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These days everyone builds their own AR and for good reason…its a ton of fun, can save you money and gives you good knowledge of how an AR works. One issue that many AR builders run into is finding compatibility issues with the parts they bought. With the popularity of ultra low profile handguards one of the most common issues is gas block incompatibility. Many handguards are so low profile that they can actually come in contact with the gas block itself or accessories attached to the handguard. I recently ran into this issue myself and figured I would share my experience with you.

One of my most recent builds is a DMR style rifle with a BSF Barrels 16″ barrel with a Carbon Fiber Shroud. Because of the carbon fiber shroud (designed to strengthen the barrel, reduce weight and help it vent heat) the gas block seat is .936″ so of course I just ordered any old .936″ low pro gas block. 

Cross Machine Tool 936 low pro gas block on BSF Barrel AERO

Everything installed just fine, I slid the Cross Machine Tool UHPR Mod 2 handguard over the barrel, tightened it all down and … DUN DUN DUUUUN … the gas block was touching the bottom of the handguard. Not just close, literally touching. That’s called “unfreefloating” your barrel. 😂😂 This is something I verify every time I build a rifle as I’ve also seen MLOK screws touching gas blocks as well. Anything coming in contact with the gas block / barrel can and will effect accuracy even at just 100 yards.

Gas Block Touching CMT rail

In a basic beater build you might not care but in a build like this where accuracy is the goal, you have no other choice than to either swap out the gas block or swap out the handguard. Easiest and cheapest is to swap the gas block. Thankfully Cross Machine Tool has just released their new line of J.A.G. (Just A GasBlock) gas blocks which includes a .936 Gas Block specifically designed to fit under their UHPR handguards and many other super low profile handguards.

**One of the only things I actually do like about .936 gas block seats is that the .936″ opening of the gas block is usually big enough to remove without taking off the muzzle device**

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New CMT Gas Block Installed on BSF Barrel Lantac Dragon CMC Trigger

While I had the gas block off I also decided to put a second dimple on the barrel so that the second set screw of the gas block would screw all the way in instead of sticking out just to make sure there was adequate clearance.

Dimpled Barrel for low pro gas block

At this point it was time to reinstall the CMT handguard and check to see how it fit. Flipped it over and definitely good to go! The new Cross Machine Tool JAG .936 Gas Block did the trick and my barrel is now truly Free Floating. 

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CMT 936 Gas Block Installed

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Only thing left to do now is get this blaster to the range. I’ll have a full review of the BSF Barrels 16″ barrel coming soon. If you’re looking for an affordable low profile gas block you can’t go wrong with the new Cross Machine Tool JAG Gas Blocks.

Geissele Automatics just introduced two new products and as always …. Geissele does not disappoint.

First up is the new Airborne Charging Handle which is a nearly identical copy to the original Super Charging Handle except that the ambi levers are shorter making it more low profile. As you can imagine by the name, this model was designed for some special guys who like to jump out of planes with guns but you too can get your hands on these new charing handles at www.Geissele.com.

Geissele Airborne Charging Handle

Now for a sneak peek at the new Geissele SMR MK13 rail. The MK13 is a slimmer and lighter version of the typical Geissele rail. It does have the picatinny rail sections machined in at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock spots similar to the MK4. You can sign up for notifications at Geissele.com. These will be available for purchase very soon.

Geissele SMR MK13 Rail

Starting right now, Tyrant Designs is having a 24 hours sale on all AR-15 ForeGrips. This includes their new MiniVert grip, MOD ForeGrip and the MOD Grip Combo Sets. Use the discount code “FG2017” at checkout to get Free Shipping. Head on over and take advantage of this sale at www.TyrantCNC.com.

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Tyrant Designs Mod ForeGrip and Mod Grip Combo
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I was literally just mentioning the other day how “an AR with an American Flag finish gets me every time”. Apparently AERO Precision was listening because their new Builder Set for the month of March is just that. The March Builder Set comes with a Forged Lower, Trigger Guard, M4E1 Forged Upper and Gen2 Enhanced Handguard (MLOK or KeyMod). All of the parts have a dark gray base cerakote finish and the receiver set has a silver American Flag as well that looks awesome. As always, this is a limited edition set and once it’s gone it won’t be coming back. Get your hands on this unique builder set at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

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This package deal includes the finished pieces you need to assemble your own American Flag Cerakote M4E1 Rifle, including an M4E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver, AR15 Gen 2 Lower Receiver, Gen 2 Enhanced Handguard of choice and Billet Trigger Guard all finished in American Flag Cerakote. Stand out at the range with a unique and eye catching build. This is a one time offer for this finish – once they are gone, they are gone!

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Includes:
– M4E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver finished in American Flag Cerakote. Upper receiver is assembled and includes the forward assist, dust cover and barrel nut.
– AR15 Gen 2 Stripped Lower Receiver finished in American Flag Cerakote
– 15″ Enhanced Gen 2 KeyMod or M-LOK Handguard finished in American Flag Cerakote
– Billet Trigger Guard in American Flag Cerakote

https://aeroprecisionusa.com/m4e1-american-flag-cerakote-builder-set.html

Custom Cerakote Finish done by Hillbilly 223 Urban Finishes.

Faxon Firearms has been pumping out new products at a blistering pace lately and one of their newest products is a Carbon Fiber Handguard. You might be wondering “Why would I want a Carbon Fiber Handguard?”. Well for starters, Carbon Fiber is 10x stronger than aluminum and 40% lighter. The new 15″ Carbon Fiber handguard weighs just 7.99 oz with a steel barrel nut. It looks pretty sick too.

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Fusing Faxon’s innovation and engineering with Lancer Systems’ carbon fiber know-how, the STREAMLINE Carbon Fiber Handguard maximizes carbon fiber’s unique rugged characteristics with practical application. The rail features 8 complete M-LOK facets for mounting accessories and uses standard AR-15 barrel nuts for mounting to the rifle, driving weight down, while maintaining decades-proven mounting systems.

Optional accessories are available for shooters to maintain co-witness of optics and accessories and when combined with titanium barrel nuts, drive the weight for a practical 15″ handguard below XXX ounces. Already proven on champion competition rifles, the STREAMLINE Carbon Fiber Handguard is rugged and ready for anything a shooter can throw at it.

Features:
–    Extreme lightweight without sacrificing strength, rigidity, or practicality.
–   M-LOK attachment across 8 facets.
–   Dramatically increases maneuverability of the weapon over metal rails.
–   Low heat transfer for handing extreme duty cycles.
–   Fits common suppressors under-rail
–   Attaches with standard armorer’s wrenches and tools.
–   Co-witness iron sights and optics/lasers (Requires optional low-profile M-LOK rail adapters.)

Specifications:
–    Length: 15.0″
–   Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 6.71 Ounces
–   Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
–   Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
–   Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
–   Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
–   Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring):  1.70″
–   Construction: Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
–   Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
–   Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

Includes:
–    Steel AR-15 Barrel Nut
–   15″ STREAMLINE Carbon Fiber Rail
–   All Mounting Hardware

The new Faxon Firearms 15″ Carbon Fiber handguards are now available through Rainier Arms at an introductory price of $299.95 while supplies last. Head on over and pick one up at www.RainierArms.com.

Lantac is about to release their new M-LOK version of their popular SPADA handguard and we’ve got some pictures. The new M-LOK models will be available in two variations, the SPADA-ML and SPADA-M. Basically the SPADA-ML removes the raised QD sling attachment points to reduce weight. The SPADA-M is shown below. Looks like I need to start planning a new build. 🙂

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Lantac SPADA-M Handguard MLOK 1

Lantac Spada-M & Spada-ML Hanguards are precision machined from extruded 6061-T6 alloy. Anodized Type3 Class2 Hard Coat.
Key clamping areas screw holes are reinforced with Helicoil inserts.
Durable and robust design with ultra narrow diameter, 1.55” OD.

The Spada-M features ambidextrous QD mounting points as found in the Spada-S while the Spada-ML (Lighter Version) has these removed to reduce weight further.

New lightening cuts in the handguard create and distinctive design look and reduced weight, M-Lok slots machined into the 3, 6 & 9ocklock surfaces allow fast and secure mounting of your accessories.

Muzzle facing notches allow mounting of BMD’s closer to the end of the handguard too.

Zero protrusion over upper receivers allows the handguard to be mounted to any upper regardless of its shape or size.
Patented anti slip and rotation system, strengthens the handguard in the barrel nut area and allows strong clamping force to be applied to the barrel nut itself.
The handguard cannot be removed from the barrel nut without removing all three fixing screws.
Screws are grade 8 Steel, Black Oxide Finish.

https://www.lantac-usa.com

If you’ve been wondering what AERO’s February Builder Set would look like, wonder no more. AERO’s February Builder Set is now available and they definitely didn’t disappoint. This month they are doing a Limited Run of M4E1 Upper Receiver, Gen2 Stripped Lower Receiver, 15″ Enhanced Gen2 Handguard (KeyMod or MLOK) and a Billet Trigger Guard all finished in a Cobalt Cerakot. I’ve always been a fan of this color for a rifle and it would look fantastic with a set of black AR furniture. If you’re looking for a quick start to your next build, check these out at www.AEROPrecision.com.

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This package deal includes the finished pieces you need to assemble your own Cobalt Cerakote M4E1 Rifle, including an M4E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver, AR15 Gen 2 Lower Receiver, Gen 2 Enhanced Handguard of choice and Billet Trigger Guard all finished in Cobalt Cerakote. Stand out at the range with a unique and eye catching build. This is a one time offer for this finish – once they are gone, they are gone!

Includes:
– M4E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver finished in Cobalt Cerakote. Upper receiver is assembled and includes the forward assist, dust cover and barrel nut.
– AR15 Gen 2 Stripped Lower Receiver finished in Cobalt Cerakote
– 15″ Enhanced Gen 2 KeyMod or M-LOK Handguard finished in Cobalt Cerakote
– Billet Trigger Guard in Cobalt Cerakote

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.

If you’re an AR builder, you’d have to be hiding under a rock to not know who Cross Machine Tool is. They started out making billet lower receivers, then added billet uppers, innovative billet lowers with intregrated PDW stock systems, AR-10 receiver sets and muzzle brakes. Most recently they have introduced their UHPR line of handguards. First was the MOD1 which deleted all but the very front of the 12 o’clock picatinny rail. Today the new UHPR MOD2 M-LOK rails are available and they feature a full 12 o’clock picatinny rail section with M-LOK mounting slots at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. 

Cross Machine Tool CMT UHPR MOD 2 rails

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The new Cross Machine Tool UHPR MOD 2 handguards are available in 6.7″, 9.5″, 13.7″ and 15″ lengths. Rainier Arms has secured the exclusive introduction on these rails and is offering them at a limited time introductory price. These rails are a crazy good value with the 6.7″ starting at $138 all the way up to the 15″ which is still just $170. If you’re looking for an awesome new rail for your AR, head on over to www.RainierArms.com and snag one of these new CMT MOD2 rails.

Seems like Tyrant Designs keeps making cooler and cooler looking products. This new MOD ForeGrip is the first in a series of ForeGrips that will be made by Tyrant Designs CNC. The main body of the grip is metal with polymer finger straps and is compatible with both KeyMod and MLOK handguards. Definitely looking forward to seeing the rest of this line. Check out the press release and images below.

TYRANT DESIGNS CNC ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST OF THEIR NEW LINE OF FOREGRIPS, THE MOD ForeGrip SERIES!

Tyrant Designs CNC, an industry leader in high-end aftermarket AR grips, has announced the release of their new line of foregrips. The MOD ForeGrip, available in black, red, blue (soon), and grey is CNC machined from a single piece of aerospace grade aluminum. The grip weighs in at a lightweight 1.7 ounces and is fully M-LOK and Keymod compatible.

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The MOD ForeGrip is the first installment in our new line of foregrips! Designed to match our very successful MOD AR-15 Pistol Grip, it too has an aluminum body with a polymer finger strap. With a specially designed mounting system, it is compatible with both M-LOK and Keymod rails. Meaning with just a quick change in hardware (that is supplied with the grip when purchased) it can be mounted on either type of rail system. We believe that this is the type of versatility that operators need in order to furnish multiple weapons. The polymer strap helps the operator instantly feel comfortable with the foregrip and give them the confidence needed for any type of situation. We feel that foregrips are a great solution for anyone who desires more muzzle control, and we look forward to adding more to this line in 2017!  “

Tyrant Designs CNC is an AR accessories manufacturer based just outside of Chicago. They have had several successful designs for AR pistol grips and have plans to expand into other AR accessories for 2017.

Tyrant Designs CNC, LLC

10134 Pacific Ave

Franklin Park, Il 60131

http://www.tyrantcnc.com/

Additional photos of the new Tyrant Designs CNC MOD ForeGrip.

Tyrant Designs CNC MOD ForeGrip 2Photo by Greg Skaz Photography. All Black MOD ForeGrip

Tyrant Designs CNC MOD ForeGrip 2Photo by Greg Skaz Photography. Black and Red MOD ForeGrip with matching MOD Grip.

Tyrant Designs CNC MOD ForeGrip 2Photo by Greg Skaz Photography. Red MOD ForeGrip with Red LWP Grip.

GRANTS PASS, OREGON, DECEMBER 12, 2016 — After meeting Alex West (Founder / Director of 1MWave) for some carne asada tacos outside of Coronado California earlier this year, Lorina Noveske wanted to help raise money for this amazing non-profit group after learning about their efforts in aiding disabled vets.

Here’s the scoop on One More Wave:  One More Wave is an non-profit charity started by US Navy veterans with the focus of enhancing the recovery of wounded or disabled vets via ocean therapy. They work with vets who have a wide range of disabilities, and customize surfboards to suit the specific injury. These surfboards are customized with graphics, and when needed, customized for performance adapting to specific physical disabilities.

Noveske will be releasing a special OMW rifle featuring our new NHR M-Lok hand guard, Gen III receiver set (including an engraved 1MWave Logo), Super Badass Charging Handle and more to raise funds for 1MWave. The rifle will sell for $2,350 with a sizable donation from each rifle going directly to helping vets.

Link to purchase: http://www.noveske.com/collections/gen-iii-omw-one-more-wave-rifle

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Speaking specifically about the partnership, Lorina Noveske said “One More Wave is an organization that resonates deeply with something we at NOVESKE believe in: honoring the hard-fought American Lifestyle, and supporting those who put themselves on the line to protect it. Ultimately, we want these guys and girls home, and UUULTIMATELYYY, we want to see them live the life they f***ing fought for!!!! One More Wave gets them surfing, and helps them heal!!!”

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Kyle Buckett, Vice President of One More Wave, added “Since 1MWave is 100% volunteer non-profit, the proceeds from this rifle will go directly to supporting wounded and disabled veterans. 1MWave will be able to continue providing the veterans they serve with custom surfing equipment and assistance. This equipment enables the veterans to achieve Ocean therapy, which is part of the healing process for issues our veterans may be dealing with like PTSD, TBI, depression, anger, anxiety, sleep apnea and many others.”

Noveske is proud to partner with One More Wave to help raise money for the creation of these fully customized surfboards. A large portion of the profit of the One More Wave rifle will be donated to aid in offsetting the cost of building the boards, and providing each vet with a special, life changing experience.

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. 

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– 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.

If you’ve been looking for something absolutely awesome and unique to start your next build, you have to check this out! AERO Precision has a limited edition run of M4E1 builder sets (includes the enhanced upper receiver, lower, trigger guard and rail) with a Nickel Boron Battleworn finish. We’ve all seen the Battleworn Cerakote finished but its a safe bet that nobody you know has Battleworn NiB. This thing looks absolutely awesome and should make for a very durable finish too. Keep in mind this Battleworn NiB finish is not cheap to do but nothing special is. These sets are available in both KeyMod and MLOK now at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

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Our October Builder Set features an AR15 M4E1 set with a Nickel Boron plated Battleworn (NIB Battleworn™) finish by Legal Manufacturing, LLC.

This package deal includes the finished pieces you need to assemble your own Nickel Boron plated Battleworn M4E1 Rifle, including an M4E1 Upper Receiver, AR15 Gen 2 Lower Receiver, Enhanced Handguard of choice and Billet Trigger Guard. Stand out at the range with a unique and eye catching build. This is a one time offer for this finish – once they are gone, they are gone!

Includes:
– M4E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver finished in NIB Battleworn™. Upper receiver is assembled and includes the forward assist, dust cover and barrel nut.
– AR15 Gen 2 Stripped Lower Receiver finished in NIB Battleworn™
– 12″ or 15″ KeyMod or M-LOK Handguard finished in NIB Battleworn™
– Billet Trigger Guard finished in NIB Battleworn™

I’ve been holding off on buying one of these awesome Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifles for my boys. However, now that Magpul has released the new Hunter X-22 Takedown chassis for it, I’m going to have to make it happen. You know, for the boys.  😉  

Shipping Now! The Magpul Hunter X-22 Takedown: bridge the gap between portable and shootable.

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The X-22 Takedown chassis is an ergonomic, full-featured stock for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown series rifle. Made from high quality reinforced polymer, the Hunter X-22 Takedown features an ergonomic grip, adjustable length of pull and comb height to fit a wide variety of shooters, multiple sling mounting options, a non-slip rubber butt-pad, and M-LOK® slots for accessory attachment.  The Hunter X-22 Takedown fits standard Ruger 10/22 Takedown .22 LR pattern rifles with no gunsmithing, and a reversible barrel tray ensures proper fit with factory pencil profile as well as heavy bull barrels.

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Made in U.S.A.

MSRP $149.95

FEATURES
– Drop-in design compatible with all factory Ruger 10/22 Takedown .22 LR receivers
– Reinforced polymer construction for strength and durability
– 60 degree grip angle from bore axis
– Adjustable LOP from 12.5”-14.5” with 0.50” Spacers
– Non-slip rubber butt-pad
– Optional Cheek Riser Kitsto raise cheek height 0.25”, 0.50”, or 0.75”
– Reversible barrel tray accepts all factory barrels as well as aftermarket up to 0.920”
– Compatible with all capacities of factory Ruger 10/22 magazines
– M-LOK slots on forend sides and bottom for a wide variety of accessory and sling mounting options
– Two dimpled drill points to install optional standard swivel studs (#10-32 x 3/8” long dome stud)
– Push-button QD swivel compatibility in rear with optional Sling Mount Kits
– Left and Right rear 1-1/4” Footman’s Loops

https://www.magpul.com/products/hunter-x-22-takedown-stock-ruger-10-22-takedown


This article was written by Mark B Wentzel