Starting now and running through end of day Monday, all custom PMAGs will be 20% off!!! As usual, all orders over $100 include free insured shipping! Purchase now at www.abreoncustom.com
We’re still a week away from Memorial Day 2014 and the sales have already started to show up. One such sale, and one of the biggest you’ll see, is from Palmetto State Armory. They have a huge sale going on a ton of AR-15 Parts and Accessories mainly consisting of different lower parts kits. There are a few other deals as well such as the $99 PMAGs-And-A-Bag, $195 complete AR-15 lower with ACS-L Stock or the $65 Stripped Upper Build Kit. If you’re in the building mood, head on over and take a look at the PSA Memorial Day 2014 Sale. There’s a chance they’ll be adding more items this week so keep checking back. www.PalmettoStateArmory.com.
tEvery once in a while my wife will say to me “What are the kids up to? They’re way too quiet!”. And of course I’ll go check and see they’ve decided to paint the play room with Mustard or some other condiment. Apparently the same goes with Magpul but when they’re being quiet they’re designing some cool new AR furniture. At the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Magpul introduced their new MOE SL or “Slim Line” furniture for the AR-15. This includes the MOE SL Stock, MOE SL Grip and MOE SL Hand Guard as shown in the pictures below. Unfortunately we are looking at Fall of 2014 for a release date so don’t go stalling your current build waiting for these to come out. Just have another build scheduled for this fall. You can still read the information about these new products and check out the pics below.
The MOE SL Stock – Mil-Spec Model (Magpul Original Equipment Slim Line) is a drop-in replacement buttstock for AR15/M4 carbines using mil-spec sized receiver extension tubes. Designed for the modern battlefield, the sleek profile, dual-side release latches, rolled toe, and angled rubber butt-pad is optimized for use with body armor or modular gear and provides for efficient shoulder transitions. Made in U.S.A.
Similar to the MOE-K2, the MOE SL Grip (Magpul Original Equipment Slim Line) is a drop-in upgrade for AR15/M4 pistol grips with a more vertical grip angle optimized for short LOP weapons that bring the primary hand in closer to the shooter’s body. With an aggressive new texture for positive weapon control along with excellent ergonomics, the SL Grip provides a slightly smaller size and slimline feel. All mounting hardware included. Made in U.S.A.
The MOE SL Hand Guard for AR15/M4 firearms with carbine-length gas systems provides modular flexibility with M-LOK accessory slots in a lightweight, slim line, cost effective design. Designed with versatility in mind, slots at the two, six, and ten o’clock positions allow the attachment of optional Picatinny rail sections and other direct-attach accessories for the mounting of tactical lights, slings, grips, etc. Reinforced, heat-resistant polymer construction provides operational durability without the weight and expense of an aluminum rail hand guard. Large front extensions and lower lip provides additional operator protection from hot front sight assembly. Made in U.S.A.
Wednesday Afternoon GunPorn! Mega Arms billet upper and lower receivers, Parallax Tactical TiN BCG, Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS selector, Geissele Automatics, LLC SSA trigger, 556 Tactical LLC Evolution KeyMod rail, Magpul Industries Corp. furniture, X Products X-15S 50 rd drum mag and aTrijicon SRS.
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KAK Industry is a company we ran across by chance and pretty much fell in love with. They make some really awesome stuff including multiple different types of buffer tubes, barrels, flash hiders, compensators, etc. and the company’s owned and operated by a great guy. These aren’t products they source out and just laser their name on either. They seriously make these right there in their shop. We love to support Americans who are making great products and KAK Industry is just that. Lately I’ve posted about some KAK parts and people have been asking who they were and what the quality was like so I wanted to write something up regarding my personal experience with their parts.
I originally approached Kurt to ask about his Fluted Pistol Buffer Tube that caught my eye in some photos. After talking a bit he asked if I was interested in checking out one of their 300BLK barrels, shoot the heck out of it and send it back when I was done. Of course I was interested so he sent me a barrel, gas tube, gas block and one of their KAK KeyMod rails. I already had a stripped upper laying around and a Smith Enterprise 7.62 Vortex flash hider. All of the parts appeared to be very well spec’d and went together with no issues. Using a Geissele Automatics REACTION ROD I was able to assemble the upper in no time.
I decided to use my San Tan Tactical STT-15 billet ambi lower with a CMC Triggers Flat 3.5lb drop-in trigger, a Battle Arms Development safety and Magpul furniture to finish off the build. I also used a set of Troy sights and as you can sort of see in the picture above the front sight has a Blitzkrieg Components Chevron FSP in it.
One of the things I’m very careful about with 300BLK is making sure myself, or anyone else shooting my guns, can’t accidentally mistake a mag full of 5.56 for 300BLK or vice versa. That never ends well so I had my buddy Adam over at A Breon Custom make me a PMAG with the 300 BLACKOUT text on the sides and I make sure ONLY 300BLK gets put in the mag. This is especially important if you’re taking another upper or rifle with you.
The overall feel of this rifle is great. As with most KeyMod handguards, it’s very smooth so there’s no need for gloves really. It’s also very lightweight. The top 1913 Picatinny rail is removable so you could technically have a completely round smooth tube if you didn’t need that top rail, such as on a build with a red dot and no BUIS, etc.
So far I’ve got a few hundred rounds through the rifle with no issues at all. It’s run like a champ even during our harsh Winter we’ve just come out of. With this rifle I wasn’t really going for a long distance build or anything but it has been very accurate and consistent. The 416 Stainless barrel looks as good as it shoots too. The carbine length gas system has been perfect with no FTE/FTF’s and bolt locks back on empty mag every time. Overall…I’d have to say it’s been awesome.
All I wanted to do with this article is to show you an upper I built using KAK parts that has been very reliable and accurate. It’s not a paid article (Just FYI, I never charge anything for articles). This was written for you guys who have asked what the quality is like and hopefully the next time you’re in the market for some new parts you’ll have another source to check out. As usual, I’ve put links to most of the items used in this article so you can get additional details and even purchase if you desire to.
KAK Industry 16″ 300BLK 1/8 416 Stainless Barrel
KAK Industry Upper Parts (Gas Block, Gas Tube)
KAK Industry 12.5″ KeyMod Handguard
CMC Triggers 3.5lb Trigger
Smith Enterprise 7.62 Vortex Flash Hider
A Breon Custom Mag
San Tan Tactical STT-15 Grenade Lower (use code “AR15newsLuckyCode” to save $40)
Joint Force Enterprises has for quite a while now been known for their awesome weapon coatings. JFE has partnered up with numerous firearms manufacturers over the years, including coating all of the BCM Jack Carbines for HSP, but had never offered any complete firearms for sale themselves. That is until now. JFE recently teamed up with BCM (Bravo Company Manufacturing), B5 Systems, Black Widow Armament and Magpul to offer a really sweet looking rifle that should shoot as awesome as it looks. They just started the pre-order on these rifles which I expect to sell very fast. Check out the pics and details below.
As you can see, this thing looks pretty amazing. Cliff and the guys at JFE are masters in the coating business and have people raving about their work. Now add in BCM (one of the most desirable AR builders out there), B5 Systems, Black Widow Armament and Magpul and you’ve got a winning combination. Ordering details are listed below.
TAKING PRE-ORDERS NOW
- 14.5″ BCM Carbine
- 13″ BCM KMR Rail
- Pinned and Welded BCM Comp
- BCM Mod 4 Charging Handle
- B5 Systems Bravo Stock
- BCM Pistol Grip
- Magpul Pro Flip-up Sights
- Black Widow Armament NoMar Qds End Plate
- Coated in Multicam
- Laser Engraved JFE Markings
- Comes with certificate for 15% off your next coating project with JFE.
*Optic and Light not included
Total package price $1,999.00 plus shipping.
Please contact us at 904-993-3574 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to place orders.
You can also check out Joint Force Enterprises on Facebook.
I’ve been using the SMC (Side Mount Cantilever) light mount from Impact Weapons Components for over a year now on a couple of different uppers. The SMC is part of the Mount-N-Slot series of products that are designed to attach to the Magpul MOE polymer handguards and is by far the best light mount I’ve found for MOE handguards.
One of the things I really like about it is that it can be mounted on either side of the handguard so left or right handed you are good to go and you can even mount the light on the opposite side of your support hand and use a tape switch, etc. And because it uses a modular light ring system it can accommodate pretty much any hand held tac-light you can think of. If you switch to a different size light, just buy a new ring, not a whole new mount.
The cantilever design pushes the light up and forward towards the FSP which puts it in the perfect spot to activate it with your thumb and gives you more room for your support hand grip. By mounting to the slots in the Magpul MOE handguard there is no need for a picatinny rail section to add bulk or weight. You’ll also notice that the mount is at a slight angle toward the center line of the gun because it follows the line of the handguard. This tucks it in a bit tighter than if it were just sticking off the side or straight up.
If you’re looking for the best light mount to run on your MOE handguard, this is exactly what I would recommend. It’s CNC machined out of 6-series Aluminum and made right here in the USA. You can find it under the “Light Mount” tab at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. As always, you can save 5% by using the discount code “AR15NEWS” at checkout.
I posted these pictures on the AR15NEWS Instagram account the other day and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. I didn’t realize so many people were waiting for side by side pictures comparing the very popular Magpul MBUS Gen2 which are polymer to the new Magpul MBUS PRO’s which are steel. These pictures are not designed to push you one way or the other but more to help you make an informed decision based on your individual needs. Take a look for yourself below.
Pic #1 Magpul MBUS Series: Close up folded front sight comparison shot of the Magpul MBUS Gen2 (top) and the new Magpul MBUS PRO (bottom). The MBUS Gen2 are polymer spring loaded sights while the PRO’s are steel and manually flipped up. The PRO front sight is also finger adjustable. As you can see the PRO steel sight is much more low profile.
Pic #2 Magpul MBUS Series: You can see that the hinge of the PRO is towards the front of the sight instead of the middle which allows it to be smaller but still retain the standard height when flipped up.
Pic #3 Magpul MBUS Series: Last shot of the front Magpul MBUS. MBUS Gen2 on the left and the new Magpul MBUS PRO on the right. Notice the smaller footprint of the PRO on the rail and the twist knob that allows you to adjust for elevation with your fingers.
Pic #4 Magpul MBUS Series: This is the side shot of the rear Magpul MBUS sights folded. As you can see the PRO on top is much more low profile than the MBUS Gen2 on the bottom. Again, the MBUS Gen2 are a larger spring loaded polymer sight that flip up with a press of a finger. The MBUS PRO’s are steel and manually folded up. Both rear sights feature a large and small aperture as well as finger adjustments for windage.
Pic #5 Magpul MBUS Series: Rear Magpul MBUS sights flipped up. Once again you can really see the size difference between the MBUS PRO (top) and the MBUS Gen2 (bottom). One thing I really like about the rear MBUS PRO is how much easier it would be to fit underneath the rear of a scope. It also takes up less space on the rail where you might want a magnifier, etc.
Pic #6 Magpul MBUS Series: Final pic of the Magpul MBUS sight comparison. At least for a while. This picture series unintentionally pushed a lot of people over the edge and towards the PRO’s. As I’ve mentioned before, I really like both of the Magpul MBUS models. If you’re going based on price the polymer MBUS Gen2′s can’t be beat. However, the MBUS PRO’s are a real step up in quality and design.
The MBUS Gen2′s are typically pretty easy to find. The MBUS PRO’s though are not easy to find and when you do find them they are typically just the front sights. Right now my buddy Roy has both Front and Rear MBUS PRO in-stock as well as Gen2′s. Head on over to www.WeaponOutfitters.com and grab some while they are still in-stock.
I’ve had numerous people ask me lately where they can find a set of Magpul MBUS PRO sights. The new MBUS PRO’s have gained the reputation of being just as good as the awesome KAC Micro BUIS but a bit more affordable. Unfortunately, Magpul doesn’t always send both front and rear sights to retailers at the same time so its been hard to get a complete set even when you do find them in-stock. Right now I know of two sources who have Magpul MBUS PRO’s in-stock.
Weapon Outfitters has both Front and Rear Magpul MBUS PRO’s in-stock right now which as I say is kind of rare. The front and rear set together costs $189.90 with $7.95 shipping. If you spend over $200 with WO you get FREE SHIPPING so keep that in mind if you need any other items that WO may have.
Purchase the Magpul MBUS PRO Rear Sight HERE
Purchase the Magpul MBUS PRO Front Sight HERE
Chase Tactical has just the Front Magpul MBUS PRO in-stock. If you only need the front sight this is a good deal. If you use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout you’ll save 10% and the price is just $78.63 Shipped.
Purchase the Magpul MBUS PRO Front Sight HERE
Photos by Stickman
I wasn’t really happy with the end product of my SPR build which is why you haven’t seen much of it lately. So I’ve been making some upgrades that I feel will help finish this build. One of the things I wanted to change was the stock so I just recently added a Magpul PRS stock with a Knight’s Armament Company receiver extension and buffer. I’ve always loved the PRS and feel like it really makes this lower exactly what I was hoping for from the start.
My SPR Lower now consists of a CMT Tactical billet lower, Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS short throw selector, Magpul PRS Stock and MOE+ grip and an awesome trigger in the Geissele SD-E. I already have about 200 rounds through this rifle and its a serious tack driver. The Geissele SD-E is such an amazing trigger and is perfect for the SPR. I’m toying with the idea of purchasing a monopod for the stock but I will most likely just stick with my trusty sand/bean bag for a while. Will update you guys with a new picture of my SPR upper in a few days as well.