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Machine Your Own Billet Receivers In Class at CMT Tactical

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by ar15news

Ever wanted to machine your own AR-15 billet receivers with more than just your end mill or drill press? Here’s an awesome opportunity to do just that. CMT Tactical has decided to offer a “MACHINE YOUR OWN AR 15 RECEIVER EXPERIENCE CLASS” where you’ll spend an entire mid-November day at their facilities in Lexington, TN, machining your own receivers using the same machines CMT Tactical uses to make their awesome billet receivers on a daily basis. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in you better hurry. There are only 8 spots in this class and a few are already spoken for. Details below!

CMT Tactical billet receiver set class 1

CMT Tactical billet receiver set class 1

MACHINE YOUR OWN AR 15 RECEIVER EXPERIENCE CLASS  Friday November 14th 2014 7:30AM until approximatly 5:00pm Class Cost is $975.00 50%-$487.50 deposit required when reservation is made. Class is limited to 8 students

CLASS OBJECTIVEProvide individuals with the Experience of machining & owning AR15 Receivers that they themselves machined in a World Class Manufacturing environment.

Attendee will machine their own upper & Lower AR15 Receivers.

Class Description- Attendees will be given detailed instruction at each stage of manufacturing on how to complete that stage of the manufacturing process. Once the attendee has been instructed, the Attendee would then load the machine with material & once his instructor confirmed the machine is properly loaded the Attendee would initiate the machine to begin machining his receiver at that stage. This would repeat thru all stages of the manufacturing process until the receivers are completed. Attendees will also be instructed on use of gages & gage requirements for each stage & expected to use gages to inspect the parts they are manufacturing.

Finished Receivers will be sent for Anodizing & shipped to designated FFL approximately 2-3 weeks after class completion. Unless student decides to take receivers Non-Anodized the days of training completion ( Tn. Resident students only)

The receivers will not be considered an 80% Receiver

For additional information and to reserve your spot in the class, head on over to www.CMTTac.com.

NEW!! Rainier Arms Gen 2 UltraMatch Billet Ambi Receiver Set

Posted on September 13th, 2014 by ar15news

Man, I gotta say, Rainier Arms is on a major roll lately. Not that they aren’t always awesome but lately they have been pumping out the new products. Just this week I told you about their updated RA Forged Lower with the A-DAC feature. Now they have released the updated version of their Billet Receiver Set. If you are a Billet Aficionado like I am, you will absolutely need to add the new Rainier Arms Gen 2 UltraMatch ambi billet receiver set to your collection. Priced at just $350 with Free Shipping this should be a no-brainer. 

Rainier Arms UltraMatch Gen 2 Billet Receiver Set 1 Rainier Arms UltraMatch Gen 2 Billet Receiver Set 1 Rainier Arms UltraMatch Gen 2 Billet Receiver Set 1

Our billet sets are CNC machined from solid billet 7075-T6 aluminum which is 70% stronger than the commonly used 6061 aluminum and finished with milspec hardcoat anodize to a surface hardness of 60 Rockwell. We have designed our lowers with an ambidextrous bolt release with extended latch for smoother deployment. The precision machining on our our billets are well known in the industry and we are excited to introduce our combo sets for your next rifle build.

Features:
• Ambidextrous Extended Bolt Release
• M4 Feed Ramps
• 7075 Billet Aluminum
• Flared Magwell
• Integrated Trigger Guard
• Tensioning Screw for proper Upper/Lower Fit

Purchase the new Rainier Arms Gen 2 UltraMatch Billet Ambi Receiver Set exclusively at www.Revolvr.com.

James Madison Tactical receives ATF/FTB Determination letter

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by ar15news

(Richland, WA) James Madison Tactical LLC, manufacturer of the finest AR-15 polymer 80% lower receiver on the market today, has received the important ATF/FTB determination letter stating that the JMT80 AR-15 polymer 80% lower receiver is NOT classified as a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3) and complies with the Gun Control Act of 1968.

James Madison Tactical customers, past and future, can own a JMT80 AR-15 80% lower receiver with confidence. AR-15 enthusiasts are encouraged to ask their supplier for a copy of their manufacturer’s ATF/FTB determination letter before making their next AR-15 80% lower receiver purchase.

James Madison Tactical Gen 2 Polymer Lower

To view the James Madison Tactical ATF/FTB determination letter visit

www.jamesmadisontactical.com

James Madison Tactical Contact Information: Dan Hanchette, Dan@JamesMadisonTactical.com, 509-392-7500.

An Updated Look At The Battle Arms Sub 4-Pound AR Project

Posted on September 10th, 2014 by ar15news

A while back I showed you guys a sneak peek at the OIP Lightweight (sub 4-pound) rifle that Battle Arms Development has been working on. At that time the OIP Rifle was in the very early prototype stages but just yesterday Battle Arms Development release a picture of Upper, Lower and Butt Stock that will be used on the new OIP Lightweight Rifle. The OIP Lightweight Rifle will be sold exclusively through Bentwood Gunsmithing. Battle Arms Development will be offering a slightly different version of the Lightweight Components for us DIY AR builders. For instance, according to Battle Arms Development, the Battle Arms version of the lower will have solid sides in the mag well but the recess pockets will be there. You can see the photo and details below. For more information regarding this new project be sure to follow the Battle Arms Development Facebook page

Battle Arms Development OIP Lightweight Rifle Components

Another sneak peek at the OIP Lightweight Upper, Lower, and Butt Stock in a special natural Type III hard anodize color. There are some natural fades from the anodizing process. The color also changes pending on the lighting condition and viewing angle from bronze to FDE to OD Green, Grey, etc. I think we will name it the Chameleon. Bentwood Gunsmithing is going to keep all the finish natural (no dyes) for the raw look.

Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC Lowers Now Available for Purchase

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by ar15news

Rainier Arms has officially released their new A-DAC Forged Lowers which means I will be buying one very soon. The A-DAC function is a right-hand bolt catch (integrated into the magazine release button). The A-DAC allows you to hold the magazine release button in (dropping the mag if one is inserted), pull the charging handle to the rear and lock the bolt back all at the same time. There are only a couple other lowers that offer this feature and the Rainier Arms lower is the newest and most affordable of them all.

Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC Lower 1Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC Lower 1

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I could care less about an ambi Bolt RELEASE. I want an ambi Bolt HOLD to help with increasing the speed of clearing malfunctions, etc. There really isn’t any other reason for you to manually hold the bolt open unless you’re clearing a malfunction or inspecting the weapon which in both cases you will want to remove the magazine. The A-DAC system is the perfect solution. Watch the following video that shows how the A-DAC system works.

The original Forged lower will still be available, if you don’t want or need this feature. The Mountain logo has also been added to the left side of the receiver.

Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC Lower 1Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC Lower 1

Benefits:
- Removes six steps from the Manual of Arms when clearing a double feed malfunction.
– The device adds the ability to use the right hand to lock the bolt to the rear while still leaving you the option of using the standard left hand method.
– Greatly reduces the amount of time needed to clear a malfunction.
– Unlike all other devices there is no need to learn to find a new location for your trigger finger as one experienced with the weapon already instinctively makes contact with the magazine release button first to clear any remedial action malfunction.

Trouble free simple design:
- Can be field stripped with no tools.
– Only one additional part is required and is completely internal to the receiver.
– There are no screws to come loose.
– There is no weight added to the bolt catch that could cause it not to lock open on the last round like other devices which bolt on.
– Nothing to snag on clothes or other gear.

Safety:
- Virtually eliminates the possibility of the user’s finger unintentionally entering the trigger guard while locking the bolt to the rear.
– When used, makes it impossible to inadvertently lock back the bolt with a loaded magazine left in the receiver. This prevents the possibility of chambering a round in the event the rifle is bumped causing the bolt to drop.
– Nothing to accidentally trip the bolt release when reloading or clearing a malfunction as it is only a bolt catch.
– Allows you to keep a firm grip of fire control – making it much easier to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction when locking the bolt to the rear.
– Nothing obstructing any portion of the trigger guard – preventing any issue with snagging a gloved hand.

The all new Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC lower is available for purchase now at www.RainierArms.com.

Labor Day Sale – San Tan Tactical

Posted on August 30th, 2014 by ar15news

San Tan Tactical, makers of one of the coolest ambi billet lowers around and now a really sweet billet upper to go with it, is having a special Labor Day Sale that you’re not going to want to miss. Now through Tuesday morning at 8am you can save $80 when purchasing a billet upper/lower set. All you have to do is add the STT-15 billet lower and a PILLAR billet upper to your cart and then use the code “STTAR15NEWS” at checkout. Just a note, this deal is for NON-Blem receivers only. The code will not work if you add a Blem lower which San Tan Tactical calls “STT-Grenades”. Check out some awesome pictures of the San Tan Tactical billet receiver set below. Purchase links are listed as well.

San Tan Tactical STT-15 Billet Lower

San Tan Tactical STT-15 PILLAR Billet Upper

SanTan Tactical Labor Day Sale 1

SanTan Tactical Labor Day Sale 2

SanTan Tactical Labor Day Sale 3

Photos courtesy of the one and only UWone77.

NEW!! Lone Wolf G9 Glock Compatible Pistol Lowers and Upper

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by ar15news

Recently I’ve been seriously looking to do an AR Pistol in an actual “Pistol” caliber. As I started looking into it I ran across the Lone Wold Distributors G9 Carbine. The G9 Carbine is a 16″ 9mm AR that accepts Glock magazines which immediately peaked my interest since that is what I carry/shoot the most and I have plenty of 9mm ammo stored up. However, I was really wanting to do something more along the lines of an AR Pistol so I basically stopped right there. Thankfully I am on their email blast because they sent out a notice that they are now offering their G9 Lower in a couple of different AR Pistol variants as well as a new 10.5″ Upper. 

For the G9 AR Pistol Lower, Lone Wolf Distributors are offering you two different configurations. You get to take your pick between a standard AR Pistol Buffer Tube or the awesome KAK Industry Super Sig Tube. Both of these tubes will accommodate the Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace so they also offer the SB15 as an upgrade. The cool part is the G9 lower will work with Glock 9mm, .357SIG, or .40S&W mags letting you choose what caliber you want to build your upper in.

Lone Wolf Distributors G9 AR Pistol 1

To go along with their new G9 AR Pistol Lowers, Lone Wolf Distributors added a 10.5″ Complete 9mm AR Upper to their lineup. This upper basically comes ready to rock and roll. You just need to add a set of sights or an optic and feed it some ammo!  

Lone Wolf Distributors G9 AR Pistol 1

Add these two awesome parts together and you’ve got one sweet looking 9mm AR Pistol. 

Lone Wolf Distributors G9 AR Pistol 1

Now that Lone Wold Distributors is offering the G9 as an AR Pistol, this is probably the way I will go when I do it. I love the fact that I would be able to use my Glock mags with the G9 9mm AR Pistol. If you’re in the market for an AR Pistol and want to do something a bit different than the rest of your friends or just simply want a “Pistol” caliber AR Pistol like me, the G9 is definitely something to take a strong look at. 

Check out these components now at www.LoneWolfDist.com.

Battle Arms Development Forged Lowers In-Stock!!

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by ar15news

A few days ago we showed you guys a sneak peek of the new Battle Arms Development forged lowers we’ve all been anxiously waiting for. We all know Battle Arms Development doesn’t cut any corners with their products and knew if they made a lower they would do some awesome stuff with it but didn’t know to what extent until today. B.A.D. has basically controlled all aspects of the manufacturing of these lowers to create what is sure to be one of the highest quality lowers on the market. They know the price is much higher than you probably expected to pay for a forged lower but they weren’t going for the most affordable lower. They wanted to offer the best receiver you can get. Because of the additional time and effort it takes to produce these lowers they are made in smaller batches. Check out the details and pictures below, then be ready to snag one for yourself before they are all gone. 

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Battle Arms hold themselves to a high standard of quality for everything they make. This is especially true with their lower receivers. The forgings are of the highest quality. They control all factors to make it that way. The roll mark with their new logo is done with a 3D laser engraver that they do in-house. The receiver extension threads are helical. All of the pin holes are reamed rather than drilled. The flared mag well is cut using wire EDM and there is no flashing or rough areas. All of this adds up in time and money spent that gives them a lower receiver that has the quality that is on a Battle Arms Development level.

Features:
-  Mil-spec dimensions and holes.
–  7075 T6 aluminum.
–  Mil-spec type 3 hard anodizing.
–  High quality and tested forgings.
–  3D laser engraved roll mark with Battle Arms’ new logo.
–  All pin holes are reamed rather than drilled.
–  Helical rear receiver extension threads (not drilled and tapped).
–  Wire EDM cut flared mag well.
–  Selector stops have been removed.
–  45 degree safety selector compatible

Available for purchase now at www.RainierArms.com

AR Pistol Build Details and Pictures

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by ar15news

I recently built a new sexy looking AR Pistol that I’ve been taking pictures of and have gotten quite a few questions about what components I used, why I set it up the way I did and how its running so far. Its been a while since I did a “Build Details” article so I figured since so many people were interested in this build I would do one on it. This article will basically be a run down of the different components as well as an explanation of why I used them if needed.

We’ve all seen some AR Pistols that have extremely short barrels/uppers. I tend to not go shorter than a 10.5″ barrel on mine as it’s short enough to make them more compact without sacrificing a ton of accuracy or velocity. This whole build started out with a mid length AERO Precision COP Upper and Forged Lower. This is the second AR I’ve built with this receiver set and I love them.

THE AR PISTOL UPPER
The Upper, as I mentioned, features an AERO Precision COP mid length upper with a Parallax Tactical TiN BCG, Magpul MBUS Pro sights and Fortis Mfg Hammer charging handle. For the optic I wanted something very small and compact so I went with the Vortex Optics RAZOR and an American Defense Mfg QD mount. The barrel is an ODIN Works 10.5″ .223 Wylde Stainless Steel barrel with a Primary Weapons CQB comp on the end. The combination of a shorter barrel and the CQB comp makes it perfect for a home defense weapon but the ODIN Works barrel definitely holds up to its reputation as a straight shooter and is absolutely capable of hitting longer range targets with ease. I’ll shoot some 100 yard groups soon and do another writeup for you guys on the accuracy of this 10.5″ AR Pistol.

AR Pistol Upper

THE AR PISTOL LOWER
The lower for this build is an AERO Precision lower that I bought as a set with the upper for this build. Both were Cerakoted Tungsten for a unique look. So far I’ve added a Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS-SA short throw selector and EPS Pins, Phase 5 Weapon Systems Winter Trigger Guard, Magpul K2 grip and an Impact Weapons Components QD End Plate sling mount. There is a new ALG Defense ACT trigger waiting for it down stairs that I need to install.

Another feature that should be standard on ALL AR Pistols is the combination of a Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace and an SB15 specific buffer tube such as the KAK Industry Super Sig Tube or Phase 5 Hex-2.  These buffer tubes push the SB15 further away from the receiver making the setup a bit more comfortable to shoulder (Shouldering the Sig SB15 is legal according to the ATF). For this build I installed the KAK Super Sig Tube and its awesome. You can even get an adjustment kit of rings that you slide on before installing the SB15 to adjust how far back it sits.

You also might notice the MagPod on the magazine. These will be available for purchase very soon!

AR Pistol Lower

THE BUSINESS END
The part I get questions about the most is the business end of the upper. Most people seem to really like this setup so here is a pretty detailed look at it. One of the other reasons I like muzzle devices like the CQB comp is that you can put a light right up to the end of the muzzle and not worry so much about it getting damaged in the blast of the rifle or coated in carbon. My setup consists of a Magpul AFG and a Haley Strategic Partners Thorntail Offset Mount with an INFORCE WML mounted on it. The Thorntail Offset Mount is made by Impact Weapons Components for HSP and is an awesome mount for the WML. It has four slots to mount the WML on and can even be mounted cantilevered like mine is.

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

As you can see the WML is pushed out almost to the tip of the muzzle. Pushing it further forward not only reduces shadowing in the light beam but also gives you a lot more real-estate to put your hand on a shorter rail. 

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

The next few pictures will show you a detailed look at the complete setup and hand position. While using the AFG I like to put my thumb on top of the rail for a solid grip. To activate the light, all you need to do is slide your thumb to the left and the activation button is right there. This is a very effective and comfortable setup.

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

If you like this light setup and want to put it on your rifle or pistol build, I would recommend checking out www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. They have the HSP Thorntail Offset Mount, Magpul AFG grip and INFORCE WML light all in-stock. Plus, if you use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout you’ll save 5% off your entire order. 

This is definitely my favorite AR Pistol build to date. After a few hundred rounds so far I can tell you it runs like a champ and is absolutely a blast to shoot. The bolt holds open on empty mag, no Failure to Eject, no Failure to Feed, etc. Just an all around accurate AR Pistol that I would not hesitate to grab when my life depended on it. 

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1 IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

LINKS
AERO Precision
ALG Defense
American Defense Mfg
Battle Arms Development
Fortis Manufacturing
Impact Weapons Components
INFORCE

KAK Industry
Magpul
ODIN Works
Parallax Tactical
Phase 5 Weapon Systems
Primary Weapons Systems
Sig Sauer
Vortex Optics

NEW Battle Arms Development Selector Levers and Forged Lower

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by ar15news

Battle Arms Development has introduced a few new products recently. They first released two new selector levers for their modular BAD-ASS selector. They are also releasing their new Battle Arms Development forged lower receiver very soon and we have a couple of sneak peek pictures. Read more about these new products below. 

BAD SHORT CRANK AND SCALLOPED LEVERS
Battle Arms Development BAD-ASS selectors are the industry standard and are used in many rifles as standard equipment. One of the neat things about these selectors is that they are modular and offer different selector lever options. You can choose from a decent selection of short, long, thick, thin, etc. selector levers already but they just recently added two more to their list of available options.

Battle Arms Development New Selectors

The first lever they added was the Scalloped lever which was originally designed by Military Morons. Depending on the users hand placement on the pistol grip of an AR, the standard (wider) versions of the lever can come in contact with the trigger finger. The Scalloped lever is a modified version of the “Short Standard” lever. The cut some material away from the outside/bottom of the selector lever in a curved design that fits the shape of the finger and keeps it out of contact.

The second lever is the Short Crank. One of the more popular selector models is the Crank model (looks like a car window crank) that Battle Arms Development introduced a while back. People have been asking for a Short version to use on the trigger finger side of the receiver for a while and BAD is always happy to make it happen if there is enough demand. This lever has actually been public for a while but was never added to the website as an available option until now. 

Both of these selector levers are available now at www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com

BAD FORGED AR-15 LOWR RECEIVER
We’ve known for a while now that Battle Arms Development would be introducing a new Forged Lower Receiver held to their strict tolerances, featuring their new BAD logo and obviously compatible with their BAD-ASS-ST and BAD-CASS-ST short throw selectors. They just got the first shipment back from plating and they look awesome. (pics below) The first run is going to be sold through Rainier Arms. They are not available just yet but I’ve already asked to be notified prior to them being released so I can let you guys know too. You can also keep an eye out for yourself at www.RainierArms.com.

Battle Arms Development Forged AR-15 Lower 1

 

Battle Arms Development Forged AR-15 Lower 2

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