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The Fortis Muzzle Brake – for your 9MM

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by ar15news

While it seems like EVERYONE is building a 9mm AR right now, its taken AR component manufactures a little bit longer to jump on board as well. Thankfully Fortis Manufacturing has jumped in with a 9mm version of their extremely popular muzzle brake. What makes this such an awesome new product is not just that it looks pretty amazing but it also interfaces with the Fortis QD CONTROL blast shield (sold separately). This is sure to be a great performing muzzle device for your 9mm AR and is available in both 1/2×28 and 1/2×36 TPI which are the two most common thread patterns for 9mm AR barrels. Check out the information below, then head on over to www.FortisMfg.com and pick one up for yourself.

Fortis Mfg 9mm Muzzle Brake and CONTROL

The performance of the Fortis 556 Muzzle Brake is unmatched and the rise is non-existent, now replicated for your 9MM AR needs (also compatible with the Control Shield).

While the trend of 9MM AR’s continue to rise, we wanted to give those enthusiasts a product that carried the Fortis theme of design and functionality. So we took the 556 Muzzle Brake and utilized its aesthetics while getting the same performance for the 9MM that we do in our 556.

Available only in Nitride, in 1/2×28 and 1/2×36 TPI, now available for purchase on FortisMFG.com.

My Fortis Manufacturing Night Rail Found A Home

Posted on June 4th, 2016 by ar15news

I’ve been trying to figure out what to use my Fortis Mfg 14″ Night Rail on and finally tonight decided on modifying a rifle I had already built. 

I removed the stock, grip, rail and muzzle device so that all I was left with was a San Tan Tactical billet ambi receiver set, buffer tube, ALG Defense ACT trigger and a Joint Force Enterprises 16″ Match barrel. I then added the Bravo Company USA Gunfighter stock, Magpul grip and MBUS PRO, Fortis Mfg Night Rail and Gas Block, VG6 Precision Epsilon muzzle device, Hexmag magazine and an Aimpoint PRO in an American Defense Mfg mount.

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Fortis Mfg Night Rail 2

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Super stoked to give the Fortis Night Rail a run this weekend if I get some time to shoot. Looks pretty sick to me. You can purchase the new Fortis Mfg Night Rail in 12″ or 14″ in your choice of KeyMod or M-LOK right now at www.FortisMfg.com.

Fortis Mfg NIGHT RAIL Exclusive Intro Price

Posted on April 3rd, 2016 by ar15news

Fortis Manufacturing introduced a neat new rail at SHOT Show back in January called the Night Rail. The Night Rail utilizes a new patent pending two piece barrel nut that creates a full 360 degrees of contact with the inside of the rail instead of a clamping the rail onto the barrel nut or using screws. This also makes installation very simple as the barrel nut does not need to be timed. Just tighten to the upper, slide the rail on and expand the barrel nut. Rainier Arms has secured the first run of rails and is offering them at an exclusive introductory price. This first run is for the 12″ version. They do plan on offering 7″, 9″, 12″, 14″ and 15″ versions. Check out the pics below. There is an informative installation video at the link below if you are wanting to see how this installs as well.

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When designing the Night Rail™, we wanted to design a handguard that was easy to install, but also to be able to mount with a full 360 degrees of contact. Our new patent pending two piece barrel nut is one of a kind. We developed this from the ground up and the machining time it takes to make the barrel nut, rivals the time making the actual rail. That’s not to say the rail is simple to make. One look and you’ll see that we really took time with this in design and development. What we ended up with is a rail that not only looks amazing, but is still true to our lightweight brand. The barrel nut/mounting system keeps the rail performing even during the harshest conditions.

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Being one of the leaders in the industry of rail innovation and design, it’s always a challenge to innovate new products that function well, but look great also. We’re up for the challenge with the next chapter of our product line – the Night™ Series. I think you’ll agree that we hit a homerun with the Night Rail™.

Features:
–  Material: Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum / Barrel Nut: 4140 Steel
–  Proprietary, patent pending 2 piece barrel nut that provides 360 degree contact
–  Free float rail design
–  No visible screws on the rail system
–  Will include barrel nut wrench to install
–  8.9 oz Without the barrel nut
–  Barrel nut is 3.9 oz
–  1.37″ Internal Diameter
–  Made in the USA!  Small Made in USA flag

Available now at an exclusive intro price of just $199.95 at www.RainierArms.com.

Rainier Arms Exclusive – M-LOK SWITCH 5.56 Rail

Posted on February 18th, 2016 by ar15news

Out of all of the AR upgrades out there, one of the must haves for me is an upgraded rail/handguard. Pretty sure most AR owners feel the same. A few years ago Fortis Manufacturing introduced their new SWITCH rail which features a Quick Detach system that lets you install/remove the rail quickly for maintenance, adjusting a gas block or multiple rail configurations, etc. The Fortis Mfg SWITCH rail only comes with the KeyMod mounting system at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock spots. With Magpul promoting and supporting M-LOK it was only a matter of time before the new M-LOK SWITCH rail would be produced. 

Fortis Mfg has partnered up with Rainier Arms to offer the Rainier Arms exclusive M-LOK SWITCH 5.56 rail. The M-LOK SWITCH is now available in 9 1/4″, 12″, 13″ and 15.5″ lengths, all with the Rainier Arms logo on them. While M-LOK and KeyMod seem to have about the same support from accessory manufacturers, many users prefer the clean look of the M-LOK system. If you’re on the M-LOK train, you might want to check out this awesome new Rainier Arms M-LOK SWITCH 5.56 rail.

www.RainierArms.com

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Description:
This version of the quick detach rail system SWITCH is a Rainier Arms exclusive.

The SWITCH is an extremely lightweight, yet robust free float rail system designed for the 5.56MM platform. When designing the SWITCH, we wanted a handguard that was easy to install, but also be able to quickly change rails for a variety of mission or competition specific setups. The rail features a brand new patent pending locking mechanism that allows tool-less removal of the rail.

The rail features M-LOK slots, QD attachments point as well as a full picatinny rail on top.

The rail design not only looks great, but is very functional in your hand. The piece adds minimal weight to the rifle and you won’t be disappointed!

Features:
• Material: Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum / Locking handle: 7075-T6 Aluminum
• Length: 9.25,12,13 & 15.5 inches
• Conttinuous Top Rail
• Rotation Limited QD Sockets
• M-LOK at the 3, 6, & 9 o’clock
• Mil. Spec. Hard-coat Anodized
• 4140 heat treated barrel nut (1-7/16 X 16 T.P.I.)
• Clamp torque setting 20 in lbs **Please be sure to read instructions
• Spanner wrench needed to torque barrel nut to spec (not included)
• Made in the USA!
• AR-15 Switch Rail Instructions

Weight::
9 1/4″- 9 ounces with barrel nut. Barrel nut is 1.6oz
12″-10.5 ounces with barrel nut. Barrel nut is 1.6oz.
13″-11 ounces with barrel nut. Barrel nut is 1.6oz.
15″-12.3 ounces with barrel nut. Barrel nut is 1.6oz.

https://www.rainierarms.com/rainier-arms-m-lok-switch-5-56-rail

SHOT Show 2016 – Fortis Mfg Introduces the Night Rail

Posted on January 20th, 2016 by ar15news

A leader in the modern sporting rifle accessory world and always ahead of the game with revolutionary designs such as their SWITCH rail attachment system; Fortis manufacturing has done it again with their new Night Rail.  Utilizing a brand new 2 barrel nut design which uses a flange on inner barrel nut, the outer barrel nut is tightened against the rail – locking it in place.  The rail features MLOK slots, QD attachment point at the front and rear and a full length picatinny rail on top – the front of the rail itself is wide enough to accommodate their recently released CONTROL Concussion reduction device.

MSRP TBD
Available end of first quarter of 2016
www.FortisMfg.com

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Fortis Night Rail 1

Fortis Night Rail 1

Fortis Night Rail 1

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SHOT Show 2016 coverage provided by David (TracerX)

Now Availablel!! Fortis Mfg “CONTROL” Blast Diffuser and Brake

Posted on December 16th, 2015 by ar15news

A while back we wrote a post to tell you guys about the new Fortis Mfg Muzzle Brake and CONTROL blast diffuser were coming soon. Just this week they finally released the first retail units for both products and they look pretty freaking sweet. 

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The new Fortis Mfg Muzzle Brake plays many roles for your AR. Not only does it look like a work of art but it also uses the two rearward angled side ports to reduce felt recoil, the two top facing ports help control muzzle rise and it also acts as the mounting interface between your rifle and the new Fortis Mfg CONTROL blast diffuser.

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The Fortis Mfg CONTROL blast diffuser is a quick detach muzzle shroud designed to force the blast and noise from the muzzle brake forward away from the shooter and those next to them. The Quick Detach system is very simple and easy to use. The lines of ports at 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock help to reduce muzzle rise even while the CONTROL is attached. 

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Here are a couple of things I really like about what Fortis Mfg has done with the new CONTROL blast diffuser and Muzzle Brakes. 1. The Muzzle Brake and CONTROL are sold separately making it possible for you to buy any number of the new muzzle brakes and just one CONTROL to swap around all of them as needed which saves you money. 2. The Fortis CONTROL QD mounting system is being shared freely with other muzzle device manufactures in the industry so that they can create a multitude of muzzle devices that can interface with the new CONTROL blast diffuser. Rainier Arms was the first to adopt the new mounting tech for their new muzzle brake and others will be soon as well.

If you’ve been waiting, wait no more. The new Fortis Mfg muzzle brake and CONTROL blast diffuser are now available at an introductory price at www.RainierArms.com.

I am seriously looking forward to running the new Fortis Manufacturing Control Blast Mitigation Device or BMD on some of my rifles. The Control BMD is a shroud that fits over the muzzle brake to direct the blast forward which helps if you have to shoot indoors or next to people at the range. It has a really nice QD attachment system. Easy on, easy off. When you don’t need it, remove it. 

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At the same time, Fortis will also be introducing their new muzzle brake which looks awesome. It has a dual chamber design to help reduce recoil with an additional two ports on the top to reduce muzzle rise.

You’re probably thinking “Of course they’re releasing a muzzle device, because you have to mount the Control BMD to their muzzle brake” but that would be incorrect. Fortis has begun sharing the mounting technology with other muzzle brake manufactures in the AR industry. First to use the Fortis mount technology was Rainier Arms with their new XTC2.0 muzzle brake. This could open up the door to an unlimited number of Muzzle Device / Fortis Control BMD combinations.

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Fortis Muzzle Brake for Control BMD 1

Fortis Muzzle Brake for Control BMD 1

According to Fortis the Control BMD will be available in about 30 days. Sounds like an early Christmas present to me! Check out the text and video below for more information. 

www.FortisMfg.com

You breach, shoot a few rounds and then can’t hear feedback from your team because you’re temporarily deaf from the concussion and blast noise from your muzzle device. The Fortis Control Blast Mitigation Device (BMD) was designed to push the noise forward for combative situations or even for simple range use, while the top ports keep the muzzle device flat on target. The patent pending quick detach system will be made available for other manufacturer’s to use in conjunction with their muzzle devices. So whether you’re knocking down doors or shooting at the range, let’s help save your hearing. So click on the Control BMD and go!

ETA within 30 days

Fortis Control BMD and Muzzle Brake

Build Details: Quarter Circle 10 Glock Compatible 9mm AR

Posted on September 10th, 2015 by ar15news

For a few years now, I have wanted to build a 9mm AR that takes Glock magazines. Mainly because the handgun I carry every day is a Glock 19. About a month ago I finally built my 9mm AR and it has been awesome. From the first round down the pipe it has run like a sewing machine with zero failures and the bolt hold open on last round is even working. Since then I have had a ton of questions asking me what specific parts I used in my build so I wanted to put all of the details together in on place for people to see and get information from. Once I have had a chance to put a ton more round through it I will follow up with a review as well.

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My build started with Quarter Circle 10. They seem to be leading the pack in innovation regarding pistol caliber AR’s. They offer a Glock Small Frame lower for 9mm, 40SW, 357Sig, a Glock Large Frame lower for 45ACP and 10mm and a Colt 9mm lower as well as bolts and barrels for these as well. I wanted my AR to take the same mags as my Glock 19 so I went with the stripped Glock Small Frame 9mm Lower, 9mm BCG and 9mm 7.5″ barrel. Any AR-15 upper will do but I use a Rainier Arms mil spec forged upper minus forward assist. QC10 will be coming out with their own side charging upper with pistol caliber ejection port soon too. I also used an ALG Defense ACT trigger and need to upgrade to an ambi safety soon.

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I covered the barrel with an SLR Rifleworks 8″ Solo Ultra Lite M-LOK rail. SLR rails are becoming one of my personal favorites. With such a short rail I decided to put an Arisaka Defense M-LOK Finger Stop underneath it. Its just small enough to not be in the way but big enough to keep your hand from getting too far forward. You may have noticed already but the QC10 barrels are straight blow back and do not require a Gas Tube or Gas Block.

QC10 9mm Build 2

QC10 9mm Build 2

For the muzzle device I chose the new 9mm Linear Comp from Kaw Valley Precision. I have used KVP’s Linear Comps for 300BLk and 5.56 before and the work great. Now they offer the same product in a 9mm version with a 1/2×28 thread pitch which is what I needed for the QC10 barrel. The fact that my barrel was shorter than my rail made the KVP linear comp a no brainer but it also looks sweet only sticking half way out the rail.

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For my optic I chose a Vortex Optics RAZOR 3MOA red dot and mounted it to a Cross Machine Tool red dot sight mount. This is a nice light weight, compact optic setup that I feel has very fast target acquisition.

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One item I recently installed was the Law Tactical Gen3 Folding Stock Adapter. At the moment I have this gun set up as an AR Pistol but will be converting it to a registered SBR with a stock soon. I love how compact the folding stock adapter makes this for transport. I can fit it in a small backpack, bag, case, etc without having to separate the upper and lower. It is quickly ready to shoot by flipping the buffer tube straight as you remove it from its concealment.

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QC10 9mm Build 7

I was able to remove the extra weight at the rear of the carrier by removing the large roll pin and sliding it out. That is where the carrier extension for the Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter goes.

QC10 9mm Build 7

The Law Tactical Gen3 Folding Stock Adapter has a lowered hinge to keep it away from your knuckles but just to be sure I am using a Fortis Manufacturing Hammer charging handle which has a really nice sized lever on it. The Hammer is one of my go to charging handles. Great build quality and affordable. 

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Originally I started out with a standard carbine buffer spring and carbine buffer combo. It worked just fine but the guys at QC10 told me they recommend a heavier buffer, somewhere in the 5-6 ounce range to slow the carrier down a bit. I installed a Damage Industries 5.4 ounce H3 buffer and it continues to run perfect. 

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Aside from a custom mag release and bolt catch assembly, the QC10 lower takes normal mil spec parts kits. You can see the Bolt Catch itself is mil spec but it is actuated by a pre-installed lever that contacts the magazine follower. This tends to be an issue with some mags as the spring pressure isn’t always strong enough to press the lever up and activate the bolt catch. This can be remedied by installing Wolf High Power springs inside the magazine. I bought a couple of SGM Tactical 33rd magazines from AIM Surplus and they seem to have better springs than the OEM ones. So far they are activating the LRBHO (last round bolt hold open) every time. 

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So, there you have it. That’s pretty much my build in a nut shell. As I always tell people who are intimidated with building their own AR, “Its easier than you think”. You’ll love the increased range and accuracy you get out of a 9mm AR and being able to carry one type of mags to feed both your Primary and Secondary is awesome. Let me know if you guys have any questions or comments.

QC10 9mm Build 7

Sneak Peek! Fortis Manufacturing Quick Detach Blast Diverter

Posted on August 4th, 2015 by ar15news

My buddy “Chummerz” who works for Rainier Arms gets his hands on a ton of the newest stuff on the market. Recently he shared a few pictures of a new Quick Detach Blast Diverter that will be coming soon from Fortis Manufacturing. Blast Diverters or Blast Shields have really been taking off in popularity over the last few years as more and more people realize the potential benefits they offer, especially when it is a QD version that can be installed over a muzzle brake for indoor use and quickly removed for outdoor use letting you utilize the full benefits of the muzzle brake. 

There isn’t a ton of information available yet for the new Quick Detach Blast Diverter from Fortis Manufacturing (shown below) but it appears to be mounted to the also coming soon Rainier Arms XTC 2.o muzzle device. While this would make for a great combo, I’m hoping it means it will be compatible with many different muzzle devices which I feel would make it even more of a huge success than it is already guaranteed to be.

Fortis manufacturing QD Blast Shield 2

Fortis manufacturing QD Blast Shield 2

As with most sneak peeks, this QD Blast Diverter appears to be shown in the white, meaning it has not had its protective coating applied. Most likely you will see a Melonite, Anodized or Phosphate coating on the finished product. Chummerz said he will be hitting the range with the new Fortis Manufacturing QD Blast Diverter this week and will get some video, etc. Be sure to keep tabs on his Facebook and Instagram accounts at the links below.

Chummerz Facebook
Chummerz Instagram

www.FortisMfg.com
www.RainierArms.com

Recently I started a new build. It was centered around a few key components, the Rainier Arms Mod3 billet receiver set, Rainier Arms 16″ .223 Wylde barrel made from a Rock Creek Blank, the LANTAC USA E-BCG and the new Fortis Manufacturing 14″ REV II MLOK rail. I just recently finished this build and will begin the process of shooting and reviewing it. Until then I wanted to give you an initial impression of the new REV II MLOK rail.

I have used many Fortis Manufacturing REV rails over the past few years and really like them a lot. Lately Fortis has come out with a few new rails including the new REV II rails which look great. As you would assume they are a modified version of the original REV rail that deletes the bottom picatinny rail section and forward side rail sections for a super sleek design, lighter weight and more flexibility in mounting your KeyMod or MLOK accessories. 

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INSTALLATION

The REV II rails mount directly to a Mil Spec AR-15 barrel nut with a rock solid clamp just like the original REV rail. This type of mount is great for a few reasons. One, it creates an insanely solid union between the upper and rail. It also makes it easier for users to upgrade from the standard plastic “Glacier Guard” or other hand guards that use a Delta Ring as they will not need any armorers tools to remove the old barrel nut and install a proprietary barrel nut. Just cut the Delta Ring off, remove the spring, install your low profile gas block and your REV II rail will be on in minutes. Installation of accessories can be done while the rail is installed but can be done much easier by quickly removing the rail instead of installing them while on the rifle.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

FIT AND FINISH

Fit and finish on the Fortis Manufacturing rails is second to none with a very nice dark black Type III Hard Coat Anodizing, smooth edges and aggressive lines. Not to mention they just look stinking sexy! As you can see in the picture below I also used the Fortis Manufacturing Low Profile Gas Block which looks great with its similar lines.

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Fortis REV II MLOK 1

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall I am very impressed with the Fortis Manufacturing REV II rail and would put them very high on the “Recommended List”. They offer these in both KeyMod and MLOK versions all the way from 7″ long to 14″ long.  So far there really isn’t anything I would say I don’t like about the rail. One note I would make is that anti-rotation tabs are a great feature but as you may already know, not all  billet uppers will accommodate them unless they manufacture of that upper has designed it to work with a rial with anti-rotation tabs. This is not an issue with the rail but more of an issue with manufacturers of billet uppers. The Fortis Billet Upper and Rainier Arms Billet Upper work great with them and many others will too. Check out the entire build below. Once I’ve had some time behind the trigger on this build I will update with more reviews on the different components.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

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