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FIRST LOOK – Quarter Circle 10 Pistol Caliber MUR Upper

Posted on November 6th, 2015 by ar15news

Quarter Circle 10 has been working hard to bring multiple Pistol Caliber upper options to market that will match their billet Pistol Caliber lowers. First up is their collaboration with VLTOR to make a “Top Charging” Pistol Caliber MUR upper. Its a slick side upper with a smaller pistol caliber opening. “Top Charging” meaning it utilizes the standard AR-15 Charging Handle. These open for pre-order. Their website says 1-4 weeks but I was told by QC10 they they should ship by the end of next week. Price will be $179.95. If you’re looking for a very nice traditional pistol caliber upper for your QC10 or other builds, check out

QC10 Billet Upper 1QC10 Billet Upper 1

ARES Defense Announces Belt-Fed MCR® Lite at NASGW

Posted on November 2nd, 2015 by ar15news

If I ever get around to doing a full auto lower I will totally need to add an ARES Defense MCR belt fed upper. ARES Defense has been introducing a lot of new stuff lately and this new “Lite” version of their MCR upper is the most recent. Check out the press release below.

**Press Release**

MELBOURNE, FL, October 30, 2015 ­ ARES Defense Systems, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announced the introduction of its belt-fed MCR® Lite at NASGW in New Orleans. The MCR® Lite is an upper receiver assembly that fits standard AR15/M4 lower receivers and just like the full-featured MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle) upper receivers, it features gas-piston operation, a true (3 second) quick-change barrel assembly and the ability to feed from M27 linked ammunition belts or standard AR magazines at the shooter’s discretion.

ARES Defense MCR Lite

“ARES Defense built its business on our belt-fed rifles and upper receiver assemblies which among others, have been purchased by civilians, US government and militaries overseas.” says Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO of ARES Defense. “At 8.5 lbs, the MCR® is the lightest and most portable belt-fed in the world and like all ARES Defense products is 100% Made in the USA. We recently released an engineering test video of our AMG-2 government model where we demonstrate a continuous 700-round burst of automatic fire to show the reliability of our belt-fed line. While the full-featured MCR® and AMG-2 models are a first choice for professional shooters, we wanted to provide a Lite model that allows recreational shooters to experience the thrill of our belt-fed systems at a fraction of the price of our full-feature models.”

The primary differences between the MCR® and the MCR® Lite is that the Lite model has a fixed gas port, aluminum feed tray, round feed roller housing and lighter barrel than the MCR®. Available for immediate shipment by ARES Defense and also being carried by distributors AMCHAR, RSR and others, the MCR® Lite carries an MSRP price tag of $2,995.

ARES Defense AMG-2 video demonstrating a 700-round burst can be found at the following link:

For more information, please email or contact ARES Defense by telephone at (321) 242-8410. Additional details available on the ARES Defense website:

About ARES Defense

Since its founding in 1997, ARES Defense Systems has focused on the development of military small arms and accessories of unique versatility, innovation and exceptional quality for military, law enforcement and commercial customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, ARES products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast, ARES’ intense dedication to mission critical innovation has resulted in numerous patented advancements resulting in lighter, stronger, better performing weapons and accessories for the operator. To learn more about ARES Defense Systems visit

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New Products Just Introduced from LANTAC USA

Posted on October 28th, 2015 by ar15news

LANTAC USA just introduced a few new products which are a billet Upper Side Charger (USC), Side Charger E-BCG (Piston and DI) with modular charging hand and an extended Side Charging Handle assembly. Check out the pics and details below.

LANTAC Upper Side Charger (USC)
The LANTAC USC is basically a side charging version of their popular UAR upper. It utilizes their Domed Cam Pin design (will work with our without their Domed Cam Pin) and looks to be another quality upper option from LANTAC. These are available for purchase now at

LANTAC USC Side Charger Upper

LANTAC Side Charger E-BCG
I have a standard E-BCG and it is hands down one of the nicest BCGs I own. With the introduction of the new Side Charger Upper, it makes sense that they would introduce a side charging version of their E-BCG. The new Side Charger E-BCG has a really cool modular side charging handle and will also be available in both Piston and Direct Impingement (DI) versions. These are in production now.

LANTAC Side Charger E-BCG

LANTAC Extended Side Charging Handle
I remember seeing the Extended Side Charging Handle on one of LANTAC’s UK rifles and thought it was pretty cool. It basically mounts to the same spot on the Side Charger E-BCG as the standard handle but has a Fast Attach/Detach system with an arm that projects rearward. It also features a modular handle setup like the Side Charger E-BCG comes with. These are not available yet but are in production now. 

LANTAC Side Charger E-BCG

Product Overview Videos by Fathom Arms

Posted on October 15th, 2015 by ar15news

Our good friends over at Fathom Arms are pretty well known for their Standard and Enhanced Nitride BCGs. Recently they have also launched their new website and with that new website came a whole bunch of new products from other manufacturers that they are now carrying for sale. I really like that they are doing is these overview videos on the products they are carrying. These videos are not reviews but just video overviews to show you the details and features of the products. Its one thing to see a photo or two of a product but to have a nice video overview of a product prior to buying it is a nice touch. Check out their video overviews of the Fathom Arms Enhanced Nitride BCG and San Tan Tactical Billet Receiver Set below. For more videos, be sure to head on over to the Fathom Arms Youtube channel.

PWS / Seekins Hybrid Rifle Build Details

Posted on October 12th, 2015 by ar15news

Over the years I have built a bunch of ARs. Some are not that special to me but others I have really grown to love and will be ones I will hand down to my kids as they grow up. Most of my rifles are pretty “Frankenstein’ish” So I wanted to start sharing a little bit about those special ARs. Nothing too in-depth. Just easy reading with some parts listed and a nice photo. 

One such rifle is one of the first ones I would probably think of when it comes to grabbing a rifle in a SHTF situation. My PWS / Seekins Precision hybrid which I’ve had for about 4 years now has morphed into a rifle I could never see myself getting rid of. 

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The Seekins Precision SP223 billet lower receiver was the first part of this build that I owned. At first I wasn’t sure about the looks of the SP223 but it quickly grew on me and I had to have one. With the addition of a Wilson Combat TTU-3G trigger, Battle Arms BAD-CASS-SA-ST (Combat Ambi Safety Selector – Semi Auto – Short Throw) ambi safety, a Magpul MOE+ grip, Fortis QD End Plate and B5 Systems SOPMOD Bravo stock this lower feels complete.

The upper I can not take as much credit for its awesomeness as I did not build it. It is a Primary Weapons Systems MK114 complete upper. The MK114 consists of a 14.5″ .223 Wylde QPQ barrel, pinned FSC556 comp, PWS Long-Stroke Piston System, PWS 13″ KeyMod rail, PWS Forged Upper and a BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle. 

I added to this upper a set of Magpul MBUS GenII backup sights, an Aimpoint PRO, RailScales KeyMod covers, a Zero Bravo Inc KeyMod RHS (Reversible Hand Stop) and a SureFire X300U with SR07 tape switch.

Why is this one of my favorites? Not only is it a pretty sexy looking rifle but it is an extremely reliable and solid rifle. I’ve put it up against some of my 18″ SPR type rifles and with exception of my .5″ group tack driver it shoots as good if not better than the rest. Its not a cheap setup by any means but it is definitely one I would grab in a heart beat and not have any reservation as to whether or not it could get the job done when called upon. 

Rainier Arms Forged Slab Side Upper Blowout

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by ar15news

I received an email yesterday letting me know about a deal that is too good to pass up. Rainier Arms had a ton of their Forged Slab Side Upper Receivers made and actually have too many so they are blowing them out. The Slab Side upper is basically just like your normal forged upper but they have removed the forward assist option and added their logo on the side. 

Rainier Arms Forged Mil Spec Upper no forward assist

You might be thinking “Why no forward assist?” which is logical. I’ve always taught AR shooters that if your bolt did fully go into battery, you are better off to manually cycle the action by pulling back on the charging handle, eject that round and grab a new one instead of using your forward assist to cram something into the chamber that doesn’t want to go in there. Their are very few instances where you would actually “need” a forward assist. It also reduces weight while making the upper more low profile as well.

They are actually very nice uppers. I happen to be using one on my new 9mm AR Pistol I just built and its been awesome. Right now theses are on sale at $69.95 instead of the usual $125, only at

Damage Industries M4 Upper Receiver Sale – $39

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by ar15news

Damage Industries is selling some left over AR-15 forged uppers that were part of a government contract. These stripped uppers are all feature a 1913 rail top, USGI contract M4 marking and M4 feed ramps. They are also hard-coat annodized to MIL-A-8625 type III class 2 and Dry-Film Lubed with machined and painted T-slot marked positions. Each upper was precision machined to mil-spec from a 7075 T6 aluminum forging. At $39, this is one of those deals where even if you didn’t need one, you should snag one or two for future builds. You can never have too many extra receivers in the safe.

Damage Industries Stripped M4 Upper 1

Damage Industries Stripped M4 Upper 1

Damage Industries Stripped M4 Upper 1

Damage Industries Stripped M4 Upper 1

Damage Industries always has a ton of really cool stuff available. If you need parts to finish off the upper, they have those in-stock so don’t forget to add them too. Head on over to and get in on this deal while you can.

Radical Firearms 2nd Anniversary Sale

Posted on August 19th, 2015 by ar15news

**Update: Suppressor Video and Photo below.**

If you’ve been following Radical Firearms you’ll know that they are celebrating their 2nd Anniversary with an Open House this weekend with lots of sales, food and all around awesomeness. For those of us who are unable to make it down there, they are having a huge online sale. As you can see in the graphic below they have some really nice complete AR Pistols for $600 and a complete 16″ AR with rail for $700. The 16″ barrel, gas block and gas tube for $90 is a steal as well. 

However, the real big news is that Radical Firearms is introducing their 5.56 Direct Thread Suppressor. The suppressor is 7″ long with a 1/2×28 thread pitch. At just $350 I am definitely looking forward to picking one of these up. They will be releasing a video showing how it performs today so check back here later for an update once the video is out.

Radical Firearms 2nd Anniversary SaleClick to enlarge!

We are celebrating Radical Firearms’ 2nd Anniversary with a huge new sale! First we would like to introduce our very own 5.56 suppressor for only $349.95. Next, find huge savings on select AR Pistols, ALL FGS Railed Uppers, a 16″ 5.56 Complete Rifle, and a special deal on Ammo. Also, check out our deals on parts and barrels. This sale has something for everyone! check it out over at

Radical Firearms Direct Thread Suppressor

In case you missed it; we announced the launch of our very own RF 5.56 Suppressor yesterday. Many of you asked for some footage of it in action so we sent our 3-gun competitor, Shiloah Mattoon, to the test firing lane to compare it to another 5.56 suppressor. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Posted by Radical Firearms on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

REBEL ARMS Launches Pre-order for Complete REBEL UPPERS.

Posted on August 10th, 2015 by ar15news

REBEL ARMS has been cranking out some amazing looking rifles lately and now you can purchase just the upper receiver group as well. Rebel Arms has officially launched the pre-order for the entire line of REBEL UPPERS which will give you a wide variety of options to choose from. Each upper is comprised of some of the nicest components available such as Griffin Armament muzzle devices, SLR Rifleworks rails, MOA capable Nitride barrel and an Enhanced Nitride BCG. They are offering a discount of 10% and Free Shipping by using the code “rebelupperIG” at checkout on If you’re looking for an extremely nice upper to add to the collection, this is definitely a strong contender.

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REBEL ARMS is officially launching pre-orders on the ENTIRE LINE of REBEL UPPERS. 8.2″ 300 BLK OUT | 10.5″ 5.56 | 14.5″ 5.56 | 16″ 5.56 | 18″ 5.56 416 R | 20″ 5.56 . All barrels are Premium REBEL 4150 Nitride 1/7 twist, ENHANCED REBEL BCG’s, Griffin Armament muzzle devices, REBEL by SLR rail systems. Every upper is built to order hand assembled and test fired for accuracy. MOA should be expected with match grade ammo. Since this is a pre-order run, expect a 2-4 week delivery on builds, for your wait we are OFFERING 10% OFF our website prices, and FREE-SHIPPING when entering the coupon code: “rebelupperIG” at checkout.

Coming Soon – Side Charging Upper from Quarter Circle 10

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by ar15news

If you are running a pistol caliber AR you might want to get on the notification list for the new Side Charging Upper coming soon from Quarter Circle 10. Pics and details are below. These are not in-stock yet but you can enter your email in the “Get Notified” box at

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Our upper features a non-reciprocating charging handle. This allows the operator to remain in the firing position while charging the firearm. You can easily pull the charging handle to the rear and active the bolt catch with one hand in one motion. This upper was designed around mil-spec standard and will accept any of our blow back bolt assemblies. This upper has an enlarged ejection port and will fire pistol calibers from 9mm to .45 ACP. Our upper has a trap door in the rear to keep dirt out of the upper and allow easy removal of the bolt from the receiver.



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