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LUTH-AR Modular AR-15 Stock Making Waves

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by ar15news

Randy Luth’s latest invention is simply amazing and cutting edge at the same time, which makes this stock a game changer! 

Since the inception of Eugene Stoner’s original 1960’s fixed A1 stock for the M16/AR-15 platform, we have seen very few offerings come to market in the way of fixed stock options in the last 40-years. Perhaps the most significant fixed stock to date has been the Magpul PRS which was the first fixed AR style stock to add adjustability for the shooters comfort, length of pull and cheek weld. For a decade the PRS has dominated the market and for good reason. Magpul makes a great product that has been time tested in battle. 

If you are like me, the name Randy Luth or LUTH-AR meant nothing to me, but that all changed recently when Rainier Arms started carrying their new MBA stock.

LUTH AR MBA Stock 1

The MBA (Modular Buttstock Assembly) is lighter, quicker and an easier to adjust stock that is high quality and less than half the price of the Magpul PRS. That is a big feat to accomplish by someone who is perceivably new to the AR market.

As you can see from the quick comparison, the MBA is the clear winner over the long time champion. 

Quick Look Comparison:

LUTH AR MBA Stock 1

*Street price from Brownells.com

So who is Randy Luth anyway?

Randy is perhaps the Steve Jobs of the gun industry. Perhaps you have heard of DPMS? Randy founded DPMS in 1986 and sold the company to Cerberus/Freedom Group in 2007 and remained President of DPMS. The former DPMS owner currently holds at least seven U.S. patents in the firearms industry. In addition he earned Rifle of the Year awards in 2005 from Shooting Illustrated and in 2006 from American Rifleman. In 2009, Luth was chosen as Outdoor Life “Readers’ Choice” Person of the Year. Luth is the current owner of Del-Tone/Luth Gun Club and in his spare time serves on the board of directors for USA Shooting Team. Mr. Luth is also an avid hunter and 3-gun competitor. 

I would say he is more than qualified to come to market with a design that simply kicks butt.

“Most of the adjustable buttstock assemblies out there are complicated, cumbersome and add unnecessary weight to the AR,”Luth said. “I realized there was a niche for something lightweight and affordable that allows shooters to get the customized fit they need to enhance their shooting experience.”

LUTH AR MBA Stock 1 LUTH AR MBA Stock 1

The MBA stock is seemingly easy to install over a standard A1 or A2 receiver extension (buffer tube) and will work on any AR-15/AR-10 rifle that accepts a buffer tube. 

Made from Super Strong Glass Filled Nylon, the MBA is Fully Ambidextrous and can be comfortably used shooting off either shoulder as the cheek piece can be installed on either side for right or left hand shooters. In addition, the design allows the cheek weld to be moved forward or backward by adjusting the vertical pillars mounted to the holes than run the length of the stock. 

LUTH AR MBA Stock 1

The cheek saddle allows for up to 1-inch of height adjustment and the butt-plate length has an adjustment of 1.125”. An optional rear sling swivel is available for an additional $4.

The MBA is currently available in two configurations, the MBA-1, which is the full-meal-deal package that includes everything you need for full adjustment or the MBA-2 “Skullaton” which is a skeletonized version of the MBA-1 with no adjustable pieces, however they can be added at a later time. The MBA-2 has an MSRP of $49.95.

At the range, the MBA stock performed flawlessly. The adjustment held strong round after round on our 308 and 556 test guns including the DRD Tactical G762 rifle which is shown in these photos. 

LUTH AR MBA Stock 1

LUTH AR MBA Stock 1

I had a really good chat with Randy on the phone and I am very impress by everything I have seen from LUTH-AR so far and I eagerly look forward to seeing more in the near future. Randy dropped this little hint:

“We are working on a carbine version now and while it posses some challenges, we hope to have it done soon” Luth said. 

By the way, if you’re curious, the MBA is made right here in the United States, including the molds.

LUTH AR MBA Stock 1

The Luth-AR MBA and MBA-2 are currently available for purchase from Brownells, Rainier Arms or from Luth-AR directly. Interested dealers and wholesalers are currently being accepted and should contact Luth directly. The official website is www.luth-ar.com or email info@luth-ar.com

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About the Author:  Jody Lewis is a professional photographer based in the PNW who has articles published on many of the popular websites including RECOIL-WEB and Guns & Tactics Magazine. He is also the Director of Operations and Business Development for Defense Marketing Group. You can follow him on his page XFIREPIX on Facebook.

Faxon Firearms Std AR-15 Barrels Now Available for Purchase

Posted on March 22nd, 2014 by ar15news

Faxon Firearms is well known for their innovative piston driven upper receiver called the ARAK-21. They’ve now taken their firearms manufacturing expertise to a whole new arena which is producing very nice barrels at a price that any DIY AR builder can afford. They currently have 3 different barrels to choose from. Two of them are CMV barrels (one 14.5″ Mid Length and one 16″ M4 Profile) that are Black Nitride coated. The other is a beautiful 16″ 416R Stainless Steel barrel with fluting in front and behind the gas seat. The barrels are proof tested and Magnetic Particle Inspected and made right here in the USA at Faxon Firearms from high quality solid bar stock. Take a look at the pics and details below. All three barrels are available for purchase at www.FaxonFirearms.com.

620 Faxon Firearms AR15 CMV Midlength barrel Final

 

AR-15 5.56 NATO – 14.5″  -  Just $145
• Barrel Material: Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel
• Barrel Type: Button Rifled
• Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
• Barrel Twist: 1:7
• Barrel Length: 14.5″
• Barrel Profile: Rifle Profile
• Barrel Gas System: Mid-Length
• Inside Finish: “Black Nitride”
• Outside Finish: “Black Nitride”
• Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
• Gas Block Diameter: .750″
• Gas Port Diameter: .076″
• Barrel Extension: M4
• Weight: 2 lbs

620 Faxon Firearms AR15 CMV M4 barrel Final

 

AR-15 5.56 NATO M4 Profile 16″  -  Just $145
• Barrel Material: Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel
• Barrel Type: Button Rifled
• Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
• Barrel Twist: 1:7
• Barrel Length: 16″
• Barrel Profile: M4 Profile
• Barrel Gas System: Carbine
• Inside Finish: “Black Nitride”
• Outside Finish: “Black Nitride”
• Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
• Gas Block Diameter: .750″
• Gas Port Diameter: .062″
• Barrel Extension: M4

• Weight: 1 lbs 12 oz

620 Faxon Firearms AR15 416R SS Fluted barrel Final

AR-15 5.56 NATO Stainless Fluted 16″  -  Just $209
• Barrel Material: 416R Stainless 
• Barrel Type: Button Rifled 
• Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
• Barrel Twist: 1:8
• Barrel Length: 16″
• Barrel Profile: Heavy-Fluted
• Barrel Gas System: Mid-Length
• Inside Finish: “Blasted”
• Outside Finish: “Raw”
• Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
• Gas Block Diameter: .750″
• Gas Port Diameter: .062″
• Barrel Extension: M4
• Weight: 1 lbs 12 oz

 

BLACK FORGE BF15 AR-15 Receiver Sets – Black or Kryptek

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends over at BLACK FORGE are known for making some really sweet AR’s. They also make some pretty sick receiver sets including a full line of Kryptek camo models. As with any manufacturer, from time to time they find some receivers that may have a small scratch or dent on them and just don’t pass their quality control to be sold as a normal unit. Some companies call them blem’s but BLACK FORGE calls them Hard Use receivers because you don’t have to be worried about scratching them up. Another great thing about blem receivers…they usually come in at a great price point and these are no exception. Right now AIM Surplus has standard Black Upper and Lower sets for just $115 and Kryptek camo Upper and Lower sets for just $140. Add FREE SHIPPING in there and you’ve got one heck of a deal. Start your next build with a set of BLACK FORGE Hard Use receivers at www.AIMSurplus.com.  

620 Black Forge Blem receivers - Black -1

620 Black Forge Blem receivers - Black -1q

620 Black Forge Blem receivers - Black -1

NEW!! SLR Rifleworks SENTRY Adjustable Gas Blocks

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by ar15news

SLR Rifleworks has just introduced their new premium adjustable gas block called the SENTRY. The SENTRY series of adjustable gas blocks are Smaller and Lighter that most if not all other adjustable gas blocks and will work with ANY AR15/AR10 handguard on the market today. I’ve actually used an older SLR Rifleworks adjustable gas block in the past and it was nice back then. These look even nicer and feature some great upgrades such as cutouts on the sides for weight savings and high end materials and manufacturing. They are also available in both Set Screw and Clamp On styles as well as sized for .750 or .936 gas block seats with additional sizes to come. Adjustable Gas Blocks are SLR Rifleworks specialty and it shows in their new SENTRY series. 

620 SLR Rifleworks Sentry Adjustable Gas Block 2

620 SLR Rifleworks Sentry Adjustable Gas Block 2

FEATURES
- 100% Gas seal allows full cut off and prevents gas from fouling metering screw
- Complete disassembly is simple and take less than 10 seconds
- Metering screw and screw bore design allows repeatability and reliability only SLR has been able to deliver
- Single tool click to adjust gas metering
- Heat treated 4140 Precision machined gas block
- Nexturn Swiss precision metering screw
- 6AL-4V Titanium Leaf Spring detent mechanism
- 316 SS detent plunger
- NO tiny springs to corrode, break or seize / NO tiny ball to seize or get lost
- 100% Lifetime Guarantee

Below is some additional information from Todd, the owner of SLR Rifleworks.

The Sentry series are super low profile allowing AR15/AR10 use under pure tube HG’s. Those types of HG’s are super popular today so meeting that target was a no brainer. The Ti leaf spring allows more spring pressure for even more positive engagement along with total corrosion resistance. Getting rid of the coiled spring and ball is huge when looking at years and years of use. It relatively huge in comparison to a coiled spring as well.

The single screw on the side allows the entire gas block to be dissembled in less time than it takes to type this sentence. Total disassembly is nice if you go for 2 years without cleaning your rifle or you shoot a bunch of .22LR though it like i do.

The SS plunger under the leaf spring floats but is captured from totally bottoming out in the adjustment screw slots. This allows carbon to pass through without building up and also allows the adj screw to be removed without fear of losing the plunger.

The adjustment screw has been refined with a proprietary threading and shape allowing the same 100% gas seal at closed and even better fouling resistance. This is the heart of the block and the toughest to get right when making the blocks/screws in the thousands.

We have tried multiple surface treatments, materials over the years. What we spec in production gives the best mix of reliability, production consistency and overall cost.

That’s a very small look at the endless hours trying to make the perfect wide range adjustable gas block.

Purchase the SLR Rifleworks SENTRY Adjustable Gas Block at www.SLRRifleworks.com.

NEW!! Midwest Industries Forged Flattop AR15 Upper Receivers

Posted on March 5th, 2014 by ar15news

Midwest Industries should be no stranger to you guys. They’ve been making a ton of AR15 accessories such as rails, complete uppers, sling mounts, etc for a long time and we’ve posted about a lot of them. Recently they introduced their new billet upper and lower and now they’ve introduced their new 7075-T6 Forged Upper Receivers and are offering a great introductory price. These uppers will be available as a completely stripped upper for just $89.95 or as an assembled upper with the Forward Assist and Dust Cover installed for just $109.95. These new uppers can be purchased right now at www.MidwestIndustriesInc.com.

Midwest Industries Forged Upper Receiver

NEW!! 7.5″ Pistol Length AR Nitride Barrel – Just $150

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by ar15news

AERO Precision has been just killing it lately not only with some awesome new products but with the price points they are coming in at. A couple of weeks ago they introduced their 16″ M4 barrel and now are introducing the new 7.5″ Pistol Length barrel which would be great for an SBR or AR Pistol. These aren’t just cheap junk barrels either. These are 4150 CMV (Chrome Moly Vanadium) with a QPQ (aka Nitride or Melonite) coating inside and out which offers great corrosion resistance as well as a more durable barrel lining vs chrome lining. Plus they are HPT (High Pressure Tested) and MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected) as well. These are the same barrels that AERO Precision is using in their complete uppers. Additional lengths, gas lengths and calibers will be coming this year. If you’re looking for a barrel like this, at just $150, these are a great deal on a quality barrel. Check them out at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

620 AERO Precision AR Pistol Barrel 1

620 AERO Precision AR Pistol Barrel 1

Our AR15 barrels help you to build a custom AR15 from the ground up. Mil-spec dimensions and coating ensure the highest quality and correct component interface.

Features:
-  7.5″ barrel, 5.56 chamber, 1 in 7 twist
-  4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium, QPQ corrosion resistant finish
-  .750 gas block journal, .0625 gas port
-  Pistol length gas system
-  M4 barrel extension
-  HP and MPI tested
-  17.25 oz

www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

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