4TH OF JULY SALE! Black Forge HARD USE BLEM LOWERS are available for $59.95, while supplies last. Our blemished lower receivers have minor cosmetic imperfections and are perfectly functional and ready for use. Visit www.blackforgeweapons.com to order. Happy Independence Day!
Chase Tactical carries a large assortment of Tactical Gear and Weapon Accessories and they are having a 4th of July sale. Enter coupon code “FREEDOM2014” now through July 6th to take 15% off your entire purchase. www.ChaseTactical.com
Been thinking about picking up some awesome new stuff from Centurion Arms? Well, your procrastination is finally paying off. Starting today (7/2/14) and running through Sunday (7/6/14), Centurion Arms is offering a 4th of July sale…..Enter “Freedom2014” at checkout to receive 10% off your order. Plus there will be special items already on sale as well. Only at www.CenturionArms.com.
A few months ago I was given the opportunity to review a new charging handle from Armageddon Tactical. The charging handle is called the GMS-15 which stands for Gas Management System. The GMS-15 is an ambidextrous charging handle for the AR-15 that features a really cool gas management system and a pretty unique look. I’ve spent the last couple of months with it to see how well the Gas Management System works, how well it functions as an Ambi Charging Handle and to see how durable it is.
I’m always up for reviewing some cool new AR part but its not often that you get asked to review a charging handle. You typically think of a charging handle just being a charging handle. However when I first got it in my hands I was pleasantly surprised. It not only looks pretty unique but feels nice and solid. As you can see in the picture below the GMS-15 looks nothing like your standard charging handle.
GAS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The Gas Management System on the GMS-15 is pretty cool. If you’re at all familiar with how a charging handle works you know that the hole at the front of the charging actually goes around the rear end of the gas tube putting it in direct line with the hot nasty gasses that are shot back into your upper with every round fired. With nowhere else to go, quite often those same gasses can be expelled out through the charging handle opening and right into the shooters face. This is especially true for suppressor users as gas blow back can be almost unbearable at times.
The GMS-15 fixes this issue with a vertical port and chamber at the rear of the charging handle. The chamber sticks up a bit taller than a normal charging handle and is machined in a way that it seals off the charging handle opening. Once the gas is redirected through the port and into the chamber, it has nowhere else to go but out throughout two small vents that force the gas away from the shooters face. It’s basically saying “Hey Gas, come on over here and exit through this hole.”
I personally don’t own any suppressors (that reminds me I need to fix that) but I can tell you from the few hundred rounds I was able to shoot behind this charging handle in multiple different guns, I didn’t experience any gas blow back at all. As far as I can tell the GMS-15 did a great job of redirecting any gasses away from my face. The next step will be to send the charging handle to a buddy of mine who does own some suppressors and see what he thinks.
AMBIDEXTROUS FUNCTION OF THE GMS-15
One of the cool parts of the design is that it has no levers to pull on which completely does away with the typical weak roll pin issue you find on your standard AR-15 charging handle. Instead of levers that your hand has to hit to release the latch, you just pull on the head of the charging handle itself. The head and shaft of the charging handle are two separate pieces. With the bolt closed, the shaft has pressure against it which allows the latch to release when you pull back on the handle head. I was able to manipulate the charging handle from either side by pulling straight back on it with the side of my index finger which is how most people do it. I was also able to work it using the palm of my hand as well.
The only snag I ran into (which really isn’t a snag) is when doing reloads left handed with the bolt held open on an empty mag. When shooting right handed you get used to the bolt release on the left side of the lower making it easy to release the bolt and start shooting again. Lefties have to either take their hand off the firing position and hit the bolt release, do some funky over or under move with their right hand to hit the bolt release OR pull back on an ambi charing handle in which case the reloaded mag will force the bolt catch to move allowing the bolt to go forward into battery. With the GMS-15, when the bolt is held back there is no pressure holding the shaft of the charging handle in place so the latch won’t release. This is why they built in what looks like a button on the back of the charging handle head. In reality it is the rear of the charging handle shaft that you can press your thumb on to manipulate the charging handle when the bolt is held open and it works perfect, just with a different technique. This is shown in the following picture however I used my right hand to demonstrate to not block the picture.
The GMS-15 mostly machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum and has a heat treated 4140 Steel latch. From the minute I held the GMS-15 it seemed very solid. A few months later it still feels as solid as day one. The coating on the charging handle is a Teflon infused Anodizing which definitely feels a bit smoother than your standard ano. So far it is holding up very well with no spots wearing off or flaking, etc.
I took my time on this one as I wanted to really make sure to give you a review after use not just a review after snuggling with it on day one. I’ve definitely enjoyed using the Armageddon Tactical GMS-15 charging handle. Its just a good solid piece of kit that works as described. You can expect this new charging handle to sell very well, especially with those who use a suppressor when shooting. The design of the GMS-15 is really cool and unique. There are lots of ambi charging handles on the market and I would put the GMS-15 right up in the mix at the top but not necessarily the King taking into consideration the left hand operation issue with the bolt held open. However, when you add in the awesome Gas Management System it definitely puts it into a different category as an ambidextrous gas blocking charging handle. If you are a suppressor user or even better yet, a left handed suppressor user, this would be a great charging handle to take a look at.
The Armageddon Tactical GMS-15 charging handle is currently available for purchase from Impact Weapons Components, Tactical Link and Armageddon Tactical. We’ve partnered up with Impact Weapons Components for years now and they’ve even given us our own discount code.
Impact Weapons Components is the least expensive route because of our discount code. If you plan on buying one of these charging handles or any other item from IWC, be sure to use the discount code “ar15news” during check at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com to save 5% off your purchase.
Our friends over at KAK Industry have a bunch of items for sale on their website in celebration of Independence Day. The selection of items they have on sale is really impressive. They have everything from barrels and buffer tubes to BCG’s and Uppers available at great prices. A few of deals I would recommend checking out are: KAK Industry Super Sig Tube on sale for $35, Super Sig Tube Complete Kit for $62, KAK Low Profile Gas Block for just $18.50, Lots of KAK barrels on sale, AERO Precision stripped uppers on sale for $59 and the KAK Industry 5.56 BCG for just $90. There are plenty of other deals as well. Thankfully they put them all under one section on the website so head on over and check it out at www.KAKIndustry.com.
Our friends at Midwest PX have a special deal going on for their house brand, Gen 2 billet lower. The lowers by themselves are only $99.95 each which is a pretty killer deal on its own. But they’re also bundling the lower with a their LTG (less trigger group) LPK, ALG Defense ACT trigger and hammer, and choice of a six position milspec receiver extension kit or an A2 extension kit for just $199.95. All you need to do is add a stock and you’ve got a really nice complete lower for the money. If you’re putting together a new build this is definitely something I would recommend looking into. Check out the links and information below.
Link to the lower: http://midwestpx.com/product_i
Link to the bundle: http://midwestpx.com/product_i
Some info on the lowers:
Our premium billet receiver is manufactured for us by a contract machine shop in the US. All operations are performed under one roof to ensure a quality product prior to being sent out for milspec plating. These receiver are made of 7075 billet aluminum which is significantly stronger than 6061. We have a number of extras and upgrades built into this lower such as the threaded bolt catch pin, threaded takedown detent hole, and upper/lower tensioning screw. All hardware to take advantage of these features are provided with each lower at no additional charge. We also opted for a subdued rollmark for a cleaner, more aesthetically-pleasing look.
As with all Midwest PX branded parts, this lower carries a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
*Manufactured from a solid billet aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminum
*Matches forged uppers
*Broached magazine well with drop free design and beveled bottom lip
*Flared magazine well to assist in faster/easier reloads
*CNC deep rotary engraved to exceed ATF depth requirements
*MIL-A-8625 Type III Hard Anodizing (Deep Black)
*Captured take down pin spring/detent (includes hardware, Rear takedown pin spring may need to be trimmed 1/8-1/4″ if set screw is used to give proper tension on pin)
*Upper/lower tensioning screw (includes hardware)
*Threaded bolt catch pin hole (includes hardware)
*Integrated enhanced trigger guard
*Low Shelf design to make full auto conversions for LE, MIL or post sample machine guns easier (RDIAS/RLL)
*Continuous threading through receiver extension hole and pistol grip screw hole
*Compatible with all lower parts kits, milspec and commercial receiver extensions, and most aftermarket parts.
*The Tactical Link AR-15 Enhanced Battery Assist Lever WILL work with the Gen2 PX-15
* Magpul BAD lever will function properly on the Gen2 PX-15
Our friends at 556 Tactical keep rolling out some awesome new AR-15 components. The latest addition is to their already awesome line of rail systems and is called the SKR or Stryke KeyMod Rail. The SKR features the signature 556 Tactical angled cut on the front end of the rail giving it a very unique and awesome look. It also features a different mounting setup with a proprietary barrel nut that attaches to the rail using 6 bolts. As with most KeyMod rails, the SKR has KeyMod slots at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock sides as well as a full length 1913 Picatinny rail section at 12 o’clock. Obviously no rail would be complete without QD Sling Mounts towards the rear on both sides too. The SKR comes in both a 12.1″ and 15″ lengths and are available for purchase right now at www.556Tactical.com. Details and pictures below.
556 Tactical is pleased to announce Stryke Keymod Rail System (SKR). The SKR KeyMod handguards features the KeyMod Interface System developed for multiple accessory compatibility without the need for picatinny rails surrounding your handguard. The improved design enhances the rails comfort and functionality without sacrificing strength or durability. Industry leading features include a solid handguard machined from extruded 6061-T6 aluminum, a continuous top Picatinny rail and QD sling swivel points at the front and rear of the handguard. This super-slim handguard is designed to work with carbine, mid- and rifle length Direct Impingement (DI) gas systems.
Type: 1 Piece Free Float
Length: 15″ and 12.1″
Weight: (15″) 11.8 oz (with barrel nut) 8.9 oz (without barrel nut) AND (12.1″) 10.3oz (with barrel nut) 7.4oz (without barrel nut)
Rails: Continous Top Picatinny Rail, KeyMod Interface System
QD Attachment: Rotation Limited slots front and rear
Internal Dimension: 1.35″
External Dimension: Height: 2.1″; Width: 1.8″
Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
Finish: Mil-Spec Type III Hard Coat Anodized – Black
If you’re a fan of AERO Precision like we are, you’re going to love what we have to tell you next. We’ve been hearing little bits and pieces about the possibility of AERO Precision releasing their own .308 AR receivers but nobody really knew when that would happen. That is until earlier this week when they released not just their own .308 AR receivers but their own custom forging that looks really awesome. Unlike most .308 AR components, AERO Precision was able to keep the cost to basically what you would pay for regular 5.56 AR receivers. The new AERO Precision .308 AR receivers are available separately or in a complete Upper and Lower set. If you’re thinking about building a .308 rifle, this is an awesome, cost effective option. I’m personally thinking about doing a sweet all AERO Precision build using this receiver set and their .308 barrel which I think would be sweet. We shall see. Pricing and links are listed below. GeT sOmE!!
CMC Triggers has really started to become a big name in the AR-15 world. Their triggers are drop-in making them very easy to install, fairly inexpensive for a high performance trigger group and best of all they work great. For the longest time they have only offered Single Stage triggers and their 3.5lb Flat trigger seems to be their most popular model but just yesterday CMC Triggers introduced their new 2-Stage Trigger in both Curved and Flat styles which I’m sure will be another very popular trigger for them.
The Two-Stage CMC Trigger Group is a completely self contained, 100% drop-in, fire control group upgrade for the AR-15, and AR-10 family of rifles. Trigger pull is factory pre-set, is not user adjustable and comes in 1lb set with 3 lb release trigger weights. An ultra-crisp trigger with no feel of creep prior to hammer release. Trigger has a Glass-Smooth Break with no feel of grittiness. Trigger components are fabricated from 8620 alloy steel and S7 Tool steel, machined to exacting tolerances and finished for the longest service life possible. Minimal Lock-time is designed into the assembly using controlled hammer weight and balance and activated using a Rocket Wire hammer spring. Positive Trigger Reset allows a quick follow up shot on target. Trigger is easy to install following the included instructions.
CMC Triggers is offering their initial run of 2-Stage triggers exclusively through REVOLVR. REVOLVR is a gun friendly market place where you are free to sell and buy Guns and Accessories without worrying about having your funds frozen, etc. The best part is they are offering the new 2-Stage trigger at an introductory price of just $185 with FREE SHIPPING. Head on over to www.REVOLVR.com or use the REVOLVR app on your Android phone to snag one for yourself.
SLR Rifleworks continues to bring some awesome components to the M-LOK and KeyMod market. This time they’ve put some focus on accessories for the M-LOK and KeyMod rails such as Rail Sections, Hand Stops and Barricade Stops. The new rail sections look pretty sweet and feature styling that is similar to the SLR Rifleworks rail systems. The accessories that really caught my eye though are the Hand Stops/Barricade Stops. There are two styles of Hand Stops that are both available with either a smooth face or a barricade style face. All of these new accessories will be available in both KeyMod and M-LOK configurations. According to the SLR Rifleworks Facebook page, they will be adding the new KeyMod versions to the website today and M-LOK versions within the next week. You’ll be able to find the new accessories at the following link as they are added to the website. www.SLRRifleworks.com.