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Sneak Peek!! Next Level Armament ELITE AR-15 Receiver Set

Posted on February 9th, 2016 by ar15news

Big thanks to Next Level Armament who shot me a sneak peek at their new ELITE AR-15 receiver set yesterday. The ELITE receiver set is a forged receiver set that has had material removed wherever possible without reducing the strength of the receiver. As you can see in the photos below they did not “skeletonize” the lower but just removed excess material creating recessed areas around important features of the lower. This won’t result in a massive amount of weight savings but there will be some and looks pretty awesome too. Although you can’t see it in this photos, the upper receiver has also received the same treatment as they have machined out the center of the 12 o’clock rail section and added their logo on the top at the charging handle opening.

Next Level Armament ELITE receiver set 2

Next Level Armament ELITE receiver set 1

While a receiver set like this from some other companies would break the bank, Next Level Armament will be offering these as matched sets for just $225. I was told they will have a few hundred back from anodizing and ready to ship by Wednesday (2-17-16) of next week. This is a great option for anyone looking for something a bit different than the run of the mill forged receiver set without paying the big bucks for a billet set. 

www.NextLevelArms.com

AERO Precision M4E1 Sniper Grey Cerakote Builder Set

Posted on February 2nd, 2016 by ar15news

Each month, AERO Precision offers a new limited edition run AR builder set complete with Upper, Lower an Rail System. They typically have either a special limited edition feature or limited edition Cerakote finish. This month they are offering their M4E1 Upper Receiver, AR15 Lower Receiver, Enhanced Handguard (12″ or 15″ in KeyMod or M-LOK) and a Billet Trigger Guard, all finished in a limited edition Sniper Grey Cerakote. 

AERO Precision Sniper Grey M4E1 Builders Set 1AERO Precision Sniper Grey M4E1 Builders Set 1AERO Precision Sniper Grey M4E1 Builders Set 1

Includes:
–  M4E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver finished in Sniper Grey Cerakote. Upper receiver is assembled and includes the forward assist, dust cover and barrel nut.
–  AR15 Stripped Lower Receiver finished in Sniper Grey Cerakote
–  12″ or 15″ KeyMod or M-LOK Handguard finished in Sniper Grey Cerakote
–  Billet Trigger Guard finished in Sniper Grey Cerakote

Make sure to check out AERO Precision’s February Rifle Giveaway for your chance to win an Sniper Grey Cerakote M4E1 Complete Rifle!

This set is a great starting point for a new build that you won’t see replicate the next time you’re at the range and start at just $380 which is an awesome price point. AERO Precision also sells pretty much everything you could possibly need to finish your build including BCGs, LPKs, Barrels, Muzzle Devices and AR furniture. Check it all out at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

SHOT Show 2016 – F-1 Firearms

Posted on January 23rd, 2016 by ar15news

F-1 Firearms had some really sweet looking rifles in their SHOT Show booth. Many of the rifles they showcased featured finishes by some of the best Cerakote guys in the business such as BlownDeadLine (BDL Custom Finish). The BDR-15 3G rifles really stood out with their cool skeletonized receivers and rails. 

F1 Firearms BDR-15 3G rifle 1

They also introduced their new BDR-10 receiver sets (we were the first to offer a sneak peek here) which will definitely create some sweet looking big bore builds. 

F1 Firearms BDR-10 308 billet set

You can follow F-1 Firearms on their social media channels below as well as their website.

F-1 Firearms on Facebook
F-1 Firearms on Instagram

www.F-1Firearms.com

Sneak Peek!! F-1 Firearms .308 Billet Receiver Sets

Posted on January 13th, 2016 by ar15news

F-1 Firearms makes some pretty sweet looking AR-15 receivers and rails and lately everyone has been asking for them to make a .308 billet set as well. F-1 Firearms has hinted that their .308 sets were coming soon and with SHOT Show 2016 starting next week it only make sense for them to be introducing them there. However, today they released a photo of their SHOT Show display and wouldn’t you know, right at the bottom were two awesome looking F-1 Firearms .308 billet sets.  

F-1 Firearms .308 billet receiver set 2

F-1 Firearms .308 billet receiver set 2

F-1 Firearms .308 billet receiver set 3**F-1 sent me this AR15NEWS exclusive photo last night showing both versions of .308 receivers.**

As you can see they will be offering a skeletonized .308 version similar to their AR-15 receivers. I also like that on their non-skeletonized model it still has some aggressive cuts on the sides of the upper. If you are going to SHOT Show 2016 next week you can see these in person at booth #1243. For the rest of us sad saps, we’ll have to wait until they are released for sale soon. 

www.F-1Firearms.com

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Check out this pretty slick new lower from Vorn USA

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by ar15news

The other day I ran across these new lowers from Vorn USA. They are a forged lower receiver called the Lima 1 which features some sweet milling on the surface for weight reduction which looks really cool. I like that they did not machine all the way through which will help them maintain their strength and also keep dirt and dust out of the internals.

I couldn’t find a weight anywhere but as you can see in the photos below, they remove a decent amount of material. Not like an ounce or two is gonna break anyone’s back but ounces can add up. The lowers look pretty stinking sexy and for just $99 with your choice of Black Anodized or a number of different cerakote colors its not a bad deal either. They are also available in raw aluminum for those who want to do their own custom finish. 

Vorn USA Lima 1 Lower 2

Vorn USA Lima 1 Lower 2

Get the look of billet, but with the strength of a forging.

These receivers have been strategically milled to reduce weight and give a custom look.
–  USA Cerro Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum (keyhole forge mark)
–  100% correct Mil spec dimensions
–  CNC Aerospace precision machining
–  Mil spec finish with smooth clean anodize coat

Vorn USA Lima 1 Lower 2Also available in raw aluminum

Now to be 100% up front, until this weekend I had never heard of Vorn USA and I have never handled their product but they are working with some other legit firearms industry companies and seem to be good to go. If you’re interested in the new Lima 1 lowers from Vorn USA, head on over to their website and check them out. I may have to pick up a few of these myself. 

**Edit:  Looks like they are back in-stock.**

www.Vorn-USA.com

Quarter Circle 10 Christmas Sale – Save 30% Off Lower Receivers

Posted on December 23rd, 2015 by ar15news

If you’ve been wanting to start a pistol caliber AR build there’s not better time than right now. Quarter Circle 10 just sprung a surprise sale for Christmas and its one you need to jump on for sure. Starting right now (12/23/15) and running through Saturday 12/26/15, purchase any Quarter Circle 10 lower receiver and a Quarter Circle 10 t-shirt and you will save 30% off. I recently built one of my favorite ARs using a Quarter Circle 10 lower, barrel and BCG which is shown below. I was told you were bad this year and Santa isn’t bringing you anything so take matters into your own hands and get something nice for yourself!  

www.QuarterCircle10.com

Quarter Circle 10 Christmas Sale

Smoking Deal!! DDLES AR-15 .223/5.56 Billet Lowers for $99

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by ar15news

I just got word from Quarter Circle 10 that they are blowing out a small lot of DDLES billet AR-15 lowers for just $99. These are not pistol caliber lowers, they are standard AR-15 style lowers ready for your .223/5.56, 300BLK, etc. caliber builds. Personally I really like the sleek look of these lowers and for just $99, its a hard deal to pass up. Available in Black, OD Green, Chocolate Brown, and Burnt Copper colors. Head on over to www.QuarterCircle10.com to snag one of these for yourself at a great deal.

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DDLES AR-15 billet lower

For a short time only, we are liquidating a batch of DDLES 6061 billet aluminum AR-15 lower receivers CNC-milled to mil-spec dimensions. These are standard rifle-caliber receivers for the .223 / 5.56mm, .300 BLK, 6.8 SPC, 0r 6.5 Grendel build you’ve been thinking about. These are only available for a limited time at these prices, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.  These receivers are available in Black, OD Green, Chocolate Brown, and Burnt Copper colors.

**These are not Quarter Circle 10 lowers and do not come with any warranty or support. All sales are final. These lowers will ship after 1/1/2016. Colors may appear differently than online photos. **

http://www.quartercircle10.com/product/liquidation-ddles-milled-ar-15-lower-receivers/

Intro Price!! Cross Machine Tool SSA (Smooth Side Ambi) Lower

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by ar15news

If you are a fan of a good clean looking design on your AR lower but still want some of the nicer high end features, you’re gonna love the new SSA or Smooth Side Ambi lower from Cross Machine Tool. The SSA Lower has all of the same great Ambi features of the Cross Machine Tool UHP15A lower but features a clean look with no corporate branding or Logo. 

As you can see below, the CMT SSA lower features a very nice flared mag well, crisp lines, extremely low key brand and serial number text, is compatible with the Battle Arms short throw ambi safety and features a very nice ambi mag release.

Cross Machine Tool SSA ambi lower 4

Cross Machine Tool SSA ambi lower 4

It also features a nicely executed ambi bolt release. You can see in this photo that the serial number is placed just below the trigger pin hole for a super clean look.

Cross Machine Tool SSA ambi lower 4

Cross Machine Tool SSA ambi lower 4

Cross Machine Tool is going to offer the new SSA lower at a super short-term intro price of just $199.99 which is an outstanding value for a great looking brand new lower that has all the same features as their extremely popular UHP15A ambi billet lower. I gotta say, with ATF-41P and possible gun control legislation looming right around the corner I have been looking for a new lower to SBR and this fits the bill perfectly. Head on over to www.CMTTAC.com and snag one for yourself at the intro price.

Product Overview Videos by Fathom Arms

Posted on October 15th, 2015 by ar15news

Our good friends over at Fathom Arms are pretty well known for their Standard and Enhanced Nitride BCGs. Recently they have also launched their new website and with that new website came a whole bunch of new products from other manufacturers that they are now carrying for sale. I really like that they are doing is these overview videos on the products they are carrying. These videos are not reviews but just video overviews to show you the details and features of the products. Its one thing to see a photo or two of a product but to have a nice video overview of a product prior to buying it is a nice touch. Check out their video overviews of the Fathom Arms Enhanced Nitride BCG and San Tan Tactical Billet Receiver Set below. For more videos, be sure to head on over to the Fathom Arms Youtube channel.

PWS / Seekins Hybrid Rifle Build Details

Posted on October 12th, 2015 by ar15news

Over the years I have built a bunch of ARs. Some are not that special to me but others I have really grown to love and will be ones I will hand down to my kids as they grow up. Most of my rifles are pretty “Frankenstein’ish” So I wanted to start sharing a little bit about those special ARs. Nothing too in-depth. Just easy reading with some parts listed and a nice photo. 

One such rifle is one of the first ones I would probably think of when it comes to grabbing a rifle in a SHTF situation. My PWS / Seekins Precision hybrid which I’ve had for about 4 years now has morphed into a rifle I could never see myself getting rid of. 

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THE LOWER
The Seekins Precision SP223 billet lower receiver was the first part of this build that I owned. At first I wasn’t sure about the looks of the SP223 but it quickly grew on me and I had to have one. With the addition of a Wilson Combat TTU-3G trigger, Battle Arms BAD-CASS-SA-ST (Combat Ambi Safety Selector – Semi Auto – Short Throw) ambi safety, a Magpul MOE+ grip, Fortis QD End Plate and B5 Systems SOPMOD Bravo stock this lower feels complete.

THE UPPER
The upper I can not take as much credit for its awesomeness as I did not build it. It is a Primary Weapons Systems MK114 complete upper. The MK114 consists of a 14.5″ .223 Wylde QPQ barrel, pinned FSC556 comp, PWS Long-Stroke Piston System, PWS 13″ KeyMod rail, PWS Forged Upper and a BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle. 

I added to this upper a set of Magpul MBUS GenII backup sights, an Aimpoint PRO, RailScales KeyMod covers, a Zero Bravo Inc KeyMod RHS (Reversible Hand Stop) and a SureFire X300U with SR07 tape switch.

Why is this one of my favorites? Not only is it a pretty sexy looking rifle but it is an extremely reliable and solid rifle. I’ve put it up against some of my 18″ SPR type rifles and with exception of my .5″ group tack driver it shoots as good if not better than the rest. Its not a cheap setup by any means but it is definitely one I would grab in a heart beat and not have any reservation as to whether or not it could get the job done when called upon. 

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