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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

Had a nice time sighting in / function testing a couple of my newer AR’s at the range the other day. I typically shoot on private land but bench shooting is a good way to get your guns out, put some rounds through them and make sure they are running good. For the most part there were no issues but any AR builder will tell you it only takes one small issue to throw a monkey wrench in there.

620 CIV Tactical SPR AERO Precision AR Pistol Vortex opticsClick to enlarge

The rifle has an upper built by CIV Tactical using receivers are from Tactical Firearms Solutions. CIV Tactical used their excellent 18″ SPR barrel and Matched Bolt that are known for getting some extremely low sub-MOA results. I used an older Bolt Carrier with the supplied bolt and figured everything would be fine. When the rifle wouldn’t eject a single round I knew there was something going on. Instead of just giving up and using the other AR I brought I decided to try to figure out was the issue was. After trying 2 different lowers, 4 different mags and 2 different types of ammo I decided to try a different BCG. Swapped it out and it ran like a Sewing Machine. I know the Matched Bolt is good as it was test fired with that exact Bolt so it’s pretty obvious I can narrow it down to the Bolt Carrier such as a leaky Gas Key. Looks like I threw in my own monkey wrench.  LoL  

The point is if you think logically through your failures and start eliminating possible issues, you can quite often move past the issues with the rifle and still get in some good trigger time. Oh, and bring some tools and small parts with you when test firing a rifle for the first time.  :)

The rail on the SPR is a Parallax Tactical FFSSR rail. It also has an ATLAS Bipod with ADM mouth and the Stock is the LUTH-AR MBA-1 that you can buy from www.MidwestPX.com. The AR Pistol is all AERO Precision with an Odin Works 10.5″ Barrel, Primary Weapons CQB comp and a KAK Industry Super Sig Tube. Both guns have Vortex Optics…optics.

NEW!! Vortex Optics SPARC II Red Dot

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by ar15news

Vortex Optics just released the updated model of their very popular SPARC red dot and I like what I’m seeing. The SPARC has been my personal favorite “budget” red dot for a while now and has a great reputation for quality and durability at a fraction of the cost of some other quality red dots on the market. Not to mention, Vortex has one of the best “No questions asked” Lifetime, Unlimited, Unconditional  out there. The new model is called the SPARC II and comes with some very nice upgrades and fixes a small feature that some people complained about on the original model. The SPARC II will still come with its multi-height mount which worked perfect on my old SPARC. That makes it easy to mount on pretty much any rifle you want. 

Vortex Optics SPARC II 1

A couple of changes from the old model to the new: –  The old Bikini style lens covers notoriously broke so Vortex added standard flip-up lens covers which I think is an awesome upgrade. –  I like that they’ve removed the side mounted On/Off button. Some people complained that they would turn the original SPARC off but it would somehow turn back on while in their bag or case, etc. The new SPARC II incorporates the On/Off into the brightness buttons which is again a great upgrade. –  They also added some stainless accents to give it an upscale look. –  I have not confirmed this but it does not appear that the Screw-On 2X Magnifier is included anymore. I think this is a good compromise to get the other upgrades. Plus Vortex has a really nice flip to the side magnifier now anyways. 

Vortex Optics SPARC II 1

Vortex Optics SPARC II 1

Get on target fast with the SPARC II. Ultra-compact and lightweight, the SPARC II (Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat) is equally at home mounted on an AR-15 or shotgun. Digital rear facing controls for powering on/off and adjusting the 2 MOA daylight bright red dot brightness at ten intensity levels—automatically returning to the last dot intensity used when powered up. Rugged single-piece body machined from aircraft grade aluminum is o-ring sealed for waterproof and fogproof performance.

The versatile multi-height mount system accomodates most firearms including AR-15s needing absolute or lower 1/3 co-witness heights, and mounts on standard Weaver or Picatinny bases (not included). A modular three-piece base offers four separate mounting heights for user- and weapon-specific customization: 18.0 mm (.709 inches), 21 mm (.823 inches), 37 mm (1.457 inches), 40 mm (1.575 inches).

Specs:

  • Magnification 1 x
  • Objective Lens Diameter 22 mm
  • Eye Relief Unlimited
  • Adjustment Graduation 1 MOA
  • Travel per Rotation 45 MOA
  • Max Elevation Adjustment 90 MOA
  • Max Windage Adjustment 90 MOA
  • Parallax Setting Parallax Free
  • Length 3.1 inches
  • Weight 5.9 ounces

 

The new Vortex Optics SPARC II red dot retails for $289 but you can buy them now from RainierArms.com for just $199. These really are one of the best bang for your buck red dots on the market. If you’re a Super SEAL Recon Sniper Operator and are worried it won’t take the beating you’re gonna put it through, the awesome Lifetime Unconditional Warranty should put your qualms at ease. Check the new SPARC II out at www.RainierArms.com

NEW!! Vortex Optics VIPER HS-T 4-16×44 Riflescope

Posted on June 27th, 2013 by ar15news

Vortex Optics has just introduced their new VIPER HS-T 4-16×44 riflescope. This is going to be a great do all scope with the ability to fill the needs in Hunting, Competition or Tactical roles while keeping budget conscious shooters in mind. Vortex is well know for bringing high quality, crystal clear optics to market at an unbeatable price. I don’t personally have any Vortex scopes but I have used them quite a bit in the past and can vouch for the quality. Look for the VIPER HS-T 4-16×44 scope to be available late-July or early-August 2013. For now, video and details are below. More information can be found at VortexOptics.com.

Vortex Optics Viper HS-T 4-16 Rifle Scope

VIPER HS-T 4-16X44 RIFLESCOPE 
**Coming Summer of 2013**

Tree stands to mountain tops, bolt guns to ARs, the Viper HS-T is ideal for a wide range of shooting applications. Blending many of the best features from Vortex’s incredibly popular Viper PST and Viper HS riflescopes, the Viper HS-T (Hunting Shooting Tactical) riflescope is built on an ultra-strong 30mm one-piece machined aluminum tube to deliver increased windage and elevation travel and optimal adjustment. An advanced optical system highlighted with a 4x zoom range provides magnification versatility. A forgiving eye box with increased eye relief gets shooters on target quickly and easily. Incredibly precise, repeatable and durable target-style windage and elevation turrets built specifically for dialing, along with its hashmark-based reticle, top off this highly versatile riflescope’s long-range performance features.

Great Scope – Great Deal!!

Posted on June 18th, 2013 by ar15news

Here is an additional deal that I found today.  AIM Surplus has the awesome Vortex Optics PST 1-4×24 scope with the TMCQ MOA reticle on sale for just $449.95 with FREE SHIPPING.  I do not currently own one of these scopes but have had a bit of time behind one and was so impressed that I’ve been waiting for an awesome deal like this to come around.  This is a $600 scope so $450 out the door is a great deal.  Purchase yours at AIMSurplus.com

 Vortex Viper PST 1-4 620

Vortex Viper PST 1-4 2 620

The Viper PST (Precision Shooting Tactical) riflescope boasts features associated with top-tier riflescopes, yet comes in at a street price under the $1,000 mark. Matching reticle and turret measurements allow accurate, fast dialing of shots. The one-piece 30mm tube, precision-machined from a single solid block of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum, offers ample windage and elevation adjustment. Born from an intimate understanding of riflescope design, forward-thinking engineering, and open ears to a market incredibly vocal about what it wants in a riflescope, the Viper PST series delivers the performance and features tactical shooters demand at an economical price. (does not come with pictured ADM mount)

AIMSurplus.com

SALE!! Vortex SPARC Red Dot for $149.99

Posted on July 20th, 2012 by ar15news

In the world of Red Dot Sights there are tons of options to choose from but it seems like you have to choose between either a super high end and expensive model or a really cheap budget model.  There really aren’t that many options that are in more in the mid range.  For the last year I’ve been using a Vortex SPARC  Red Dot to see just how well it really holds up and I’ve got to say I’m very impressed.  It comes with a 2x magnifier, multiple mounts and accessories.  Obviously you could go out and spend an extra $400 and get an Aimpoint but that’s just not very feasible for everyone.  Palmetto State Armory has a coupon valid for this weekend only that will make the Vortex SPARC just $149.99.  

PSA Vortex SPARC coupon code

You can purchase the Vortex SPARC online at PalmettoStateArmory.comUse the code “SPARC” at checkout.

**UPDATE**  These are completely sold out as of 7-20-12 at 1pm.

Palmetto State Armory LogoPalmetto State Armory sure knows how to put together a deal that’s hard to pass up.  I think you’ll be hard pressed to find as nice of a deal as this package right here.  Whether you are looking for your first AR-15 or just looking to add another one to your arsenal this rifle will do.  I have a feeling that these will sell out quick so get one while you still can. Check out the details and pictures below!  Continue reading “PSA 16″ M4 Carbine w/ Geissele Trigger & Vortex StrikeFire – $799.95!” »

New!! Vortex Viper HS 1-4X24 Scope available soon

Posted on April 5th, 2011 by ar15news

AR15news - logoVortex Optics LogoIf you are looking to invest in some new optics for your rifle, you should definitely check out the new HS line of scopes from Vortex Optics.  Their new HS (Hunter/Shooter) lineup consists of six different magnification options including the 1-4×24 with TMCQ (Tactical Milling Close Quarter) illuminated reticle that is perfect for the AR-15 crowd.  Check the press release and pics of the 1-4×24 below.  Continue reading “New!! Vortex Viper HS 1-4X24 Scope available soon” »

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