I totally missed this deal the other day so I apologize for not telling you about it sooner. Right now it seems like 9 out of 10 new AR builds are AR Pistols. The Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace and accessories for it are a big reason for this huge surge in AR Pistol popularity. Its also why it can be very hard to find deals on those parts right now. Our friends at KAK Industry have extended their “Facebook Follower Special” on all of their awesome SB15 related components and SB15 arm braces through this Sunday (August 10th) at Midnight. They have lots of Black SB15′s, Super Sig Tubes, Complete Kits, etc. to choose from. Right now you can use the discount code “SB-15″ at checkout to save 20% off your SB-15 related components. Details for this sale are listed below.
FROM THE KAK INDUSTRY FACEBOOK PAGE
We are doing a promotion for our Facebook friends as a way of saying thanks for following us. All our great KAK SB-15 pistol tube products are involved. Receive 20% off any SB-15 related item in stock until
the end of the month August 10th at midnight. Use code “SB-15” at checkout.. product must have SB-15 in title to be used with the discount and not available for previous purchases.. Thanks for your support! KURT
A few days ago we showed you guys a sneak peek of the new Battle Arms Development forged lowers we’ve all been anxiously waiting for. We all know Battle Arms Development doesn’t cut any corners with their products and knew if they made a lower they would do some awesome stuff with it but didn’t know to what extent until today. B.A.D. has basically controlled all aspects of the manufacturing of these lowers to create what is sure to be one of the highest quality lowers on the market. They know the price is much higher than you probably expected to pay for a forged lower but they weren’t going for the most affordable lower. They wanted to offer the best receiver you can get. Because of the additional time and effort it takes to produce these lowers they are made in smaller batches. Check out the details and pictures below, then be ready to snag one for yourself before they are all gone.
Battle Arms hold themselves to a high standard of quality for everything they make. This is especially true with their lower receivers. The forgings are of the highest quality. They control all factors to make it that way. The roll mark with their new logo is done with a 3D laser engraver that they do in-house. The receiver extension threads are helical. All of the pin holes are reamed rather than drilled. The flared mag well is cut using wire EDM and there is no flashing or rough areas. All of this adds up in time and money spent that gives them a lower receiver that has the quality that is on a Battle Arms Development level.
- Mil-spec dimensions and holes.
- 7075 T6 aluminum.
- Mil-spec type 3 hard anodizing.
- High quality and tested forgings.
- 3D laser engraved roll mark with Battle Arms’ new logo.
- All pin holes are reamed rather than drilled.
- Helical rear receiver extension threads (not drilled and tapped).
- Wire EDM cut flared mag well.
- Selector stops have been removed.
- 45 degree safety selector compatible
Available for purchase now at www.RainierArms.com
Blitzkrieg Components is primarily best known for their awesome mil spec replacement Chevron front sight posts. Recently they surprised everyone with their new 9mm AR-15 AKTIVE Buffer. The new AKTIVE buffer is designed to cushion the impact between the rear of the Bolt Carrier and the front of the Buffer, dampen the impact at the rear of the Buffer Tube and it also forces the 9mm Bolt Carrier to line up concentric to the inside of the Buffer Tube. All of these things combined reduce felt recoil, helps keep your sights on target for faster followup shots and reduces wear on the firearm. It also makes shooting your 9mm more enjoyable as it will run smoother and quieter. I don’t personally have a 9mm AR…yet…but as soon as I do I will be picking one of these up. Check out the details below. Awesome pics courtesy of Jody Lewis.
Blitzkrieg Components partnered with CTS Engineering to develop a 9mm AR-15 buffer using CTS’s Patent Pending AKTIVE Buffer Technology. The AKTIVE Buffer design uses a solid Stainless Steel buffer body and a 2-stage buffering action to cushion the impact of the Bolt/Bolt Carrier. The buffer has a hard polymer piston head at the front that encloses a captured elastomer shock absorber and has an improved rear bumper. The 2-stage action consists of the piston head compressing the internal elastomer shock absorber, followed by the compression of the rear bumper, creating a much softer impact at the rear of the buffer tube.
The impact of the bolt on the barrel as it goes forward into battery is also less than with a conventional weighted buffer or solid buffer. The hard polymer piston head has been redesigned to support the unique 9mm AR-15 application. It accommodates the solid rear profile of 9mm AR-15 bolts and it provides optimal alignment at all times within the buffer tube. Furthermore, the polymer piston head eliminates buffer tube wear and runs completely quiet. The rear bumper is not only more substantial than a convention bumper, but it is secured to the stainless buffer body with a bolt instead of a flimsy roll pin. The blowback operation of the 9mm AR-15 drives a very heavy bolt (normally16 ounces) much harder than a standard AR-15 BCG and it needs to be dampened as much as possible to optimize the system, reduce wear on the firearm and reduce recoil and sight movement.
The design is simple, yet very effective and will feel softer and run quieter than any conventional AR buffer. Spring noise is also eliminated using this buffer. Most spring noise on 9mm AR15s comes from the abrupt stop of a conventional buffer causing spring vibration. Our buffer dampens the impact for a soft landing which completely eliminates this vibration and noise. The length of this buffer stops the bolt just behind the bolt catch on a 9mm AR-15 without the need for a spacer. We recommend pairing this buffer with our 9mm AR-15 carbine buffer spring or a high quality .308 AR-10 carbine spring to sufficiently slow the rearward bolt velocity. Our high performance buffer springs are available separately as well as in buffer/spring combinations for the ultimate in strength, consistency and extremely long service life.
Weight: 5.2 ounces
Available for purchase now at www.BlitzkriegComponents.com.
About the Photographer: Jody Lewis 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. He is also the Director of Operations and Business Development for Defense Marketing Group. You can follow him on his page XFIREPIX on Facebook.
The Grey Ghost JED Bail Out Bag is designed to be an all-in-one solution for getting out of trouble fast during vehicle operations. Whether going fully armored or low profile civilian style, the JED Bag is a perfect fit.
The Bail Out Bag is configured with plenty of room for whatever you might need to carry, with multiple interior mesh pockets, elastic loops for four 40mm rounds and a zipper that runs the full length of the bag for fast access to everything inside.
The outside of the bag has sections of loop material for attaching hook backed pouches like those from Orange Diamond Concealment, the Tactical Tailor Low-Vis line or other similar pouches from other manufacturers.
Unlike other go-bags on the market, the Grey Ghost JED Bail Out Bag is designed to be fought from, without getting hung up on unnecessary ‘cool’ features that aren’t so cool if they get in the way in a firefight. Despite rumors to the contrary, the JED was not named for the Clampett patriarch (though we like Buddy Ebsen as much as the next guy). No, JED stands for Jim Erwin Developed – and you may rest assured that Erwin’s time working for JSOC helped him design a bada$$ bag.
Available for purchase now for a special introductory price at www.GreyGhostGear.com.
AIM Surplus has two awesome BCG deals going on right now. These are called BDG BCG’s which stands for Budget BCG because they don’t have any extra special laser engraving or radius cuts, etc. Just a great all around, quality Full Auto/M16 BCG. They are offering both Phosphate and Nickel Boron coated versions at awesome prices with FREE SHIPPING. Pricing and details are listed below for both BCGs.
AIM AR/M16 .223/5.56 complete Bolt Carrier Groups. We are having these bolts manufactured to our exacting standards with no Frills added to be able to offer the best BCG at the Best Price! Features 9310 Bolt Material; 8620 Chrome lined carrier and gas key; Properly staked Investment cast gas key hardened to USGI specifications fastened with Hardened Grade 8 Fasteners; Shot peened MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected) Bolt. This is an Excellent Bolt and an Excellent Price!
I just noticed this awesome deal while surfing my Facebook news feed. Radical Firearms is doing a “Facebook Appreciation Deal” that they are not advertising anywhere, not even on their website. If you’ve been jealous of all the AR Pistol builds you’ve been seeing all over, this deal is for you. Right now they are offering a complete AR Pistol including a Sig Sauer SB15 arm brace. You can pick between 5.56 NATO or 300BLK. You can even choose what barrel length you want from 7.5″, 8.5″ or 1o.5″. Whatever you choose, its just $599 plus shipping. Ordering details are listed below.
From the Radical Firearms Facebook page.
“We’re still running our Facebook appreciation deal just for our followers! (We aren’t advertising anywhere but here) For $599.00 + shipping, you get a complete AR Pistol!!! You’ll receive: A Complete Upper in 7.5″ 8.5″ or 10.5″ in 556 or 300 AAC with BCG and Charging Handle, our Pistol Kit w/ Sig Tac Brace, an Aero Precision Lower with our RF LPK, a Milspec Grip and a 30 Round PMAG (if your state allows).
We won’t put this on our website, you’ll have to call the store for this special. Mention “the big guy sent you” and they’ll know exactly what to do.
*Shown in this pic: 10.5″ 5.56 barrel, and 7.5″ 5.56 Barrel”
Because this special is not on their website, etc. you have to call them to get in on it. Mention “the big guy sent you” when you call (281) 207-8788.
I recently built a new sexy looking AR Pistol that I’ve been taking pictures of and have gotten quite a few questions about what components I used, why I set it up the way I did and how its running so far. Its been a while since I did a “Build Details” article so I figured since so many people were interested in this build I would do one on it. This article will basically be a run down of the different components as well as an explanation of why I used them if needed.
We’ve all seen some AR Pistols that have extremely short barrels/uppers. I tend to not go shorter than a 10.5″ barrel on mine as it’s short enough to make them more compact without sacrificing a ton of accuracy or velocity. This whole build started out with a mid length AERO Precision COP Upper and Forged Lower. This is the second AR I’ve built with this receiver set and I love them.
THE AR PISTOL UPPER
The Upper, as I mentioned, features an AERO Precision COP mid length upper with a Parallax Tactical TiN BCG, Magpul MBUS Pro sights and Fortis Mfg Hammer charging handle. For the optic I wanted something very small and compact so I went with the Vortex Optics RAZOR and an American Defense Mfg QD mount. The barrel is an ODIN Works 10.5″ .223 Wylde Stainless Steel barrel with a Primary Weapons CQB comp on the end. The combination of a shorter barrel and the CQB comp makes it perfect for a home defense weapon but the ODIN Works barrel definitely holds up to its reputation as a straight shooter and is absolutely capable of hitting longer range targets with ease. I’ll shoot some 100 yard groups soon and do another writeup for you guys on the accuracy of this 10.5″ AR Pistol.
THE AR PISTOL LOWER
The lower for this build is an AERO Precision lower that I bought as a set with the upper for this build. Both were Cerakoted Tungsten for a unique look. So far I’ve added a Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS-SA short throw selector and EPS Pins, Phase 5 Weapon Systems Winter Trigger Guard, Magpul K2 grip and an Impact Weapons Components QD End Plate sling mount. There is a new ALG Defense ACT trigger waiting for it down stairs that I need to install.
Another feature that should be standard on ALL AR Pistols is the combination of a Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace and an SB15 specific buffer tube such as the KAK Industry Super Sig Tube or Phase 5 Hex-2. These buffer tubes push the SB15 further away from the receiver making the setup a bit more comfortable to shoulder (Shouldering the Sig SB15 is legal according to the ATF). For this build I installed the KAK Super Sig Tube and its awesome. You can even get an adjustment kit of rings that you slide on before installing the SB15 to adjust how far back it sits.
You also might notice the MagPod on the magazine. These will be available for purchase very soon!
THE BUSINESS END
The part I get questions about the most is the business end of the upper. Most people seem to really like this setup so here is a pretty detailed look at it. One of the other reasons I like muzzle devices like the CQB comp is that you can put a light right up to the end of the muzzle and not worry so much about it getting damaged in the blast of the rifle or coated in carbon. My setup consists of a Magpul AFG and a Haley Strategic Partners Thorntail Offset Mount with an INFORCE WML mounted on it. The Thorntail Offset Mount is made by Impact Weapons Components for HSP and is an awesome mount for the WML. It has four slots to mount the WML on and can even be mounted cantilevered like mine is.
As you can see the WML is pushed out almost to the tip of the muzzle. Pushing it further forward not only reduces shadowing in the light beam but also gives you a lot more real-estate to put your hand on a shorter rail.
The next few pictures will show you a detailed look at the complete setup and hand position. While using the AFG I like to put my thumb on top of the rail for a solid grip. To activate the light, all you need to do is slide your thumb to the left and the activation button is right there. This is a very effective and comfortable setup.
If you like this light setup and want to put it on your rifle or pistol build, I would recommend checking out www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. They have the HSP Thorntail Offset Mount, Magpul AFG grip and INFORCE WML light all in-stock. Plus, if you use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout you’ll save 5% off your entire order.
This is definitely my favorite AR Pistol build to date. After a few hundred rounds so far I can tell you it runs like a champ and is absolutely a blast to shoot. The bolt holds open on empty mag, no Failure to Eject, no Failure to Feed, etc. Just an all around accurate AR Pistol that I would not hesitate to grab when my life depended on it.
American Defense Mfg
Battle Arms Development
Impact Weapons Components
Phase 5 Weapon Systems
Primary Weapons Systems
I’ve got to admit, I’ve always been a sucker for a nice watch, but I’m not talking about your super expensive, only wear 5 times a year type watches. I’m a sucker for a watch I can wear every day, all day and has some cool, useful features. That’s why I don’t own a ton of watches. Most watches are lacking in function, not durable enough for daily use and too expensive because of some brand name. Every once in a while I’ll run across a new watch that meets my requirements and I just have to have it, such as the new AR-15 Inspired watch called the Ambush Digital Analog Watch from Smith & Bradley.
Smith & Bradley is a well known watch maker that makes some unique watches. Their new Ambush Digital Analog watch is really cool, built for every day use and features some subtle touches that were inspired by my favorite rifle, the AR-15. The bezel is designed to look similar to a 1913 picatinny rail. The Hour Hand has a red dot on the end and the Minute Hand has a hole like an AR-15 rear sight aperture. Once every hour these two hands line up like a front and rear sight. But that’s not where the “coolness” stops.
The Ambush is a combination Analog and Digital watch that allows you to have have dual time zones, chronograph, alarm, 100 Meter WR and a built in Compass as well. The digital portion has a Blue backlight and the hour and minute hands move out of the way during the digital function so they don’t block any of the digital windows. During compass mode, the Minute Hand points to true North and the Hour Hand shows your current heading. You can watch the video below.
The Ambush is made of very high quality components and is very well thought out. The cool part is you can get in on these early like I am going to and save some money. Smith & Bradley have mastered the CrowdFunding marketing with 2 successful KickStarter campaigns already and a very good reputation for making an awesome watch. Just a few days into their current KickStarter campaign for the Ambush Digital Analog Watch and they are already 66% funded and will undoubtedly blow past their $40,000 goal quickly. By supporting the KickStarter campaign and getting in now you will save over $200 off of what will be the retail price once the campaign is over.
Get more information and fund the Ambush Digital Analog Watch campaign at www.KickStarter.com.
*Photo courtesy of Smith & Bradley*
A few days ago Rainier Arms released their new MTG which stands for Modified Trigger Guard. The MTG is a direct replacement for your standard AR-15 trigger guard with some pretty awesome upgrades. First and Foremost, the MTG does not require the use of roll pins to install it like a standard trigger guard does. Both the front and rear holes of the MTG are tapped and use the supplied screws to hold it in place. Its also curved to allow more room inside the trigger area to accommodate for the use of gloves. and has a unique cutout design that just looks cool. The first run of these sold out within minutes but they just got some more in-stocck and are available for sale again in Black, FDE and 3Gun Red. At just $18.95 shipped its hard to pass these up.
Rainier Arms is known for constantly pushing the envelope on product development. The MTG™ is no exception and another perfect example of striving for perfection. The lines are beautiful and flows and blends perfectly with AR15 forged lowers. The added space in the trigger pocket allows better weapons manipulation while wearing gloves. The chamfered edges towards the rear of the MTG™ adds a great deal of comfort to the resting finger as it rides on the pistol grip. The tapped installation holes with the supplied setscrews allow for easy installation. As well as the designed cutout in the center of the MTG™ which adds additional beauty to this extremely functional trigger guard. Currently offered in Anodized Black, Cerakoted Dark Earth, Rainier Concrete (sold out) & 3Gun Red.
Battle Arms Development has introduced a few new products recently. They first released two new selector levers for their modular BAD-ASS selector. They are also releasing their new Battle Arms Development forged lower receiver very soon and we have a couple of sneak peek pictures. Read more about these new products below.
BAD SHORT CRANK AND SCALLOPED LEVERS
Battle Arms Development BAD-ASS selectors are the industry standard and are used in many rifles as standard equipment. One of the neat things about these selectors is that they are modular and offer different selector lever options. You can choose from a decent selection of short, long, thick, thin, etc. selector levers already but they just recently added two more to their list of available options.
The first lever they added was the Scalloped lever which was originally designed by Military Morons. Depending on the users hand placement on the pistol grip of an AR, the standard (wider) versions of the lever can come in contact with the trigger finger. The Scalloped lever is a modified version of the “Short Standard” lever. The cut some material away from the outside/bottom of the selector lever in a curved design that fits the shape of the finger and keeps it out of contact.
The second lever is the Short Crank. One of the more popular selector models is the Crank model (looks like a car window crank) that Battle Arms Development introduced a while back. People have been asking for a Short version to use on the trigger finger side of the receiver for a while and BAD is always happy to make it happen if there is enough demand. This lever has actually been public for a while but was never added to the website as an available option until now.
Both of these selector levers are available now at www.BattleArmsDevelopment.com
BAD FORGED AR-15 LOWR RECEIVER
We’ve known for a while now that Battle Arms Development would be introducing a new Forged Lower Receiver held to their strict tolerances, featuring their new BAD logo and obviously compatible with their BAD-ASS-ST and BAD-CASS-ST short throw selectors. They just got the first shipment back from plating and they look awesome. (pics below) The first run is going to be sold through Rainier Arms. They are not available just yet but I’ve already asked to be notified prior to them being released so I can let you guys know too. You can also keep an eye out for yourself at www.RainierArms.com.