Category Archives: Sniper

Magpul recently released info on the new PRS (Precision Rifle Stock) Gen2 that will be released later this summer. Its always nice to see new models of very popular products come out but it also means its time to look for some good deals on the Gen1 parts if you like them. Personally I love the PRS Gen1 stock and have a couple myself and now I might have to stockpile a few of them for future builds because I just got an email from Rainier Arms letting me know they have all of their Magpul PRS Gen1 stocks for both AR-15 and AR-10 on sale. When you go to the site it shows the usual $242.25 price but if you add it to your cart the price drops down to just $193.80 for an AR-15 or AR-10 version. That’s a smoking deal for an awesome stock. I just ordered an AR-10 version for one of my rifles and most likely will snag another couple AR-15 models for future use. Just passing along the savings to my friends.

Magpul PRS Stock AR-15

Magpul PRS Stock AR-10

Magpul PRS Stock AR15 AR10 StickmanPhoto courtesy of Stickman

For a while now I’ve been wanting to purchase a couple more Harris bipods and pair them with the Impact Weapons Components KeyMod Bipod Mount. About a month ago I happened to be messing around on the Impact Weapons Components website and saw that they now carry Harris bipods and couldn’t help myself. I purchased two bipods and two mounts. Now that I’ve had them installed and using them for a while I wanted to do a quick writeup on the two different rifles I have them installed on.

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

INSTALLATION

Aside from having to remove the rail (in most circumstances), the installation was very simple. You have the KeyMod Bipod Stud and two metal snap rings. The IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount is CNC’d from Stainless Steel with a Melonite finish and weighs less than 1 ounce.

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

Place the Bipod Mount into the large circle portion of the desired KeyMod slot as shown below. Once in place, drop one of the metal snap rings over the shaft of the Bipod Mount work the snap ring around the flared portion and down into the groove closest to the surface of your handguard.

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 5a

THE SPR

First is the obvious setup which would be on a rifle with a higher powered scope such as an SPR or DMR. I built an 18″ SPR using a Mega Arms billet set and barrel with a Fortis Mfg 14″ Switch KeyMod rail. Instead of installing some adapters and rail sections I opted to install the IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount and Harris Bipod. This is an absolutely awesome, rock solid setup. There’s zero wobble and it looks pretty awesome. This is pretty much what this product was designed for and it shows. I’ve been shooting this SPR with the Bipod quite a bit lately and love it.

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

THE NON-SPR

One of the most important features of the IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount is how small it is. In fact it is so small that I started thinking about putting it on a rifle that I wouldn’t normally use with a Bipod but could throw one on in a pinch. This 16″ AR has just a 1-4 optic and a Vertical Forward Grip. I’ve also installed the Bipod Mount a few KeyMod slots in-front of the Vertical Grip which actually works very well as a super low profile Handstop while not in use with a Bipod. 

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

If the need arises, in a matter of seconds I can install a Bipod on this rifle turning it into a completely different beast. Now instead of a run and gun rifle it is capable of engaging and making longer range shots. 

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount 1

If you couldn’t tell already, I really like the IWC KeyMod Bipod Mount. It is very inexpensive, light weight and versatile. When I purchased mine, I used our “ar15news” discount code (it’s technically for you guys but I used it too 🙂 ) to save 5% and got the bipod for $68 and the mount for $8 ($76 total) which I think is a bargain. If you’re looking for something similar to this you can check it out for yourself at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com.

Just saw this on the AERO Precision Facebook page. Always thought the AERO Precision M5 (.308) receivers looked great but these AmericanSnipers.org limited edition ones are sweet. They feature the AmericanSnipers.org skull and bullet hole logo. What’s cool about that is they actually machined bullet hole through both sides of the receiver and on the opposite side you see the back of the skull. Definitely a cool looking set. If you’re looking to build a .308, especially a precision oriented rig, this would be a sweet set to start out with as a portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting the effort of AmericanSnipers.org.

BIG NEWS! We have partnered with American Snipers.org to offer the first Limited Edition Aero Precision M5 Receivers. Available in combos and complete rifles, these receivers feature a hard engraved AmericanSnipers.org skull logo. Something a little extra – the lower receiver features a custom machined bullet hole piercing through the skull on the magwell and out the other side.

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AERO Precision AmericanSnipers .308 receivers 1

AERO Precision AmericanSnipers .308 receivers 1

Serial No. 1 was donated to AmericanSnipers.org, but serial no. 2 – 10 are available as M5E1 Complete Rifles.

 

AERO Precision AmericanSnipers .308 receivers 1

We are proud to work with such an outstanding organization and are happy to announce that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to AmericanSnipers.org to support their ongoing efforts.

More information here – http://aeroprecisionusa.com/ap/aso-m5-limited-edition/

Whether you are like many AR owners and want to build an MK12 Rifle clone or just want to have an amazing barrel for your next build, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better option than a real MK12 barrel from Centurion Arms. These don’t just look like an MK12 barrel, they are REAL MK12 barrels. The same barrels as what are used by United States Special Operations Forces right now.

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Take advantage of this opportunity to snag a legit MK12 barrel before they’re all gone. Available only at www.CenturionArms.com

LMT recently introduced their new DMR stocks. Many people have said “They’re just copying the Magpul PRS”, etc but in actuality they’ve made it possible for the 99% of owners who currently have a collapsible stock on their AR to add upgrade to precision style stock similar to a PRS but without the need to change over to a rifle buffer tube, spring and buffer. You can literally take off your collapsible stock, slip on the new LMT DRM stock and have the feel of a fixed precision rifle stock. This saves you the cost and time of swapping receiver extensions and would be pretty awesome for someone who has a single lower receiver but multiple uppers such as an SBR upper and an SPR upper. Weapon Outfitters has the 5.56 version available in-stock right now and at about $30 cheaper than other retailers that I’ve seen. Check out the pics and details below then head on over to www.WeaponOutfitters.com to purchase one for yourself. 

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DMR buttstock assembly for 5.56 rifle fits in mil spec extension tube NOT included – SOPMOD cheek rest for comfort and a better shooting postion – Adjustable by 45 positions in cheek well height and length of pull and two postions on the extension tube. – SOPMOD rubber butt plate reduces felt recoil – Concealed rail for mono-pod attachment – 2 QD sling swivel sockets Collapsed length 9.20″

A while back I wrote a few articles about the new CIV Tactical SPR (Special Purpose Rifle) barrels that they were producing one at a time by hand and the extreme accuracy reputation they have. That got me thinking I needed to get my hands on one myself and do a new SPR build. My plan was to buy one of Dustin’s barrels and assemble the rifle myself but after talking to him a bit he said, “Hey, send me all of the parts you have and I’ll hand assemble it the CIV Tactical way.” I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant but it sounded cool to me. 

I already had a Tactical Firearm Solutions receiver set and Parallax Tactical rail ready to go that TFS and cerakoted a nice Sniper Gray for me. I boxed up the Upper Receiver, Rail and Gas Tube to which Dustin would add the new SPR Barrel (which comes with a matched Bolt), Gas Block and CIV Tac Flat Line Muzzle Brake. I had never had Dustin build me a complete upper and still didn’t know what the “CIV Tactical Way” meant but I was soon to find out. Along the way Dustin sent me some pictures of the progress and detailing some of the things he does to make sure you get the accuracy that his barrels and uppers are known for.

One of the first photos he sent me was showing the Bling Bling of the barrel crown that he does by hand on his lathe. 

1 CIV Tactical SPR Barrel Crown

Another set of pictures he showed me was the process of Lapping the face of the receiver threads and the rear facing side of the barrel extension. This process is typically done in precision bolt action rifles and ensures that the barrel is in perfect alignment with the upper receiver which obviously is done for increased accuracy.

1 Civ Tactical SPR Upper Lapped

1 CIV Tactical SPR Barrel Extension True

After a couple of weeks I received the assembled upper back and and couldn’t wait to get it all kitted out and take it to the range. Below is a great shot of the barrel itself before mounting the rail on the upper. As I mentioned before these barrels are completely hand made 416R Stainless Steel, 1/8 Twist and are chambered in .223 Wylde. The .223 Wylde chamber will shoot any .223 or 5.56 round but is designed to increase the accuracy of 5.56 NATO ammo. 

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The assembled upper has a Tactical Firearms Solutions Upper, Armageddon Tactical charging handle, Griffin Armament 45 degree offset Fail Safe Sights, Ares Armor NiB Bolt Carrier with CIV Tactical Match Bolt, Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 FFP scope, Parallax Tactical FFSSR 15″ rail, CIV Tactical 18″ SPR Match Barrel, Gas Block and Flat Line muzzle brake. 

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The lower I assembled myself and used the matching Tactical Firearms Solutions lower, Battle Arms Development Selector and EPS pin set. The EPS pins were a big help as the Cerakote made it nearly impossible to install a standard set of Takedown Pins. Even now they are very tight (which is how I like them) but the detent for a bullet tip on the other side makes it a breeze to push them through. I also used a LUTH-AR MBA1 stock that I got from MidwestPX. This stock is about half the price of comparable models such as the Magpul PRS but it still performed great, however its not quite as refined quality as you would expect. For an SPR rifle I don’t thin you would want to use anything other than a nice 2-stage trigger which is why I went with the Geissele SSA-E. I have this same trigger in other rifles and its seriously one of my favorite triggers I’ve ever used. Smooth, light take-up, you feel the wall (beginning of the second stage) and know if you pull any further that rifle is gonna go bang. The SSA-E will easily make any lower feel like a highly tuned machine.

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I mounted the Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 First Focal Plane scope in an American Defense Manufacturing QD mount and purchased a B&T Industries Atlas bipod. This setup really completed the rifle and man did it look sick!  

CIV Tactical SPR 9

The whole rifle just really came together perfectly but what you and I really want to know is….”How does it perform at the range?” I loaded up my rifle, some Greenline Tactical 75gr .223 ammo and headed to the 100 yard range. One thing I didn’t want to do is put the rifle in some lead sled and get accuracy data that way. I wanted to shoot it exactly how I would if I were actually using it which for me is Bipod in front, Bag in back. After getting the scope dialed onto the target it was time to do my best not to mess this up. 🙂

Civ Tactical SPR at the range

I decided to shoot 5 round groups instead of 3 just to show consistency. The following images are just a few of what I would consider excellent groups that I got out of this rifle at 100 yards. There were so many of these to choose from so I just picked three that were somewhat different. The first image shows a 5 round .5 MOA group (looks like 4 shots but the 5th went through one of the other holes). The second image shows 5 round .625 MOA group. The third image shows a 4 shot .5 MOA group with a low 5th round that knew I pulled as soon as I shot it.

1-CIV Tactical SPR Range 1

2-CIV Tactical SPR Range 2

3-CIV Tactical SPR Range 3

The upper shot absolutely perfect with zero FTE’s and zero FTF’s, bolt held open on an empty mag, it was just perfect. I own and have shot lots of other supposed “Match” barrels and many of them are so inconsistent that they made me think I was doing something wrong. The CIV Tactical Match SPR Barrel proved to be an extremely consistent rifle even in the hands of a novice precision shooter such as myself. Suffice it to say, the CIV Tactical SPR barrel is the real deal. I know there are some true shooters out there that could get even more accuracy out of this barrel. As I’ve mentioned before, I typically build all of my own AR’s but I would not hesitate even for one moment to have Dustin at CIV Tactical build me another upper. When you couple the hand made CIV Tactical barrel with the gunsmithing that Dustin does prior to assembly, it shows that precision shooting isn’t just reserved for bolt action guns. You can purchase this exact CIV Tactical SPR barrel in either 18 or 20 inch lengths with a matched Bolt right now at www.CIVTactical.com.

I have listed all of the pertinent links below. Be on the look for some followup reviews of items like the Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 FFP scope and Griffin Armament Fail Safe Sights.

CIV Tactical
Tactical Firearms Solutions
Parallax Tactical
Vortex Optics
Battle Arms Development
Geissele Automatics
LUTH-AR Stock
Griffin Armament
Atlas Bipod

Greenline Tactical

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.

I wasn’t really happy with the end product of my SPR build which is why you haven’t seen much of it lately. So I’ve been making some upgrades that I feel will help finish this build. One of the things I wanted to change was the stock so I just recently added a Magpul PRS stock with a Knight’s Armament Company receiver extension and buffer. I’ve always loved the PRS and feel like it really makes this lower exactly what I was hoping for from the start. 

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My SPR Lower now consists of a CMT Tactical billet lower, Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS short throw selector, Magpul PRS Stock and MOE+ grip and an awesome trigger in the Geissele SD-E. I already have about 200 rounds through this rifle and its a serious tack driver. The Geissele SD-E is such an amazing trigger and is perfect for the SPR. I’m toying with the idea of purchasing a monopod for the stock but I will most likely just stick with my trusty sand/bean bag for a while. Will update you guys with a new picture of my SPR upper in a few days as well. 

The first shipment of the new Magpul compatible version of the Battleline Industries S.A.P.R. (Stock Attachment Precision Rifle) are on their way to Rainier Arms right now.  Rainier Arms has made a practice of offering their initial shipment of new products to their customers at a discounted price instead of charging more for it just because everyone’s waiting for it.  The S.A.P.R. is an extremely modular precision rifle attachment  that mounts to your Magpul stocks (all except for the PRS).  I personally have been fortunate to get my hands on one of these and I’m totally surprised how much I like it.  With the S.A.P.R. I can quickly convert my AR15 from just a standard configuration to a DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) setup utilizing the adjustable cheek riser and butt plate.  Most precision rifle stocks for the AR15 are fixed but with the S.A.P.R. you still retain the ability to adjust the length of pull on the fly.  The normal retail price is going to be $199.95 but you can get in on this first shipment for just $169.95 only at RainierArms.com.  Check out the video, pics and details below.

Battleline Industries SAPR

Battleline Industries SAPR

The Stock Attachment Precision Rifle (S.A.P.R.) Magpul variant is a lightweight adjustable attachment designed to fit all six Magpul collapsible stocks (i.e. CTR, MOE, ACS, ACS-L, UBR & STR). Weighing in at ONLY 12 oz, the Magpul variant of the S.A.P.R. was designed by Battleline Industries to allow the operator more flexibility with their weapon platform. The S.A.P.R. has a fully adjustable cheek rest and butt-pad giving the operator the ability to custom fit the weapon system to their body and equipment. This allows the shooter to maintain proper marksmanship fundamentals and facilitate more accurate shots on target.

A key feature of the S.A.P.R. is the rotaing cheek piece which rotates left or right 90 degrees allowing the shooter to transition from their primary optic to Back Up Iron Sights (BUIS) or a 45 degree off set Mini Red Dot Sight (MRDS) without any further adjustment to the cheek piece height.

The S.A.P.R. is proudly made 100% in the USA and is compatible with these weapon systems listed below, utilizing the correct AR-15 carbine stock / buffer tube adapter and any of the six Magpul collapsible stocks both Mil-Spec & Commercial.

DOES NOT INCLUDE STOCK

The 1MOA Solutions Combat Operations Data Book was designed to withstand the kind of abuse Snipers encounter when crawling through the dirt and mud or operating in inclement weather.

1MOA Solutions Combat Operations Date Book 1

By utilizing a modular design Shooters are able to add to or remove data inserts to fit their individual needs or mission requirements. Currently the Combat Operations Data Book is the only product of its kind constructed of rip resistant and water proof materials. This combination of features ensures you receive the maximum return on your investment.

Shooters who are currently using the US Army Sniper School data book or similar commercial products will be familiar with the format and able to quickly employ this version.

Combining the required formats to record target engagement data with additional pages containing mission planning and support info (such as 9 Line MEDEVAC, Call for fire/Close Air Support requests, Operations Order Templates, and Troop Leading Procedures) provides the warfighter a tool that increases effectiveness on the battlefield. Shooters now have one hard use product they can rely on instead of struggling with multiple data books, smart cards, or SOP’s.

Additional data inserts containing information on the XM2010 .300WM, M107 .50 cal, and advanced ballistic formulas will be available for the MIL/LE orders.  Email info@1moasolutions.com if you have any questions or for more details.

1MOA Solutions Combat Operations Date Book

Each Combat Operations Data Book includes a three ring poly binder (8.5in x 5.5in) in tan or brown and 118 waterproof/tear resistant/writable sheets containing standard formulas and data gathering pages (see list below).

4x Consolidated Data, 10x Target Dimensions, 10x Cold Bore, 10x Grouping, 10x Stationary Target, 10x Special Target, 10x Moving Target, 10x Unknown Target, 10x Range card, 10x Field Sketch, 10x Observation, 4x Round Count, 4x Notes, 1x MOA/Conversion Table, 1x Range Estimate/Mil, 1x Range Table, 1x Wind Formula, 1x Hold/Angle Fire, 1x Moving Target Formula, 1x 9 Line MEDEVAC, 1x 5 Paragraph OPORD Template and 1x Close Air Support /Call for Fire Request.

The 1MOA Solutions Combat Operations Data Book can be purchased for just $69 only through Combat-Swag.com.

LaRue_Logo_JPGI’ll be the first to admit I’ve not had a lot of experience with any LaRue Tactical products but I’m totally jealous of those who have.  I know quite a few guys who own OBR’s and PredatAR’s and they absolutely love them.  I’ll buy a LaRue rifle one of these days but for now lets talk about the new LaRue Tactical OSS or Optimized Sniper Sling.  I think this sling is pretty slick.  It addresses longer range shooting technique called “Bipod Loading” where you push the legs of your bipod up against a stationary object and push your shoulder into the buttstock thus locking the rifle into place.  This is a technique I personally try to use whenever I shoot longer range but had no idea it was called “Bipod Loading”.  The issue is that snipers or anyone that may be using their rifle in the prone can find themselves in a position without any way of loading the bipod.  They end up either trying to dig the legs into the ground or holding the bipod legs with their support hand.  This is why the OSS was designed.  Read the information below to see how the LaRue Tactical OSS can help give you a stable shooting platform in any situation.    Continue reading “NEW!! LaRue Tactical OSS (Optimized Sniper Sling)” »

I’ve been a fan of the LaRue Tactical gun cases (and their rifles of course) for some time now.  They have quite a few different options to choose from and are more affordable than you’d think.  I’ve listed my two favorites below for you to check out.  What prompted me to share these with you was a picture I saw on LaRue’s Facebook page over the weekend that appears to be a “Sneak Peek” of either a brand new case or a just an updated version of their very popular Covert Rifle case.  I’ve also attached the “Sneak Peek” picture below for you to check out.  All I know so far is that is doesn’t match anything on their website as of yet but as soon as it’s available I will most likely be picking one  up!!   Continue reading “LaRue Tactical Gun Cases – Sneak Peek of NEW Case!?!?” »

CAA EMA LogoAR15news - logoCAA / EMA Tactical Multi Position Sniper Stock

The result of years of research & development. This sniper stock is ideally suited to meet the demands of the precision marksman community. Proven to provide rapid target acquisition, faster & more accurate follow up shots, & quicker target-to-target attainment. Completely adjustable, featuring a rear-folding leg that converts a rifle with a bipod into a stable shooting platform. Continue reading “CAA / EMA Tactical – Multi Position Sniper Stock” »