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Low-Pro KeyMod Bipod Mount from Impact Weapons Components

Posted on July 6th, 2015 by ar15news

For a while now I’ve been wanting to purchase a couple more Harris bipods and pair them with the Impact Weapons Components KeyMod Bipod Mount. About a month ago I happened to be messing around on the Impact Weapons Components website and saw that they now carry Harris bipods and couldn’t help myself. I purchased two bipods and two mounts. Now that I’ve had them installed and using them for a while I wanted to do a quick writeup on the two different rifles I have them installed on.

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

INSTALLATION

Aside from having to remove the rail (in most circumstances), the installation was very simple. You have the KeyMod Bipod Stud and two metal snap rings. The IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount is CNC’d from Stainless Steel with a Melonite finish and weighs less than 1 ounce.

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

Place the Bipod Mount into the large circle portion of the desired KeyMod slot as shown below. Once in place, drop one of the metal snap rings over the shaft of the Bipod Mount work the snap ring around the flared portion and down into the groove closest to the surface of your handguard.

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 5a

THE SPR

First is the obvious setup which would be on a rifle with a higher powered scope such as an SPR or DMR. I built an 18″ SPR using a Mega Arms billet set and barrel with a Fortis Mfg 14″ Switch KeyMod rail. Instead of installing some adapters and rail sections I opted to install the IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount and Harris Bipod. This is an absolutely awesome, rock solid setup. There’s zero wobble and it looks pretty awesome. This is pretty much what this product was designed for and it shows. I’ve been shooting this SPR with the Bipod quite a bit lately and love it.

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

THE NON-SPR

One of the most important features of the IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount is how small it is. In fact it is so small that I started thinking about putting it on a rifle that I wouldn’t normally use with a Bipod but could throw one on in a pinch. This 16″ AR has just a 1-4 optic and a Vertical Forward Grip. I’ve also installed the Bipod Mount a few KeyMod slots in-front of the Vertical Grip which actually works very well as a super low profile Handstop while not in use with a Bipod. 

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

If the need arises, in a matter of seconds I can install a Bipod on this rifle turning it into a completely different beast. Now instead of a run and gun rifle it is capable of engaging and making longer range shots. 

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

If you couldn’t tell already, I really like the IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount. It is very inexpensive, light weight and versatile. When I purchased mine, I used our “ar15news” discount code (it’s technically for you guys but I used it too :) ) to save 5% and got the bipod for $68 and the mount for $8 ($76 total) which I think is a bargain. If you’re looking for something similar to this you can check it out for yourself at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com.

I don’t browse the forum AR15.com very often but yesterday I saw that our friends from SLR Rifleworks were looking for input regarding a prototype Quad Rail that they have made. They already make tons of KeyMod and M-LOK rails and basically want to see what kind of interest there is in a Quad Rail based off of a similar design. If you can, leave a comment HERE and let us know what you think of the rail, any changes you would like to see and if you would buy one.

SLR Rifleworks Quad Rail 1

SLR Rifleworks Quad Rail 1

SLR Rifleworks Quad Rail 1

SLR Rifleworks Quad Rail 1

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EraThr3 M-LOK Handguard Available Now At Rainier Arms

Posted on June 27th, 2015 by ar15news

So many people have been anxiously waiting for the new EraThr3 M-LOK rails to come out and that day is finally here. The first run of EraThr3 M-LOK rails are available through Rainier Arms. Take your pick between 10″, 12″ and 14″ lengths. If you’re looking for a new rail, especially one that nobody else has, this is what you’ve been looking for. Check them out at www.RainierArms.com.

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The EraThr3 Low-Pro M-LOK Handguard is a sleek, free-floating alternative for the AR-15 weapon system. Designed with versatility in mind, M-LOK slots are positioned at 3, 6, & 9 o’clock positions, leaving the door wide open for hanging everything under the sun off of your rifle. Direct-mount M-LOK accessories and/or M-LOK 1913 Picatinny rail sections are easily installed for the mounting of tactical lights, slings, grips, and/or any other items one may deem necessary.

http://www.rainierarms.com/erathr3-m-lok-handguard

Seekins Precision announces release of M-Lok SP3R handguards

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by ar15news

Lewiston, ID – Seekins Precision, announced the addition of M-Lok compatible SP3R handguards.

The Seekins Precision M-Lok SP3R handguards are now in stock and available for immediate shipment. Featuring the same innovative flat bottom design as the current Keymod versions. Seekins Precision SP3R handguards have a semi-triangular shape and flat bottom, offering a more stable platform when shooting from a barricade or other objects. All Seekins Precision SP3R handguards offer an integral top picatinny rail, designed for a seamless transition from the Mil-Spec upper receiver, as well as several anti-rotation QD sling mounts. The Seekins Precision SP3R is the perfect fit for tactical, sporting or competition shooters.

Seekins Precision SP3R MLOK Rail

“The addition of the M-Lok compatible handguards will allow our customers more options for customization” said Kevin Weyrauch, Seekins Precision Business Development Coordinator. “There is definitely a base of customers that prefer the M-Lok cam system. So instead of choosing one system over the other, we now offer both.”

For more information on Seekins Precision go to www.seekinsprecision.com or contact us at sales@seekinsprecision.com.

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**Edit** If you’re wondering what the SP3R looks like installed on an AR, here’s a picture taken by my buddy CrossFire showing the KeyMod version.

Seekins Precision SP3R rail

June 11, 2015 – Kinetic Development Group LLC

Kinetic Development Group is proud to announce the debut of their KINECT™ – First QD Adapters for MLOK.

When Kinetic Development Group launched as a company, it appeared they were a “SCAR” accessory company.  Kinetic Development Group is a Firearms & Accessory solutions company. There is no limit to what they can and will do.

There has been some question why KDG has been so dedicated to the MLOK™ system manufacturing the MREX™ for the SCAR instead of Key-Mod.  Today they are announcing both MREX-AR™ rail solution in MLOK™, and the revolutionary Kinect™ system for MLOK™.  In a world of a thousand rails, that news may not be exciting, but revealing why they fervently supported MLOK™ from the beginning is very exciting; Kinect™ for MLOK™.

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Kinect™ is a family of products that allow you to securely attach your accessories or picatinny rail sections to any MLOK™ system without tools. Press the accessory or rail section to the MLOK™ slot where you want it and “Click”, it is securely fastened. This patent pending technology is the card KDG has kept tucked up their sleeve while they built MLOK™ rails for the SCAR and now the AR. It literally takes less that a second to install or remove an accessory, yet the mount is so strong a grown man can do pull-ups on a single attachment point. For reference the 3 Slot picatinny Kinect™ Section can handle approx. 180 lbs. of force. See video.

Although revolutionary, Kinect™ is quite simple in its operation. There are two spring-loaded wedges in the base of the Kinect™ mounting point. When you press the accessory or rail section down in the MLOK™ slot, two tiny deployment triggers get pressed against the rail firing the wedges into place.

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There is nothing more frustrating that fiddling with an allen wrench (if you can find it) to get your accessories on an off your weapon with traditional modular rail sections.  This changes the whole dynamic of the MLOK™ system and really makes every accessory truly removable with the ability to mount it in a second when needed.

There is not a whole lot that needs to be explained or left to the imagination about the Kinect™ system.  It will be plain to you once you see it or try it to know this is not a gadget, or gimmick but a huge step forward in how we utilize our modular firearms. Much like the Sidelok™ for Picatinny attachment KDG launched on Soldier Systems, Kinect™ insures proper and easy installation, eliminating common variables that would cause issues. (ie: over tightening)

KDG wanted to launch the MREX-AR™ rail and Kinect™ to the public at the same time to demonstrate they are true finding solutions to making open architecture firearms like the AR much better. At first glance it may look similar to everything out there, but like the MREX™, there was purpose in its design. Being both the developer of the rail system, and the Kinect™ accessory line gives KDG a huge advantage.

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It lets them develop accessory mounts that can for instance bring a Surefire light so tight into the rail space, its like it is integral. (Pictured Above)

KDG also put MLOK™ slots on a 45-degree angle at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions on the rail.  Now imagine an Aimpoint Micro or an RMR mounted tightly into the back of the rail offset at 45 degrees so you can transition to CQB using the dot and maintain your magnified optic.

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The MREX-AR™ is ergonomically set up to be more like a hand-guard (like the FAL or G3) instead of a tube. The profile allows the user a very comfortable C-Grip on the weapon, and allows those accessories to be mounted as though they are integral to the weapon.  The flat bottom of the rail system is ideal for shooting off of support.

By launching the MREX-AR™ rail and Kinect™ at the same time, KDG has demonstrated they are truly finding solutions to making open architecture firearms like the AR much better.

The first Kinect™ Pieces to become available will be launching this summer along side the MREX-AR™ rail. KDG intends to make available a wide arrange of Kinect™ pieces including 3 slot picatinny section, Harris bipod adapter, 7 slot picatinny section, offset surefire mounts, Aimpoint micro mounts, and many more to come.

Please visit https://kineticdg.com/ for more information and email info@kineticdg.com with any questions.

Seekins Precision Announces New M-LOK MCSR Handguards

Posted on June 6th, 2015 by ar15news

Lewiston, ID – Seekins Precision, announced the release of M-Lok compatible MCSR handguards.

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The Seekins Precision M-Lok MCSR hand guards are now in stock and available for immediate shipment. Featuring the same lightweight, innovative free float design as the current Keymod versions. Seekins Precision MCSR handguards have M-lok slots at the 3, 6 and 9 O’clock positions and an inside diameter of 1.8” that allows for most available suppressors to fit inside-while maintaining a slim profile. All Seekins Precision MCSR handguards offer an integral top picatinny rail, designed for a seamless transition from the Mil-Spec upper receiver and ship with an aluminum barrel nut and mounting hardware.

Seekins Precision MCSR MLOK rail

“The addition of the M-Lok compatible handguards will allow our customers more options for customization” said Kevin Weyrauch, Seekins Precision Business Development Coordinator. “There is definitely a base of customers that prefer the M-Lok cam system. So instead of choosing one system over the other, we now offer both.”

For more information on Seekins Precision go to www.seekinsprecision.com or contact us at sales@seekinsprecision.com.

Recently I started a new build. It was centered around a few key components, the Rainier Arms Mod3 billet receiver set, Rainier Arms 16″ .223 Wylde barrel made from a Rock Creek Blank, the LANTAC USA E-BCG and the new Fortis Manufacturing 14″ REV II MLOK rail. I just recently finished this build and will begin the process of shooting and reviewing it. Until then I wanted to give you an initial impression of the new REV II MLOK rail.

I have used many Fortis Manufacturing REV rails over the past few years and really like them a lot. Lately Fortis has come out with a few new rails including the new REV II rails which look great. As you would assume they are a modified version of the original REV rail that deletes the bottom picatinny rail section and forward side rail sections for a super sleek design, lighter weight and more flexibility in mounting your KeyMod or MLOK accessories. 

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

INSTALLATION

The REV II rails mount directly to a Mil Spec AR-15 barrel nut with a rock solid clamp just like the original REV rail. This type of mount is great for a few reasons. One, it creates an insanely solid union between the upper and rail. It also makes it easier for users to upgrade from the standard plastic “Glacier Guard” or other hand guards that use a Delta Ring as they will not need any armorers tools to remove the old barrel nut and install a proprietary barrel nut. Just cut the Delta Ring off, remove the spring, install your low profile gas block and your REV II rail will be on in minutes. Installation of accessories can be done while the rail is installed but can be done much easier by quickly removing the rail instead of installing them while on the rifle.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

FIT AND FINISH

Fit and finish on the Fortis Manufacturing rails is second to none with a very nice dark black Type III Hard Coat Anodizing, smooth edges and aggressive lines. Not to mention they just look stinking sexy! As you can see in the picture below I also used the Fortis Manufacturing Low Profile Gas Block which looks great with its similar lines.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall I am very impressed with the Fortis Manufacturing REV II rail and would put them very high on the “Recommended List”. They offer these in both KeyMod and MLOK versions all the way from 7″ long to 14″ long.  So far there really isn’t anything I would say I don’t like about the rail. One note I would make is that anti-rotation tabs are a great feature but as you may already know, not all  billet uppers will accommodate them unless they manufacture of that upper has designed it to work with a rial with anti-rotation tabs. This is not an issue with the rail but more of an issue with manufacturers of billet uppers. The Fortis Billet Upper and Rainier Arms Billet Upper work great with them and many others will too. Check out the entire build below. Once I’ve had some time behind the trigger on this build I will update with more reviews on the different components.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Geissele Automatics Memorial Day Sale

Posted on May 23rd, 2015 by ar15news

Geissele Automatics makes hands down some of the best rails on the market and now they’re offering a 10% Discount on all in-stock SMR MK1, MK2, MK3 and MK5 rails. Just add one or more to cart and the discount will be applied at checkout. Get Some!! www.Geissele.com

Geissele Memorial Day Sale 2015

Don’t miss out! Starting Today: Memorial Day Weekend Sale. Online orders only. No back orders. No rainchecks. Offer ends Monday.  www.geissele.com

Fortis Mfg Introduces the New REV II Rail with M-LOK

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by ar15news

**Update** – Fortis just released the first run of REV II M-LOK rails on www.REVOLVR.com. 4-29-15 3pm EST.

Back in January we broke the news that Fortis Mfg was introducing a new version of the original REV rail called the REV II. Now we are here to spill the beans on the newest version of the REV II which now features M-LOK. As you may already know, M-LOK is a mounting system that is being heavily promoted and backed by Magpul. This means that all of their cool new grips, light mounts, rail panels, etc. will have an M-LOK option and explains why everybody wants an M-LOK rail.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 2

Then new REV II M-LOK rail continues with the same design characteristics of the REV II KeyMod rail in that it mounts directly to a mil spec barrel nut, features a full run of M-LOK at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, offers 2 QD sling attachment points at 3 and 6 o’clock at the very front of the rail as well as two more in the same spot at the rear of the rail. As you’ve probably already seen, Fortis is well known for their aggressive styling and the new REV II M-LOK rail definitely fits in that statement.

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Fortis REV II MLOK 3

Fortis REV II MLOK 5

The combination of the super lightweight yet rugged design of the REV II and the M-LOK mounting system means this will be another home run rail system for Fortis Mfg. The REV II M-LOK rail has not been released for purchase yet but you can sign up to be notified the moment it is. Just head on over and enter your email address at www.FortisMfg.com.

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Combat Shooters – Customer Appreciation Sale

Posted on April 28th, 2015 by ar15news

Combat Shooters has started their customer appreciation sale. The sale includes their basic 16″ Patrol Upper with a QPQ (aka Melonite or Nitride) barrel. You can also get a discount on their new 12″ GPX Rail System. Combine them both and use the third listed discount code. Check out the details for the sale below.

Combat Shooters 16″ Patrol Upper $411.99 $259.99 with code “PU0415” – Click HERE

Combat Shooters GPX 12″ Rail $199.99 $191.99 with code “GPX0415” – Click HERE

If you want to combine both products for a discount use the code “UPRA0415

Combat Shooters Customer Appreciation Sale

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