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

More Magpul M-LOK Accessories From Magpul

Posted on October 15th, 2014 by ar15news

Magpul has just released four brand new M-LOK accessories which includes an M-LOK MOE Vertical Grip, QD Sling Mount, Offset Light Mount and a Bipod Mount. The nice part is there’s no waiting for these like in the past. They are in-stock on the Magpul website as well as shipping to dealers as we speak. I know for a fact that M-LOK MVG is already calling my name for use on my Geissele SMR MK8 rail. Check all of these new products out at their respective links below or you can head on over to the general M-LOK page on www.Magpul.com.

Magpul M-LOK MOE Vertical Grip

Magpul M-LOK MVG 1 Magpul M-LOK MVG 1

Magpul M-LOK QD Sling Mount

Magpul M-LOK QD Sling Mount 2

Magpul M-LOK QD Sling Mount 2

Magpul M-LOK Offset Light Mount

Magpul M-LOK Offset Light Mount 2 Magpul M-LOK Offset Light Mount 2

Magpul M-LOK Bipod Mount

Magpul M-LOK Bipod Mount 2 Magpul M-LOK Bipod Mount 2

NEW!! Geissele SMR MK8 M-LOK Rail Now Available for Purchase

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by ar15news

Geissele Automatics worked very closely with Magpul on the development of the new M-LOK system and actually designed the first M-LOK compatible rail which Geissele named the MK8. Since the introduction of M-LOK there have been a few MK8 rails like the one I have that have been shown in photos, etc and everyone has been asking “When can I buy a Geissele MK8 rail?”. Well, that time has finally come. Geissele now has Black 13″ SMR MK8 rails in-stock and available for purchase. 

Geissele SMR MK8 M_LOK Rail 1

One of the things I like most about the M-LOK design is that when you don’t have any accessories or rail sections installed, it doesn’t look like anything other than a normal handguard with rectangular cutouts. With KeyMod you have the Keyhole cutouts and it just looks funny.

Geissele SMR MK8 M_LOK Rail 1

The shape of the MK8 rail in specific is very comfortable in your hand not to mention their attention to detail in fit and finish is makes it just beautiful. As with all Geissele rails, they are absolutely rock solid and simple to install.

Geissele SMR MK8 M_LOK Rail 1

Geissele SMR MK8 M_LOK Rail 1

You probably don’t need me to tell you about Geissele’s reputation for making some of the highest quality Triggers and Rails. They’re about as close to perfection as it comes and are well worth every penny spent on their products. With companies like Magpul finally in full production of M-LOK accessories and parts, now is the perfect time to add a Geissele SMR MK8 rail to your collection. Head on over to www.Geissele.com and snag one for yourself while they are still in-stock.

PSA “PMags and a Bag” Deal is Back

Posted on August 16th, 2014 by ar15news

This is a deal that comes around every once in a while from Palmetto State Armory and its such a good deal that I always make sure to tell you guys about it. Right now, PSA has their “PMags and a Bag” deal going on which includes 6 PMAGs and a 36″ PSA Single Rifle Case all for just $89.95. They’ve updated the deal to include Gen M3 PMAGs so you’re getting the best of the best. The Gen M3 PMAGs usually sell for $15 each as it is so when you add it all up you are getting a FREE PSA Rifle Case when you purchase this deal. If this is the deal you’ve been looking for, head on over to PalmettoStateArmory.com and Get You Some before they’re all gone!

PSA Mags and a Bag Deal High Res PMAG

NEW!! Magpul M-LOK Products Keep Coming

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by ar15news

If there was one thing about M-LOK that I would say is its best feature, its that its….backed by Magpul. The one thing KeyMod was and is still lacking is the support of a powerhouse like Magpul to continually push new products to the market. Look at how long we had to wait for a KeyMod vertical grip. Thankfully Magpul continues to focus on M-LOK products. Their most recent releases are the new grip adapters for their RVG and AFG grips.

The RVG and AFG are two of the most popular rail mounted grips out there so its no surprise that Magpul made adapters specifically for them. Of course you could just purchase an M-LOK rail section and attach your RVG or AFG to it but these adapters are designed to be much more low profile, putting the grip as close as possible to the M-LOK rail instead of stacking a grip on top of a large rail section. If you have an M-LOK rail or are planning on purchasing one and have an RVG or AFG grip, these adapters might be a great thing to pick up at under $10.

MAGPUL RVG M-LOK RAIL ADAPTER

Magpul RVG MLOK Adapter

MAGPUL AFG M-LOK RAIL ADAPTER

Magpul AFG MLOK Adapter

AR Pistol Build Details and Pictures

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by ar15news

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.

AR Pistol Upper

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!

AR Pistol Lower

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.

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

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. 

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

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.

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

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. 

IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1 IWC HSP Thorntail Offset Light Mount 1

LINKS
AERO Precision
ALG Defense
American Defense Mfg
Battle Arms Development
Fortis Manufacturing
Impact Weapons Components
INFORCE

KAK Industry
Magpul
ODIN Works
Parallax Tactical
Phase 5 Weapon Systems
Primary Weapons Systems
Sig Sauer
Vortex Optics

Cerakoted Magpul MBUS Pro Sights from Weapon Outfitters

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by ar15news

There’s no doubt the Magpul MBUS Pro sights have quickly become a fan favorite. The quality metal construction, fantastic looks and compact design at a more affordable price all played into their popularity. However many of us have been hoping that Magpul would come out with different color version of the MBUS Pro such as FDE, OD Green, etc. As of right now I do not believe Magpul has any plans to release colored factory sets which is why our good friends at Weapon Outfitters are now making this possible as shown below. Finally you can have some Magpul MBUS Pro’s that match your non-black rifle and furniture.

OPTION 1
Weapon Outfitters is working with a Master Gunsmith/Injured Vet to apply Cerakote to some Magpul MBUS Pro’s and currently has some FDE sights in-stock. You can purchase both the front and rear FDE sight set at the links below. 

FDE Magpul MBUS Pro – Front

FDE Magpul MBUS Pro – Rear

FDE Magpul MBUS Pro 620

OPTION 2
If you are like myself and already have a set or two of Magpul MBUS Pro and would like to have them Cerakoted, Weapon Outfitters now offers that as an upgrade service as well. You can have a single sight done or save $5 per sight when you do a front and rear set. They are offering this service in FDE, Burnt Bronze, Graphite Black, Sniper Gray and Olive Drab.

Have one of your own MBUS Pro sights Cerakoted – Single Sight

Have one of your own MBUS Pro sights Cerakoted – Front and Rear Set

MBUS Pro Cerakote Colors Large 620

A Breon Custom Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Posted on May 24th, 2014 by ar15news

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

620 A Breon Custom Memorial Day sale 1 copy

620 A BREON CUSTOM Memorial Day Sale 2 copy

Memorial Day 2014 Sales – Palmetto State Armory

Posted on May 19th, 2014 by ar15news

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.

PSA Memorial Day Sale 2014 1a

PSA Memorial Day Sale 2014 1

PSA Memorial Day Sale 2014 1

PSA Memorial Day Sale 2014 1

NEW!! Magpul MOE SL Furniture

Posted on April 28th, 2014 by ar15news

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.  

Magpul MOE SL Furniture

Magpul MOE SL Stock

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. Small Made in USA flag

Magpul MOE SL Stock 2

Magpul MOE SL Stock 2

 

Magpul MOE SL Grip

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. Small Made in USA flag

Magpul MOE SL GRIP 1

Magpul MOE SL GRIP 1

 

Magpul MOE SL Hand Guard

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. Small Made in USA flag

 

Magpul MOE SL Hand Guard 1

 

Magpul MOE SL Hand Guard 1

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