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SHOT Show 2015 – Bentwood Gunsmithing

Posted on January 21st, 2015 by ar15news

Bentwood Gunsmithing is a company that has partnered up with Battle Arms Development who are providing the custom designed receivers, buttstock, titanium gas block, titanium pivot & takedown pin set, lightweight safety selector, enhanced magazine release, lightweight bolt catch, titanium pistol grip screw, etc. 95%+ of the rifle components are custom and made specifically for the O.I.P (Ounces Is Pounds) but 99% Mil-Spec compatible. The sight is Aimpoint H1 on Fortis F1 Mount & Custom Built Light/Adapter. It is actually down to about 3.8 lbs now.

Only 100 of these beautiful rifles will be built each year. You can find out more at www.BentwoodGunsmithing.com

Video and pics courtesy of Crossfire and Steve Coulston.

Bentwood Gunsmithing OIP

SHOT Show 2015 – Battle Arms Development

Posted on January 20th, 2015 by ar15news

If you haven’t been following Battle Arms Development, there has never been a better time to start than now. This is one of the companies I will personally be following very closely this year. Up until now they have been most notably known for their absolutely bomb proof Ambi Safety Selectors. They recently started to push their creative ideas and love of high quality components into other AR components which have turned out to be amazing. Their new lightweight billet receiver set for instance is on my personal list of future purchases. Check out these videos and pics below. 

You can follow Battle Arms Development on Facebook, on Instagram and at www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com

Video and Photography courtesy of Crossfire and Steve Coulston.

SHOT Show 2015 Battle Arms 3

SHOT Show 2015 Battle Arms 3

SHOT Show 2015 Battle Arms 3

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.

Video Overview – New 2015 Geissele and ALG Defense Products

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by ar15news

Bill Geissele gives an in-depth look at all of the new 2015 product offerings from Geissele Automatics and ALG Defense!

NEW!! Geissele SMR MK4 M-LOK Rail

Posted on January 15th, 2015 by ar15news

One of my favorite rails I have is the Geissele SMR MK4 which features some KeyMod slots at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock sections as well as short rail sections up front. They now are offering the SMR MK4 with M-LOK slots. The coolest part is that they also put M-LOK slots along the upper left and upper right 45 degree angles allowing for additional mounting positions that are tucked in closer to the top rail. 

As with all of the Geissele Super Modular Rails, the MK4 M-LOK will mount to Geissele’s proprietary barrel nut that makes for an extremely rigid transition from Upper to Rail and also makes it very easy to swap out different rails on one single upper. So far there is no exact time for when these will be available but I would assume they’ll be available soon.

Geissele SMR MK4 MLOK Rail 3

Geissele SMR MK4 MLOK Rail 3

Geissele SMR MK4 MLOK Rail 3

The Super Modular Rail MK4 M-LOK is Geissele’s ultra-lightweight M-LOK option. These rails feature integrated M1913 Picatinny rail sections at the muzzle end of the rail in the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. Additional slotting aids in heat dissipation while dramatically reducing the rails overall weight and not sacrificing the original strong and rigid platform. The MK4 M-LOK rail features M-LOK slots at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions as well as the upper 45° quadrants. This reduces weight of the rail system, while keeping the modularity and versatility to attach the myriad of Magpul M-LOK of accessories as necessary.

www.Geissele.com

Magpul Introduces the New PMAG D60 (60 Round Drum)

Posted on January 13th, 2015 by ar15news

It really was only a matter of time before Magpul decided to venture into the drum mag business. We know they have the expertise to make a high quality affordable magazine and have recently added 40 rounds PMAGs to their lineup. Today they introduced the new PMAG D60 which is a lightweight, compact polymer 60 r0und drum mag. It features a special loading lever to make loading easier, a clear “full magazine indication window” on the back, can be inserted on a closed bolt and holds the bolt open after the last round. It also can be easily disassembled for cleaning. Magpul says it will begin shipping Spring/Summer 2015 with an MSRP of $129.95 but they will not be making “cut-away” or “transparent” models. www.Magpul.com

The PMAG D-60. Sixty rounds. Reliable, durable, lightweight, shorter than a 30 rd mag, and full of features that make it extremely easy to use. MSRP $129.95. Please not that transparent back and cut-away versions were for testing purposes only, and the solid drum with round indicator window is the variant that will be offered for sale. Shipping Spring/Summer 2015, but you can get a sneak peak of the drum in action at ATAC range day before SHOT show.

Now Available – Battle Arms Development LIGHTRIGID Barrels

Posted on January 12th, 2015 by ar15news

If you haven’t noticed, Battle Arms Development has been on a roll lately. They still make hands down the best Ambi Safety Selector on the market and have shown they are not afraid to step outside the box and offer some truly unique and high quality components in a time when a lot of manufacturers are trying to go the opposite direction offering lower quality parts. You can see this in their amazing looking billet receiver set we recently showed you guys and now you can get your hands on their new Ultramatch LIGHTRIGID 416R SS Fluted .223 Wylde barrels. Now, these are not cheap by any means but being that the barrel is essentially the heart of the rifle, its not necessarily a part you always want to scrimp on either.

Battle Arms LIGHTRIGID 416R SS Barrel

The new Battle Arms Development Ultramatch LIGHTRIGID barrels are available in both 14.5″ and 16″ lengths, are chambered in .223 Wylde with 1:8 Twist, precision 6-groove button rifling. They also have a .625″ dia gas block, a proprietary barrel contour, fluted, double heat treat stress relieved and cryogenically treated. If you are looking for an extremely high quality barrel this is definitely one to take a serious look at. Available now at www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com.

NEW!! ALG EMR V2 M-LOK Rail

Posted on January 10th, 2015 by ar15news

The Ergonomic Modular Rail V2 supports direct attach accessories that utilize the Magpul M-Lok system. The EMR features M-Lok slots at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 o’clock positions so the user can customize their weapon platform to suit their needs. The EMR V2 M-LOK also features two integrated anti-rotational QD slots at the base of the rail at the 2 and 10 o’clock positions. 

ALG Defense EMR V2 M-LOK 1

The V2 differs from the V1 rail with the addition of a machined M1913 Picatinny rail section at the muzzle end of the rail at the 12 o’clock position. The machined M1913 section is perfect for attaching front sights, lasers, IR illuminators, lights and any other optic or sling related M1913 compatible accessory.

ALG Defense EMR V2 M-LOK 1ALG Defense EMR V2 M-LOK 1ALG Defense EMR V2 M-LOK 1

MSRP: 10” EMR V2 M-LOK: $145
12” EMR V2 M-LOK: $150
13” EMR V2 M-LOK: $155
15” EMR V2 M-LOK: $165

Available soon at www.ALGDefense.com

NEW!! Bobro Lowrider Sights

Posted on January 7th, 2015 by ar15news

Bobro Engineering just introduced a great looking set of low profile “Lowrider Sights” on their Facebook page yesterday. This is about as low profile as it gets while still maintaining the normal functions of a set of backup sights such as windage and elevation adjustments, etc. not to mention these sights have secondary locks to ensure once you sight them in nothing moves after you zero the weapon. Check out the pics and details of this very cool set of sights below. Looks like first production run will be done after SHOT Show which is later this month.

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 1

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 1

Bobro Lowrider Sights (Patent Pending). We designed a set of sights that are truly low profile.

Design requirements—
1-Low as possible
2-Durable
3-Locks on opening
4-Fits under optics/mounts
5-Lightweight

We designed a side pivot mechanism for strength and the lowest possible profile that will remain durable. The side pivot has internal detents, and we also incorporated a drive pin lock system. You must depress a button to fold them back down.

These next two photos really show just how low profile they are. 

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 1

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 1

Be sure to visit www.BobroEngineering.com and follow Bobro Engineering on Facebook for additional details as they become available.

NEW!! Magpul M-LOK Rail Covers

Posted on January 7th, 2015 by ar15news

I’ve been hoping someone would come out with a decent set of Rail Covers for my Geissele SMR MK8 M-LOK rail just to add a bit of grippier surface to it and it looks like Magpul is the first to the make it happen. The new M-LOK Type 2 Rail Covers are a two piece design that snap together similar to the design of the popular XTM 1913 rail covers. They also feature the TSP texture that is found on some of Magpul’s newer grips such as the MOE K2 which I really like. Each package comes with 6 sections for just $12.95. I will definitely be picking up a couple packs of these as they seem to be just what the Dr. ordered.

Magpul M-LOK Rail Covers 1Magpul M-LOK Rail Covers 1

M-LOK Type 2 Rail Covers are low-profile, two-piece covers that install directly onto most M-LOK aluminum hand guards. These M-LOK Covers are non-orientation specific which allow the user to mount them in any direction desired without affecting function, feature beveled contours to minimize potential snagging, utilizes our TSP texture for additional grip, and protrudes only slightly more than 1/8″ from the mounting surface to maintain a low-profile. The center locking tab is pre-scored to allow the user to snap off sections and mix and match colors for a customized look.Includes six panels, each covering one M-LOK slot. Made in U.S.A.

Purchase here: http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG603/M-LOK

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