One of the biggest surprises of late 2014 was the explosion of SI Defense onto the scene. SI Defense has been around for quite some time but they came out with their new Ambi .308 billet receivers with “mirrored” ambi controls and these things are amazing. I actually just saw a picture of the new 5.56 billet set with the exact same ambi controls and can’t wait for its release as well. No video to share on this one but here are a few photos of Steve shooting the SI Defense .308 rifle during the industry range day at SHOT Show 2015.
Larry Lasky of FrogLube talks about their new Super Degreaser that will be available as well as what FrogLube is doing to promote the shooting sports industry. Check out the video below.
The guys got to stop by the CMC Triggers booth to chat with Jack about CMC Triggers and what they have coming for 2015. I’m sure all you AK guys are excited about the new CMC Trigger that will be coming out very soon. Check out the video below.
Faxon Firearms has some awesome new stuff coming out this year including their new .308 rifle called the ARAK-31. The ARAK-31 is a fully ambidextrous rifle where you can even switch between left or right ejection. They also will be releasing a new 7.62×39 version of the ARAK-21 upper which should be another great addition to the lineup. Steve Coulston interviewed the man behind the curtain at Faxon Firearms, Bob Faxon, who shows off some of their newest products.
Bentwood Gunsmithing is a company that has partnered up with Battle Arms Development who are providing the custom designed receivers, buttstock, titanium gas block, titanium pivot & takedown pin set, lightweight safety selector, enhanced magazine release, lightweight bolt catch, titanium pistol grip screw, etc. 95%+ of the rifle components are custom and made specifically for the O.I.P (Ounces Is Pounds) but 99% Mil-Spec compatible. The sight is Aimpoint H1 on Fortis F1 Mount & Custom Built Light/Adapter. It is actually down to about 3.8 lbs now.
Only 100 of these beautiful rifles will be built each year. You can find out more at www.BentwoodGunsmithing.com
If you haven’t been following Battle Arms Development, there has never been a better time to start than now. This is one of the companies I will personally be following very closely this year. Up until now they have been most notably known for their absolutely bomb proof Ambi Safety Selectors. They recently started to push their creative ideas and love of high quality components into other AR components which have turned out to be amazing. Their new lightweight billet receiver set for instance is on my personal list of future purchases. Check out these videos and pics below.
Here’s a great video of my buddy Steve Coulston interviewing Jason Curns, Firearms Manager of Mega Arms. Mega Arms has some really awesome stuff coming out this year including the new 700 Chassis, Free Float Quad Rail for all AR-15’s, M-LOK components, etc. Check out the video below and be sure to keep an eye on Mega Arms.
Video courtesy of CrossFire
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
338 Lapua Magnum, Semi-Automatic, Quick Take Down
January 19, 2015
Dallas, GA: DRD Tactical, specializes in design and manufacturing of patented Brief Case Rifles in 7.62 Nato, 5.56 Nato and 300AAC calibers, announces the release of KIVAARI™ Semi-Automatic Rifle in caliber 338 Lapua Magnum.
KIVAARI™ is designed to be a quick take down rifle using our patented quick change barrel system. Rifle features a 24” barrel with 1/10 twist, ambidextrous controls including the safety selector, bolt catch and magazine release, Geissele 2 stage trigger, Magpul PRS adjustable stock, Magpul M-LOK™ rail for accessory attachments, left side non-reciprocating charging handle, Silencerco QD muzzle brake for suppressor use, Atlas bipod, 2-10rd box magazines, overall length 47” assembled and Tactical Taylor Trekker back pack.
Rifle weighs only 14.6 lbs empty including the bipod because it operates on DI gas system. The ability to change barrels in the field and the most compact transportable long range semi-automatic rifle is what KIVAARI™ offers to hunters, target shooters, military and law enforcement customers, with 1-MOA accuracy. It will be offered in Nickel Boron and hard coat anodized black. As always all parts and raw material are Made in U.S.A.
It will be distributed by EuroOptic LTD and will be available summer 2015.
For more information, please visit www.drdtactical.com
*Photos courtesy of 47 Images Photography