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These days everyone builds their own AR and for good reason…its a ton of fun, can save you money and gives you good knowledge of how an AR works. One issue that many AR builders run into is finding compatibility issues with the parts they bought. With the popularity of ultra low profile handguards one of the most common issues is gas block incompatibility. Many handguards are so low profile that they can actually come in contact with the gas block itself or accessories attached to the handguard. I recently ran into this issue myself and figured I would share my experience with you.

One of my most recent builds is a DMR style rifle with a BSF Barrels 16″ barrel with a Carbon Fiber Shroud. Because of the carbon fiber shroud (designed to strengthen the barrel, reduce weight and help it vent heat) the gas block seat is .936″ so of course I just ordered any old .936″ low pro gas block. 

Cross Machine Tool 936 low pro gas block on BSF Barrel AERO

Everything installed just fine, I slid the Cross Machine Tool UHPR Mod 2 handguard over the barrel, tightened it all down and … DUN DUN DUUUUN … the gas block was touching the bottom of the handguard. Not just close, literally touching. That’s called “unfreefloating” your barrel. 😂😂 This is something I verify every time I build a rifle as I’ve also seen MLOK screws touching gas blocks as well. Anything coming in contact with the gas block / barrel can and will effect accuracy even at just 100 yards.

Gas Block Touching CMT rail

In a basic beater build you might not care but in a build like this where accuracy is the goal, you have no other choice than to either swap out the gas block or swap out the handguard. Easiest and cheapest is to swap the gas block. Thankfully Cross Machine Tool has just released their new line of J.A.G. (Just A GasBlock) gas blocks which includes a .936 Gas Block specifically designed to fit under their UHPR handguards and many other super low profile handguards.

**One of the only things I actually do like about .936 gas block seats is that the .936″ opening of the gas block is usually big enough to remove without taking off the muzzle device**

936 gas block over dragon muzzle brake

New CMT Gas Block Installed on BSF Barrel Lantac Dragon CMC Trigger

While I had the gas block off I also decided to put a second dimple on the barrel so that the second set screw of the gas block would screw all the way in instead of sticking out just to make sure there was adequate clearance.

Dimpled Barrel for low pro gas block

At this point it was time to reinstall the CMT handguard and check to see how it fit. Flipped it over and definitely good to go! The new Cross Machine Tool JAG .936 Gas Block did the trick and my barrel is now truly Free Floating. 

Handguard not touching low pro gas block 1

Handguard free floating not touching low pro gas block 2

CMT 936 Gas Block Installed

Cross Machine Tool 936 Gas Block Free Float Low Pro Handguard BSF Barrels AERO CMC Lantac Vortex Optics

Only thing left to do now is get this blaster to the range. I’ll have a full review of the BSF Barrels 16″ barrel coming soon. If you’re looking for an affordable low profile gas block you can’t go wrong with the new Cross Machine Tool JAG Gas Blocks.

This is one giveaway you’re definitely going to want to get in on. Faxon Firearms is doing a huge 4th of July giveaway that will have 4 winners with two of them getting complete custom handguns. Check out the press release below and then head on over and get squared away.

(CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release the “4 for the 4th” sweepstakes. The new giveaway showcases fantastic products for the Glock platform including components for two complete handguns, EDC gear, ammunition, accessories, and more from the sponsor companies. Entrants can enter at www.9mmgiveaway.com.

4 For the Fourth - First Prize

The 4 for the 4th Giveaway is sponsored by amazing industry innovators and leaders including (in alphabetical order):
– Black Rhino Concealment
– Blue Alpha Gear
– Brownells
– Faxon Firearms
– Freedom Munitions,
– Lone Wolf Distributors
– Magpul Industries
– Overwatch Precision
– Pew Pew Tactical
– Polymer80
– Trijicon

The contest is legal across all states per the terms and conditions. Potential winners in “restricted” states such as California, New York, and New Jersey will have components modified or substituted for compliance if they win. Entrants will be able to earn extra entries for sharing with friends, answering some quick questions, or actions like visiting sponsor sites. The contest is open now and ends July 4th at midnight PST.

“We are pleased to be working with the best in the industry to bring customers the 4 for the 4th giveaway,” remarked Curt Staubach, Marketing Coordinator at Faxon Firearms. “With this contest, we are able to showcase fantastic handgun builds and products that anyone could carry with confidence.”

The full prize list is detailed below and at www.9mmgiveaway.com

First Prize:
– Trijicon RMR – RM01 3.25 MOA
– Polymer 80 PF940C Frame
– Lone Wolf Signature Series slide
– Magpul 21 round mags (4)
– Faxon Match Series Barrel
– Brownells – Lower parts kit
– Freedom Munitions – 1000 rounds of ProMatch 9mm ammo
– Overwatch Precision TAC trigger
– Black Rhino Concealment – custom holster
– Blue Alpha Gear Hybrid EDC belt
– Pew Pew Tactical gun case, hat, patch
Second Prize:
– Polymer 80 PF940C Frame and Slide
– Magpul 21 round mags (2)
– Faxon Match Series Barrel
– Brownells – Tritium night sights, lower parts kit, and slide completion kit
– Freedom Munitions – 500 rounds of ProMatch 9mm ammo
– Overwatch Precision TAC trigger
– Blue Alpha Gear Hybrid EDC belt
– Pew Pew Tactical gun case, hat, patch
Third Prize:
– Magpul 21 round mags (2)
– Faxon Match Series Barrel
– Freedom Munitions – 250 rounds of ProMatch 9mm ammo
– Pew Pew Tactical gun case
Fourth Prize:
– Magpul 21 round mags (2)
– Faxon Match Series Barrel
– Freedom Munitions – 250 rounds of ProMatch 9mm ammo
– Pew Pew Tactical hat

About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a leader in constant evolution in the firearms marketplace focusing on US-made quality and innovation. From the ARAK platform, GUNNER & FLAME barrels, upper receivers, and an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative accessories, Faxon offers quality complete rifle systems and components. New dealers and OEM accounts are welcome.

For more information contact Nathanial Schueth at nathan.s@faxonfirearms.com or Curt Staubach curt.s@faxonfirearms.com

I heard this was coming but I had no idea how sick the new REBEL ARMS RBR-15 MOD 3 rifle was going to be. REBEL ARMS partnered with Primary Weapon Systems and their sister company, Bootleg Inc to introduced a beautiful, feature rich rifle. Not only is this one of the nicest looking factory rifles I’ve seen but it also brings an amazing amount of high end features at a very affordable price. Features such as MOA Guarantee, Lifetime Guarantee, Full Ambi Lower and Matching Bootleg Upper, Ratchet End Plate, Fluted Buffer Tube, MOE Furniture, PICMOD™ handguard, RAPTOR ambi charging handle and TALON ambi safety, Enhanced Carrier, RailScales and a Hard Case. Check out the details and pictures below.

Rebel Arms RBR-15 Mod3 Rifle 1

Rebel Arms RBR-15 Mod3 Rifle 2

“THE CLEAR ANSWER TO THE PERFECT AR-15 PLATFORM IS HERE, THIS TIME TO STAY, NOT REDESIGNED, NOT NEW TO THE MARKET, PLAIN AND SIMPLY BROUGHT TO YOU WITH NEW VALUE AND RESPECT. WE AT REBEL ARMS, PRIMARY WEAPON SYSTEMS AND BOOTLEG INC. HAVE WORKED HARD TO BRING YOU THE FINEST DI RIFLE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD, RENAMED, RETHOUGHT AND REDEFINED. AFTER MANY MONTHS OF DEVELOPMENT REBEL ARMS CORP IN COLLABORATION WITH PWS® INTRODUCES THE ALL NEW REBEL RBR-15 MOD 3 AND VARIANTS. THIS RIFLE IS FULLY AMBIDEXTROUS AND HAS MULTIPLE DIFFERENT PATENTED TECHNOLOGIES. REBEL ARMS IS VERY PROUD TO BE THE EXCLUSIVE SOURCE FOR THIS RIFLE, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE OFFERING THIS GROUND BREAKING WEAPON IN MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS AND COLOR OPTIONS. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL DEALER FOR A CHANCE TO ORDER THIS RIFLE. DEALER SALES STARTED. EMAIL US SUPPORT@REBELARMS.com

Rebel Arms RBR-15 Mod3 Rifle 3

The new RBR-15 Mod 3 rifle goes on sale noon EST this Friday at an intro price of just $,1699 for anodized models on www.RebelArms.com. That’s not too long of a wait but if you need something now you can browse through these other AR rifles for sale today.

Battle Arms Development makes some of the best AR-15 components out there so their AR-15 Father’s Day Sale is a welcome sight. Now through Monday, June 19th, purchase the Battle Arms Development VERT PDW stock and get a BAD-ASS ambi safety for free. Not to mention I also noticed the VERT PDW was on sale too. Click on the image below for a high res version and read the terms of the sale then head on over to www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com to get your new stock and ambi safety.

Battle Arms Development AR-15 Fathers Day Sale

AERO Precision will be having a Father’s Day AR-15 Sale. On Father’s Day Only, use the discount code “BESTDADEVER” at checkout to save 10% off your order. You know you want some. Get it at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

AERO Precision AR15 Fathers Day Sale

Arisaka Defense AR-15 Father’s Day Sale

Arisaka Defense Fathers Day Sale

As fathers ourselves, we expect to spend this weekend kicking it back and enjoying time with our families, the great outdoors, and even a little shooting. We hope all of you get to do the same!

From today through June 19 take advantage of the following discount codes*

DADSROCK – 10% off the entire Arisaka site
SUREFIRE – 15% off all surefire products
MOUNTUP – 20% off all mounts & control accessories

*Coupon codes do not stack

www.ArisakaDefense.com

The GEMTECH Silencer AR-15 Father’s Day Sale starts now! Get 25% OFF .22LR Subsonic Ammo & 20% OFF Men’s apparel. I know I personally love the GEMTECH .22LR Subsonic Ammo so if anyone wants to buy some for me I won’t complain. 😉 Head on over to www.GEMTECH.com to get in on these deals.

GEMTECH Silencer Fathers Day Sale

(CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of Faxon’s latest series of barrels – the Match Series. The new Match Series of barrels takes Faxon’s renowned performance and value up a notch.

All Match Series barrels start as 416-R gun-barrel-quality stainless steel. Manufactured 100% in-house, the Match Series features 5R rifling for increased velocity, decreased bullet deformation, and ease of cleaning. All barrels are fully stress relieved and finally salt bath nitride coated inside and out for corrosion resistance and longevity.  All Match Series barrels further feature NP3 coated extensions. The nickel-Teflon coating smooths feed ramps and its self-lubricating properties increase reliability.

Faxon Firearms Match Series Barrels Flame Fluted

The Match Series will be available across all calibers that Faxon manufactures including 300 BLK, .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, and newly released .223 Wylde. All calibers feature 1/8” twist except for .308 in 1/10”. Available contours will include Faxon’s famed pencil profile, Gunner, heavy fluted, and Flame fluted barrels. Lengths will vary by caliber.

“We are thrilled to formally include .223 Wylde on our production barrels.” stated Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management. “The .223 Wylde chamber takes advantage of the Match Series’ 5R rifling, 416-R Stainless Steel, and NP3 extension to enhance accuracy while staying compatible with both .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO charged loads.”

Faxon’s various stainless-steel barrels will all be upgraded to the Match Series of barrels over the next few months. Retail pricing for the barrels starts at $179 up to $409, depending on length, caliber, and profile. Launch profiles include 16” Gunner, 18” & 20” Heavy Fluted, and 20” Flame Fluted, all in .223 Wylde.

Additional information can be found at the Match Series dedicated website at www.faxonmatchseries.com

About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a leader in constant evolution in the firearms marketplace focusing on US-made quality and innovation. From the ARAK platform, GUNNER & FLAME barrels, upper receivers, and an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative accessories, Faxon offers quality complete rifle systems and components. New dealers and OEM accounts are welcome.

For more information contact Nathanial Schueth at nathan.s@faxonfirearms.com or Curt Staubach curt.s@faxonfirearms.com

BCI Defense Logo

BCI Defense is proud to offer an AR-15 Build Class and an AR-15/M16 Armorer’s School. In BCI Defense’s Build Classes you have the opportunity to not only purchase but build a custom SQS15 firearm. Taught by a certified armorer and BCI Defense’s own gunsmith you will learn the In’s and Out’s of your AR-15, cleaning techniques, and much more.

 BCI-Defense-Armorers-ClassBCI Defense Armorers Class video

If you are looking to become a Certified Armorer, BCI Defense has you covered. This is a 2-Day course with a total of 12 hours of instruction. After passing a written test students will be granted a 2 Year Armorer Certification.

Have a group of friends that want to take the class together? Want to use our classes as a Corporate Team Building Event?  BCI Defense also offers the ability to schedule Private/Closed Sessions.  Please contact them at Info@BCIDefense.com.  

Schedules for both Build Classes and Armorer’s Schools are posted at www.BCIDefense.com and all events are held on the BCI Defense Campus located in Bremen, IN.  

 

I recently started following a group on social media called [NERD] which stands for Next Evolution Research and Design. The name really caught my attention as I know a lot of us consider ourselves gun nerds. As you can imagine, these guys are long time industry guys with lots of shooting experience, etc. A couple of things that really got my interest peaked is their new line of 9mm Barrels and 9mm Muzzle Brakes which you can see below.

NERD Next Evolution Research and Design

 

[NERD] The Ward – 9mm AR Barrel

NERD 9mm AR Barrel 2

NERD 9mm AR Barrel 3

The Ward is ideal for sustained, accurate firing in submachine guns, short barreled rifles, or compact pistol caliber carbine builds where precision is paramount.  The Ward features [NERD] Ring Radial Fluting which gives increased surface exchange for heat dissipation during prolonged firing in full auto or semi auto operation.  Despite the increased surface area and rapid heat dissipation, barrel harmonic changes are nonexistent during extensive testing.  The barrel itself is finished off in a QPQ – LifeJacketcoating. This is a multi step coating process resulting in a very uniform consistent nitride layer on all BrainTrust barrels.  [NERD] BrainTrust barrels are hand inspected and test fired for quality control.  Each barrel is individually serialized and date coded using the established Heckler & Koch (HK) method for reference.   Lastly, each barrel comes with a Certificate of Authenticity matching that serialized barrel and the date it leaves our office, signed by [NERD] founders, ensuring this product meets our standards and is worthy of your time and hard earned money.

Specs:
Name: The Ward
Length: 12.5” 9mm AR Barrel
Profile: Ring Radial
Twist: 1/10 Twist RH
Thread Pitch: 1/2x28mm
Material: 4150
Finish: QPQ – Lifejacket- Forsaken Black
Weight: 1.628 lbs

http://www.weare-nerd.com/new-products-1/nerd-aftermath-barrels-the-ward

[NERD] NC NANO 9mm Brake

NERD NC NANO 9mm brake

The NC NANO Brake features a single chamber designed to maximize the effectiveness of the comp in a 9mm sized package, while keeping the overall length of the gun to a minimum.  The muzzle of the NC NANO was sculpted with the [NERD] Compliance Cut for those who decide to act a fool but don’t deserve to eat a bullet just yet…

The NC NANO Brake is made from 4150 steel and is parkerized for durability.  The NC NANO comes in two thread pitches: 1/2×28 and 1/2×36.  weight is .115 pounds.

http://www.weare-nerd.com/shop/nerd-nc-nano-9mm-brake

More and more it is becoming very apparent that Cross Machine Tool is more than just an AR receiver manufacturer. CMT was not satisfied with just making some amazing receiver sets so they basically starting making everything else. First it was muzzle devices, which they offer multiple models now. Then they came out with some extremely nice AR-15 and AR-10 handguards and most recently they announced they are introducing their new JAG gas blocks. Well, if you add all of those parts up you’re basically only a few parts away from a complete rifle so it only made sense for Cross Machine Tool to start offering complete rifles. 

Currently they are offering a number of different models including a 10.5″ 5.56 SBR, a 16″ 5.56 rifle and a 20″ 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10 rifle as shown below.

Cross Machine Tool 10.5″ 5.56 SBR

Cross Machine Tool 10.5 INCH SBR

Cross Machine Tool 16″ 5.56 Rifle

Cross Machine Tool 16 inch rifle

Cross Machine Tool 20″ 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle

Cross Machine Tool 20 inch 6.5 Creedmoor rifle

I can tell you I’ve built a ton of personal rifles using Cross Machine Tool receivers, handguards, etc. and you simply can’t go wrong with them. If you’re looking for a new factory built rifle or if you want to buy the individual components and build one your self, Cross Machine Tool is an option that is hard to beat. Check them out at www.CMTTAC.com.