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It’s Back!! Rainier Arms Upper Receiver Combo Deal

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by ar15news

Awhile back Rainier Arms came out with a great combo set which included their high quality mil spec M4 Forged Upper Receiver (includes forward assist and dust cover), a Rainier Arms Raptor ambi charging handle and a Rainier Arms Full Auto BCG. By bundling these together you can save over $50 on some really high quality parts for your build. At that time these sold out really fast. Just the other day I received an email saying they are back in-stock. This is the perfect way to start off a really high quality upper build. Check out the pics and details below. This upper combo can be purchased right now at

Rainier Arms Forged Upper Raptor Charging Handle Thunderbolt BCG 1 Rainier Arms Forged Upper Raptor Charging Handle Thunderbolt BCG 1

Introducing our Rainier Arms Upper Package. We have combined our Rainier Arms forged mil-spec upper receiver, Rainier Arms Raptor™, and Rainier Arms BCG phosphate to help our customers in completing their builds.

Upper Receiver Features:
–  Made from 7075 – T6 aluminum
–  Type III hard coat anodized
–  Matte black finish
–  Dry lube coating: Inside to reduce wear and adds lubricity
–  “T – Marked” engraved
–  M4 Feed Ramp

BCG Features:
–  Full Auto Carrier
–  Heat Treated
–  MP Tested Bolt
–  Shot Peened


Posted on March 27th, 2014 by ar15news

AERO Precision is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $150 through the end of the month.  If you’ve been sitting on the fence just waiting on that little extra push to buy some new parts, this just might do the trick. Basically this means all of the new AERO Precision barrels will qualify for Free Shipping. So will the COP Uppers, Stripped Receiver Sets (Upper and Lower together), Gen2 Ambi Lowers or any other combination of parts that gets you over the $150 mark. Head on over and check out the products on their website. We’ve written a lot about AERO Precision parts. They make great quality products at a very affordable price point.

AERO Precision Receiver COP LowerHere is one of my complete AERO Precision rifles (except the barrel). AERO Precision mid length COP upper with a Gen1 Ambi lower. The Aimpoint is mounted in an AERO Precision 30mm Cantilever Scope Mount.

New!! Rainier Arms Piston Uppers – Smoking Hot Deals

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by ar15news

Rainier Arms recently launched a line of complete Piston AR-15 Uppers that they have hand built using their high quality Rainier Arms parts and Adams Arms Mid Length Piston kits. I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too. “Oh great. Another expensive Piston upper”. Thankfully that is not the case.

Rainier Arms Force Piston Upper

The Rainier Arms Piston Series uppers all feature the new VooDoo Innovations Melonite coated barrels, Rainier Arms Compensator (RAC), Rainier Arms Milspec upper and the Adams Arms Complete Piston Kit including BCG and Charging Handle. They are offering two models, the Base and the Force. Both models come in your choice of 14.5″ and 16″ lengths. The Base is exactly what you would assume, a more basic upper with standard plastic hand guards. The Force model upgrades to one of the brand new Rainier Arms Force KeyMod rails. 

Base Piston 5.56 Uppers in both 14.5″ and 16″ models are priced at just $575 each. The upgrade to a Rainier Arms Force KeyMod rail only costs another $120. Check out the pictures and details below. If I were had some extra funds for a new upper this would definitely be at the top of the list. Links to purchase are listed below. Get on it before everyone finds out about these and they sell out.

Rainier Arms BASE Piston 5.56 Complete Upper – 14.5″ – $575
Rainier Arms BASE Piston 5.56 Complete Upper – 16″ – $575

Rainier Arms Force Piston Upper

Rainier Arms FORCE Piston 5.56 Complete Upper – 14.5″ –  $695
Rainier Arms FORCE Piston 5.56 Complete Upper – 16″ –  $695

Rainier Arms Force Piston Upper

VooDoo Innovations 5.45×39 AR Upper Build / Review

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by ar15news

Whether you train with an AR-15 or just shoot a lot you know how expensive it can be. Ammo costs have skyrocketed in recent years and what we would normally consider affordable ammo is either non-existent or double the price of what it used to be. This is what got me to really start looking for a more affordable and readily available ammunition option. I wanted something that would feel and shoot similar to my normal 5.56×45 AR-15’s and the answer was Russian surplus 5.45×39 ammo. It can be found just about anywhere for roughly half of what it would cost to buy 5.56 and it shoots very similar to a 5.56 upper. Now I just needed to figure out what parts I needed to build my upper. 

As it usually happens, great minds are thinking alike :) and the guys at VooDoo Innovations (Sister company to Adams Arms) were getting ready to introduce a 5.45×39 Conversion Kit that included everything you would need to convert an existing AR-15 upper over to 5.45×39 but it also would make for a great kit to build a new upper with. I had originally just written an article and shared the info with you guys but when they found out I was interested in building an upper myself they offered to let me review one which of course made my day.

The 5.45×39 Conversion Kit from VooDoo Innovations is offered in both Carbine and Mid Length versions. I have to admit I had no idea what to expect when building this upper. Quite a few people told me that 5.45×39 is hard to get to cycle correctly, has hard primers, dirty ammo, etc. I decided standard with AR’s which is a carbine length gas system and then adjust things as needed from there. The kit showed up with a 16″ Melonite coated Carbine Length barrel, a Melonite coated 5.45×39 bolt, a Melonite coated A2 flash hider, one 5.45×39 ASC Stainless Steel magazine and a High Power Hammer Spring to ensure ignition even with harder primers. 

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

If you’re looking to build a 5.45×39 upper you’re going to hear a lot about how corrosive it is. You can either clean your rifle a lot or get parts that are designed to deal with it. As I mentioned, the barrel, flash hider and bolt are all Melonite coated which is perfect for the corrosive Russian 5.45×39 surplus ammo. The Melonite coating is on the inside and out of the barrel and which gives it awesome protection against corrosion and extreme durability. The deep black coating looks really great too.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

It just so happened that at the same time I received a box of goodies from my friends at Geissele Automatics. In it was a new SMR MK5 KeyMod rail, Super Gas Block and an SD-3G trigger (more on the trigger in a few). I knew immediately that I was going to put the SMR MK5 rail and gas block on this upper and got it all assembled. I added a few of my favorite KeyMod accessories which are the QD Sling Mount and Handstop pictured below from Impact Weapons Components

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

For this build I went with what receivers I had on hand which was a forged upper from IS Fifteen and an AERO Precision Ambi forged mil spec lower. This particular lower is actually my favorite forged lower because it has the PDQ Lever installed and works great. Because I didn’t have a matched forged receiver set the fit was pretty tight. I installed a set of Battle Arms Development EPS (Enhanced Pin Set) pins and it made it much easier to push the pins in and out to separate the receivers. As you can see I decided to go with the Geissele SD-3G trigger. I was tempted to use a standard mil spec trigger with the High Power Hammer Spring instead of the SD-3G but I really wanted to try what I would normally do to an AR first and adjust things later. This ended up being a great decision.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

At this point the rifle was done. I had added a Trijicon SRS red dot, some Troy BUIS, Rainer Arms RAPTOR charging handle, etc. I had purchased 1,080 rounds of 5.45×39 from AIM Surplus for $170 plus shipping. I still hadn’t shot it so the next step was to hit the range and do some function testing, nail down any issues and make any necessary changes…or so I thought.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

I ended up taking the completed 5.45×39 rifle out to the range in 19 degree weather with some crazy blowing snow. If you’re gonna test something why not take it to the extreme, right!? After an initial inspection verifying that everything seemed to be installed correctly and functioning right it was time to shoot it. The main things I was keeping an eye out for were feeding issues, ejection issues, light primer strikes and making sure the bolt held open on an empty mag.

To start I put 2 rounds of 5.45×39 in the supplied mag, inserted it into the magwell and fired away. The first round fed into the upper very smooth. I pulled the trigger on the Geissele SD-3G and sure enough, BANG! First round fired properly. I check to see that the round had ejected properly, which it did and was laying on the ground to my right. I pulled the trigger again and just as it did the first time it sent a round down range with a great sounding crack! Remember I had only loaded 2 rounds so a quick twist of the rifle to my left and I can see that the bolt has definitely held open on the empty mag. (FYI, unlike what some people told me, 5.45×39 does not work in a PMAG unless its modified)

Right now I was pretty happy! I decided to load up a full mag and have at it. After a bit of sighting in we set a 6″x6″ steel plate about 75 yards down range and went medieval on it. Trigger pull after trigger pull, in extreme cold conditions, it continued to perform flawlessly. We were able to repeatedly blast that 6″x6″ plate with ease from a standing position. The Geissele SD-3G trigger had absolutely no issue igniting those hard Russian primers.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

Surprisingly, this upper is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I simply can’t say enough good things about it. So far I have put over 300 rounds through this upper and have not experienced a single Failure To Feed, Failure To Eject, Light Primer Strike or any malfunction of any kind. I didn’t have to make a single adjustment to the upper after assembly. I’m very happy with the quality of the components and it’s proven to be very accurate. On my next trip to the range I’ll get some bench shooting in and grab some data on grouping at 100 yards, etc. If you’re on the fence about building a 5.45×39 upper or just looking for a more affordable option for the range, don’t hesitate. This 5.45×39 Conversion Kit from VooDoo Innovations is something I would recommend all day long. Quick thanks to VooDoo Innovations for making an awesome product and letting me get my hands on it.

I wanted to make it easy on you so below is a list of links to purchase the items I used in this build.

First and Foremost
VooDoo Innovations 5.45×39 Conversion Kits and Parts
5.45×39 Ammunition at AIM Surplus (big shipment coming in this week so get on the email list)

Additional Components
Geissele Automatics SMR Rails, Triggers and Gas Blocks
Impact Weapons Components KeyMod accessories. (Use code “ar15news” to save 5%)
Battle Arms Development EPS pin set and Safety Selector
Rainier Arms Raptor charging handle
AERO Precision Ambi Forged Lower
IS Fifteen Forged Upper
Trijicon SRS Red Dot
Magpul Stock and Grip
Phase 5 Weapon Systems Trigger Guard

Phase 5 – ATLAS ONE Billet Receivers Now Available

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by ar15news

I’ve been lusting after the Phase 5 Weapons Systems ATLAS ONE billet receivers ever since they introduced them a while back. A few months ago they introduced their billet upper and just yesterday they released the ATLAS ONE billet lower. I honestly had forgotten just how sweet this thing looks. Not only does it have some pretty sexy lines it also features the Phase 5 signature WTG (Winter Trigger Guard) built in and has a really great looking finish. These receivers are typically used on the ATLAS ONE AR Pistol which is Phase 5’s flagship item. Now you can purchase them too to use in your own builds. Take a look at the pictures below, then head on over to Phase 5 to buy some for yourself.

Phase 5 ATLAS ONE Billet Upper

620 New Phase 5 Billet Upper 2

Phase 5 ATLAS ONE Billet Lower – CAL MULTI Marked
Phase 5 ATLAS ONE Billet Lower – PISTOL Marked

620 Phase 5 Weapon Systems Billet lower 2

620 Phase 5 Weapon Systems Billet lower 1

I’ll be the first to admit that I have both versions of BRD. Most of you are familiar with the most common form of BRD which is Black Rifle Disease. The second form of BRD is Billet Receiver Disease. The only thing lately that has been able to help me with my BRD is my billet receiver set from Northtech Defense. Northtech Defense has not only one of the sexiest designed billet set but also one of the best fit and finishes I’ve seen. Unfortunately they just released another product that is causing my BRD to flare up and I’m not sure I anything will help unless I add it to my collection. Meet the new Bright Bronze anodized billet set from Northtech Defense. 

Northtech Defense Bright Bronze AR15 Billet Set 1 Northtech Defense Bright Bronze AR15 Billet Set 1 Northtech Defense Bright Bronze AR15 Billet Set 1 Northtech Defense Bright Bronze AR15 Billet Set 1

Northtech Defense’s passion is to produce high quality, perfectly manufactured, and leading edge designed products for the firearm industry; including Military, Law Enforcement and the Civilian market. Each lower is meticulously inspected for quality control and is built to work seamlessly with our billet upper receiver. Our billet lower is stylized and balanced to perfectly compliment our billet upper receiver.

Northtech Defense’s billet upper receiver was created to be perfectly matched to our billet lower . Some of the features include a cutting edge Titanium Forward Assist which was crafted from the highest grade titanium which weighs 40% lighter than steel and is over twice as strong. The lines in which the FA follow have been brought forward and tucked in slightly to allow for a better flow of the receiver. Detailed styling is featured in the shape and lines of the receiver as well.

–  Solid trigger guard for added style and strength
–  Magwell flare is increased for smooth magazine loads
–  Lower to upper nylon tipped tensioning screw
–  Added 3-D machined mid to magazine design, for strength and style.
–  Matched to fit standard mil spec uppers
–  Basic Hardware included and threaded bolt catch screw
–  Machined from High Grade Aerospace Billet Aluminum 7075-T6
–  Standard with a Titanium Forward Assist assembly featuring a stylized heat treated Titanium button and heat treated
–  Machined from 7075 T6 aerospace billet aluminum with M4 Style Feed Ramp cuts
–  Works great in a semi or full auto platform (either Direct Impingement or Piston Driven)
–  Meticulous pre-finish work including being bead blasted prior to being anodized
–  NorthTech’s Limited Edition Bright Bronze Rainier Arms Exclusive
–  Comes installed with a Mil spec ejection door

Very limited number of Bright Bronze sets are available for purchase now only at

NEW!! CMT Tactical .308 Billet Receiver Set

Posted on March 8th, 2014 by ar15news

CMT Tactical has just released their new .308 Billet Set and they look amazing. CMT Tactical is breaking the mold in more than one way with this new offering. As you can see in the pictures below this new .308 receiver set looks absolutely stunning with its ultra flared magwell, integrated oversized trigger guard and it’s unique lines. Being a billet set means the manufacturer has the ability to create a more unique look than just a standard receiver set. 

620 CMT Tactical 308 - 762 AR-10 billet receiver set 1

620 CMT Tactical 308 - 762 AR-10 billet receiver set 2

CMT Tactical’s billet set model names all start with some variation of UHP which stands for Ultra High Precision. If you’re familiar with CMT Tactical’s standard 5.56 billet set you definitely know that this is a very accurate description of the product CMT Tactical produces. They’ve now taken that same precision approach to the .308 platform creating the perfect base to not just a great precision long range rifle but an all around awesome battle rifle. Just looking at how perfect the receivers match up and all of the lines meet perfectly you can tell this is one awesome set.

620 CMT Tactical 308 - 762 AR-10 billet receiver set 3

620 CMT Tactical 308 - 762 AR-10 billet receiver set 3

–  BOLT CATCH ASSEMBLY SCREW (No Roll Pin to install)

620 CMT Tactical 308 - 762 AR-10 billet receiver set 6

620 CMT Tactical 308 - 762 AR-10 billet receiver set 6

The new CMT Tactical .308 billet receiver set also breaks the mold when it comes to the notion that all .308 sets must cost a fortune. Despite the Upper and Lower being machined from high quality 7075 T6 BILLET and offering high end features such as a Wire EDM Magwell, Battle Arms Development Short Throw Selector compatibility, Threaded Bolt Catch Assembly and an upper/lower Tensioning Screw, this billet set is actually closer in cost to that of your high end 5.56 billet receiver sets. Rainier Arms will have the first 100 sets of these CMT Tactical .308 billet receivers and at just $498.75 they will sell out fast. If you want to snag a set for yourself, get on the Email Notification list right now at and be ready to click buy when you get the email that they are in-stock and ready to go.

NEW!! Midwest Industries Forged Flattop AR15 Upper Receivers

Posted on March 5th, 2014 by ar15news

Midwest Industries should be no stranger to you guys. They’ve been making a ton of AR15 accessories such as rails, complete uppers, sling mounts, etc for a long time and we’ve posted about a lot of them. Recently they introduced their new billet upper and lower and now they’ve introduced their new 7075-T6 Forged Upper Receivers and are offering a great introductory price. These uppers will be available as a completely stripped upper for just $89.95 or as an assembled upper with the Forward Assist and Dust Cover installed for just $109.95. These new uppers can be purchased right now at

Midwest Industries Forged Upper Receiver

IS15 Upper Parts Bundle Deals

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends at Iron Sight 15 have a couple of really great bundle deals going on right now. Both bundles include an IS15 Forged Upper Receiver, Upper Parts Kit (forward assist and dust cover assembly), ARCH charging handle and either a Phosphate AR15/M16 BCG or Nickel Boron AR15/M16 BCG. Basically everything you need for a complete upper except for a rail, barrel and gas system. I personally have a couple of IS15 forged uppers and a BCG and they are great products. They also gave us a special discount code for our readers. Use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout to save an additional $5 off of the already low prices. Pictures and links below. 

IS15 BUNDLE 1: Upper, Upper Parts, Charging Handle and Phosphate BCG  –  $195.99 with discount code

IS15 BUNDLE 2: Upper, Upper Parts, Charging Handle and Nickel Boron BCG  –  $225.99 with discount code

620 IS15 Forged UpperIS15 Upper Parts Kit620 IS15  Charging Handle620 IS15 Phosphate BCGIS15 NiB BCG

Build a Complete Milspec AR-15 for just $560

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by ar15news

Not really much to say about this other than…GeT sOmE!!  This is Palmetto State Armory’s “Daily Deal” so it’s only going to be available until noon tomorrow. Just $499.99 for a premium rifle build kit and $59.99 for a cosmetic blem PSA forged lower. Only $560 plus shipping for a complete Milspec 5.56 AR. The build kit even includes a Full Auto Carrier, Carpenter 158 Bolt, Chrome lined FN made M4 barrel, etc. I’ve put both of the links you’ll need below. I can’t even tell you how good of a deal this is. Don’t waste $700 on an off the shelf commercial grade piece of junk when you can buy this kit and build a rifle that will be something you can beat the crap out of and still pass it on down to your kids. 

**UPDATE**  Well, that didn’t take long.  The build kit is now sold out.  Sorry guys.  Will let you know when this deal comes around again.

PSA 16″ CMV Chrome Lined Premium Rifle Build Kit

620 PSA Rifle Build Kit

PSA Blem Lower

6250 PSA Blem Lower



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