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Umbrella Corporation Billet Lower Receiver Pre-Order

Posted on August 7th, 2013 by ar15news

I know a lot of you guys have been very interested in the Umbrella Corporation Weapons Research Group forged lower I built my AR Pistol around. Recently UCWRG released a series of pictures that revealed the long awaited Billet Lower. It turned out to be quite impressive. They said from the beginning that they weren’t going to cut any corners and true to their word, they didn’t. This attention to detail also means it isn’t cheap. The machining on this lower is one of, if not THE best I’ve seen. It also features the AXTS Weapons A-DAC ambi bolt catch system which if I remember correctly makes this the only non-AXTS lower to have that feature. Because of so many people begging for it, UCWRG decided to do a pre-order for these and also their forged lowers. These lowers are not in-stock yet but once you take a look at the pictures below, you’ll most likely want one just as bad as I do. Head on over to UCWRG.com and place your pre-order for your choice of a BILLET or FORGED lower.

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UCWRG Billet Lower Pre-Order 1 620

UCWRG Billet Lower Pre-Order 1 620

UCWRG Billet Lower Pre-Order 1 620

The Mega Arms forged AR15 upper is basically as rare as Unicorn Tears. I don’t think I’ve seen one in-stock for about 12 months now. Anyways, I just received an email from Stonefire Arms letting me know that they have some. These are some of the nicest quality stripped upper receivers you’ll find. Purchase yours over at Stonefire-Arms.com

Mega Arms Forged Stripped Upper 1

Mega Arms Forged Stripped Upper 1

Mega Arms uses 7075 T6 Aluminum forgings completed on a Mazak four axes horizontal CNC. The finish is hard anodized, & Teflon coated and is rated at Rockwell 60 abrasive and 30 point.

• Machined per Mil-spec Requirements with critical tooling dimensions held within ±.001”
• Functions with nearly all available stock parts.
• Mega Logo engraved into the Upper.
• Machined from forged 7075-T6 aluminum.
• Black hard anodized with a surface hardness of 60 Rockwell.
• 6.9 oz.

CMT Tactical “Ammo Grade” Billet UPUR-1 Uppers In-Stock!!

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by ar15news

Last month I was fortunate enough to get to help introduce the new CMT Tactical billet upper receiver called the UPUR-1. These things are super nice and sold out in the very first day they were released. I just noticed this morning as I was perusing their FB page that they have what they call “Ammo Grade” UPUR-1 billet uppers in-stock. Basically this means they are slightly blemished and are guaranteed to function perfectly as the blemishes are just cosmetic dings, scratches, etc. The “Ammo Grade” uppers are laser marked with a symbol on the underside of the forward assist where it is not very noticeable. Perhaps the best part is they are marked down to just $168 with FREE SHIPPING. Get more info and purchase yours at CMTTac.com.

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CMT Tactical UPUR-1 AMMO GRADE Billet Upper 1

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CMT Tactical Billet Receiver Set 3 620

Too Good To Not Share!! PSA Blem AR15 Lower and LPK – $99

Posted on July 30th, 2013 by ar15news

I really don’t even want to post about this because I’ve already posted about 2 other PSA deals in the last week. However, I have an obligation to you, my readers.  Not to mention this is an awesome deal. Right now you can pick up a PSA Blemished AR15 Lower and one of their Classic LPK’s for just $99.99 but the deal is only good until 12pm EST tomorrow (7/31/2013). The website says that “Lowers may have minor cosmetic blemishes.  Lowers are guaranteed to function normally” so you should be good to go. Get yours at PalmettoStateArmory.com.

PSA Blemished Lower and LPK 2

Package includes 1 Blemished AR-15 Lower with Safe/Fire selector markings and a Classic Lower Parts Kit.

NEW!! AERO Precision Ambi Forged AR15 Lower Receiver

Posted on July 27th, 2013 by ar15news

Lately AERO Precision has been introducing a lot of new products including cerakoted receivers, scope mounts, etc. Yesterday, out of nowhere, AERO Precision surprised us all and announced a brand new version of their forged lowers which incorporates the PDQ Ambi Bolt Hold/Release lever. The PDQ lever is made by Teal Blue Bravo and is a modified version of the standard AR15 bolt catch that requires a bit of work to be done to the receiver to accept it. I like this design a lot because the lever is not taking up any room in your trigger area.

Prior to AERO offering this lower you had to purchase a PDQ lever separately and either cut out a section on your lower yourself or send it in to have it retrofitted at Teal Blue Bravo. Now you can purchase a new forged lower from AERO Precision that they have already done the machining on and installed the PDQ lever for you. Perhaps one of the best selling points of the AERO Precision Ambi lower is that its one of the least expensive ambi lowers on the market at just $155. Purchase one for yourself at AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

AERO Precision Ambi Forged Lower 1

AERO Precision Ambi Forged Lower 1

AERO Precision Ambi Forged Lower 1

 Features:

-  Semi-auto AR15 lower receiver
–  Machined from 7075-T6 forged aluminum
–  Matte black hard-coat anodized Mil 8625 Type 3 Class 2
–  Marked “Cal Multi”
–  Works with standard AR15 components and magazines
–  Rear takedown pin detent hole is threaded for a 4-40 set screw

PDQ Ambi-Bolt Release™:

-  Military grade steel
–  Mil Spec 8526 Class 3 type 2 coated
–  Allows user to lock the bolt back as well as send the bolt forward
–  Made in AMERICA

**For more information on the PDQ Ambi Bolt Release, check out the video below.

You know what the number one question I get lately is? It “Hey, do you know of any good deals on complete uppers?”. For the most part people are marketing assembled uppers and BCG separately to make the price sound like a better deal but they really aren’t. This is why I haven’t been posting about assembled uppers lately. Well, this deal is definitely one I would consider as a good deal. AIM Surplus has COMPLETE Spike’s Tactical MOE AR15 Upper Receivers in-stock right now. This includes the assembled Upper, Spike’s Milspec Full Auto M16/AR15 BCG and Charging Handle. Spike’s makes some great stuff so you would expect a slightly higher price range but that’s not the case with this deal from AIM Surplus. This complete upper is only $530 so don’t expect them to be in-stock for too long. Details and pictures below. Purchase one for yourself now at AIMSurplus.com.

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Spikes MOE Upper Complete AIM Surplus 1 620

Spike’s Tactical 16″ Mid-Length .223/5.56×45 caliber Complete Upper Receiver assembly for AR15/M16 type Rifles. This is a COMPLETE Upper receiver assembly, everything except a rear sight. Includes Magpul MOE heat shield lined handguard. You will be hard pressed to find a better deal on a quality Upper Receiver than this one.

Specifications:

-  Spike’s Tactical M4 flat top upper receiver, Machined from a 7075 T6 Mil-Spec Forging with Mil-Spec Type III Hard coat Anodized finish, T-markings, Spike’s logo and M4 feed ramps.

–  Barrel is certified MIL-B-11595E CMV, M4 barrel extension, Chrome chamber and bore, 5.56mm Nato chamber, 1:7 Twist, Magnetic particle testing on every barrel, Phosphate finish.

–  Government Contour barrel with mid-length gas system.

–  Barrel is Phosphate finished under the .750″ F marked A2 front sight base.

–  The M16 carriers are Chrome lined with a Mil-Spec phosphate finish.

–  Forged Mil-Spec carrier key, Chrome lined, attached with Grade 8 hardware and Properly staked.

–  HP/MP Tested Bolt, Each extractor is fitted with a Mil-Spec black insert and Mil-Spec Viton o-ring.

–  Magpul MOE heat shield lined black handguards.

–  A2 Flash Hider.

More Great Deals On Upper Parts from Iron Sight 15

Posted on July 24th, 2013 by ar15news

If you’ve been looking for parts to finish up that stripped AR15 upper you recently purchased or if you want to start a new AR15 Upper Receiver build, Iron Sight 15 has some great deals to help you out. One of the toughest upper parts to find right now is the barrel. Iron Sight 15 has M4 profile barrels in-stock at just $160 and some new styles on the way including a SOCOM barrel. Stripped and assembled uppers are in-stock starting at just $75. They also have upper parts kits at super aggressive prices. You definitely need to head on over to ISFifteen.com and check out these deals. Use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout to save $5 off your order.

M4 Profile barrel:  $160

M4 Profile Barrel

AR15 Stripped and Assembled Uppers

Iron Sight 15 Upper 620

AR15 Upper Parts and Kits

Iron Sight 15 Upper Parts Kits

AERO Precision COP Upper – Detailed Installation Review

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by ar15news

A while back I talked to the guys at AERO Precision about purchasing one of their COP (Continuous Optics Platform) Uppers. They actually were very interested in having me do a detailed installation review with lots of pictures and instructions. So here it is. Just a warning…there are lots of pics. :) As with all weapons, be careful and make sure it is unloaded prior to handling. 

The AERO Precision COP Upper is a modular kit that comes in a big white flat box. Inside the box is pretty much everything you will need to assemble the upper with the exception of a few torque wrenches.

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The actual upper receiver itself features a monolithic modular rail system which is where it gets the name COP or Continuous Optics Platform. The COP is different than most other “monolithic” systems in that the top 50% of the rail area is monolithic while the lower 50% of is modular as you can see in the pictures below. It also comes complete with Forward Assist and Dust Cover already installed.

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1 

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1 

If you flip the receiver upside down you’ll see that there are screw holes which is how you mount the different sections to the upper receiver.

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1 

Inside of the box you’ll find a proprietary barrel nut, barrel nut wrench, a spacer for your gas block, T-25 Torx Screwdriver and a bunch of Torx Screws.  Go ahead and pull these out and set aside where you can get to them easily since you will need them throughout the installation.

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1 

Now we get to the fun part. As I already mentioned, the COP is modular so that means it comes with a bunch of different parts for different configurations. The first thing you’ll need to do is grab the wider sections that are the framework of the lower 50% of the rail (pictured below). You now have to choose what type of rail system you want.

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1 

As you’ll see in the next few pictures you will choose a bottom section (piece with the rounded tab on one end) and the two side sections. Your choices are 1913 Picatinny, Combination (part Picatinny and part Smooth) or Smooth. You can choose to do them all the same or mix them up. So for instance, if you wanted the combination sections on the side but all smooth on the lower section, you can do that. They also can go on either side so you can put the QD cup on the side you will use.

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AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

For this installation I chose to go with all Picatinny sections. I’ve laid all of the parts out on the table so you can see what all you should have now. The Upper, the 2 frame pieces, 3 rail sections (1 bottom and 2 sides) a bag of screws, the barrel nut and wrench.

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At this point you will install the barrel. AERO Precision recommends greasing the threads of the receiver prior to installing the barrel and barrel nut. The next step is to slide the barrel nut, threads first, over the muzzle and down to the receiver end of the barrel. You are now ready to insert the barrel into the receiver and finger tighten the barrel nut. Now attach the supplied barrel nut wrench to a torque wrench and tighten to 55 ft-lb. The nice part is the barrel nut does not have to be indexed to clear the gas tube. NOTE: the barrel wrench must be fully seated on the barrel nut lugs, failure to do so can, in rare cases, result in wrench breakage! 

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

You are now ready to install the gas block and gas tube. I will assume you have already assembled the gas block and gas tube. Slide the gas block over the barrel and insert the gas tube into the receiver. You can use the supplied gas block spacer if you choose to for barrels that previously had a handguard cap on them. Tighten the gas block and you’re done.

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

Now grab the lower rail section you chose and the two frame sections. You will also need the T-25 Torx Screw Driver and 4 screws.

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

You need to set the three sections together to form the lower half of the rail. Insert the screws and tighten. You should now have something similar to the images below.

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

Now take the lower half and mate it to the upper that you’ve previously assembled.

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

Now if you flip the upper belly up you’ll be able to insert the side rail sections and screw it all together. Don’t forget to install the screw on the side just in front of the pivot pin. Now go through and make sure all of these screws are tightened down to 25 in-lbs. Don’t torque them over 40 in-lbs. as it could strip the screw holes.

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AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

You have now completed the installation/assembly of your AERO Precision COP Upper. I’ve included a few pictures below of the completed product.

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AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

AERO Precision COP Upper Installation AR15NEWS 1

Overall, this was a very easy installation. I honestly couldn’t be happier with the quality of the product that AERO Precision is putting out. Of all of the guns I’ve put together, this is one of my all time favorites. If you noticed in the picture above, the monolithic design allows me to mount my optic further forward without worrying about loss of zero as the rail heats up. The upper and lower are both AERO Precision and match perfectly. This definitely wont be my last all AERO build. They just started offering Cerakoted Receivers in FDE and OD Green so you know whats coming. If you are getting ready for another build, this is one setup I would recommend checking out. For more information or to purchase a COP Upper for yourself, head on over to AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this build, feel free to email me HERE.

As promised, this is the followup article to the one I shared on Saturday. Today is the release date for the CMT Tactical UPUR-1 billet AR15 upper receiver. The first run of uppers will be sold exclusively through Rainier Arms at a special introductory price and they are expected to sell very quick. I just wanted to let you know where you can buy your very own CMT Tactical AR15 Billet Upper Receiver and show you what I did with mine. If you want to check out my build below, click on the images for a high-res version. Otherwise head on over to RainierArms.com to purchase you own upper now.

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As you can see I went for a pretty lightweight KISS style rifle. I don’t really like to just haphazardly throw a build together. That’s one thing I always tell people who are building a rifle. Think through and figure out what you want your rifle to be. I have plenty of “overweight” rifles so from the start I planned on keeping this one fairly light. This build came in at only 6 lbs. 12 oz. which for a billet upper and lower set is pretty good. To do that I utilized some lightweight accessories which includes a Fortis Manufacturing REV 12″ rail, Magpul K grip and MBUS, Seekins Precision T-1 mount and B5 Systems SOPMOD Bravo stock and QD End Plate. Other parts that aren’t necessarily lightweight but were used are the Smith Enterprise Vortex flash hider, CIV Tactical 16″ M4 barrel and BCG, Impact Weapons Handstop, ALG Defense ACT Trigger, Battle Arms Development BAD-ASS selector, BCM Low Profile Gas Block and a Receiver Extension Kit from Damage Industries. Any questions or comments regarding this build? Shoot me an email HERE.

Sneak Peek!! CMT Tactical Billet Upper – Coming Soon

Posted on July 13th, 2013 by ar15news

This is a sneak peek at the new CMT Tactical UPUR-1 billet AR15 upper receiver. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one a bit early and man are these nice. Super clean lines, great finish. I have all the parts to finish off this upper and plan on doing it this weekend. These uppers will be available for purchase starting Monday. For now, due to just getting this upper last night, I took some quick shots with my iPhone that actually turned out not too bad for what they are. I’ll get this upper built and take some real pics of it to share with you on Monday. 

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CMT Tactical UPUR-1 Billet Upper 1 620

The Cross Machine Tool Ultra Precision Upper Receiver Part# UPUR-1 is the perfect Mate to your UHP-15 lower receiver or would also be a great match with any Mil-Spec lower. The UPUR-1 is machined from Billet 7075 T6 Aluminum unlike the more commonly used 6061. Using the 7075 T6 aluminum gives the UP-UR a 65% increase in strength & rigidity over 6061 aluminum receivers. The UPUR-1 is machined on a 5 Axis machining Center to reduce the number of operations/setups required to complete. This machining process allows the highest possible accuracy to be obtained over the traditional 3 or 4 Axis machining method. The UPUR-1 is designed for increased function, performance & to provide an advanced modern appearance & feel to the AR15 platform weapon system.

Features-
–  5 axis machined from 7075 T6 billet
–  M4 feed ramps
–  Laser engraved “T” numbers
–  1913 picatinny Rail flat top
–  Mil Spec Type III class II hard coat anodized Black
–  Shell deflector
–  Forward Assist machined into receiver
–  Dust cover port machined into receiver
–  Increased wall thickness for added rigidity
–  Compatible with Mil spec parts
–  Compatible with most aftermarket handguard/rail systems
–  Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects
–  WT 8.7 oz.

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Expect the new CMT Tactical UPUR-1 billet AR15 upper receiver to go on sale Monday (7-15-2013) with an MSRP of just $209.95. I’ve heard through the grapevine that Rainier Arms will be selling the initial run of lowers at a special introductory price so you’ll definitely want to keep tabs on the CMT Tactical “Manufacturer” Page at RainierArms.com. And if you really want to be prepared, Rainier Arms has the CMT Tactical UHP-15 billet lower in-stock at the before mentioned link.  

Another great way to keep tabs on the new upper and other new CMT Tactical products is by liking the CMT Tactical Facebook Page and clicking “Get Notifications” under the “LIKE” button drop down menu. They will be giving away at least one of these billet uppers to one of their fans this month. Have a great weekend guys.

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