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Easter 80% AR-15 Lower Receiver Blowout Sale

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends at Tactical Machining sell a ton of high quality 80% AR-15 lower receivers. Right now you have a chance to grab a few for yourself at a great price during their Easter 80% Sale. Starting now and running through Easter (unless they sell out earlier) all of their standard 7075-T6 80% lowers are just $59. These aren’t blemished or anything. Just a great deal on a great product. If you’re a do-it-yourself-er, excursive your rights and build yourself your own firearm. Purchase at www.TacticalMachining.com.

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Description
These 80% AR-15 Lower receivers start as 7075-T6 forgings from the lead forge in the US and are fully machined to mil-spec tolerances. The operations left to be completed are as follows/ fire control group, trigger pin, hammer pin, trigger slot and the safety selector hole. This is a not an FFL item. This is not a complete receiver and still requires machining to be done. We have a copy of our ATF determination letter and our determination update stating that it is not a firearm.

www.TacticalMachining.com

Sneak Peek!! Ranger Proof Arms Billet Lower Receiver

Posted on April 5th, 2014 by ar15news

If you’ve been following AR15NEWS for a while you’ve undoubtedly heard me speak of my buddy DMACK who is the brain and braun at Ranger Proof. After successfully selling limited edition rifles that he hand built himself but sold through other companies, he decided to form Ranger Proof Arms, LLC and really spread his wings. His latest awesomeness is the new Ranger Proof Arms, LLC billet lower receiver. This lower will be available in just a few months and will be used on all future Ranger Proof Arms rifles and will also be offered as a stripped lower as well. Check out the sneak peek pictures and details of this awesome new lower below. 

Ranger Proof Arms Billet Lower 1

The horizontal lines you see on the lower, will not be visible once the lower is tumbled, and prepped for coating. This is the very first piece off of the machine, used to set dimensions, to make sure the tolerances are proper, and that the lower is correctly machined. Small adjustments can be made in the machine code, and once it is determined that it is within specs, production can start. I am VERY excited!!! Ranger Proof Arms, LLC has it’s own lower now. This will only be available through Ranger Proof Arms. It’s not a “Re-Branded” Lower. I will be working EXCLUSIVELY with Sharps Brothers Firearms Design, and will have this offered as standard on all of my rifles. It will also be available as a “stripped” lower, for the home builder.

Ranger Proof Arms Billet Lower 5

Ranger Proof Arms Billet Lower 5

Ranger Proof Arms Billet Lower 5

Ranger Proof Arms Billet Lower 5

This lower has been designed from the inception, with the hard use shooter in mind. There are design patents out on it, and I am very happy with how this project is shaping up. Stay tuned for more details!

If you want to keep tabs on Ranger Proof you can do so by following them on the Ranger Proof Facebook page as well as at www.RangerProof.com

AERO Precision – FREE SHIPPING

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by ar15news

AERO Precision is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $150 through the end of the month.  If you’ve been sitting on the fence just waiting on that little extra push to buy some new parts, this just might do the trick. Basically this means all of the new AERO Precision barrels will qualify for Free Shipping. So will the COP Uppers, Stripped Receiver Sets (Upper and Lower together), Gen2 Ambi Lowers or any other combination of parts that gets you over the $150 mark. Head on over and check out the products on their website. We’ve written a lot about AERO Precision parts. They make great quality products at a very affordable price point. www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

AERO Precision Receiver COP LowerHere is one of my complete AERO Precision rifles (except the barrel). AERO Precision mid length COP upper with a Gen1 Ambi lower. The Aimpoint is mounted in an AERO Precision 30mm Cantilever Scope Mount.

VooDoo Innovations 5.45×39 AR Upper Build / Review

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by ar15news

Whether you train with an AR-15 or just shoot a lot you know how expensive it can be. Ammo costs have skyrocketed in recent years and what we would normally consider affordable ammo is either non-existent or double the price of what it used to be. This is what got me to really start looking for a more affordable and readily available ammunition option. I wanted something that would feel and shoot similar to my normal 5.56×45 AR-15′s and the answer was Russian surplus 5.45×39 ammo. It can be found just about anywhere for roughly half of what it would cost to buy 5.56 and it shoots very similar to a 5.56 upper. Now I just needed to figure out what parts I needed to build my upper. 

As it usually happens, great minds are thinking alike :) and the guys at VooDoo Innovations (Sister company to Adams Arms) were getting ready to introduce a 5.45×39 Conversion Kit that included everything you would need to convert an existing AR-15 upper over to 5.45×39 but it also would make for a great kit to build a new upper with. I had originally just written an article and shared the info with you guys but when they found out I was interested in building an upper myself they offered to let me review one which of course made my day.

The 5.45×39 Conversion Kit from VooDoo Innovations is offered in both Carbine and Mid Length versions. I have to admit I had no idea what to expect when building this upper. Quite a few people told me that 5.45×39 is hard to get to cycle correctly, has hard primers, dirty ammo, etc. I decided standard with AR’s which is a carbine length gas system and then adjust things as needed from there. The kit showed up with a 16″ Melonite coated Carbine Length barrel, a Melonite coated 5.45×39 bolt, a Melonite coated A2 flash hider, one 5.45×39 ASC Stainless Steel magazine and a High Power Hammer Spring to ensure ignition even with harder primers. 

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If you’re looking to build a 5.45×39 upper you’re going to hear a lot about how corrosive it is. You can either clean your rifle a lot or get parts that are designed to deal with it. As I mentioned, the barrel, flash hider and bolt are all Melonite coated which is perfect for the corrosive Russian 5.45×39 surplus ammo. The Melonite coating is on the inside and out of the barrel and which gives it awesome protection against corrosion and extreme durability. The deep black coating looks really great too.

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It just so happened that at the same time I received a box of goodies from my friends at Geissele Automatics. In it was a new SMR MK5 KeyMod rail, Super Gas Block and an SD-3G trigger (more on the trigger in a few). I knew immediately that I was going to put the SMR MK5 rail and gas block on this upper and got it all assembled. I added a few of my favorite KeyMod accessories which are the QD Sling Mount and Handstop pictured below from Impact Weapons Components

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

For this build I went with what receivers I had on hand which was a forged upper from IS Fifteen and an AERO Precision Ambi forged mil spec lower. This particular lower is actually my favorite forged lower because it has the PDQ Lever installed and works great. Because I didn’t have a matched forged receiver set the fit was pretty tight. I installed a set of Battle Arms Development EPS (Enhanced Pin Set) pins and it made it much easier to push the pins in and out to separate the receivers. As you can see I decided to go with the Geissele SD-3G trigger. I was tempted to use a standard mil spec trigger with the High Power Hammer Spring instead of the SD-3G but I really wanted to try what I would normally do to an AR first and adjust things later. This ended up being a great decision.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

At this point the rifle was done. I had added a Trijicon SRS red dot, some Troy BUIS, Rainer Arms RAPTOR charging handle, etc. I had purchased 1,080 rounds of 5.45×39 from AIM Surplus for $170 plus shipping. I still hadn’t shot it so the next step was to hit the range and do some function testing, nail down any issues and make any necessary changes…or so I thought.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

I ended up taking the completed 5.45×39 rifle out to the range in 19 degree weather with some crazy blowing snow. If you’re gonna test something why not take it to the extreme, right!? After an initial inspection verifying that everything seemed to be installed correctly and functioning right it was time to shoot it. The main things I was keeping an eye out for were feeding issues, ejection issues, light primer strikes and making sure the bolt held open on an empty mag.

To start I put 2 rounds of 5.45×39 in the supplied mag, inserted it into the magwell and fired away. The first round fed into the upper very smooth. I pulled the trigger on the Geissele SD-3G and sure enough, BANG! First round fired properly. I check to see that the round had ejected properly, which it did and was laying on the ground to my right. I pulled the trigger again and just as it did the first time it sent a round down range with a great sounding crack! Remember I had only loaded 2 rounds so a quick twist of the rifle to my left and I can see that the bolt has definitely held open on the empty mag. (FYI, unlike what some people told me, 5.45×39 does not work in a PMAG unless its modified)

Right now I was pretty happy! I decided to load up a full mag and have at it. After a bit of sighting in we set a 6″x6″ steel plate about 75 yards down range and went medieval on it. Trigger pull after trigger pull, in extreme cold conditions, it continued to perform flawlessly. We were able to repeatedly blast that 6″x6″ plate with ease from a standing position. The Geissele SD-3G trigger had absolutely no issue igniting those hard Russian primers.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

Surprisingly, this upper is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I simply can’t say enough good things about it. So far I have put over 300 rounds through this upper and have not experienced a single Failure To Feed, Failure To Eject, Light Primer Strike or any malfunction of any kind. I didn’t have to make a single adjustment to the upper after assembly. I’m very happy with the quality of the components and it’s proven to be very accurate. On my next trip to the range I’ll get some bench shooting in and grab some data on grouping at 100 yards, etc. If you’re on the fence about building a 5.45×39 upper or just looking for a more affordable option for the range, don’t hesitate. This 5.45×39 Conversion Kit from VooDoo Innovations is something I would recommend all day long. Quick thanks to VooDoo Innovations for making an awesome product and letting me get my hands on it.

I wanted to make it easy on you so below is a list of links to purchase the items I used in this build.

First and Foremost
VooDoo Innovations 5.45×39 Conversion Kits and Parts
5.45×39 Ammunition at AIM Surplus (big shipment coming in this week so get on the email list)

Additional Components
Geissele Automatics SMR Rails, Triggers and Gas Blocks
Impact Weapons Components KeyMod accessories. (Use code “ar15news” to save 5%)
Battle Arms Development EPS pin set and Safety Selector
Rainier Arms Raptor charging handle
AERO Precision Ambi Forged Lower
IS Fifteen Forged Upper
Trijicon SRS Red Dot
Magpul Stock and Grip
Phase 5 Weapon Systems Trigger Guard

AR15NEWS Exclusive Deal – San Tan Tactical STT-GRENADES

Posted on March 16th, 2014 by ar15news

One of the nicest lowers I own is the San Tan Tactical STT-15 billet receiver. Not only does it have a super unique look with a great finish but each lower also comes with fully ambidextrous controls including ambi bolt release and ambi mag release, plus ambi QD sling mounts built right into the lower. Right now they have some lowers with VERY MINOR cosmetic blemishes that they are calling STT-GRENADES and are ready to move them at a heavily discounted price. This includes the new Battle Arms Development 45 degree selector compatible lowers as well. The following pictures are of an actual blem lower.

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These blem lowers are 100% functionally the same as non-blem models but may have minor nicks or visible tool marks but nothing major. They are also switching to a reversed flag design where these have the forward facing flag. Some companies wouldn’t even think twice about selling these as normal lowers but they just simply aren’t up to San Tan Tactical quality standards when it comes to the finish and look of the lower.

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620 San Tan Tactical STT-15 Billet Lower Blem 1

Normal retail for non-blemished STT-15 lowers is $290 and blem lowers are normally $230. However, San Tan Tactical gave us a special discount code for St. Patrick’s Day. Use the code “AR15newsLuckyCode” at checkout to snag one for a limited time only at just $199 a piece. www.SanTanTactical.com

Phase 5 – ATLAS ONE Billet Receivers Now Available

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by ar15news

I’ve been lusting after the Phase 5 Weapons Systems ATLAS ONE billet receivers ever since they introduced them a while back. A few months ago they introduced their billet upper and just yesterday they released the ATLAS ONE billet lower. I honestly had forgotten just how sweet this thing looks. Not only does it have some pretty sexy lines it also features the Phase 5 signature WTG (Winter Trigger Guard) built in and has a really great looking finish. These receivers are typically used on the ATLAS ONE AR Pistol which is Phase 5′s flagship item. Now you can purchase them too to use in your own builds. Take a look at the pictures below, then head on over to Phase 5 to buy some for yourself.

Phase 5 ATLAS ONE Billet Upper

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Phase 5 ATLAS ONE Billet Lower – CAL MULTI Marked
Phase 5 ATLAS ONE Billet Lower – PISTOL Marked

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