Category Archives: Lightweight Upgrades

If you’ve followed AR15NEWS for any decent length of time you’ve probably noticed we build lots of ARs. Some times, as an AR builder, it’s easy to get in a rut and kind of build the same thing over and over again which gets boring. All it takes is a bit of imagination and planning and your next build can be the best one you’ve ever put together. This is the very case with my most recent build. 

Believe it or not I had SBR’d this Rainier Arms forged lower well over a year ago but had no idea what I wanted to do with it. Then it came to me and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. From there it was just a matter of time before I had the parts in hand and ready to build.

Lets start out with a few closer shots. From this angle you can see the Rainier Arms ambi safety, Juggernaut Tactical ambi charging handle and Scalarworks OPS (On Point Sights) fixed rear sight.

Rainier Arms SBR Build 1 - Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights Juggernaut Tactical Ambi Charging Handle - Rainier Arms Ambi Safety

As I mentioned above, this build got started as a Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC lower that I bought and Form 1’d just before the ATF41P effective date. I added a Rainier Arms forged upper and ambi safety, CMC Triggers Flat 3.5lb Trigger and LPK, Superlative Arms Piston Kit, Juggernaut Tactical ambi charging handle, Geissele MK4 rail and Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights and Low Drag Mount for the Aimpoint T1 and a SureFeed Magazines 20 Round mag.

Rainier Arms SBR Build 2 - CMC Triggers Flat Trigger Geissele SMR MK4 rail Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights Aimpoint Micro T1 Rainier Arms A-DAC

Of course as a Rainier Arms SBR build I chose to use their 10.5″ .223 Wylde barrel. Covered it with a Geissele MK4 rail, Arisaka Defense 300/IR Series Scout Light and Inline Scout Mount, SureFire SR07 switch, Scalarworks OPS Fixed Front Sight, Magpul vertical grip and Griffin Armament Taper Mount Supresspr Mount. The Superlative Arms Piston Kit gas block is under there somewhere. 😜

Rainier Arms SBR Build - Geissele SMR MK4 - Arisaka Inline Scout Light Mount 300 Series Scalarworks OPS Front Fixed Sight magpul vertical grip Surefire SR07

Here’s another angle of the business end on the new Rainier Arms SBR build. From this angle you can now see how accessible the Superlative Arms Piston Kit gas block is under the rail. This isn’t like many piston kits were you have one or two settings. Its more like a Piston Kit that has a built in fully adjustable gas block so you can really tune it in.

Rainier Arms SBR Build - Superlative Arms - Rainier Arms - Geissele - Scalarworks - Magpul = Arisaka Rainier Arms

This next shot gives you a better idea of how tidy things are on this build. It’s got everything I need and nothing I don’t. The Scalarworks OPS fixed sights and mount for the Aimpoint T1 are absolutely amazing. 

Rainier Arms SBR Build - rainier arms = cmc triggers = scalarworks = aimpoint t1 - juggernaut tactical - magpul - geissele

And here it is. Hope you guys enjoyed a pretty detailed look at my new Rainier Arms SBR build. In the end, this SBR turned out even better than I had pictured it but the initial imagination and passion to create another gun is what got it all started. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to just slap together the first complete rifle you can. Take your time with your next build, map it out, think about what would make you smile every time you see it and then build that. 

Rainier Arms SBR Build - rainier arms - geissele - cmc triggers - magpul - scalarworks - griffin armament - surefire = superlative arms piston kit - aimpoint juggernaut tactical

Here’s the full run down of parts for this build. If you want to copy it, be my guest. Would make for a great AR Pistol build too.  

Already had a chance to get the gas dialed in on the piston kit and man this thing is smooth. Will be getting some range time this week with this gun getting it sighted in. Will let you guys know how it runs soon.

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FightLite® Industries, a division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc. located in Melbourne, Florida announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed Squad Automatic MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle).

In a radical departure from the directions of both case telescoped ammunition and conventional polymer ammunition, FightLite® is pursuing an innovative development strategy for a 5th generation hybrid cartridge that is projected to lighten ammunition weight by up to 30% and deliver reduced ammunition cost, while also supporting legacy infantry weapons and machine guns.

FightLite Hybrid Polymer Ammo

FightLite NextGen MCR Rifle

There are millions of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO weapons in both the US military and around the globe where users stand to benefit from a significant reduction in ammunition weight without sacrificing performance or reliability. FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense have been very successful with their outside-the-box approach to problem solving in the small arms business during the past 20 years.

The company’s flagship weapon is its 8.5 lb. select-fire Squad Automatic MCR® that shares the excellent ergonomics of the M4A1 and feeds reliably from both M27-linked ammunition belts and standard M16 magazines at operator discretion. Featuring reliable gas-piston operation and a tool-less quick-change barrel system; the patented MCR® is the lightest and most portable belt fed machine gun in the world. Suppressor and grenade launcher capable, its select-fire operation allows soldiers and contractors to quickly and accurately engage both point and area targets. And when coupled with FightLite’s finalized 5th Gen lightweight cartridge, the MCR® and FightLite® ammo combination will represent the lightest 5.56mm automatic rifle with full combat load available anywhere.

FightLite NextGen MCR Rifle 1

The select-fire FightLite® MCR® is derived from the ARES-16 AMG-2 (Assault Machine Gun) that was selected for testing by the US Army’s Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) and includes product enhancements that were made to the AMG-2 following experience with M855A1 EPR ammunition and earlier military testing done during the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment at Fort Benning.

Such enhancements include further weapon weight reduction and simplification, a square shaped feed roller housing, a heat treated steel feed plate that reduces feed ramp wear from M855A1 steel tipped projectiles, refinements in the breech bolt lug profile, a reinforced charging handle assembly, the company’s highly effective RipBrake muzzle compensator, and a proprietary method of mitigating cookoff risk while maintaining a select-fire, closed bolt system of operation that is more accurate and user-friendly than standard open-bolt light machine guns.

Some additional key elements of the MCR® are that it shares a 52% part commonality with existing NSN components already in the government system and the core technology can retrofit to any MIL-Spec AR15, M16 or M4 type lower receiver; meaning that it is rearward compatible to the very first Colt Mod. 01 (M16) manufactured in 1960. These accomplishments reduce a military’s logistical footprint and costs including spare components and operator and armorer training. Additionally, the dual-feed MCR® permits squad automatic rifle users to operate during the assault with 100 and 200 round magazines of M27-linked ammunition, but also retains the ability to reliably feed from 4179 STANAG (M16/M4) magazines from other squad members should linked ammunition run low during combat.

“The Army and some of our commercial customers have been interested in lightweight ammunition for quite some time, so our R&D team is pretty excited about the progress we’re making to finally solve the elusive lightweight ammunition equation for conventional rifles and machine guns,” says Geoffrey Herring, CEO of ARES Defense Systems®. “We’re aware that various iterations of polymer cased ammunition have been introduced to the commercial market during the past several years, but we also know some of the setbacks they’ve experienced along the way such as ballistic underperformance, case melt, moisture absorption, case separation or deformation, and catastrophic failures when the heat or pressure is up. Most of the polymer ammunition manufacturers are employing first through third generation technology which can be predisposed to fail when subjected to rough handling, temperature extremes, environmental conditions, and the pressures necessary for full ballistic performance of modern rifle ammunition.”

Brass cased ammunition has been relied on for over 150 years and has presented many challenges for the arms industry to find an alternative material that accomplishes everything that a standard brass case does. In addition to providing a convenient capsule to house the bullet and components, keep the powder dry and reliably feed into the chamber, it is also a critical gas container that keeps the shooter safe from the 50,000-70,000 psi chamber pressure when the round is fired. When the malleable brass case expands against the chamber wall during obturation, it performs as a mechanical brake reducing bolt loading and embeds many impurities from the chamber such as grit, carbon or unburned propellant into the case body which is then extracted from the chamber in a semi self-cleaning arrangement. Since brass is an excellent thermal conductor, it also absorbs and removes with each shot a small amount of heat generated by the friction of the projectile traveling down the bore. It can be stored for extended periods of time and can tolerate temperature extremes such as freezing cold, rough handling, hazardous environmental conditions and water submersion. But some of the biggest strikes against it are weight and cost, and depending on the individual manufacturer the 12 to 20 step manufacturing process necessary to fabricate a single cartridge.

FightLite® isn’t sharing any proprietary details at this stage about the (5th Generation) construction methods being privately developed in house with IRAD until its patents for the hybrid technology are solidified. But the FightLite® R&D team is systematically addressing and overcoming the hurdles that have plagued early players in the lightweight ammunition space and is confident in its decision to pursue development of a lightweight cartridge that will also support legacy weapons in the US arsenal and NATO countries, and other users around the world.

“Our company’s approach to product development has always been to invest in inclusive technologies that benefit a greater consumer base as exemplified by our MCR® being rearward compatible from today’s production M4A1 to the very first M16’s that the Army ever purchased. To date, our company has produced and delivered thousands of dual-feed MCR® type upper receiver assemblies and rifles throughout the US and overseas, so we’re very comfortable with our product, its capabilities and the ability to produce it,” says Herring. “The primary objective for developing polymer ammunition is to additionally lighten the soldier’s ammunition load by at least 20% and we think that our hybrid case will be able to achieve that while maintaining safety and ballistic performance and also supporting legacy systems. We’ve already accomplished significant weight savings for the soldier with our squad automatic MCR® which currently weighs 50% less than the current M249 and is 3-times more accurate as verified by US military testers during live fire exercises. In fact, our gun was so effective at improving the squad’s speed and mobility during our participation in the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment that there is soldier support on record for adding two additional weapons to the current 9-man squad for a total of two of our guns per fire team.”

No firm date is being stated at this time for delivery of FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition to market. In the interim, FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense Systems® will continue supplying its customers with its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Squad Automatic MCR® and AMG-2 weapons which can currently use almost any of the billions of rounds of 5.56 NATO ammunition stockpiled throughout the world. Once the R&D cycle on FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition is completed, the company will likely either seek mass production of the ammunition through established high-volume ammunition producers or consider licensing its next generation squad automatic rifle (NGSAR) and ammunition technology to one of the USA’s larger prime defense contractors.

About FightLite® Industries

FightLite® Industries is a division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc., a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing and design team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers. Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra-modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To make inquiries regarding potential business collaboration, product development or product licensing opportunities with FightLite® Industries, please email sales@FightLite.com

To inquire about employment opportunities with FightLite® Industries, please send your request and resume to: careers@FightLite.com   

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com.  Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

Notice: FightLite®, ARES Defense Systems® and MCR® are registered trademarks of ARES Defense Systems® Inc.

Faxon Firearms Independence Day Sale!
10% off sitewide
Use coupon code “faxon4th”
www.FaxonFirearms.com

Faxon Firearms 4th of July Sale 2017

Have you heard of Bootleg Builder Inc? You may not know who they are but I know you’ve seen their parts!! Bootleg Builder is a sister company to Primary Weapons Systems offering DI (Direct Impingement) models of many PWS components such as upper receivers, handguards, low profile gas block, charging handle, adjustable BCG, etc. Right now they are having a SUMMER SALE! All you need to do is head on over to their website and use the discount code SUMMER to get $50 off your purchase of $369.99 or more! 

http://bootleginc.com/

Bootleg Builder Inc Summer Sale

Ballistic Advantage sneakily introduced a new barrel the other day and man is it sweet. The new barrel is an 18″ .223 Wylde Rifle Length SPR barrel from their Premium Series line of barrels but this one features some of the most aggressive flutes that I’ve seen on any barrel. The fluting not only looks amazing but at the same time makes for a really light weight 18″ barrel. If you’re looking for a great looking barrel that is sure to shoot even better for your next build, check out the new Ballistic Advantage Fluted 18″ Premium SPR Barrel.

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Ballistic Advantage Fluted SPR Barrel 1

This .223 Wylde chambered 18 inch barrel is machined from 416 Stainless Steel with a bead blasted finish. Our Premium Series Barrels feature a FailZero Nickel Boron Coated Extended M4 Feed Ramp Extension.

This barrel features some of the most aggressive and weight reducing flutes on the market. Coming in at a total weight of 28 oz. We’ve managed to cut almost a pound out of the barrel all while not sacrificing one ounce of accuracy!

http://ballisticadvantage.com/18-inch-223-wylde-spr-fluted-mid-length-ss-premium-barrel.html

CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of Faxon’s famed Pencil profile barrels for the .308 Winchester. The new .308 Winchester pencil barrels are the lightest available for the caliber, yet maintain maximum versatility for all applications.

Faxon Firearms .308 Pencil Profile Barrels 1

Developed upon Faxon’s the solid foundation of 5.56 pencil barrels, the .308 Winchester Pencil barrels focus on lightweight performance for the AR10 platform. The 16” and 18” rifle barrels are each less than 2 lbs. The 20” model is only 2.07 lbs.

Faxon Firearms .308 Pencil Profile Barrels 1

The barrels feature a 1/10 twist, rifled 100% in-house by Faxon under our numerous quality certifications. For maximum versatility, the barrels are chambered in .308 Winchester and feature concentric 5/8×24 threads with a relieved shoulder capped off with an 11-degree target crown. All .308 Winchester barrels are manufactured from certified military-grade gun-barrel quality 4150 steel and are individually magnetic particle inspected for safety.

“.308 ARs have historically been heavy weapons,” stated Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management. “Faxon wants to continue challenging that paradigm through its pencil profile. With these barrels, sub 5lbs battle rifles are within reach.”

The new .308 Winchester pencil barrels are available today from Faxon and its dealer network. MSRP is $259, $269, and $279 for 16”, 18”, and 20”, respectively.

16″, PENCIL, .308 WIN, Mid-Length, 4150 QPQ

  •   Barrel Material: 4150 GBQ
  •   Barrel Caliber: .308 WIN
  •   Barrel Twist: 1:10
  •   Barrel Length: 16”
  •   Barrel Profile: PENCIL
  •   Barrel Gas System: Mid
  •   Inside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Outside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
  •   Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  •   Gas Port Diameter: .081″
  •   Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  •   Barrel Extension: LR-308 (DPMS Compatible)
  •   Weight: 1.78 lbs
  •   Magnetic Particle Inspected!
  •   11-degree Target Crown

18″, PENCIL, .308 WIN, Rifle-Length, 4150 QPQ

  • Barrel Material: 4150 GBQ
  •   Barrel Caliber: .308 WIN
  •   Barrel Twist: 1:10
  •   Barrel Length: 18”
  •   Barrel Profile: PENCIL
  •   Barrel Gas System: Rifle
  •   Inside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Outside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
  •   Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  •   Gas Port Diameter: .093″
  •   Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  •   Barrel Extension: LR-308 (DPMS Compatible)
  •   Weight: 1.97 lbs
  •   Magnetic Particle Inspected!
  •   11-degree Target Crown

20″, PENCIL, .308 WIN, Rifle-Length, 4150 QPQ

  • Barrel Material: 4150 GBQ
  •   Barrel Caliber: .308 WIN
  •   Barrel Twist: 1:10
  •   Barrel Length: 20”
  •   Barrel Profile: PENCIL
  •   Barrel Gas System: Rifle
  •   Inside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Outside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
  •   Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  •   Gas Port Diameter: .093″
  •   Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  •   Barrel Extension: LR-308 (DPMS Compatible)
  •   Weight: 2.07 lbs
  •   Magnetic Particle Inspected!
  •   11-degree Target Crown

Faxon Firearms Announces Sub 1 Pound 10.5” Pencil Barrel

(CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of the new 10.5” Pencil barrel chambered in 5.56 NATO. The new 10.5” pencil barrel clocks in at less than 1 pound, focusing on maximum maneuverability and versatility for any pistol or SBR platform.

Focusing on removing all possible weight, the 10.5” Pencil barrel is formally rated at .9 lbs. including the barrel extension. The barrel is set up for standard carbine length gas systems, using a .625” diameter gas block journal, 1.1” in length – ideal for low-profile and light weight gas blocks.  

Faxon Firearms 10.5 inch Pencil Barrel 1

The barrels feature a 1/8 twist, conventionally rifled 100% in-house by Faxon under our numerous quality certifications. For maximum versatility, the barrels are chambered in 5.56 NATO and feature concentric 1/2×28 threads with a relieved shoulder. The 4150 certified gun barrel quality steel is individually magnetic particle inspected and finished with a durable and resilient nitride.

Faxon Firearms 10.5 inch Pencil Barrel 1

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our pencil barrel product line with the 10.5,” stated Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management. “Our pencil barrels are the lightest in the industry and with the 10.5” we have set another benchmark in ultralight performance.”

The 10.5” pencil barrel is available today and shipping now to Faxon’s dealers and OEM customers. MSRP is $159.00. New dealer and OEM inquiries are welcome.

10.5” Pencil Barrel Specifications

  • Barrel Material: 4150 Certified Gun Barrel Quality Steel, Triple Stress Relieved
  • Barrel Type: Button Rifled 
  • Barrel Caliber: 5.56
  • Barrel Twist: 1:8
  • Barrel Length: 10.5″
  • Barrel Profile:  Pencil
  • Barrel Gas System: Carbine
  • Inside Finish: Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch) 
  • Gas Block Diameter: .625″ 
  • Gas Port Diameter: .081″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  • Barrel Extension: M4 
  • Weight:  .9 lbs.
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • 11-degree Target Crown

About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a leader in constant evolution in the firearms marketplace focusing on US-made quality and innovation. From the ARAK platform, GUNNER & FLAME barrels, upper receivers, and an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative accessories, Faxon offers quality complete rifle systems and components. New dealers and OEM accounts are welcome.

For more information contact Nathanial Schueth at nathan.s@faxonfirearms.com or Curt Staubach curt.s@faxonfirearms.com

SCALARWORKS is well know for creating some of the nicest low profile, lightweight optic mounts and just recently put out a teaser for another great looking new product. They have decided to take their expertise from the optic mounts and apply it to a set of fixed front and rear AR-15 sights. 

As you can see in the image below the Rear Sight features a dual aperture, a windage adjustment wheel and clamps in place using a cross bolt. The Front Sight features a finger adjustable front sight post for elevation adjustments and also clamps in place using a cross bolt.

Scalarworks OPS Fixed AR15 Sights Rear 2

Scalarworks OPS Fixed AR15 Sights Front

The overall sexy looking design of the sights scream “I was made by SCALARWORKS”. I’m sure these will have the same attention to detail, fit and finish that we have come to expect from SCALARWORKS products.

Scalarworks OPS Fixed AR15 Sights Rear

From what I understand these are 2-3 weeks away from being available for purchase. As of right now I have no specs or pricing, just a couple of sneak peek images. As soon as I get more information and pictures I’ll be sure to post it up on the website as well. For now, be sure to follow SCALARWORKS on their Facebook and Instagram pages to see all of the awesome stuff they are coming out with. 

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SCALARWORKS Instagram

Bravo Company Mfg just introduced a new version of one of my favorite AR stocks. The new Mod 0 SOPMOD stock is very similar to the awesome BCM GUNFIGHTER stock but features a larger cheek weld area and still retains the original features of the GUNFIGHTER stock such as the VBOS Tab, ambi QD sling mounts, etc. I just got one of these new stocks and can’t wait to snag a couple more. Check out the press release and images below. The new BCM Mod 0 SOPMOD stock is instock now at www.BravoCompanyUSA.com for just $58.

BCM Mod 0 Sopmod Stock 2

BCM introduces the Mod 0 SOPMOD Stock, a drop-in replacement stock for the M4 Carbine, built to be lighter and more durable than base issue equipment with an enhanced contour for an improved cheek weld.

Delivering a consistent and stable platform, without sacrificing the clean snag free design of the Mod 0 Minimalist Stock released in 2014, the BCM Mod 0 SOPMOD Stock is a product of continued refinement based on end user feedback and close work with leading tactical and weapons manipulation instructors and the end users they prepare for going into harm’s way.

BCM Mod 0 Sopmod Stock 2

Both the BCMGUNFIGHTER™ Mod 0 SOPMOD and the Mod 0 Minimalist stocks feature a patented internal latch system*, a built-in buttpad, a VBOS(Vehicle Borne Operations Sling) Tab and both an ambidextrous QD interface port and web slot for sling interface.

BCM Mod 0 SOPMOD Stock 4

Like all BCM rifles and BCMGUNFIGHTER accessories, the Mod 0 Stocks are designed and made in the USA with the lightest and most durable materials to ensure components that last a lifetime.

BCM Mod 0 Sopmod Stock 2

To learn more about the BCM Mod 0 Series of stocks visit http://bravocompanymfg.com/stock/

Just prior to SHOT Show 2017 I met a guy named Aaron. Aaron has used his manufacturing knowledge to start Black Stone Firearms and produce some very impressive match grade barrels that are sleeved in a floating carbon fiber tube.

Black Stone Firearms Carbon Fiber Barrel 1

The carbon fiber tube has vent holes drilled into it to offer rapid heat dissipation. Not only are these barrels sub-moa accurate but they are extremely light and do not heat up nearly as much as a normal AR barrel. They’ve put over 100 rounds through a barrel in a very short time and without letting it cool down are able to grab the barrel and pick the rifle up by it. 

Black Stone Firearms Carbon Fiber Barrel 2

Black Stone Firearms Carbon Fiber Barrel 2

These barrels are 416R stainless steel, double stress relieved and hand lapped. They will be retailing starting at $629. Barrel weights are 16″ 25.6oz., 18″ 27.8oz. and 20″ 29.8oz. As usual, my friends at Rainier Arms have secured the initial release of these awesome barrels. Keep an eye out for these to be up on www.RainierArms.com soon. 

In the mean time you can also check out www.bsfbarrels.com for more information.

Phase 5 Weapon Systems Inc, (Phase5WSI) introduced a few new products this year at SHOT Show 2017 but the one that really stood out the most was this awesome new AR buttstock called the UMS or Universal Mini Stock. The Universal Mini Stock is an ultra compact al metal stock that can be attached to virtually any buffer tube out there including standard carbine buffer tubes and many AR Pistol buffer tubes. This could come in really handy for guys running an AR Pistol buffer tube on their AR Pistol while waiting for the tax stamp to come in. Once their stamp comes in and the AR is registered as an SBR you can just add the UMS on instead of needing to remove the pistol buffer tube and install a carbine buffer tube that accepts a stock. Sounds like these are a couple months away from being available for purchase. Check out the video and picture below. 

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Phase5WSI UMS Universal Mini Stock SHOT Show 2017

**Press Release**

New for 2017 – Finger Stops for 1913 Picatinny rails and Inline Scout Mounts for Troy and VTAC Alpha handguards

Arisaka Defense Picatinny Finger Stop 1

Like our KeyMod, M-Lok, and CMR versions, the new Finger Stop for 1913 Picatinny rails was developed as a low profile, minimal control accessory. This new version functions well as both a forward index point or rear hand stop due to its wider shape and smooth contour. The Finger Stops are machined out of 6061 aluminum and weigh only 0.4 oz.

http://arisakadefense.com/products/finger-stop-picatinny

Arisaka Defense Picatinny Finger Stop 2

The new Inline Scout Mounts for Troy and VTAC Alpha handguards feature recoil lugs specific to each handguard and utilize a durable steel back plate to secure the mount. Like the KeyMod and M-Lok Inline Scout Mounts, these are made from 7075 aluminum for extra strength and include three sets of mounting holes for the light. This allows you to tuck the light up close to the top rail or move it outwards to gain additional clearance beside front sights or other accessories. Compatible with Surefire M300 and M600 Scout lights, Arisaka 300 and 600 Series lights and bodies, and the Streamlight Protac Rail Mount 1 and 2.

http://arisakadefense.com/products/inline-scout-mount-troy-vtac-alpha

Arisaka Defense Inline Scout Mount for VTAC 1

Arisaka Defense Inline Scout Mount for VTAC 1

Be sure to check out our combination mount deals with both Surefire Scout and Streamlight Protac Rail Mount lights. These include your choice of Inline or Offset Scout Mount.

http://arisakadefense.com/collections/types?q=Complete%20Light

Arisaka Light and Mount Combo

Mechforce USA just released a set G10 Scale grip panels that are available for both M-Lok and Keymod rails. These grip panels are CNC machined out of G10 material which is lightweight but strong and heat resistant. There are two sizes currently available for each mounting interfaces. 3 Slot long and 2 slot long for M-Lok interface; whereas 6 hole long and 4 hole long for the Keymod interface. 

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Featuring a patent pending pattern design, the massive detailing on these panels will deliver a maximum gripping force and a custom look to your rifle. Check out the pictures and details below. They are available for purchase now from www.mechforce-usa.com.

A few days ago I shared a sneak peek at the new Fortis Mfg LA (Lever Action) Stock. At that time all I had was a few CAD Drawings of the stock which looked awesome but was still hard to tell what it was going to look like. NOW….now I have some hotness! My buddy David was allowed to borrow a prototype LA-Stock that had been finished and install it on a rifle. Your opportunity to win one of these beautiful stocks and some pics can be found below!!

Fortis Mfg LA Lever Action Stock 1

Fortis Mfg LA Lever Action Stock 1

Fortis Mfg LA Lever Action Stock 1

Fortis Mfg LA Lever Action Stock 1

The Fortis Mfg LA Stock shown in these photos is still considered a prototype as there are a few tweaks that they are working on but you get a really good idea of what will be officially released in 1st Quarter 2017. The LA-Stock will not be a polymer stock but is a high end all aluminum stock with some actual carbon fiber accents. These won’t be cheap but they’ll be competitive with other aluminum stocks. 

Photos courtesy of TracerX!

Want to win one? Fortis Mfg is going to pick one person to win an LA-Stock on December 26th. To be entered, follow the directions below!

Want a chance to win our newest product? The Fortis LA™ Stock is set to debut at SHOT 2017 and we hope to have them off the assembly line the 1st quarter of 2017.

This time of year, it’s great to give back so so we’re offering a chance to win #1 off the assembly line for $5 donation to the Salvation Army.

Quick Details (MUST FOLLOW CAREFULLY):
1) https://www.gofundme.com/29-christmas-fundraiser
2) Like our page / share the post to your page.
3) Drawing is MONDAY Dec 26th – you’ll be notified on FB.

Fine print:
-the photos by TracerX, although beautiful – are of our prototype. We’ve already made revisions so your final product can look different than what you see.
-Your donation unfortunately isn’t tax deductible.
-A donation will be made to the Salvation Army by Fortis MFG before the end of the year.
-ALL proceeds will be paid to the Salvation Army

Good luck!

Next Level Arms, a company I am proud to say is local to me here in Michigan, is getting ready to release a really nice looking light weight AR-15 billet receiver set. The NLX15 billet receiver set will weigh just 15 ounces! That’s just under a pound for both upper and lower combined. 

As you can see in the images below there is quite a bit of material removed in places that will not effect the integrity of the receiver and without any skeletonized areas aside from the shell deflector. Another thing to note from the following photo….the forward assist has been moved a bit further forward to give a little more clearance for lefties using ambi charging handles such as the NLX Ambi Charging Handle.

Next Level Arms NLX15 billet receiver set 1

Next Level Arms NLX15 billet receiver set 1

From what I’ve been told, the new NLX FIFTEEN billet receiver sets will be available early January 2017. I now that sounds like “Next Year” but its really only a couple weeks away. I have not heard anything on price yet but I’ll be sure to update this post as soon as I have that information. Until then, check out all that Next Level Arms offers at www.NextLevelArms.com