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I just happened to run across these new “Billet 4o” receiver sets by ATX Armory yesterday and man they are pretty sweet looking. Apparently the name “Billet 40” comes from all of the 4o degree angles on the receivers. There literally isn’t a square inch area that doesn’t have some neat detail work done to it. Even the underside of the trigger guard looks sick. Most of the machining appears to be in an effort to lower the weight of the receivers which combined come in at just under 1 pound. The receiver set is also compatible with the Battle Arms and Rainier Arms short throw ambi safeties. Check out the pics and details below.

ATX Armory Billet 40 receiver set

ATX Armory has built the finest receiver set money can buy without compromise to quality! Our model “Billet 40” gets its name from the 40 degree angles featured throughout the design, which took us nearly a year to perfect.

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ATX Armory Billet 40 receiver set

Features:
Р Precision CNC from Aerospace Aluminum Billet 7075-T6
Р Integrated Trigger Guard with Custom Details
Р Forward Assist (Not found on similar high end receiver sets)
Р Multi Cal Markings for Various Build Types
Р Upper/Lower Tension Screw Setup (No Slop in this set so not Needed but Machined)
Р Edges have been De-Burred for Clean Smooth Finish
Р Compatible with Mil Standard AR Lower/Upper Receiver Parts
Р High Quality Hard Coat Type III Anodized Finish
Р Weighs 15.2 oz.

If you’re in the market for a unique looking billet receiver set for your next build, definitely give these a look. ¬†I know I might be doing that myself. Check them out at www.ATXArmory.com.

Quarter Circle 10 Pistol MUR Upper Receiver

Posted on June 29th, 2016 by ar15news

For you Pistol Caliber builders out there….I just saw that the new Quarter Circle 10 Pistol MUR uppers are back in-stock. A few of my buddies have these and they match up very nicely to the QC10 billet lowers. The part that makes these different from other uppers is that VLTOR made these specifically for QC10 with a slick side wall with no forward assist along with a taller ejection port to allow extra ejection clearance for rounds from 9mm up to .45 ACP. If you’re looking for a great upper to complete your Pistol Caliber build,¬†this is a great option. Check them out at www.QuarterCircle10.com.

 QTRC10 Pistol MUR Upper 1

QTRC10 Pistol MUR Upper 1

QTRC10 Pistol MUR Upper 1

Photos by Triple Bravo and TracerX

Retro AR Parts at Brownells

Posted on May 31st, 2016 by ar15news

Seems like Retro ARs or Clones are all the rage lately. TROY has introduced a few retro models, Colt announced at the NRA Annual Meeting earlier this month that they will be bringing back a limited production run of some of their most iconic rifles and now it looks like Brownells will also be dedicating some effort towards bringing quality retro components to market as well. Listed below are the first of many offerings from Brownells with more becoming available in the near future. 

XM177 Flash Hider & Grenade Ring 
The Brownells XM177 Flash Hider & Grenade Ring is the appropriate reproduction piece for your Retro carbine build. This flash hider mirrors the original device’s exterior dimensions, as well as flash hider cuts and grenade ring. The XM177 Flash Hider fits 1/2-28 threads, is machined from 8620L steel and has a black oxide finish. Flash Hider length is 4.335″ and with the grenade ring, bring the total length to 4.45″.

Brownells XM177 Flash Hider Grenade Ring 1Brownells XM177 Flash Hider Grenade Ring 1This is the proper muzzle device for the following reproduction builds:
Р XM177 or Colt Model 610
Р XM177E1 or Colt Model 609
Р Colt Model 619/620
Р XM177E2 or Colt Model 629
Р Colt Model 630 or USAF GAU-5A
Р Colt Model 639
Р Colt Model 649 or USAF GAU-5A/A


M16A1 Upper Receiver 

Designed in conjunction with Nodak Spud, the Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver matches the features of the original M16A1 Receiver. Perfect for a ‚ÄúRetro‚ÄĚ or reproduction build, these uppers precisely mirror the original profile. This match is only possible by utilizing forgings with the proper profile built-in.

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Features specific to the Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver are the original A1 profile, with no shell deflector, A1 rear sight housing and proper carry handle contours. The upper starts off as a 7075 T6 aluminum forging, then is machined to mil-spec dimensions. Once machined, the upper is finished with a matte black hard anodized finish. This finish matches most modern lowers found on the market today, as well as the Brownells BRN-16A1 Lower Receiver sold separately. Upper receiver does NOT have M4 feedramps.

Standard AR-15 components will work perfectly with this upper.

This upper is the proper receiver for the following reproduction builds:
Р XM16E1
Р M16A1
Р Model 607
Р Model 609 (XM177E1)
Р Model 619
Р Model 629 (XM177E2)
Р Model 639
Р Model 651
Р Model 653
Р Upper is not compatible with Anderson Mfg Lower Receivers due to rear takedown lug depth.

Please note, Nodak Spud does not machine these receivers. Only the forgings are sourced from Nodak Spud. Please contact Brownells with any inquiries or concerns.


AR-15 M16A1 Lower Receiver 
Designed in conjunction with Nodak Spud, the BRN-16A1 Lower Receiver matches the features of the original M16A1 Receiver. Perfect for a ‚ÄúRetro‚ÄĚ or reproduction build, these lowers precisely mirror the original profile.

Brownells M16A1 lower receiver 1Brownells M16A1 lower receiver 1Features specific to the BRN-16A1 Lower Receiver are the proper M16A1 front takedown lug profile, and profile surrounding the receiver extension. Most forged lower receivers produced today feature ‚ÄúA2‚ÄĚ profiles, which are incorrect for M16A1 reproduction builds. The lower starts off as a 7075 T6 aluminum forging, then is machined to mil-spec dimensions. Once machined, the lower is finished with a matte black hard anodized finish. This finish matches modern uppers found on the market today, as well as the Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver sold separately.

Standard AR-15 components will work perfectly with this lower.

Simple, engraved markings on the lower include:
Р Model: BRN-16A1
Р Cal: 5.56mm
Р Mfg: Brownells Inc

This lower is the proper receiver for the following reproduction builds:
Р M16A1
Р Model 619
Р Model 629
Р Model 630 / GAU-5A
Р Model 639
Р Model 649 / GAU-5A/A
Р Model 651/652
Р Model 653/654
Р Mk 18 Mod 0
Р Mk 12

Please note, Nodak Spud does not machine these receivers. Only the forgings are sourced from Nodak Spud. Please contact Brownells with any inquiries or concerns.

As someone who has never¬†done any Retro/Clone builds but have always¬†wanted to, these definitely interest me and I am excited to¬†see what else Brownells plans on bringing to the market. There’s just something awesome¬†about seeing the history of the AR-15/M16 and its many variations. Good on Brownells for¬†helping us have the ability to create our own clones of those awesome rifles.¬†

Bootleg Inc. – A Company You Definitely Want to Know About

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by ar15news

Bootleg Inc. was formed last year as a sister company of Primary Weapons Systems (PWS). Their¬†sole focus is on Direct Impingement (DI) accessories and AR builder education. Their¬†goal is to provide quality products and information for anyone that would like to build an AR. You may not know the name but you’ve most likely seen their products as they were heavily covered during SHOT Show 2016 on the new Primary Weapons Systems “MOD2” and Agency Arms “Project Classified” rifles. Some of¬†the new products that were¬†made for those two rifles are now available for purchase separately through Bootleg Inc. Those product are the Bootleg PicMod rail, Bootleg Lightweight Adjustable Carrier (great for suppressor use) and the Bootleg Lightweight Upper Receiver. Take a few minutes to check out their new products below.¬†

PWS MK107 Bootleg Parts

Bootleg PicMod Handguards
Extruded from 6061 aluminum with mil spec hard anodizing, the Bootleg handguard is a great update to your build and comes in 9″, 13″, and 15″ configurations with the choice of adding the KMR mounting hardware.

Bootleg PicMod Handguard

Р Extruded 6061 Aluminum
Р Mil Spec Hard Anodizing
– BCM KMR Mounting System allows for easy installation for new builds or replacement of existing BCM KMR handguard.
Р Full Length Mil Spec Picatinny Top Rail
– Excusive integrated PicMod Technology allows most picatinny accessories to mount without adapters while preserving a seamless flat KeyMod mounting surface
Р Extended PicMod Feature on the bottom section for increased bipod mounting options
Р Lightweight skeletonized design

Bootleg Adjustable Carrier
The Bootleg Lightweight Adjustable Carrier is machined from S7 Tool Steel, and features a four setting vent system to relieve excess gas pressure from suppressor use.

Bootleg Adjustable Carrier

Р Machined from S7 Tool Steel
Р Lithium Isonite Coating
– 4 Setting Adjustable Vent System relieves excess gas pressure created from suppressor use creating longer dwell time and less blowback to the shooter.
Р Gas Adjustment can be turned while installed in the rifle
Р Unique Lightweight Design
Р Uses all standard mil spec components
Р Staked Mil Spec Gas Key
Р Adjustment Pin is easily removed for cleaning

Bootleg Lightweight Upper Receiver
The Bootleg upper receiver is machined from 7075 aluminum and mil spec hard anodized. It features a lightweight design and upgraded features to start your build off right.

Bootleg Lightweight Upper Receiver

Р Machined from forged 7075 Aluminum
Р Mil Spec Hard Anodizing
Р Forward assist eliminated for weight saving and reduced snag risk
Р Lightweight design 6.2 oz stripped (.8 oz lighter than a mil spec upper receiver)
Р 1.7 oz lighter than a mil spec upper receiver with hardware installed
Р Captured dust cover door pin eliminating the need for the E clip
Р Increased barrel mounting circumference maintaining a solid barrel / receiver interface
Р Interference fit barrel extension interface for increased accuracy

QC10 GSF Lowers w/LPK and Matched Receiver Sets On Sale

Posted on April 13th, 2016 by ar15news

Quarter Circle 10 has been adding tons of new products to their lineup lately and from what I understand this is just the beginning. Today they added two more options. First is the option of purchasing their GSF (Glock Small Frame) lower with a standard LPK (lower parts kit) at a discounted price. Second is the ability to purchase a matched receiver set which includes the GSF (Glock Small Frame) lower and their new Pistol Caliber MUR upper which was introduced a few weeks ago. This is one step closer to QC10 offering complete uppers, lowers and Rifle/Pistol builds. 

Both of these new options are currently being offered at a 10% discount but will return to normal pricing this Friday, April 15th. If you’re looking to start your next Pistol Caliber AR, this is a great deal to jump in on.¬†

GSF Lower with Lower Parts Kit

QC10 GSF complete lower

GSF Stripped Lower & Pistol MUR Matched Set

QC10 GSF Pistol MUR

F-1 Firearms BDR-10-3G (.308) Billet Matched Receiver Set

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by ar15news

If you’re looking for the new F-1 Firearms¬†BDR-10-3G billet matched receiver set for your next .308 build you’re in luck. Rainier Arms has gotten their hands on them first and has them in-stock right now. The BDR-10-3G set features the aggressive cutouts on the sides as it was designed to be a light as possible for use in lightweight builds and 3-Gun type rifles. Get your hands on these new receivers at www.RainierArms.com.

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XANTHOS-LITE “LARGE FRAME” .308 RECEIVER SET

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by ar15news

I’ve always liked the looks of the 2A Armament receiver sets. Recently they released their new¬†XANTHOS-LITE “LARGE FRAME” .308 receiver set which looks absolutely amazing and is super light weight at just 1 point (16 ounces) for the stripped set. The term “LARGE FRAME” just refers to your typical LR308/SR-25 receiver set. This set would make for one beautiful rifle. Check out the details and pictures below.

The XANTHOS-lite was developed to give the end user a lightweight solution for the popular ‚Äúlarge frame‚ÄĚ 308 (LR308/SR-25) pattern of firearms. ¬†The XANTHOS-lite is geared towards the user who want‚Äôs quality material, design, and functionality in a large frame build. The XANTHOS-lite shares the common DPMS HIGH standard for rail height, and will accept most accessories on the market. The lightening cuts on the top of the receiver feature a tapered design to give aftermarket rails a seamless look from receiver to rail. Features such as a tensioning screw, and screw in pin for the bolt release are also included. A generous magazine well aid in reloading. The XANTHOS-lite is sold only as a matched set.

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Features:
Р 3-D Machined from U.S.A. Certified 7075-T6 plate aluminum
Р Pocketed design reduces weight, and enhances appearance
Р Forward assist has been removed from upper to reduce weight
Р Bolt release features screw in pin (Included)
Р Integrated and lightened trigger guard
Р Machined T-Markings and minimized logo for a clean appearance
Р Tapered charging handle ramp to eliminate unsightly wear marks
Р DPMS Standard high rail height
Р Integrated tensioning screw guaranties a tight fit (included)
Р Bead blasted and hard coat anodized black (Type3 class2)
Р Weight: (16oz total) Stripped upper and lower combined
Р Compatible with most accessories on the market
Р Product of the great state of Idaho, MADE IN THE U.S.A.

BACK ORDERS ARE TYPICALLY 2-3 WEEKS OUT!

You can order the new XANTHOS-LITE “LARGE FRAME” .308 receiver set or check out other awesome AR products at www.2a-arms.com.

AERO Precision M16A4 Special Edition Products

Posted on March 16th, 2016 by ar15news

Whenever the Star Wars fans talk about “Clone Wars” the only thing I think about is AR Clones. One of these days I will have a collection of retro clone rifles like the MK12 Mod1, MK18, etc. AERO Precision has a really awesome special edition M16A4 line of products that would make for a great clone build. The M16A4 has a 20″ barrel, rifle length gas system, A2 stock and grip and the upper has a detachable carry handle which can be removed to make room for an ACOG or other optic. AERO Precision offers stripped lowers, complete lowers, complete uppers and complete rifles so whether you are in the process of building your clone and need parts to finish it off or if you just want to buy a complete M16A4 clone, they have the parts you need. Check out the details and pics below.¬†

(Information and photos below courtesy of AERO Precision)

Our M16A4 components are perfect for your next clone build. The M16A4 Special Edition Lower Receiver features custom engraved markings and serial number designation on our popular AR15 Gen 2 Lower Receiver. Purchase a stripped lower or buy assembled with our complete lower receiver and rifle offerings for a custom, eye catching build.

COMPLETE RIFLE FEATURES | $1,049.99 | SHOP NOW
Р Based off of the military issued M16A4
Р Mil-Spec Parts
Р Features Special Edition M16A4 Lower Receiver with custom engraving

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COMPLETE LOWER FEATURES | $249.99 | SHOP NOW
Р Lower: Special Edition M16A4 Lower Receiver with custom engraving
Р Lower Parts Kit: Standard AR15 Lower Parts Kit
Р Buffer Kit: Standard AR15 Rifle Buffer Kit
Р Stock: Standard A2 Stock
Р Grip: Standard A2 Grip

APAR501121-m16a4-complete-lower-4

APAR501121-m16a4-complete-lower-4

STRIPPED LOWER FEATURES | $105.00 | SHOP NOW
Р Custom Aero Precision logo
Р Markings include: Property of U.S.A., MOD M16A4, CAL. 5.56MM
Р Serial number designation
Р Safe/Semi/Burst safety selector markings

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COMPLETE UPPER FEATURES | $499.00 | SHOP NOW
Р 20″ 5.56 NATO Rifle Length Barrel
Р A2 Detachable Carry Handle and A2 Front Sight Block w/ Bayonet Lug
Р A2 Style Handguard, Rifle Length

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See more at: http://aeroprecisionusa.com/ap/aero-m16a4-special-edition

Sneak Peek!! F-1 Firearms Universal Billet Uppers

Posted on February 11th, 2016 by ar15news

If you look at any of the F-1 Firearms social media accounts you’ll see that at least a few times a day someone asks “Can I buy just the upper?”. Kind of reminds me of how everyone¬†asks a different manufacture if they can buy “just the rail”. Up until now, the answer has always been no because the F-1 upper and lower are contoured to flow perfectly together and the upper would fit but wouldn’t look right with a standard mil spec lower. Well it appears that enough of you guys asked for “just the upper” because F-1 Firearms announced today they are going to be releasing a new Universal¬†billet upper with the same cutouts and design as their popular BDR-15 3G upper.

F-1 Firearms Universal Billet Upper 1

F-1 Firearms Universal Billet Upper 1

So far all I know is that these will be¬†available as Stripped Uppers and Complete Uppers and will be¬†available for purchase later this month. No idea on¬†pricing just yet but will update the article as soon as I know. AND…before anyone starts¬†screaming¬†about how much debris will get into the upper, etc., we all already know there is a possibility of that. While I wouldn’t suggest this¬†upper for anyone in a combat situation (which most of you are not), these do work very well with a suppressor as it¬†slowly releases the gas out the sides and there are videos of it being dragged through the dirt and mud and functioning flawlessly after.¬†

For more details regarding this product and other F-1 Firearms products, head on over to www.F-1Firearms.com or follow F-1 on Facebook and F-1 on Instagram.

Sneak Peek!! Next Level Armament ELITE AR-15 Receiver Set

Posted on February 9th, 2016 by ar15news

Big thanks to Next Level Armament who shot me a sneak peek at their new ELITE AR-15 receiver set yesterday. The ELITE receiver set is a forged receiver set that has had material removed wherever possible without reducing the strength of the receiver. As you can see in the photos below they did not “skeletonize” the lower but just removed excess material creating recessed areas around important features of the lower. This¬†won’t result in a massive amount of weight savings but there will be some and looks pretty awesome too. Although you can’t see it in this photos, the upper receiver has also received the same treatment as they have machined out the center of the 12 o’clock rail section and added their logo on the top at the charging handle opening.

Next Level Armament ELITE receiver set 2

Next Level Armament ELITE receiver set 1

While a receiver set like this from some other companies would break the bank, Next Level Armament will be offering these as matched sets for just $225. I was told they will have a few hundred back from anodizing and ready to ship by Wednesday (2-17-16) of next week. This is a great option for anyone looking for something a bit different than the run of the mill forged receiver set without paying the big bucks for a billet set. 

www.NextLevelArms.com

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