-L will be available in .22, .30 and 9mm models with a Black Nitride finish. It also features the new signature ZCOMP “Z” patterned fluting and porting. It is also full auto rated and a 1.187″ outside diameter meaning it will tuck under most rails out there. Check out the images below showing the ZCOMP-L from drawing to finished product.

Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP-L Linear Muzzle Device 1

Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP-L Linear Muzzle Device 1

Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP-L Linear Muzzle Device 1

Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP-L Linear Muzzle Device 1

Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP-L Linear Muzzle Device 1

The new Cross Machine Tool ZCOMP-L linear comp should be available at an introductory price through Rainier Arms in the first week of January 2017. 

If you’re in the market for muzzle devices, billet receivers, red dot sight mounts, etc, head on over to www.CMTTAC.com and check out all that Cross Machine Tool has to offer.

ETS Group (Elite Tactical Systems Group) is offering 20% off all products on their website. This sale includes both AR and Glock mags. Get stocked up on these awesome mags using the code “BLACKFRIDAY” during checkout on www.ETSGroup.us.

ets-group-black-friday-sale-2016Photo by YoungBuckDave

We wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Our black Friday discount is 20% off everything. Use discount code: BLACKFRIDAY