Our friends at Ballistic Advantage make some pretty sweet AR Barrels. I just noticed that all of their 5.45×39 barrels are on sale through the end of the month. 5.45×39 is a round used in Russian weapons such as the AK74 but recently gained popularity in the AR market due to its inexpensive prices. Unfortunately the least expensive version of 5.45×39 ammunition, 7N6, was banned from import but you can still find standard 5.45×39 ammunition for just over $.20 per round. Ballistic Advantage offers 16 different 5.45×39 barrels including 7.5″, 10.5″, 14.5″, 16″, 18″ SPR, 20″ DMR and more of different barrel contours. All barrels have a QPQ corrosion resistant coating and include a Wolf Extra Power Hammer Spring. This is one of, if not the largest selection of 5.45×39 barrels I’ve seen and they are ALL on sale right now for just $150 each. If you’re like me and stocked up on 5.45×39 ammo before the ban happened or just want to build something a bit different, now is a great time to do it at www.BallisticAdvantage.com.
Most of you have probably heard of Dustin Ellermann. Dustin not only was the Grand Prize Winner of Season 3 on Top Shot, he’s also the director of Camp His Way and has the reputation as one of the nicest all around guys you’ll meet. He just introduced a new AR Dust Cover that has the laser engraving “Pray Hard” on the outside and “Shoot Straight” on the inside. The sale of these Dust Covers as well as other products on his website go towards helping fund Camp His Way. If you like the message and want to support Dustin and Camp His Way, head on over to www.TopShotDustin.com and get one for yourself.
Shellback Tactical is now carrying MTEK Weapon Systems Products including the lightweight Critical Protection Inserts for your plate carriers and the awesome FAST or Facial Armor SysTem that attaches to your MICH/ACH style Helmet. MTEK also makes some accessories such as the Versa Rail System, MWS Blast Visor, CSP-1 and more. For more information and details on the MTEK Weapons Systems line of products, head on over to www.ShellbackTactical.com.
Radical Firearms has teamed up with Seekins Precision to create the new “Radical Rail” which to me looks like a hybrid of the MCSRv2 KeyMod rail and a BAR quad rail. I’m really digging the looks. You basically have a full length 12 0′clock rail and shorter rail sections at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock with KeyMod filling the rest of the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock surface. It definitely looks great. The internal diameter is large enough to easily accommodate most suppressors or muzzle devices such as the Noveske KX3, PWS CQB comp, etc. Plus you know if Seekins Precision made it, its good to go. Check out the pictures below. You can purchase the 15″ version now at www.RadicalFirearms.com.
The Radical Rail System offers a larger inside diameter designed to accommodate your suppressor or for those that like the feel of a full sized quad rail. At 1.8” inside diameter your suppressor easily fits inside and the cutouts on the rail aid in rapid cooling. The Radical Rail System features anti-rotation tabs, built in non-rotating QD sling mounts, Key-mod rails that allow you to run without rail covers, allows any accessories and is hard anodize coated and super awesome if we say so ourselves. The Radical Rail is available in three different lengths, 9”(13.1oz), 13”(18.6oz) and 15”(21.2oz). Installation is a breeze using the standard USGI barrel nut wrench and ships with all mounting hardware and shims for proper barrel nut alignment.. (This is a special Rail developed by Radical Firearms and Seekins Precision and is the exclusive rail used by OSS Mission Suppressors).
• 7075 Construction
• 1pc free float design
• Billet Aluminum barrel nut
• Seamless top rail
• Key-mod Design to accept any accessory
• Mil-Spec 1913 Picatinny Rails
• 1.8” inside diameter to accept any suppressor
• Anti-rotation tabs
• Type III Class 2 Hard-coat Anodized Finish
• 3 Machined in Anti-Rotation QD sling mounts
• Scalloped rails for comfort
My buddy Rob over at TacStrike makes some really awesome Steel Targets and Target Carriers. One of his most popular target carriers is the CPaSS which stands for “Carrier: Portable and Self Staking”. As you may have gathered from the name, it is a Target Carrier that is portable because it folds up into an easily carried shape. It also features a leg that folds out and stakes into the ground to add stability and keep your target from falling over when the wind blows. All you do after that is add some 2×2 wooden posts, attach a target and you’re ready to blast away. Right now he has these target carriers on sale for just $40.50 but there are not a ton left in-stock. Jump on one of these before they’re all gone at www.TacStrike.com.
V7 Weapon Systems has introduced a pretty sweet looking lightweight rail system called the MPR or Multi Purpose Rail. It features small rail sections at 3, 6 and 9 0′clock towards the front of the rail along with a full length 12 o’clock rail section. At just 12.6 ounces it is very light for a 13.5″ long rail. Check out the pictures and details below. You can purchase one for yourself at www.V7WeaponSystems.com.
-CONSTRUCTED FROM AVIATION GRADE ALUMINUM
-TYPE III HARDCOAT ANODIZED
-4 INTEGRATED QD MOUNTING POINTS
-WEIGHS 12.6 OZ
-INLCUDES 8 TORX PLUS BUTTON HEAD CAP SCREWS
BARREL NUT FEATURES:
-V7 EASY MOUNT SYSTEM
-BARREL NUT CAN BE TORQUED USING 1″ OR 1 1/8″ WRENCH
-EASILY TIMED WITH 32 INDIVIDUAL MOUNTING POINTS
-WEIGHS 2.6 OZ
Most people, even with limited gun experience, know the name Hogue. They are pretty synonymous with any type of rubber OverMolded grip for Handguns or Rifles. Recently they decided to add a few more products to their lineup. The recently released products include an AR-15 collapsible stock and a new G-10 AR-15 Trigger Guard.
The Hogue collapsible stock made from a lightweight reinforced polymer coming in at just 8.3 ounces and features rubber OverMolded sections on the Buttpad and Cheek Rest area. The stock has an Anti Rattle design, 3 different QD sling attachment points and is made in the USA with a starting MSRP of just $59.95. Details and purchasing info at www.HogueStore.com.
The other recent addition we mentioned is the G-10 Trigger Guard. These Trigger Guards come in the standard Flat style and in a Contoured (aka Winter Trigger Guard) style. G-10 is a very strong lightweight material that is typically used in making knife handles. I’m not so much a huge fan of the straight design but the Contoured ones look pretty neat. These are also available at www.HogueStore.com starting at $24.95 each.
AERO Precision has 3 different barrels on sale right now and is offering FREE SHIPPING on them as well. All 3 barrels are made of CMV steel, have M4 feed ramps, .750 Gas Seats, a black QPQ treatment and are all HP and MPI tested.
First is the 10.5″ 5.56 Carbine Length barrel with a pinned Front Sight Base.
Second is the 14.5″ 5.56 Mid Length barrel.
Third is a 10″ 300BLK Pistol Length barrel.
Devil Dog Concepts, a company owned and operated buy two former Marine Corp Sergeants, has just introduced their new Left Side Forward Charging Handle which they are calling the “Hard Charger”. This systems replaces your existing AR-15 charging handle with a new system giving you a larger handle that is positioned on the left side and positioned further forward towards the front of the upper receiver thus converting your current standard upper to a side charging upper. At this point, you’re probably thinking “This sounds familiar”. There have been a few different companies who have made side charger systems but what makes this system different is that it incorporates an additional mount that clamps onto the forward most portion of picatinny rail section on the upper receiver. This should address all tilt/binding issues of the Side Charing Systems that have come before.
Side Charging uppers are kind of a touchy subject. Most people are either a die hard fan or staunch critic. There are very few who are on the fence. Whether using this Hard Charger system or a conventional Side Charging Upper, they offer the functionality of a further forward, more comfortable position for the charging handle and offer a larger latch to make charging the weapon easier while in the prone position and when you are using optics with larger mounts, etc.
PRO’s and CON’s
Both types of side charging systems have their own PRO’s and CON’s. Some PRO’s for the “Hard Charger” type of side charging system is that it is non-reciprocating, meaning it does not move back and forth with every shot and that you can easily upgrade your current rifle with it in minutes.
A couple of PRO’s for the conventional side charging system is that it completely eliminates the Charging Handle all together making the use of accessories like Cheek Risers, etc easier and helps with gas blow back so long as the charging handle slot is closed up properly. You can also charge the weapon easier without moving your cheek from the firing position because there is no charging handle coming back at your face. The knob that you use to charge the weapon is also a forward assist.
So as you can see, this comes down to user preference. If you are interested in having a side charger system, you have to decide what type of system you want to go with. For this type of side charging system, the Hard Charger from Devil Dog Concepts looks to be a good option to try. More details and purchase information are available at www.DevilDogConcepts.com.
**Just to clarify, I do not have one of these systems myself. As with most of the articles I write, it is meant to inform our readers of new parts and accessories, not necessarily a recommendation or review unless specifically stated as such.**
Our friends at Damage Industries just received some Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Braces in both Black and FDE. They just so happen to be offering a site wide Summer Savings of 30%. Use the code “SUMMER30” at checkout and the price drops down to just $98 which is the cheapest I’ve seen anywhere. Snag a couple more for yourself at www.DamageIndustriesLLC.com.
Sig Arm braces back in stock: Black & FDE available
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