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Just a quick FYI. PSA just announced their Daily Deal which is 1,000 rounds of Federal .223 55gr FMJ for just $380. If you’re looking for some affordable American made ammo, this is another good option. Check it out at www.PalmettoStateArmory.com.

PSA Federal Ammo Deal 620

NEW!! Impact Weapons Components SCAR QD Sling Mount

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by ar15news

Every so often we’ll run across an item that, while it may not be an AR-15 related product, merits posting about on the website. One of our friends in the industry, Impact Weapons Components, makes a ton of products for different popular weapon platforms. Lately they’ve created some really cool products for the FN SCAR series of rifles. As with most rifles, the manufacturer never really thinks through the design 100% which leaves some room for improvement. If you’re familiar with the FN SCAR you’ll know that they don’t come with any QD Sling Mounts anywhere on the gun. Seems kind of odd for such a pricey rifle. Instead they have 3 small loops to attach hooks or shackles to which isn’t always preferred. IWC has come up with a pretty slick solution to this problem.

Basically they have machined very small rotation limited QD Sling Mounts out of solid 303 Stainless Steel that fit right into the existing sling loops and lock in place. This now gives you easy to access QD Sling Mounts for any FN SCAR and opens up your options when picking a sling for your rifle. They even thought to make one for you lefties that mounts on the right side of the rifle as well. 

IWC SCAR QD Sling Mount 2

IWC SCAR QD Sling Mount 2

The SCAR QD Sling Mounts are Black Melonite coated as shown in the image below which gives them excellent wear and corrosion resistance. Obviously not everyone has an FN SCAR and not every FN SCAR owner will feel the need to upgrade to QD Sling Mounts but if you’re one that has wished there was a high quality (not cheap aluminum) option to fix this issue, this is the product you’ve been waiting for.

IWC SCAR QD Sling Mount 2

These new SCAR QD Sling Mounts cost less than $35 and are now available for purchase at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. As with most products on IWC’s website, use the code “ar15news” at checkout to save 5%. GeT sOmE!!

www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com

NEW!! JFE Custom MultiCam BCM 14.5″ Carbine

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by ar15news

Joint Force Enterprises has for quite a while now been known for their awesome weapon coatings. JFE has partnered up with numerous firearms manufacturers over the years, including coating all of the BCM Jack Carbines for HSP, but had never offered any complete firearms for sale themselves. That is until now. JFE recently teamed up with BCM (Bravo Company Manufacturing), B5 Systems, Black Widow Armament and Magpul to offer a really sweet looking rifle that should shoot as awesome as it looks. They just started the pre-order on these rifles which I expect to sell very fast. Check out the pics and details below. 

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

Joint Force Enterprises 14.5 BCM Carbine Multicam 1

As you can see, this thing looks pretty amazing. Cliff and the guys at JFE are masters in the coating business and have people raving about their work. Now add in BCM (one of the most desirable AR builders out there), B5 Systems, Black Widow Armament and Magpul and you’ve got a winning combination. Ordering details are listed below. 

TAKING PRE-ORDERS NOW

-  14.5″ BCM Carbine
–  13″ BCM KMR Rail
–  Pinned and Welded BCM Comp
–  BCM Mod 4 Charging Handle
–  B5 Systems Bravo Stock
–  BCM Pistol Grip
–  Magpul Pro Flip-up Sights
–  Black Widow Armament NoMar Qds End Plate
–  Coated in Multicam
–  Laser Engraved JFE Markings
–  Comes with certificate for 15% off your next coating project with JFE.

*Optic and Light not included

Total package price $1,999.00 plus shipping.

Please contact us at 904-993-3574 or email us at jointforce1@gmail.com to place orders.

You can also check out Joint Force Enterprises on Facebook.

AERO Precision – FREE SHIPPING

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by ar15news

AERO Precision is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $150 through the end of the month.  If you’ve been sitting on the fence just waiting on that little extra push to buy some new parts, this just might do the trick. Basically this means all of the new AERO Precision barrels will qualify for Free Shipping. So will the COP Uppers, Stripped Receiver Sets (Upper and Lower together), Gen2 Ambi Lowers or any other combination of parts that gets you over the $150 mark. Head on over and check out the products on their website. We’ve written a lot about AERO Precision parts. They make great quality products at a very affordable price point. www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

AERO Precision Receiver COP LowerHere is one of my complete AERO Precision rifles (except the barrel). AERO Precision mid length COP upper with a Gen1 Ambi lower. The Aimpoint is mounted in an AERO Precision 30mm Cantilever Scope Mount.

New!! Rainier Arms Piston Uppers – Smoking Hot Deals

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by ar15news

Rainier Arms recently launched a line of complete Piston AR-15 Uppers that they have hand built using their high quality Rainier Arms parts and Adams Arms Mid Length Piston kits. I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too. “Oh great. Another expensive Piston upper”. Thankfully that is not the case.

Rainier Arms Force Piston Upper

The Rainier Arms Piston Series uppers all feature the new VooDoo Innovations Melonite coated barrels, Rainier Arms Compensator (RAC), Rainier Arms Milspec upper and the Adams Arms Complete Piston Kit including BCG and Charging Handle. They are offering two models, the Base and the Force. Both models come in your choice of 14.5″ and 16″ lengths. The Base is exactly what you would assume, a more basic upper with standard plastic hand guards. The Force model upgrades to one of the brand new Rainier Arms Force KeyMod rails. 

Base Piston 5.56 Uppers in both 14.5″ and 16″ models are priced at just $575 each. The upgrade to a Rainier Arms Force KeyMod rail only costs another $120. Check out the pictures and details below. If I were had some extra funds for a new upper this would definitely be at the top of the list. Links to purchase are listed below. Get on it before everyone finds out about these and they sell out.

Rainier Arms BASE Piston 5.56 Complete Upper – 14.5″ – $575
Rainier Arms BASE Piston 5.56 Complete Upper – 16″ – $575

Rainier Arms Force Piston Upper

Rainier Arms FORCE Piston 5.56 Complete Upper – 14.5″ –  $695
Rainier Arms FORCE Piston 5.56 Complete Upper – 16″ –  $695

Rainier Arms Force Piston Upper

NEW!! Torch Backup Light from Mission First Tactical

Posted on March 26th, 2014 by ar15news

Mission First Tactical just released a new product called the Torch Backup Light. As you can probably guess from the name the TBL is not intended to be a your main tactical light but was designed from the ground up as a low output light that will illuminate your immediate surroundings or act as a backup in case your main light goes out. Many of your more expensive tactical lights will have a low output light mode but it requires you to either cycle through other light modes, etc which means you could accidentally turn on your brights when you don’t want to. The TBL’s super low profile design makes it very easy to keep mounted on your rifle at the same time so you don’t have to mess with your standard light when needed.

620 MFT TBL 1

The TBL comes in 3 different models. First is a standard White Light model which features 20 lumens of white light. The next two, to me anyways, are the ones that make the most sense. Second is a White/Red Light model which features 10 lumens of either white or red light. Third is an IR/Red Model which offers 10 lumens of either IR or Red Light. I like that they give you the option for Red and IR light as red light doesn’t give you that blind spot in your eyes like white light can and the IR will work great with night vision without blinding the operator.

620 MFT TBL 1

620 MFT TBL 1

The TBL’s are all manufactured right here in the USA by very well known light manufacturer Princeton Tech. Depending on the mode, it has up to a 24 hour hour burn time on a simple watch battery and it has a IPX7 waterproof rating meaning it can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Check out the 3 different Torch Backup Light models and their respective specs at www.MissionFirstTactical.com.

NEW!! VG6 Stainless Steel & Bead Blasted GAMMA556 Brake

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by ar15news

I think I’m going to need a few of these! VG6 Precision just released two new versions of their awesome GAMMA556 muzzle brake. The standard finish for the GAMMA556 is a semi-gloss Black Nitride. Now you can purchase the same great performance as the original GAMMA556 brake but with your choice of a raw Stainless Steel finish (on the right) or in a Bead Blasted finish (on the left). The Stainless Steel finish is more of a bright or shiny look and the Bead Blasted has more of a satin look to it. I have one of the regular black ones and it does a great job at reducing both felt recoil and muzzle rise. With the popularity of stainless steel barrels, these new finishes give you a few more options in making your muzzle brake match the setup or look of your gun. They even look cool with black barrels as well. Check these new brakes out at www.VG6Precision.com

620 VG6 Precision Stainless and Bead Blast GAMMA

Not all muzzle devices are created the same.  There aren’t many muzzle brakes and compensators that ‘understand’ proper high-pressure gas dynamics.  The VG6 GAMMA 556 was designed using state of the art engineering techniques, utilizing CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering).  100% CNC machined for optimal performance.  Stainless steel construction for longevity.

The VG6 GAMMA 556 is a muzzle brake and compensator hybrid.  It virtually eliminates recoil and minimizes muzzle movement.  The unique combination of both braking and compensating features inspire shooter confidence and allows the shooter to make very fast follow up shots.

The VG6 GAMMA 556 has been tuned for versatility as well.  The brake has been optimized for 10.5″ to 18.5″ barrel lengths, but ultra-shorty SBRs and AR-Pistols with shorter barrels and full sized 20″ rifles will benefit greatly from the muzzle brake as well.

Specifications
-  Material : 17-4ph® Heat Treated Stainless Steel
–  Finish : Bead Blasted – Matt Silver
–  Caliber : 5.56mm/.223 Rem.  only
–  Thread : 1/2-28 RH
–  Installation : Crush Washer (included), Installation should be done by a qualified gunsmith.

www.VG6Precision.com

March End Plate Madness Sale at Damage Industries

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by ar15news

One of the things I love most about Damage Industries is that they only put out very high quality parts. I’ve used their parts on many rifles and have never regretted it and I’ve never heard of anyone who has. Another reason I like them so much…they like to put together a sale once a month and we all love a good sale. This month they’ve put all of their AR-15 End Plate’s on sale. Plus you can add a QD Swivel for just $10. Check out the details below. 

620 End Plate Madness

END PLATE MADNESS SALE!
All styles of our end plates are on sale – PLUS add a qd swivel to your end plate order for only $10! (Tell us in your order comments which swivel you want, or we’ll pick one at random for you.)

USGI M4 End Plate $2.10
Ambi Snap Hook End Plate $10.00
Tri QD End Plate $24
Ambi QD End Plate $24
Single QD End Plate $13.50
Thin Profile Single QD End Plate (Steel or Aluminum) $13.50
MAD End Plate Mk I (Multi-Adaptable Design) $17.00
MAD End Plate Mk II (Multi-Adaptable Design) $15.00

Sale link: http://damageindustriesllc.com/product-category/169

VooDoo Innovations 5.45×39 AR Upper Build / Review

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by ar15news

Whether you train with an AR-15 or just shoot a lot you know how expensive it can be. Ammo costs have skyrocketed in recent years and what we would normally consider affordable ammo is either non-existent or double the price of what it used to be. This is what got me to really start looking for a more affordable and readily available ammunition option. I wanted something that would feel and shoot similar to my normal 5.56×45 AR-15’s and the answer was Russian surplus 5.45×39 ammo. It can be found just about anywhere for roughly half of what it would cost to buy 5.56 and it shoots very similar to a 5.56 upper. Now I just needed to figure out what parts I needed to build my upper. 

As it usually happens, great minds are thinking alike :) and the guys at VooDoo Innovations (Sister company to Adams Arms) were getting ready to introduce a 5.45×39 Conversion Kit that included everything you would need to convert an existing AR-15 upper over to 5.45×39 but it also would make for a great kit to build a new upper with. I had originally just written an article and shared the info with you guys but when they found out I was interested in building an upper myself they offered to let me review one which of course made my day.

The 5.45×39 Conversion Kit from VooDoo Innovations is offered in both Carbine and Mid Length versions. I have to admit I had no idea what to expect when building this upper. Quite a few people told me that 5.45×39 is hard to get to cycle correctly, has hard primers, dirty ammo, etc. I decided standard with AR’s which is a carbine length gas system and then adjust things as needed from there. The kit showed up with a 16″ Melonite coated Carbine Length barrel, a Melonite coated 5.45×39 bolt, a Melonite coated A2 flash hider, one 5.45×39 ASC Stainless Steel magazine and a High Power Hammer Spring to ensure ignition even with harder primers. 

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

If you’re looking to build a 5.45×39 upper you’re going to hear a lot about how corrosive it is. You can either clean your rifle a lot or get parts that are designed to deal with it. As I mentioned, the barrel, flash hider and bolt are all Melonite coated which is perfect for the corrosive Russian 5.45×39 surplus ammo. The Melonite coating is on the inside and out of the barrel and which gives it awesome protection against corrosion and extreme durability. The deep black coating looks really great too.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

It just so happened that at the same time I received a box of goodies from my friends at Geissele Automatics. In it was a new SMR MK5 KeyMod rail, Super Gas Block and an SD-3G trigger (more on the trigger in a few). I knew immediately that I was going to put the SMR MK5 rail and gas block on this upper and got it all assembled. I added a few of my favorite KeyMod accessories which are the QD Sling Mount and Handstop pictured below from Impact Weapons Components

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

For this build I went with what receivers I had on hand which was a forged upper from IS Fifteen and an AERO Precision Ambi forged mil spec lower. This particular lower is actually my favorite forged lower because it has the PDQ Lever installed and works great. Because I didn’t have a matched forged receiver set the fit was pretty tight. I installed a set of Battle Arms Development EPS (Enhanced Pin Set) pins and it made it much easier to push the pins in and out to separate the receivers. As you can see I decided to go with the Geissele SD-3G trigger. I was tempted to use a standard mil spec trigger with the High Power Hammer Spring instead of the SD-3G but I really wanted to try what I would normally do to an AR first and adjust things later. This ended up being a great decision.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

At this point the rifle was done. I had added a Trijicon SRS red dot, some Troy BUIS, Rainer Arms RAPTOR charging handle, etc. I had purchased 1,080 rounds of 5.45×39 from AIM Surplus for $170 plus shipping. I still hadn’t shot it so the next step was to hit the range and do some function testing, nail down any issues and make any necessary changes…or so I thought.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

I ended up taking the completed 5.45×39 rifle out to the range in 19 degree weather with some crazy blowing snow. If you’re gonna test something why not take it to the extreme, right!? After an initial inspection verifying that everything seemed to be installed correctly and functioning right it was time to shoot it. The main things I was keeping an eye out for were feeding issues, ejection issues, light primer strikes and making sure the bolt held open on an empty mag.

To start I put 2 rounds of 5.45×39 in the supplied mag, inserted it into the magwell and fired away. The first round fed into the upper very smooth. I pulled the trigger on the Geissele SD-3G and sure enough, BANG! First round fired properly. I check to see that the round had ejected properly, which it did and was laying on the ground to my right. I pulled the trigger again and just as it did the first time it sent a round down range with a great sounding crack! Remember I had only loaded 2 rounds so a quick twist of the rifle to my left and I can see that the bolt has definitely held open on the empty mag. (FYI, unlike what some people told me, 5.45×39 does not work in a PMAG unless its modified)

Right now I was pretty happy! I decided to load up a full mag and have at it. After a bit of sighting in we set a 6″x6″ steel plate about 75 yards down range and went medieval on it. Trigger pull after trigger pull, in extreme cold conditions, it continued to perform flawlessly. We were able to repeatedly blast that 6″x6″ plate with ease from a standing position. The Geissele SD-3G trigger had absolutely no issue igniting those hard Russian primers.

620 VooDoo Innovations 5.45x39 Upper Build 1

Surprisingly, this upper is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I simply can’t say enough good things about it. So far I have put over 300 rounds through this upper and have not experienced a single Failure To Feed, Failure To Eject, Light Primer Strike or any malfunction of any kind. I didn’t have to make a single adjustment to the upper after assembly. I’m very happy with the quality of the components and it’s proven to be very accurate. On my next trip to the range I’ll get some bench shooting in and grab some data on grouping at 100 yards, etc. If you’re on the fence about building a 5.45×39 upper or just looking for a more affordable option for the range, don’t hesitate. This 5.45×39 Conversion Kit from VooDoo Innovations is something I would recommend all day long. Quick thanks to VooDoo Innovations for making an awesome product and letting me get my hands on it.

I wanted to make it easy on you so below is a list of links to purchase the items I used in this build.

First and Foremost
VooDoo Innovations 5.45×39 Conversion Kits and Parts
5.45×39 Ammunition at AIM Surplus (big shipment coming in this week so get on the email list)

Additional Components
Geissele Automatics SMR Rails, Triggers and Gas Blocks
Impact Weapons Components KeyMod accessories. (Use code “ar15news” to save 5%)
Battle Arms Development EPS pin set and Safety Selector
Rainier Arms Raptor charging handle
AERO Precision Ambi Forged Lower
IS Fifteen Forged Upper
Trijicon SRS Red Dot
Magpul Stock and Grip
Phase 5 Weapon Systems Trigger Guard

Faxon Firearms Std AR-15 Barrels Now Available for Purchase

Posted on March 22nd, 2014 by ar15news

Faxon Firearms is well known for their innovative piston driven upper receiver called the ARAK-21. They’ve now taken their firearms manufacturing expertise to a whole new arena which is producing very nice barrels at a price that any DIY AR builder can afford. They currently have 3 different barrels to choose from. Two of them are CMV barrels (one 14.5″ Mid Length and one 16″ M4 Profile) that are Black Nitride coated. The other is a beautiful 16″ 416R Stainless Steel barrel with fluting in front and behind the gas seat. The barrels are proof tested and Magnetic Particle Inspected and made right here in the USA at Faxon Firearms from high quality solid bar stock. Take a look at the pics and details below. All three barrels are available for purchase at www.FaxonFirearms.com.

620 Faxon Firearms AR15 CMV Midlength barrel Final

 

AR-15 5.56 NATO – 14.5″  –  Just $145
• Barrel Material: Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel
• Barrel Type: Button Rifled
• Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
• Barrel Twist: 1:7
• Barrel Length: 14.5″
• Barrel Profile: Rifle Profile
• Barrel Gas System: Mid-Length
• Inside Finish: “Black Nitride”
• Outside Finish: “Black Nitride”
• Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
• Gas Block Diameter: .750″
• Gas Port Diameter: .076″
• Barrel Extension: M4
• Weight: 2 lbs

620 Faxon Firearms AR15 CMV M4 barrel Final

 

AR-15 5.56 NATO M4 Profile 16″  –  Just $145
• Barrel Material: Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel
• Barrel Type: Button Rifled
• Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
• Barrel Twist: 1:7
• Barrel Length: 16″
• Barrel Profile: M4 Profile
• Barrel Gas System: Carbine
• Inside Finish: “Black Nitride”
• Outside Finish: “Black Nitride”
• Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
• Gas Block Diameter: .750″
• Gas Port Diameter: .062″
• Barrel Extension: M4

• Weight: 1 lbs 12 oz

620 Faxon Firearms AR15 416R SS Fluted barrel Final

AR-15 5.56 NATO Stainless Fluted 16″  –  Just $209
• Barrel Material: 416R Stainless 
• Barrel Type: Button Rifled 
• Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
• Barrel Twist: 1:8
• Barrel Length: 16″
• Barrel Profile: Heavy-Fluted
• Barrel Gas System: Mid-Length
• Inside Finish: “Blasted”
• Outside Finish: “Raw”
• Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
• Gas Block Diameter: .750″
• Gas Port Diameter: .062″
• Barrel Extension: M4
• Weight: 1 lbs 12 oz

 

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