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Usually when you purchase a mount for your Aimpoint Micro mount you have to decide if you want an Absolute Co-Witness mount or a Lower 1/3 Co-Witness mount. Not many companies offer a mount that can be configured for both but that is exactly what Daniel Defense just released. The new mount looks very similar to their already very popular Aimpoint Micro Mount but now comes with an Absolute Co-Witness base and a bolt on spacer that converts the mount to a Lower 1/3 Co-Witness height mount. Now you don’t have to figure out which model you prefer and no need to buy multiple mounts. Check out the pics and details for the new mount below, then head on over to www.DanielDefense.com to purchase one for yourself. 

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The newest generation of the Daniel Defense Aimpoint® Micro Mount gives users the option of both an absolute or lower 1/3 co-witness with iron sights and Aimpoint’s popular Micro R-1, H-1, T-1, or T-2 optics. Its light weight, essentials-only design offers a snag-free, low-profile, reversible mounting option for shooters that do not require or desire a quick attach/detach mount. The mount features a recoil lug which interfaces with the bottom of the optic and prevents the energy from recoil and counter recoil from transferring to and damaging the factory mounting screws. This further increases durability and ensures a repeatable zero shot after shot. The Aimpoint® Micro Mount features our Patented Rock & Lock® attachment system and secures to any MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Rail with two slotted machine screws. These fasteners thread into stainless steel self-locking threaded inserts that resist vibration and loosening. Offering absolute or a lower 1/3 co-witness with your back-up iron sights, this mount is ideal for shooters who are looking for the lightest mount to accent their Aimpoint® Micro. In order to achieve a lower 1/3 co-witness, the user includes the spacer with the mount when installing the optic. For an absolute co-witness, simply install optic without the spacer. The Daniel Defense Aimpoint® Micro Mount has been proven to be one of the most durable and light weight mounts available.

-  Absolute or lower 1/3rd co-witness
–  Recoil Lug Interface between mount and optic
–  Snag Free and reversible
–  Patented Rock & Lock® Attachment System
–  Light Weight

MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION

–  Precision CNC machined from Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum
–  Military Specification Type III Hard Coat Anodized
–  1.5oz or 1.8oz with Lower 1/3 spacer
–  Made in the USA!

https://danieldefense.com/mounts/aimpointr-micro-mount-absolute-co-witness.html

NEW!! Scalarworks LDM Ultra Light Weight Aimpoint T-1 Mount

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by ar15news

Scalarworks has just released their new LDM with stands for Low Drag Mount for the Aimpoint Micro (T-1 and H-1) optics. The LDM goes against conventional thought regarding optic mounts which says you can’t have Light Weight and Quick Detach at the same time. Weighing in at just 1.33 ounces and featuring a notched thumbwheel with ball detent that won’t back-out under heavy recoil you can now have the best of both worlds. Check out the pictures and press release for the Scalarworks LDM below. Additional information is also available at Scalarworks.com.

SCALARWORKS LAUNCHES WORLD’S LIGHTEST QUICK-DETACH AIMPOINT MICRO MOUNT.

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South Orange, NJ – October 15, 2014 – Scalarworks, manufacturer of high-performance firearm accessories, is pleased to introduce the Low Drag Mount for Aimpoint Micro sights (LDM/Micro); the lightest quick-detach Aimpoint Micro mount in existence – weighing only 1.33oz. The LDM/Micro is a lightweight, low-profile, quick-detach optic mount that is compatible with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails and all Aimpoint Micro sights, including the new Aimpoint Micro T-2.

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The Scalarworks LDM/Micro has a streamlined profile, free of protruding levers or knobs, featuring a notched thumbscrew with ball detent that won’t back out under sharp recoil. It also has a precision telescoping clamp that ensures a repeatable zero with each installation, while conforming to out of spec rails, without requiring additional adjustments.

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The LDM/Micro is made in the USA and available now from Scalarworks.com in two Co-Witness heights, Absolute and Lower-Third, with an MSRP of $149.

NEW!! Blitzkrieg Components Luminescent Chevron Night Sight

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by ar15news

Quite a while ago I introduced you guys to the Blitzkrieg Components Chevron front sight post. Its a drop-in replacement for your standard front sight post that gives you a really sharp “Chevron” aiming point and a bright white stripe to makes for quick target acquisition in pretty much any lighting condition…that is except for in the dark. Seems like every day someone would post on their Facebook page that they wish there was a night sight option. Blitzkrieg Components listened and accepted the challenge. The new Luminescent Chevron Night Sight is officially available for purchase and looks to be another winner from Blitzkrieg Components. 

The Night Sight version appears Yellow in the day light and is easily installed in pretty much any front sight that accepts mil spec sight posts. Shown below is the new Luminescent Chevron Night Sight and what it looks like installed in a Magpul MBUS sight. 

Blitzkrieg Components Chevron Night Sight 1

Blitzkrieg Components Chevron Night Sight 1

Turn the lights out and the Yellow strip now shines a nice Green color. The sight luminescent strip can be charged with most any light but Sun Light or a bright Flashlight work best.

“Typically, in total darkness after being charged you can expect it to glow very bright for 5 minutes, bright for 20-30 minutes and at a lower level for several hours. This works very well to have a very bright glow when transitioning from daylight to a dark room and as your eyes adjust to lower light levels, the lower level glow will still appear bright and very easy to pick up.”

Blitzkrieg Components Chevron Night Sight 1

Blitzkrieg Components Chevron Night Sight 1

The new Luminescent Chevron Front Sight Post is available right now at BlitzkriegComponents.com for just $44.95. Be sure to snag some before they’re all gone. They also have their standard White Stripe and Solid Black Chevron sights as well if you don’t need the night sight option or want to save a few bucks.

www.BlitzkriegComponents.com
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NEW!! Leitner-Wise Manufacturing eSights

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by ar15news

Paul Leitner-Wise of Leitner-Wise Manufacturing is always thinking. Even when most of us are sleeping, he’s thinking. Lately he’s been rethinking the whole concept of BUIS or “Back Up Iron Sights”. One of the thing he mentions is how the increase in use of high quality red dots has decreased the need for complicated, adjustable BUIS. I’ll admit to being guilty of building a few rifles where I didn’t even install a set of BUIS simply because the optics we use now are so reliable and the BUIS are expensive for something I probably won’t use very much. This is just some of the reasoning behind the eSights that Leitner-Wise Manufacturing will be introducing soon. The new eSights will be a simple metal flip up sight that requires no adjustments, similar to the way most Pistol sights are not adjustable. Once installed you would take these to the range, note the zero and know that from here on out you would never need to re-zero because they’re not adjustable. I think Paul is really onto something here. 

Leitner-Wise Mfg eSight Rear Sight

Leitner-Wise Mfg eSight Front Sight

Here is an excerpt from the Leitner-Wise Manufacturing blog.

So, burning the midnight oil and fueled with some of Ireland’s finest spirits, I hit upon eSights or “Emergency” sights. A Back Up Iron Sight that is cheap, simple, readily deployable, ruggedly robust, nonfuckupable and stunningly beautiful. These flip-up sights can be deployed in less than a second and because we control the manufacturing tolerances and can ensure that they mount centrally on the Picatinny rail, are completely non-adjustable. Shoot the firearm, note the zero and off you go. At the maximum range you’re ever likely to need to use this system, you’ll hit everything you are aiming at safe in the knowledge that even though you haven’t touched that firearm for months or even years the eSights will always shoot to the same zero.

Machined to our usual high standards from 7075 aluminum billet and hard coat anodized to a matte finish, the eSights are extremely low profile and lightweight yet incredibly robust. When deployed, they flip-up to the standard sight height ensuring compatibility with every other primary sight on the market yet their rail footprint is one of the smallest for back up sights.

The new Leitner-Wise Manufacturing eSights are not available just yet but being that they will be used as OEM sights on the new LWM MkVI Carbine you know they aren’t too far out from production. I’m excited to see these come to market. Be sure to checkout www.Leitner-Wise.com and follow their different social media outlets as well.

NEW!! Fortis Mfg Releases New Aimpoint Mount and Light Mount

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by ar15news

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

Purchase the Fortis Mfg Absolute Co-Witness F-1 Optics Mount from FortisMfg.com

Purchase the Fortis Mfg KeyMod 1″ Light Mount exclusively on FortisMfg.com

Primary Arms Adds a New 2.5x and 4x Optic To Their Lineup

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by ar15news

Primary Arms has always been known for importing some very affordable optics that way outperformed what you would expect from an optic in that price range. They’re constantly adding new optics to their lineup and lately these new ones are more a bit higher end and have included some awesome custom reticles with Bullet Drop Compensators, etc in them. A couple of my buddies have been shooting the new PAC2.5X and PAC4X scopes and have been very pleased with them. Both optics were designed for the AR-15 platform with the PAC2.5X as more of a close to mid range optic and the PAC4X as a more all purpose optic. I’ve put information, pictures and links for both optics below. 

PRIMARY ARMS PAC2.5X
Designed from the ground up to be the ideal AR CQB and mid range optic. The Primary Arms 2.5X Compact Scope features an etched version of our Patent Pending CQB ACSS bullet drop ranging reticle that requires no illumination. Battery powered daylight visible illumination is also built in. Waterproof, fog resistant. Mount included but also fits on industry standard full size ACOG mounts! Base can be removed for use on AR15/M16 carry handles. Front and rear flip up caps included! Optional Picatinny rail and Kill Flash are available for purchase.

Primary Arms PAC2.5X Optic 620

Primary Arms PAC2.5X ACSS CQB Reticle

http://www.primaryarms.com/Primary_Arms_2_5X_Compact_Scope_PAC2_5X_p/pac2.5x.htm

-  Comes complete with mount
–  Designed for .223/5.56; .308; 5.45X39 Calibers
–  Magnification: 2.5X
–  FOV 35′ at 100 yards
–  Etched reticle requires no illumination but red fully Illuminated daylight visible reticle is also built in
–  Waterproof/Fog resistant
–  Eye relief 2.5″
–  .5 MOA windage and elevation adjustments
–  4.75″ long 15.5oz
–  Multi-coated lens
–  Fits in any full size Acog mount
–  Uses single CR2032 battery (Included)
–  Base can be removed for use on a AR15/M16 carry handle (Thumb screw sold separately)
–  Front and rear flip up caps included!
–  Top rail sold separately.
–  One year manufacturer warranty

PRIMARY ARMS PAC4X
Designed from the ground up for use on AR style rifles. The Primary Arms 4X Compact Prism Scope with our Patened ACSS Reticle “Advanced Combined Sighting System” combining Bullet Drop Compensation, Range Estimation, Wind and Leads in one easy to use system. . Waterproof, fog resistant and also fits on ACOG mounts! Base can be removed for use on AR15/M16 carry handles. Front and rear flip up caps included!

Primary Arms PAC4X Optic 620

Primary Arms PAC4X ACSS Reticle

https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary_Arms_4X_Compact_Prism_Scope_p/pac4x.htm

-  Comes complete with mount
–  FOV 23.6′ at 100 yards
–  Compatible with .223/5.56 5.45×39 .308
–  Red fully illuminated reticle (Daylight Visible)
–  11 brightness settings
–  Waterproof
–  Fog resistant
–  Eye relief 3.2″
–  1/2 MOA windage and elevation adjustments
–  Length: 5.55″
–  Weight: 16.2 oz.
–  Multi-coated lens
–  Fits on Acog mounts
–  Picatinny rail included
–  Uses one CR2032 battery (Included)
–  Front and rear flip up caps included
–  Base can be removed for use on a AR15/M16 carry handle (Thumb screw sold separately)
–  Optional kill flash is sold separately
–  One year warranty

Basically, if you’re looking for a new optic for your AR on a budget, Primary Arms continues to be the place to look. The PAC2.5x and PAC4x represent just two of the optics in their large lineup and could be just what you’re looking for. For constant updates and info on new reticles and optics that Primary Arms is working on, be sure to follow Primary Arms on Facebook.

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About the Photographer:  Jody Lewis is a professional photographer based in the PNW who has articles published on many of the popular websites including RECOIL-WEB and Guns & Tactics Magazine. He is also the Director of Operations and Business Development for Defense Marketing Group. You can follow him on his page XFIREPIX on Facebook.

Cerakoted Magpul MBUS Pro Sights from Weapon Outfitters

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by ar15news

There’s no doubt the Magpul MBUS Pro sights have quickly become a fan favorite. The quality metal construction, fantastic looks and compact design at a more affordable price all played into their popularity. However many of us have been hoping that Magpul would come out with different color version of the MBUS Pro such as FDE, OD Green, etc. As of right now I do not believe Magpul has any plans to release colored factory sets which is why our good friends at Weapon Outfitters are now making this possible as shown below. Finally you can have some Magpul MBUS Pro’s that match your non-black rifle and furniture.

OPTION 1
Weapon Outfitters is working with a Master Gunsmith/Injured Vet to apply Cerakote to some Magpul MBUS Pro’s and currently has some FDE sights in-stock. You can purchase both the front and rear FDE sight set at the links below. 

FDE Magpul MBUS Pro – Front

FDE Magpul MBUS Pro – Rear

FDE Magpul MBUS Pro 620

OPTION 2
If you are like myself and already have a set or two of Magpul MBUS Pro and would like to have them Cerakoted, Weapon Outfitters now offers that as an upgrade service as well. You can have a single sight done or save $5 per sight when you do a front and rear set. They are offering this service in FDE, Burnt Bronze, Graphite Black, Sniper Gray and Olive Drab.

Have one of your own MBUS Pro sights Cerakoted – Single Sight

Have one of your own MBUS Pro sights Cerakoted – Front and Rear Set

MBUS Pro Cerakote Colors Large 620

4th of July Sale 2014 – American Defense Manufacturing

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by ar15news

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. 

http://www.americandefensemanufacturing.com/

620 ADM 4th of July Sale

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Had a nice time sighting in / function testing a couple of my newer AR’s at the range the other day. I typically shoot on private land but bench shooting is a good way to get your guns out, put some rounds through them and make sure they are running good. For the most part there were no issues but any AR builder will tell you it only takes one small issue to throw a monkey wrench in there.

620 CIV Tactical SPR AERO Precision AR Pistol Vortex opticsClick to enlarge

The rifle has an upper built by CIV Tactical using receivers are from Tactical Firearms Solutions. CIV Tactical used their excellent 18″ SPR barrel and Matched Bolt that are known for getting some extremely low sub-MOA results. I used an older Bolt Carrier with the supplied bolt and figured everything would be fine. When the rifle wouldn’t eject a single round I knew there was something going on. Instead of just giving up and using the other AR I brought I decided to try to figure out was the issue was. After trying 2 different lowers, 4 different mags and 2 different types of ammo I decided to try a different BCG. Swapped it out and it ran like a Sewing Machine. I know the Matched Bolt is good as it was test fired with that exact Bolt so it’s pretty obvious I can narrow it down to the Bolt Carrier such as a leaky Gas Key. Looks like I threw in my own monkey wrench.  LoL  

The point is if you think logically through your failures and start eliminating possible issues, you can quite often move past the issues with the rifle and still get in some good trigger time. Oh, and bring some tools and small parts with you when test firing a rifle for the first time.  :)

The rail on the SPR is a Parallax Tactical FFSSR rail. It also has an ATLAS Bipod with ADM mouth and the Stock is the LUTH-AR MBA-1 that you can buy from www.MidwestPX.com. The AR Pistol is all AERO Precision with an Odin Works 10.5″ Barrel, Primary Weapons CQB comp and a KAK Industry Super Sig Tube. Both guns have Vortex Optics…optics.

NEW!! Vortex Optics SPARC II Red Dot

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by ar15news

Vortex Optics just released the updated model of their very popular SPARC red dot and I like what I’m seeing. The SPARC has been my personal favorite “budget” red dot for a while now and has a great reputation for quality and durability at a fraction of the cost of some other quality red dots on the market. Not to mention, Vortex has one of the best “No questions asked” Lifetime, Unlimited, Unconditional  out there. The new model is called the SPARC II and comes with some very nice upgrades and fixes a small feature that some people complained about on the original model. The SPARC II will still come with its multi-height mount which worked perfect on my old SPARC. That makes it easy to mount on pretty much any rifle you want. 

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A couple of changes from the old model to the new: –  The old Bikini style lens covers notoriously broke so Vortex added standard flip-up lens covers which I think is an awesome upgrade. –  I like that they’ve removed the side mounted On/Off button. Some people complained that they would turn the original SPARC off but it would somehow turn back on while in their bag or case, etc. The new SPARC II incorporates the On/Off into the brightness buttons which is again a great upgrade. –  They also added some stainless accents to give it an upscale look. –  I have not confirmed this but it does not appear that the Screw-On 2X Magnifier is included anymore. I think this is a good compromise to get the other upgrades. Plus Vortex has a really nice flip to the side magnifier now anyways. 

Vortex Optics SPARC II 1

Vortex Optics SPARC II 1

Get on target fast with the SPARC II. Ultra-compact and lightweight, the SPARC II (Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat) is equally at home mounted on an AR-15 or shotgun. Digital rear facing controls for powering on/off and adjusting the 2 MOA daylight bright red dot brightness at ten intensity levels—automatically returning to the last dot intensity used when powered up. Rugged single-piece body machined from aircraft grade aluminum is o-ring sealed for waterproof and fogproof performance.

The versatile multi-height mount system accomodates most firearms including AR-15s needing absolute or lower 1/3 co-witness heights, and mounts on standard Weaver or Picatinny bases (not included). A modular three-piece base offers four separate mounting heights for user- and weapon-specific customization: 18.0 mm (.709 inches), 21 mm (.823 inches), 37 mm (1.457 inches), 40 mm (1.575 inches).

Specs:

  • Magnification 1 x
  • Objective Lens Diameter 22 mm
  • Eye Relief Unlimited
  • Adjustment Graduation 1 MOA
  • Travel per Rotation 45 MOA
  • Max Elevation Adjustment 90 MOA
  • Max Windage Adjustment 90 MOA
  • Parallax Setting Parallax Free
  • Length 3.1 inches
  • Weight 5.9 ounces

 

The new Vortex Optics SPARC II red dot retails for $289 but you can buy them now from RainierArms.com for just $199. These really are one of the best bang for your buck red dots on the market. If you’re a Super SEAL Recon Sniper Operator and are worried it won’t take the beating you’re gonna put it through, the awesome Lifetime Unconditional Warranty should put your qualms at ease. Check the new SPARC II out at www.RainierArms.com

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