A lot of times I am asked about the parts that make up a rifle build, so I am revamping a series of “Build Breakdowns” that explain what parts were used to put a certain rifle together. Each part or grouping of parts will be listed below the image and will be hyperlinked to the Rainier Arms website, or another site if not available on Rainier, where you can learn more about the parts or to make a purchase.
This build focuses on a Primary Weapons Systems Build that I recently put together. The build started as a separate upper and lower receiver set that were mostly complete from the factory.
London, England – September 12, 2017 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in reflex sighting technology, has announced the addition of the new Aimpoint® CompM5™ sight to their professional product line. Powered by a single AAA battery, and weighing just 147 grams (5.19 ounces), the CompM5 takes its place as the most compact optic in the Aimpoint® Comp™ Series family of sights.
Originally created to meet the needs of a specific official end user, the CompM5 is now being offered for sale worldwide as contract commitments and production levels permit. The compact size of the CompM5 was made possible by the sight being powered by a single AAA battery. These small and lightweight batteries are inexpensive and easy to find almost anywhere in the world. Readily available alkaline versions of the AAA simplify logistics, and eliminate the potential shipping hazards inherent in lithium batteries. Like the other Comp Series sights, the CompM5 boasts an extremely long battery life – with over 5 years of constant-on use at intensity level seven.
The CompM5 is fully submersible up to 45 meters (150 feet), and is compatible with all generations of Night Vision Devices, as well as Aimpoint’s professional magnifier line. A military grade optical lens system gives the CompM5 exceptional light transmission and dot clarity, making the sight operationally parallax free, and providing a crisp, clear dot even under magnification.
“The Aimpoint Comp Series has been established as the worldwide standard for military grade reflex sights for over 20 years. The new CompM5 sight provides professional end users the same levels of performance provided by our full-sized sights in a much more compact optic,” said Lennart Ljungfelt, President of Aimpoint AB. “This new product saves size and weight for the operator, with no sacrifice in overall performance.”
Aiming Dot Size: 2+/- 0.5 MOA
Battery Type: One AAA size 1.5V Alkaline LR03 or Lithium FR03
Battery life – Day Time Use: 5 years (50,000 hours) of continuous use at position 7, more than 1 year at position 8 and more than 10 years at NVD-setting (position 1-4).
Aimpoint produces a complete line of high quality reflex sights for use by military, law enforcement, hunters, and sport shooters worldwide. The company also produces electronic fire control systems for use on crew-served military weapons. For more information on the CompM5 or other Aimpoint® products, please visit the company’s webpage: www.aimpoint.com.
Steiner Optics had a lot to offer this year, especially for the Military and Law Enforcement crowd.
First, Steiner is offering the R1X Red Dot Tactical Series of Optic.
The R1X Optic, which MSRP’S around $630, features a 1x magnification, choice of a single or 3-dot stadia reticle, low profile for co-witness capability, 7 levels of illumination (2x night vision / 5x daylight), available with standard and QD mounts, is parallax free and is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof. The R1X is 2″Hx3.1″L and weighs in at 19.4oz.
Steiner Optics has updated the M332 and the M536 Battle Sights with a QD Mount.
Pictured above, the M332 prism sight offers a 3x fixed magnification with a 32mm objective lens and features multi-coated lenses, an illuminated ballistic reticle and is waterproof. The M332 MSRP’s around $675.
Pictured above, the M536 prism sight offers a 5x fixed magnification with a 36mm objective lens and features multi-coated lenses, an illuminated ballistic reticle and is waterproof. The M536 MSRP’s around $750.
Designed for Patrol and Tactical Operations, Steiner has introduced the P4Xi scope. The P4Xi features a 1-4x variable zoom with a 24mm objective lens, a 30mm tube and the new P3TR illuminated reticle for fast target acquisition.
For 2017, Grey Ghost Precision had a lot to offer at SHOT Show.
GGP has your 9mm Glocks covered. Starting off with GGP 9mm Barrels for the G19 and G17, both retail at $179.99.
Next up for the Glock is the GGP Glock Slide for the G19 and G17.
The GGP Glock Slides will come either completely stripped (lacking all internal parts) or completely assembled. There are models that offer a Trijicon RMR cutout or not. The stripped slides start around $375 and the complete slides start around $475.
GGP, in partnership with Kruger Optical, has two carbon fiber wrapped scopes that they have added to their inventory.
The CF-5 Carbon Fiber Scope weighs in at 14.3 oz, is constructed of a carbon fiber frame, is water proof, offers shock resisstance (1000 cycles at 750g) and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The scope is 1-5×24 with a 30mm tube, has an illuminated reticle and adjustments of 1/2 MOA per click. The CF-5 is approximately $1249.99.
The bigger brother of the CF-5 was delivered to the GGP crew this morning at the show. It has yet to be named. The scope’s magnification is 3-18x50mm, has an illuminated reticle and offers 0.1 MRAD adjustments per click. This scope’s MSRP has yet to be determined.
Lastly, GGP introduced the Grey Ghost Precision Grim Rifle.
The Grim is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, is equipped with a 22″ SS Proof Research Barrel, has an 18″ Rail, ambidextrous bolt release, Superlative Arms adjustable gas block, Gen 3 Magpul PRS stock and comes standard with a CMC 2-Stage Flat or Curved Trigger. The Grim will retail for approximately $3100.
Nightforce Optics has a couple new optics in store for 2016 as well as some new accessories. The following are a few Press Releases from Nightforce.
New Competition™ Fixed 42 x 44 riflescope from Nightforce
The new Nightforce Competition™ Fixed 42 x 44 riflescope combines unparalleled precision with exceptional value for the competitive shooter. This riflescope is purpose built for short range competitive shooting, where weight is an issue. By eliminating the inherent weight of a variable-power mechanism, the Competition™ 42 x 44 weighs just 20.7 ounces. Its ED glass provides exceptional resolving power and color contrast, bringing clarity to the smallest target at extreme ranges.
As with all Nightforce riflescopes, the Competition’s mechanics are extremely robust, impervious to recoil. 1/8 MOA (.125 inch) adjustments track true and without backlash. Side parallax adjustment focuses to under 10 meters, making it an excellent choice for rimfire and air gun competitions, as well as for large caliber and long-range applications. Every advantage for the serious shooter has been included, such as high-visibility engraving, fast-focus eyepiece, sunshade, lens covers and a choice of proven Nightforce CTR-2™ or CTR-3™ reticles.
This new riflescope joins the Competition riflescope family, which includes the extremely successful Competition™ 15-55 x 52, the riflescope chosen by the U.S. F-Class Rifle Team for their campaign to the 2017 World Championships. The Nightforce Competition™ Fixed 42 x 44 retails for $1795 in the US market.
New first focal plane SHV™ 4-14 x 50 F1 from Nightforce
Nightforce has announced their first SHV™ riflescope built with first focal plane reticle technology, the SHV™ 4-14 x 50 F1. This is the latest addition to the company’s popular SHV™ line, winner of two consecutive Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice awards.
The new riflescope features intelligent reticles with illumination that turns off between each of 11 brightness settings, allowing the user to pre-select an illumination level appropriate for lighting conditions, turn it off to preserve battery power, then restore it instantly with a one-click rotation of the dial. This prevents having to cycle through multiple brightness settings, which takes time and can affect the shooter’s night vision. The proprietary Nightforce MOAR™ and MIL-R™ reticles are offered.
The SHV™ 4-14 x 50 includes side parallax adjustment, and offers windage / elevation adjustments in .25 MOA or .1 Mil-Radian increments. It has an exposed elevation turret with Nightforce ZeroSet™, which provides the user with a positive return to their zero point regardless of how many elevation adjustments have been made. The windage adjustment is capped for protection, but the cap can be removed and the windage adjustment used fully exposed. The SHV™ 4-14 x 50 allows 90 MOA of elevation adjustment and 70 MOA windage within its 30mm tube.
“Our SHV™ line has been extremely popular with shooters who demand affordable performance,” said Sean Murphy, marketing project manager, “and the new 4-14x F1 model continues to deliver. Fewer options and a simpler configuration allow us to offer SHV™ models at extremely competitive prices. We created the new 4-14 x 50 F1 to answer customer requests for SHV™ quality and affordability with the unique benefits of first focal plane reticle placement.”
New riflescope accessories from Nightforce
Nightforce Optics has added several items to its growing line of shooting accessories. New are Standard Duty Rings, providing an ideal combination of durability and value. Available in .90, 1.00, 1.25 and 1.50 inch heights for 30mm tubes, the straightforward two-screw design of the new Standard Duty Rings require less front-to-back mounting space, ideal where installation choices are limited. A positive locking jaw design and machined recoil lug provide perfect alignment and superior accuracy when mounted to Mil. Std. 1913 bases (also available from Nightforce). These new rings are a quality option available to shooters for under $100 retail.
The new Nightforce MultiMount™ was originally designed as a platform for close-range sights to be mounted in conjunction with a primary riflescope. The MultiMount™ offers far more versatility, however, functioning as a user-configurable system providing a rock-solid base for any Mil. Std. 1913 accessory that will fit.
Designed to replace the top half of an X-Treme Duty™ ring, the MultiMount allows placement of a Mil. Std. 1913 rail at the 45-degree left, 45-degree right and/or 90-degree up positions. Two rail sections are included, along with mounting hardware. The MultiMount™ is available for 30mm and 34mm X-Treme Duty™ rings.
The RAP™ (Ruggedized Accessory Platform) provides four inches of Mil. Std. 1913 rail space above a riflescope for the mounting of lasers, illumination tools and other accessories. Replacing the top half of Nightforce four- and six-screw X-Treme Duty™ rings, the RAP will withstand heavy recoil and still maintain zero even with delicate accessories or sensors.
The new Compact Magmount™ adds to the tough and reliable Nightforce Xtreme-Duty™ Ultralite Unimount™ and Magmount™ mounting systems, with titanium / aluminum construction providing the performance of steel at half the weight. The Compact Magmount™ requires less rail space than the traditional Magmount, and is available to fit 30mm and 34mm riflescope tubes. Options available include both zero MOA and 20 MOA of taper.
Nightforce manufactures an extensive array of rings, mounts, bases, and related accessories created to maximize accuracy and performance, especially when used in tandem with a Nightforce riflescope.
The following is a Press Release From Aimpoint, Inc:
Chantilly, VA – December 15, 2015 – Aimpoint has announced the addition of a new line of pre-mounted Micro T-2 and Micro H-2 sights, that are immediately ready for use on AR-15 and M4 Carbine style rifles.
These sights come equipped with Aimpoint’s Lever Release Picatinny (LRP) Mount, and a 39mm spacer that provides absolute co-witness with backup iron sights on AR15 and M4 Carbine style rifles. The rail pressure on the LRP is fully adjustable, and the mount allows return-to-zero replacement if the sight is removed and replaced in the same position on the same rifle. The 39mm spacer can be removed in order to lower the optical axis of the sight for use on shotguns or submachineguns.
For more information on Aimpoint or the Micro AR-ready sights, visit the company’s webpage at: www.aimpoint.com.
Browe Inc, the makers of the Browe Combat Optic (BCO) and the Browe Sport Optic (BSO) have now released a new variant of the BCO, the Browe Tactical Optic (BTO). The BTO is for all intensive purposes the same as the BCO with the exception that the BTO features an Aluminum housing in lieu of the BCO’s Titanium housing. There will be some weight savings with the BCO, however the MSRP of the BTO ($1250) is $300 less than the BCO ($1550).
The BSO is only available in Aluminum and MSRP’s for $999. Though the BCO and the BTO feature illuminated reticles, the BSO is a “day optic” with a chargeable reticle that can be charged with a flashlight. The “charge” will give you a bright setting for approximately 3-5 minutes and will remain “charged” at a brightness comparable to tritium for approximately 5 hours.
Periodically I will take one of my rifle builds and break down all of the parts used to build it. If a part is not listed, such as an end plate, it is because it is a standard AR part that does not need mentioned if there is nothing overly special about it. I will also do my best to give you a link to where you can find the product for sale.
Samson Manufacturing has announced a new optics magnifier for 2014. The 3.5x magnifier includes a flip to the side Rotary Actuated Mount (RAM). The magnifier offers a clear, crisp picture and with the 35mm objective, light transmission is more than adequate to accommodate a wide variety of optics. The flip to the side RAM is also available as a stand-alone unit and will accommodate both Aimpoint and EOTech magnifiers.
Additionally, Samson Manufacturing has introduced new Key-Mod accessories to include a HK Sling Hook Attachment Point, a QD Sling Point, a Handstop, and 2, 4, and 6 inch rail sections. The Key-Mod accessories retail between $19.00 – $55.00 and the price has yet to be set for the flip to the side RAM.
Vortex Optics has announced several upgrades to their product line for 2014.
Of note is the upgraded Strikefire II. The Strikefire II has removed the night vision button which previously caused users problems with the optic appearing to have turned off and incorporated the NV function in the brightness settings. The Power Control Group Housing has been beefed up to provide an even more robust system. The Strikefire II includes a cantilever ring mount, uses a single CR2 battery which will last for 400 hours on the Bright Red setting and 300 hours on the Red/Green setting. The Strikefire II retails for $239.00.