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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.

2a armament LITE MLOK rail 2

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

New!! Gear Sector Rail Mount Offset QD Socket

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by ar15news

Gear Sector recently introduced their new Mod3 1913 Rail Mount Offset QD Socket. Gear Sector is known for making high quality, battle proven products and the Mod3 builds on that reputation. By offsetting the QD socket they were able to make it about half as wide as their original sling mount and also makes a more low profile design. Weight was reduced by 30% for the Mod3 with the weight coming in at less than 1/2 of an ounce including mounting hardware which is pretty impressive.

Gear Sector Offset QD 1 copy

These offset QD Sockets work great for adjusting where on your rail your 2-point sling attaches. The mount is low profile enough that you can easily run it on the top rail section without it being in the way at all or could be mounted in either direction on any rail section to accommodate grips, etc. I placed mine on the top rail section just to the rear of where my support hand grips the rail as you can see in the pictures below.

Gear Sector Offset QD 1 copy

Gear Sector Offset QD 1 copy

The Patented Pending Gear Sector™ Rail Mount Offset QD Socket provides a forward mounting location for those who wish to utilize our two or three point sling with our QD push button adapter. It can also be used with a variety of other quick detach push button swivels commercially available. We designed the mount to fit perfectly flush with the Tango Down® rail panels to provide an uninterrupted rail space. The socket was designed and machined to prevent rotation which in turn prevents your sling from becoming twisted. It offsets the quick detach swivel 45 degrees allowing the weapon to hang more naturally when slung across the chest in a ready position. It comes complete with all mounting hardware, screws, hex keys, and Vibra-Tite® to make installation fast and easy. Mod 3 components feature a 30% reduction in weight; an 1144 StressProof® heat treated full width steel index, as well as the ability to index your swivel in 8 different clock positions!

MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION

The Gear Sector™ Rail Mount Offset QD Socket is constructed using multiple base materials and is precision CNC machined from billet stock. Material and finish processes are outlined below:

–  Base Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
–  Base Finish: Military Specification ( MIL-A-8625F ) Type III, Class II Hard Coat
–  Index Material: 1144 StressProof® heat treated steel
–  Index Finish: Nitrocarburising by Nitrotec®
–  Weight: 0.48 ozs.
–  Compliance: 100% Berry Amendment Compliant
–  Origin: Proudly Made in the USA

The new Gear Sector Rail Mount Offset QD Sockets are now available for purchase at www.GearSector.com. They also have a ton of other accessories such as my personal favorite Short Vertical Grip and an awesome Hand Stop. Be sure to head on over and check out the awesomeness.

AERO Precision Deal of the Week

Posted on February 25th, 2015 by ar15news

This week AERO Precision has their FDE Cerakoted and the Black Anodized Cantilever 30mm Red Dot Scope Mounts on sale. These mounts are “Cantilever” style which means they extend the optic past the base which can come in handy when trying to create some extra space for magnifiers, etc. I’ve actually been using one of these 30mm mounts with an Aimpoint PRO for over a year now and really like it. The FDE Cerakote model is just $67.49 and the Black Anodized model is just $59.99. Pretty hard to beat this deal, especially if you don’t need a QD lever. Get in on this deal while they are still available at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

AERO Precision Cantilever 30mm scope mount

Our Weekly Special is up and features our Cantilever 30mm Red Dot Scope Mount in Anodized Black or FDE. Check it out paired with our M4E1 Upper Receiver, Vortex Magnifier and Aimpoint Pro Red Dot. Shop here: www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

Coming Soon – American Defense Mfg Enhanced Bolt Catch

Posted on February 21st, 2015 by ar15news

Its always nice to find an inexpensive upgrade for your AR that can actually make a difference in function, etc. Very soon, American Defense Mfg will be releasing their new Enhance Bolt Catch for purchase and it looks like a really nice option that won’t break the bank. It features a larger “Bolt Release” surface and the entire face of the Bolt Catch is textured as well. I just looked and these are listed on the ADM website already which is a good sign that they are close to having them available for sale. Purchase price will be just $16.99 at www.ADM-MFG.com.

ADM Mfg Enhanced Bolt Catch 1

ADM Mfg Enhanced Bolt Catch 1

ADM Mfg Enhanced Bolt Catch 1

**Coming Soon!** The ADM Enhanced Bolt Catch. This is a part compatible with all AR style lowers that use a milspec bolt catch. The enlarged release surface and more aggressive serrations provide the end user with a more positive and dependable part for manipulating the bolt in their rifle. This is the same bolt catch that will be standard on all our UICs, shown on a BCM forged lower receiver.

http://www.americandefensemanufacturing.com/view/product/889/

Coming Soon – Battle Arms Development Lightweight Buttstock

Posted on February 5th, 2015 by ar15news

I still get a big grin on my face whenever I take a look at all of the awesome stuff Battle Arms Development has come out with over the past few months. They have an imagination that most companies could only dream of having. One of their new products that will be available very soon is their new Lightweight Buttstock. It’s a simple, minimalistic, compact and fixed butt stock.

Battle Arms Development Lightweight Buttstock 1

The small size of the butt pad works well to fit into the shoulder pocket and the buffer tube acts as the cheek rest. As I mentioned to someone earlier, its not that this stock is “non-collapsible”. I would say “non-extendable” as it is all the way collapsed to where a collapsable stock would stop at the back of the buffer tube. This will work great for those who like to shoot with their stock all the way collapsed or are using body armor, etc. 

Battle Arms Development Lightweight Buttstock 1

Battle Arms Development Lightweight Buttstock 1Battle Arms Development Lightweight Buttstock 1

Battle Arms Development Lightweight Buttstock 1

The Lightweight Buttstock is CNC’d out of solid billet 7075T6 aluminum. This version of the Lightweight Buttstock wraps and clamps down on the keyhole shaped cross section of the carbine buffer tube and secured by a screw and has a built in QD sling attachment as shown in the first picture below. There will be an additional version, also shown below, that will mount to the new “SaberTube” buffer tube that Battle Arms Development will also be releasing very soon.

Battle Arms Development Lightweight Buttstock 1

Battle Arms Development Lightweight Buttstock 1SaberTube Buffer Tube and Lightweight Buttstock Shown

I personally will be purchasing one of these to give it a try when they come out…like I do with just about any Battle Arms Development product. As far as I know, they have not given any pricing or exact release date but I do know they are coming very soon. Keep an eye on the Battle Arms Development Facebook Page or Battle Arms Development Instagram for more details.

www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com

NEW!! 2A Armament Titanium Through Drilled Takedown Pins

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by ar15news

The 2A Armament™ Titanium takedown pin set features a through drilled design for maximum weight savings in a standard .250 pin size. The head of each pin also incorporates a pocketed feature to reduce weight. Each pin is machined with a single operation on our 8-Axis CNC Machines for true concentricity, and consistency. Using certified U.S.A. 6AL-4V Titanium these pins weigh in at 0.18 oz total for both pins combined. The 2A Armament titanium takedown pins are aesthetically pleasing on both our BALIOS-lite receiver sets, as well as other vendors product. 

2A Armament Ti Through Hole Takedown Pins 1

2A Armament Ti Through Hole Takedown Pins 1

2A Armament Ti Through Hole Takedown Pins 1

2A Armament Ti Through Hole Takedown Pins 1

Features:
-  “Mil-Spec” .250 size
-  Made from U.S.A. Certified 6AL-4V titanium
-  Machined on 8-axis Nakamura CNC machines
-  Weight: 0.18 oz combined
-  Through drilled for weight reduction
-  Pocketed design
-  Bead blasted matte finish
-  Product of the great state of Idaho, MADE IN THE U.S.A. 

MSRP $37.50 

View more awesome products at www.2A-Armament.com.

Purchase the 2A Armament Titanium Through Drilled Takedown Pins at www.VertexOps.com.

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!

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