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Cross Machine Tool is running a special promotion with two of their largest retails. From now through the end of the month, if you purchase a Cross Machine Tool Billet Receiver Set (upper and lower together) you will also receive a FREE Cross Machine Tool Muzzle Device. AR-15 receiver sets will come with the CRC556 muzzle device and the AR-10 sets will come with the new CRB Muzzle Brake.

Cross Machine Tool CMT Billet Receiver Set Muzzle Brake Promotion

This deal is only available currently through Rainier Arms and Aim Surplus which are both top notch retailers and great to do business with. If you’re looking for a quick start to a new build or a great finish to some parts you have laying around, this is a deal look into. Check out these deals at the links below.

CMT Receiver Sets at Rainier Arms

CMT Receiver Sets at Aim Surplus

As an AR owner, you’ve probably looked at the never ending sea of red dots available for your rifle. They range from super cheap junk that won’t even last on a Nerf gun to super expensive Space Shuttle Door Gunner level stuff. One of the best affordable yet bomb proof  red dots is the Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic also known as the PRO. The PRO comes with an okay mount but its heavy, bulky and not very easy on the eyes. Thankfully SCALARWORKS, makers of some of the sexiest, lightest and strongest optic mounts on the planet have just released the LDM-PRO or Low Drag Mount for the Aimpoint PRO. Check out the details below, you won’t be disappointed.

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Easton,​​PA​​  ​​​– ​​Scalarworks ​​is ​​pleased ​​to ​​introduce​ ​the ​​Low ​​Drag ​​Mount (T​M)​​​for ​​Aimpoint PRO​ ​sights;​ ​the​ ​lightest​ ​quick-detach​​​ ​Aimpoint​ ​PRO​ ​mount​ ​in​ ​existence.

The​ ​LDM/PRO​ ​is​ ​a​ ​lightweight,​ ​high-strength,​ ​low-profile,​ ​quick-detach​ ​optic​ ​mount​ ​for​ ​with MIL-STD-1913​ ​Picatinny​ ​rails,​ ​that​ ​is​ ​compatible​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Aimpoint​ ​PRO,​ ​Aimpoint​ ​ACO,​ ​Aimpoint CompM2,​ ​and​ ​Aimpoint​ ​CompM3,​ ​and​ ​most​ ​other​ ​30mm​ ​tube​ ​sights.

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The​ ​Scalarworks​ ​LDM/PRO​ ​features​ ​a​ ​user​ ​friendly​ ​and​ ​low-profile​ ​30mm​ ​ring.​ ​The​ ​Scalarworks ring​ ​has​ ​a​ ​precision​ ​fitted​ ​alloy​ ​steel​ ​hinge​ ​that​ ​ensures​ ​even​ ​pressure​ ​around​ ​the​ ​optic,​ ​without requiring​ ​the​ ​tedious​ ​and​ ​imprecise​ ​setup​ ​that​ ​traditional​ ​rings​ ​do.​ ​Twin​ ​oversize​ ​CNC​ ​machined shoulder​ ​screws​ ​provide​ ​even​ ​tension​ ​and​ ​act​ ​as​ ​structural​ ​elements,​ ​making​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​ring​ ​assembly phenomenally​ ​rigid.

Like​​ every ​​Scalarworks ​​Low ​​Drag ​​Mount (T​M)​, ​​the ​​LDM/PRO​ ​has ​​the​ ​highest ​​strength-to-weight ratio of​ ​any​ ​quick​ ​detach​ ​mount​ ​on​ ​the​ ​market.​ ​It’s​ ​tubular​ ​monolithic​ ​base​ ​is​ ​CNC​ ​machined​ ​from​ ​ultra high-strength​ ​7075-T6​ ​aluminum,​ ​and​ ​features​ ​our​ ​patented​ ​recoil-proof​ ​thumbscrew​ ​with​ ​ball​ ​detent mechanism.​ ​It​ ​also​ ​has​ ​the​ ​same​ ​precision​ ​telescoping​ ​clamp​ ​as​ ​our​ ​popular​ ​Aimpoint​ ​Micro,​ ​and Trijicon​ ​MRO​ ​mounts,​ ​which​ ​ensures​ ​a​ ​​repeatable​ ​zero​​ ​with​ ​each​ ​installation.

The​ ​LDM/PRO​ ​weighs​ ​less​ ​than​ ​2.45oz​ ​(in​ ​lower-third​ ​height)​ ​which​ ​is​ ​less​ ​than​ ​half​ ​that​ ​of Aimpoint’s​ ​bundled​ ​QRP2​ ​mount.​ ​The​ ​LDM/PRO​ ​is​ ​proudly​ ​made​ ​in​ ​the​ ​USA,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​available​ ​in​ ​both Absolute​ ​and​ ​Lower-Third​ ​Co-Witness​ ​height​ ​variants.

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To​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Scalarworks​ ​LDM/PRO;​ ​please​ ​visit https://scalarworks.com/shop/optic-mounts/ldm-pro/

About​ ​Scalarworks:
Scalarworks’​ ​mission​ ​is​ ​to​ ​help​ ​our​ ​customers​ ​preserve​ ​life,​ ​guarantee​ ​liberty,​ ​and​ ​facilitate​ ​happiness.

Scalarworks​ ​designs​ ​and​ ​makes​ ​high​ ​performance​ ​firearm​ ​accessories​ ​for​ ​civilian,​ ​law​ ​enforcement,​ ​and military​ ​use.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​a​ ​Shooter​ ​Driven​ ​company​ ​that​ ​puts​ ​technical​ ​innovation​ ​and​ ​design​ ​at​ ​the forefront​ ​of​ ​everything​ ​we​ ​do.

Scalarworks​ ​was​ ​founded​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​and​ ​has​ ​been​ ​pushing​ ​the​ ​boundaries​ ​of​ ​firearm​ ​accessory​ ​design ever​ ​since.

Ballistic Advantage started a new promotion at the beginning of the week. With the success of last months Free Upper promotion they have decided to do another promotion this month but this one includes a FREE Ballistic Advantage Forged Lower Receiver. All you need to do is add $175 in other products to your cart on www.BallisticAdvantage.com, add the lower receiver to your cart as well and use the discount code “FREELOWER” to receive the lower for FREE. Basically buy a barrel or other Ballistic Advantage part you probably would have already purchased and they’ll hook you up!! Doesn’t get easier than that.

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http://ballisticadvantage.com

 

Ever since I SBR’d my QC10 9mm AR I have wanted to put a Battle Arms VERT PDW Stock on it. I have the VERT PDW Stock on one of my other SBR’s and it truly is one of the only PDW stocks that I feel can be used on just about any AR, even full size rifles because of its integrated cheek rest. The only holdback was that the standard buffer. While it works great with 5.56 and 300BLK, it wasn’t designed to work with a 9mm AR’s. While similar to a standard AR, a 9mm AR is definitely a fickle beast. After some months of testing, fine tuning and tweaking, Battle Arms is ready to release their new 9mm Buffer for the VERT PDW Stock.

Battle Arms 9mm VERT PDW Stock 1

The new Battle Arms 9mm Buffer weighs 5.7 ounces which is a little lighter than you might expect to run on your 9mm AR (I have run as high as 10 ounce buffers) but what makes this different and  is their patented, Recoil Reducing, Dual Spring Buffer Design which will help soften the recoil impulse and smooth things out considerably. 

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The BAD VERT 9mm PDW Buffer will be sold as an upgrade item for those of us who already have a VERT stock in hand and will also available as a complete 9mm VERT PDW Stock System as well. 

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No matter how you slice it, this is an awesome upgrade to one of, if not THE best PDW stocks on the market. I have a BAD VERT PDW Stock that has been waiting for this day and soon will get put to work on the 9mm QC10 SBR. You can buy the buffer or the complete stock system at the links below. If you snag one, make sure you tag us in your pics on Facebook and Instagram so we can see what you guys are all running. 

Battle Arms Development 9mm Buffer for VERT PDW Stock

Battle Arms Development 9mm Complete VERT PDW Stock System

Aero Precision has grown a ton over the past 5 years. I still remember when they made standard forged upper and lower receivers and the COP Upper and that was it. Nowadays they make everything from AR-15 and AR-10 receivers to handguards to scope mounts to complete AR-15 and AR-10 rifles. Not to mention their capabilities with their sister companies Ballistic Advantage for barrels and VG6 Precision for muzzle devices. 

For a while now they have offered a handguard with a larger inside diameter which works awesome for tucking a suppressor underneath etc but some of their customers have requested a more low profile, slim handguard. That is why they started designing the new ATLAS S-ONE handguard.

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The ATLAS S-ONE is the newest addition to the Aero Precision Handguard lineup. Machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum, the S-ONE line of handguards are designed with size and weight in mind, providing the perfect handguard for your lightweight build. Our proprietary ATLAS attachment system is a durable and dependable mounting platform, maintaining a slim profile while still providing the strength and stability customers have grown to love from Aero Precision handguards.

AERO Precision atlas-s-one Handguard MLOK KeyMod

The new Aero Taper Lock Attachment System (ATLAS) is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. It features 2 mirrored tapered locking nuts that provide evenly distributed clamping pressure across a custom engineered barrel nut with use of a turnbuckle screw. A ratcheting detent further secures the design while providing positive registration during installation. By design, the even pressure of the ATLAS system avoids distortion of the handguard often seen with current applications during installation.

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You’ll also notice at the 12 o’clock position on the handguard there are raised lines. When I handled the first ATLAS S-ONE off the machines at TriggrCon last month, the first thing I noticed was how good it felt in the hand and that those raised lines add just a little extra traction without being uncomfortable at all. 

Aero Atlas S One Handguard

Aero Precision is will be offering the new ATLAS S-ONE handguards in 12″ and 15″ lengths (7″ and 9″ coming soon) with your choice of KeyMod and MLOK and Black or FDE. And if you want to take it one step further, you can even get it paired with the new Gen2 Forged Upper as well.

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You can get your order in now for this first run of ATLAS S-ONE handguards with an expected ship date of 8/25/17. Head on over to www.AeroPrecisionUSA.com to pick out your new ATLAS S-ONE handguard.

If you’ve followed AR15NEWS for any decent length of time you’ve probably noticed we build lots of ARs. Some times, as an AR builder, it’s easy to get in a rut and kind of build the same thing over and over again which gets boring. All it takes is a bit of imagination and planning and your next build can be the best one you’ve ever put together. This is the very case with my most recent build. 

Believe it or not I had SBR’d this Rainier Arms forged lower well over a year ago but had no idea what I wanted to do with it. Then it came to me and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. From there it was just a matter of time before I had the parts in hand and ready to build.

Lets start out with a few closer shots. From this angle you can see the Rainier Arms ambi safety, Juggernaut Tactical ambi charging handle and Scalarworks OPS (On Point Sights) fixed rear sight.

Rainier Arms SBR Build 1 - Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights Juggernaut Tactical Ambi Charging Handle - Rainier Arms Ambi Safety

As I mentioned above, this build got started as a Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC lower that I bought and Form 1’d just before the ATF41P effective date. I added a Rainier Arms forged upper and ambi safety, CMC Triggers Flat 3.5lb Trigger and LPK, Superlative Arms Piston Kit, Juggernaut Tactical ambi charging handle, Geissele MK4 rail and Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights and Low Drag Mount for the Aimpoint T1 and a SureFeed Magazines 20 Round mag.

Rainier Arms SBR Build 2 - CMC Triggers Flat Trigger Geissele SMR MK4 rail Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights Aimpoint Micro T1 Rainier Arms A-DAC

Of course as a Rainier Arms SBR build I chose to use their 10.5″ .223 Wylde barrel. Covered it with a Geissele MK4 rail, Arisaka Defense 300/IR Series Scout Light and Inline Scout Mount, SureFire SR07 switch, Scalarworks OPS Fixed Front Sight, Magpul vertical grip and Griffin Armament Taper Mount Supresspr Mount. The Superlative Arms Piston Kit gas block is under there somewhere. 😜

Rainier Arms SBR Build - Geissele SMR MK4 - Arisaka Inline Scout Light Mount 300 Series Scalarworks OPS Front Fixed Sight magpul vertical grip Surefire SR07

Here’s another angle of the business end on the new Rainier Arms SBR build. From this angle you can now see how accessible the Superlative Arms Piston Kit gas block is under the rail. This isn’t like many piston kits were you have one or two settings. Its more like a Piston Kit that has a built in fully adjustable gas block so you can really tune it in.

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This next shot gives you a better idea of how tidy things are on this build. It’s got everything I need and nothing I don’t. The Scalarworks OPS fixed sights and mount for the Aimpoint T1 are absolutely amazing. 

Rainier Arms SBR Build - rainier arms = cmc triggers = scalarworks = aimpoint t1 - juggernaut tactical - magpul - geissele

And here it is. Hope you guys enjoyed a pretty detailed look at my new Rainier Arms SBR build. In the end, this SBR turned out even better than I had pictured it but the initial imagination and passion to create another gun is what got it all started. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to just slap together the first complete rifle you can. Take your time with your next build, map it out, think about what would make you smile every time you see it and then build that. 

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Here’s the full run down of parts for this build. If you want to copy it, be my guest. Would make for a great AR Pistol build too.  

Already had a chance to get the gas dialed in on the piston kit and man this thing is smooth. Will be getting some range time this week with this gun getting it sighted in. Will let you guys know how it runs soon.

If you’re looking for a special deal on the new Rebel Arms RBR-15 Mod3 rifles, look no further than Rainier Arms. Why Rainier Arms? Because they just became the distributor for the new line of MOD 3 rifles and are celebrating with exclusive below MAP (minimum advertised price) pricing.

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Its not often that I’m tempted to buy a factory rifle but even at MSRP these RBR-15 MOD 3 rifles are an awesome bargain but the exclusive intro pricing is even better and man are they sexy looking. Check out the rifles they have available below. 

Rebel Arms RBR-15 S MOD 3 AR-15 Rifle – 14.5″ Anodized – $1,599

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Rebel Arms RBR-15 MOD 3 AR-15 Rifle – 16″ Anodized – $1,599

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Rebel Arms RBR-15 S MOD 3 AR-15 Rifle – 14.5″ Smoke Cerakote – $1,749

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Have you ever thought “Man, I really like those San Tan Tactical billet receivers but they’re just a little out of my price range”? Or maybe you refuse to buy something unless you’re getting a deal on them. Well here’s your chance to save big on anything San Tan Tactical. They’re running their Summer Scorcher Sale right now which gives you 20% off everything on their entire website. Just use the code “ITSHOT” at checkout on www.SanTanTactical.com.

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It’s HOT outside! Let’s stay inside and build an even HOTTER new @santantactical ! We are having our biggest sale of the year! Use code ITSHOT to save 20% off sitewide!

www.SanTanTactical.com

KAK Industry manufactures barrels for some of the biggest name retailers out there and every once in a while ends up with a few barrels left over after a large production run. Right now he’s sitting on some 10.5″ 9mm barrels that he produced for PSA and is blowing them out at an amazing price of just $65. If you’re starting a new 9mm build or just want to build an extra cheap upper for your 9mm PCC, this is a no-brainer.

https://www.kakindustry.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/617/

KAK 10.5 9mm AR Barrel

KAK PSA 10.5 9mm Barrel

PSA 9MM NATO 10.5 INCH BARREL
– LIMITED SUPPLY
– PSA 10.5 INCH 9MM BARREL
– MELONITE FINISH
– 9MM NATO CHAMBER
– GOVT CARBINE STYLE PROFILE
– 1:10 TWIST
– 41V50
– MUZZLE THREADED 1/2-36
– MELONITE TREATED
– MARKED PSA, CALIBER AND TWIST 

https://www.kakindustry.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/617/

*Press Release*

Battle Arms at Triggrcon

BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT, INC.© (B.A.D Inc.TM) Is excited to announce that it will be displaying an early GEN1 Prototype of what will be the new model BAD762 Rifle at TRIGGRCON 2017.

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This early GEN 1 Prototype of the model BAD762 features our new BATTLEARMSTM 18″ .308 WIN 4150CM BLACK NITRIDE BARREL and our new 15” 308 M­LOK RIGIDRAILTM.

BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT, INC.© is a recognized manufacturer of next generation firearms and firearm components through innovative engineering and functionally aesthetic designs.

If you have any questions about this announcement, or any of BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT, INC.©’s products, please email info@battlearmsdevelopment.com or visit http://www.battlearmsdevelopment.com.

*Press Release*

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The high quality BCI Defense Stripped Lower Receiver is now offered with an American Flag mechanically engraved on the magwell, allowing operators to show their fellow countrymen that they are proud to be an American. This Stripped Lower receiver is being offered at an introductory price, through the end of July, for just $99.00ea.  Check with your local dealer for details, visit www.BCIDefense.com or call 855.866.2243 for more information.

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BCI Defense American Flag Lower Receiver 1

Standard Features of BCI Defense Stripped Lower:

  • 7075 T6 Aluminum Forging
  • Type III Class 2 Hardcoat Anodize
  • Accepts Standard AR-15 Mil-Spec Components
  • Manufactured by BCI Defense

https://www.bcidefense.com

If you’re looking for a quick way to jump start your next build, this is it! Ballistic Advantage makes some of the nicest barrels around and for a limited time they are giving away FREE Forged Upper Receivers with any purchase of $175 or more. So…basically just pick out any nice barrel or combination of parts totally $175 or more, add the upper to your cart and use the code “FREE” and the upper receiver is on the house. Hard to beat that deal.

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No idea how long this deal will last so get on it before its gone. Head on over to www.BallisticAdvantage.com and use the code “FREE” at checkout. 

A while back, one of my favorite billet lower receivers was abruptly taken from us. That’s right, Radian Weapons (known as AXTS back then) decided to not sell their billet lowers separately in an effort to focus on building complete rifles. Then just today, the clouds parted, the sun shined down and the voice of Radian Weapons declared “From this day forward, the AX556 ambidextrous lower shall be available for purchase from Brownells” … or at least that’s what it sounded like. 😜

AXTS - Radian Weapons AX556 Lower Receiver for sale

Starting today, if you want to purchase an AX556 billet lower you no longer have to scour the scary black market of the ARFCOM EE or pay double the retail value of the lower. Just head on over to Brownells.com and pick one up for yourself. The lower also comes with a Radian Weapons TALON Ambi Safety and Takedown Pins.

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FightLite® Industries, a division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc. located in Melbourne, Florida announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed Squad Automatic MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle).

In a radical departure from the directions of both case telescoped ammunition and conventional polymer ammunition, FightLite® is pursuing an innovative development strategy for a 5th generation hybrid cartridge that is projected to lighten ammunition weight by up to 30% and deliver reduced ammunition cost, while also supporting legacy infantry weapons and machine guns.

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FightLite NextGen MCR Rifle

There are millions of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO weapons in both the US military and around the globe where users stand to benefit from a significant reduction in ammunition weight without sacrificing performance or reliability. FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense have been very successful with their outside-the-box approach to problem solving in the small arms business during the past 20 years.

The company’s flagship weapon is its 8.5 lb. select-fire Squad Automatic MCR® that shares the excellent ergonomics of the M4A1 and feeds reliably from both M27-linked ammunition belts and standard M16 magazines at operator discretion. Featuring reliable gas-piston operation and a tool-less quick-change barrel system; the patented MCR® is the lightest and most portable belt fed machine gun in the world. Suppressor and grenade launcher capable, its select-fire operation allows soldiers and contractors to quickly and accurately engage both point and area targets. And when coupled with FightLite’s finalized 5th Gen lightweight cartridge, the MCR® and FightLite® ammo combination will represent the lightest 5.56mm automatic rifle with full combat load available anywhere.

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The select-fire FightLite® MCR® is derived from the ARES-16 AMG-2 (Assault Machine Gun) that was selected for testing by the US Army’s Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) and includes product enhancements that were made to the AMG-2 following experience with M855A1 EPR ammunition and earlier military testing done during the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment at Fort Benning.

Such enhancements include further weapon weight reduction and simplification, a square shaped feed roller housing, a heat treated steel feed plate that reduces feed ramp wear from M855A1 steel tipped projectiles, refinements in the breech bolt lug profile, a reinforced charging handle assembly, the company’s highly effective RipBrake muzzle compensator, and a proprietary method of mitigating cookoff risk while maintaining a select-fire, closed bolt system of operation that is more accurate and user-friendly than standard open-bolt light machine guns.

Some additional key elements of the MCR® are that it shares a 52% part commonality with existing NSN components already in the government system and the core technology can retrofit to any MIL-Spec AR15, M16 or M4 type lower receiver; meaning that it is rearward compatible to the very first Colt Mod. 01 (M16) manufactured in 1960. These accomplishments reduce a military’s logistical footprint and costs including spare components and operator and armorer training. Additionally, the dual-feed MCR® permits squad automatic rifle users to operate during the assault with 100 and 200 round magazines of M27-linked ammunition, but also retains the ability to reliably feed from 4179 STANAG (M16/M4) magazines from other squad members should linked ammunition run low during combat.

“The Army and some of our commercial customers have been interested in lightweight ammunition for quite some time, so our R&D team is pretty excited about the progress we’re making to finally solve the elusive lightweight ammunition equation for conventional rifles and machine guns,” says Geoffrey Herring, CEO of ARES Defense Systems®. “We’re aware that various iterations of polymer cased ammunition have been introduced to the commercial market during the past several years, but we also know some of the setbacks they’ve experienced along the way such as ballistic underperformance, case melt, moisture absorption, case separation or deformation, and catastrophic failures when the heat or pressure is up. Most of the polymer ammunition manufacturers are employing first through third generation technology which can be predisposed to fail when subjected to rough handling, temperature extremes, environmental conditions, and the pressures necessary for full ballistic performance of modern rifle ammunition.”

Brass cased ammunition has been relied on for over 150 years and has presented many challenges for the arms industry to find an alternative material that accomplishes everything that a standard brass case does. In addition to providing a convenient capsule to house the bullet and components, keep the powder dry and reliably feed into the chamber, it is also a critical gas container that keeps the shooter safe from the 50,000-70,000 psi chamber pressure when the round is fired. When the malleable brass case expands against the chamber wall during obturation, it performs as a mechanical brake reducing bolt loading and embeds many impurities from the chamber such as grit, carbon or unburned propellant into the case body which is then extracted from the chamber in a semi self-cleaning arrangement. Since brass is an excellent thermal conductor, it also absorbs and removes with each shot a small amount of heat generated by the friction of the projectile traveling down the bore. It can be stored for extended periods of time and can tolerate temperature extremes such as freezing cold, rough handling, hazardous environmental conditions and water submersion. But some of the biggest strikes against it are weight and cost, and depending on the individual manufacturer the 12 to 20 step manufacturing process necessary to fabricate a single cartridge.

FightLite® isn’t sharing any proprietary details at this stage about the (5th Generation) construction methods being privately developed in house with IRAD until its patents for the hybrid technology are solidified. But the FightLite® R&D team is systematically addressing and overcoming the hurdles that have plagued early players in the lightweight ammunition space and is confident in its decision to pursue development of a lightweight cartridge that will also support legacy weapons in the US arsenal and NATO countries, and other users around the world.

“Our company’s approach to product development has always been to invest in inclusive technologies that benefit a greater consumer base as exemplified by our MCR® being rearward compatible from today’s production M4A1 to the very first M16’s that the Army ever purchased. To date, our company has produced and delivered thousands of dual-feed MCR® type upper receiver assemblies and rifles throughout the US and overseas, so we’re very comfortable with our product, its capabilities and the ability to produce it,” says Herring. “The primary objective for developing polymer ammunition is to additionally lighten the soldier’s ammunition load by at least 20% and we think that our hybrid case will be able to achieve that while maintaining safety and ballistic performance and also supporting legacy systems. We’ve already accomplished significant weight savings for the soldier with our squad automatic MCR® which currently weighs 50% less than the current M249 and is 3-times more accurate as verified by US military testers during live fire exercises. In fact, our gun was so effective at improving the squad’s speed and mobility during our participation in the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment that there is soldier support on record for adding two additional weapons to the current 9-man squad for a total of two of our guns per fire team.”

No firm date is being stated at this time for delivery of FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition to market. In the interim, FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense Systems® will continue supplying its customers with its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Squad Automatic MCR® and AMG-2 weapons which can currently use almost any of the billions of rounds of 5.56 NATO ammunition stockpiled throughout the world. Once the R&D cycle on FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition is completed, the company will likely either seek mass production of the ammunition through established high-volume ammunition producers or consider licensing its next generation squad automatic rifle (NGSAR) and ammunition technology to one of the USA’s larger prime defense contractors.

About FightLite® Industries

FightLite® Industries is a division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc., a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing and design team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers. Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra-modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To make inquiries regarding potential business collaboration, product development or product licensing opportunities with FightLite® Industries, please email sales@FightLite.com

To inquire about employment opportunities with FightLite® Industries, please send your request and resume to: careers@FightLite.com   

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com.  Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

Notice: FightLite®, ARES Defense Systems® and MCR® are registered trademarks of ARES Defense Systems® Inc.