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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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!  

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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. :)

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.

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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

Special Ops Tactical Aurora Elite 14.5 rifle

It’s pretty apparent that current political events have spurned lots of demand for a multitude of firearms and it’s no secret that AR15 modern sporting rifles have been a top choice and seller in the United States for the last several years.  Consequently, Special Ops Tactical has announced their new financing program geared for their retail customers and Law Enforcement Officers implementing an added incentive to get the dream rifle, pistol or gear you’ve always wanted up to $7,500.00

Located In Central Florida Apopka – Special Ops Tactical designs and manufactures some of the finest firearms and accessories made, along with their custom upper and rifle builder feature on their website which is about as computer age as it gets; SOT is proud to announce their new financing program.

Special Ops Tactical provides customers with a wide array of top quality products from which to choose and now with the option to finance, products that may have been previously out of reach, are very obtainable. This program is now fully launched and live on the Special Ops Tactical website (www.SpecialOpsTactical.com) and offers 60 second approval with quick turnaround times. The program offers a tiered APR and term offerings based on FICO and other credit factors. Many customers have already taken advantage of this new financing program, and we are excited that it will allow more people to own some of the finest firearms made to date.

SOT/Special Ops Tactical

President and CEO, Garrett Potter, who founded Special Ops Tactical is dedicated to building the best rifle possible at a fair price.  We give attention to detail with everything we do. Providing high quality gear and excellent customer service is a must!  Our continued goal is to produce reliable and ruggedly built firearms that have the most cutting edge design and to always serve our customers the way that we would like to be treated if we were the customer!

For complete information on financing, visit www.SpecialOpsTactical.com.

Special Ops Tactical Financing Banner

One Day Only Sale!! Rainier Arms Barrel, Bolt and Rail Sale

Posted on August 23rd, 2014 by ar15news

Rainier Arms is having their annual one day only Barrel, Bolt and Rail Sale. This is the best tim to find a deal on a whole bunch of different barrels, including some of their awesome fluted models. They also are offering heavy discounts on 4 rail systems including their Rainier Arms FORCE rail and two different Rainier Arms BCGs. To see the special discounted price, use the code “0823” at checkout otherwise you will just see the standard sale price. Item must  say (ODS) in the description which means One Day Sale. Head on over to www.RainierArms.com to GeT sOmE!

Rainier Arms Bolt Barrel and Rail Sale

Adams Arms Makes BOLD Move to Dominate the Market

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by ar15news

Big things are happening in the halls of Adams Arms these days. Today they have the ability to take superior products to the market at industry leading prices. A recent move to bring production in house coupled with increasing overall productivity allows them to pass savings directly to customers. While traditional piston systems can cost an average of $1,200-$1,600, the Adams Arms base piston rife now has a MSRP of just $995. These prices allow the company to compete with lower priced, traditional rifle systems, while still offering consumers the ability to afford high-quality piston rifles, parts and accessories.

Adams Arms President and CEO Michael Froning commented, “We are extremely excited to be able to reset the bar from a product cost standpoint while delivering the highest quality products on the market. While the industry is seeing reduced prices to combat lagging sales, we have been able to drive our costs down significantly and pass on savings of over 20% to the consumer”

The company also announced exciting new upcoming projects to include:

* .308 Rifles

* Pistols

* .22 Rifles

* Shotguns

* Custom Slides

* Projectiles

* Accessories

More news on the release of these products is expected in the next few weeks.

Adams Arms Press Release

Established in 2007, Adams Arms began with an innovative design that improved the operating system of AR style rifles. The Adams Arms Retrofit Kit provided users the ability to upgrade their existing direct impingement rifles to a piston operated system in a mere thirty minutes or less using a 3/4 inch wrench and hammer. They received a patent in 2008 and gained major OEM partnerships which quickly made their system the number one piston system on the market with more than three times the OEM contracts of competitors.

By 2011 they were building their own upper assemblies and within a year manufacturing complete rifles. Adams Arms’ growth skyrocketed as they acquired their largest OEM manufacturer allowing them to produce the majority of their parts in-house. Adams Arms also develops and utilizes some of the most technologically advanced manufacturing processes, machining techniques and coatings, including QPQ, PVDs and Nickels, that far exceed Mil-Spec standards for quality and performance.

They launched VooDoo Innovations, a sister company, in 2013. VooDoo brings high end coatings and processes to the direct impingement market. With so much growth, a major decision was made to purchase $4 million in manufacturing assets. New equipment and the addition of key leadership and industry hires resulted in more than 75% of production moving in-house. Distribution channels were expanded to new distributors, buying groups, direct dealers and website retail sales.

This year they have continued to streamline production and grow their line with products such as:
-  XLP Low Profile Gas Block
-  C.O.R. Rifle
-  Ultra Lite Advanced Dissipator
-  Line of 300 BLK Products
-  VooDoo Rail System
-  VooDoo Innovations LifeCoat Parts

For more information about Adams Arms and their products, visit www.adamsarms.net or email sales@adamsarms.net.

**Photo courtesy of 47 Images Photography.**

Badrock Tactical Making Waves In the High Quality AR Market

Posted on July 19th, 2014 by ar15news

Badrock Tactical is a newer AR manufacturer but that isn’t stopping them from already turning some heads. I recently had a chance to speak with the owner of Badrock Tactical and with a business model aimed at making high quality AR-15 and AR-10 components and complete rifles at an incredible price point, I felt it would be awesome to introduce them to those of you who read and follow AR15NEWS. 

Badrock Tactical recently teamed up with the talented people over at Juggernaut Tactical to start making their billet receivers sets and it has turned into an awesome partnership. Juggernaut Tactical is well known for their Rogue M1A Chassis plus some awesome 80% receivers and jigs. Badrock Tactical will use a similar set to the JT receivers for their rifles and they really make an extremely sweet looking build. The billet receiver sets are priced awesome as well at just $329 for AR-15 and $399 for AR-10 billet sets.

Badrock Tactical BT15 Billet Receiver Set

Badrock Tactical BT10 Billet Receiver Set

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The builds they put together are nothing short of breathtaking. They have styles to fit just about any shooter, including for those who like a little bling. They’ve literally gone through each rifle they offer and upgraded everything possible including Ambi Bolt Catches from Phase 5, PWS Enhanced Buffer Tubes, JP Silent Capture Buffer Springs and either Timney or Geissle Trigger Systems with several hand guard options and price ranges starting in the $1,800 range including custom Cerakote finishes. They will also be working with Juggernaut Tactical to make “less enhanced” rifles to market that will be more in the $1,300 range but still feature mil spec internals, the same billet receiver set, free float rail system, etc. 

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Badrock Tactical BT10 RIfle 1

Badrock Tactical BT10 RIfle 2

In Short, Badrock Tactical is a company to keep an eye on. They have some great stuff coming in the near future and appear to know a thing or two about creating some great looking rifles. In case you were wondering, I didn’t get paid to do this article (never have and never will sell article space) nor did I feel that I had to write this article. I wanted to do it because they have something different about them that I really like. Hopefully you love learning about new companies like I do and I hope to be able to work with Badrock Tactical more in the future to bring you new products and deals, etc. Speaking of deals, I almost forgot that Badrock Tactical wanted to offer a special 10% discount code to our readers. Use the code “AR15NEWS” now through Tuesday [7/22/14] at www.BadrockTactical.com.

You can also follow Badrock Tactical on Facebook to get constant updates on their product line. 

NEW!! RailScales KeyMod G10 Grip Panels

Posted on May 27th, 2014 by ar15news

RailScales is a brand new company formed by Bill Coye of Coye Knives and Derek Shelton of Asset Weapon Mfg. I’ve been a big fan of Bill Coye and his amazing knife work for a while now and its really exciting to see him venture into the AR/AK world. RailScales are KeyMod Grip Panels made out of G10 material which is commonly used in knife handles. G10 is a lightweight material but strong and very durable at the same time. One of the things you’ll notice below is that these are not massive rail covers but just enough to add some grip to your rails. This smaller size also means the won’t interfere with other accessories you might be running on your rail at the same time. Check out the pics and details below. Look for these to be available for purchase here in the next few weeks from www.GetRailScales.com.

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RailScales announces G10 KeyMod Grip Panels for the AR and AK rifle platforms.

Bill Coye of Coye Knives and Derek Shelton of Asset Weapon MFG have teamed up to bring the first G10 grip panels for the KeyMod system to market. RailScales LLC was formed from Shelton’s machinist/gunsmith background and Coye’s signature textured G10 custom knife handles. This combination produces a grip panel that is not only functional, but also looks great as well.

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G10 is a fiberglass reinforced epoxy laminate that is extremely durable, grippy, lightweight and has minimal heat transfer.

“Derek and I have been mutual customers since 2009,” says Coye. “We’ve watched as each other’s company has grown and it was only a matter of time before the two of us got together on a project”.

The first offering is a four grooved black panel design reminiscent of a Coye Knives custom handle. Numerous lengths, textures, colors, and other G10 accessories are already underway as well.

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Launch date is on or before June 11th, 2014. Pricing and per-pack quantity information will be available at that time.

RailScales on the Web – http://www.getrailscales.com
RailScales on Instagram – http://instagram.com/railscales
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Shellback Tactical Partners with Mountain Defense Group

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by ar15news

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Big News coming from Shellback Tactical. Shellback Tactical started in Southern California and is best known for its Banshee line of products. Shellback Tactical’s roots are Law Enforcement based with its founder Michael Wratten spending 18 years of service as a police officer in Southern California.  Michael recently retired from a career in Law Enforcement but will still continue his close ties and connections across the Law Enforcement community to continue evolving with cutting edge Law Enforcement products, and military gear. Michael will also now be full time at the helm as President and CEO of Shellback Tactical.

Shellback Tactical a Tennessee based manufacturer of USA Made, Berry Amendment compliant tactical nylon gear has formed a new partnership with Mountain Defense Group and is now Shellback Tactical LLC. With this new Venture Shellback Tactical is an independent company and is poised for growth. Shellback Tactical now has its own state of the art 65,000 square foot manufacturing, quality control and design facility in Tennessee. Its distribution facility is located in Indiana.

With this exciting partnership with Mountain Defense Group (MDG) you can expect to see the Shellback Tactical line of nylon products to expand greatly over the next year. In addition to this Shellback Tactical will be expanding its product offerings to include more soft armor, hard armor, specialty nylon products boots, knives and many  other key products to outfit the LE/Mil operator from head to toe.  Shellback Tactical will continue its Lifetime Guaranty on all nylon products and continue its long standing important tradition of products made in the USA. You can also expect to hear more from Mountain Defense Group.

With the new changes, Shellback Tactical has implemented their own Direct Dealer Network. We know the growth and success Shellback Tactical has come to see is through the partnerships that we have formed with our great dealers and loyal customer base. We thank you for that. Dealers can expect value, high quality, and an easier more streamlined dealer program and process to fulfill your needs.

Many of our customers are familiar with Julie K. formerly from TAG.  We are excited to have Julie on board with us as Shellback Tacticals Director of Dealers Relations. She will make this process very easy for you. Our New dealer program is in place and ready. If you a current dealer of Shellback Tactical products or are interested in becoming a dealer of Shellback products. Contact Julie K. at (619) 253-6612 or julie@shellbacktactical.com. For all dealer, unit, and agency purchase orders we are ready to source and fill all your operational needs. PO’s can be sent to customerservice@shellbacktactical.com or contact Shellback Tactical at our new dedicated Toll Free number (844) 427-2478.

Going direct and getting set up with Shellback Tactical for the product line is now the only authorized official way to obtain Shellback Tactical products as a dealer or distributor.

Shellback Tactical is “Operator Evolved Gear”

Guest Post – CIV Tactical AR Pistol Tune-Up for NSZ85

Posted on April 19th, 2014 by ar15news

For those of you who have been following my newest AR-15 build on my YouTube channel, you will know that it has caused me some headaches. When taking on the hobby of building AR-15’s, sometimes things just do not go as planned. I try and create a learning experience for my viewers by showing my AR-15 builds when they work and also when they don’t.

To quote author Patrick Sweeney from his book, The AR-15: Volume 1, “The AR-15 is deceptive: It is both the easiest rifle to home-gunsmith, and can be the most maddening to get properly assembled and reliably functioning.” This proved especially true for me when I finished building my 10.5” AR-15 pistol. As I expected, the assembly went just fine and without a hitch. When it came to test firing it – well, that was a different story.

After three weeks (it could have been four) of Googling, forum surfing, troubleshooting and just plain scratching my head, I contacted my friend Ben from AR15news.com to see if he could offer any advice. We both agreed that I had tried just about everything I could and he told me, “call Dustin at CIV Tactical. Dustin is the man (my first visualization was “The Dude” when he said that) and will get it working for you, guaranteed.” So, I contacted Dustin, asked for his help and filled him in on what I was experiencing: failures to feed, failures to extract and failures to eject. Dustin said, “send it to me, this will be fun.” My AR-15 upper was on its way to him the very next day.

CIV Tactical received my upper and Dustin got to work preforming his complete blueprinting and accurizing service. This service included the following:

-          Barrels are lapped to the upper receiver (blueprinted)

-          Chamber polished

-          Gas port diameter checked

-          Feedramps checked

-          Barrel dimpled for proper gas block alignment

-          Match gauge headspaced

-          BCG fully inspected and tested

Because I wanted this to be a learning experience for both me and the individuals that follow me on social media, I had requested that Dustin do me a personal favor of taking some pictures of the process and sharing with me what he discovered was the ultimate issue. For my build, CIV Tactical started out by lapping my upper receiver face to perfectly match that of my barrel’s extension. Think of it as taking fraternal twins and turning them into almost identical ones; and instead of twins it’s two pieces of metal.

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Next, Dustin polished the chamber to an almost mirror finish. He did this by placing my barrel in his lathe running at 755 rpm while using a mandrel and 400 micron jeweler’s cloth. Apparently my chamber had rough tooling rings left over in it from the manufacturing process. It is not that uncommon, but per Dustin, “dude, that chamber was rough.”

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With my chamber now gleaming, Dustin placed my barrel back into his lathe to address the burr on the muzzle. “There’s a big burr right at the lands and grooves from the factory cut…it’s just not good enough, ya know?” While removing the burr, he also added a bevel to the crown and said, “This is what you want, a nice bevel right at the lands and grooves.” He followed up with another mirror-like polishing on the crown. Even with a 10.5” barrel, I could potentially gain some extra accuracy from this process.

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Dustin closely inspected and tested my gas block and barrel’s gas port. He concluded that my gas block was indeed leaking but my gas port size was correct. “Your gas block just doesn’t fit right“, he said. My barrel came from the factory with one gas block dimple already on it, which is normal. Because gas blocks come in different lengths, manufacturers will typically only place one dimple directly opposite of the gas port since almost all gas blocks with set screws will match up with it. Dustin replaced my gas block and placed a second dimple on the barrel to match up with it; “proper dimpling and alignment” achievement unlocked.

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I have found that a number of individuals disagree with me by being a proponent for always checking headspace no matter where the barrel, barrel extension and bolt come from or who makes them. Believe it or not, this was the first build where I didn’t check headspace – lesson learned. Dustin discovered that my headspace was too tight. Fortunately he was able to achieve proper headspace by swapping bolts and I am certainly glad he did. I almost danced when he said, “you’re right at 1.464” which is the go-gauge. You are correct now.”

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One of the last symptoms that my upper was experiencing from its apparent case of not-working-correctly-itus was its feed ramps. Both M4 feed ramps lined up correctly but the ramps in the barrel extension slightly protruded which created a slight lip. To alleviate any potential for stuck rounds and feeding issues, Dr. Dustin prescribed some fitting and polishing. Simple enough, but would ultimately lead to better function and reliability in the end.

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Dustin showed a lot of dedication to this project when I asked him why he was working on a Sunday and he said, “Yeah! Sunday gun-day! Only thing left is to test fire it.” I anxiously waited for him to let me know how everything functioned during the test and was surprised when he actually sent me a video of him rapid firing it without a single issue.

Dustin Test Firing

Even though I had to admit defeat by not being able to finish the troubleshooting battle, I remain aware that there is still a lot to be learned and experienced when it comes to building an AR-15. My experience with Dustin and CIV Tactical was definitely a learning experience and I am appreciative of the fact that Dustin took the extra time to take pictures and communicate with me about what problems he was discovering.

Maybe you or someone you know has an AR-15 that has come down with a dreaded case of not-working-correctly-itus like mine did. Or, maybe you want it to operate better or potentially achieve greater accuracy. If that is the case and you want more information on how to do so, you can visit the website for CIV Tactical or give them a call at 510-637-8650.

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About the author: Nate Schultz, or nsz85 as some may know him, works in the field of law enforcement, is a content producer for his YouTube channel and a writer for The Arms Guide. He is an avid shooter and hobbiest gunsmith. Most of Nate’s videos and articles are focused on helping new people who are just getting into firearms or want to learn more about how to work on them at home. If you are interested in following or contacting Nate, you can get in touch with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

LUTH-AR Modular AR-15 Stock Making Waves

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by ar15news

It’s not often you see new items hit the firearms market that are game changers, but innovation is brewing and changes are coming faster than ever.

It has been 50-plus years since the inception of Eugene Stoner’s M16 design, which wielded a fixed A1 stock. Since that time there have been very few innovations in the fixed stock offerings that have come to market. Perhaps the most significant fixed stock to date has been the Magpul PRS, which was the first fixed AR style stock to add adjustability for the shooters comfort, length of pull and cheek weld. For a decade the PRS has dominated the market and for good reason. Magpul makes a great product that has been time tested in battle. 

That is all about to change. I had never heard of LUTH-AR and for good reason, as of last year, they didn’t exist, nor did the MBA stock I am about to reveal to you.

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The MBA (Modular Buttstock Assembly) is lighter, quicker and an easier to adjust stock that is high quality and less than half the price of the Magpul PRS. That is a big feat to accomplish by someone who is perceivably new to the AR market.

As you can see from the quick comparison, the MBA is the clear winner over the long time champion. 

Quick Look Comparison:

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*Street price from Brownells.com

So who is LUTH-AR anyway?

LUTH-AR is Randy Luth and he is perhaps the Steve Jobs of the AR-15 industry. In 1986, Luth founded what is now one of the largest manufacturers in the AR-15 industry, DPMS!  Until 2007 when he sold the company to Cerberus/Freedom Group and remained President of DPMS Panther Arms. The former DPMS owner currently holds at least seven U.S. patents in the firearms industry. In addition he earned Rifle of the Year awards in 2005 from Shooting Illustrated and in 2006 from American Rifleman. In 2009, Luth was chosen as Outdoor Life “Readers’ Choice” Person of the Year. Luth is the current owner of Del-Tone/Luth Gun Club and in his spare time serves on the board of directors for USA Shooting Team. Mr. Luth is also an avid hunter and 3-gun competitor. 

I would say he is more than qualified to come to market with a design that simply kicks butt as he has most likely forgotten more than you or I will ever know.

“Most of the adjustable buttstock assemblies out there are complicated, cumbersome and add unnecessary weight to the AR,”Luth said. “I realized there was a niche for something lightweight and affordable that allows shooters to get the customized fit they need to enhance their shooting experience.”

 

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The MBA stock is seemingly easy to install over a standard A1 or A2 receiver extension (buffer tube) and will work on any AR-15/AR-10 rifle that accepts a buffer tube. 

Made from Super Strong Glass Filled Nylon, the MBA is Fully Ambidextrous and can be comfortably used shooting off either shoulder as the cheek piece can be installed on either side for right or left hand shooters. In addition, the design allows the cheek weld to be moved forward or backward by adjusting the vertical pillars mounted to the holes than run the length of the stock. 

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The cheek saddle allows for up to 1-inch of height adjustment and the butt-plate length has an adjustment of 1.125”. An optional rear sling swivel is available for an additional $4.

The MBA is currently available in two configurations, the MBA-1, which is the full-meal-deal package that includes everything you need for full adjustment or the MBA-2 “Skullaton” which is a skeletonized version of the MBA-1 with no adjustable pieces, however they can be added at a later time. The MBA-2 has an MSRP of $49.95.

At the range, the MBA stock performed flawlessly. The adjustment knobs which are made of steel held strong round after round on our 308 and 556 test guns including the DRD Tactical G762 rifle which is shown in these photos. 

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LUTH AR MBA Stock 1

I had a really good chat with Mr. Luth on the phone and I am very impressed by everything LUTH-AR has done so far and I eagerly look forward to seeing more in the near future. Randy did drop this little hint:

“We are working on a carbine version now and while it posses some challenges, we hope to have it done soon” Luth said. 

By the way, if you’re curious, the MBA is made right here in the United States, including the molds.

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The Luth-AR MBA-1 and MBA-2 are currently available for purchase from Brownells, Rainier Arms or from Luth-AR directly. Interested dealers and wholesalers are currently being accepted and should contact Luth-AR directly. The official website is www.luth-ar.com or email info@luth-ar.com

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About the Author:  Jody Lewis is a professional photographer based in the PNW who has articles published on many of the popular websites including RECOIL-WEB and Guns & Tactics Magazine. He is also the Director of Operations and Business Development for Defense Marketing Group. You can follow him on his page XFIREPIX on Facebook.

NEW!! JFE Custom MultiCam BCM 14.5″ Carbine

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by ar15news

Joint Force Enterprises has for quite a while now been known for their awesome weapon coatings. JFE has partnered up with numerous firearms manufacturers over the years, including coating all of the BCM Jack Carbines for HSP, but had never offered any complete firearms for sale themselves. That is until now. JFE recently teamed up with BCM (Bravo Company Manufacturing), B5 Systems, Black Widow Armament and Magpul to offer a really sweet looking rifle that should shoot as awesome as it looks. They just started the pre-order on these rifles which I expect to sell very fast. Check out the pics and details below. 

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

As you can see, this thing looks pretty amazing. Cliff and the guys at JFE are masters in the coating business and have people raving about their work. Now add in BCM (one of the most desirable AR builders out there), B5 Systems, Black Widow Armament and Magpul and you’ve got a winning combination. Ordering details are listed below. 

TAKING PRE-ORDERS NOW

-  14.5″ BCM Carbine
–  13″ BCM KMR Rail
–  Pinned and Welded BCM Comp
–  BCM Mod 4 Charging Handle
–  B5 Systems Bravo Stock
–  BCM Pistol Grip
–  Magpul Pro Flip-up Sights
–  Black Widow Armament NoMar Qds End Plate
–  Coated in Multicam
–  Laser Engraved JFE Markings
–  Comes with certificate for 15% off your next coating project with JFE.

*Optic and Light not included

Total package price $1,999.00 plus shipping.

Please contact us at 904-993-3574 or email us at jointforce1@gmail.com to place orders.

You can also check out Joint Force Enterprises on Facebook.

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