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AR Pistol Build Details and Pictures

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by ar15news

I recently built a new sexy looking AR Pistol that I’ve been taking pictures of and have gotten quite a few questions about what components I used, why I set it up the way I did and how its running so far. Its been a while since I did a “Build Details” article so I figured since so many people were interested in this build I would do one on it. This article will basically be a run down of the different components as well as an explanation of why I used them if needed.

We’ve all seen some AR Pistols that have extremely short barrels/uppers. I tend to not go shorter than a 10.5″ barrel on mine as it’s short enough to make them more compact without sacrificing a ton of accuracy or velocity. This whole build started out with a mid length AERO Precision COP Upper and Forged Lower. This is the second AR I’ve built with this receiver set and I love them.

THE AR PISTOL UPPER
The Upper, as I mentioned, features an AERO Precision COP mid length upper with a Parallax Tactical TiN BCG, Magpul MBUS Pro sights and Fortis Mfg Hammer charging handle. For the optic I wanted something very small and compact so I went with the Vortex Optics RAZOR and an American Defense Mfg QD mount. The barrel is an ODIN Works 10.5″ .223 Wylde Stainless Steel barrel with a Primary Weapons CQB comp on the end. The combination of a shorter barrel and the CQB comp makes it perfect for a home defense weapon but the ODIN Works barrel definitely holds up to its reputation as a straight shooter and is absolutely capable of hitting longer range targets with ease. I’ll shoot some 100 yard groups soon and do another writeup for you guys on the accuracy of this 10.5″ AR Pistol.

AR Pistol Upper

THE AR PISTOL LOWER
The lower for this build is an AERO Precision lower that I bought as a set with the upper for this build. Both were Cerakoted Tungsten for a unique look. So far I’ve added a Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS-SA short throw selector and EPS Pins, Phase 5 Weapon Systems Winter Trigger Guard, Magpul K2 grip and an Impact Weapons Components QD End Plate sling mount. There is a new ALG Defense ACT trigger waiting for it down stairs that I need to install.

Another feature that should be standard on ALL AR Pistols is the combination of a Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace and an SB15 specific buffer tube such as the KAK Industry Super Sig Tube or Phase 5 Hex-2.  These buffer tubes push the SB15 further away from the receiver making the setup a bit more comfortable to shoulder (Shouldering the Sig SB15 is legal according to the ATF). For this build I installed the KAK Super Sig Tube and its awesome. You can even get an adjustment kit of rings that you slide on before installing the SB15 to adjust how far back it sits.

You also might notice the MagPod on the magazine. These will be available for purchase very soon!

AR Pistol Lower

THE BUSINESS END
The part I get questions about the most is the business end of the upper. Most people seem to really like this setup so here is a pretty detailed look at it. One of the other reasons I like muzzle devices like the CQB comp is that you can put a light right up to the end of the muzzle and not worry so much about it getting damaged in the blast of the rifle or coated in carbon. My setup consists of a Magpul AFG and a Haley Strategic Partners Thorntail Offset Mount with an INFORCE WML mounted on it. The Thorntail Offset Mount is made by Impact Weapons Components for HSP and is an awesome mount for the WML. It has four slots to mount the WML on and can even be mounted cantilevered like mine is.

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

As you can see the WML is pushed out almost to the tip of the muzzle. Pushing it further forward not only reduces shadowing in the light beam but also gives you a lot more real-estate to put your hand on a shorter rail. 

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

The next few pictures will show you a detailed look at the complete setup and hand position. While using the AFG I like to put my thumb on top of the rail for a solid grip. To activate the light, all you need to do is slide your thumb to the left and the activation button is right there. This is a very effective and comfortable setup.

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

If you like this light setup and want to put it on your rifle or pistol build, I would recommend checking out www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. They have the HSP Thorntail Offset Mount, Magpul AFG grip and INFORCE WML light all in-stock. Plus, if you use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout you’ll save 5% off your entire order. 

This is definitely my favorite AR Pistol build to date. After a few hundred rounds so far I can tell you it runs like a champ and is absolutely a blast to shoot. The bolt holds open on empty mag, no Failure to Eject, no Failure to Feed, etc. Just an all around accurate AR Pistol that I would not hesitate to grab when my life depended on it. 

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1 IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

LINKS
AERO Precision
ALG Defense
American Defense Mfg
Battle Arms Development
Fortis Manufacturing
Impact Weapons Components
INFORCE

KAK Industry
Magpul
ODIN Works
Parallax Tactical
Phase 5 Weapon Systems
Primary Weapons Systems
Sig Sauer
Vortex Optics

All Ballistic Advantage 5.45×39 AR Barrels On Sale

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends at Ballistic Advantage make some pretty sweet AR Barrels. I just noticed that all of their 5.45×39 barrels are on sale through the end of the month. 5.45×39 is a round used in Russian weapons such as the AK74 but recently gained popularity in the AR market due to its inexpensive prices. Unfortunately the least expensive version of 5.45×39 ammunition, 7N6, was banned from import but you can still find standard 5.45×39 ammunition for just over $.20 per round. Ballistic Advantage offers 16 different 5.45×39 barrels including 7.5″, 10.5″, 14.5″, 16″, 18″ SPR, 20″ DMR and more of different barrel contours. All barrels have a QPQ corrosion resistant coating and include a Wolf Extra Power Hammer Spring. This is one of, if not the largest selection of 5.45×39 barrels I’ve seen and they are ALL on sale right now for just $150 each. If you’re like me and stocked up on 5.45×39 ammo before the ban happened or just want to build something a bit different, now is a great time to do it at www.BallisticAdvantage.com.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 7

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 5

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 6

Select AERO Precision Barrels ON SALE with FREE SHIPPING

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by ar15news

AERO Precision has 3 different barrels on sale right now and is offering FREE SHIPPING on them as well. All 3 barrels are made of CMV steel, have M4 feed ramps, .750 Gas Seats, a black QPQ treatment and are all HP and MPI tested. 

First is the 10.5″ 5.56 Carbine Length barrel with a pinned Front Sight Base.
http://aeroprecisionusa.com/barrels/5-56-nato-10-5-carbine-barrel-1-7-twist-with-f-marked-fsb-taper-pin.html

AERO Precision 10.5 inch 556 barrel

Second is the 14.5″ 5.56 Mid Length barrel.
http://aeroprecisionusa.com/barrels/5-56-nato-14-5-midlength-barrel.html

AERO Precision 14.5 inch 556 barrel

Third is a 10″ 300BLK Pistol Length barrel.
http://aeroprecisionusa.com/barrels/300-blackout-10-pistol-barrel.html

AERO Precision 300blk 10 inch barrel

NEW!! Atomic Tactical Bravo Series Upper Receiver

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by ar15news

Atomic Tactical is a company that I recently started following after seeing some of their stuff on Instagram. They sell a wide range of lowers, uppers, accessories, etc. Just yesterday they released their new Atomic Tactical Bravo Upper and it really caught my eye. The upper starts out with the stunning Atomic Tactical 14.5″ Cryo-Nitride Mid Length Fluted 5.56 barrel which they then add to a BCM Upper, BCM 13″ KMR rail, pinned BCM low profile gas block and a BCM MOD 1 comp that they pin and weld to the barrel to bring it to 16″ Overall Length. Their normal retail will be around $900 but they are offering the Atomic Tactical Bravo Upper for an introductory price of just $699. If you’re in the market for a sweet upper, this is one to check out. I know I want one. Purchase now at www.AtomicTactical.com.

Atomic Tactical Bravo Series Upper 1 Atomic Tactical Bravo Series Upper 1

Atomic Tactical Inc is proud to announce and introduce the ATI Bravo Upper Receiver Group. The ATI Bravo Upper Receiver is composed of only the highest quality components in the industry including a BCM A3 Stripped Upper Receiver w/ M4 feedramps, BCM 13″ KMR Free Float Keymod Rail System, BCM MOD 1 Tactical Compensator (pinned/welded 16″ OAL) and BCM .750 Low Profile Gas Block (pinned). The heart of our rifle is a custom profiled Atomic Tactical Inc. ‘Cryo-Nitride’ Series 14.5″ Mid-Length Fluted Barrel Assembly selected to meet the variety of needs for most shooting communities. All Upper Receiver Groups are assembled in house to our exacting specification with meticulous attention to detail and quality control. Gas block pinning service and pinning/welding of muzzle device is inlcuded standard on all receivers.

Atomic Tactical Inc. Cryo-Nitride 14.5″ Mid-Length Fluted Barrel Assemblies were developed to meet the demands of todays complex shooting environments. Manufactured for the best balance of dependability, wear & corrosion resistance, weight savings, heat dissipation, rigidity, shot to shot consistency and accuracy our 14.5″ Cryo-Nitride Barrels are an industry first and have proven their versatility and balance.

Click Here to Order: http://www.atomictactical.com/atomic-tactical-inc-bravo-upper-receiver-assembly/

AIM Surplus has the Faxon Firearms 16″ Mid Length 5.56 NATO barrels in-stock. They are made from 4150 Chromoly that is then QPQ Nitride finished. The barrel has a SOCOM profile and M4 Feed Ramps as well. Faxon Firearms is well known for their high quality ARAK-21 self contained piston upper and people are quickly taking note of their very nice, inexpensive AR-15 barrels. AIM Surplus has these on sale for just $139 plus you get FREE SHIPPING. Now that’s an awesome deal! Purchase now at www.AIMSurplus.com.

620 Faxon Firearms 16 inch 556 SOCOM QPQ Barrel 1

620 Faxon Firearms 16 inch 556 SOCOM QPQ Barrel 1

MORE INFORMATION:

-  Barrel Material: 4150 Chromoly
-  Barrel Type: Button Rifled
-  Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
-  Barrel Twist: 1:8
-  Barrel Length: 16″
-  Barrel Profile: SOCOM
-  Barrel Gas System: Mid Length
-  Inside Finish: QPQ Nitride
-  Outside Finish: QPQ Nitride
-  Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
-  Gas Block Diameter: .750″
-  Gas Port Diameter: .081″
-  Barrel Extension: M4
-  Weight: 1.65 lbs

www.AIMSurplus.com

4th of July Sale 2014 – AM-TAC Precision

Posted on July 5th, 2014 by ar15news

AM-TAC Precision is offering 15% off all of their products including the Gemtech Bi-lock Jake Brakes, KRS v2 KeyMod handguard, Match Grade Isonite barrels, BCG’s and much more in celebration of Independence Day. This is especially a great deal on their complete uppers as it knocks them down from $1,040 to $884! I personally own one of their awesome KRS v2 rails, Match Grade Barrel and Jake Brakes and they are very nice stuff. Use the code “JULY4THSALE” at checkout to save 15% www.AM-TAC.com.

620 AM-TAC Precision JULY 4TH SALE-2

4th of July 2014 Sale – Centurion Arms

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by ar15news

Been thinking about picking up some awesome new stuff from Centurion Arms? Well, your procrastination is finally paying off. Starting today (7/2/14) and running through Sunday (7/6/14), Centurion Arms is offering a 4th of July sale…..Enter “Freedom2014” at checkout to receive 10% off your order. Plus there will be special items already on sale as well. Only at www.CenturionArms.com.

Centurion Arms 4th of July Sale 2014

KAK Industry – FOURTH OF JULY MADNESS Sale

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends over at KAK Industry have a bunch of items for sale on their website in celebration of Independence Day. The selection of items they have on sale is really impressive. They have everything from barrels and buffer tubes to BCG’s and Uppers available at great prices. A few of deals I would recommend checking out are:  KAK Industry Super Sig Tube on sale for $35, Super Sig Tube Complete Kit for $62, KAK Low Profile Gas Block for just $18.50, Lots of KAK barrels on sale, AERO Precision stripped uppers on sale for $59 and the KAK Industry 5.56 BCG for just $90. There are plenty of other deals as well. Thankfully they put them all under one section on the website so head on over and check it out at www.KAKIndustry.com.

620 KAK Industry Memorial Day Sale 1

KAK Industry Nitride .308 BCG 1

KAK Super Gen 1 AR Pistol Buffer Tube 4

620 KAK Industry Sig SB15 Super Sig Tube CS

620 kak lpk with billet trigger guard 1

Father’s Day Sale – ODIN Works

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends over at ODIN Works are celebrating Father’s Day by offering FREE SHIPPING and a FREE HAT for all orders over $100. I’ll give you one suggestion: Buy one of their barrels! I have a 10.5″ .223 Wylde barrel on my new AR Pistol and this thing rocks. Whether you choose a barrel, rail system or any combination of awesome ODIN Works parts, just make sure your total is over $100 and use the code “BIGDADDY” during checkout over at www.ODINWorks.com.

620 ODIN Works Father's Day Sale 1

This week only we are celebrating Father’s Day with Free Shipping and a Free Hat on orders over $100. Make sure to use promo code: BIGDADDY at the checkout. Share this with your friends! Offer expires after 6/15/14. www.ODINWorks.com

Don’t forget to follow ODIN Works on Facebook to keep in the know regarding their awesome products.

Had a nice time sighting in / function testing a couple of my newer AR’s at the range the other day. I typically shoot on private land but bench shooting is a good way to get your guns out, put some rounds through them and make sure they are running good. For the most part there were no issues but any AR builder will tell you it only takes one small issue to throw a monkey wrench in there.

620 CIV Tactical SPR AERO Precision AR Pistol Vortex opticsClick to enlarge

The rifle has an upper built by CIV Tactical using receivers are from Tactical Firearms Solutions. CIV Tactical used their excellent 18″ SPR barrel and Matched Bolt that are known for getting some extremely low sub-MOA results. I used an older Bolt Carrier with the supplied bolt and figured everything would be fine. When the rifle wouldn’t eject a single round I knew there was something going on. Instead of just giving up and using the other AR I brought I decided to try to figure out was the issue was. After trying 2 different lowers, 4 different mags and 2 different types of ammo I decided to try a different BCG. Swapped it out and it ran like a Sewing Machine. I know the Matched Bolt is good as it was test fired with that exact Bolt so it’s pretty obvious I can narrow it down to the Bolt Carrier such as a leaky Gas Key. Looks like I threw in my own monkey wrench.  LoL  

The point is if you think logically through your failures and start eliminating possible issues, you can quite often move past the issues with the rifle and still get in some good trigger time. Oh, and bring some tools and small parts with you when test firing a rifle for the first time.  :)

The rail on the SPR is a Parallax Tactical FFSSR rail. It also has an ATLAS Bipod with ADM mouth and the Stock is the LUTH-AR MBA-1 that you can buy from www.MidwestPX.com. The AR Pistol is all AERO Precision with an Odin Works 10.5″ Barrel, Primary Weapons CQB comp and a KAK Industry Super Sig Tube. Both guns have Vortex Optics…optics.

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