Ever wanted to machine your own AR-15 billet receivers with more than just your end mill or drill press? Here’s an awesome opportunity to do just that. CMT Tactical has decided to offer a “MACHINE YOUR OWN AR 15 RECEIVER EXPERIENCE CLASS” where you’ll spend an entire mid-November day at their facilities in Lexington, TN, machining your own receivers using the same machines CMT Tactical uses to make their awesome billet receivers on a daily basis. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in you better hurry. There are only 8 spots in this class and a few are already spoken for. Details below!
MACHINE YOUR OWN AR 15 RECEIVER EXPERIENCE CLASS Friday November 14th 2014 7:30AM until approximatly 5:00pm Class Cost is $975.00 50%-$487.50 deposit required when reservation is made. Class is limited to 8 students
CLASS OBJECTIVE– Provide individuals with the Experience of machining & owning AR15 Receivers that they themselves machined in a World Class Manufacturing environment.
Attendee will machine their own upper & Lower AR15 Receivers.
Class Description– Attendees will be given detailed instruction at each stage of manufacturing on how to complete that stage of the manufacturing process. Once the attendee has been instructed, the Attendee would then load the machine with material & once his instructor confirmed the machine is properly loaded the Attendee would initiate the machine to begin machining his receiver at that stage. This would repeat thru all stages of the manufacturing process until the receivers are completed. Attendees will also be instructed on use of gages & gage requirements for each stage & expected to use gages to inspect the parts they are manufacturing.
Finished Receivers will be sent for Anodizing & shipped to designated FFL approximately 2-3 weeks after class completion. Unless student decides to take receivers Non-Anodized the days of training completion ( Tn. Resident students only)
The receivers will not be considered an 80% Receiver
For additional information and to reserve your spot in the class, head on over to www.CMTTac.com.
They’re back!! A few months ago we wrote about one of the craziest deals I’ve ever seen. Radical Firearms offered AR Pistols in your choice of 5.56 or 300BLK and your choice of 7.5″ or 10.5″ barrels, including a Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace for just $599.99. As you can imagine these sold very fast. Since then I’ve been following Radical Firearms and their customers really seem to be very happy with the product. Now they’ve teamed up with Primary Arms to release the second run of this great deal.
Right now you can choose from these five different configurations, including the SB15 Arm Brace, for just $599.99.
1. 7.5″ barrel, 1/9 twist, Quad Rail, Black Sig SB15
2. 7.5″ barrel, 1/9 twist, Quad Rail, FDE Sig SB15
3. 10.5″ barrel, 1/7 twist, Quad Rail, Black Sig SB15
1. 8.5″ barrel, 1/8 twist, Quad Rail, Black Sig SB15
2. 10.5″ barrel, 1/7 twist, Quad Rail, Black Sig SB15
These Radical Firearms AR Pistols are in-stock and ready to rock right now at www.PrimaryArms.com.
**Now available for sale —> HERE <—** A couple of weeks ago Fortis Manufacturing revealed a heavily cropped picture that showed a small portion of a new billet upper that they are producing. There were zero details posted along with the pic and no additional pictures followed…until now. My good buddy Richard (UWone77 on Facebook) is some sort of Ninja or something and was able to sneak into the Fortis HQ and get some quick photos of the new billet upper. I’m personally excited about this upper because its pretty evident given the photos and Fortis’ track record that it will look pretty sweet but still be a very high quality piece. Now if we could just get Fortis to make some cool lowers we’d be all set. ETA is about 4 weeks before these are available for purchase. Check out the pics below and check out www.FortisMfg.com to see all the other fine accessories and parts they already offer.
TacStrike is testing the waters and thinking about adding Package Deals with great savings to their website again. If there is enough interest they will add more to the site. To start they are offering a special package deal on the Tango On A String and an Arched Frame Target Carrier. The “Tango On A String” is basically a torso and head shaped AR500 steel target that hanged from a crossbar. Not only do you hear an audible confirmation when you hit your target but the target also moves adding an additional dimension to your range experience. I say lets show TacStrike that Package Deals are definitely the way to go. There are only 10 of these package deals available at just $150 so I anticipate these being gobbled up pretty quick. Take a look at the pics and details below then head on over to www.TacStrike.com to order your Tango On A String Steel Target and Stand package deal.
TANGO ON A STRING PACKAGE
If you are reading this than you are part of my test bed for this new offering. Thanks for coming by.
I will have 10 of these to start with. I will ship them all on Tuesday the 23rd.
This price is good till Friday the 19th and will only be offered on 10 units.
What you get:
1 – TacStrike Arch Frame Target Carrier
1 – TacStrike Standard Crossbar
1 – Tango On A String B/C Zone 3/8″ inch thick AR 500 Rifle Hard Steel Target
1 – Set of hardware to hang target from crossbar.
1 – Steel Target Usage Guide
1 – TacStrike SWAG pack
You will supply the wooden 2×2 uprights to set the target up. A $1.80 at the lumber store.
If there is a lot of response to this we will start adding some package sets into the website as time allows during the new website build.
A while back I wrote a few articles about the new CIV Tactical SPR (Special Purpose Rifle) barrels that they were producing one at a time by hand and the extreme accuracy reputation they have. That got me thinking I needed to get my hands on one myself and do a new SPR build. My plan was to buy one of Dustin’s barrels and assemble the rifle myself but after talking to him a bit he said, “Hey, send me all of the parts you have and I’ll hand assemble it the CIV Tactical way.” I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant but it sounded cool to me.
I already had a Tactical Firearm Solutions receiver set and Parallax Tactical rail ready to go that TFS and cerakoted a nice Sniper Gray for me. I boxed up the Upper Receiver, Rail and Gas Tube to which Dustin would add the new SPR Barrel (which comes with a matched Bolt), Gas Block and CIV Tac Flat Line Muzzle Brake. I had never had Dustin build me a complete upper and still didn’t know what the “CIV Tactical Way” meant but I was soon to find out. Along the way Dustin sent me some pictures of the progress and detailing some of the things he does to make sure you get the accuracy that his barrels and uppers are known for.
One of the first photos he sent me was showing the Bling Bling of the barrel crown that he does by hand on his lathe.
Another set of pictures he showed me was the process of Lapping the face of the receiver threads and the rear facing side of the barrel extension. This process is typically done in precision bolt action rifles and ensures that the barrel is in perfect alignment with the upper receiver which obviously is done for increased accuracy.
After a couple of weeks I received the assembled upper back and and couldn’t wait to get it all kitted out and take it to the range. Below is a great shot of the barrel itself before mounting the rail on the upper. As I mentioned before these barrels are completely hand made 416R Stainless Steel, 1/8 Twist and are chambered in .223 Wylde. The .223 Wylde chamber will shoot any .223 or 5.56 round but is designed to increase the accuracy of 5.56 NATO ammo.
The assembled upper has a Tactical Firearms Solutions Upper, Armageddon Tactical charging handle, Griffin Armament 45 degree offset Fail Safe Sights, Ares Armor NiB Bolt Carrier with CIV Tactical Match Bolt, Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 FFP scope, Parallax Tactical FFSSR 15″ rail, CIV Tactical 18″ SPR Match Barrel, Gas Block and Flat Line muzzle brake.
The lower I assembled myself and used the matching Tactical Firearms Solutions lower, Battle Arms Development Selector and EPS pin set. The EPS pins were a big help as the Cerakote made it nearly impossible to install a standard set of Takedown Pins. Even now they are very tight (which is how I like them) but the detent for a bullet tip on the other side makes it a breeze to push them through. I also used a LUTH-AR MBA1 stock that I got from MidwestPX. This stock is about half the price of comparable models such as the Magpul PRS but it still performed great, however its not quite as refined quality as you would expect. For an SPR rifle I don’t thin you would want to use anything other than a nice 2-stage trigger which is why I went with the Geissele SSA-E. I have this same trigger in other rifles and its seriously one of my favorite triggers I’ve ever used. Smooth, light take-up, you feel the wall (beginning of the second stage) and know if you pull any further that rifle is gonna go bang. The SSA-E will easily make any lower feel like a highly tuned machine.
I mounted the Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 First Focal Plane scope in an American Defense Manufacturing QD mount and purchased a B&T Industries Atlas bipod. This setup really completed the rifle and man did it look sick!
The whole rifle just really came together perfectly but what you and I really want to know is….”How does it perform at the range?” I loaded up my rifle, some Greenline Tactical 75gr .223 ammo and headed to the 100 yard range. One thing I didn’t want to do is put the rifle in some lead sled and get accuracy data that way. I wanted to shoot it exactly how I would if I were actually using it which for me is Bipod in front, Bag in back. After getting the scope dialed onto the target it was time to do my best not to mess this up.
I decided to shoot 5 round groups instead of 3 just to show consistency. The following images are just a few of what I would consider excellent groups that I got out of this rifle at 100 yards. There were so many of these to choose from so I just picked three that were somewhat different. The first image shows a 5 round .5 MOA group (looks like 4 shots but the 5th went through one of the other holes). The second image shows 5 round .625 MOA group. The third image shows a 4 shot .5 MOA group with a low 5th round that knew I pulled as soon as I shot it.
The upper shot absolutely perfect with zero FTE’s and zero FTF’s, bolt held open on an empty mag, it was just perfect. I own and have shot lots of other supposed “Match” barrels and many of them are so inconsistent that they made me think I was doing something wrong. The CIV Tactical Match SPR Barrel proved to be an extremely consistent rifle even in the hands of a novice precision shooter such as myself. Suffice it to say, the CIV Tactical SPR barrel is the real deal. I know there are some true shooters out there that could get even more accuracy out of this barrel. As I’ve mentioned before, I typically build all of my own AR’s but I would not hesitate even for one moment to have Dustin at CIV Tactical build me another upper. When you couple the hand made CIV Tactical barrel with the gunsmithing that Dustin does prior to assembly, it shows that precision shooting isn’t just reserved for bolt action guns. You can purchase this exact CIV Tactical SPR barrel in either 18 or 20 inch lengths with a matched Bolt right now at www.CIVTactical.com.
I have listed all of the pertinent links below. Be on the look for some followup reviews of items like the Vortex Optics Viper PST 4-16 FFP scope and Griffin Armament Fail Safe Sights.
My buddy Roy at Weapon Outfitters just posted on his Facebook page that the B.E. Meyers 249F 5.56 Flash Hider will now have a Melonite coating which is awesome as it Melonite offers great corrosion resistance and is applied inside and out of the entire piece. The 249F is an awesome flash hider that has been used in Military/Special Operations for years now and was recently made available to civilians as well primarily through Weapon Outfitters. I have one pinned to my 13.7″ Weapon Outfitters upper (16″ OAL) and its very impressive. If you’re looking for a great Flash Hider, this would definitely be one that I would recommend.
New and Improved for 2014!
After nearly 2 decades of service, and STILL a top tier flash hider according to JSOC and Vuurwapen Blog, the BE Meyers 249F is now MELONITED for superior corrosion resistance and surface hardness!
Man, I gotta say, Rainier Arms is on a major roll lately. Not that they aren’t always awesome but lately they have been pumping out the new products. Just this week I told you about their updated RA Forged Lower with the A-DAC feature. Now they have released the updated version of their Billet Receiver Set. If you are a Billet Aficionado like I am, you will absolutely need to add the new Rainier Arms Gen 2 UltraMatch ambi billet receiver set to your collection. Priced at just $350 with Free Shipping this should be a no-brainer.
Our billet sets are CNC machined from solid billet 7075-T6 aluminum which is 70% stronger than the commonly used 6061 aluminum and finished with milspec hardcoat anodize to a surface hardness of 60 Rockwell. We have designed our lowers with an ambidextrous bolt release with extended latch for smoother deployment. The precision machining on our our billets are well known in the industry and we are excited to introduce our combo sets for your next rifle build.
• Ambidextrous Extended Bolt Release
• M4 Feed Ramps
• 7075 Billet Aluminum
• Flared Magwell
• Integrated Trigger Guard
• Tensioning Screw for proper Upper/Lower Fit
Purchase the new Rainier Arms Gen 2 UltraMatch Billet Ambi Receiver Set exclusively at www.Revolvr.com.
Its hard to believe its already been 13 years since The World Trade Center attack. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on 9/11/2001 including many LEOs, FireFighters and First Responders. Never Forgive! Never Forget! It is more and more important that we don’t let our guard down. Be ready to protect your family and those around you at all times. Be a Lion not a Sheep! – Ben
Toward the beginning of this year, Ares Armor released their first NiB Bollt Carrier Group. This Summer they introduced an improved model with the MK1 Mod0 designation for its new NiB Coating that features a proprietary method of perfecting the balance of the Sodium Borohydride reducing agent. They are also individually coating all components of the bolt carrier group prior to assembly.
As with the original Ares Armor NiB BCG, this is a full auto model manufactured with an 8620 heat treated bolt carrier and a 9310 heat treated steel bolt. The bolt and extractor are shot peened and are MP batch tested with 20% of all product examined. The gas key is properly staked. Crane O Rings are utilized to increase tension on the extractor thus improving overall functionality. Our friends at PredatorArmament.com are now offering the new Mk1Mod0 BCG for $99.
(Richland, WA) James Madison Tactical LLC, manufacturer of the finest AR-15 polymer 80% lower receiver on the market today, has received the important ATF/FTB determination letter stating that the JMT80 AR-15 polymer 80% lower receiver is NOT classified as a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3) and complies with the Gun Control Act of 1968.
James Madison Tactical customers, past and future, can own a JMT80 AR-15 80% lower receiver with confidence. AR-15 enthusiasts are encouraged to ask their supplier for a copy of their manufacturer’s ATF/FTB determination letter before making their next AR-15 80% lower receiver purchase.
To view the James Madison Tactical ATF/FTB determination letter visit
James Madison Tactical Contact Information: Dan Hanchette, Dan@JamesMadisonTactical.com, 509-392-7500.