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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. 

Fortis Mfg Aimpoint Micro Mount 1Fortis Mfg Aimpoint Micro Mount 1

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 KeyMod Flashlight Mount 1Fortis Mfg KeyMod Flashlight Mount 2

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 Revolvr.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

620 American Defense Mfg Black Friday 2013

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. 

Vortex Optics SPARC II 1

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

Nikon Expands Popular M-223 AR Riflescope Line

Posted on May 21st, 2014 by ar15news

One of the most complete AR riflescope lines has expanded even further with the release of Nikon’s new M-223 1.5-6×24 BDC 600.  This new M-223 is made with a 30mm main body tube, giving it a wider adjustment range.  There is also an illuminated reticle version, making this compact riflescope even more effective in low-light situations.   Both of the new M-223 1.5-6×24 riflescopes come with Nikon’s BDC 600 reticle that is calibrated for the trajectory of the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO round with 55-grain bullet.  It offers shooters unique open circle aiming points at 100-yard intervals and additional hash-marks at 50-yard intervals to effectively compensate for bullet drop. 

620 Nikon M-223 1.5-6x24 BDC 600 ILThe M-223 1.5-6×24’s illuminated BDC 600 reticle can be adjusted to different brightness settings using the push buttons on the eyepiece and has up to 32 different levels of intensity for the orange center dot. When the illumination feature is turned off, the last brightness level is saved.  The illuminated reticle operates on a 3V lithium battery.   The M-223 line utilizes Nikon’s Ultra ClearCoat® optical system that provides shooters with a bright, sharp and incredibly flat sight picture. These riflescopes are also waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof, and are covered by Nikon’s limited lifetime warranty. MSRP for the M-223 1.5-6×24 is $599.95 for the non-illuminated model (Item #8474) and is $799.95 for the illuminated reticle version (Item #8475).  

620 Nikon M-223 1.5-6x24 BDC 600

All of Nikon’s M-223’s will now be compatible with interchangeable Spot On Custom Turrets. The Spot On Custom Turrets allow users to calibrate their riflescope to match bullet drop for virtually any factory or custom load. Each Spot On Custom Turret is based on ballistic information entered on the online ordering page (spoton.nikonsportoptics.com). Simply select your choice of ammunition, model of M-223 riflescope, typical atmospheric conditions, and much more to create your own uniquely calibrated custom turret.   Like all Nikon riflescopes, the M-223 is optimized for use with Spot On Ballistic Match Technology. The Spot On program provides users with exact aiming points on the BDC reticle for any load or ammunition at a specified range.  Spot On is free online at spoton.nikonsportoptics.com but it can also be purchased for mobile devices, including the iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ platforms.

Nikon Inc. is the U.S. distributor of Nikon sports and recreational optics, world-renowned Nikon 35mm cameras, digital cameras, speedlights and accessories, Nikkor lenses and electronic imaging products.   For more information on Nikon’s full line of Riflescopes, Binoculars, Fieldscopes and Laser Rangefinders, please contact: Nikon Sport Optics, 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3064, or call 1-800-645-6687. www.NikonSportOptics.com

Aimpoint Mount and Optic Combos = Great Deals at ADM

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by ar15news

The guys over at American Defense Manufacturing (ADM) have been working overtime this year. Not only have they been testing their awesome new UIC which stands for Universally Improved Carbine, which we’ll tell you all about soon, but they’ve also been adding some great combo deals to their website. The latest set of combo deals are the ones I’ve been waiting for. The Aimpoint Combos! These deals are perfect for anyone who is looking to pick up an Aimpoint and then upgrade the mount. You can definitely same some money this way. Here are a couple of the deals I noticed and thought, now that’s a good deal.  

They are offering an Aimpoint PRO with 4 different mount options for just $504. If you were to buy these separately you would pay $400′ish + Shipping for the PRO and about $130-140 + Shipping for the mount. Just doing some simple math you can see that you’re saving $30-40 plus lowering your shipping cost.

620 ADM Aimpont Pro and QD Mount Combo 1

Perhaps the best deal though is on the Aimpoint T-1′s. Many of you probably know that Aimpoint T-1 prices skyrocketed last year. To purchase an Aimpoint T-1 with nothing more than a basic crap mount is going to run you somewhere between $650-700+ depending on where you buy and if you want the 2MOA or 4MOA dot. Yes, the T-1 is an awesome optic. I have one and love it. But then you need to upgrade to a better mount it really starts to get prohibitive. Thankfully ADM is able to save you some major coin by bundling the Aimpoint T-1 and one of three different Quick Release Mounts for just $643. And these are the 2MOA Red Dots, not the 4MOA too. You’re easily saving over $100 on this combo deal. 

620 ADM Aimpont T-1 and QD Mount Combo 1

As if that wasn’t good enough, ADM doesn’t stop at just the Aimpoint PRO and T-1. The offer packages for the H-1 (slightly less waterproof than the T-1), COMPM4 and the 3X Magnifier as well. Its nice to have a source like this. Buying high quality optics and then upgrading their standard crap mounts to nice ones like what American Defense Manufacturing offers is never easy on the wallet but its nice to know if you’re gonna do it you can save a good amount at the same time. Check out the rest of their Aimpoint Mount and Optic Combos at www.AmericanDefenseMfg.com.

Magpul MBUS Gen2 vs Magpul MBUS PRO Comparison Pictures

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by ar15news

I posted these pictures on the AR15NEWS Instagram account the other day and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. I didn’t realize so many people were waiting for side by side pictures comparing the very popular Magpul MBUS Gen2 which are polymer to the new Magpul MBUS PRO’s which are steel. These pictures are not designed to push you one way or the other but more to help you make an informed decision based on your individual needs. Take a look for yourself below. 

Pic #1 Magpul MBUS Series: Close up folded front sight comparison shot of the Magpul MBUS Gen2 (top) and the new Magpul MBUS PRO (bottom). The MBUS Gen2 are polymer spring loaded sights while the PRO’s are steel and manually flipped up. The PRO front sight is also finger adjustable. As you can see the PRO steel sight is much more low profile. 

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #2 Magpul MBUS Series: You can see that the hinge of the PRO is towards the front of the sight instead of the middle which allows it to be smaller but still retain the standard height when flipped up.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #3 Magpul MBUS Series: Last shot of the front Magpul MBUS. MBUS Gen2 on the left and the new Magpul MBUS PRO on the right. Notice the smaller footprint of the PRO on the rail and the twist knob that allows you to adjust for elevation with your fingers.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #4 Magpul MBUS Series: This is the side shot of the rear Magpul MBUS sights folded. As you can see the PRO on top is much more low profile than the MBUS Gen2 on the bottom. Again, the MBUS Gen2 are a larger spring loaded polymer sight that flip up with a press of a finger. The MBUS PRO’s are steel and manually folded up.  Both rear sights feature a large and small aperture as well as finger adjustments for windage. 

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #5 Magpul MBUS Series: Rear Magpul MBUS sights flipped up. Once again you can really see the size difference between the MBUS PRO (top) and the MBUS Gen2 (bottom). One thing I really like about the rear MBUS PRO is how much easier it would be to fit underneath the rear of a scope. It also takes up less space on the rail where you might want a magnifier, etc.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #6 Magpul MBUS Series: Final pic of the Magpul MBUS sight comparison. At least for a while. This picture series unintentionally pushed a lot of people over the edge and towards the PRO’s. As I’ve mentioned before, I really like both of the Magpul MBUS models. If you’re going based on price the polymer MBUS Gen2′s can’t be beat. However, the MBUS PRO’s are a real step up in quality and design.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

The MBUS Gen2′s are typically pretty easy to find. The MBUS PRO’s though are not easy to find and when you do find them they are typically just the front sights. Right now my buddy Roy has both Front and Rear MBUS PRO in-stock as well as Gen2′s. Head on over to www.WeaponOutfitters.com and grab some while they are still in-stock.

Magpul MBUS PRO Front and Rear Sights In-stock

Posted on February 4th, 2014 by ar15news

I’ve had numerous people ask me lately where they can find a set of Magpul MBUS PRO sights. The new MBUS PRO’s have gained the reputation of being just as good as the awesome KAC Micro BUIS but a bit more affordable. Unfortunately, Magpul doesn’t always send both front and rear sights to retailers at the same time so its been hard to get a complete set even when you do find them in-stock. Right now I know of two sources who have Magpul MBUS PRO’s in-stock.

Weapon Outfitters has both Front and Rear Magpul MBUS PRO’s in-stock right now which as I say is kind of rare. The front and rear set together costs $189.90 with $7.95 shipping. If you spend over $200 with WO you get FREE SHIPPING so keep that in mind if you need any other items that WO may have. 
Purchase the Magpul MBUS PRO Rear Sight HERE
Purchase the Magpul MBUS PRO Front Sight HERE

620 Magpul MBUS PRO set Stickman

Chase Tactical has just the Front Magpul MBUS PRO in-stock. If you only need the front sight this is a good deal. If you use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout you’ll save 10% and the price is just $78.63 Shipped.
Purchase the Magpul MBUS PRO Front Sight HERE

620 Magpul MBUS PRO set Stickman

Photos by Stickman

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