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I recently built a new sexy looking AR Pistol that I’ve been taking pictures of and have gotten quite a few questions about what components I used, why I set it up the way I did and how its running so far. Its been a while since I did a “Build Details” article so I figured since so many people were interested in this build I would do one on it. This article will basically be a run down of the different components as well as an explanation of why I used them if needed.
We’ve all seen some AR Pistols that have extremely short barrels/uppers. I tend to not go shorter than a 10.5″ barrel on mine as it’s short enough to make them more compact without sacrificing a ton of accuracy or velocity. This whole build started out with a mid length AERO Precision COP Upper and Forged Lower. This is the second AR I’ve built with this receiver set and I love them.
THE AR PISTOL UPPER
The Upper, as I mentioned, features an AERO Precision COP mid length upper with a Parallax Tactical TiN BCG, Magpul MBUS Pro sights and Fortis Mfg Hammer charging handle. For the optic I wanted something very small and compact so I went with the Vortex Optics RAZOR and an American Defense Mfg QD mount. The barrel is an ODIN Works 10.5″ .223 Wylde Stainless Steel barrel with a Primary Weapons CQB comp on the end. The combination of a shorter barrel and the CQB comp makes it perfect for a home defense weapon but the ODIN Works barrel definitely holds up to its reputation as a straight shooter and is absolutely capable of hitting longer range targets with ease. I’ll shoot some 100 yard groups soon and do another writeup for you guys on the accuracy of this 10.5″ AR Pistol.
THE AR PISTOL LOWER
The lower for this build is an AERO Precision lower that I bought as a set with the upper for this build. Both were Cerakoted Tungsten for a unique look. So far I’ve added a Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS-SA short throw selector and EPS Pins, Phase 5 Weapon Systems Winter Trigger Guard, Magpul K2 grip and an Impact Weapons Components QD End Plate sling mount. There is a new ALG Defense ACT trigger waiting for it down stairs that I need to install.
Another feature that should be standard on ALL AR Pistols is the combination of a Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace and an SB15 specific buffer tube such as the KAK Industry Super Sig Tube or Phase 5 Hex-2. These buffer tubes push the SB15 further away from the receiver making the setup a bit more comfortable to shoulder (Shouldering the Sig SB15 is legal according to the ATF). For this build I installed the KAK Super Sig Tube and its awesome. You can even get an adjustment kit of rings that you slide on before installing the SB15 to adjust how far back it sits.
You also might notice the MagPod on the magazine. These will be available for purchase very soon!
THE BUSINESS END
The part I get questions about the most is the business end of the upper. Most people seem to really like this setup so here is a pretty detailed look at it. One of the other reasons I like muzzle devices like the CQB comp is that you can put a light right up to the end of the muzzle and not worry so much about it getting damaged in the blast of the rifle or coated in carbon. My setup consists of a Magpul AFG and a Haley Strategic Partners Thorntail Offset Mount with an INFORCE WML mounted on it. The Thorntail Offset Mount is made by Impact Weapons Components for HSP and is an awesome mount for the WML. It has four slots to mount the WML on and can even be mounted cantilevered like mine is.
As you can see the WML is pushed out almost to the tip of the muzzle. Pushing it further forward not only reduces shadowing in the light beam but also gives you a lot more real-estate to put your hand on a shorter rail.
The next few pictures will show you a detailed look at the complete setup and hand position. While using the AFG I like to put my thumb on top of the rail for a solid grip. To activate the light, all you need to do is slide your thumb to the left and the activation button is right there. This is a very effective and comfortable setup.
If you like this light setup and want to put it on your rifle or pistol build, I would recommend checking out www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. They have the HSP Thorntail Offset Mount, Magpul AFG grip and INFORCE WML light all in-stock. Plus, if you use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout you’ll save 5% off your entire order.
This is definitely my favorite AR Pistol build to date. After a few hundred rounds so far I can tell you it runs like a champ and is absolutely a blast to shoot. The bolt holds open on empty mag, no Failure to Eject, no Failure to Feed, etc. Just an all around accurate AR Pistol that I would not hesitate to grab when my life depended on it.
American Defense Mfg
Battle Arms Development
Impact Weapons Components
Phase 5 Weapon Systems
Primary Weapons Systems
American Defense Manufacturing, makers of some of the best optic mounts on the market, are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $100. This includes their awesome optic mounts, Optic and Mount Combo Deals and any accessories. Free Shipping is for US Orders Only, No Code Required and expires on July 9th, 2014.
Many of you have probably noticed American Defense Mfg really branching out this last year. Not only are they coming out with a new rifle called the UIC (Universally Improved Carbine) but they’ve also started adding stuff to their website such as Optic / Mount Combo Deals and upping their Swag game too.
The Combo Deals are great. They basically pair a high quality optic with one of their awesome mounts at a great price. Most scopes/optics don’t come with a good mount and everyone knows you need a good mount if you want to get the most out of the scope. Instead of having to shop for an optic and then look around for a mount, you can just check them out in one place and from what I’ve seen, get a better deal too. The most recent combo deals they’ve added are the awesome US Optics scopes paired with different ADM Recon mounts but they have a wide variety from other manufacturers as well such as Aimpoint, Lucid, Primary Arms and Vortex Optics. You can view them all at www.ADM-MFG.com
I’m sure many of you are also pretty big fans of American Defense Manufacturing so you might be happy to see they’ve had some nice PVC patches made featuring their new ADM logo. For just $6 you get all three of the 2″ x 2″ velcro backed patches. These, and all other ADM Schwag, are available at www.americandefensemanufacturing.com/browse/category/schwag/
American Defense Mfg is offering Free Shipping to all US Orders over $100 from now until Midnight Monday, May 26th!! Every little bit helps so take advantage of this deal to save on some outstanding optic mounts. www.ADM-MFG.com
The guys over at American Defense Manufacturing (ADM) have been working overtime this year. Not only have they been testing their awesome new UIC which stands for Universally Improved Carbine, which we’ll tell you all about soon, but they’ve also been adding some great combo deals to their website. The latest set of combo deals are the ones I’ve been waiting for. The Aimpoint Combos! These deals are perfect for anyone who is looking to pick up an Aimpoint and then upgrade the mount. You can definitely same some money this way. Here are a couple of the deals I noticed and thought, now that’s a good deal.
They are offering an Aimpoint PRO with 4 different mount options for just $504. If you were to buy these separately you would pay $400’ish + Shipping for the PRO and about $130-140 + Shipping for the mount. Just doing some simple math you can see that you’re saving $30-40 plus lowering your shipping cost.
Perhaps the best deal though is on the Aimpoint T-1’s. Many of you probably know that Aimpoint T-1 prices skyrocketed last year. To purchase an Aimpoint T-1 with nothing more than a basic crap mount is going to run you somewhere between $650-700+ depending on where you buy and if you want the 2MOA or 4MOA dot. Yes, the T-1 is an awesome optic. I have one and love it. But then you need to upgrade to a better mount it really starts to get prohibitive. Thankfully ADM is able to save you some major coin by bundling the Aimpoint T-1 and one of three different Quick Release Mounts for just $643. And these are the 2MOA Red Dots, not the 4MOA too. You’re easily saving over $100 on this combo deal.
As if that wasn’t good enough, ADM doesn’t stop at just the Aimpoint PRO and T-1. The offer packages for the H-1 (slightly less waterproof than the T-1), COMPM4 and the 3X Magnifier as well. Its nice to have a source like this. Buying high quality optics and then upgrading their standard crap mounts to nice ones like what American Defense Manufacturing offers is never easy on the wallet but its nice to know if you’re gonna do it you can save a good amount at the same time. Check out the rest of their Aimpoint Mount and Optic Combos at www.AmericanDefenseMfg.com.
The American Defense Manufacturing Christmas Sale starts tomorrow. From now through 12/29/2013, ADM is offering 10% off and FREE SHIPPING on what many consider to be some of the best red dot mounts and scope mounts on the market. Be sure to head on over to www.ADM-MFG.com to snag some Christmas goodies and save some money.
American Defense Manufacturing is a very popular manufacturer of all kinds of mounts for everything from Red Dots to Scopes, risers, etc. They also sell combos where you get a Mount and an Optic, rails, accessories, etc. Starting today they are offering 10% off and FREE SHIPPING on everything site wide. This is a pretty big deal as they rarely have any deals like this. No discount codes to worry about either. The Discount and Free Shipping will come off automatically at checkout. Head on over to www.ADM-Mfg.com to get a hookup on some awesome mounts.
Here’s a pic of one my AR’s with an ADM RECON mount on it. The scope is the Vortex Viper PST 1-4.
American Defense Manufacturing recently announced a new Tactical Lever upgrade option for their awesome QD Scope Mounts. The Tactical Lever is an inexpensive option that gives you some additional material to grab on to when using gloves, etc. Its kind of like the popular extended latches on charging handles. The Tactical Lever is available as a standalone $18 upgrade for those who already own an ADM QD Mount or as a FREE upgrade when purchasing a brand new mount from ADM. These are definitely a nice option to look into. If you don’t already have an ADM mount you might want to look into getting that squared away too. : ) Check them out at ADM-MFG.com.
Upgrade your existing standard lever to the new Tactical Lever. Price is for each assembly. If replacing the levers on an AD-Recon or any other dual throw lever mount, you will need to order two assembly’s. These levers will fit all American Defense Mounts except the AD-15R, AD-Delta and the AD-RMR-RH. ( Extended thumb pad will face upward. ) NOTE: Some mounts ( mostly older models ) use the smaller .187″ bolt, compared to the new .203″ bolt. To tell what bolt size you need, remove your throw lever assembly from the mount. With a calipers, measure the width and height of the throw lever cross bolt. If both measurements are .187″, you need a .187″ bolt. If the width measures .203″, you need a .203″ bolt. Alternatively, If 2 Quarters and 1 Penny fit snug in the cross bolt slot on the bottom of the mount itself, you need a .187″ bolt. If 2 Quarters and a Nickel fit snug, then you need a .203″ Bolt. Includes Tactical Lever, Bolt and spare adjustment nut.
- Weight: .78oz.
American Defense Manufacturing let me know last week that they were coming out with some brand new products soon. Well it didn’t take long for the first one to surface. The new AD-RECON-30 is designed for those users who plan on shooting out past 1000 yards as it has 30 MOA compensation built into the mount itself. This means it cants the scope down in the front angling the bore upwards so that you have 30 more MOA of elevation adjustment when shooting long distances. You can only adjust your crosshairs so far and depending on what scope you are using, at extreme distances, you can pretty much max out your adjustment. Adding 30 MOA can be a big help. The AD-RECON-30 is also a cantilever style mount that pushes the scope out forward to help you get the correct eye relief.
The AD-RECON-30 mount is made for putting high power glass onto a flattop style AR-15 with 30 MOA built in to the base. The cantilever throws the scope out front, allowing you to get the right eye relief. It is precision machined from 6061 T6 aluminum and finished in hard coat T3 Mil-Spec anodize. It features the Patented QD Auto Lock™ Lever system to accommodate both in spec and out of spec rail systems.
The AD-RECON-30 mount features the Patented QD Auto Lock™ Lever system which has the following advantages:
– Does not require proprietary tools for adjustment.
– Can be adjusted with your finger or a flat blade screwdriver.
– Lever can be configured to lock to the front or the rear.
– Superior clamping surface to insure maximum rail engagement.
MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION
The AD-RECON-30 mount is precision CNC machined from a block of 6061 T6 aluminum and finished in hard coat type 3 Mil-Spec anodize for a rock hard lasting finish.
– Precision machined from 6061 T6 Aluminum.
– Hard coat anodized for a lifetime of performance.
– Fully adjustable to fit both in spec and out of spec rail systems.
– American Defense MFG, LLC. products feature a lifetime warranty.
– Features the Patented QD Auto Lock™ Lever system.
– Made with pride in the U.S.A.
The AD-RECON-30 mount has the following specifications:
– Weight: 8.40 ounces
American Defense Manufacturing definitely has some great scope mounts not just for you long range precision shooters but also for many other applications including standard QD Scope Mounts and QD Red Dot mounts. Check out the new AD-RECON-30 and more at ADM-MFG.com