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Gear Sector 13.5″ and 15″ Free Float Hand Guard Now Available

Posted on September 28th, 2015 by ar15news

I’ve been a big fan of Gear Sector for a long time. Not just because their are absolutely bomb proof and no-corners-cut designs but they are just all around great people as well. For many years now they have produced smaller accessories like Light Mounts, Offset Mounts, Vertical Grips, etc. Almost two years ago they decided it was time to go “big” and released a sneak peek of a their new rail design. Fast forward to right now and they have the design just perfect and have officially released the 13.5″ and 15″ versions of their GSR Free Float Hand Guard.

The GSR comes in two different models which are the GSR Tube and GSR Rail. Basically the only difference is that the “Rail” version comes with bolt on accessory rail sections that you can position anywhere along the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock sides utilizing their new Mod Slot mounting system as seen below.


Gear Sector GSR Tube


Gear Sector GSR Rail

As I mentioned, these are actually available for purchase now. Currently just the 13.5″ and 15″ models in Black are available but they will also be introducing additional colors such as FDE, OD Green, Foliage and Brown along with a 7″ and 9″ version. You can purchase these great looking new rails directly at

Arisaka Defense Releases Inline & Offset Picatinny Mount

Posted on September 25th, 2015 by ar15news

Arisaka Defense always puts out high quality products. I personally use a bunch of their products from Light Mounts to complete Flashlight Builds. Just this morning I received the following press release for their Inline and Offset Picatinny Mount. As you all know, KeyMod and M-LOK rails are great but what do you do with all of your lights, lasers, grips, etc. that only mount to Picatinny rail sections? You need an adapter like the ones Arisaka just released to make them compatible. What I really like about these mounts is that they are adjustable from side to side to allow a wider range of lights and accessories to fit and the KeyMod mounts incorporate the new patent pending Inverted KeyMod Screws from BCM instead of the normal. Take a look at the press release and pics below for these great mounts.

Press Release:  Arisaka Inline & Offset Picatinny Mounts Released

Arisaka is pleased to release our new Inline and Offset Picatinny Mounts. The Inline version is available for KeyMod and M-Lok, while the Offset version is available for KeyMod, M-Lok, and the Centurion Arms CMR. Both KeyMod mounts utilize Bravo Company’s Patent Pending Inverted KeyMod Screws.

Arisaka Defense Inline and Offset Picatinny Mounts 1

The Inline Picatinny Mount is designed for rail systems that feature 45 degree attachment interfaces, like the BCM KMR, Geissele SMR MK4 and MK8, Mega Arms MKM/MML/Wedge Lock, and Midwest Industries Generation 3 handguards. The height and adjustable side-to-side spacing place Picatinny based lights like the Surefire X300 and Inforce WML close to the handguard and within easy reach at the 1:30 or 10:30 clock positions.

Arisaka Defense Inline and Offset Picatinny Mounts 1

Arisaka Defense Inline and Offset Picatinny Mounts 1

The Offset Picatinny Mount is a combination of our Offset Scout Mount and a short Picatinny rail section, and is designed for rail systems that do not have 45 degree attachment interfaces like the Noveske NSR, Midwest Industries Generation 2, and SLR Rifleworks Solo Series handguards. Like the inline version, the mount places Picatinny based lights at the optimal 1:30 or 10:30 clock positions. The mount allows the user to adjust the lateral positioning of the Picatinny rail section for additional clearance next to front sights or other accessories.

Arisaka Defense Inline and Offset Picatinny Mounts 1

Arisaka Defense Inline and Offset Picatinny Mounts 1

Weight: 1.1 oz (Inline), 1.0 oz (Offset)
Material: CNC machined 6061 aluminum
Finish: MIL-A-8625 Type III hard coat anodized.

Proudly made in the USA and available now on the Arisaka site:
Inline Picatinny Mount KeyMod
Inline Picatinny Mount M-Lok
Offset Picatinny Mount KeyMod
Offset Picatinny Mount M-Lok
Offset Picatinny Mount CMR

New Product! Hybrid Contour .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor AR Barrels

Posted on September 23rd, 2015 by ar15news

Criterion Barrels is well known as a supplier of DPMS pattern .308 AR barrels for a wide variety of premium rifle manufacturers. Recognizing the demand generated by individual rifle builders for a premium hand lapped match grade barrel, Criterion has added a full range of mid-weight Hybrid contour .308 AR barrels to their stock model inventory.

Criterion Hybrid contour .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor AR barrels

While many of these designs are available in a traditional stainless steel finish, Criterion has sought to extend barrel service life and improve corrosion resistance by offering models in a chrome lined and salt bath nitride finish. Designed to accommodate a wide spectrum of rifle build configurations, barrels range in length from 16 to 22 inches.

Criterion Hybrid contour .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor AR barrels 1
Most of the new models feature a M118 LR chamber, a design specifically engineered to offer sub-MOA performance with 168 and 175 grain match ammunition. The M118 LR chamber retains the capability to accept both .308 Win and 7.62×51 NATO cartridges. Select models are also available chambered for the popular 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge.

A complete list of dealers and distributors can be found by visiting the .308 AR product page on the Criterion Barrels website.

Rainier Arms Forged Slab Side Upper Blowout

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by ar15news

I received an email yesterday letting me know about a deal that is too good to pass up. Rainier Arms had a ton of their Forged Slab Side Upper Receivers made and actually have too many so they are blowing them out. The Slab Side upper is basically just like your normal forged upper but they have removed the forward assist option and added their logo on the side. 

Rainier Arms Forged Mil Spec Upper no forward assist

You might be thinking “Why no forward assist?” which is logical. I’ve always taught AR shooters that if your bolt did fully go into battery, you are better off to manually cycle the action by pulling back on the charging handle, eject that round and grab a new one instead of using your forward assist to cram something into the chamber that doesn’t want to go in there. Their are very few instances where you would actually “need” a forward assist. It also reduces weight while making the upper more low profile as well.

They are actually very nice uppers. I happen to be using one on my new 9mm AR Pistol I just built and its been awesome. Right now theses are on sale at $69.95 instead of the usual $125, only at

Over the weekend, my friends Jody Lewis and Steve Coulston, made a trip out to Illinois for the 2nd annual Bullpup Shoot. Jody was nice enough to send me some pics and details for a sneak peek of the new “Transformer” rail coming out soon from Manticore Arms that takes the guess work out of “Do I want a KeyMod rail, M-LOK rail or something else?”. 

Instead of deciding on a specific rail and having to decide what type of attachment method you want, the new Manticore Arms Transformer rail lets you swap in different panels. The different panels can have KeyMod slots, M-LOK slots, a smooth texture, grippy texture, etc. and are held in place with screws.

Manticore Arms Transformer Rail 1

You can also mix and match the panels. So lets say you have an M-LOK light mount but your vertical forward grip is KeyMod. Simply replace the corresponding panels and install the accessories that work best for you. If at the moment you don’t have any KeyMod or M-LOK accessories but want to get some down the road, install the textured panels and then add in the required panels once you purchase the accessories. 

Manticore Arms Transformer Rail 1

Manticore Arms Transformer Rail 1

Aside from being able to swap out these panels, the Transformer rail looks great too. It has a patent pending barrel nut, anti rotation tabs and a cool looking 12 o’clock run that has a little bit of rail space at the front and rear of the rail. It is also pretty light weight at 7.4 ounces for a 13″ rail.

Manticore Arms Transformer Rail 1

From what I hear, the Transformer rail will be available within the next 60 days with an MSRP around $249. More details coming soon so keep an eye on the Manticore Facebook page.


Photos by Jody Lewis. He 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. You can follow him on his page XFIREPIX on Facebook.

FrogLube Performance System will once again wear the title of the Official Firearms Lubricant for the NRA-Magpul World Shooting Championships at Glengary, WV on 23-26 September, 2015.

NRA World Shooting Championship Magpul FrogLube 1

Hundreds of professional and amateur competition shooters will engage in diverse array of 12 shooting disciplines to compete for the crown “World’s Best Shooter” during the NRA-Magpul World Shooting Championships. FrogLube is the official firearms lubricant and will be used on all competitor firearms during the match.

NRA World Shooting Championship Magpul FrogLube 1

FrogLube’s system, relied on by many world class competitors, had it’s debut during the 2014 World Shooting Championships and has been asked to return to the range competition at Peacemaker National Training Center by the NRA and Event Staff. Last year’s event saw hundreds of competitors shooting thousands of rounds all day long in grueling environmental conditions. During the 2014 event, the staff closely monitored gun care and performance of all the guns and noted that there was never a ‘stoppage’ attributed to gun care performance.  The FrogLube’s Solvents and CLP lubricants will be used on the hundreds of shared guns in dozens of stage events with almost 300 competitors striving to be crowned the No. 1 shooter in the world.  FrogLube weapons cleaners and lubricants are the industry’s first completely bio-based care and performance system for firearms in the world.

Seekins Precision Rails and Accessories for Ruger Precision Rifle

Posted on September 18th, 2015 by ar15news

Although this is not 100% AR-15 related, I know there are enough of you out there taking a close look at the new Ruger Precision Rifle that it made sense to share it. Seekins Precision announced a few days ago that they will be making accessories for this new rifle. The Ruger Precision Rifle will likely be one of my personal next purchases. Although it is a bolt action rifle, Ruger recognized the abundance of accessories on the market for the AR-15 and made it so their new rifle can accept many AR-15 accessories such as Safety Selectors, Grips, Muzzle Devices, Magazines and Stocks. Seekins Precision will be offering the ATC muzzle break and modified Safety Selector and SP3 rail specifically for the Ruger Precision Rifle. Look for these accessories to be available for purchase soon.

Ruger Precision rifle Seekins 1

Ruger Precision rifle Seekins 1

Ruger Precision rifle Seekins 1

NEW!! POF-USA Renegade+ Rifle

Posted on September 18th, 2015 by ar15news

POF-USA (Patriot Ordnance Factory) recently took the time to listen to what their customers wanted to see in a new rifle. Basically the most common comments were that their customers wanted to see a lighter rifle that is more low profile (less bulky) and something with a different trigger option. This feedback was taken seriously and gave birth to a brand new rifle called the POF-USA Renegade+. It also features POF’s patented E² dual extraction technology which makes FTE’s virtually a thing of the past. This new rifle is going to be pretty much a turnkey rifle with the exception of a set of BUIS and Optics. Take a look at the all new Renegade+ and its specs below.

POF USA Renegade Plus rifle

POF-USA Renegade Plus**
–  16.5” Nitride heat treated barrel, capable of 1 MOA or better
–  Patented E² dual extraction technology
–  14.5” Renegade rail with (4) integrated QD sling mounts and complete M-LOK capability
–  9 position adjustable direct impingement system
–  Ultimate bolt carrier group with roller cam pin upgrade and NP3 coating
–  Triple port muzzle brake
–  3.5lbs, single stage, FLAT drop in trigger system
–  Ambidextrous QD endplate
–  Gen4 lower receiver with completely ambidextrous controls.
–  Tomahawk ambidextrous charging handle
–  Mission First Tactical furniture
–  Weight- 6.4lbs

MSRP: $1899.99
Shipping within 4 weeks!

Magpul Phasing Out All Foliage Green Parts – Save 30%

Posted on September 17th, 2015 by ar15news

Just yesterday, Magpul revealed it will be discontinuing the use of Foliage Green in their product lineup and has placed a 30% discount on all Foliage items. It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise with the popularity of the traditional Black or ever popular FDE furniture. However, Foliage is definitely a great looking color option for you AR that just never caught on as well as others. If you’re looking to outfit your AR with a fresh set of accessories or have been wanting to do a Foliage build, you might want to consider doing it now. The 30% discount applies to all Foliage colored products and does not require any discount code. Check it out now at

Magpul Foliage Green discontinued

We’ve offered most of our products in foliage green for many years now and have found it to be a versatile color. However, with the expansion of the product line, we’ve decided to phase it out and make room for new items. Take advantage of discount pricing on all foliage accessories while supplies last.

Alamo Four Star Announces the DLOC-MRO mount for Trijicon MRO sight

Posted on September 15th, 2015 by ar15news

September 15th, 2015 – Lubbock Texas – Alamo Four Star is pleased to announce the release of the DLOC-MRO.  The DLOC-MRO is a return to zero quick attach mount for the new Trijicon MRO sight.

Utilizing the proven functionality and return to zero capability of the patented DLOC QD-QuickConnect mechanism, the DLOC-MRO provides a rugged solid aluminum mount for the Trijicon MRO sight. The DLOC-MRO provides a 1/3rd co-witness with mil-spec iron sights ensuring users’ability to effectively engage targets in all situations.


Recognized by Trijicon for its outstanding mount design and standard setting quality control, Alamo Four Star was asked early in the MRO development process to develop a DLOC mount for Trijicon’s new red dot reflex sight.

DLOC-MRO-2 copy

“What makes this DLOC-MRO special is it is a‘Return to Zero’ optic mount with 3 recoil lugs,” said Mark Deros CEO of Alamo Four Star. “The DLOC-MRO requires no tools to rapidly attach to the firearm and will fit all mil-spec and non standard picatinny rails.”

Lower 1/3rd Co Witness
QD-QuickConnect Return to Zero
Weight 2 oz.
Overall Length 1.550 inches
MRO Base Length 1.500 inches

The DLOC-MRO is available for purchase now at with an MSRP of $119.

About  Alamo Four Star
Since 2004 Alamo Four Star has been a leading innovator and producer of firearm accessories for military, LE,recreation, and sport shooting. Located in Lubbock, Texas, Alamo Four Star is constantly redefining industry standards holdingsix patents and one pending patent as a testament to the company’s innovation.


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