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BCM KeyMod Rail Panels Now Available In All Colors

Posted on July 28th, 2015 by ar15news

The new BCM KeyMod Rail Panels that we introduced to you last week are now available in all colors. BCM KeyMod Rail Panels are ultra-slim surfaces with aggressive non-slip and non-reflective texturing. Ventilated for cooling, each panel is radiused to create a continuous “tube” surface when run on an octagonal profile handguard such as the BCM KMR.

BCM keyMod Rail Panels 1

Made in the U.S.A. of a high-strength polymer material, BCM KeyMod Rail Panels are designed to fit ALL KeyMod mounting surfaces with seven (7) consecutive KeyMod slots. However, the panels can also be cut to any length, as needed by an end user. Finally, the panels are bi-directional with locking tabs on either end.

BCM keyMod Rail Panels 1

Each Kit contains five (5) matching color KeyMod Panels, and are available in Black, Flat Dark Earth, Wolf Grey and Foliage Green.

BCM keyMod Rail Panels 1

Each 5 pack of BCM KeyMod Rail Panels is just $9.95.

Purchase now at http://www.bravocompanymfg.com/railpanel/

NEW!! BCM­ KeyMod Rail Covers Are In and They Are Awesome

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 by ar15news

If you’ve been active on social medial lately you’ve probably seen some sneak peeks at the new BCM (Bravo Company Mfg) super low profile KeyMod rail covers. For those of you who have been anxiously waiting to get some for yourself, the wait is now over. The new BCM­ KeyMod Rail Panels are now available in a kit that consists of five 5.5 inch long covers that will fit any KeyMod rail. I got my hands on a few of them and immediately put them on my BCM 16″ ELW upper with a BCM KMR 13″ rail.

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 1

Each BCM KeyMod Rail Panel will cover 7 KeyMod slots but can be cut to any shorter length to fit in shorter runs if needed. For instance, on my BCM upper I have their KAG (Kinesthetic Angled Grip) installed and have 4 KeyMod slots open in front of it. I only needed a short piece to cover where my index and middle fingers contact the rail so I grabbed my super sharp stabby thing from Matt Helm Knives and cut a two slot section to go there and the remaining 5 slots were installed on the side behind my BCM KeyMod 1913 Light Mount.

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 2

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 2

The BCM KeyMod Rail Panels are more than just a cool looking rail cover for open KeyMod slots. They offer an extreme increase in grip due to the aggressive texture. The texture on the covers actually reminds me a lot of grip tape but doesn’t feel like it will tear your hands up. If you look close you can see the BCM and Star logo on the cover.

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 2

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 2

The BCM 16″ ELW upper with the 13″ KMR is a super light weight, durable and accurate upper. Adding the new rail covers is a small add-on but an enhancement none the less. I will be adding more of the BCM­ KeyMod Rail Panels to my other KeyMod rails and you can too. BCM currently has the black covers in-stock for just $9.95 per 5 panel kit. Soon they will be offering FDE, OD Green and Foliage as well. Head on over to www.BravoCompanyUSA.com to order some for yourself.

Arisaka Inline Ring Mounts Available for KeyMod and M-Lok

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by ar15news

The Patent Pending Arisaka Inline Ring Mount is designed to securely attach 1″ handheld lights to KeyMod and M-Lok handguards. It is a perfect match for handguards that feature 45 degree angle mounting flats, such as the Bravo Company KMR, Knight’s Armament URX 4, and Geissele Automatics SMR Mk8.

Arisaka Defense Inline Light Mount 1

The Inline Ring Mount features multiple mounting positions for the clamping ring. When used on a 45 degree angle mounting flat, these positions allow the user to place the light closer or farther away from the top 12 o’clock rail to give clearance for front sights or other accessories. Three positions are provided, allowing an offset of up to 0.24″ from center. The outer diameter of the handheld light sits only 0.41″ above the KeyMod or M-Lok mounting surface, making the entire unit very low profile.

Arisaka Defense Inline Light Mount 1

Additionally, the mount can be used in a cantilever fashion, with the end of it protruding past the front of the handguard. This can be useful with short handguards to help reduce barrel or suppressor shadows. The mount can also be reversed, allowing further flexibility for positioning your light.

Arisaka Defense Inline Light Mount 1

Weight: 1 oz.
Material: CNC machined 6061 aluminum.
Finish: MIL-A-8625 Type III hard coat anodized.

Arisaka Defense Inline Light Mount 6

Proudly made in the USA and available now on the Arisaka site:
Inline Ring Mount KeyMod
Inline Ring Mount M-Lok

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.

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

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.

Seekins Precision MCSR MLOK rail copy 2

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 assembled a couple of Scout style weapon lights using Arisaka Defense parts and wanted to throw together a quick article showing you guys the parts I used and some of the different options you have when doing the same thing. So I took my lights apart and started taking pictures from the beginning which you can see below.

THE COMPONENTS

As you may already know, Arisaka Defense started out making light mounts and rail accessories. Recently they have introduced their own line of Light Components that allow you to build your own Scout style light. They now offer both a 300 Series Scout Body (powered by a single CR123 battery), a 600 Series Scout Body (powered by two CR123 batteries) and their own Click Tail Caps. They also make an Offset Scout Mount (shown) for MLOK, KeyMod and CMR rails and an Inline Scout Mount for MLOK and KeyMod.

Arisaka Scout Lights 1

Many AR owners who have purchased a Scout light before have an extra factory tail cap or two laying around (Click Cap or Tape Switch) which will work great with the Arisaka bodies. For those users, once you choose your desired mount and Scout body, the only thing left to do is pick up some CR123 batteries and a new E1 or E2 head from Malkoff Devices.

Arisaka Scout Lights 1

Arisaka Scout Lights 1

Arisaka Scout Lights 1

COMPLETE LIGHTS

If you don’t have any tail caps to start with, Arisaka Defense actually sells complete Scout lights with the Malkoff Devices heads. When I started piecing together my Scout lights, Arisaka didn’t offer Tail Caps or complete units so a buddy of mine gave me some tail caps and I purchased the Malkoff Devices E1 and E2 heads on my own. Since then I’ve picked up a couple of the Arisaka Defense Tail Caps. Shown below is the configuration that Arisaka Defense offers for the 300 Series Light and 600 Series Light. The biggest key is that you can basically get two lights for the price of one SureFire Scout light. The 300 Series complete light is $149 plus the cost of the mount and the 600 Series complete light is $159 plus the cost of the mount.

Arisaka Scout Lights 4

Arisaka Scout Lights 5

Arisaka Scout Lights 5

MY SETUP

I personally like to use the the SureFire Tape Switch’s because it allows me to mount the lights on the right side of my weapon, giving me more rail space to place my support hand, etc. Currently I run the Arisaka Defense 300 Series Scout Light on my SBR with an SRO7 Tape Switch while I have the 600 Series Scout Light on a 16″ AR with basic tape switch held in place by a Tareinco Tape Switch Holder. I’m extremely happy with these lights. The heads are extremely bright with the E1 rated at 250 out the front lumens and the E2 measured at 325 out the front lumens.

Arisaka Scout Lights 9

Arisaka Scout Lights 9

I’ve put links to both Arisaka Defense and Malkoff Devices websites and social media sources below. Both have pretty active feeds to follow. 

ARISAKA DEFENSE
www.ArisakaDefense.com
www.Facebook.com/ArisakaDefense
www.Instagram.com/ArisakaDefense

Malkoff Devices
www.MalkoffDevices.com
www.Facebook.com/MalkoffDevicesInd

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

Seekins Precision just announced that their new K20 Angled Grip is available for purchase. The K20 angled grip mounts to KeyMod rails and comes in a variety of different colors. One feature I just noticed that I wasn’t aware of before was the included QD Sling Mount at the back of the grip. Pics and Press Release are below. These are available for purchase at www.SeekinsPrecision.com.

Seekins Precision K20 grip 1

Seekins Precision K20 grip 2

Seekins Precision K20 grip 2

Lewiston, ID – Seekins Precision, announced their new K20 Angled Grip.

Seekins Precision is proud to announce that the K20 Angled Grip is now in full production and available for purchase.

Designed as a lightweight, ergonomic alternative to the standard forward hand grip. The CNC billet constructed K20 weighs in at only 1.6oz and features an integrated sling mount and anodized finish.

The K20’s angled grip surface provides the shooter with better control of the rifle and ease in recoil. Shooters will also find that the K20 allows for a faster response time and a more accurate return of fire.

Seekins Precision will be manufacturing the K20 in both the Keymod and M-Lok configurations as well as offering a selection of anodized colors for ease in rifle customization.

“The response we received for the K20 during initial beta testing was overwhelmingly positive” said Kevin Weyrauch, Seekins Precision Business Development Coordinator. “We are excited to be able to add the K20 to our product catalog.”

For more information on the Seekins Precision family of products, be sure to check out our website at www.seekinsprecision.com or contact us at sales@seekinsprecision.com

Apex, NC, May 4, 2015 – Arisaka LLC is pleased to announce the release of its new Offset Scout Mounts for M-LokKeyMod, and Centurion Arms CMR handguard systems.

The Patent Pending Offset Scout® Mount is a low profile mounting solution for the Surefire Scout Light® M300 and M600 series weapon lights. The mounts are less than 0.165″ thick, making them very slim and unobtrusive. The light is positioned at a 45 degree angle and has four lateral mounting locations, 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 or 600 Series Light Body for an even lower profile light setup.

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

The Offset Scout® Mount is compatible with the Centurion Arms CMR and most KeyMod and M-Lok handguards, including the BCM KMR, KAC URX4, Geissele SMR MK8, Mega MKM, MML and Wedge Lock, Noveske NSR, and Midwest Industries SSK and SSM.

Weighing only 0.4 oz, the Offset Scout® Mount is manufactured out of 6061 aluminum and MIL-A-8625 type III hard coat anodized.

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

www.ArisakaDefense.com

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