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New!! X-Products Performance Based Uppers for Your AR-15

Posted on October 16th, 2014 by ar15news

X Products is best known for their awesome drum mags. They make drum mags in 9mm, 5.56 and .308 for multiple different types of rifles. Recently they started venturing into the AR-15 Complete Upper market. They’re offering complete uppers (minus BCG and Charging Handle) using high quality components at an extremely affordable price point. Right now they have 5 different upper receiver groups (such as the ones shown below) in-stock in 5.56 or 300BLK with a Fortis REV rail at the ridiculous price of just $450. Read the details and check out the pics below. 

At X Products we believe in “Specification Driven” performance systems that are built to achieve the best results when paired with proper ammo and components. We use components that interact with each other, have modular features and work with Mil Standard parts. This is done so the end user can easily work on their firearm using Mil Standard wrenches and off the shelf tools so they can familiar with their firearm without having to contact a gunsmith when there is a problem, or when they want to change parts.

X Products 16.1 300 BLK Lawman 12 Rail Black X Products 16.1 300 BLK Lawman 12 Rail BlackX Products 16.1 5.56x45 Lawman 14 Rail

Our line of enhanced uppers all have 4140 chrome-moly salt bath nitride or 416 stainless steel barrels that are easily good for 10,000 rounds of continuous accuracy (unless specified otherwise), and work on a free float rail system manufactured by Fortis that is light weight, durable, modular, and mounted to a mil standard barrel nut. Our uppers are hammer forged by Anchor Harbor on 7075-T6 aluminum and machined to exact M4 tolerances including feed ramps and rail markings for locating optics. Each upper is discretely marked with our manufacturing information and LOT number to ensure quality control. We offer both fixed gas systems and adjustable gas systems, so you can either by a gun for regular use or suppressed use. We only use clamp on gas systems as they are rigid and easy to remove with an alan head wrench. Each gas system is fitted with a WMD stainless steel salt bath nitride gas tube that is black limiting appearance and offers improved lubricity fighting against carbon build up. All uppers include a forward assist, barrel nut, barrel, gas system, and forend rail. We do not include a flash brake unless specified at bottom of page, bolt and carrier group (these will work with any mil standard bolt and charging handle). Available in Cerakote ™ FDE or black anodizing, all uppers include X Products no-hassle lifetime warranty.

You can take a look at the entire line of X Products Performance Based Uppers and make a purchase at www.XProducts.com.

Rainier Arms UltraMatch Billet Receiver Set Combo – MOD 2

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by ar15news

If you liked the aggressive lines, cuts and edges of the Rainier Arms UltraMatch .308 billet receiver set, you’re gonna love the new AR-15 version of the UltraMatch Billet receiver set they are calling MOD 2. After releasing such an awesome .308 set recently, it only made sense to upgrade their existing AR-15 set to have a similar look. The new Rainier Arms UltraMatch MOD 2 AR-15 billet receiver sets are now available for purchase and will look sick on your next build. Pics and details below. Purchase now at www.RainierArms.com.

Rainier Arms UltraMatch Billet Set Mod 2 1 Rainier Arms UltraMatch Billet Set Mod 2 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.

Rainier Arms UltraMatch Billet Set Mod 2 1 Rainier Arms UltraMatch Billet Set Mod 2 1

Features:
-  Ambidextrous Extended Bolt Release
–  A4 Feed Ramps
–  7075 Billet Aluminum
–  Flared Magwell
–  Integrated Trigger Guard
–  Tensioning Screw for proper Upper/Lower Fit

https://www.rainierarms.com/?page=shop/detail&product_id=4727

NEW!! LANTAC Upper Advanced Receiver (UAR) with Smoothcam

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by ar15news

The patent pending SMOOTHCAM system features a domed head, low friction cam pin and special upper receiver that offer ultra smooth operation. With its blended cam recess the UAR upper is machined from Billet 7075-T6 certified aluminum and milspec, Type3, Class2, Deep Black, Hardcoat Anodized.

The UAR is a precision machined upper with a special burnished bore that gives a compacted internal surface with a roughness average in micro inches of 16, as opposed to standard bored or milled uppers that are 32-63, or higher. This reduces bolt carrier friction and creates a much smoother operation.

LanTac UAR Billet Upper 1

Barrel nut threads, bore and barrel extension surfaces are all machined in one operation so that they are perfectly concentric and perpendicular to the barrel and fixing assembly. The cam pin recess has been carefully designed with a smooth surface that flows into the main reciprocation channel. This allows our specially designed radial, domed head cam pin to move with the minimum of wear against these internal surfaces.

LanTac UAR Billet Upper 3

The CP-R360 Cam Pin has no moving parts to break or lock up, so unlike roller systems it can never fail. Machined from 17-4 PH Stainless Steel and hardened to H900 (40RC) it is finished with a super smooth Melonite process. The cam pins circular head has a single flat face machined into it so that it can be inserted into any bolt carrier without having to remove the gas key.

The unique domed head allows the cam pin to operate in a completely different position to a traditional pin, with the radius of the head curving away from the receivers internal surface, rather than forming a hard or sharp edge on its upper corner that causes wear.

Used in conjunction with our UAR upper and you have a complete, ultra smooth, low friction, minimum wear system.

LanTac UAR Billet Upper 2

The LANTAC UAR is in production now and will be available for purchase very soon. Keep an eye on www.LANTAC-USA.com and be sure to follow the LANTAC USA Facebook page for updates. 

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. 

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