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NO EASY DAY – Special Missions Carbine by Mark Owen

Posted on October 20th, 2014 by ar15news

Have you ever wished you could talk to a Navy SEAL, who’s Been There, Done That, and ask him what components he would suggest or even have him build you a complete rifle? I’m pretty sure for 99.9% of people out there that really isn’t something that would happen but the NO EASY DAY SMC (Special Missions Carbine) is about as close as it gets. The 14-year Navy SEAL veteran who wrote the book “NO EASY DAY: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden.” under the pen name Mark Owen has released the ultimate complete rifle kit which includes components and accessories hand picked by the man himself.

The rifle itself has a Colt SOCOM complete upper, EOTech red dot and 3X magnifier combo, USM4 “NO EASY DAY” logo’d billet lower, Geissele SSA trigger, SureFire flashlight, a Centurion Arms CMR rail and more.







All purchases of the NO EASY DAY – Special Missions Carbine will come in its own Pelican Rifle Case and will also come with a signed and serialized copy of the NO EASY DAY best selling book. As a purchaser you will also be able to purchase additional accessories such as Suppressors, Night Vision, Lasers, etc. at a discounted price. To order this awesome complete kit, head on over to and fill out the order form at the bottom of the page. 


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 website and get to looking around at the awesome stuff they offer.  

4th of July 2014 Sale – Centurion Arms

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by ar15news

Been thinking about picking up some awesome new stuff from Centurion Arms? Well, your procrastination is finally paying off. Starting today (7/2/14) and running through Sunday (7/6/14), Centurion Arms is offering a 4th of July sale…..Enter “Freedom2014” at checkout to receive 10% off your order. Plus there will be special items already on sale as well. Only at

Centurion Arms 4th of July Sale 2014

**UPDATE: 6/4/2014 – The new 9.5″ and 11″ CMR Rails are now in-stock and shipping at at Introductory Pricing.**  

A few days ago Centurion Arms released information on their new 9.5″ and 11″ CMR rails. The CMR is an extremely popular modular round handguard that is built to take a beating and come back for more. Initially the CMR, in both AR-15 and .308, was only available in 12″ and 14″ lengths. With enough people requesting shorter lengths of the CMR it was time to make it happen. Some times I get to pretend I’m a cool kid and get my hands on some of the new stuff before its out and this was one of those times. I received a 9.5″ CMR rail a few weeks ago which I immediately put on a 300BLK upper I was building. Then just last week I was pleasantly surprised when a 11″ version showed up as well. As expected, these little shorty CMR rails are pretty awesome. I’ve included a picture of my two rails immediately below and the Centurion Arms Press Release below that. I do know that will have these new rails first before anyone else. If you are wanting to get your hands on a set, be prepared to buy very soon as they could be up on the website literally any day.

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**Press Release**

Centurion Arms CMR Now Available In New Lengths !


Morgantown, IN.-

Centurion Arms, LLC announces that the widely popular Centurion Modular Rail (CMR) is now available in two new lengths: 9.5” and 11”.

620 Centurion Arms CMR 9.5 and 11

Their patent-pending CMR rail system is a lightweight, rugged, one piece, free float hand guard that when installed, gives the upper a continuous 12 o’clock rail. The CMR system clamps to a proprietary barrel nut that can be installed on all AR15, M4, and M16 type weapons systems. It was designed with the top 1913 rail for mounting the most common accessories, yet does away with the need for 1913 rail at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. This allows for accessories to be directly mounted to it with a dedicated, simple, light-weight, mount. However, it does allow for 1913 rail to be added, if needed, for some less common accessories. 

Additionally, Centurion Arms built in anti-rotation QD sling swivels in 4 positions. The main objective is to have a smaller, lighter weight, more ergonomic, hand guard that maintains or enhances functionality for the end user.

“As professionals ourselves, we know the importance of keeping things simple and that was our design intent here…a K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid) system.” -Monty Leclair, Owner Centurion Arms, LLC.

620 Centurion Arms CMR 9.5 and 11

620 Centurion Arms CMR 9.5 and 11

• Material: 6061 T6
• Finish: type 3 hard coat anodized
• Weight: 9.5-9.4oz 11in-10.4oz with barrel nut and hardware ! • Length: 9.418(9.5in) 10.994(11in)
• Width: 1.56(body of tube) 1.75 (at QD sling swivels)
• Height: 1.995
• Inside diameter: 1.12
• Rails: 1913 spec rail on top
• Fasteners: grade 8 bolts, Oxide Finish
MADE IN USA  Small Made in USA flag

Weapon Outfitters is having one of the best money saving 4th of July Sales that I’ve seen this year. They are offering 15% off all Complete Uppers and Custom Upper Builds on their website. This includes uppers from from some awesome companies such as AAC (Advanced Armament Corp), Centurion Arms, Daniel Defense, KAC (Knights Armament Company), LWRC, PWS (Primary Weapon Systems) and TROY. 15% off is probably the most generous discount you’ll see for a while on uppers of this quality. Use the code “4THOFJULY” at checkout, now through Monday the 8th to save 15% off your order. Head on over and check these out at

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“Panic Buying” Over? Now Is The Time To Find Good Deals!

Posted on June 18th, 2013 by ar15news

With the “Panic Buying” really hitting a wall lately, retailers/manufacturers are starting to have to actually work to sell their products. Their inventories are starting to really increase which is something that many of them are not comfortable with as it means a lot more of their money is tied up. Many of the popular items that have had outrageous price tags on them for the past 6 months are already back to normal pricing but that doesn’t seem to moving them fast enough. This is why right now is the time to find some really good deals.  

Some companies have started to put together special “Free Shipping” deals, etc. Other retailers are really stepping it up and putting together special package deals with really high quality products. A couple in particular come to mind.  

Weapon Outfitters has been killing it with their high end promos. One to check out is the Centurion Arms Promo Deals. You can basically piece together an extremely high quality upper, have input on what is used and get it at a discount. Check this deal out HERE.

Centurion Arms CMR Package Deal

Another awesome deal is the following one going on right now over at Right now they are offering a deal that includes an Aimpoint PRO and 3 D&H 30 Round Mags with Magpul Anti-Tilt Followers. The Aimpoint PRO itself normally retails for $440 but right now you can buy the Aimpoint PRO and the 3 mags for just $409. This is such an awesome deal.  You can take advantage of this deal at,

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Piece Together A Great AR Upper At Weapon Outfitters

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by ar15news

Our friends over at Weapon Outfitters have been really raising the bar recently when it comes to offering tons of high quality parts and top notch customer service. One of the things they started doing is offering modular packages where you can pick and choose the components that you want instead of just buying a ready made package and save a few bucks too. Their most popular packages are the ones that include Centurion Arms parts.  Weapon Outfitters is the only place I know of that actually has Centurion Arms C4 BCG’s for sale which is pretty awesome.  If you want to build your own “Centurion Arms” upper this a great way to do it and have your say on what is included.  Check out a few of the different package deals below.  

Centurion Arms CMR Package
With the Centurion Arms CMR Package deal you can add a Centurion Arms Barrel and the awesome new CMR Rail system to a high quality Parallax Tactical upper receiver.  You also get to choose the Gas Block and Flash Hider.  

Centurion Arms CMR Package Deal

Centurion Arms Rail & C4 Bolt Carrier Group Package
With the Centurion Arms Rail & C4 Bolt Carrier Group package you can choose from any of the Centurion Arms rails and combine it with a C4 BCG.  

Centurion Arms Rail and BCG Package Deal


Centurion Arms Barrel & C4 Bolt Carrier Group Package
With this package you get to choose from a list of different Centurion Arms Barrels and a C4 BCG.  

Centurion Arms Barrel and BCG Package Deal


Not all of the packages include the Centurion Arms BCG but you can order that separately HERE.

Centurion Arms BCG

Whole Boat Load of Centurion Arms CHF Barrels In-Stock

Posted on May 18th, 2013 by ar15news

If you are looking for a new barrel and want one that is made to last, the Centurion Arms CHF barrels are some of the best you’ll find.  I’m boring so I usually spend my Friday evenings after the kids go to bed snooping around a bunch of my favorite retailers websites.  One of the ones I checked out was Weapon Outfitters and was pleasantly surprised to see that they were just freshly resupplied with a bunch of CA barrels.  Right now they have 10.5, 11.5, 12.5″ and 14.7″ barrels in, all carbine length gas systems.  Check em out at

Centurion Arms CHF Barrels

NEW!! Centurion Arms CMR Rail System

Posted on May 16th, 2013 by ar15news

After weeks and months of being teased by all of the Stickman gunporn pictures of the new Centurion Arms CMR rail system the wait is finally over.  The CMR is a modular tubular style rail that features low profile attachment options such as 1913 picatinny rail sections, bipod mount, light mount, handguard covers, etc.  As with the original Centurion Arms rail, the C4, the CMR is built to withstand the worst punishment you can throw at it.  The CMR will be available as a 12″ and 14″ model in both 5.56 and 7.62/.308 versions.  The 7.62/.308 models shipped first so they are in-stock right now over at  The first batch of 5.56 models will be shipping today so you’ll start to see them in-stock over the next few days at the dealers listed below.  Just in case you missed some of the awesome photos of the CMR I’ve added some for you drool over courtesy of the one and only Stickman.

Centurion Arms CMR 7.62/.308 rail system in-stock now at Rainier Arms.

Dealers receiving Centurion Arms CMR 5.56 rail systems soon:
Weapon Outfitters
Rainier Arms
ROG Tactical
Tier One Arms
AIM Surplus
Kevin McClure FFL

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AR15NEWS Weekly Photo and Build Details

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by ar15news

Had a short delay between articles in our “Weekly Photo and Build Details” series with Holidays and our Facebook Giveaway going on but we are back at it and I think you’ll like this one.  This time around I will focus on 6 components to one of my rifles.  Five of them I’ve been using for quite some time but the sixth one is very new to me.  Just to restate what we’ve already discussed, I am not being compensated or asked to tell you guys about these products.  Most of them are products I have purchased myself with my own money because I believe in their quality and I like how they work.  Anyways, check out the photo below and the details that follow.    You can click on the images to see them full size as well.

11-30-12 Build Details AXTS AX556 ALG Defense BAD Impact Weapons Aimpoint Magpul

1.  Centurion Arms C4 12.0 RailOne of my personal favorite rails, the Centurion Arms C4 rail was designed based on the operational experience of the owner of Centurion Arms who is an active duty Navy Seal.  As I’ve mentioned before, they are a Freefloat 2-piece rail that installs directly onto the existing barrel nut which gives you lightning quick installation and removal.  They also feature 4 QD sling mounts as well.  Probably one of the sturdiest rails you can buy.  You do have to pay a little bit more to have the best but its well worth the cost.  I purchased mine from,

2.  AXTS Weapons Systems AX556 Lower:  Aside from its very unique and awesome looks there is a better reason why I love this lower.  Those of you who have known me for a while know that I am a big fan of ambidextrous operation on my rifles.  I think every prepared shooter needs to practice shooting with both hands.  If you ever find yourself wounded in a gun fight, whether at home or at war, and lose the use of your strong side hand/arm you need to be able to use your week side.  A good way to make this easier is to make the functions of your rifle ambidextrous.  The AX556 lower gives you the most ambidextrous control over any other lower on the market.  There are others on the market with Ambit Bolt Release and very few offer an Ambi Mag Release.  However, none offer a built-in Bolt Hold except for the AX556.  It also accommodates the Battle Arms Development 45 Degree Selectors as well. (see below)  Unfortunately this is not a very easy lower to purchase.  They are on a 60-90 day backorder at the moment.  I can’t tell you who but I was only able to purchase mine because a very well known Industry Leader / Trainer had one for sale.  Basically, if you see one for sale, snag it!!  If not, get your name on the list at

3.  ALG Defense ACT Trigger:  So far so good.  I’m really impressed with this affordable trigger group.  For $65 its probably one of the best bang for your buck triggers out there. These are standard mil-spec triggers that are Nickel Boron coated and have been tuned by Geissele Automatics (makers of $200-300 trigger groups).  The NiB coating and polishing have really reduced any grittiness that is usually associated with Mil-Spec triggers.  Trigger pull is around 6lbs. which is not as light as some of the more expensive triggers but this is a Mil-Spec trigger which means it needs to be at 5.5lbs or higher.  Some triggers you’ll find in a standard LPK are closer to 9/9.5lbs.  I have not issue with recommending this trigger group to anyone looking to upgrade their standard trigger group.  Check out for more info.  I purchased my ALG Defense ACT trigger from Rainier Arms.

4.  Battle Arms Development Ambi Safety Selectors:  If you haven’t heard of Battle Arms Development yet then you haven’t been listening to me.  I won’t build a gun without these awesome selectors as a first component.  This specific model is the BAD-CASS-SA-ST.  That stands for the Combat Ambi Safety Selector – Semi Automatic – Short Throw.  The standard BAD-ASS selector is a huge upgrade by itself but the BAD-CASS family is a beefed up combat version of the BAD-ASS.  By using a dovetail mounting system they’ve reduced the stress put on the screws of the selector.  The Short Throw model bumps it up even one more notch by reducing the travel from SAFE to FIRE by 45 degrees.  This makes the action itself easier and much quicker.  I have two rifles with the Short Throw levers on them and love them.  You are supposed to have a 45 degree selector “compatible” lower but there are ways around that.  (contact me if you have any questions)  These are by far the best on the market and I put them on every rifle I own.  If its half the price, its because its only half as good.  You can purchase yours from Battle Arms Development.

5.  Rainier Arms RAPTOR Ambi Charging Handle:  If you’re just heading out to the backyard to shoot some cans you will probably be just fine with your standard AR-15 charging handle but if your AR will see some hard use the standard charging handle is one of the first things you should replace.  The Rainier Arms RAPTOR Ambi Charging Handle is a brand new product for 2012 but it has already made some huge waves in the industry.  They really are mechanically speaking works of art.  Both sides have the same style skeletonized latches and they function exactly the same as the other.  The best part is without intentionally damaging these you aren’t going to break them.  They are built like a tank!  These will be as essential to my future builds as my BAD-ASS selectors.  I did receive a couple of these on the house from my buddy John but have already purchased additional units from the my favorite retailer who just happens to make these,

6.  Impact Weapons Components QD Sling Mount for Magpul UBR stock:  Its kind of hard to see in this pic but this is an upgrade that was seriously needed.  The standard Magpul UBR stock comes with a reversible QD sling mount but its a real pain to swap it around.  What’s worse is that once you switch it to the side you want it makes it difficult to run weak side drills while using a single point sling that is mounted to it.  Earl at Impact Weapons Components started his business by looking at a product and finding the small things that needed to be tweaked.  For the UBR he designed a QD Sling Mount that replaced the sideways facing QD with a downward facing QD sling mount.  The result is a QD Sling Mount that is ambidextrous.  Its CNC machined to fit right in place of the stock unit and is awesome.  I’m a huge fan of this product and I use IWC products a lot.  Now switching from strong side to weak side and back is no issue.  It even works well with a 2-point sling.  Check this and many other great products out at ImpactWeaponsComponents.comDon’t forget to use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout to save 5% on ALL PRODUCTS in their online store. 



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