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I can’t believe its finally here!! We’ve been waiting for the new Northtech Defense billet AR-15 upper receiver for a few months now. Luckily the wait was well worth it as this thing is absolutely awesome. The new NT15S billet upper not only has one of the finest finishes of any upper I’ve ever seen, it also comes complete with a Dust Cover and Titanium Forward Assist installed. That’s right…Titanium. I don’t think this was as much a necessity as it was a “we’re cutting no corners on this upper” type thing. I already own a Northtech Defense billet lower but even if you don’t this should be the first billet upper on your list. Normal retail price on this upper will be $249.95 but Rainier Arms has the initial run at an introductory price of just $219.95. Get yours now before their all gone at www.RainierArms.com.

NorthTech Defense Billet Upper Receiver AR15 4

NorthTech Defense Billet Upper Receiver AR15 4

NorthTech Defense Billet Upper Receiver AR15 2

NorthTech Defense Billet Upper Receiver AR15 2

***Introductory Price $219.95 for limited time***

Description:

NorthTech Defense Billet Upper

Continuing the progression of our billet lower receiver, we’ve designed our billet upper receiver utilizing high end materials manufactured on state of the art CNC machines that allow us to maintain tight tolerances in an efficient process.

Northtech Defense’s billet upper receiver was created to not only be perfectly matched to our billet lower but also complimentary to other lowers that are mil-spec. 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.

Features:
-   Standard with a Titanium Forward Assist assembly featuring a stylized heat treated Titanium button
–   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
–   Hard coat black anodize MIL-A-8625 Type 3 class 2
–   Comes installed with a Mil spec ejection door

Rainier Arms RA+ Campaign To Support Philippine Relief Efforts

Posted on November 14th, 2013 by ar15news

For a long time now I’ve been telling you guys how Rainier Arms is my absolute favorite retailer and manufacturer to buy stuff from. They have great customer service and always have their hands on the latest and greatest stuff first, but what makes them the best is the amazing people who own and operate Rainier Arms. Today they announced that they will be donating all proceeds from the November sales of their Milspec Stripped Upper Receiver to the Philippine Red Cross for the relief effort for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines. 

This is not some way for them to sell more product or anything like that as they already sell these as fast as they come in. Its a way they can get more people active in helping support the relief efforts. All purchases of this upper during the month of November will also be accompanied by an RA+ (Rainier Arms Positive) campaign patch that is NOT available for purchase any other way. Whether you have been looking for one of the best forged uppers on the market or looking for a great way to help the people of the Philippines in the tough time, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of. I purchased one for myself. Head on over to www.RainierArms.com and do the same.

Rainier Arms AR15 stripped upper Philippine Relief Effort 4

Rainier Arms AR15 stripped upper Philippine Relief Effort 3

Rainier Arms AR15 stripped upper Philippine Relief Effort 1Rainier Arms AR15 stripped upper Philippine Relief Effort 2Here at Rainier Arms, we are so blessed to work with a great community of firearm enthusiasts. Over the years, we’ve donated to various charitable organizations and our efforts have impacted many across the globe. However, we’ve always sought out ways to get our wonderful community involved with our efforts. So we’re introducing the Rainier Arms Positive (RA+) Campaign. The first act of this campaign will go towards the aid and relief efforts of the people of the Philippines. This typhoon has impacted and killed many lives and it’ll take the act of many individuals and nations as a whole, to help them recover.

For the month of November. ALL PROCEEDS from the sales of our RA Milspec uppers (https://www.rainierarms.com/?page=shop%2Fdetail&product_id=3758) will go towards the RED CROSS (http://www.redcross.org.ph/). We will also send you out a patch as a small way to say thank you for being part of our RA+ Campaign. These patches will NOT BE FOR SALE. We wholeheartedly believe we can make a difference. Please share this with anyone you know that has the heart to help. Let’s get them involved in being a positive influence to our community…near and far.

Thank you for being part of this campaign. RA+ – striving to make a positive difference in our community and world.

Lastly, I would ask you to view this in a positive light. We’re planning on donating regardless of this campaign so please don’t view this as a vehicle to aid in the selling of products. We don’t need that nor would we ever use people’s good intentions for self serving measures. We are sincerely just trying to find ways to get people involved.

Sincerely,
Rainier Arms.

Veterans Day Sale – Iron Sight 15

Posted on November 9th, 2013 by ar15news

I just received an email from Iron Sight 15 letting me know they have a lot of AR-15 parts and Accessories on sale right now through Veterans Day. These items include AR-15 barrels, Uppers, BCG’s, rail systems, etc. Head on over and check all of these great products that you get to save on at www.ISFifteen.com.

Iron Sight 15 Veterans Day Sale 620

Veteran’s Day Sale – AERO Precision

Posted on November 8th, 2013 by ar15news

AERO Precision has started their Veteran’s Day Sale. Pretty simple…save 13% off your order of $130 or more when you use the code “veteransday” at checkout. This is a great chance to get a discount on that COP Upper or grab a couple of lowers and uppers at a great price. Check out my all AERO rifle below then head on over to www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

AERO Precision Receiver COP Lower

Veteran’s Day sale! Use coupon code “veteransday” to receive 13% off your order of $130 or more from now until 13 of November! www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

Save $250 Off the LRRP 5.56 Rifle from 2 Vets Arms

Posted on November 5th, 2013 by ar15news

Most of you are already familiar with 2 Vets Arms but for those who aren’t familiar, 2 Vets Arms is owned and operated by a Military Veteran husband and wife team, Amber and Dean. They build some really amazing rifles and you have probably seen their rifles in some of the larger retail stores across the country. This month just happens to be Amber’s (aka The Boss) birthday. To celebrate they are offering a $250 discount on one of their most popular rifles, the LRRP 5.56 Side Charging AR-15. This thing comes packed with goodies such as a billet side charging upper, match barrel, 556 Tactical rail system, B5 Systems SOPMOD stock and BCM grip. To save the $250 just use the code “AMBERS33” at checkout on www.2VetsArms.com. This deal is only for the month of November so don’t miss out.

620 2 Vets Arms Co Birthday AR15 Sale

620 2 Vets Arms Co Birthday AR15 Sale

620 2 Vets Arms Co Birthday AR15 Sale

620 2 Vets Arms Co Birthday AR15 Sale

-  2 Vets Arms 7075T6 billet side charged upper receiver
–  16” 416R stainless steel match barrel with mid length gas block 1/7 twist
–  12.37” 556 Tactical Evolution Rail (by Samson Manufacturing)
–  2 Vets 7075 Forged lower receiver
–  GI fire controls
–  B5 SOPMOD Alpha Stock
–  BCM Gunfighter grip

http://www.2vetsarms.com/2VA-556-LRRP-p/2va556lrrp.htm

DPMS Panther .308 Complete Upper In-Stock

Posted on November 4th, 2013 by ar15news

After we posted a link to the 80% .308 lowers last week the resounding question was…”Where can you get an affordable .308 upper?”. Well, we can do you one better and found a complete .308 upper including BCG and Charging Handle. Just so happens that the same company who is offering the 80% .308 lowers also has a line on some DPMS Panther .308 Uppers and is selling them for $695. I don’t post much about DPMS AR’s but I’ve heard good things about their .308 uppers if you’re looking for an affordable option. Check em out. Hopefully this helps those of you who were asking about them. Available at DIYArmory.com.

DPMS Panther 308 upperq

Our friends over at Tactical Distributors contacted me the other day and said they had a few more Daniel Defense complete upper receivers (includes BCG and Charging Handle) in-stock than they had realized and wondered if we wanted a special discount code to save some money on them. Of course I said YES!! My guess is there may be a few of you looking for a high quality upper and Daniel Defense uppers are definitely high quality, battle proven products. For a limited time, if you use the code “DD-AR15NEWS” you will save $180 off any of the 4 different complete Daniel Defense uppers available at Tactical Distributors. I’ve listed all of the uppers and their links below. Just click on the link or picture to be taken to the Tactical Distributors website. 

Daniel Defense DDMK18 5.56 Complete Upper

1 620 Daniel Defense MK18 Upper

Daniel Defense DDM4v5 300BLK Complete Upper

2 620 Daniel Defense M4v5 300 Blackout Upper

Daniel Defense DDM4v3 6.8 SPC Complete Upper

3 620 Daniel Defense M4v3 6.8 Upper

Daniel Defense DDM4v1 5.56 Complete Upper

4 620 Daniel Defense M4v1 5.56 Upper

**IN-STOCK** Mega Arms AR-15 MKM Upper

Posted on October 26th, 2013 by ar15news

The Mega Arms AR-15 MKM (Mega Key Mod) Uppers are finally shipping to dealers. I know at least one retailer has already received them and sold out within a few minutes, maybe an hour so we missed out on telling you about that. The first shipment was for the 14″ Extended Rifle Length with additional lengths to be made available very soon. This is one of the most anticipated products to come out this year so if you are looking to pick one up you better jump on these. Check out the pictures of the Mega Arms AR-15 MKM Upper below. I will be updating the links below as other retailers get their shipments of Mega Arms AR-15 MKM Uppers in.  

Mega Arms 5.56 MKM AR-15 Upper 1

Mega Arms 5.56 MKM AR-15 Upper 1

Mega Arms 5.56 MKM AR-15 Upper 1

Mega Arms 5.56 MKM AR-15 Upper 1

 

Mega Arms 5.56 MKM AR-15 Upper 5

Rainier Arms currently has the regular Rifle Length AR-15 MKM Uppers in-stock HERE.

RifleGear.com still has a few of the Extended Rifle Length AR-15 MKM Uppers in-stock.

Geissele Automatics Armorer’s Tools – SPR Upper Assembly

Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by ar15news

As many of you already know, I have been building an SPR (Special Purpose Rifle). There are many forms of an SPR upper but the main components in my mind are an 18″ Rifle Length match grade barrel and a long handguard or rail system. I personally chose a billet receiver set from CMT Tactical, a Black Hole Weaponry 18″ SPR barrel and my friends over at Geissele sent me an SMR MK3 Mod1 15″ rail along with some armorer’s tools to help with the upper assembly process. The main goal of this article is to give you a behind the scenes look at the actual assembly of this upper and to show how these tools are used. The rest of the details will be outlined in a second article coming soon. These pictures are not my usual studio style photos as they were taken at my work bench while I assembled each part. 

GEISSELE AUTOMATICS – GAS BLOCK ROLL PIN TOOL

I used to hate installing the gas tube roll pin. It always seemed like you needed four hands to do it. One to keep the gas block and gas tube in the right place, one to hold the punch, one holding the roll pin with needle nose pliers and one to hammer it in. For this upper build I was really excited to have a chance to use the Gas Block Roll Pin Tool from Geissele which is basically a steel punch with a hole drilled in the end that is sized for the roll pin to fit into.

620 1 Geissele Super Gas Block - Roll Pin Tool

620 1 Geissele Super Gas Block - Roll Pin Tool

With the roll pin inside of the Roll Pin Tool I could now put it to use. I inserted the gas tube into the Geissele SGB (Super Gas Block) and put a piece of wood under the edge of the gas block to hold it at the right angle. I then tapped the roll pin in as far as it would go with the Roll Pin Tool. The roll pin remains about half way out and you just finish it off with a regular punch.

620 3 Geissele Super Gas Block - Roll Pin Tool

620 3 Geissele Super Gas Block - Roll Pin Tool

620 5 Geissele Super Gas Block - Roll Pin Tool

620 5 Geissele Super Gas Block - Roll Pin Tool620 5 Geissele Super Gas Block - Roll Pin Tool

Using the Roll Pin Tool seriously made the installation a much easier than it used to be. No more having the gas tube roll pin fall over when you touch it with the punch or move to the side as you hit the punch with your hammer leaving nice marks on the gas block. You still have the issue of holding the gas block still while you hammer the roll pin in place but I’ve found its pretty easy to hold the gas block down with the same hand you are holding the Roll Pin Tool in. If you build a lot of uppers like i do this is a great tool to have. The Roll Pin Tool can be purchased at Geissele.com.

GEISSELE AUTOMATICS – REACTION ROD

The Reaction Rod is a tool that I’ve had my eye on ever since they first introduced it one year ago this month but have just never gotten around to picking one up. Its made from a single piece of 4140 Steel and is built to last. On one end the Reaction Rod features flats that allow it to be held securely in most quality vices. The opposite end has grooves machined in that fit firmly into the inside lugs of an AR-15 barrel. With the typical action block that attaches with pins to the upper you are putting all of the stress of installing the barrel nut, etc on the upper receiver itself. By using the Reaction Rod you are taking all of the stress away from the receiver and putting it on the barrel extension which is more than capable of handling it. 

620 7 Geissele Reaction Rod SMR MK3 Mod1

The first step is to join the upper and barrel together. You then slide the upper and barrel onto the Reaction Rod and guide the grooves of the Reaction Rod into the lugs of the barrel. There is no specific angle that the upper has to be at with the Reaction Rod as it is engaged with the lugs. 

620 9 Geissele Reaction Rod SMR MK3 Mod1

620 9 Geissele Reaction Rod SMR MK3 Mod1

Once you verify that the Reaction Rod is seated completely inside the barrel extension you can now start building the upper. One thing you’ll notice is that there is absolutely no play. The upper doesn’t wobble or twist at all and is very firmly held in place. However, it does not lock in place so you will need to be sure not to do anything that would pull the upper off of the Reaction Rod. It would take a lot to do that though as the Reaction Rod fits snug inside the receiver from front to back not just at the lugs. 

620 12 Geissele Reaction Rod SMR MK3 Mod1

The Reaction Rod does not just stop at allowing you to install the barrel nut though. I found it very useful during the installation and assembly of the entire upper. I mounted the gas block and gas tube, rail system and the muzzle brake all while the upper was mounted to the Reaction Rod. 

620 13 Geissele Reaction Rod SMR MK3 Mod1

620 17 Geissele Reaction Rod SMR MK3 Mod1

I know how AR owners are. We’re always buying new rails, flash hiders, barrels, etc. not to mention building complete uppers from scratch every now and then. The Reaction Rod is one of those tools that you’ll find yourself using all the time. Plus it would make a great alternate weapon in a pinch. You can purchase the Geissel Reaction Rod at Geissele.com.

For those of us who enjoy playing with our adult Legos (aka building AR’s) the Geissele Automatics armorer’s tools are awesome and well worth the purchase. I plan on using these tools for many years to come and would recommend them to anyone looking for some great armorer’s tools. Don’t forget to also check out all of the amazing Geissele Automatic Triggers as well while you’re over there. Don’t forget to check out the Geissele Automatics Facebook page too.

This is the first of 3 articles regarding the AR15NEWS SPR Build. Next will be an article outlining all of the parts we used and where to get them accompanied by some nicer shots of the complete rifle. After that will be a full range report article. These articles will be happening soon so keep an eye out.

NEW!! Quentin Defense Gen2 Billet Upper Receiver

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by ar15news

Quentin Defense just introduced their new Gen 2 Billet Upper Receiver yesterday and are offering an introductory price of just $179.99 on this awesome looking piece. At that price you might expect to get a stripped upper but this one actually comes with the Dust Cover and Forward Assist already installed. If you’re having a hard time finding a billet upper for your build like the rest of us are this should be a sweet option. I personally have not owned any QD products but I know quite a few people who have and they’ve all love their stuff. While you head on over to the Quentin Defense website, be sure to check out their billet lowers as well. 

Quentin Defense Gen 2 Billet AR15 Upper Receiver

Quentin Defense Gen 2 billet flat top upper receiver.

-Forward assist installed.
-Ejection port dust cover installed.
-M4 feed ramps.
-Mil-spec Type III hard anodize.
-Flat top design with picatinny rail.
-Laser engraved T marks.
-Compatible with any AR-15 style lower receiver.

Please allow 5 business days to process your order.

www.Quentin-Laser.com

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