I’m really glad to see a very reputable company coming out with a new Quad Rail. Everyone thought Quad Rails would go bye bye with all the KeyMod and MLOK rails out there but there’s just something too awesome about a quality Quad Rail. Cross Machine Tool knows that and the fact that there are still so many Picatinny Specific accessories out there. Everyone keeps asking for them so a CMT Quad Rail you shall have. Below are some pics my buddy UWOne77 took of his preproduction 12.5″ model.
I’m sure some of you are wondering, what about .308 rails? Cross Machine Tool says they have no immediate plans for a .308 Quad Rail but, like everything else, I bet if the demand is they will make them. As with other HDX line of rails, these will include a NITRIDED Steel QD Socket on both sides of the rail and are designed from the ground up for hard use. The first run of Cross Machine Tool HDX MOD III Quad Rails are set to be released at the end of October. The 12.5″ is the first shown but I would assume there will be multiple lengths available.
Keep an eye on www.CMTTAC.com and the CMT Facebook and CMT Instagram for more information as these get closer to release.
The Triggrcon show is just 1 week away and many companies release brand new products there. This year Battle Arms Development is looking to do just that and released a sneak peek of a few of their new products that will be on display at Triggrcon.
First up was their new one piece magazine catch, the first of the many BAD Enhanced LPK (Lower Parts Kit) components. These will be part of an affordable, enhanced LPK. (Note: prototype shown)
They then showed off the evolution of one of their most popular items that put BAD on the map. In addition to their line of ambi safety selectors, they will soon be offering a single side, one piece Safety Selector featuring a lever similar to the standard lever found on their ambi selectors. These also will be part of an affordable, enhanced LPK. (Note: prototype shown, not final)
Lastly…at least for the moment…was the sneak peek at their new BAD .308 (AR-10) rifle. The BAD556-LW billet set is one of the sexiest receiver sets out there and it looks like they’ve taken many of those design cues and interpreted them into a beautiful AR-10. If you look close you’ll see it also feature a .308 version of their new handguard.
If you are in the Tacoma, Washington area next week be sure to stop by the Triggrcon Show and see these and many more new products in person.
We’ll update you all as soon as these “coming soon” products are available for purchase. Until then you can check out the other awesome products that BAD makes at www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com.
Earlier today Aero Precision introduced a new special edition of BETSY ROSS receiver sets. These “BETSY” upper and lower receivers all proudly featured the familiar 13 Stars representing the original 13 colonies of the United States along with the number “76” referring to the “Spirit of ’76”. These receivers are available individually as well as upper / lower sets. Any purchase of a “BETSY” lower or receiver set will also come with a limited edition patch.
SPECIAL EDITION: BETSY ROSS RECEIVERS NOW AVAILABLE!
The Aero Precision Special Edition: Betsy Ross products feature a design based on one of the most popular American Revolution flags, with it’s 13 stars symbolizing our original 13 colonies. Betsy Ross is widely credited with making the first American flag. The addition of the 76 evokes the Spirit of ’76, referring to the self-determination and individual liberty set forth by the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776.
This custom graphic is displayed on the receivers. The lower receivers feature the graphic engraved on the magwell of the receiver with a custom “BETSY” model and “1776-XXX” serial number designation. The upper receiver features the “76” graphic laser etched on the rear tang of the receiver.
All Special Edition: Betsy Ross Lower Receivers include a commemorative Betsy Ross patch. This patch is limited to those who purchase a Special Edition: Betsy Ross Lower Receiver either individually or in a receiver set. It is not available for individual sale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DRACOS Barrels just launched their new website and are taking preorders on the StraightJacket Barrel System. The StraightJacket Barrel System consists of a barrel housed inside of a proprietary “jacket”. The jacket increases the accuracy of the barrel by acting as a heatsink to pull heat from the barrel into the jacket and also by increasing the rigidity of the barrel itself so there is less barrel whip. Heat and Harmonics are two things you need to control to really improve accuracy and the StraightJacket Barrel System does both.
Preorders are live and all orders placed now will be shipping in the next 6-8 weeks. DRACOS StraightJacket Barrels are available in 243 Win, 260 REM, .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm Creedmoor and 7mm-08 REM at www.DRACOSBarrels.com.
Tyrant Designs CNC, an industry leader in high-end aftermarket AR grips, has announced that their top selling line of AR-15 accesories, the AR-15 MOD Grip and MOD ForeGrip will soon (a few weeks to be exact) be available in a nickel finish! This has been rumored to be a limited release only, and will be available on Tyrant’s website as well as a few select distributors.
The MOD Series has made itself popular due to the ability to intermix different sized polymer straps to create a custom fit for each individual’s needs, all while maintaining the ergonomics of a plastic grip with the aesthetics of a wild aluminum grip.
“The amount of inquiries we have had over the past 6 months for a polished MOD Grip has been staggering. We always love listen to our customers and fans, but we did not want to come out with anything less than what we thought was perfect. Polishing was just out of the question due to the man hours involved to polish each grip, and even then it didn’t look great. After lots of trial and error we finally found the perfect combination of media blasting and electroless nickel finish. The process itself is still time consuming and more expensive than our current line of colors, but given the amount of time it has taken for us to get this down perfect we feel we owe it to our customers to release the Nickel Line at the same price point.”
Tyrant Designs CNC is an AR accessories manufacturer based just outside of Chicago. They have had several successful designs for AR pistol grips and are releasing their line of vertical grips and handstops next month.
Tyrant Designs CNC, LLC
10134 Pacific Ave
Franklin Park, Il 60131
If you remember, back in November we were one of the first to give you a sneak peek of the new Vortex Optics Razor AMG UH-1 Holographic Sight. At that time all we had were some minor details and a single image. Since then more details and images have come out, including these images below that my buddy Greg Skaz Photography took while at SHOT Show 2017.
As you can see the Razor AMG UH-1 is not some wimpy little optic. It has a larger all metal housing that keeps everything protected and a built-in quick detach mount. There are 15 brightness settings for the new EBR-CQB reticle (shown below) and still includes the built-in micro-usb port for charging rechargeable CR-123 batteries. One thing I heard was that Vortex has been getting 1,500 hours of run time per CR-123 battery which sounds pretty awesome. Full details available at www.VortexOptics.com.
Here’s an awesome overview video Vortex Optics put together showing the optic and its features.
The MSRP price for the Razor AMG UH-1 is $699 but there are a few retailers taking pre-orders right now at just $499. I’ve listed links to them below. Vortex has said they will start filling pre-orders this Spring which, believe it or not, is right around the corner. If you’re looking to get your hands on one of these bad boys, put in your pre-order and then sit in your lawn chair out by the mail box.
Melville, NY (February 13,2016) – Nikon doubles down on its commitment to American shooters with the introduction of the new BLACK riflescope series-a new category of dedicated optics with models engineered for both precision long-range rifle and action-shooting AR enthusiasts.
For the precision rifle shooter, Nikon’s BLACK X1000 is offered in a range of 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 models with X-MRAD or X-MOA tactical-style reticles synchronized to elevated windage and elevation turrets. Accurate and repeatable, the adjustments enable precise dialing of elevation come ups and wind compensation, while each of the new reticle designs present the shooter with a visually clean, yet highly functional and advanced tool for estimating range or maintaining holdovers.
Shooters looking for rapid-action targeting capability with AR/MSR platforms can rely on the new BLACK FORCE1000 1-4×24 riflescope with capped turrets and SpeedForce reticle. When the riflescope is dialed down to its true 1x magnification, the reticle’s illuminated double horseshoe center portion serves as quick reference for reaction-speed target acquisition and engagement, as well as for establishing moving target leads. The SpeedForce MOA reticle also integrates BDC circles and hash marks for precise intermediate-range target holdovers.
The new BLACK series reticles can be applied to virtually any shooting application, regardless of caliber or ballistic performance and can be further optimized for specific shooting situations utilizing Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology.
BLACK series riflescopes all feature a 30mm main body tube built with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and Type 3 hard anodizing, providing exceptional ruggedness and optimum strength-to-weight ratios. Each riflescope has an optical system built from Nikon’s lead- and arsenic-free glass Eco-Glass, which is optimized with the company’s full multilayer coating on all air-to-glass lens surfaces. Spring-loaded instant zero-reset turrets provide precise, repeatable corrections on all BLACK riflescope models. And like all Nikon riflescopes, the new BLACK series is backed by the company’s No Fault policy for repair or replacement.
Nikon’s new BLACK riflescope series will be available Spring 2017, with the full range of models shown here: www.nikonsportoptics.com
Faxon Firearms has really been branching out lately into new arenas but this one came as a surprise. The new Faxon Firearms AR9 BCG is for the super popular Pistol Caliber Carbines. Instead of choosing between Glock mag compatible or COLT mag compatible design, Faxon made this one so it will work with both. They’ve also made it a one piece design so the key is machined in instead of bolted on, it has a full auto carrier shape and a Black Nitride finish.
We just can’t help not accepting the status quo. Bolt carrier groups are available aplenty, but few could meet our exacting standards for performance and value. Seeing current offerings as just the starting point, we set out to ensure the best options are available for our demanding customers.
Improvements include cuts to ensure both Glock and Colt-style lower receiver compatibility. The key is machined directly into the bolt carrier – no fasteners to check or worry about. Finally, we keep the full-auto compatibility for use with new binary-style trigger systems.
Carrier & Integrated Key:
– Compatibility: GLOCK & COLT – Style Lower Receivers
– Carrier: MIL-SPEC 8620 Steel Material
– Key: One-Piece Integrated Key
– Fully Heat Treated
– Forward Assist Serrations
– M16 (FULL-AUTO) Compatible
– QPQ – Salt Bath Nitrided
The new Faxon Firearms AR9 Glock & Colt lower compatible BCG is 1-2 weeks out but you can pre-order yours by emailing email@example.com. More pictures and pricing available at www.FaxonFirearms.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. 🙂
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.
Armaspec introduced a few new products this year at SHOT Show but the one I know many people are super excited about is the new Stealth Recoil Spring. The Stealth Recoil Spring is a drop-in replacement for your AR15 buffer and buffer spring that eliminates the noise from the spring rubbing on the inside of the buffer tube and helps the rifle function quieter and smoother. They also incorporated a rubber o-ring on the face of the Stealth Recoil Spring that removes any metal on metal contact.
The Stealth Recoil Spring is a self-contained multi-stage drop-in replacement for your standard buffer and spring. Designed to reduced felt recoil as well as keep the buffer spring from rubbing against the inner wall of the buffer tube. The buffer mass is designed to stay under constant tension against the bolt carrier and the O-ring on the head of the buffer mass prevents metal on metal contact. Pat. Pend.
The Stealth Recoil Spring comes in 5 variations.
– SRS-Carbine at about 3.3oz equivalent
– SRS-H at around 3.8oz equivalent
– SRS-H2 at around 4.7oz equivalent
– SRS-9 at around 5.3oz equivalent
– SRS-H3 at around 5.6oz equivalent
Another awesome thing about the new Stealth Recoil Spring is the price. Armaspec has kept the price to a very affordable $79. At that price, if they work as advertised, I’ll be using these in many builds going forward. These are showing out of stock now but sounds like they should be available for purchase very soon at www.Armaspec.com.
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.
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.
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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LANTAC just released a sneak peek of their new Aimpoint T1/T2 optic mount featuring their new OPTAC (Optical and Accessory) Mounting System. The clamp system uses a floating tension arm that can be adjusted after the mount is clamped in place. It has a 7075-T6 Aluminum Chassis and 17-4 PH Stainless Steel working parts. Look for more information on the new line of LANTAC products featuring the OPTAC Mounting System coming soon.