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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

Wednesday Afternoon GunPorn

Posted on April 9th, 2014 by ar15news

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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04-09-14 BAD Mega Magpul Xproducts 556 PT Trijicon 620Click to enlarge!

KAK Industry 300BLK Upper Build – Running Great!

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by ar15news

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.

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

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.

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

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. 

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

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)

NEW!! JFE Custom MultiCam BCM 14.5″ Carbine

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by ar15news

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. 

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

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 jointforce1@gmail.com to place orders.

You can also check out Joint Force Enterprises on Facebook.

Great Light Mount for Your Magpul MOE Handguard

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by ar15news

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.

IWC SMC Light Mount 1

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.

IWC SMC Light Mount 1

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.

Magpul MBUS Gen2 vs Magpul MBUS PRO Comparison Pictures

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by ar15news

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. 

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

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.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

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.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

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. 

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

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.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

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.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

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.

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