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Anyone familiar with buying and building AR15’s will tell you there is a big difference between some off the shelf AR15 or Complete Upper versus one that is hand built by a good trained gunsmith. The upper half of the AR15 is most effected by this as the lower is pretty straight forward and easy to assemble. Dustin over at CIV Tactical is an NRA Certified Gunsmith and is full of awesome knowledge and experience with the AR15 platform. I know a lot about building AR15’s but whenever I talk to him on the phone he is obviously on a whole different level. The great part about working with a smaller company such as CIV Tactical is that their prices are very similar to the lower quality components but all CIV Tactical Uppers are hand assembled and function tested by Dustin to make sure they are 100% ready to go. In fact, CIV Tactical will even be featured in next months annual buyers guide in Black Rifle Magazine. Right now he has multiple Rifle Uppers, SBR/Pistol Uppers and BCG’s all listed as in-stock. The Uppers are built when you order them so give him a week or so to ship them after you’ve purchased them. BCG’s or any other parts should ship right away. Check them out at

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CIV Tactical 7.5 Pistol Upper Troy 620

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NEW!! CMT Tactical Billet AR15 Upper Receiver

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by ar15news

CMT Tactical has been teasing all of us with the promise of a new billet upper receiver for a while now. Thankfully the wait is finally over and we get to see what this awesome upper looks like. I already have one of their UHP-15 billet lowers and am excited to be able to add the new UPUR-1 billet upper to it but the UPUR-1 will also fit any Mil-spec lower. The UHP-15 lower, from my experience, has one of the nicest finishes of any lower I own and it appears from the pictures below that the UPUR-1 is going to be an awesome piece as well. Check out the pics and details below.

CMT Tactiacl UPUR-1 Billet Upper 1 620

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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.

–  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.

CMT Tactiacl UPUR-1 Billet Upper 5 620

CMT Tactiacl UPUR-1 Billet Upper 3 620

Expect the new CMT Tactical UPUR-1 billet AR15 upper receiver to go on sale mid-July 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 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.

Photo’s courtesy of my buddy at Crossfire / Defense Marketing Group

Piece Together A Great AR Upper At Weapon Outfitters

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by ar15news

Our friends over at Weapon Outfitters have been really raising the bar recently when it comes to offering tons of high quality parts and top notch customer service. One of the things they started doing is offering modular packages where you can pick and choose the components that you want instead of just buying a ready made package and save a few bucks too. Their most popular packages are the ones that include Centurion Arms parts.  Weapon Outfitters is the only place I know of that actually has Centurion Arms C4 BCG’s for sale which is pretty awesome.  If you want to build your own “Centurion Arms” upper this a great way to do it and have your say on what is included.  Check out a few of the different package deals below.  

Centurion Arms CMR Package
With the Centurion Arms CMR Package deal you can add a Centurion Arms Barrel and the awesome new CMR Rail system to a high quality Parallax Tactical upper receiver.  You also get to choose the Gas Block and Flash Hider.  

Centurion Arms CMR Package Deal

Centurion Arms Rail & C4 Bolt Carrier Group Package
With the Centurion Arms Rail & C4 Bolt Carrier Group package you can choose from any of the Centurion Arms rails and combine it with a C4 BCG.  

Centurion Arms Rail and BCG Package Deal


Centurion Arms Barrel & C4 Bolt Carrier Group Package
With this package you get to choose from a list of different Centurion Arms Barrels and a C4 BCG.  

Centurion Arms Barrel and BCG Package Deal


Not all of the packages include the Centurion Arms BCG but you can order that separately HERE.

Centurion Arms BCG

Got Billet? Lowers, Uppers and Sets In-Stock at S&J Tactical

Posted on June 11th, 2013 by ar15news

Its about that time again.  Our friends over at S&J Tactical have more of their awesome 7075-T6 billet lowers, uppers and matched sets in-stock and ready to go. They recently had an issue with their online merchant services provider and are in the process of getting a new online credit card processor.  For now, you can just message them on their Facebook page that you would like to buy a Lower, Upper or Set with your contact info. They will contact you right back and accept payment over then phone.  Check out these great looking receivers below.  

S&J Tactical Billet AR15 Lower:  $199.99

S&J Tactical Billet AR15 Upper:  $230

S&J Tactical Billet AR15 Receiver Set:  $429.99

Contact S&J Tactical HERE

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S and J Tactical Billet Upper1 620

Father’s Day Sale – Iron Sight 15 Upper Receivers

Posted on June 10th, 2013 by ar15news

I recently had a chance to do a slight review/introduction of the new ISU15 Upper Receiver from Iron Sight 15. These are about as nice as it gets when it comes to stripped forged uppers. I just received the good news that Iron Sight 15 has decided to help you save some money on these for Father’s Day. For the whole month of June 2013 you can use the code “JUNE2013″ at checkout to save $15 off your total purchase. They have also added a discounted 2-pack of receivers as well which also qualifies for the additional $15 discount. There are even some blemished uppers in-stock as well. Definitely head on over and check these out. Whether you’re buying one for Father’s Day or not its a great way to save a few bucks on a quality piece. Purchase at

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Iron Sight 15 AR15 Forged Stripped Upper 2

  **Also, don’t forget to check out Iron Sight 15 on Facebook to keep up with all of their new deals and products.  They will have barrels and new parts coming soon.  

Some super exciting information came out today.  Battle Arms Development, makers of the best Ambi Safeties on the market, just received their 07 FFL.  An 07 FFL is a manufacturing license which will allow them to produce Forged and Billet lowers with their own logo on them and sell them as well.  This is very exciting.  If they put half as much care into making a quality lower as they do into making their BAD-ASS selectors, these could very well be one of the best lowers ever.  For now I have no pictures or anything and not really even any time frame.  I can just show you a screen capture from the Battle Arms Development FB page showing you what they have planned.  See below.

Battle Arms Development 07 FFL

Memorial Day 2013 – Iron Sight 15 Discount

Posted on May 26th, 2013 by ar15news

Just the other day we helped launch the new Iron Sight 15 upper receivers (more info HERE).  Today they let us know that they are offering a discount code in honor of Memorial Day.  All you have to do is use the code “MEMORIALDAY” at checkout and you’ll receive $10 off your total.  I’ve been able to get my hands on one of these receivers and they are definitely nicer than your usual mass produced AR15 upper receivers.  They are finished to perfection.  Discount is only good until 11:59pm on Memorial Day 2013.  Take advantage of this opportunity to grab one or more for just $109.99 each.  Get yours at

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Memorial Day 2013 – AERO Precision Lower Receiver Sale

Posted on May 24th, 2013 by ar15news

AERO Precision has decided to offer a Memorial Day Sale on their Forged AR15 Lower Receivers.  Right now they have lowered the price on both the Blemished and Non-Blemished lowers.  Blemished ones may have minor scratches or defects but nothing that will effect the function of the lower.  Most of the people I know of who have bought blemished lowers from AERO can’t even find the issue.  If you need a new lower, get in on this deal!

AERO Precision Blemished AR15 Lowers:  $85.00

AERO Precision Standard (Non-Blemished) AR15 Lowers:  $148.50

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NEW!! IRON SIGHT 15 Forged AR15 Upper Receiver

Posted on May 24th, 2013 by ar15news

The new Iron Sight 15 forged AR15 upper receiver’s are now available for purchase.  You might be thinking exactly what I originally thought, “So what, its an AR15 upper”.  Well, you’re right.  The part that makes this upper receiver different is the care taken in finishing the product and really making it one of the nicest I’ve handled.  I was able to get my hands on one for the last week or so and I’ve gotta say….I’m pretty impressed.  

Iron Sight 15 AR15 Forged Stripped Upper

After installing the Dust Cover and Forward Assist I mated it up with a 5.56 Black Hole Weaponry barrel housed in a Seekins Precision MCSR v2 15″ rail.  Slapped on a BattleComp BC2.0 and it was done.  Everything went together nicely and just seemed to click.  I was a bit worried about the anti-rotation tabs on the Seekins rail as some uppers have issues in that area but again, fit like a glove.  

Iron Sight 15 AR15 Forged Stripped Upper 2

Iron Sight 15 AR15 Forged Stripped Upper 1

As you’ve probably already noticed there is some laser etching on the left side of the upper.  I typically don’t really care for this kind of thing but it seems to have really grown on me and I actually like it on this one.  They have also added the laser engraved T-marks.  

Iron Sight 15 AR15 Forged Stripped Upper 4

All in all, I would say this is a very nicely made forged upper receiver.  Nothing extremely different other than the care with which it was created.  I’ve copied the details for the Iron Sight 15 Forged AR15 Upper Receiver below.  The IS15 upper retails for $119.99 but they were nice enough to offer all AR15NEWS readers a discount code.  Use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout and save yourself $5.  Purchase one for yourself at

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Forged Stripped Upper Receiver (Flattop)

High Quality – Precision machined to proper M16/M4 Specs


-  7075 T6 Aluminum
–  M4 Feed ramps
–  .250” takedown holes
–  High Quality machining
–  Tumbled and deburring
–  Vapor Degreased
–  Stainless Steel Blasted
–  Hardcoat Anodize Type III Class 2 black per MIL-A-8625
–  (ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Certified)
–  Mil standard 1913 Picatinny accessory rail, with “T” markings
–  Laser Etching on left side of receiver

Purchase  the new Iron Sight 15 forged upper receiver at

Our friends over at S & J Tactical have given us some information regarding their soon to be released billet receiver set.  They have already been selling their billet lowers for a while and everyone seems to be very happy with them.  Now they have the other piece to the puzzle which is their new billet AR15 upper receiver.  As with most things billet the looks are much cooler than the standard forged upper receivers.  I spoke with Shawn at S & J Tactical and he told me they plan to offer the billet upper separately and in matched sets with one of their lowers.  Cost for just the upper should be $230 which is right in line with some other nicely machined billet uppers.  A matched billet set would run $429.99.  I don’t know about you guys but I’m excited to see more billet upper options.  They sell out so fast you can never get one.  Keep an eye on  Word is they will be adding them to the website by the weekend.  :)

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2013 S & J Tactical Billet Match Set 
7075-T6 Alum.
Type 3 Anodize

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S and J Tactical Billet Upper Rifle



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