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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.

Sneak Peek!! First Look At The New Fortis Mfg Billet AR-15 Upper

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by ar15news

A couple of weeks ago Fortis Manufacturing revealed a heavily cropped picture that showed a small portion of a new billet upper that they are producing. There were zero details posted along with the pic and no additional pictures followed…until now. :) My good buddy Richard (UWone77 on Facebook) is some sort of Ninja or something and was able to sneak into the Fortis HQ and get some quick photos of the new billet upper. I’m personally excited about this upper because its pretty evident given the photos and Fortis’ track record that it will look pretty sweet but still be a very high quality piece. Now if we could just get Fortis to make some cool lowers we’d be all set. ETA is about 4 weeks before these are available for purchase. Check out the pics below and check out www.FortisMfg.com to see all the other fine accessories and parts they already offer. 

Fortis Mfg Billet Upper 1

Fortis Mfg Billet Upper 1

Fortis Mfg Billet Upper 1

Fortis Mfg Billet Upper 1

Fortis Mfg Billet Upper 1

AR15NEWS SPR (Special Purpose Rifle) Build

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by ar15news

A while back I wrote a few articles about the new CIV Tactical SPR (Special Purpose Rifle) barrels that they were producing one at a time by hand and the extreme accuracy reputation they have. That got me thinking I needed to get my hands on one myself and do a new SPR build. My plan was to buy one of Dustin’s barrels and assemble the rifle myself but after talking to him a bit he said, “Hey, send me all of the parts you have and I’ll hand assemble it the CIV Tactical way.” I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant but it sounded cool to me. 

I already had a Tactical Firearm Solutions receiver set and Parallax Tactical rail ready to go that TFS and cerakoted a nice Sniper Gray for me. I boxed up the Upper Receiver, Rail and Gas Tube to which Dustin would add the new SPR Barrel (which comes with a matched Bolt), Gas Block and CIV Tac Flat Line Muzzle Brake. I had never had Dustin build me a complete upper and still didn’t know what the “CIV Tactical Way” meant but I was soon to find out. Along the way Dustin sent me some pictures of the progress and detailing some of the things he does to make sure you get the accuracy that his barrels and uppers are known for.

One of the first photos he sent me was showing the Bling Bling of the barrel crown that he does by hand on his lathe. 

1 CIV Tactical SPR Barrel Crown

Another set of pictures he showed me was the process of Lapping the face of the receiver threads and the rear facing side of the barrel extension. This process is typically done in precision bolt action rifles and ensures that the barrel is in perfect alignment with the upper receiver which obviously is done for increased accuracy.

1 Civ Tactical SPR Upper Lapped

1 CIV Tactical SPR Barrel Extension True

After a couple of weeks I received the assembled upper back and and couldn’t wait to get it all kitted out and take it to the range. Below is a great shot of the barrel itself before mounting the rail on the upper. As I mentioned before these barrels are completely hand made 416R Stainless Steel, 1/8 Twist and are chambered in .223 Wylde. The .223 Wylde chamber will shoot any .223 or 5.56 round but is designed to increase the accuracy of 5.56 NATO ammo. 

CIV Tactical SPR 0

The assembled upper has a Tactical Firearms Solutions Upper, Armageddon Tactical charging handle, Griffin Armament 45 degree offset Fail Safe Sights, Ares Armor NiB Bolt Carrier with CIV Tactical Match Bolt, Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 FFP scope, Parallax Tactical FFSSR 15″ rail, CIV Tactical 18″ SPR Match Barrel, Gas Block and Flat Line muzzle brake. 

CIV Tactical SPR 1CIV Tactical SPR 6

The lower I assembled myself and used the matching Tactical Firearms Solutions lower, Battle Arms Development Selector and EPS pin set. The EPS pins were a big help as the Cerakote made it nearly impossible to install a standard set of Takedown Pins. Even now they are very tight (which is how I like them) but the detent for a bullet tip on the other side makes it a breeze to push them through. I also used a LUTH-AR MBA1 stock that I got from MidwestPX. This stock is about half the price of comparable models such as the Magpul PRS but it still performed great, however its not quite as refined quality as you would expect. For an SPR rifle I don’t thin you would want to use anything other than a nice 2-stage trigger which is why I went with the Geissele SSA-E. I have this same trigger in other rifles and its seriously one of my favorite triggers I’ve ever used. Smooth, light take-up, you feel the wall (beginning of the second stage) and know if you pull any further that rifle is gonna go bang. The SSA-E will easily make any lower feel like a highly tuned machine.

CIV Tactical SPR 2CIV Tactical SPR 3

I mounted the Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 First Focal Plane scope in an American Defense Manufacturing QD mount and purchased a B&T Industries Atlas bipod. This setup really completed the rifle and man did it look sick!  

CIV Tactical SPR 9

The whole rifle just really came together perfectly but what you and I really want to know is….”How does it perform at the range?” I loaded up my rifle, some Greenline Tactical 75gr .223 ammo and headed to the 100 yard range. One thing I didn’t want to do is put the rifle in some lead sled and get accuracy data that way. I wanted to shoot it exactly how I would if I were actually using it which for me is Bipod in front, Bag in back. After getting the scope dialed onto the target it was time to do my best not to mess this up. :)

Civ Tactical SPR at the range

I decided to shoot 5 round groups instead of 3 just to show consistency. The following images are just a few of what I would consider excellent groups that I got out of this rifle at 100 yards. There were so many of these to choose from so I just picked three that were somewhat different. The first image shows a 5 round .5 MOA group (looks like 4 shots but the 5th went through one of the other holes). The second image shows 5 round .625 MOA group. The third image shows a 4 shot .5 MOA group with a low 5th round that knew I pulled as soon as I shot it.

1-CIV Tactical SPR Range 1

2-CIV Tactical SPR Range 2

3-CIV Tactical SPR Range 3

The upper shot absolutely perfect with zero FTE’s and zero FTF’s, bolt held open on an empty mag, it was just perfect. I own and have shot lots of other supposed “Match” barrels and many of them are so inconsistent that they made me think I was doing something wrong. The CIV Tactical Match SPR Barrel proved to be an extremely consistent rifle even in the hands of a novice precision shooter such as myself. Suffice it to say, the CIV Tactical SPR barrel is the real deal. I know there are some true shooters out there that could get even more accuracy out of this barrel. As I’ve mentioned before, I typically build all of my own AR’s but I would not hesitate even for one moment to have Dustin at CIV Tactical build me another upper. When you couple the hand made CIV Tactical barrel with the gunsmithing that Dustin does prior to assembly, it shows that precision shooting isn’t just reserved for bolt action guns. You can purchase this exact CIV Tactical SPR barrel in either 18 or 20 inch lengths with a matched Bolt right now at www.CIVTactical.com.

I have listed all of the pertinent links below. Be on the look for some followup reviews of items like the Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 FFP scope and Griffin Armament Fail Safe Sights.

CIV Tactical
Tactical Firearms Solutions
Parallax Tactical
Vortex Optics
Battle Arms Development
Geissele Automatics
LUTH-AR Stock
Griffin Armament
Atlas Bipod

Greenline Tactical

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.

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.

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.

Sneak Peek!! CMT Tactical Left Side Eject Billet Upper

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by ar15news

CMT Tactical has really been cranking out new products lately and I don’t think they have any plans to slow down. Here’s a little sneak peek at a project they are working on right now. CMT Tactical just prototyped their first Lefty version of their awesome billet UPUR upper. The best part is it doesn’t look like an afterthought like most left hand eject uppers. It features a forward assist and shell deflector on the left hand as well making it a true left hand setup. Not to mention it has the usual CMT Tactical sexy lines.

CMT Tactical UPUR Lefty AR-15 Upper 2 copy

CMT Tactical UPUR Lefty AR-15 Upper 2 copy

As of right now its just a prototype and no availability timeframe was mentioned. I’m sure if there is enough interest and demand for this new Lefty upper, CMT Tactical will make it happen. Be sure to stop on over at the CMT Tactical Facebook page and let them know if you want them to make this Southpaw Dream a reality. You can also take a look at www.CMTTactical.com to check out their full line of billet lowers and uppers. 

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.

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!! San Tan Tactical Billet Upper – Introductory Offer

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by ar15news

I’ve owned a San Tan Tactical STT-15 billet lower for quite a while now and it is one of my favorite lowers I’ve ever owned. It features full ambi controls including a built in ambi mag release and looks awesome but its always been missing one thing…a San Tan Tactical billet upper! When San Tan Tactical announced they were designing a lightweight billet upper, everyone knew it was going to be a thing of beauty. Just today they officially released the first run of billet uppers and the machining and lightening cuts look amazing. It is machined to match perfectly with a San Tan Tactical billet lower but will look fantastic with any other mil spec dimension lower as well. This first run of uppers are being offered at a special introductory price as well at just $184.95 with FREE SHIPPING.

San Tan Tactical Bilet Upper 4 San Tan Tactical Bilet Upper 4San Tan Tactical Bilet Upper 4San Tan Tactical Bilet Upper 4

There are many different AR-15 upper receivers on the market today. When designing this one there were a few features that were addressed. It was created lighter, stronger, and all while looking good doing it. One distinguishing characteristic is the truss pockets. The truss design acts similar to a bridge that carries and distributes the stress across the entire platform verses putting all of the stress on the material right behind the threads of the receiver. It also in turn helps improve your accuracy. The new STT receiver also comes in at only 8.2 ounces. That’s lighter than some slick side uppers!

• Single billet 7075 -T651 aerospace grade aluminum
• Fully Assembled with forward assist
• Machined in T markings
• Interfaces with all AR15/M16/M4 weapons systems
• Mil Spec Type III class II hard coat anodized Black
• Only 8.9 Ounces
• Backed by STT’s unmatched lifetime warranty.
• Made in the USA! Small Made in USA flag

The first run of San Tan Tactical billet uppers are only available at www.REVOLVR.com.

You can purchase a matching billet lower for yourself new San Tan Tactical billet upper at www.SanTanTactical.com.

Special thanks to my buddy UWone77 for the photos of the upper. He gets his hands on stuff faster than anybody I know.

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