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NEW!! MagPods Are Now Available In FDE

Posted on August 11th, 2015 by ar15news

MagPod has been working on a new FDE version for the past few months with an expected release of August and it looks like they weren’t kidding. Our friends at VF Gunrunners is one of, if not the first to get in a batch of the FDE MagPods. The MagPod FDE perfectly matches the Magpul FDE…which is a good thing because they go on Magpul PMAGs. I have used MagPods ranging from one of the first prototypes to full production models and many in-between and I can tell you they work great for adding a stable shooting platform while shooting prone without the need of a bipod. They also make for a great Mag-Pull when retrieving a new mag during a reload. VFGunrunners has 3-pack of FDE MagPods in-stock for $19.95 with Free Shipping. Hit him up at www.VFGunrunners.com.

FDE Magpod 1Photo by HOTBRASS365

FDE Magpod 1Photo by JJLee

ZeroBravo Inc REOS (Rapid Engagement Offset Sights)

Posted on July 16th, 2015 by ar15news

As many of you are already know, high power scopes are great for distance shooting but they are not great for quick target acquisition at closer range. For this reason a pair of offset sights can be an invaluable tool on your rifle with magnified optics. I’ve been running the ZeroBravo Inc. REOS or Rapid Engagement Offset Sights on my Cross Machine Tool AR-10 for some time now and I wanted to give you guys a look at my setup and let you know what I think of them. 

ZeroBravo REOS 1

The REOS are a two-piece ring that is designed to fit around the body of the scope on your SPR, DMR, Sniper Rifle, etc. With the REOS you get two rings and each ring has a small ghost ring aperture that sticks out to the side. You place one in front of the windage and elevation knobs and one behind them as you can see in the picture below. These two rings now form a front and rear offset sight. I usually shoot right handed so I installed mine on the right side of the scope but they can easily be mount on the left side for left handed shooters.

ZeroBravo REOS 1

ZeroBravo REOS 1

The REOS are available in 1 inch, 30mm and 34 mm size rings. My Vortex Optics Viper PST 6-24 has a 30mm tube so that is what I used. Once installed its basically time to hit the range to get them aligned correctly and zero’d. Per the directions from Zero Bravo, I rotated the REOS counter clockwise until the ghost rings were visible just under the windage turret on my scope. You can verify that your rings are in the correct spot by picking up your rifle and rotating it about 45 degrees to bring the ghost rings into your line of sight. 

ZeroBravo REOS 1

From here it is a matter of engaging a target that is within the range you feel you would need to use them. I suggest 20-25 yards. You can make fine sight adjustments by loosening one of the rings and rotating it slightly until your point of aim matches your point of impact.

ZeroBravo REOS 1

Overall I have zero negative things to say regarding the REOS. They function exactly as advertised if not better. The ZeroBravo REOS are basically so simple they have everyone who tries them thinking…”Why didn’t I think of that”.

At first glance I was worried that they would be in the way and stick out too far from the scope but that concern was quickly laid to rest. As you can see in the pictures above the REOS are actually more compact than the windage knob of my scope and if you install them correctly do not cause any issues with access to the windage knob. So far I have been able to repeatedly hit targets out as far 40-50 yards with the REOS with no problem, however it is much easier at closer distances. One thing I personally plan to do is put a bit of high visibility white paint in the aperture of the REOS for even quicker sight alignment. 

Bottom line, if you are looking for an effective, affordable, light weight and ambidextrous set of offset sights for your rifle, the ZeroBravo Inc REOS are where it’s at. You can purchase them directly from ZeroBravo at www.ZeroBravo.com.

Milsport Arms – Skeletonized 80% 7075-T6 Lower

Posted on May 14th, 2015 by ar15news

Milsport Arms is relatively new to the 80% lower scene but they near the top when it comes to offering high quality 7075-T6 80% lower receivers that are affordable and have some really nice features. Now they’ve come out with a really cool looking Skeletonized 80% lower receiver that features lightening cutouts on the front and sides of the mag well and milled lightening pockets on the sides of the receiver. The 80% lower market seems to really be gaining some steam and its nice to see Milsport Arms coming out with some different styles for everyone to choose from. 

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The new Milsport Arms Skeletonized 80% lower receivers can be purchased right now from Rainier Arms and because they are 80% they do not need to be shipped to an FFL. To finish the machining you could pick up an 80% Arms Universal EASY JIG which they have shown as a “Related Product” at the bottom of the page. Head on over to www.RainierArms.com to check out these cool receivers.

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Initial Impressions – SCALARWORKS LDM/MICRO Mount

Posted on May 9th, 2015 by ar15news

A while back I helped introduce the SCALARWORKS LDM/Micro mount for Aimpoint T-1/H-1 red dots. They have been a very popular mount since then and now I’m excited to actually get to try one out for myself. I’ve had the Absolute Co-Witness mount on my SBR for about a week now and wanted to give my initial impressions with a long term review down the road.

The LDM/Micro mount was designed to be a low profile and light weight QD mount. The Absolute Co-Witness mount weighs just 1.25 ounces which is extremely impressive, especially for a QD mount. You can immediately tell when holding it that its quite a bit lighter than most mounts. For instance one of my other favorites, the ADM Micro Mount weighs 3.7 ounces (according to the ADM website) which is about 3 times what the SCALARWORKS LDM/Micro mount weighs.

Scalarworks LDM Micro Mount 1

The fit and finish on the LDM/Micro mount was also very nice. No sharp points or inconsistent anodizing at all. Just a very clean, high quality look. Another thing I noticed was that the anodizing seemed to match up color wise to my Aimpoint T-1 which at a quick glance makes it look like a one-piece Optic/Mount setup. The design itself I think is very attractive.

Scalarworks LDM Micro Mount 1

Installation is very simple. The QD wheel on the LDM/Micro mount features very positive clicks as you turn it that help lock it in place not allowing it to unwind by itself. It also makes it extremely easy to install or remove if needed. Once tightened down by hand it is extremely solid and has zero wobble or movement to it.

Scalarworks LDM Micro Mount 1

The LDM/Micro mount uses a telescoping guided clamp that is the entire length of the mount which should help it hold zero very well and is something they talk about in their marketing. This is one feature I have not had any time to test out but will very soon. Just a matter of shooting a group, removing the mount, re-installing the mount and shooting another group, repeat!

Scalarworks LDM Micro Mount 1

So my initial impressions are very good. I am looking forward to using the LDM/Micro mount full time on my SBR this year. Pricing on the SCALARWORKS LDM/Micro mount is a bit higher than some of the other mounts on the market but I think the quality and lightweight/low drag aspect of it makes up for that very fast.

One thing to note is that the LDM/Micro mount does not come with screws and requires that you use your “factory” screws. If you are like me and bought a T-1 with something other than the factory low mount you will probably need different screws. My T-1 came with the Factory LRP QD mount which has really long screws. Thankfully I had some screws from a different mount that I was able to use. This is not a problem, just something to keep in mind, when purchasing you might want to contact Aimpoint to purchase a new set of screws.

It just so happens that the same week SCALARWORKS sent me my mount, they also sent Rainier Arms a shipment of both Absolute Co-Witness and Lower 1/3 Co-Witness mounts. If you’re looking for a great place to purchase one from, head on over to www.RainierArms.com.

Fortis Mfg Introduces the New REV II Rail with M-LOK

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by ar15news

**Update** – Fortis just released the first run of REV II M-LOK rails on www.REVOLVR.com. 4-29-15 3pm EST.

Back in January we broke the news that Fortis Mfg was introducing a new version of the original REV rail called the REV II. Now we are here to spill the beans on the newest version of the REV II which now features M-LOK. As you may already know, M-LOK is a mounting system that is being heavily promoted and backed by Magpul. This means that all of their cool new grips, light mounts, rail panels, etc. will have an M-LOK option and explains why everybody wants an M-LOK rail.

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Then new REV II M-LOK rail continues with the same design characteristics of the REV II KeyMod rail in that it mounts directly to a mil spec barrel nut, features a full run of M-LOK at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, offers 2 QD sling attachment points at 3 and 6 o’clock at the very front of the rail as well as two more in the same spot at the rear of the rail. As you’ve probably already seen, Fortis is well known for their aggressive styling and the new REV II M-LOK rail definitely fits in that statement.

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The combination of the super lightweight yet rugged design of the REV II and the M-LOK mounting system means this will be another home run rail system for Fortis Mfg. The REV II M-LOK rail has not been released for purchase yet but you can sign up to be notified the moment it is. Just head on over and enter your email address at www.FortisMfg.com.

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Get Some!! Bobro LowRider BUIS Are In-Stock and Ready to Ship

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by ar15news

**EDIT:  These are in-stock right now so get ’em while they’re hot!** 4/20/15 2:00PM EST

I received word over the weekend that the new LowRider BUIS from Bobro Engineering are finally nearing their initial release and should be available for purchase VERY soon…as in THIS week. If you haven’t seen or heard of the LowRider BUIS from Bobro, you’ve got to check these out. 

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The Bobro Engineering LowRider sights are designed from the start to be an extremely low profile set of BUIS for a specific purpose. Many Short Barreled Rifle owners have run into an issue with figuring out how to mount a set of BUIS on the upper and still fit their needed Lights, Lasers and Optics. The idea was to make it so that the Rear Sight was so low profile that there was almost no possible way it could interfere with optics and the Front Sight could easily be mounted under the front arm of the optic mount. This keeps them out of the way, but can still be used in the even the primary optic has a failure. 

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 2

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 2Photo by Chris Tran

The Bobro LowRider sights are so low profile in the stowed position that you almost don’t notice they are even there unless you are looking for them.

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 2

Even though these sights were designed to fill a specific need, they can still be used on a full size rifle in traditional BUIS positions as shown below. The LowRider sights still maintain all of the adjustability of a standard set of BUIS such as Windage and Elevation and lock in place when flipped up. Just press the button on the side to release them and they lay flat.

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Rainier Arms has secured the first 50 available sets and has 40 sets available on www.RainierArms.com at $200 and they will sell 10 sets on www.Revolvr.com at $190. These are in-stock right now so get ’em while they’re hot!

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All photos unless otherwise listed are courtesy of Tracerx Photography.

SMOS ARMS “Sugarpine Mine” 14″ Rails for $100

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by ar15news

SMOS ARMS, one of the best kept secrets of the firearms industry, is located very close to the current standoff between Sugarpine Mine and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). Sugarpine Mine has been in operation since the 1870’s but recently received a “cease and desist” order from the BLM and many people are expecting this to be similar to the Bundy Ranch showdown. SMOS ARMS is offering the first production run of their new AR Handguard Kits as a limited edition 14 inch “Sugarpine Mine” rail for just $100. All proceeds will go to support the claim owners and the Oath Keepers who have set up camp to help protect the miners. To order a rail, send an email to chris@smosarms.com.

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SMOS ARMS Sugarpine Mine Rails 2

SMOS ARMS Sugarpine Mine Rails 2

SMOS ARMS Sugarpine Mine Rails 2

SMOS arms is a proud supporter of our constitutional rights. If you are not aware of the Sugarpine mine situation that is currently taking place here in josephine county, please educate yourselves. It will ultimately affect all of us, no matter where you live.

To support the claim owners George Backes, Rick Berclay and their protectors, the Oath keepers. SMOS arms is offering our first production run AR handgaurd kits in a limited supply for a $100.00 bill. 100% of the proceeds will be put forth towards the needs of the claim owners, and the Oath Keepers.

Thank you for your support in this matter.
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Please contact Chris
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Many of us are what our friends at Jerking The Trigger refer to as an “AR Pistolero”. Meaning we have one…or more…AR Pistols in our collection of Firearms. AR Pistols started gaining in popularity when Sig Sauer introduced the SB15 Arm Brace because everyone saw the “possibilities” that it represented. It wasn’t until the ATF gave us their approval (which has since been rescinded, not sure why we even asked for permission) to fire an AR Pistol equipped with an SB15 Arm Brace from the shoulder that their popularity shot through the roof. The SB15 was and still is pretty difficult to install, bulky, heavy and most of all, expensive. Recently KAK Industry secured the distribution rights to the new Shockwave Blade AR Pistol Stabilizer which addresses all of those issues many people had with the SB15. They have also produced a new AR Pistol Buffer Tube called the Shockwave that is designed to work flawlessly with the Blade. We’ve received a kit to try out so below you’ll see pictures of the install and a comparison between the SB15 and Blade kits.

THE KIT AND INSTALLATION

KAK Industry sells all of the new Shockwave components separately and as a Shockwave Package complete kit, which is what we received. The kit includes the new Shockwave AR Pistol Buffer Tube, Castle Nut, End Plate, Buffer, Buffer Spring, the Blade stabilizer and a copy of the Blade approval letter from the ATF. 

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Many AR Pistol buffer tubes just simply tighten down without the use of Castle Nut. The Shockwave Buffer Tube was designed to use any mil spec End Plate and a Castle Nut like your traditional AR. This gives you the most solid lockup and allows you to stake the castle nut in place.

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As you can see in the picture below, the Shockwave AR Pistol Buffer Tube that KAK Industry designed was made with 12 dimples on the bottom (6 o’clock) of the tube. These dimples allow you to adjust the Blade stabilizer to any of the 12 spots and lock it in place using the set screw retention system.

KAK Shockwave Blade 1

KAK Shockwave Blade 1

KAK Shockwave Blade 1

To lock the Blade in place, find the desired length of pull, turn the AR Pistol upside down and line the set screw channel over the corresponding dimple on the buffer tube, insert the set screw and hand tighten. Once the set screw is in place, the Blade cannot slide forward or back and cannot spin on the tube like the SB15 has been known to do.

KAK Shockwave Blade 1

KAK Shockwave Blade 1

That’s really all there is to installing the KAK Shockwave Kit and Blade. As you can see it looks great on my 7.5″ 300BLK AR Pistol. I assumed there would be some play between the Blade stabilizer and the Shockwave buffer tube but with the use of the set screw there seriously is ZERO movement when I try to wiggle it or spin it. Its pretty impressive. 

KAK Shockwave Blade 1

THE BLADE VS THE SB15

You’re probably like me and want to see how the Blade setup compares to an SB15 setup so I went ahead and did that for us. 

WEIGHT: The Blade is made of a hard polymer like many AR accessories and is much lighter than the SB15. Combine that with the weight savings of using the new Shockwave Tube over using the popular Super Sig Tube and you’re over a half pound lighter already.

—  KAK Shockwave Buffer Tube:  4.6 ounces
—  Blade AR Pistol Stabilizer:  5 ounces
–  Combined weight:  9.6 ounces

—  KAK Super Sig Tube:  6.3 ounces
—  SIG SB15 Arm Brace:  12.1 ounces
–  Combined weight:  18.4 ounces

ADJUSTMENTS: The Sig SB15 can slide forward and back on a buffer tube but is not as solid the further back you position it. Many companies have tried to address that issue by making different buffer tubes that are longer like the Super Sig Tube (shown below). The Blade and Shockwave Tube however can be adjusted all the way forward towards the receiver for a super compact setup and adjusted all the way back to the last set screw position without compromising its solid lockup and all with the same buffer tube.

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SIZE: As we mentioned earlier, the SB15 was always kind of bulky and awkward. The Blade is the exact opposite of that. It is not only light weight but it is compact. If you look at the pictures below you will see a good comparison and that SB15 is much wider than the Blade.

KAK Blade Vs SB15 2

KAK Blade Vs SB15 3

Overall, my initial impression of the KAK Shockwave Kit and Blade AR Stabilizer is very positive. As we all know, the recent ATF decision on how you are allowed to fire an AR Pistol  has made some people less interested in building an AR Pistol. I can’t recommend shoulder firing an AR Pistol but I can recommend “There’s 1/8 of an inch between the stock and my shoulder” and “Don’t shoot with any ATF Agents”. :) While I totally agree that there’s nothing quite like owning an actual SBR, there are plenty of good reasons to own an AR Pistol other than to shoulder fire it such as transportation across state lines, carrying loaded in your vehicle in most states with your CCW, avoiding registration with the government as well some states do not allow you to own an SBR.

You probably think I forgot about one of the issues mentioned above with the Sig SB15 setup….the PRICE! As I already mentioned, KAK Industry sells these parts separately or as a kit. The KAK Shockwave Kit sells for just $95 which is less than you’ll pay for an SB15 brace by itself with no buffer tube kit. For more information or to purchase for yourself, head on over to www.KAKIndustry.com.

Rainier Arms Blow Out Sale – GWACS Armory CAV15 MKII Lower

Posted on April 6th, 2015 by ar15news

Rainier Arms is running a big blowout sale on the GWACS stripped lowers at below cost! These are great for super lightweight builds or those looking to build a complete lower on a budget. The CAV15 MKII lowers are a polymer construction that includes the stock and grip with a design that doesn’t suffer from strength issues like many other polymer setups do. My buddy Matt over at Jerking The Trigger has a sub 6 Pound Build that he’s working on and has had good things to say about the CAV15 MKII lower on it. Rainier Arms has a bunch of Black CAV15 MKII lowers and has decided to put them up for sale at below cost to clear up some inventory room and make room for new stuff. If you are looking for something like this, head on over to www.RainierArms.com and snag one now for just $89.95.

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Battle Arms Development has just introduced the newest version of their SaberTube and Lightweight Butt Stock combo which uses an included QD End Plate. The first version of the SaberTube and Lightweight Butt Stock did not allow the use of an End Plate and was designed for receivers that had the rear takedown pin detent hole threaded for a set screw. This new version has been redesigned to allow the use of the included QD End Plate and will work on any normal AR-15 lower receiver. This kit includes the SaberTube, BAD-LBS (Lightweight Butt Stock) and a CNC Machined 7075T6 QD End Plate and is available for one week at an Intro Price of $159.95 only at www.REVOLVR.com.

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Battle Arms SaberTube and Lightweight Butt Stock 1

Battle Arms SaberTube and Lightweight Butt Stock 1

Lightweight Receiver Extension/Buffer Tube, End Plate Version for the Lightweight Butt Stock and QD End Plate. All MilSpec Type III Class 2 Hard Anodized Black and made in the USA.

Sabertube Features:
–  Precision CNC from billet 6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
–  Unique, Lightweight and Functional Dimpled Pattern Design
–  MilSpec Carbine Buffer and Buffer Spring Compatible
–  One size fits most Mid Length Buffer Tube
–  Compatible with BAD-LBS Lightweight Butt Stock Only
–  Lightweight design eliminated the need for Castle Nut
–  Shoulder Cut for End Plate. Compatible with all Mil-Spec Lowers (no captive takedown pin detent spring necessary)
–  Patent Pending QD End Plate Features:
–  Precision CNC from billet 7075T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
–  Limited rotation (30deg) QD
Butt Stock Features:
–  Precision CNC from billet 7075T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
–  Built-In Non-Rotating QD
–  Lightweight 2.8 Ounces (stock only)
–  Grade 5 Titanium Stock Screw
–  Compatible with SABERTUBE Receiver Extension Only

http://www.revolvr.com/exclusive-sabertube-combo-end-plate-version.html

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