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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.

I heard this was coming but I had no idea how sick the new REBEL ARMS RBR-15 MOD 3 rifle was going to be. REBEL ARMS partnered with Primary Weapon Systems and their sister company, Bootleg Inc to introduced a beautiful, feature rich rifle. Not only is this one of the nicest looking factory rifles I’ve seen but it also brings an amazing amount of high end features at a very affordable price. Features such as MOA Guarantee, Lifetime Guarantee, Full Ambi Lower and Matching Bootleg Upper, Ratchet End Plate, Fluted Buffer Tube, MOE Furniture, PICMOD™ handguard, RAPTOR ambi charging handle and TALON ambi safety, Enhanced Carrier, RailScales and a Hard Case. Check out the details and pictures below.

Rebel Arms RBR-15 Mod3 Rifle 1

Rebel Arms RBR-15 Mod3 Rifle 2

“THE CLEAR ANSWER TO THE PERFECT AR-15 PLATFORM IS HERE, THIS TIME TO STAY, NOT REDESIGNED, NOT NEW TO THE MARKET, PLAIN AND SIMPLY BROUGHT TO YOU WITH NEW VALUE AND RESPECT. WE AT REBEL ARMS, PRIMARY WEAPON SYSTEMS AND BOOTLEG INC. HAVE WORKED HARD TO BRING YOU THE FINEST DI RIFLE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD, RENAMED, RETHOUGHT AND REDEFINED. AFTER MANY MONTHS OF DEVELOPMENT REBEL ARMS CORP IN COLLABORATION WITH PWS® INTRODUCES THE ALL NEW REBEL RBR-15 MOD 3 AND VARIANTS. THIS RIFLE IS FULLY AMBIDEXTROUS AND HAS MULTIPLE DIFFERENT PATENTED TECHNOLOGIES. REBEL ARMS IS VERY PROUD TO BE THE EXCLUSIVE SOURCE FOR THIS RIFLE, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE OFFERING THIS GROUND BREAKING WEAPON IN MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS AND COLOR OPTIONS. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL DEALER FOR A CHANCE TO ORDER THIS RIFLE. DEALER SALES STARTED. EMAIL US SUPPORT@REBELARMS.com

Rebel Arms RBR-15 Mod3 Rifle 3

The new RBR-15 Mod 3 rifle goes on sale noon EST this Friday at an intro price of just $,1699 for anodized models on www.RebelArms.com. That’s not too long of a wait but if you need something now you can browse through these other AR rifles for sale today.

Rainier Arms has one of the largest selection of items on sale for Father’s Day including complete firearms, uppers, lowers, barrels, BCGs, parts and more. You can view all of the sale items now at www.RainierArms.com.

Rainier Arms Father's Day Sale

Battle Arms Development makes some of the best AR-15 components out there so their AR-15 Father’s Day Sale is a welcome sight. Now through Monday, June 19th, purchase the Battle Arms Development VERT PDW stock and get a BAD-ASS ambi safety for free. Not to mention I also noticed the VERT PDW was on sale too. Click on the image below for a high res version and read the terms of the sale then head on over to www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com to get your new stock and ambi safety.

Battle Arms Development AR-15 Fathers Day Sale

(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

 

I recently started following a group on social media called [NERD] which stands for Next Evolution Research and Design. The name really caught my attention as I know a lot of us consider ourselves gun nerds. As you can imagine, these guys are long time industry guys with lots of shooting experience, etc. A couple of things that really got my interest peaked is their new line of 9mm Barrels and 9mm Muzzle Brakes which you can see below.

NERD Next Evolution Research and Design

 

[NERD] The Ward – 9mm AR Barrel

NERD 9mm AR Barrel 2

NERD 9mm AR Barrel 3

The Ward is ideal for sustained, accurate firing in submachine guns, short barreled rifles, or compact pistol caliber carbine builds where precision is paramount.  The Ward features [NERD] Ring Radial Fluting which gives increased surface exchange for heat dissipation during prolonged firing in full auto or semi auto operation.  Despite the increased surface area and rapid heat dissipation, barrel harmonic changes are nonexistent during extensive testing.  The barrel itself is finished off in a QPQ – LifeJacketcoating. This is a multi step coating process resulting in a very uniform consistent nitride layer on all BrainTrust barrels.  [NERD] BrainTrust barrels are hand inspected and test fired for quality control.  Each barrel is individually serialized and date coded using the established Heckler & Koch (HK) method for reference.   Lastly, each barrel comes with a Certificate of Authenticity matching that serialized barrel and the date it leaves our office, signed by [NERD] founders, ensuring this product meets our standards and is worthy of your time and hard earned money.

Specs:
Name: The Ward
Length: 12.5” 9mm AR Barrel
Profile: Ring Radial
Twist: 1/10 Twist RH
Thread Pitch: 1/2x28mm
Material: 4150
Finish: QPQ – Lifejacket- Forsaken Black
Weight: 1.628 lbs

http://www.weare-nerd.com/new-products-1/nerd-aftermath-barrels-the-ward

[NERD] NC NANO 9mm Brake

NERD NC NANO 9mm brake

The NC NANO Brake features a single chamber designed to maximize the effectiveness of the comp in a 9mm sized package, while keeping the overall length of the gun to a minimum.  The muzzle of the NC NANO was sculpted with the [NERD] Compliance Cut for those who decide to act a fool but don’t deserve to eat a bullet just yet…

The NC NANO Brake is made from 4150 steel and is parkerized for durability.  The NC NANO comes in two thread pitches: 1/2×28 and 1/2×36.  weight is .115 pounds.

http://www.weare-nerd.com/shop/nerd-nc-nano-9mm-brake

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.

Have you heard of Bootleg Builder Inc? You may not know who they are but I know you’ve seen their parts!! Bootleg Builder is a sister company to Primary Weapons Systems offering DI (Direct Impingement) models of many PWS components such as upper receivers, handguards, low profile gas block, charging handle, adjustable BCG, etc. Right now they are having a SUMMER SALE! All you need to do is head on over to their website and use the discount code SUMMER to get $50 off your purchase of $369.99 or more! 

http://bootleginc.com/

Bootleg Builder Inc Summer Sale

The AERO Precision monthly builder sets are one of the few things I look forward to being released every month. They’ve really kicked it up a notch lately with some amazing Cerakote finishes by the many of the best cerakote applicators in the business. This month they again are offering Builder Sets in both M4E1 (AR-15) and M5E1 (AR-10) configurations and have partnered up with Blown Deadline for a custom Burnt Bronze Woodland Camo finish that looks sick. Both builder sets include upper and lower receivers and a matching handguard in your choice of MLOK or KeyMod. The M4E1 set also comes with a matching trigger guard as well. 

Aero Precision june-m4e1-builder-set-bronze-woodland-em15-1Aero Precision june-m5-builder-set-bronze-woodland-em15-1

AERO Precision June Builder Set Burnt Bronze Woodland Camo

There are also Limited Edition Burnt Bronze Woodland Furniture sets available that include Magpul MOE grips and either CTR, STR or PRS Gen 3 stocks. This is a unique opportunity to get a complete rifle build done with Blown Deadline Cerakote finish without having to send your parts in and without having to wait for them to come back. You can shop all builder set components at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

While you’re there shopping for parts…you might want to get in on their monthly rifle giveaway too. 

AERO Precision Monthly Rifle Giveaway June

In case you missed it (like I did 🙂 ), Forward Controls just released their new EMR-A which stands for Extended Mag Release – Ambi. The EMR-A comes in two different lengths and replaces your standard magazine catch. The EMR-A has an extended lever that now allows you to easily drop the mag from either side of the rifle. It can be used with your standard mag release button or you can upgrade to the Forward Controls mag release buttons. Check out the pictures and details below then head on over to www.ForwardControlsDesign.com to pick one up for yourself. 

Forward Controls EMR-A 1

Forward Controls EMR-A 1

EMR-A is a long in development ambidextrous magazine release for .223 and .308 AR receivers.  Original concept and design was complete in 2015.  After numerous changes to the mag catch geometry and lever shapes,  final design was made into working prototypes in 2017, and first shown in public at Cola Warrior West III.

EMR-A’s an ergonomic ambidextrous magazine release.  The placement of its lever is well thought out to closely mirror the magazine release button on the right side.  The portion immediately below the bolt catch’s lower paddle has a lower profile to avoid interference, heretofore a common drawback of popular ambidextrous mag catches, it is also left smooth.  The serrated length of the lever is split into a shallow V shaped serrations (80%) that conform to the curvature of the user’s finger, and straight serrations (20%) that form a natural index point, and provide additional traction.  We refer to the design as Multi-faceted Control Surface, the difference MCS makes has to be felt to be fully appreciated.

Two lever options are available.  Standard and Extended Reach (about 0.09″ longer than standard).  Force amplification achieved from a lever means the extended reach lever is easier to reach, it’s also easier to press than the standard lever.  For users with small hands or shorter fingers, the extended reach lever makes the EMR-A a joy to use.  For duty and defense ARs, we recommend the standard lever.

A 10.9lb rated magazine catch spring is included with each EMR-A.  We’ve long considered the standard magazine catch spring to be rather weak (rated at 6.85lb), accidental / unintended mag drops can take place if a user slings his weapon, and has gear and pouches on the vest.  A stiffer mag catch spring mitigates these risks, thus it is an integral part in the EMR-A package.

EMR-A is available as a part of bundled products (please see drop down menus for options).  EMR-A’s catch is made from CNC machined 4140 steel and black nitride coated, its lever is 7075 aluminum and Type 3 hard coat anodized.  The roll pin has a shear strength of 800lbs.

Notes:
– EMR-A’s lever pivots on the receiver.
– EMR-A needs to be removed before installing / removing the trigger.  EMR-A is installed and removed in the same manner as a factory mag catch.
– Please wear eye protection while installing EMR, EMR-C, and EMR-A with the 10.9lb mag catch spring!

Incompatibilities:
– Geissele’s Maritime Bolt Catch.  Material from either the top edge of EMR-A’s lever, or the bottom edge of Maritime Bolt Catch’s lower paddle may need to be removed for both to work together.  The close proximity of these two control surfaces makes this combination less than ideal.
– KNS anti-rotation trigger/hammer pins, the connecting bar will interfere with the EMR-A’s operation.
– Battery assist device levers.
– Armalite AR10B (AR10B uses modified M14 magazines)

http://forwardcontrolsdesign.com/EMR-A_p_78.html

From all of us at AR15NEWS, we would like to say Thank You to the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. And as always, Thank You to all of our Veterans, Past and Present. Wishing you all a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

AR15NEWS Memorial Day American Flag

As we do every year, we’ve shared some Memorial Day Sales prior to the actual Memorial Day. On Memorial Day we will be silent. You will not see us post any sales, deals, giveaways, etc. Memorial Day is not about sales or barbecues, it is a day to remember our Military men and women who have lost their lives at war.

BATTLEARMS’ Memorial Day Weekend SALE IS ON!!!
– Spend $100** and get a FREE BAD-ATG Adjustable Tactical Grip (Black)
– Spend $150** and get a FREE BAD-EPS Enhanced Pin Set
– Get a FREE BAD-ASS Ambidextrous Safety Selector Kit – When you buy the BAD556-LW Lightweight 7075-T6 Billet Receiver Set OR the BAD-CSS VERT PDW Stock System.

Battle Arms Development Memorial day sale

“Terms: *Each offer cannot be combined and items are > not < stackable!** One promotional item per qualified purchase. While supplies last! Promotional free items will be automatically added to your order if you qualify. >>> DO NOT ADD FREE ITEM TO THE SHOPPING CART! <<< **Total amount of required purchase must be met (not including shipping, insurance and tax). If free promo item is placed in shopping cart, we will assume you want to purchase that item. Value of free item does not count towards the total. ***This promotion is valid only for purchases from May 25th 10am PST until May 30th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. **NO EXCEPTIONS** ***NO SUBSTITUTIONS OR UPGRADES***. Happy Shopping!”

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