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500 Lumen INFORCE WMLx – Initial Thoughts

Posted on April 19th, 2014 by ar15news

The other day I got a nice surprise box in the mail. In the box was the new INFORCE WMLx which is the 500 lumen variant of the very popular INFORCE WML. I personally own plenty of the standard WML’s so the new WMLx won’t take much getting use to as it really isn’t much different. As you can see in the picture below the WMLx is not much bigger than its predecessor. It is a bit longer just to accommodate for the extra CR123 battery and slightly larger head to help power the additional lumens. It still only weighs just 4 ounces with the batteries and has a run time of 2 hours.

620 INFORCE WMLx Geissele Voodoo IWC 1

The built in 1913 mounting clamp works exactly the same way on both lights as well as the lockout bar. Both of the lights pictured above have a lever on the side. That lever on the standard WML changes the output from White Light to IR Light. I assumed this was the same on the WMLx and expected to see the little red IR emitters glowing inside. Instead I totally blinded myself and realized that the lever on the WMLx changes the activation switch from multifunction to momentary only. This is one feature that I didn’t know about but really like. On one setting you have High, Momentary, Strobe and Off. With the lever flipped the other way you have Momentary ONLY. The Momentary Only setting is great for times when you only want a quick blast of light to blind an intruder, etc and have the light only stay on as long as you are holding the button down. As soon as you let go it shuts off. No fumbling through multiple settings, etc. 

Figuring out how I wanted to mount my new WMLx wasn’t hard at all. With any of my WML’s or Pistol Lights I either mount it to the top rail or use an Impact Weapons Components 1913 Offset Mount. To mount it to the Geissele SMR MK5 rail I used the KeyMod version. IWC makes some of my personal favorite mounts and this is one of them. They run $50 but you can save 5% if you use our discount code “ar15news” at checkout on ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. I just couldn’t find my bag of allen wrenches. Right next to me I had my Multitasker Tools Series 3 multitool inside of a Tareinco MT3-Xtra pouch. I remembered that the MT3 came with the correct bit and used the bit driver to install the part. Multitasker Tools Series 3 to the rescue. 

620 INFORCE WMLx Geissele Voodoo IWC 1

620 INFORCE WMLx Geissele Voodoo IWC 1

620 INFORCE WMLx Geissele Voodoo IWC 1

I’ve only had it for a short time but I’m really digging the WMLx. At 500 lumens its significantly brighter than the standard 200 lumen WML but not really that much bigger. Some will say 500 lumens is too bright for use on a home defense rifle but that is something you will have to decide for yourself. I know if an encounter spilled into the outdoors at night, 500 lumens would come in really handy. I’m going to get some additional play time with the WMLx before writing a serious review but wanted to let you know what I thought so far. 

Word on the street is that these will be available later this month and will retail in the $150-160 range. Keep an eye on your favorite INFORCE retailer to get these in. You can check out all of the other lights INFORCE makes at www.INFORCE-Mil.com

If you would like to purchase the KeyMod Offset Mount shown in the pictures above, head on over to ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. Use the code “ar15news” at checkout to save 5%. 

NEW!! Naroh KeyMod Handstop, Barrier Stop and QD Mount

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by ar15news

Yesterday I ran across a company that I had never heard of before while perusing the inventory of a company I’m extremely familiar with. Let me explain…pretty much ever day I hop on the internet looking for new items to tell you guys about. I decided to check out the “NEW” section at Rainier Arms. I was pretty interested by what I found. They just started carrying some KeyMod accessories from a company called Naroh. They offer a Handstop, Barrier Stop and a QD Sling Mount all made of 6-Series Aluminum and anodized black. They look pretty sweet and aren’t priced bad either. Check them out for yourself at www.RainierArms.com.

Naroh KeyMod QD Sling Mount

Naroh KeyMod QD Sling Mount

Naroh KeyMod QD Sling Mount

Naroh KeyMod QD Sling Mount

NEW!! ZeroBravo KeyMod RHS (Reversible Hand Stop)

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by ar15news

Recently a guy named Todd, who is very well known in the firearms industry, ventured out on his own to start a new company called ZeroBravo. ZeroBravo is looking to be a big player in the accessory market and they’re already introducing their first product called the RHS which stands for Reversible Hand Stop. The RHS is a very minimalistic KeyMod hand stop that, as you might have gathered, can be mounted with the curved section facing towards the front or back of the rifle. It just all depends on how you as the shooter use a hand stop and what is most comfortable for you. 

620 ZeroBravo RHS Reversible Hand Stop 2

For the most part you’ll see people running their hand stop on the back side of their support hand (shown below) to help them pull the rifle into their shoulder which makes sense. This is how I tend to use mine as well. Other people will put it at the very end of the rail and use it as more of a “hand stop” where it keeps your hand from proceeding forward any more. This can be very helpful for those running a suppressor with a shorter rail system to help keep your mitts off that hot can. 

620 ZeroBravo RHS Reversible Hand Stop 2

620 ZeroBravo RHS Reversible Hand Stop 2

You can also mount the RHS on the side of your rail as an index point as well. 

620 ZeroBravo RHS Reversible Hand Stop 2

The ZeroBravo RHS should be available from retailers by the end of this month. Retail should be $39.95. Construction is currently under way over at ZeroBravo.com so right now the best way to connect with them and keep and eye on future offerings is to like the ZeroBravo Facebook page

KAK Industry 300BLK Upper Build – Running Great!

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by ar15news

KAK Industry is a company we ran across by chance and pretty much fell in love with. They make some really awesome stuff including multiple different types of buffer tubes, barrels, flash hiders, compensators, etc. and the company’s owned and operated by a great guy. These aren’t products they source out and just laser their name on either. They seriously make these right there in their shop. We love to support Americans who are making great products and KAK Industry is just that. Lately I’ve posted about some KAK parts and people have been asking who they were and what the quality was like so I wanted to write something up regarding my personal experience with their parts.

I originally approached Kurt to ask about his Fluted Pistol Buffer Tube that caught my eye in some photos. After talking a bit he asked if I was interested in checking out one of their 300BLK barrels, shoot the heck out of it and send it back when I was done. Of course I was interested so he sent me a barrel, gas tube, gas block and one of their KAK KeyMod rails. I already had a stripped upper laying around and a Smith Enterprise 7.62 Vortex flash hider. All of the parts appeared to be very well spec’d and went together with no issues. Using a Geissele Automatics REACTION ROD I was able to assemble the upper in no time.

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

I decided to use my San Tan Tactical STT-15 billet ambi lower with a CMC Triggers Flat 3.5lb drop-in trigger, a Battle Arms Development safety and Magpul furniture to finish off the build. I also used a set of Troy sights and as you can sort of see in the picture above the front sight has a Blitzkrieg Components Chevron FSP in it. 

One of the things I’m very careful about with 300BLK is making sure myself, or anyone else shooting my guns, can’t accidentally mistake a mag full of 5.56 for 300BLK or vice versa. That never ends well so I had my buddy Adam over at A Breon Custom make me a PMAG with the 300 BLACKOUT text on the sides and I make sure ONLY 300BLK gets put in the mag. This is especially important if you’re taking another upper or rifle with you.

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

The overall feel of this rifle is great. As with most KeyMod handguards, it’s very smooth so there’s no need for gloves really. It’s also very lightweight. The top 1913 Picatinny rail is removable so you could technically have a completely round smooth tube if you didn’t need that top rail, such as on a build with a red dot and no BUIS, etc. 

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

So far I’ve got a few hundred rounds through the rifle with no issues at all. It’s run like a champ even during our harsh Winter we’ve just come out of. With this rifle I wasn’t really going for a long distance build or anything but it has been very accurate and consistent. The 416 Stainless barrel looks as good as it shoots too.  The carbine length gas system has been perfect with no FTE/FTF’s and bolt locks back on empty mag every time. Overall…I’d have to say it’s been awesome. 

All I wanted to do with this article is to show you an upper I built using KAK parts that has been very reliable and accurate. It’s not a paid article (Just FYI, I never charge anything for articles). This was written for you guys who have asked what the quality is like and hopefully the next time you’re in the market for some new parts you’ll have another source to check out. As usual, I’ve put links to most of the items used in this article so you can get additional details and even purchase if you desire to. 

KAK Industry 16″ 300BLK 1/8 416 Stainless Barrel
KAK Industry Upper Parts (Gas Block, Gas Tube)
KAK Industry 12.5″ KeyMod Handguard
CMC Triggers 3.5lb Trigger
Smith Enterprise 7.62 Vortex Flash Hider
A Breon Custom Mag
San Tan Tactical STT-15 Grenade Lower (use code “
AR15newsLuckyCode” to save $40)

NEW!! Midwest Industries KeyMod Panel Covers

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by ar15news

Midwest Industries is one of the companies that has been really branching out of late. At one point they were best known for their nice AR-15 rail systems. Now they make rails for .308 rifles, KeyMod hand guards, have their own billet receivers and even offer complete rifles too. Just the other day they came out with another new product which is their new KeyMod Panel Covers. 

The new KeyMod Panel Covers use mechanical fasteners to attach to the handguard which makes them extremely secure. These will be sold in kits that come with 3 covers (a 3 slot, 4 slot and 5 slot). The 3 slot covers are available in both the standard flat style or with a built-in Handstop. 

Midwest Industries KeyMod Panel Covers 1

Midwest Industries KeyMod Panel Covers 1

Midwest Industries KeyMod Panel Covers 1

These covers when placed on the MI-SSK handguard which has an outside diameter of 1.5” only increases it to 1.760” with the panels installed. The three panels with all flats weigh in at .8oz and will retail for $22.50. The three panel kit with the hand stop panel weighs in at .9oz and will retail for $24.95. Available for purchase soon at www.MidwestIndustriesInc.com.

You can also follow Midwest Industries on Facebook.

New!! 16.5″ Solo LITE KeyMod Handguard from SLR Rifleworks

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by ar15news

There are tons of AR-15 hand guards on the market. The newest, most popular version would be KeyMod rails with their unique style of mounting accessories and slim/lightweight style. With the most common style of AR-15 features a 16″ barrel, you will typically find most rails in lengths anywhere from 7″ all the way out to 15″. However, there are plenty of with AR’s that have 18″+ barrels on them. For those of you looking for a longer rail option, SLR Rifleworks has a new 16.5″ version of their Solo LITE KeyMod rail that looks awesome. 

SLR Rifleworks 16.5 Solo LITE Rail 1

16.5″ SOLO LITE SERIES KEYMOD HANDGUARD
-  16.5″ Billet Version
-  1.3″ ID
-  Lightweight Design 12.5oz w/hardware
-  Super slim profile
-  KeyMod mounts utilize all KeyMod accessories
-  SLR’s QMod – All KeyMod mounting holes double as QD Mounts
-  Hardcoat Anodize
-  New clamp system fully shrouds clamp hardware
-  7075 Billet barrel nut
-  Barrel nut can be loosened with gas tube in place
-  Grade 8 Fasteners
-  Stainless Locking Plate
-  Proven anti-rotation and anti slip system
-  No Special Tools Need for Barrel Nut
-  Continuous top rail design
-  Mil-Spec 1913 Mounting rails
-  Mega Compatible available upon request

SLR Rifleworks 16.5 Solo LITE Rail 1

SLR Rifleworks 16.5 Solo LITE Rail 1

I do not personally own any SLR Rifleworks rails but I did shoot some photos for them a while back and they are really great feeling rails. The rifle shown above has a 16″ barrel and a Kuuma Comp from Balistic Advantage. I think this would be cool to see on an 18″ or 20″ barreled AR. The craziest part is that this whole 16.5″ rail only weighs 12.5 ounces including the barrel nut and hardware. Another cool feature is the SLR QMod that makes each KeyMod slot double as a QD Sling Mount. That means there are 51 different possible spots to attach your QD Sling. These 16.5″ rails are being anodized as we speak and will be available for purchase soon. Head on over to www.SLRRifleworks.com and check them out for yourself.

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