Category Archives: Lightweight Upgrades

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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!!

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Fortis Mfg LA Lever Action Stock 1

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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.

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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

Tyrant Designs has expanded their grip options to now include the MOD ForeGrip. The MOD ForeGrip features an all metal grip body with polymer straps that are similar in design and looks to their most popular pistol grip called the MOD Grip. The MOD ForeGrip is available in Black, Gray and Red and will definitely add a cool look to your AR. Another cool feature is that you don’t have to pick between MLOK or KeyMod as it will work on both. 

Tyrant Designs MOD ForeGrip 1Tyrant Designs MOD ForeGrip 2Tyrant Designs MOD ForeGrip 2– Durable (polymer straps and aluminum body, near indestructible)
– Interchangeable with M-LOK and KeyMod
– Lightweight- 1.7 oz 
– Beadblasted and Hardcoat anodized Black
– Comfortable (chamfered edges for a smooth feel)
– Temperature variation resistent
– Polymer strap
– Comes with everything needed for installation (screws and allen keys)

 

Rainier Arms has secured the first run of Tyrant Designs MOD ForeGrips and is offering them at an introductory price. Head on over to www.RainierArms.com to order one for yourself. These will ship in about 2 weeks.

The guys at Fortis Manufacturing never stop! They are always looking at unique and innovative ways to improve or redesign parts for the AR. Their new LA Stock or Lever Action Stock is an all aluminum collapsible stock that can be adjusted using the handle that looks and moves much like a Lever Action rifle. Once you’ve adjusted the stock you use the Lever Action to clamp down on the buffer tube making for a stock with absolutely zero wobble. So far we just have computer generated photos which you can see below. I’ll be sure to update this article as more details and pictures become available.

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When designing our newest line to our Fortis family of products, we spent a lot of time thinking about the over all design and function of our buttstock. Lightweight? Of course, we helped start the change in the industry with our lightweight designs – but we also like our products to be robust and withstand the abuse we throw at it. Form as well as function each and every product we introduce – that’s Fortis.

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Introducing our newest part – our aluminum butt stock, the Fortis LA™. It’s an all aluminum Lever Action (LA) stock that utilizes mil-spec buffer tubes. That’s right – slip off the plastic stock and upgrade your rifle immediately. The lever action is what clamps down onto the buffer tube so there’s no rattle or movement and our patent pending design is is one of a kind.

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Features:
–  Material: Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum
–  Finish: Military Specification Type III Hard Coat Anodized
–  Fits standard milspec buffer tubes (not included)
–  Lever action tightens onto the buffer tube for robust grip and no rattle
–  Weight – TBD – but you won’t be disappointed
–  Made in the USA!

Keep an eye here on AR15NEWS for additional updates regarding the new Fortis LA Stock. You can also head on over to www.FortisMfg.com and sign up to be notified when the LA Stock in available for purchase.

If you’ve been looking for BUIS lately you’ve probably noticed that what used to be a one or two dog show has all of a sudden become a main event with some really nice contenders. Now you have to decide… “Are these bulky sights okay or should I look for a super compact set?”, “Do I want to go really cheap or really expensive?”, “Do I want normal 90 degree BUIS or should I go for a set of offset ones?”, on and on the decision making goes until your head is spinning. Apparently Griffin Armament has had this same experience because their new M2 (Micro Modular) Sights address all of that and more. The new M2 Sights are very compact, can be user configured in 90 degree or 45 degree offset and the price point even for the complete “Full Deployment Kit” is right in line or cheaper than many non-modular BUIS.

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The M2 Sights can be purchased in a 90 Degree Kit, 45 Degree Offset Kit or the Full Deployment Kit which comes with both 90 Degree and 45 Degree mount plates. The Full Deployment Kit retails for just $185. They also sell just the mounting plates, so if you go for a 90 Degree now instead of the full kit you can still convert them to 45 Degree Offset BUIS down the road. Read more about this awesome new product below or head on over to www.GriffinArmament.com.

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Griffin Armament is proud to introduce affordable Micro Modular Sights (M2) compatible with Picatinny rail systems. Griffin M2 sights offer an industry first, patent pending, modular base plate system. Constructed from QPQ Treated 17-4 and ordnance grade steel, Griffin M2 Sights were designed to be the correct product for every backup sight application.

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A shooter can use these durable, low profile sights in a 12 o’clock mounted application while having the flexibility to reconfigure them to ambidextrous 45 degree angle sights using the alternate and available angle plates. This flexibility ensures these sights can be used by anyone and will never end up in a box of undesirable legacy kit. The full M2 deployment kit includes the front and rear sight assemblies as well as both vertical and angled bases for a complete modular system. However, sights and bases are available separately for users who wish to buy parts as needed. The front A2 sight provides elevation adjustment while ensuring maximum aftermarket support for your favorite post, be it tritium, fiber optic, match grade, or otherwise. An extremely low profile, snag resistant, slotted rear windage screw, affords easy but more importantly secure adjustability.

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Robust spring tension of both front and rear flip up assemblies ensures accurate repeatability every time the sight towers are actuated.

Never before has a product in this category offer this degree of flexibility. Griffin M2 Sights have a minimal foot print, and are among the smallest backup sights on the market. For a mere 2 and half ounces your rifle can be equipped with a durable iron sight system, to provide aiming capability in rain, snow, or fog, on or off axis without dependence on batteries or glass.

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Faxon Firearms is offering 10% everything on their website for their Black Friday Sale. Faxon already offers some of the best bang-for-your-buck AR barrels out there along with the ARAK-21 piston upper, gas blocks, muzzle devices, etc. so there’s a wide range of products to choose from at an even better value than normal. Hit the sale at www.FaxonFirearms.com.

**You can also sign up for their newsletter at the bottom right corner of their website for additional discounts up to 35%.**

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Arisaka Defense is having a Light Mount Sale for Black Friday. I personally use their Scout Light Mounts on many of my rifles such as the Inline Scout Mount that holds their 300 Series Scout Light to my SBR pictured below. This sale starts now! Save 15% off when you use the discount code “thanks” at checkout on www.ArisakaDefense.com.

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All Arisaka light mounts are 15% off and include free shipping from now through November 28! Use the discount code “thanks” during checkout.

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The Battle Arms Development BLACK FRIDAY SALE STARTS TODAY through Sunday, November 27th at 11:59pm PT. There are three different tiers to this sale. Basically, spend $100 or more and get a free BAD-ATG grip. If you spend over $200 you can choose to upgrade the freebie to a BAD-EPS-Ti (Titanium Takedown Pin Set) and if you spend over $300 you can upgrade to a free BAD-ASS ambi safety selector. These are not stackable, meaning you can’t get all 3. The more you spend the nicer the single free product is. Details and specific discount codes to use are listed below. Get in on this deal at www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com.

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>$100 or more purchase in the Cart first, add any color BAD-ATG to cart and then enter code FREE-GRIP in the discount codes’ field – click “APPLY” before proceeding to checkout.

>$200 or more purchase in the Cart first, add BAD-EPS-Ti to cart and then enter code FREE-EPSTI in the discount codes’ field – click “APPLY” before proceeding to checkout.

>$300 or more purchase in the Cart first, add BAD-ASS to cart and then enter code FREE-BAD-ASS in the discount codes’ field – click “APPLY” before proceeding to checkout.

**One promo Code per purchase – Not Stackable!!** One promotional item per qualified purchase. While supplies last. **CODES will be valid only until November 27th, 2016 at 11:59pm PT – NO EXCEPTIONS** Happy Shopping!

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One of my favorite optic mounts is now available for the Trijicon RMR. Scalarworks has just announced their new LDM/RMR which features Scalarworks QD mounting system and the light weight yet strong design Scalarworks is known for. The combination of the RMR and LDM/RMR mount weighs in at less than 2.5 ounces making it an ultra lightweight, compact, durable quick detach red dot package, perfect for use on an SBR or Lightweight build. Check out the details and pics below.

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EASTON, PA – November 1st, 2016 – Scalarworks, manufacturer of high-performance firearms accessories, is pleased to introduce the Low Drag Mount™ for Trijicon RMR sights; the lightest quick-detach Trijicon RMR mount in existence – weighing only 1.27oz, including sight screws.

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The LDM/RMR is a lightweight, low-profile, quick-detach optic mount that is compatible with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails and Trijicon RMR red dot sights. Full product specs and details can be found here: https://scalarworks.com/optic-mounts/ldm-rmr/

Like all Scalarworks Low Drag Mounts™; the LDM/RMR has a monolithic base made of high-strength 7075-T6 Aluminum, and features our proprietary recoil-proof notched thumbscrew with ball detent. It also has the same precision telescoping clamp as our popular Aimpoint Micro, Aimpoint CompM4, and Trijicon MRO mounts, which ensures a repeatable zero with each installation.

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The LDM/RMR paired with a Trijicon RM06 weighs less than 2.5oz, making it the lightest Quick-Detach Red Dot sight package in existence. The LDM/RMR is proudly made in the USA, and is available in both Absolute and Lower-Third Co-Witness height variants. Both have a retail  price of $149.

To learn more about this and other Scalarworks optic mounts and bundles; please visit scalarworks.com