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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. 

Battle Arms Development Forged Lower 1 Battle Arms Development Forged Lower 1 Battle Arms Development Forged Lower 1

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

NEW!! Trigger and Hammer Jig from Strike Industries

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by ar15news

Now, I’m not sure how many of you guys will think this new Trigger and Hammer Jig is cool but I’m kind of an AR Nerd and am all about stuff like this. The Strike Industries Trigger and Hammer Jig is a skeletonized block that represents the Fire Control Pocket of an AR-15 lower. It will accommodate an AR-15 Trigger and Hammer Assembly, Safety Selector and Pistol Grip. I can already think of multiple scenarios where this would be an awesome tool to have.

Strike Industries AR Hammer adn Trigger Jig 1

For myself, it would have been a great tool years ago when I was learning how to build AR’s. Being able to see exactly how an AR-15 trigger works, how the installation should look, etc. would have been a really nice tool.

From a retailers point of view this could be an invaluable tool to have in the showroom to let people try out different triggers that are offered. I’ve written a lot of articles about new trigger groups that are available and one thing everyone says is, “I wish I could try it before I by it.”. By having this available in a showroom the Joe Blow’s Gun Shop would be able to let customers try out different trigger upgrades without having a bunch of assembled lowers sitting around. This jig even has a built in plastic block that allows you to dry-fire the trigger without damaging the Hammer or Jig.

Another way the Trigger and Hammer Jig could come in handy is for those of us who do our own DIY Trigger Jobs. With a jig like this you will be able to see how the Trigger and Hammer are working together and make and educated adjustment that will hopefully make fine tuning your AR-15 trigger a breeze. You can also put the jig in a vice and measure trigger pull easily as well.

Strike Industries AR Hammer adn Trigger Jig 2

Strike Industries AR Hammer adn Trigger Jig 2

I’m sure I could come up with other useful ideas for this product but the point is, for an AR owner, this is pretty cool. The AR-15 Trigger and Hammer Jig is available for purchase right now for just $39.95 from www.StrikeIndustries.com.

Badrock Tactical Making Waves In the High Quality AR Market

Posted on July 19th, 2014 by ar15news

Badrock Tactical is a newer AR manufacturer but that isn’t stopping them from already turning some heads. I recently had a chance to speak with the owner of Badrock Tactical and with a business model aimed at making high quality AR-15 and AR-10 components and complete rifles at an incredible price point, I felt it would be awesome to introduce them to those of you who read and follow AR15NEWS. 

Badrock Tactical recently teamed up with the talented people over at Juggernaut Tactical to start making their billet receivers sets and it has turned into an awesome partnership. Juggernaut Tactical is well known for their Rogue M1A Chassis plus some awesome 80% receivers and jigs. Badrock Tactical will use a similar set to the JT receivers for their rifles and they really make an extremely sweet looking build. The billet receiver sets are priced awesome as well at just $329 for AR-15 and $399 for AR-10 billet sets.

Badrock Tactical BT15 Billet Receiver Set

Badrock Tactical BT10 Billet Receiver Set

Badrock Tactical BT15 Rifle 2

The builds they put together are nothing short of breathtaking. They have styles to fit just about any shooter, including for those who like a little bling. They’ve literally gone through each rifle they offer and upgraded everything possible including Ambi Bolt Catches from Phase 5, PWS Enhanced Buffer Tubes, JP Silent Capture Buffer Springs and either Timney or Geissle Trigger Systems with several hand guard options and price ranges starting in the $1,800 range including custom Cerakote finishes. They will also be working with Juggernaut Tactical to make “less enhanced” rifles to market that will be more in the $1,300 range but still feature mil spec internals, the same billet receiver set, free float rail system, etc. 

Badrock Tactical BT15 Rifle 3

Badrock Tactical BT10 RIfle 1

Badrock Tactical BT10 RIfle 2

In Short, Badrock Tactical is a company to keep an eye on. They have some great stuff coming in the near future and appear to know a thing or two about creating some great looking rifles. In case you were wondering, I didn’t get paid to do this article (never have and never will sell article space) nor did I feel that I had to write this article. I wanted to do it because they have something different about them that I really like. Hopefully you love learning about new companies like I do and I hope to be able to work with Badrock Tactical more in the future to bring you new products and deals, etc. Speaking of deals, I almost forgot that Badrock Tactical wanted to offer a special 10% discount code to our readers. Use the code “AR15NEWS” now through Tuesday [7/22/14] at www.BadrockTactical.com.

You can also follow Badrock Tactical on Facebook to get constant updates on their product line. 

Sneak Peek!! Rainier Arms A-DAC Forged Lower Receiver

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by ar15news

Now this is something I’m excited about. Rainier Arms (one of my favorite retailers) is coming out with a new version of their high quality Forged Lowers. The new lower will have the same features such as compatibility with the Battle Arms Development 45 degree selectors but will also add the A-DAC function from AXTS Weapons.

Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC Lower 1

Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC Lower 1

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. 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 3 

Prices will be slightly higher for this version, but unknown at this time. Will be sure to update you as soon as these are available at www.RainierArms.com.

Big thanks to my buddy Rich for making the trip to Rainier Arms and sharing these cell phone pics with me. You can follow his professional photography work at UWone77 on Facebook

Our friends at Dahmer Arms have just launched the pre-order for their Gen 2 Matched Billet Receiver Sets. This receiver set will feature their signature billet lower receiver (with their updated logo) matched to their brand new billet upper. The lower has always been a really nice design and now they’ve added a sweet slick side billet upper that is deserving of the Dahmer Arms lower. For those who really want a Shell Deflector on their upper, do not worry. Dahmer Arms will be offering a bolt on Shell Deflector just for you.

Dahmer Arms Gen 2 Matched Billet Receiver Set

Dahmer Arms Billet Lower2Dahmer Arms billet lower. Photo by Stickman

Both receivers will be CNC machined from 7075-T6 Aluminum and then anodized Black. The awesome flared magwell is EDM wire cut and compatible with USGI mags as well as Gen M2 and Gen M3 Magpul PMAGs. If you get in on the pre-order for this first run of sets you will even get to pick your own serial number between 2 – 100. Last but definitely not least, Dahmer Arms is offering a special pre-order discount price of just $355 with free shipping per matched set. Dahmer Arms has said up front they are shooting for an October delivery time. Get in on this great deal at www.DahmerArms.com.

NEW!! James Madison Tactical Gen 2 Polymer/Composite Lower

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by ar15news

James Madison Tactical has made a great name for themselves in the 80% Polymer/Composite AR Lower market by making what I would say is the best 80% Polymer / Composite lower out there. They went to great lengths to strengthen the necessary areas that have been failure points on other polymer lowers in the past but the material itself also makes a huge different. The guys at JMT have spent most of their career manufacturing amazing $1,000,000 kit Jet planes called the ViperJet that you can build at home. They then took their expertise in AERO Space polymers that are strong enough to be used in airplanes and used that same material to build a high quality, reinforced AR15 80% lower. The Gen 1 lowers were fantastic but now JMT has upped their game with the Gen 2 lower adding lots of enhancements.

Some of the enhancements are to further strengthen the design but a couple are cosmetic and they look awesome. One such upgrade is the webbing pattern on the magwell that is reminiscent of the PMAG design. The other is they removed the large “JMT” logo from the side of the magwell and replaced it with a much smaller logo on the Pivot Pin Spring Housing.  Oh yeah, the machining jig you need to complete the lower comes FREE with the purchase every lower and the price is just $99.95 each. Take a few minutes to read the official press release below and check out the pics of the new lower. Purchase links are at the bottom.

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James Madison Tactical (JMT) introduces the superior Gen 2 polymer/composite fiber
lower receiver for the AR-15 platform.

James Madison Tactical, llc introduces our superior Gen 2 Polymer / Composite AR-15 lower receiver. JMT has made the best even better, known for their high quality and rugged 80% receiver. As we know JMT has incorporated new material technology and manufacturing processes for enhanced durability, strength and reliability but we have added a few more upgrades making it the best Polymer / Composite lower on the market today.

JMT Polymer Lower Gen2 1

GEN 2 Enhancements:

1. Extended box sections on upper fire control pocket.
2. Box section on upper top left of magazine well.
3. Extended bolt release pin posts.
4. Magazine webbed pattern.
5. New GEN 2 logo placement.

The JMT 80% lower also comes with a specially designed 3-piece machining jig with every order. This allows the user to machine the JMT 80% polymer/composite fiber lower receiver with ease and precision using simple tools.

The first thing users will notice is the JMT 80% lower receiver looks beefed up from the outside and rightly so. JMT has managed to add even more enhancements to the already strong making it even stronger. JMT also offers 3 popular colors (Black, FDE and ODG).

JMT Polymer Lower Gen2 3

You can purchase the new Gen 2 JMT 80% lowers directly from JamesMadisonTactical.com or from many of your usual favorite retailers such as RainierArms.com, etc. 

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