We’ve posted about the awesome new BCM (Bravo Company Manufacturing) KMR KeyMod handguard in the past and I know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for them to become available for purchase. Aside from the given quality you’ve come to expect from BCM, one of the things I really like about this rail is that it offers KeyMod slots at all of the 45 degree angles too not just at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Today our friends over at Soldier Systems Daily helped launch the release of the KMR for purchase as a standalone product for BCM and we figured we’d help spread the word.
They released both a 10″ and 13″ length today. I’m sure many of you are already thinking you want a different length than just 10″ or 13″ which is to be expected. I’ve not heard whether or not they will offer additional lengths but I would be willing to be their will be as production continues. Take a look at the awesome pictures below that feature some awesome KeyMod components from Impact Weapons Components as well as some of our favorite lights from INFORCE.
The Bravo Company Manufacturing KMR (KeyMod Rail)
Manufactured from an exclusive blended aluminum and magnesium alloy, it weighs 30-40% less than aluminum with the same strength properties. Also featuring a proprietary patent pending mounting, indexing and lock up system that mitigates 12:00 rail movement under heat generated from the barrel nut.
Handguard alone weighs 4.1oz for 10″ and 5.5oz for 13″!
Mounting hardware weighs only 2.2oz, for a total of 6.3oz and 7.7oz respectively.
The KMR’s propriety finish was originally developed for the Aerospace industry. It is a plasma deposition process which creates a stabilized ceramic-like surface coating with superior wear and scratch resistance when compared to anodize or even hard chrome. The stabilized nature of the coating means it has a higher corrosion resistance as well, due to the lack of ‘pores’ in the surface.
The KeyMod™ interface system was developed by Eric Kincel (now the Director of BCMs’ product development team) to work in parallel with the current picatinny system. In many applications it will advance modularity past the current 1913 rail system.
The BCM KMR also allows for a larger range of modularity offering 4 different offset mounting positions between traditional 3,6,9, and 12:00 positions.
In the most basic of applications the KeyMod™ system allows for universal modularity between various manufacturers of accessories, and accessory rails. A big win for the trigger puller. As the industry advances the modular accessories will mount directly to the KeyMod™ instead of picatinny, allowing for a lighter, cleaner, and less bulky weapon system.
BCM KMR 10″ available here: http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-KMR10-Free-Float-Handguard-p/bcm-kmr10.htm
BCM KMR 13″ available here: http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-KMR13-Free-Float-Handguard-p/bcm-kmr13.htm
BCM KMR Complete Uppers available here: http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-Upper-Receiver-Groups-with-KeyMod-KMR-s/174.htm
According to the AERO Precision Facebook page they will be releasing a new Billet Trigger Guard very soon. I know over-sized or winter trigger guards aren’t really anything new but there are a couple of things that I think will make this an awesome option. First, 9 out of 10 people right now go with the polymer Magpul MOE trigger guard which is just plastic. This new trigger guard will be CNC machined from aluminum and knowing AERO will have a great fit with a milspec forged lower. Second, the AERO Precision billet trigger guard will be available in Black (anodized) for just $20 and also available Cerakoted in multiple different colors for just $25 to match up with the AERO Precision Cerakoted lowers. I’m picturing a sweet FDE Cerakoted Upper/Lower combo with an FDE Cerakoted trigger guard, etc. Would make for a really great looking setup. These will be available very soon. Keep an eye out on www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com and the AERO Precision Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our friends at Iron Sight 15 have a couple of really great bundle deals going on right now. Both bundles include an IS15 Forged Upper Receiver, Upper Parts Kit (forward assist and dust cover assembly), ARCH charging handle and either a Phosphate AR15/M16 BCG or Nickel Boron AR15/M16 BCG. Basically everything you need for a complete upper except for a rail, barrel and gas system. I personally have a couple of IS15 forged uppers and a BCG and they are great products. They also gave us a special discount code for our readers. Use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout to save an additional $5 off of the already low prices. Pictures and links below.
Not really much to say about this other than…GeT sOmE!! This is Palmetto State Armory’s “Daily Deal” so it’s only going to be available until noon tomorrow. Just $499.99 for a premium rifle build kit and $59.99 for a cosmetic blem PSA forged lower. Only $560 plus shipping for a complete Milspec 5.56 AR. The build kit even includes a Full Auto Carrier, Carpenter 158 Bolt, Chrome lined FN made M4 barrel, etc. I’ve put both of the links you’ll need below. I can’t even tell you how good of a deal this is. Don’t waste $700 on an off the shelf commercial grade piece of junk when you can buy this kit and build a rifle that will be something you can beat the crap out of and still pass it on down to your kids.
**UPDATE** Well, that didn’t take long. The build kit is now sold out. Sorry guys. Will let you know when this deal comes around again.
AERO Precision has been just killing it lately not only with some awesome new products but with the price points they are coming in at. A couple of weeks ago they introduced their 16″ M4 barrel and now are introducing the new 7.5″ Pistol Length barrel which would be great for an SBR or AR Pistol. These aren’t just cheap junk barrels either. These are 4150 CMV (Chrome Moly Vanadium) with a QPQ (aka Nitride or Melonite) coating inside and out which offers great corrosion resistance as well as a more durable barrel lining vs chrome lining. Plus they are HPT (High Pressure Tested) and MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected) as well. These are the same barrels that AERO Precision is using in their complete uppers. Additional lengths, gas lengths and calibers will be coming this year. If you’re looking for a barrel like this, at just $150, these are a great deal on a quality barrel. Check them out at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.
Our AR15 barrels help you to build a custom AR15 from the ground up. Mil-spec dimensions and coating ensure the highest quality and correct component interface.
- 7.5″ barrel, 5.56 chamber, 1 in 7 twist
- 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium, QPQ corrosion resistant finish
- .750 gas block journal, .0625 gas port
- Pistol length gas system
- M4 barrel extension
- HP and MPI tested
- 17.25 oz