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Battle Arms Development Launches New Website / Sneak Peeks

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by ar15news

Battle Arms Development, makers of the best ambi safety selectors on the market and other awesome accessories, has just launched a brand new website. This is definitely a huge upgrade for them as their old site just wasn’t as up to snuff. Along with launching the new website, they also include some new hints at coming soon products such as the new OIP Rifle, Billet Receivers and some new Match Grade Barrels. The new website is much easier to navigate and aesthetically pleasing. Check out the new website and some of the “coming soon” product at www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com.

New Battle Arms Development website copy

You might remember that a few weeks ago we broke the news of the new Chevron Night Sight from Blitzkrieg Components. People have been asking for a night sight version for a while and these look pretty sweet. My buddy Nate of NSZ85 got his hands on one and decided to do a nice video of his review and installation. If you’re interested, take a few minutes and watch the video below. I would strongly recommend following NSZ85’s YouTube channel as well for more awesome videos.

The new Blitzkrieg Components Chevron Night Sight is available for purchase now at BlitzkriegComponents.com.

AERO Precision – New Website and a Month of Daily Deals

Posted on November 5th, 2014 by ar15news

AERO Precision just launched a brand new website. The new website is not only easier to navigate but it also does a better job of displaying all of the different types of products AERO Precision now offers such as complete AR-15 Uppers, complete .308 Rifles, etc. On top of the ease of use they have also really added an emphasis on improving the quality of their product photography. When you’re making an investment in AR parts its definitely nice to be able to see just how nice the parts are and get a good sense of the finish, etc. Sadly most firearm companies don’t care enough to take nice pictures of the products they expect you to pay a good amount of money for so this definitely says a lot about AERO Precision’s commitment to offering a quality product and quality experience. 

AERO Precision New WEbsite

AERO Precision 308 rifle

With Veterans Day coming soon on November 11th, AERO Precision decided to also launch a month full of Daily Deals and a Weekly AERO Preicison Rifle Giveaway. The Daily Deals and AP Rifle Giveaway can both be seen HERE but you can also sign up for the AERO Precision Email List and they will email you with any new deals, etc. The email signup box is listed at the bottom of every page on the website so should be pretty easy to find. 

AERO Precision Daily Deals

Make sure you head on over to AEROPreicisonUSA.com to get in on the check out their new website, get in on the Daily Deals and enter for a chance to win a complete rifle once a week all this month.   

NEW!! SI-Defense Releases Full Ambi Billet .308 Receiver Set

Posted on October 30th, 2014 by ar15news

In the AR world there are lots of partially ambi receiver sets but that typically just means that they have an ambi bolt release lever. To me thats not really an ambi receiver because you’re still multiple other features that aren’t ambi. I know I’m obviously not the first to feel like that and I can guarantee you that is exactly what SI-Defense was thinking when they started designing their new Full Ambi Billet .308 Receiver Set.

One of the first things you’ll notice is that both sides of the lower receiver look exactly the same. The brain trust at SI-Defense did this on purpose to ensure your body gets used to doing the same exact thing whether you’re shooting with your right or left hand. These mirrored features include an Ambi Mag Release, Ambi Index Finger Grooves and a complete Bolt Catch Assembly on both sides giving you a true Ambi Bolt Hold function which is absolutely priceless when clearing malfunctions (I know you’ve heard me preach about that before).

SI Defense Ambi 308 Billet Set 1

SI Defense Ambi 308 Billet Set 2

Upon further inspection you’ll also see that they have also included a Pivot Pin Spring Housing on both sides of the lower receiver. That’s right! This new receiver set even offers an ambi Pivot Pin and Takedown Pin system which is something I don’t remember ever seeing before. A couple of other neat features are the Quick Release Dust Cover Assembly and a Threaded Forward Assist Pin Hole.

SI Defense Ambi 308 Billet Set 3SI Defense Ambi 308 Billet Set 3

So as you can see, this is a very well thought out design that looks just as good. I’ve also heard there will be an AR-15 version of this available as well so keep an eye out for that. SI-Defense is currently taking pre-orders for this new Ambi .308 Billet Set. Head on over to their brand new website at www.SI-Defense.com or call 406-752-4253 to place your pre-order.

**The receiver set includes dust cover, ambi bolt catch, ambi mag release. Forward assist, takedown pins and ambi selector not included but are available for sale in the Parts and Accessories section of their web store.

SI Defense Ambi 308 Billet Set 6

For more pictures of the new SI-Defense products and to keep up all things related to SI-Defense but sure to follow them on both Instagram and Facebook.

KAK Industry 7.62×39 AR Pistol Build and Range Report

Posted on October 20th, 2014 by ar15news

I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve not had a ton of time to go to the range but last week I specifically made time to hit the range and function test my 7.62×39 AR Pistol I built. This thing had been sitting in my HSP INCOG Rifle Bag completely ready to go just begging for some action and it was my pleasure to oblige. Below you’ll see some pics of my 7.62×39 AR Pistol. I’ll first cover the components I used to build it and the range report will follow after that.

KAK Ind 762x39 AR Pistol Build 7

Basically all you need to retrofit or build any AR upper as a 7.62×39 is the Barrel, Bolt and Mags and KAK Industry has everything you need in one place. I already had an extra AR Pistol lower built so I just needed some of their awesome upper components. The lower is a Noveske N4 forged lower with an ALG Defense ACT trigger, Battle Arms Development Selector, Magpul MOE K2 grip, Law Tactical Gen3 Folding Stock Adapter, Phase 5 Weapon Systems Pistol Buffer Tube and a Sig Sauer SB-15 Arm Brace. I upgraded to a Wolf High Power Hammer Spring but probably could have done without it. 

KAK Ind 762x39 AR Pistol Build 7

KAK Ind 762x39 AR Pistol Build 7

For the upper I sourced the heart of the build at KAK Industry. They make all of their own components and have a great reputation. I used the KAK Industry 11″ 7.62×39 barrel, KAK Industry 7.62×39 complete BCG, KAK Industry Gas Block and Gas Tube. The upper receiver is an AERO Precision forged upper with a Northtech Defense Ti-FANG Titanium forward assist, Fortis Mfg Hammer charging handle, Centurion Arms 11″ CMR rail and a BattleComp BABC. Topped it all off with a Vortex Optics Viper PST 1-4 scope and an American Defense Mfg QD mount.

KAK Ind 762x39 AR Pistol Build 7

KAK Ind 762x39 AR Pistol Build 7

Of course the weather is changing up here in Michigan. It was cold and rainy that morning at the range but I couldn’t care less. I brought along some really nice Hornady 123gr 7.62×39 SST ammo to run through the brand new AR Pistol. The best thing you can do when function testing a new AR is to take it slow. I only had one ASC 7.62×39 mag so I loaded one round in the mag, pulled back on the charging handle, flipped the selector to “America” and pulled the trigger. As expected it went BOOM so I checked the chamber to make sure the rifle ejected the spent casing, which it did. After that first round goes as planned you get a bit of a smile on your face and start to have fun.

KAK Ind 762x39 AR Pistol Build 7

I loaded up another 5 rounds and proceeded to fire them down range sighting in the Vortex Optics Viper PST 1-4 scope.  First 3 rounds went through perfect but on the fourth I had a Failure To Feed. Keep in mind I only had 5 rounds in the mag to start meaning this was the second to last round in the mag. I stripped the mag, removed the round and inspected it noticing that once the mag was removed the round didn’t really seem to be stuck or anything. I loaded another 10 rounds and again, second to last round FTF. This was a recurring theme and it became very clear that the issue was with the mag and definitely not at all a problem with the Upper, BCG or Barrel. Other than the second to last round of each mag issue I had absolutely ZERO malfunctions with this build. It really was a pleasure to shoot. I’ve heard the ASC mags get better as you wear them in but I will also be looking into some other brands and will do a followup article specifically regarding 7.62×39 AR Mags.

KAK Ind 762x39 AR Pistol Build 7

So after blowing through almost all of my ammo getting to know the 7.62×39 AR Pistol, I saved the last 5 rounds to get a little grouping on paper. Now keep in mind, when I test fire my AR’s I always go to the shorter range. Its basically a 30-35 yard range that typically has less people on it. When I shoot for groups I usually head on over to the 100 yard range but being that this is just an AR Pistol, I had no bipod, etc I decided to stay on the shorter range and just get a group there. The image below shows you a 5 round group, just resting the handguard on a block. I’m positive I could tighten this group up but I was out of ammo. One of these days I’ll get it out on the 100 yard range and get some longer range data. I was very happy with this group though based on the distance I would expect to shoot this rifle at in a real world situation. 

KAK Ind 762x39 AR Pistol Build 7

Overall, I am very pleased with this build. Aside from the magazine issue, all of the parts functioned flawlessly. KAK Industry really is a one stop shop for tons of AR Parts including 5.56, 300BLK, 7.62×39, 458 SOCOM and .308 builds. This is not my first experience with KAK Industry and I’ve enjoyed every part I’ve purchased from them. For this specific build you can check out the KAK 7.62×39 AR Parts here. For all other builds just visit the KAKIndustry.com website and get to looking around at the awesome stuff they offer.  

NEW!! HexMag FDE and OD Green Mags and 10 & 15 Round Mags

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by ar15news

HexMag brand magazines have really been picking up in popularity lately. They introduced a Black AR-15 magazine a while back with a cool raised Hex pattern that actually adds some additional grip to the mag. They also feature a unique magazine identification system called “HexID” which lets you change the color of the follower and base plate retention tab for quick identification.

Today, HexMag is introducing their new FDE (Flat Dark Earth) and OD Green colored 30 round magazines with matching follower and base pad retention tab colors as well. They are also introducing their new line of “TRUE” 10/30 and 15/30 state compliant magazines. They were nice enough to send me some pre-production samples to take some pics of and let me help them introduce the new products.

People have been asking for an FDE and OD Green versions of the HexMag for a while now. The FDE and OD Green HexMags match very well with most of the popular AR furniture on the market and as with all HexMags, they come with the standard Orange guts.

HexMag FDE OD Green Mags 1

HexMag FDE OD Green Mags 1

HexMag FDE OD Green Mags 1

With the introduction of the new FDE and OD Green colors, HexMag is also introducing matching colored internals as well as part of their HexID system. That means if you didn’t want the standard Orange follower and base pad retention tab you will be able to purchase the FDE or OD Green internals.

HexMag FDE OD Green Mags 6

HexMag FDE OD Green Mags 6

HexMag FDE OD Green Mags 6

The last new product they are introducing today is their “TRUE” 10/30 and 15/30 state compliant magazines. Basically these are magazines that will only accept 10 or 15 rounds but look like 30 round magazines. The reason they are called “TRUE” is that they have a shorter spring and a riser inside the mag that makes them either a 10 or 15 round mag. The black risers in the photos below are just 3D printed models but give you an idea of what they will look like. HexMag designed the risers with a contour that allows you to wrap some Paracord, etc around the riser. On the 10 round model the riser is longer so I decided to try wrapping some Fishing Line and putting a little package of hooks, weights and a jig in there which fit perfectly. On the 15 round model I put a few matches, cotton balls and a striking surface inside. This works great because the spring stops at the top of the riser so there is no possibility of the items getting damaged or inhibit operation of the mag. Obviously I would not sacrifice 15-20 rounds in a mag personally just to have a little emergency bug out stash but for those who live in states with limits on magazine size, this is a pretty cool feature.

HexMag TRUE State Compliant AR Mag 3

HexMag TRUE State Compliant AR Mag 3

HexMag TRUE State Compliant AR Mag 3

All of these new mags will be available early November 2014 so you won’t have to wait very long. I can tell you I’ve been using the Black model HexMags for a while now and really like them. As soon as I hear these are available for purchase I will be sure to let you guys know. I’ve also listed all of the ways you can follow HexMag below. 

Website:  www.HexMag.com
Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/HexMag
Instagram:  www.Instagram.com/HexMag
YouTube:  HexMag

NEW!! Arisaka Defense Light Mounts and QD Sling Attachments

Posted on October 6th, 2014 by ar15news

A buddy of mine (UWone77) has been playing around with some new products from Arisaka Defense and he seems to be very happy with them. Arisaka Defense is a brand new company (literally brand new, as in “no website yet” new) but they seem to already have some nice designs and understand what components people are looking for. The first components they are making available will be an M-LOK and KeyMod light mount, M-LOK QD Sling Attachment Point and a Light Mount that is designed to mount directly to a Centurion Arms CMR rail. I’ve listed some pictures below. As I mentioned their website hasn’t been finished yet but they have a Facebook page that they have started so you can follow along as they introduce new products. 

Arisaka Defense M-LOK or KeyMod Light Mount

Arisaka Defense MLOK Light Mount 2

Arisaka Defense MLOK Light Mount 2

Arisaka Defense M-LOK QD Sling Attachment Point

Arisaka Defense QD Sling Attachment 2

Arisaka Defense QD Sling Attachment 2

Arisaka Defense CMR Light Mount

Arisaka Defense CMR Light Mount 2

Arisaka Defense CMR Light Mount 2

Follow Arisaka Defense on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/arisakadefense

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

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

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