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Fortis Manufacturing quietly introduced two new products this week. One is a new version of their awesome F-1 Optics Mount (Aimpoint T-1/H-1 Mount) and the other is a new KeyMod Light Mount. I’ve included pics and details for both new products below.
The Fortis Manufacturing F-1 Optics Mount is one of the cooler looking mounts designed for the Aimpoint T-1/H-1 optic and is now being offered in an Absolute Co-Witness mount height. People have always been asking for an Absolute Co-Witness version of the F-1 Optics Mount which was a Lower 1/3 Co-Witness Mount. Lower 1/3 Co-Witness and Absolute Co-Witness refer to where your Iron Sights line up in relation to the Red Dot. A Lower 1/3 Co-Witness mount is a bit taller so your Iron Sights will be in the lower portion of your optic with the Red Dot just above. With an Absolute Co-Witness mount your Red Dot and Iron Sight will line up together. Having an Absolute Co-Witness mount has its advantages such as being able to sight in your rifle with just your Iron Sights and then line your Red Dot up with them for quick sight-in.
Fortis Mfg also just introduced a new KeyMod Light Mount. This light mount is designed to fit most flashlights with a 1″ body such as the Elzetta Design lights, most SureFire lights, etc. As I mentioned, this is a KeyMod mount and will work with any KeyMod rail. The design of this light mount pushes the position of the flashlight up and forward which makes it much easier to activate the light without having to move your support hand much and also gives you a bit more room on the rail for your hands or other accessories.
Fortis Mfg prides themselves on producing American Made, high quality, affordable AR-15 accessories and components and these products are exactly that. Both products are available for purchase now at the links I’ve supplied below.
If there was one thing about M-LOK that I would say is its best feature, its that its….backed by Magpul. The one thing KeyMod was and is still lacking is the support of a powerhouse like Magpul to continually push new products to the market. Look at how long we had to wait for a KeyMod vertical grip. Thankfully Magpul continues to focus on M-LOK products. Their most recent releases are the new grip adapters for their RVG and AFG grips.
The RVG and AFG are two of the most popular rail mounted grips out there so its no surprise that Magpul made adapters specifically for them. Of course you could just purchase an M-LOK rail section and attach your RVG or AFG to it but these adapters are designed to be much more low profile, putting the grip as close as possible to the M-LOK rail instead of stacking a grip on top of a large rail section. If you have an M-LOK rail or are planning on purchasing one and have an RVG or AFG grip, these adapters might be a great thing to pick up at under $10.
I recently built a new sexy looking AR Pistol that I’ve been taking pictures of and have gotten quite a few questions about what components I used, why I set it up the way I did and how its running so far. Its been a while since I did a “Build Details” article so I figured since so many people were interested in this build I would do one on it. This article will basically be a run down of the different components as well as an explanation of why I used them if needed.
We’ve all seen some AR Pistols that have extremely short barrels/uppers. I tend to not go shorter than a 10.5″ barrel on mine as it’s short enough to make them more compact without sacrificing a ton of accuracy or velocity. This whole build started out with a mid length AERO Precision COP Upper and Forged Lower. This is the second AR I’ve built with this receiver set and I love them.
THE AR PISTOL UPPER
The Upper, as I mentioned, features an AERO Precision COP mid length upper with a Parallax Tactical TiN BCG, Magpul MBUS Pro sights and Fortis Mfg Hammer charging handle. For the optic I wanted something very small and compact so I went with the Vortex Optics RAZOR and an American Defense Mfg QD mount. The barrel is an ODIN Works 10.5″ .223 Wylde Stainless Steel barrel with a Primary Weapons CQB comp on the end. The combination of a shorter barrel and the CQB comp makes it perfect for a home defense weapon but the ODIN Works barrel definitely holds up to its reputation as a straight shooter and is absolutely capable of hitting longer range targets with ease. I’ll shoot some 100 yard groups soon and do another writeup for you guys on the accuracy of this 10.5″ AR Pistol.
THE AR PISTOL LOWER
The lower for this build is an AERO Precision lower that I bought as a set with the upper for this build. Both were Cerakoted Tungsten for a unique look. So far I’ve added a Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS-SA short throw selector and EPS Pins, Phase 5 Weapon Systems Winter Trigger Guard, Magpul K2 grip and an Impact Weapons Components QD End Plate sling mount. There is a new ALG Defense ACT trigger waiting for it down stairs that I need to install.
Another feature that should be standard on ALL AR Pistols is the combination of a Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace and an SB15 specific buffer tube such as the KAK Industry Super Sig Tube or Phase 5 Hex-2. These buffer tubes push the SB15 further away from the receiver making the setup a bit more comfortable to shoulder (Shouldering the Sig SB15 is legal according to the ATF). For this build I installed the KAK Super Sig Tube and its awesome. You can even get an adjustment kit of rings that you slide on before installing the SB15 to adjust how far back it sits.
You also might notice the MagPod on the magazine. These will be available for purchase very soon!
THE BUSINESS END
The part I get questions about the most is the business end of the upper. Most people seem to really like this setup so here is a pretty detailed look at it. One of the other reasons I like muzzle devices like the CQB comp is that you can put a light right up to the end of the muzzle and not worry so much about it getting damaged in the blast of the rifle or coated in carbon. My setup consists of a Magpul AFG and a Haley Strategic Partners Thorntail Offset Mount with an INFORCE WML mounted on it. The Thorntail Offset Mount is made by Impact Weapons Components for HSP and is an awesome mount for the WML. It has four slots to mount the WML on and can even be mounted cantilevered like mine is.
As you can see the WML is pushed out almost to the tip of the muzzle. Pushing it further forward not only reduces shadowing in the light beam but also gives you a lot more real-estate to put your hand on a shorter rail.
The next few pictures will show you a detailed look at the complete setup and hand position. While using the AFG I like to put my thumb on top of the rail for a solid grip. To activate the light, all you need to do is slide your thumb to the left and the activation button is right there. This is a very effective and comfortable setup.
If you like this light setup and want to put it on your rifle or pistol build, I would recommend checking out www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. They have the HSP Thorntail Offset Mount, Magpul AFG grip and INFORCE WML light all in-stock. Plus, if you use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout you’ll save 5% off your entire order.
This is definitely my favorite AR Pistol build to date. After a few hundred rounds so far I can tell you it runs like a champ and is absolutely a blast to shoot. The bolt holds open on empty mag, no Failure to Eject, no Failure to Feed, etc. Just an all around accurate AR Pistol that I would not hesitate to grab when my life depended on it.
American Defense Mfg
Battle Arms Development
Impact Weapons Components
Phase 5 Weapon Systems
Primary Weapons Systems
Fortis Manufacturing is always coming up with some very cool designs for their new products and their new KeyMod Rail Sections are no different. The whole idea for KeyMod was to be a direct attachment system for accessories but there are so many 1913 compatible accessories and not enough KeyMod direct attach accessories so manufacturers have to make 1913 rail sections that mount to a KeyMod rail. Pretty funny, right!? Well the cool part is it does make the placement of the rail sections modular and you don’t have to use a complete Quad rail which saves weight. Fortis just introduced their new KeyMod 1913 Rail Sections but did something pretty cool to set theirs apart from other similar options on the market. They hid the attachment screws inside of the rail, eliminating any signs of the screw head. This is not major big news or anything but it does look pretty sweet. If you’re looking for a rail section for your KeyMod handguard, give the Fortis Mfg KeyMod Rail Section a look.
Fortis designed their rail pieces with a self contained assembly that has no visible signs of the screw head. Available in three different lengths. Features: • Material: Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum • Finish: Military Specification Type III Hard Coat Anodized • Lengths: 4 slot – 2.3″, 8 slot – 4″, 12 slot – 5.5″ (Small, Medium, Large) • Made to the Mil-Standard 1913 pictatinny specifications • Fits all KeyMod mounting surfaces • Made in the USA!
The Fortis Mfg KeyMod rail sections are available for purchase only on www.REVOLVR.com or on the REVOLVR App for Android devices.
AERO Precision has introduced a new limited edition Second Amendment themed lower in conjunction with their 4th of July / Independence Day Sale announcement. The picture of the new lower is shown below. The 4th of July Sale consists of 15% off all orders from the AERO Precision website (except for their combo deals) and FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50. Use the code “freedom” at checkout only at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.
American Defense Manufacturing, makers of some of the best optic mounts on the market, are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $100. This includes their awesome optic mounts, Optic and Mount Combo Deals and any accessories. Free Shipping is for US Orders Only, No Code Required and expires on July 9th, 2014.
SLR Rifleworks continues to bring some awesome components to the M-LOK and KeyMod market. This time they’ve put some focus on accessories for the M-LOK and KeyMod rails such as Rail Sections, Hand Stops and Barricade Stops. The new rail sections look pretty sweet and feature styling that is similar to the SLR Rifleworks rail systems. The accessories that really caught my eye though are the Hand Stops/Barricade Stops. There are two styles of Hand Stops that are both available with either a smooth face or a barricade style face. All of these new accessories will be available in both KeyMod and M-LOK configurations. According to the SLR Rifleworks Facebook page, they will be adding the new KeyMod versions to the website today and M-LOK versions within the next week. You’ll be able to find the new accessories at the following link as they are added to the website. www.SLRRifleworks.com.
Many of you have probably noticed American Defense Mfg really branching out this last year. Not only are they coming out with a new rifle called the UIC (Universally Improved Carbine) but they’ve also started adding stuff to their website such as Optic / Mount Combo Deals and upping their Swag game too.
The Combo Deals are great. They basically pair a high quality optic with one of their awesome mounts at a great price. Most scopes/optics don’t come with a good mount and everyone knows you need a good mount if you want to get the most out of the scope. Instead of having to shop for an optic and then look around for a mount, you can just check them out in one place and from what I’ve seen, get a better deal too. The most recent combo deals they’ve added are the awesome US Optics scopes paired with different ADM Recon mounts but they have a wide variety from other manufacturers as well such as Aimpoint, Lucid, Primary Arms and Vortex Optics. You can view them all at www.ADM-MFG.com
I’m sure many of you are also pretty big fans of American Defense Manufacturing so you might be happy to see they’ve had some nice PVC patches made featuring their new ADM logo. For just $6 you get all three of the 2″ x 2″ velcro backed patches. These, and all other ADM Schwag, are available at www.americandefensemanufacturing.com/browse/category/schwag/
American Defense Mfg is offering Free Shipping to all US Orders over $100 from now until Midnight Monday, May 26th!! Every little bit helps so take advantage of this deal to save on some outstanding optic mounts. www.ADM-MFG.com