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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

Fortis Night Rail 1

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. 

Fortis Mfg Control Blast Diffuser 4

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.

Fortis Muzzle Brake for Control BMD 1

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.

QC10 9mm Build 0

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.

QC10 9mm Build 0

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.

QC10 9mm Build 2

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.

QC10 9mm Build 5

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.

QC10 9mm Build 6

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. 

QC10 9mm Build 7

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. 

QC10 9mm Build 7

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. 

QC10 9mm Build 7

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.

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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. 

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

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.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

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

Fortis Mfg Introduces the New REV II Rail with M-LOK

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by ar15news

**Update** – Fortis just released the first run of REV II M-LOK rails on www.REVOLVR.com. 4-29-15 3pm EST.

Back in January we broke the news that Fortis Mfg was introducing a new version of the original REV rail called the REV II. Now we are here to spill the beans on the newest version of the REV II which now features M-LOK. As you may already know, M-LOK is a mounting system that is being heavily promoted and backed by Magpul. This means that all of their cool new grips, light mounts, rail panels, etc. will have an M-LOK option and explains why everybody wants an M-LOK rail.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 2

Then new REV II M-LOK rail continues with the same design characteristics of the REV II KeyMod rail in that it mounts directly to a mil spec barrel nut, features a full run of M-LOK at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, offers 2 QD sling attachment points at 3 and 6 o’clock at the very front of the rail as well as two more in the same spot at the rear of the rail. As you’ve probably already seen, Fortis is well known for their aggressive styling and the new REV II M-LOK rail definitely fits in that statement.

Fortis REV II MLOK 4

Fortis REV II MLOK 3

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The combination of the super lightweight yet rugged design of the REV II and the M-LOK mounting system means this will be another home run rail system for Fortis Mfg. The REV II M-LOK rail has not been released for purchase yet but you can sign up to be notified the moment it is. Just head on over and enter your email address at www.FortisMfg.com.

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NEW!! Fortis Mfg Hammer Charging Handle for 7.62 Rifles

Posted on April 4th, 2015 by ar15news

Ever since the first day Fortis Mfg introduced their Hammer charging handle for the AR-15 people have been asking “Are you going to make one for the AR-10 too?” and the answer was always “Yes!”. The Hammer is an awesome charging handle with a very aggressive oversized latch and if you’re one of the ones who has been wanting one for your AR-10 rifle, you’ll be happy to know that they are now available. Fortis Mfg sent their first batch of Black Teflon 7.62 Hammer charging handles to Revolvr to offer them at a special exclusive intro price. The normal MSRP will be $69.95 but right now you can get in on the first run for just $55.95 with FREE SHIPPING. Check it out for yourself at www.REVOLVR.com.

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NEW!! Fortis REV II KeyMod 12″ Handguard

Posted on January 7th, 2015 by ar15news

For a few months we’ve heard quiet rumblings about a new version of the very popular Fortis REV rail. Just yesterday those rumors were proven true when Fortis Mfg released the new REV II KeyMod 12″ handguard which removes the lower 1913 Picatinny rail section as well as the small forward side rail sections that are found on the original REV rail. Not only does this make the REV II even lighter than the original REV but also makes it more of a tubular style handguard with KeyMod at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock with a solid 1913 Picatinny section at 12 o’clock. I really think Fortis hit the nail on the head with this design and can’t wait to get my hands on one.

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— Material: Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum
– Finish: Military Specification Type III Hard Coat Anodized
– Length: 12.375″
– Weight: 7.8 Ounces
– Inside Diameter: 1.340″
– Continuous Top Rail
– Rotation Limited QD Sockets
– KEYMOD at the 3, 6 & 9 O’clock
– Piston Compatible
– Anti-Rotation Tabs (Fits Forged Uppers and some Billet Uppers such as our Fortis Billet Upper as shown)
– Uses Standard AR15 Barrel Nut (Not Included) Made in the USA!

Available for purchase now at an introductory price of just $159.99 Shipped only at www.Revolvr.com.

Fortis Mfg Billet Upper – Now Available At Intro Price!!

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by ar15news

We’ve shared a few sneak peeks of the new Fortis Manufacturing billet upper receiver and today we get to announce that they are officially available for purchase. As with most Fortis Manufacturing products they are offering an introductory price on this first run. The intro price is available through Revolvr which is an awesome firearms friendly market place. I’ve been buying stuff on there for months and love not having to use PayPal like on other sites.

The new 7075-T6 Fortis billet upper comes complete with the Dust Cover and Forward Assist already installed and features some really cool machining cuts around the Forward Assist and Shell Deflector areas as well as on the entire opposite side. One thing to note is that the Fortis billet upper will work with basically any rail including ones with Anti-Rotation Tabs which is typically a problem with billet uppers. Fortis did a great job removing all sharp edges on this thing and the finish is great. The biggest plus is the value. Right now you can purchase the new Fortis Billet Upper for just $179 with FREE SHIPPING at www.Revolvr.com. Now that’s a deal!

Fortis Billet Upper 3

Fortis Billet Upper 3

Fortis Billet Upper 3

The Fortis Billet Upper is a precision piece, machined from Billet 7075 T6 aluminum. Like our other products, we designed this upper with function as well as form in mind. We shaved off the ounces where we could without sacrificing rigidity or strength. The end result is increased function and performance with the design aesthetics that we’re known for. See for yourself and you’ll see and feel the difference with our products. Features: One Piece Billet Design Aircraft Grade 7075 T6 aluminum Military Specification Type III Hard Coat Anodized Engraved logos on both sides as well as the top 1913 picatinny rail flat top Includes installed upper parts kit Light weight at 8.6oz (including UPK) Made in the USA!

http://www.revolvr.com/new-fortis-ar15-billet-upper.html

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