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NEW!! 2A Armament LITE rails – KeyMod or M-LOK with Ti Nut

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by ar15news

These new LITE rails from 2A Armament look really awesome and seem to be crazy light weight. 2A Armament makes a ton of light weight components for AR’s including receivers, take down pins, muzzle devices, etc. and I’ve heard nothing but great things about their parts. These new rails look like the perfect finish to any lightweight build and come in both KeyMod and M-LOK versions. If you can’t get enough of the light weight stuff, 2A Armament is definitely worth checking out.

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2a armament LITE MLOK rail 1

2a armament KeyMod LITE rail

The 2A Armament™ LITE RAIL M-LOK and KeyMod series was designed as a lightweight rail solution utilizing proven traditional 6061 extrusion, and titanium as the foundation. The LITE RAIL series of rails features the same lightening cuts found on the popular BALIOS-lite receiver sets. When the two are combined, a seamless look is achieved across the top of the firearm. The LITE RAIL is just as capable on any quality forged or billet upper receiver offered from other manufacturers as well. By utilizing a titanium barrel nut, and an innovative 45 degree mounting system, the LITE RAIL achieves a solid lockup with the upper receiver. The 2A Armament LITE RAIL will ship with a 6AL-4V titanium barrel nut. An optional aluminum barrel nut is offered as a separate item for those looking to save maximum weight on a build.

Where to order?????  http://www.2a-arms.com/dealers

Features:
–  Made from U.S.A. Certified 6061 Extrusion
–  U.S.A. Certified 6AL-4V Titanium barrel nut as standard
–  M-LOK and KeyMod mounting solution
–  Mil-Spec hardcoat black anodized
–  Free floating design
–  1.3” Internal Diameter
–  7 M-LOK Rail with Titanium nut and hardware (weight 5.65oz)(2A-MLHG-7) MSRP $188.99
–  12” M-LOK Rail with Titanium nut and hardware (weight 7.95oz)(2A-MLHG-12) MSRP $247.99
–  15” M-LOK Rail with Titanium nut and hardware (weight 9.60oz)(2A-MLHG-15) MSRP $285.99
–  7” KeyMod Rail with Titanium nut and hardware (weight 5.85oz)(2A-KMHG-7) MSRP $178.99
–  12” KeyMod Rail with Titanium nut and hardware (weight 8.10oz)(2A-KMHG-12) MSRP $226.99
–  15” KeyMod Rail with Titanium nut and hardware (weight 9.70oz)(2A-KMHG-15) MSRP $263.99
–  1-5/16” crows foot tool or premium armorers wrench recommended for installation (Not Included)
–  Available Aluminum Nut reduces over all weight by .65 oz MSRP $30.99

First Look – SI Defense .308 Ambi Rifle Build

Posted on February 17th, 2015 by ar15news

Over the past few months we’ve had the opportunity to work with the guys from SI-Defense in helping spread the word about their new products including their new .308 billet receiver set that features “mirrored ambi controls”. Remember that term as you’ll see what we mean soon. Now that the .308 Ambi receiver sets are hot off the machines, SI-Defense asked if we would want to build our own rifle using these receivers…and of course we’re not gonna turn that down. :) So this is the start to our multipart article showing the rifle we built, what parts we used and then we’ll do additional articles once we’ve actually had some time to shoot it for a while.

The first thing that arrived were the SI-Defense .308 Ambi billet receivers. The mirrored ambi controls on the receivers are pretty mind blowing. When you push on the Bolt Catch, Bolt Release or Mag Release on one side the same button on the other side moves as well. It really is pretty amazing that the ambi controls are mirrored and not just an added lever that is completely different than the control on the right side. The dust cover is pretty cool too in that it is easy to remove/install even with the handguard installed because it snaps into place.

SI-Defense 308 Ambi Rifle 1

A few months ago Rainier Arms introduced their new .308 UltraMatch BCG. Once I knew this build was going down I promptly went on the Rainier Arms website and purchased one. The finish on this thing is a really nice deep Black Nitride that is super smooth. The angled cuts toward the front and fluting at the rear of the carrier look pretty sweet.

SI-Defense 308 Ambi Rifle 1

If you’re gonna build a gun you definitely need a barrel, right?! Right. I’ve posted about AERO Precision barrels many many times before whenever they have a new model to introduce or a special deal etc. but have never personally used one myself. So for this build I contacted my buddy Chad over at AERO Precision to see if I could get my hands on one of their 16″ Mid Length .308 barrels. They are made of 416 Stainless Steel and I’m really excited to see how well they perform. You might be thinking “A 16 inch .308 build? Most guys do 18 inches or more.” and you’re right but I just built an 18″ like everyone else and wanted do something a bit different. Because I know big bore rifles can be a bit ornery I installed a SLR Rifleworks Sentry Adjustable Low Profile Gas Block along with the Rainier Arms Nitride Mid Length gas tube.

SI-Defense 308 Ambi Rifle 1

Along with the SLR Rifleworks Sentry Adjustable Gas Block, I also used the SLR Rifleworks SOLO 15″ KeyMod handguard, Hand Stop and their Synergy BCF muzzle device. It truly makes for one killer looking setup and can’t wait to see how well it performs.

SI-Defense 308 Ambi Rifle 10

SI-Defense 308 Ambi Rifle 1

Along with making some pretty amazing ambi receivers, SI-Defense also makes a mean looking ambi charging handle called the MACH10 which stands for Modular Ambi Charging Handle for AR10. This specific one has a neat feature where it latches on the inside of the receiver but they will also offer an outside latching MACH10 and a MACH15 charging handle as well.

SI-Defense 308 Ambi Rifle 1

As with all of my builds this one includes a Battle Arms Development Ambi Safety. I don’t own a single AR that does not have one and no I don’t get them for free. Its one of those products that I have honestly grown to love and buy them for every build.  

SI-Defense 308 Ambi Rifle 1

Along with upgrading the Safety I also upgraded the Trigger. I usually use either a Geissele or CMC Trigger and decided to try the Geissele S3G trigger in this build. The S3G is not really designed for a rifle with higher recoil as it has a very light trigger pull and could bump-fire easily so I used the heavier spring that comes with it. This is kind of a trial run and will be interesting to see how it performs in a .308.

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Oooohhhh. Look at that sexy beast!! I also added a Trijicon VCOG, Magpul MBUS PRO sights, UBR stock and a MOE+ grip to finish off the build. I think it turned out to be an one of the best looking rifles I’ve built. 

SI-Defense 308 Ambi Rifle 1

These pics are hot off the press as I just finished this build over the weekend. This week will be its maiden voyage to see how well she runs and get the gas system all dialed in. Will update you with an additional article detailing its performance at the range and hopefully some 100 yard groups. If we don’t get accuracy data on the .308 AERO Precision barrel for that article it will be in an additional one for sure. Below is a list of links for the parts we used in this build.

AERO Precision
Battle Arms Development
Geissele
Magpul
Rainier Arms
SI-Defense
SLR Rifleworks
Trijicon

NEW!! Arisaka LLC KeyMod Offset Scout Mount

Posted on February 9th, 2015 by ar15news

Arisaka KeyMod Offset Scout Mount 1

Apex, NC, February 3, 2015 – Arisaka LLC is pleased to announce the release of its new Offset Scout Mount.

The Offset Scout® Mount is a low profile KeyMod mounting solution for the Surefire Scout Light® M600 and M300 series weapon lights. It utilizes Bravo Company’s patent pending inverted KeyMod screws, making the mount less than 0.165″ thick. The light is positioned at a 45 degree angle and has four lateral mounting positions, which allows the light to be tucked in close to the top Picatinny rail or positioned outwards to gain clearance around front sights or other accessories. The Offset Scout® Mount can also be paired with the Arisaka 300 Series Light Body for an even lower profile light setup.

The Offset Scout® Mount is compatible with most KeyMod handguards like the Noveske NSR, Bravo Company KMR, Knight’s Armament URX4, Geissele SMR MK4/5 KeyMod, and Midwest Industries SSK.

Weighing only 0.4 oz, the Offset Scout® Mount is manufactured out of 6061 aluminum and type III hard coat anodized. Like all Arisaka products, it is made entirely in the USA.

Arisaka KeyMod Offset Scout Mount 1

Arisaka KeyMod Offset Scout Mount 1

Arisaka KeyMod Offset Scout Mount 1

www.ArisakaDefense.com

NEW!! RailScales G-10, Aluminum and Titanium Handstops

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by ar15news

Not sure how I’ve totally missed this but the guys at RailScales are about to release their new S³ (Serrated Scales Stop) Handstop. Looks like the G10 version will be available for purchase starting this coming Friday (2/6/15) with the Aluminum and Titanium versions to follow. At first they will only be available in KeyMod with M-LOK versions to come soon. Apparently they will also fit the War Sport LVOA rail by removing the KeyMod nut and screwing it directly to the rail. Pics, Pricing and details for the RailScales S³ Handstops are listed below. These will be available for purchase on www.GetRailScales.com.

RailScales S3 Handstop 1

RailScales S3 Handstop 1

RailScales S3 Handstop 1

Finally!!! Our S³ handstops are ready for purchase. The G10 versions will be available first, on the website late next week. Aluminum and Ti will be available the following week. Pricing and weights! The S³ retail pricing will be $69 for G10 or Aluminum, take your pick. The Serialized Titanium price will be announced in the coming days, it will include some extra goodies, watch for the detailed post. 

Weights G10 – 0.6oz
Aluminum (6061) – 0.8oz
Titanium (6AL4V) – 1.3oz

After a long deliberation we decided to offer the Aluminum in the raw (sandblasted), leaving you to decide how to finish it. We have spent a lot time talking with friends, customers, etc as to what color, hard coat, paint, cerakote etc to offer, and about every response was something different. The Sand colored one was cerakoted and has held up nicely. In the future we might do a couple of anodized colors, Black and FDE. But we want to wait to get feedback from those that purchase to ultimately decide. We will be posting more details on each of the materials in the coming days as well as a comparison chart, showing how they stack up against each other.

If you’re in the market for a great rifle with longer range capabilities while packing a bigger punch, Radical Firearms has just released their new RF 20″ 6.5 Grendel Complete Rifle at a really great price point. The RF 20″ 6.5 Grendel comes with a 20″ SS match grade barrel, low profile gas block, 15″ RF Hybrid Free Float Rail (made by Seekins Precision), Mil Spec forged upper and lower and the LUTH-AR MBA-1 modular precision rifle stock. Add all of those together and you’ve got a really great rifle at a fantastic price point, starting at just $830 with a few upgrade options to look at. Check out the pics and details below, then head on over to www.RadicalFirearms.com to snag one for yourself.

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Rifle comes complete with:
–  20″ Stainless Steel Match Grade Barrel
–  Radical Low-Pro Gas Block
–  15″ Radical Firearms Billet Free Float Hybrid Rail
–  Custom Stainless Pepper Pot Break
–  M4 Forged Upper receiver
–  Mil Spec Bolt Carrier group
–  Standard Charging handle
–  Luth-AR Modular: MBA-1 Stock
–  Forged Lower
–  Mil Spec Lower parts kit
–  Mil Spec Grip

AERO Precision 16″ .223 Wylde Uppers AND 18″ KeyMod Rail

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by ar15news

AERO Precision continues to add new products to their already long list of available products and they keep getting better and better. I remember when they only made stripped uppers and lowers and their COP system and didn’t sell direct. Anymore they are pretty much a one stop shop for building just about any kind of AR configuration you can think of with their complete line of barrels, receiver sets, rails, etc. for 5.56, 300BLK and .308. Recently they introduced two brand new products that will expand the possibilities even further.

First up was their new .223 Wylde chambered 16″ uppers. For those who don’t know, .223 Wylde is basically a hybrid between .223 and 5.56 NATO. Technically .223 chambered rifles are known for being a bit more accurate than a 5.56 NATO chambered rifle. With .223 Wylde barrels  you can shoot both .223 and 5.56 NATO rounds but they are designed to shoot the 5.56 NATO round more accurately than a 5.56 chambered barrel. They are offering these 16″ uppers based on their awesome forged M4E1 upper platform which features the integrated rail mounting surface and a “billet” look. You can choose between a 12″ or 15″ KeyMod rail or a 12″ M-LOK rail. These uppers are priced starting at $455 at AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

AERO Preicison KeyMod 12 inch 223 Wylde UpperAERO Preicison KeyMod 15 inch 223 Wylde UpperAERO Preicison MLOK 12 inch 223 Wylde Upper

On the last day of SHOT Show 2015, AERO Precision unveiled their new 18″ KeyMod rail which is something a lot of people look for when building a longer barreled rifle such as a 20″ upper, etc. These are specifically designed to mount to the AERO Precision enhanced uppers so don’t expect to order one and mount it to just any old upper. However, if you are planning on building a long barreled upper this is a good reason to build it using some AERO components. These are not available yet but should be soon.

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SHOT Show 2015 – Seekins Precision

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by ar15news

Seekins Precision had a great showing at SHOT Show 2015. Not only did they show off a great lineup of new complete rifles including their new SP10 .308 but they also introduced multiple new products such as the Seekins Precision 60/90 Ambi Safety and K20 Incline Grip. They also announced that they would be adding M-LOK as an option for the SP3R and MCSR rails. Check out the video and pics below.

www.SeekinsPrecision.com
Seekins Precision Facebook Page
Seekins Precision Instagram 

Video courtesy of Crossfire and Steve Coulston.

Photos by Triple Bravo

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01-23-15 Seekins TB 1

SHOT Show 2015 – More New Products from Mega Arms

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by ar15news

Mega Arms already introduced quite a few new products at SHOT Show this year but there were a few additional pieces that were just introduced or we didn’t really cover as close as we’d like to. For instance, Mega Arms just introduced a new pair of 5.56 SBR barrels (10.5″ and 14.5″) as well as a two new 300BLK barrels (10.5″ and 16″). 

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In case you missed it, here are our new SBR barrels, available in 10.5 and 14.5 in 556 NATO. 300 BLACKOUT is available for the first time in 10.5 and 16 barrel. MSRP on the 10.5s is $222.

They’ve also added an M-LOK version of the popular MKM MATEN upper. Mega Arms will be adding M-LOK across all platforms in addition to their current KeyMod offerings.

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Mega Arms MATEN with MLOK 2 copy

Mega Arms MATEN with MLOK 2 copy

Mega Arms is excited to announce our new line of M-Lok AR-15 and MATEN/AR-10 hand guards and upper receivers. Firstly we have the new M-Lok versions of the MKM. Expect them to be in the same sizes, same platforms and at a similar price point as the KeyMod versions. Next up you will notice the new Wedge Lock free float Mil Spec AR-15 M-Lok hand guard. This all new product is made from 7075 and comes with a titanium barrel nut. Expect a variety of lengths, a MATEN/AR-10 version and a KeyMod variation in 2015. Pricing TBA. For those of you who have noticed a missing item in this group fear not, an M-Lok version of our venerable Megalithic Tactical System, or MTS, is also coming in 2015. An M-Lok version of the new Remington 700 chassis system is also planned. Expect to see the first of our new product at dealers by the end of the first quarter, 2015.

Lastly is the new Mega Arms Wedge Lock Handguard. Made from 7-series Aluminum with a Titanium barrel nut. Looks like it will mate up very nicely with a Mega Arms upper but will also work with any Mil-Spec upper as well. Gonna have to give one of these a try for sure.

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This is the new Mega Arms WEDGE LOCK handguard!
–  Cutting edge new design Ultra strong and lightweight. Simple one screw fastening system.
–  Made from 7075 extruded aluminum
–  Titanium barrel nut
–  Black Nitrided wedge system
–  Compatible with any Mil-Spec upper.
–  Includes handguard and comes with wedge system, titanium barrel nut, assembly tools, one M-LOK or KeyMod rail.

Definitely keep an eye on Mega Arms this year. Lots of awesome new products and super high quality as always. 

MegaArms.com
Mega Arms Facebook

For a while now the main thing that has been missing from the whole KeyMod and M-LOK rail push is companies that were willing to create direct mount products for these systems…and that is understandable when you think about how fast this industry moves from one new solution to another. Look how fast M-LOK has taken off because its backed by Magpul. Up until now most companies have been making adapters for existing products such rail sections that allow you to attach a 1913 picatinny product, a light ring for adding a light, etc. This mindset kind of goes against the whole “new attachment method” thought process which should create products that attach directly to the rail without the need for adapters thus reducing weight, cost, etc.

Well, today I am proud to announce a new partnership between two very respected companies in the industry that have come together to create an amazing new product. Elzetta Design, makers of the toughest and highest quality flashlights known to man and Impact Weapons Components, one of the most innovative Mount and Accessory manufacturers have partnered up together to introduce the new MINICQB which combines their new ALPHA light and IWC’s modular light mounts into a weapon light. This is a true “Direct Attach” Weapon Light.

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

The new MINICQB Weapon Light features all of the same specs as the original Elzetta ALPHA single cell flashlight including 315 lumen output from a single CR123 battery and Elzetta’s Momentary, twist on tailcap with the others tailcap options available. The ALPHA is designed specifically as a CQB or Close Quarters Battle light producing a “wall of light” intended for room clearing and close encounters within 50 yards. The proven IWC mount arm is machined from the same piece of billet aluminum as the light body itself making a much stronger union than using the typical adapter style mount. 

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

Now this is where things get REALLY interesting. The MINICQB incorporates Impact Weapons Components new KML mount technology which basically means Keymod & M-LOK compatible. That’s right. No longer do you have to decide “Do I buy this for my KeyMod rail or should I go with the M-LOK version for my new M-LOK rail?”. This KML system is awesome. I’ve attached the MINICQB on both a Geissele SMR MK8 M-LOK rail and on my Rainier Arms FORCE Mod2 KeyMod rail (shown below) and it works amazingly well. To switch between KeyMod and M-LOK you just simply unthread the reversible nuts, turn them around and thread them back on. The MINICQB will also be available with a 1913 Picatinny Rail Mount as well. 

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

To give you some comparison information, the MINICQB Picatinny version weighs just 4.5oz and the KML (KeyMod / M-LOK) version weighs just 4.7oz. A SureFire M300 without a mount weighs 4.8oz and an Inforce WML without KeyMod or M-LOK adapter weighs 3.1oz. 

I’ve had my MINICQB for about 5 days now and am super impressed with it. The direct attachment makes it feel as if the Light is actually part of the weapon instead of an added on piece. The design of the mount keeps the light very close to the rail for a nice low profile design. Having an Elzetta flashlight with the IWC KML mounting technology is about as awesome as it gets.

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

The pricing for the new MINICQB is very reasonable as well with the 1913 rail mount version retailing at just $205 and the KML M-LOK / KeyMod mount version retailing for just $230. Once you purchase your MINICQB you will also be able to purchase the hardware for the other mount style. So if you buy the KML version you can purchase the 1913 cap and screws to give you a truly universal mounting system. 

The new MINICQB Flashlight should be available today at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. Don’t forget that you can use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout to save yourself 5% off your order.

Also, check out JerkingTheTrigger and 47 Images Photography for additional reviews and photos.

556 Tactical Pre-SHOT Show Rail Sale

Posted on January 13th, 2015 by ar15news

If you’ve been looking for a great deal on a new quality rail system for your AR, this sale is for you. 556 Tactical is throwing a Pre-SHOT Show Rail Sale where you can get $50 OFF 556 SKR RAILS and $30 OFF 556 EVO RAILS. I have multiples of both of these rails and they are great. This sale runs now through 1/19/2015. Purchase now at www.556Tactical.com.

556 Tactical Show Show Rail Sale

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