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Quentin Defense is pretty well know for affordable, quality billet and forged receivers including some awesome lowers with different Military branch symbol roll marks. QD recently introduced some brand new products to their already awesome lineup of billet AR receivers including two brand new ambi lowers and a .308 Billet upper.

First is the new ambi billet lowers. They look like the standard QD billet but feature an Ambi Bolt Release. These are being offered in both 100% and 80% configurations. The 100%’s are anodized and look great. The 80% model is not anodized and needs to have the fire control pocket machined out but DOES include the ambi bolt release. I really like that QD added the ambi option especially to the 80% model as that is pretty rare in the 80% world.

Quentin Defense Ambi Billet 80% Lower

Quentin Defense Ambi 80 percent Billet Lower

Quentin Defense Ambi Billet 100% Lower

Quentin Defense Ambi Billet Lower

 

At the beginning of the year I started telling people that this was going to be the year of the .308 AR. So far this year we’ve seen more .308 components pop up than ever before. Quentin Defense has just introduced a nice looking DPMS profile .308 Billet upper receiver. Definitely worth checking out if you’re planning a .308 build.

Quentin Defense Billet .308 Upper

Quentin Defense billet 308 upper

NEW!! Rainier Arms .308 Billet Ambi Receivers and .308 Rail

Posted on June 10th, 2014 by ar15news

Rainier Arms is getting ready to make a huge splash in the .308 AR game in typical Rainier Arms fashion with one of the sweetest looking .308 billet receiver sets I’ve seen and their own Rainier Arms version of the Fortis Mfg Switch Rail. Put these two products any of the fantastic .308 barrels that RA already offers and you have a perfect start to an awesome .308 build. 

The billet receivers have basically everything you could ask for. They feature an ambi bolt release similar to the one found on the RA UltraMatch billet lower, Battle Arms Development 45 degree selector compatibility, built-in ambi QD sling mounts, an aggressively flared mag-well and looks to die for! As with most .308 billet uppers there is no forward assist option. This not only saves weight but is typically a useless feature since most .308 Bolt Carrier’s don’t have forward assist cuts anyways. The new RA .308 billet receivers are being sold as a set and will come with a Rainier Arms RAPTOR .308 ambi charging handle as well. You can find more information and sign up for the email “in-stock notification” HERE.

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Rainier Arms also snuck in their very own version of the Fortis Mfg .308 Switch 14″ rail. The RA version features a little bit different ventilation cutouts and, as you’ll see in the pictures below, features a very aggressive reverse angled cut on the front of the rail. It still retains the Quick Attach/Detach function allowing you to quickly “Switch” setups for different mission or competition needs by simply removing the rail and sliding on a different one. You can check out the new Rainier Arms .308 Switch 14″ rail HERE.

Rainier Arms .308 Switch Rail 1

Rainier Arms .308 Switch Rail 1

Rainier Arms .308 Switch Rail 1

If you’re like me and have the itch to build a sweet .308 rig, Rainier Arms is your one stop shop for anything you need to make it happen. In the words of Pat McNamara “Get you some!”. www.RainierArms.com

Had a nice time sighting in / function testing a couple of my newer AR’s at the range the other day. I typically shoot on private land but bench shooting is a good way to get your guns out, put some rounds through them and make sure they are running good. For the most part there were no issues but any AR builder will tell you it only takes one small issue to throw a monkey wrench in there.

620 CIV Tactical SPR AERO Precision AR Pistol Vortex opticsClick to enlarge

The rifle has an upper built by CIV Tactical using receivers are from Tactical Firearms Solutions. CIV Tactical used their excellent 18″ SPR barrel and Matched Bolt that are known for getting some extremely low sub-MOA results. I used an older Bolt Carrier with the supplied bolt and figured everything would be fine. When the rifle wouldn’t eject a single round I knew there was something going on. Instead of just giving up and using the other AR I brought I decided to try to figure out was the issue was. After trying 2 different lowers, 4 different mags and 2 different types of ammo I decided to try a different BCG. Swapped it out and it ran like a Sewing Machine. I know the Matched Bolt is good as it was test fired with that exact Bolt so it’s pretty obvious I can narrow it down to the Bolt Carrier such as a leaky Gas Key. Looks like I threw in my own monkey wrench.  LoL  

The point is if you think logically through your failures and start eliminating possible issues, you can quite often move past the issues with the rifle and still get in some good trigger time. Oh, and bring some tools and small parts with you when test firing a rifle for the first time.  🙂

The rail on the SPR is a Parallax Tactical FFSSR rail. It also has an ATLAS Bipod with ADM mouth and the Stock is the LUTH-AR MBA-1 that you can buy from www.MidwestPX.com. The AR Pistol is all AERO Precision with an Odin Works 10.5″ Barrel, Primary Weapons CQB comp and a KAK Industry Super Sig Tube. Both guns have Vortex Optics…optics.

Father’s Day 2014 – Salient Arms

Posted on June 7th, 2014 by ar15news

Salient Arms International, well known for their high end Glock and AR-15’s, is offering their AR15 Matched (from one solid piece of billet aluminum) stripped upper and stripped lower receiver set on sale for Father’s Day at their lowest price of $375 USD shipped to your FFL (regularly $450 USD). Additionally, all orders will receive a Salient T-shirt with their order! This is a $40 USD value that is included while supplies last! Call Salient Arms at (805) 983-1200 to place an order. If they don’t answer they ask that you please leave a voicemail and they will call you back as they get tremendous call volume at times. Sale ends 06/13/14. 

Don’t forget to follow Salient Arms International on Facebook and Instagram to keep up on all of their products.

620 Salient Arms International Matched Billet Receiver Set 2

Father’s Day Sale 2014 – AERO Precision

Posted on June 7th, 2014 by ar15news

AERO Precision is offering a great Father’s Day Sale. Now through 6/16/2014 you can save 10% on all orders PLUS any orders over $50 will receive FREE SHIPPING as well. I don’t know about you but I never spend less than $50 at AERO Precision so this should be a no-brainer for you guys. Just use the code “dadsandgrads” at checkout when shopping at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

AERO Precision Father's Day Sale 2014

Father’s Day Sale 2014 – Rainier Arms

Posted on June 6th, 2014 by ar15news

Rainier Arms has put together a really sweet Father’s Day Sale. The sale starts today and runs through Father’s Day (6/15/14). To start, all orders now through Father’s Day will receiver FREE SHIPPING. There are three additional sale items to look at too which are all listed below as well. One, any Gift Card purchases of $50 or more will receive a free Rainier Arms PAW Hat and a Rainier Arms SPORK. Two, anyone who purchases a Rainier Arms Forged Mil Spec Upper Receiver will receive a free RAC (Rainier Arms Compensator). Last but not least, anyone who purchases a Rainier Arms Forged Mil Spec Upper Receiver AND a Rainier Arms 16″ Mountain Series barrel will receive a free Rainier Arms RAPTOR charging handle. Click on any of the images below to be redirected right to that deal.

Rainier Arms Father's Day Sale 2014 1

Rainier Arms Father's Day Sale 2014 1

Rainier Arms Father's Day Sale 2014 1

DRD Tactical SRU762 QD Upper

Posted on May 30th, 2014 by ar15news

DRD Tactical SRU762 QD Upper

7.62 NATO Caliber

DRD Tactical announces the release of SRU762 Upper Receiver using our patented Quick take down barrel design for M110/SR25 7.62Nato caliber Rifles. It can be assembled from its hard-case or back-pack without any tools, in less than a minute.

620 SRU762-HC

620 SRU762-2

The SRU762 upper receiver is machined from billet 7075 Aluminum, barrel options are Hammer Forged chrome lined 16” & 18” 1/12 twist or Lothar Walther 16” & 18” 1/10 twist, comes with a MIL-STD 1913 QD 13” Rail with mounting holes on 3 sides for Magpul L-4 Rail Panels

620 SRU762-3

Visit us online at www.drdtactical.com

MSRP $1195

AERO Precision M4E1 Enhanced Upper Available for Purchase

Posted on May 21st, 2014 by ar15news

Last week we wrote about the new M4E1 Enhanced Upper and Handguards that AERO Precision was coming out with. These new upper feature an integrated mounting system for the new handguards which will make for an absolutely rock solid lock up. I just got word that the new M4E1 uppers are now in-stock and ready to purchase over at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

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The AR15 weapon system is an ever-evolving and modular platform. That weapon system has now been enhanced by Aero Precision into the new M4E1 platform. The M4E1 upper receiver is precision-machined to our specifications and features M4 feed ramps and handguard mounting platform. The rail mounting surface and barrel nut area provide a much stiffer system than a standard receiver, giving you more accuracy out of your rifle. Lightweight by design, stronger through superior engineering, the M4E1 delivers monolithic accuracy in a lightweight package.

Features:

  • Forged from 7075 T6 aluminum
  • Precision machined to M4E1 specs
  • M4 feedramps
  • Matte black hard coat anodized Mil 8625 Type 3 Class 2 or Cerakote coating
  • .250″ takedown pin holes
  • Laser engraved T-marks
  • Accepts standard AR15/M16 components
  • Handguard mounting platform is forged into the receiver
  • Comes assembled, with dust cover and forward assist installed
  • Barrel nut and wrench are included

Tactical Machining has a pretty sweet sale going on right now. Whether you’re an 80% type of builder or prefer to go the quicker route and build from a completely machined receiver set, they have you covered. For just $99 you can get an 80% lower and an upper in the raw. If you can swing an additional $10 you can get either an anodized 80% lower and upper set or get an anodized 100% machined lower and upper set for just $109. This sale will only be running for the next 3-4 weeks or until they sell out so don’t wait too long to jump on this deal. You can check the sale out for yourself at www.TacticalMachining.com

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NEW!! Primary Weapons Systems DI Uppers Now Available

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 by ar15news

Primary Weapons Systems has always been known for their amazingly reliable and accurate Piston AR’s. A little while ago they started taking their expertise in Piston AR’s and offering really nice, high quality DI parts and Accessories starting with rails and BCGs. Now they’re taking the next logical step and offering assembled uppers using their very high quality components. The heart of these new uppers are the awesome PWS Isonite 1:8 twist Barrels that are chambered in .223 Wylde. They are being offered in 3 different configurations. The DI-14 has a 14.5″ barrel and FSC556 muzzle device. The DI-14LE is the same as the DI-14 but with a TRIAD 556 muzzle device. The DI-16 has a 16″ barrel and FSC556 muzzle device. All 3 models will feature the PWS DI KeyMod rail and the PWS Upper Receiver with Forward Assist and Dust Cover. 

By now you’re probably bracing for sticker shock but you won’t need to. These awesome PWS DI Uppers are priced at just $699 which represents an amazing value. Check out the great video below or head on over to www.PrimaryWeapons.com to locate a local PWS dealer. I would also expect to see them in-stock soon at online dealers such as Weapon Outfitters.

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620 PWS DI Stripped Upper 1 copy

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