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New!! POF Puritan 5.56 Barrel

Posted on June 5th, 2015 by ar15news

POF (Patriot Ordnance Factory) has just released their Puritan 5.56 barrels for sale. These barrels are 16.5″ long and feature a  5.56 match chamber, 5R rifling and a 1:8 twist which together are capable of sub-moa accuracy. They also utilize POF’s patented E² dual extraction technology which makes FTE’s virtually a thing of the past. One last feature is a Black Nitride finish adding corrosion resistance to the inside and outside of the barrel. If you’re looking for a barrel for your next build, this would be a great place to look first. Check them out at www.POF-USA.com.

POF Puritan 5.56 barrel

The Puritan 5.56 barrel is constructed from mil-spec 4150 chrome vanadium steel and features a 5R rifling profile with 1:8 twist rate. The gas port is set up for a mid-length configuration gas system. We have also installed the Patented E² extraction technology. The E² dual extraction consists of 4 small channels cut into the walls of the chamber, allowing a small amount of gas pressure to flow backwards and push on the shoulders of the spent casing. This small pressure helps “un-seat” the spent case from the chamber while slightly pushing backwards as the extractor is pulling the case rearward. With this feature, the extractor is no longer doing all the work by itself; therefore the life of the extractor and overall reliability of the rifle system is increased. This feature does NOT deform the spent brass. To finish it off, our barrels are nitride heat treated, which greatly increases surface hardness and makes for a beautiful black and corrosion resistant finish.

MSRP is $215.99

These barrels shoot 1 MOA or better when installed in our Puritan series rifle.

http://pof-usa.com/shop/barrels/puritan-5-56-barrel/

Recently I started a new build. It was centered around a few key components, the Rainier Arms Mod3 billet receiver set, Rainier Arms 16″ .223 Wylde barrel made from a Rock Creek Blank, the LANTAC USA E-BCG and the new Fortis Manufacturing 14″ REV II MLOK rail. I just recently finished this build and will begin the process of shooting and reviewing it. Until then I wanted to give you an initial impression of the new REV II MLOK rail.

I have used many Fortis Manufacturing REV rails over the past few years and really like them a lot. Lately Fortis has come out with a few new rails including the new REV II rails which look great. As you would assume they are a modified version of the original REV rail that deletes the bottom picatinny rail section and forward side rail sections for a super sleek design, lighter weight and more flexibility in mounting your KeyMod or MLOK accessories. 

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

INSTALLATION

The REV II rails mount directly to a Mil Spec AR-15 barrel nut with a rock solid clamp just like the original REV rail. This type of mount is great for a few reasons. One, it creates an insanely solid union between the upper and rail. It also makes it easier for users to upgrade from the standard plastic “Glacier Guard” or other hand guards that use a Delta Ring as they will not need any armorers tools to remove the old barrel nut and install a proprietary barrel nut. Just cut the Delta Ring off, remove the spring, install your low profile gas block and your REV II rail will be on in minutes. Installation of accessories can be done while the rail is installed but can be done much easier by quickly removing the rail instead of installing them while on the rifle.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

FIT AND FINISH

Fit and finish on the Fortis Manufacturing rails is second to none with a very nice dark black Type III Hard Coat Anodizing, smooth edges and aggressive lines. Not to mention they just look stinking sexy! As you can see in the picture below I also used the Fortis Manufacturing Low Profile Gas Block which looks great with its similar lines.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall I am very impressed with the Fortis Manufacturing REV II rail and would put them very high on the “Recommended List”. They offer these in both KeyMod and MLOK versions all the way from 7″ long to 14″ long.  So far there really isn’t anything I would say I don’t like about the rail. One note I would make is that anti-rotation tabs are a great feature but as you may already know, not all  billet uppers will accommodate them unless they manufacture of that upper has designed it to work with a rial with anti-rotation tabs. This is not an issue with the rail but more of an issue with manufacturers of billet uppers. The Fortis Billet Upper and Rainier Arms Billet Upper work great with them and many others will too. Check out the entire build below. Once I’ve had some time behind the trigger on this build I will update with more reviews on the different components.

Fortis REV II MLOK 1

Radical Firearms Month Long Memorial Day Sales

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by ar15news

**UPDATE** Tons more stuff was just added to this sale. See new image below.**

You would think by now we’d be used to the awesome deals that Radical Firearms puts out but they never cease to surprise. Now through Memorial Day 2015 you can save some big money on your choice of 5.56, 300BLK or 7.62×39 assembled upper receivers that all include very nice Radical Firearms Rail Systems and are available in lengths between 7.5″ up to 16″. These uppers do not include a BCG or Charging Handle but are priced at just $249.95 each. Get in on these deals now at www.RadicalFirearms.com.

Radical Firearms Memorial Day Sale 2

**Note: As always, AR15NEWS does not charge or accept payment or commission for writing articles of any kind. If you find value in what we write about and can get in on a good deal or cool new product, that makes it worth while to us.

Quentin Defense has just introduced a new 18″ Fluted 5.56 Match Grade Barrel. The new barrel has a Black Nitride finish also known as QPQ, Melonite, etc. which is a surface treatment that actually changes the surface of the metal making it extremely durable and resistant to corrosion. Many companies are starting to use it on barrels because it coats the inside and out of the barrel as its a bath in molten salt. The bore gets coated which makes it slicker than chrome lining but is more durable than chrome lining. This barrel also features a 1:8 twist which is a great “shoot all” twist rate that does a great job with a wide range of bullet weights. You’ll also see fluting in front of and behind the gas block seat for weight savings, increased cooling surfaces and its looks pretty cool too. Normal retail will be $270 which is a great deal as it sits but they are offering an introductory price on this great looking barrel for just $230. You can snag one at www.Quentin-Laser.com.

Quentin Defense 18 inch match fluted barrel

Quentin Defense 18″ Match Barrel.
—  4150 Chromoly.
–  1:8 Twist.
–  Fluted.
–  Threaded 1/2″ x 28tpi.
–  5.56mm Match Chamber.
–  Black Nitride Finish.
–  .750 Diameter @ Gas Port.
–  Mid-length Gas System.
–  2lb. 1oz.

http://quentin-laser.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=339

NEW!! Gun Point GPM-15 9mm Billet Lower Receiver

Posted on February 7th, 2015 by ar15news

If you’ve been thinking about building a sweet 9mm chambered AR like I have been, you might want to check out this one from Gun Point Manufacturing. Its a billet lower called the GPM-15 that requires zero roll pins for installation, features a threaded safety detent hole and set screw to capture your spring and detent, has an oversized trigger guard, has an upper tensioning set screw, uses Colt 9mm magazines and comes in many different cerakote colors. Check out the pics and details below.

Gun Point Mfg GPM-15 9MM 1

If you want stand out from the rest at the range, this is the lower you must have.

Gun Point Mfg GPM-15 9MM 1

Gun Point Mfg GPM-15 9MM 1

The Gun Point Custom GPM-15 9mm Billet lower receiver is a unique design, sleek and strong built unit that comes with all the features in the top of the line models without the high cost. We have designed this lower with everything you need. NO ROLL PINS!! The roll pin has been replaced with a set screw to eliminate the need of beating on the lower receiver. The rear take down pin detent spring is also held in with a set screw making it easier for you to change buffer tubes. Our receiver tension set screw effectively eliminates any unwanted “slop” between upper and lower receivers for superior accuracy. The oversize trigger guard gives you ample clearance when using gloves and the Finger Rest naturally guides the tip of your finger to the same resting place each time.

 This dedicated 9mm lower receiver is designed for the Colt style magazine.
–  7075 Billet Aluminum
–  Mil-Spec component compatible
–  Upper tensioning set screw 1/4 – 28x .375
–  Bolt Catch screw in pins in place of roll pins
–  Bolt Catch 6-32 pivot screw included
–  Threaded saftey detent hole for 6-32 set screw
–  6-32 x .125 Saftey Detent set screw included
–  Integrated Oversize Trigger Guard
–  Finger Location Identifier / Finger Rest
–  Bullet pictogram selector markings
–  Type III Class 2 Hardcoat Anodized Finish (Standard)
–  Optional Cerakote colors available – Add $30

Cerakote colors are available. FDE, PTB, OD, Tungsten, Burned Bronze, Sniper Gray and many more.

These come with a life time warrantee and 100% money back satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t like it send it back. No questions asked.

Available for purchase now at Store.AVGuns.com

For a while now the main thing that has been missing from the whole KeyMod and M-LOK rail push is companies that were willing to create direct mount products for these systems…and that is understandable when you think about how fast this industry moves from one new solution to another. Look how fast M-LOK has taken off because its backed by Magpul. Up until now most companies have been making adapters for existing products such rail sections that allow you to attach a 1913 picatinny product, a light ring for adding a light, etc. This mindset kind of goes against the whole “new attachment method” thought process which should create products that attach directly to the rail without the need for adapters thus reducing weight, cost, etc.

Well, today I am proud to announce a new partnership between two very respected companies in the industry that have come together to create an amazing new product. Elzetta Design, makers of the toughest and highest quality flashlights known to man and Impact Weapons Components, one of the most innovative Mount and Accessory manufacturers have partnered up together to introduce the new MINICQB which combines their new ALPHA light and IWC’s modular light mounts into a weapon light. This is a true “Direct Attach” Weapon Light.

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

The new MINICQB Weapon Light features all of the same specs as the original Elzetta ALPHA single cell flashlight including 315 lumen output from a single CR123 battery and Elzetta’s Momentary, twist on tailcap with the others tailcap options available. The ALPHA is designed specifically as a CQB or Close Quarters Battle light producing a “wall of light” intended for room clearing and close encounters within 50 yards. The proven IWC mount arm is machined from the same piece of billet aluminum as the light body itself making a much stronger union than using the typical adapter style mount. 

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

Now this is where things get REALLY interesting. The MINICQB incorporates Impact Weapons Components new KML mount technology which basically means Keymod & M-LOK compatible. That’s right. No longer do you have to decide “Do I buy this for my KeyMod rail or should I go with the M-LOK version for my new M-LOK rail?”. This KML system is awesome. I’ve attached the MINICQB on both a Geissele SMR MK8 M-LOK rail and on my Rainier Arms FORCE Mod2 KeyMod rail (shown below) and it works amazingly well. To switch between KeyMod and M-LOK you just simply unthread the reversible nuts, turn them around and thread them back on. The MINICQB will also be available with a 1913 Picatinny Rail Mount as well. 

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

To give you some comparison information, the MINICQB Picatinny version weighs just 4.5oz and the KML (KeyMod / M-LOK) version weighs just 4.7oz. A SureFire M300 without a mount weighs 4.8oz and an Inforce WML without KeyMod or M-LOK adapter weighs 3.1oz. 

I’ve had my MINICQB for about 5 days now and am super impressed with it. The direct attachment makes it feel as if the Light is actually part of the weapon instead of an added on piece. The design of the mount keeps the light very close to the rail for a nice low profile design. Having an Elzetta flashlight with the IWC KML mounting technology is about as awesome as it gets.

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

The pricing for the new MINICQB is very reasonable as well with the 1913 rail mount version retailing at just $205 and the KML M-LOK / KeyMod mount version retailing for just $230. Once you purchase your MINICQB you will also be able to purchase the hardware for the other mount style. So if you buy the KML version you can purchase the 1913 cap and screws to give you a truly universal mounting system. 

The new MINICQB Flashlight should be available today at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. Don’t forget that you can use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout to save yourself 5% off your order.

Also, check out JerkingTheTrigger and 47 Images Photography for additional reviews and photos.

NEW!! Faxon Firearms Heavy 18″ .308 AR-10 Barrels

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by ar15news

If you’re looking for a new .308 AR barrel you might want to check this out. Faxon Firearms just introduced two brand new .308 AR-10 barrels to their already stellar lineup and they look pretty awesome especially when you factor in the price.

The first is the 18″ .308 medium profile Battle Rifle Barrel. It is a 4150 ordnance grade steel barrel with a 1:10 Twist and mid length gas that has been given a Salt Bath Nitrided QPQ treatment for long life and heavy use. Purchase here for just $249

Faxon Firearms 18 inch 308 4150 Barrel

The other barrel is the 18″ .308 416R Stainless Steel Fluted barrel. These feature full length fluting (in front of and behind the gas block seat) and have also received the Salt Bath Nitrided QPQ treatment. Purchase here for just $289

Faxon Firearms 18 inch 308 416R SS Barrel

New!! FLAME Fluted 5.56 16″ 416R SS Melonite Barrel from Faxon

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends over at Faxon Firearms already have an extensive line of high quality and affordable AR-15 barrels. Yesterday the introduced a new barrel to the lineup is sure to get some of you really excited. Its their new “FLAME” Fluted barrel which features a variable depth fluting which looks like flames that have been carved into the barrel. These barrels are 16″ Mid Length 416R Stainless Steel barrels that have a Melonite finish. 

Faxon Firearms Flame Fluted SS Barrel 2

Faxon Firearms Flame Fluted SS Barrel 2

The new Faxon Firearms FLAME Fluted 5.56 16″ 416R SS Melonite Barrel is available now for just $239 which is a crazy good deal. You can also add a Low Profile Gas Block for just $26 more. Last I heard there was a very limited quantity in-stock. Head on over to www.FaxonFirearms.com to snag one before they’re all gone. 

556 Tactical SKR (Stryke KeyMod Rail) Sale

Posted on August 25th, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends over at 556 Tactical are having a sale on their SKR (Stryke KeyMod Rail). Recently I had the opportunity to shoot some photos of these rails and they are sweet. 556 Tactical and PWS partnered up together on this rail and gave it the awesome angled cut at the end to go along with the other rails that 556 Tactical has in their lineup. Out of all of them, this is probably my favorite. The SKR is available in both a 12.1″ and 15″ length and both models are on sale for a limited time. If you’ve been looking for a high quality rail system for your new build or just want to upgrade an older rifle, this is a great option. Check them out for yourself at www.556Tactical.com.

556 Tactical SKR Rail Sale 1

556 Tactical SKR Rail Sale 1

Primary Arms Adds a New 2.5x and 4x Optic To Their Lineup

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by ar15news

Primary Arms has always been known for importing some very affordable optics that way outperformed what you would expect from an optic in that price range. They’re constantly adding new optics to their lineup and lately these new ones are more a bit higher end and have included some awesome custom reticles with Bullet Drop Compensators, etc in them. A couple of my buddies have been shooting the new PAC2.5X and PAC4X scopes and have been very pleased with them. Both optics were designed for the AR-15 platform with the PAC2.5X as more of a close to mid range optic and the PAC4X as a more all purpose optic. I’ve put information, pictures and links for both optics below. 

PRIMARY ARMS PAC2.5X
Designed from the ground up to be the ideal AR CQB and mid range optic. The Primary Arms 2.5X Compact Scope features an etched version of our Patent Pending CQB ACSS bullet drop ranging reticle that requires no illumination. Battery powered daylight visible illumination is also built in. Waterproof, fog resistant. Mount included but also fits on industry standard full size ACOG mounts! Base can be removed for use on AR15/M16 carry handles. Front and rear flip up caps included! Optional Picatinny rail and Kill Flash are available for purchase.

Primary Arms PAC2.5X Optic 620

Primary Arms PAC2.5X ACSS CQB Reticle

http://www.primaryarms.com/Primary_Arms_2_5X_Compact_Scope_PAC2_5X_p/pac2.5x.htm

–  Comes complete with mount
–  Designed for .223/5.56; .308; 5.45X39 Calibers
–  Magnification: 2.5X
–  FOV 35′ at 100 yards
–  Etched reticle requires no illumination but red fully Illuminated daylight visible reticle is also built in
–  Waterproof/Fog resistant
–  Eye relief 2.5″
–  .5 MOA windage and elevation adjustments
–  4.75″ long 15.5oz
–  Multi-coated lens
–  Fits in any full size Acog mount
–  Uses single CR2032 battery (Included)
–  Base can be removed for use on a AR15/M16 carry handle (Thumb screw sold separately)
–  Front and rear flip up caps included!
–  Top rail sold separately.
–  One year manufacturer warranty

PRIMARY ARMS PAC4X
Designed from the ground up for use on AR style rifles. The Primary Arms 4X Compact Prism Scope with our Patened ACSS Reticle “Advanced Combined Sighting System” combining Bullet Drop Compensation, Range Estimation, Wind and Leads in one easy to use system. . Waterproof, fog resistant and also fits on ACOG mounts! Base can be removed for use on AR15/M16 carry handles. Front and rear flip up caps included!

Primary Arms PAC4X Optic 620

Primary Arms PAC4X ACSS Reticle

https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary_Arms_4X_Compact_Prism_Scope_p/pac4x.htm

–  Comes complete with mount
–  FOV 23.6′ at 100 yards
–  Compatible with .223/5.56 5.45×39 .308
–  Red fully illuminated reticle (Daylight Visible)
–  11 brightness settings
–  Waterproof
–  Fog resistant
–  Eye relief 3.2″
–  1/2 MOA windage and elevation adjustments
–  Length: 5.55″
–  Weight: 16.2 oz.
–  Multi-coated lens
–  Fits on Acog mounts
–  Picatinny rail included
–  Uses one CR2032 battery (Included)
–  Front and rear flip up caps included
–  Base can be removed for use on a AR15/M16 carry handle (Thumb screw sold separately)
–  Optional kill flash is sold separately
–  One year warranty

Basically, if you’re looking for a new optic for your AR on a budget, Primary Arms continues to be the place to look. The PAC2.5x and PAC4x represent just two of the optics in their large lineup and could be just what you’re looking for. For constant updates and info on new reticles and optics that Primary Arms is working on, be sure to follow Primary Arms on Facebook.

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About the Photographer:  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.

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