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KAK Industry 300BLK Upper Build – Running Great!

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by ar15news

KAK Industry is a company we ran across by chance and pretty much fell in love with. They make some really awesome stuff including multiple different types of buffer tubes, barrels, flash hiders, compensators, etc. and the company’s owned and operated by a great guy. These aren’t products they source out and just laser their name on either. They seriously make these right there in their shop. We love to support Americans who are making great products and KAK Industry is just that. Lately I’ve posted about some KAK parts and people have been asking who they were and what the quality was like so I wanted to write something up regarding my personal experience with their parts.

I originally approached Kurt to ask about his Fluted Pistol Buffer Tube that caught my eye in some photos. After talking a bit he asked if I was interested in checking out one of their 300BLK barrels, shoot the heck out of it and send it back when I was done. Of course I was interested so he sent me a barrel, gas tube, gas block and one of their KAK KeyMod rails. I already had a stripped upper laying around and a Smith Enterprise 7.62 Vortex flash hider. All of the parts appeared to be very well spec’d and went together with no issues. Using a Geissele Automatics REACTION ROD I was able to assemble the upper in no time.

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

I decided to use my San Tan Tactical STT-15 billet ambi lower with a CMC Triggers Flat 3.5lb drop-in trigger, a Battle Arms Development safety and Magpul furniture to finish off the build. I also used a set of Troy sights and as you can sort of see in the picture above the front sight has a Blitzkrieg Components Chevron FSP in it. 

One of the things I’m very careful about with 300BLK is making sure myself, or anyone else shooting my guns, can’t accidentally mistake a mag full of 5.56 for 300BLK or vice versa. That never ends well so I had my buddy Adam over at A Breon Custom make me a PMAG with the 300 BLACKOUT text on the sides and I make sure ONLY 300BLK gets put in the mag. This is especially important if you’re taking another upper or rifle with you.

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

The overall feel of this rifle is great. As with most KeyMod handguards, it’s very smooth so there’s no need for gloves really. It’s also very lightweight. The top 1913 Picatinny rail is removable so you could technically have a completely round smooth tube if you didn’t need that top rail, such as on a build with a red dot and no BUIS, etc. 

KAK 300BLK with SanTan BAD CMC Magpul 2

So far I’ve got a few hundred rounds through the rifle with no issues at all. It’s run like a champ even during our harsh Winter we’ve just come out of. With this rifle I wasn’t really going for a long distance build or anything but it has been very accurate and consistent. The 416 Stainless barrel looks as good as it shoots too.  The carbine length gas system has been perfect with no FTE/FTF’s and bolt locks back on empty mag every time. Overall…I’d have to say it’s been awesome. 

All I wanted to do with this article is to show you an upper I built using KAK parts that has been very reliable and accurate. It’s not a paid article (Just FYI, I never charge anything for articles). This was written for you guys who have asked what the quality is like and hopefully the next time you’re in the market for some new parts you’ll have another source to check out. As usual, I’ve put links to most of the items used in this article so you can get additional details and even purchase if you desire to. 

KAK Industry 16″ 300BLK 1/8 416 Stainless Barrel
KAK Industry Upper Parts (Gas Block, Gas Tube)
KAK Industry 12.5″ KeyMod Handguard
CMC Triggers 3.5lb Trigger
Smith Enterprise 7.62 Vortex Flash Hider
A Breon Custom Mag
San Tan Tactical STT-15 Grenade Lower (use code “
AR15newsLuckyCode” to save $40)

MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount – Review

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by ar15news

Recently I had the opportunity to try out one of the MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mounts. They make them for a few different modular rails such as Midwest Industries, YHM, Daniel Defense, JP, etc. and one of my favorite rails the Geissele SMR MK3. I’ve been using this Brightshot light mount on my Geissele SMR MK3 rail for a while now and have been pretty impressed.

620 MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount 1

It mounts directly to the rail using the backings that come with the rail from Geissele and you can purchase a mount that works with .825″ to 1″ lights. Just slide the flashlight into the mount, turn the screw on the side of the mount to lock it in and you’re ready to go. Because of how the mount attaches it can be mounted at 3, 6 or 9 o’clock on the rail. 

620 MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount 2

I mounted the Brightshot light mount on the left side of my rail (3 o’clock) as I shoot mostly right handed. In this position it works great with a Forward Vertical Grip which is why I have a 1913 picatinny rail section mounted at 6 o’clock. Another great option would be to mount it at 6 o’clock putting it right in the perfect spot for activating it with your side of your index finger.

620 MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount 3

620 MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount 4

The Brightshot is definitely a light mount that you could beat the crap out of and it will say “Thank You” and keep moving forward. This is not one of those accessories you choose because “it’s just so sexy looking” but because it’s built like a tank and does the job. Being that it mounts at 3, 6 or 9 o’clock makes it not as low profile as some light mounts that tuck high and tight at a 45 degree angle but it wasn’t too bulky by any means. 

It is very easy and fast to install and holds the flashlight in the mount very tight. If you are looking for a no nonsense, well built light mount for your modular rail, this is probably one of the first ones I would recommend. I’ve really enjoyed this light mount and I think you would too. 

The Brightshot is available for purchase at www.4t5acp.com. Head on over and pick one out for your favorite brand of modular rail system.

Great Light Mount for Your Magpul MOE Handguard

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by ar15news

I’ve been using the SMC (Side Mount Cantilever) light mount from Impact Weapons Components for over a year now on a couple of different uppers. The SMC is part of the Mount-N-Slot series of products that are designed to attach to the Magpul MOE polymer handguards and is by far the best light mount I’ve found for MOE handguards.

One of the things I really like about it is that it can be mounted on either side of the handguard so left or right handed you are good to go and you can even mount the light on the opposite side of your support hand and use a tape switch, etc. And because it uses a modular light ring system it can accommodate pretty much any hand held tac-light you can think of. If you switch to a different size light, just buy a new ring, not a whole new mount.

IWC SMC Light Mount 1

The cantilever design pushes the light up and forward towards the FSP which puts it in the perfect spot to activate it with your thumb and gives you more room for your support hand grip. By mounting to the slots in the Magpul MOE handguard there is no need for a picatinny rail section to add bulk or weight. You’ll also notice that the mount is at a slight angle toward the center line of the gun because it follows the line of the handguard. This tucks it in a bit tighter than if it were just sticking off the side or straight up.

IWC SMC Light Mount 1

If you’re looking for the best light mount to run on your MOE handguard, this is exactly what I would recommend. It’s CNC machined out of 6-series Aluminum and made right here in the USA. You can find it under the “Light Mount” tab at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. As always, you can save 5% by using the discount code “AR15NEWS” at checkout.

Magpul MBUS Gen2 vs Magpul MBUS PRO Comparison Pictures

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by ar15news

I posted these pictures on the AR15NEWS Instagram account the other day and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. I didn’t realize so many people were waiting for side by side pictures comparing the very popular Magpul MBUS Gen2 which are polymer to the new Magpul MBUS PRO’s which are steel. These pictures are not designed to push you one way or the other but more to help you make an informed decision based on your individual needs. Take a look for yourself below. 

Pic #1 Magpul MBUS Series: Close up folded front sight comparison shot of the Magpul MBUS Gen2 (top) and the new Magpul MBUS PRO (bottom). The MBUS Gen2 are polymer spring loaded sights while the PRO’s are steel and manually flipped up. The PRO front sight is also finger adjustable. As you can see the PRO steel sight is much more low profile. 

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #2 Magpul MBUS Series: You can see that the hinge of the PRO is towards the front of the sight instead of the middle which allows it to be smaller but still retain the standard height when flipped up.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #3 Magpul MBUS Series: Last shot of the front Magpul MBUS. MBUS Gen2 on the left and the new Magpul MBUS PRO on the right. Notice the smaller footprint of the PRO on the rail and the twist knob that allows you to adjust for elevation with your fingers.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #4 Magpul MBUS Series: This is the side shot of the rear Magpul MBUS sights folded. As you can see the PRO on top is much more low profile than the MBUS Gen2 on the bottom. Again, the MBUS Gen2 are a larger spring loaded polymer sight that flip up with a press of a finger. The MBUS PRO’s are steel and manually folded up.  Both rear sights feature a large and small aperture as well as finger adjustments for windage. 

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #5 Magpul MBUS Series: Rear Magpul MBUS sights flipped up. Once again you can really see the size difference between the MBUS PRO (top) and the MBUS Gen2 (bottom). One thing I really like about the rear MBUS PRO is how much easier it would be to fit underneath the rear of a scope. It also takes up less space on the rail where you might want a magnifier, etc.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

Pic #6 Magpul MBUS Series: Final pic of the Magpul MBUS sight comparison. At least for a while. This picture series unintentionally pushed a lot of people over the edge and towards the PRO’s. As I’ve mentioned before, I really like both of the Magpul MBUS models. If you’re going based on price the polymer MBUS Gen2′s can’t be beat. However, the MBUS PRO’s are a real step up in quality and design.

Magpul MBUS Pro vs MBUS Gen2 1

The MBUS Gen2′s are typically pretty easy to find. The MBUS PRO’s though are not easy to find and when you do find them they are typically just the front sights. Right now my buddy Roy has both Front and Rear MBUS PRO in-stock as well as Gen2′s. Head on over to www.WeaponOutfitters.com and grab some while they are still in-stock.

Initial Review – ALG Defense EMR and SCB

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by ar15news

Awhile back I received a box of goodies from ALG Defense. Sine then I’ve been playing around with the new EMR (Ergonomic Modular Rail) from ALG Defense along with their new SCB (Single Chamber Brake) and have been happy with the results so far. Their whole idea with the EMR is to offer a budget conscious, super lightweight free floating rail without compromising strength and the SCB is a nice cost effective Brake/Comp.

The EMR does not feature a 12 o’clock top rail but instead comes with small rail sections so you can add a light, front BUIS, etc. In most cases I like to have a set of backup iron sights but I decided to just go with a red dot and no BUIS or Lights to cut down on weight. The EMR mounts to a fairly large yet lightweight barrel nut that gives it a very solid mount, much better than what you normally expect from other “lightweight” options. 

ALG Defense EMR and SCB 1

The SCB, as the name suggests, features a single chamber with side ports and a single top port that offers a nice mix of muzzle rise compensation as well as some recoil reduction. Because of its small size it is also pretty lightweight itself.  

ALG Defense EMR and SCB 1

There are two other things I could have done to save an ounce or two which would be to go with a lightweight (pencil profile) barrel and drop the optics and go with just a set of Magpul MBUS but I liked this setup. This AR-15, including a standard profile 5.56 barrel, a full auto BCG and Aimpoint T-1 with mount weighed in at just 6lb. 10oz.

ALG Defense EMR and SCB 1

I don’t have a whole ton of rounds through this setup as it’s been so stinking cold but what I have done with it has been great. Personally, I think this would make for a great 3-Gun setup. Its very comfortable and fun to shoot. This rail starts at just $135 so no more sacrificing quality for lightweight or low cost. One thing I did mention to one of the guys at ALG Defense is that some users might want at least an option for a screw on full length rail section at 12 o’clock and that maybe a KeyMod option would be nice too but that was just my input. I’m sure if there is enough demand anything is possible. Look for a more long term review of the ALG Defense EMR and SCB down the road.

You can purchase the EMR and SCB now at www.ALGDefense.com.

Impact Weapons Components 45 Degree Offset QD Sling Mount

Posted on January 30th, 2014 by ar15news

There are a lot of companies out there that make QD sling mount options for rail systems and for good reason. Its nice to be able to position the QD mount where it’s most comfortable for you. Most of these QD sling mount options are annoyingly large and get in the way of other accessories. The ones that are smaller are typically pretty weak and feel like you could just pop them off the rail. This is why there are very few rail mounted QD sling attachment points that I actually use. One that I’ve used for a while now is the Impact Weapons Components 45 Degree Offset QD mount. 

620 IWC 45 degree offset Rail Mounted QD Sling Mount 1

The first thing you’ll notice is the size. It is extremely low profile and the QD cup is at a 45 degree angle which really tucks it in tight to the rail system. IWC designed it to mount using the same hardware as the popular Thorntail light mounts. The dual cross bolt mount makes it very strong.

620 IWC 45 degree offset Rail Mounted QD Sling Mount 2

Another thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t stick up a whole lot above the top surface of the rail. This makes it easy to mount pretty  much anywhere because it doesn’t get in the way. It can even be mounted directly in front of most scopes without even being noticed. 

620 IWC 45 degree offset Rail Mounted QD Sling Mount 4

The IWC 45 Degree Offset QD mount is also very affordable. Impact Weapons Components has them in-stock right now. Retail is just $29.95 on them but has always been kind in offering all of our readers a 5% discount just by using the code “ar15news” at checkout. You can snag one for yourself at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com.

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