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    Store front

    Yes, I think there is a little bit. Also right down the street is Hyde Syte Tactics. They have a bunch. https://hydesytetactics.com/
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    Store front

    We have several brick and mortar production facilities but sorry they are not set up for retail sales. I do know that MI has a retail shop off of hwy 59. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHc5gfl1NZ8&t=1s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaFOZAwspYI Thanks!
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    Alignment of sights

    There are a large variety of variables that can result in misaligned sights on an AR, making diagnosis and detection a difficult process. EDITED TO ADD: Pictures Please note: These pictures are do not represent defective or misaligned product, they are just meant to be helpful illustrations of the specific parts of the rifle. Manufacturing Issues The front sights are mounted working off aligning the index pin that is installed into the barrel extension. This index pin will represent the Top Dead Center (TDC). The center threaded bore of the front sight base (where the front sight post is installed), is lined up with the index pin to properly install the front sight base. Provided the bore is perfectly straight and the threads for the barrel extension are perfectly square, you will have a perfectly lined up barrel assembly. Here is where it can get messy: Looking at a upper receiver, if the index slot for the index pin is not machined perfectly on the center to hold the index pin at center, your front sight will be canted to one side. For a flat top upper receiver, if the 1913-Pic rails that will hold your iron sight (at the position your iron sight is mounted) are not lined up parallel to a perfectly aligned index slot your front and rear sight alignment can appear canted. Because rail mounted iron sights actually index off the right side of the flat top 1913-Pic rail, if that side of the rail is machined to thick or thin or the geometry is off, that will result in misalignment of the sights. If the hole drilled to hold the rear sight aperture assembly (on a A2 or various BUISs) is not drilled on perfect center, that will result in misalignment of the sights. If the hole in the rear sight aperture itself is not machined on perfect center, that will result in misalignment of sights. Install Issues Then another issue to consider is the installation. If there is some movement between the index pin and the slot in the upper receiver, the torque of tightening a barrel can turn the barrel clockwise thus turning your front sight base. So there are really a lot of variables to look at. Some will affect the sights more than others and some are easier to identify and isolate.
  4. The owner of Bravo Company USA, Inc, (one of the national largest suppliers of AR15/M16/M4 parts and accessories), created Bravo Company MFG, Inc in 2005 to meet the demands of the private PSD market. This new emerging market of shooters were performing missions similar to the US Military but were no longer in the military supply chain. They needed a commercial alternative. The BCM® product line was built around the concept of “Professional Grade Weaponry”. This is achieved through the choice of high quality Mil-Spec materials and our “no short cuts” philosophy. Where many feel substitutions in materials or processes are just as good as, we adhere to a standard. Press Release Information: For years Bravo Company MFG, Inc has been an industry leader in offering very high quality AR15/M16/M4 parts to the commercial market. This product line has quickly become one of the first choices amongst professional shooters. Beginning in 2010, Bravo Company MFG, Inc. is releasing an expanded line of complete AR15 rifles and carbines. This line of rifles will offer the same quality standards that shooters have seen from the individual component offerings, except now in one complete BCM® package. June 2010, BCM® M4 Carbines are available. The BCM® M4 Carbine will initially be available in 3 different configurations. The BCM® M4 Carbine Mod 0 is a basic platform that includes a double heat shield handguard, and does not include a rear sight. This model is ready for your choice of optic and/or rear sight system. The BCM® M4 Carbine Mod 1 platform included double heat shield handguards, and detachable 600m carry handle for a rear sight. The BCM® M4 Carbine Mod 2 includes a tactical handguard system and folding battle sight. This model is ready to be accessorized with all your mission essential gear. All BCM® M4 Carbines will include the same high quality Mil-Spec features as found on their BCM® line of parts. BCM® M4 Carbines will feature: • BCMGUNFIGHTER™ Mod 4 Charging Handle • Standard Carbine Length Gas System • M4 Feed Ramp Barrel Extension • M4 Feed Ramp Flat Top Receiver • T-Marked Upper Receivers • USGI 5.56mm NATO Chambers • Independently Certified Mil-Spec 11595E Barrel Steel • Chrome Lined Bore and Chamber • Manganese Phosphate Barrel Finish on entire barrel • Mil-Spec F-Marked Forged Front Sights • Taper Pinned Front Sight Base • USGI Government Profile Barrels • HPT (High Pressure Test, per Milspec) Barrels • MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected, per Milspec) Barrels • Bolt machined from Mil-Spec Carpenter No. 158® steel • HPT Bolt (High Pressure Tested/ Proof) • MPI Bolt (Magnetic Particle Inspected) • Shot Peened Bolt • Chrome Lined Carrier (AUTO) • Chrome Lined Gas Key • Gas Key Hardened to USGI Specifications • Grade 8 Hardened Fasteners Key • Staked Per Mil-Spec • Tool Steel Extractor • BCM® Extractor Spring • Black Extractor Insert • Receivers Machined from Aluminum Forgings 7075-T6 • Receivers Hardcoat Anodize per MIL-A-8625F, Type III, Class 2 • BCM® Milspec 7075-T6 Receiver Extension • USGI Mold M4 Stock Staked M4 Lock Nut • USGI H Buffer (1 USGI Tungsten, 2 Steel) • Magpul MOE Enhanced Trigger Guard • Low Shelf for RDIAS installation • Low Shelf for Accuwedge use • Un-notched Hammer compatible with 9mm use • Fire Controls marked SAFE and SEMI All of these features add up to a carbine greater than the sum of its parts. That is why BCM Carbines are quickly becoming one of the most popular choices being run hard in tactical carbine courses around the country. For More Information, Pictures, Specs, and information on where to purchase BCM products - please visit this link.
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    AR15 Data: Mil-Spec

    This is the support topic for the tutorial Mil-Spec. Please post here if you have any questions or feedback.
  6. How Much Does It Weigh ? A common question . . . I have always wondered the answers myself. So did some measuring and took some pics. These examples are LMT 16" Uppers - all with bolt carrier group and charging handle installed 16" with M4 profile and Cav Arms M4 type hand guards 4 pounds, 1oz 16" with M4 profile and Daniel Defense M470 Rail 4 pounds, 1.6oz LMT 16" upper with Troy Ind Carbine MRF-C 4 Pounds, 5.5oz 16" LMT MRP 4 pounds, 10.3oz thanks for looking
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    Mil-Spec

    I wrote this a while back but thought it would be worth while to put the question out there again. What is Mil Spec ? What does that term mean to you ? It is an overused term in this industry (and at times, I have been as guilty as anyone). I think the term and its honest definition has evolved over time. In order to understand how it is used today, I think we need to take a look back at the civilian/commercial AR industry in its' relative infancy. In the days where there was only Colt and a bunch of low budget copies. If we look back about 15-20 years ago, the quality of the average parts offered on the market was significantly less than what we choose from today. If you picked up a parts kit or complete rifle, chances are your set up included such products like: -Cast front sights instead of forged -Roll pins used instead of steel dowels to pin a front sight -Sling swivels with no rubber sleeve -Washers for flash hiders that came straight from a hardware store -Plastic handguards with no heat shield or if they had them – plastic -Plastic delta ring -Receivers that an inferior plating (Not HC anodized) -Chrome molly was presented as chrome lined -Lower parts that were probably reject scrap M16 parts that were sloppily cut and reparked -A buffer and spring not fit for an airsoft rifle Then as the market grew, so did competition. Competition spurred strategies such as “our parts are better than your parts because of . . . “. Which led to a slow influx in higher quality parts and rifles. In many ways (as I remember it) Bushmaster (aka Quality Parts Inc.) led this charge with a article in Spring 1992 Soldier of Fortunes “Fighting Firearms”, titled Bushmaster Builds a Better M16. At the time Bushmaster was the only major company making a rifle with a chrome lined bore, correct trigger and takedown pins, and a bayonet lug, As the market and competition grew, the term Mil-Spec became one of the most popular descriptions in the industry. It was a term used to define a difference between some lower quality materials and some new higher quality materials. Its my opinion that an honest use of the term "Mil-Spec" in that context was to say, our delta rings are not plastic but are made of aluminum – just like the military version. Or our front sights are not cast, but forged like the M16 would have. In that it described the use of materials and manufacturing that are generally consistent with the military issued version. Well with the current continuing growth of the AR industry coupled with the powerful tool of the internet, information (and sometimes mis-information) can be disseminated at a rate never before imagined. With this, terms and expectations have changed dramatically to the sophisticated consumer. So what does Mil-Spec mean today ? My $.02 - In its most technical and literal sense it means as defined by the TDP (TDP is Technical Data Package, an acronym I learned from JLM). As I understand it the TDP would be all of the manufacturing dimensions, material and manufacturing specifications, quality control testing, and tolerances (+/-) as set forth by Colt for the production of the parts and complete rifles as delivered to the US Military. This information is owned by Colt and is very purposely not released for public consumption. (FN now leases this info for the US M16 rifles it produces) Which really means that by a strick literal definition none of us really know what the true 100% Mil-Spec is. Or you could say there are a very small handful of people in the world that do – and they ain’t talking. Although I do like the Colt product (not the political BS), the above paragraph should not be taken as an advertisement for civilian Colt. Because I personally do not believe that true 100% Mil-Spec QC is anything civilians or LE will get from a store bought AR15. My personal belief is that a true 100% Mil-Spec carbine can only be acquired (indirectly) through your local military recruiters office. (i.e. – enlistment or re-enlistment). But that debate is perhaps a different topic? The Colt TDP is to say that every other AR has been reverse engineered. Which really does not directly translate into a bad thing. There are thousands and thousands of private security, law enforcement, and other non-military personal that are fighting for their lives and our freedoms with a DPMS, Bushmaster, Rock River or Armalite rifle – all over the world, and they are doing quite well with it. So back to the topic at hand – the contemporary definition of Mil-Spec. If the sophisticated consumer defined true 100% Mil-Spec as the TDP, and none of us consumers will have the TDP and therefore can not confirm that a product complies to the TDP, then the term can only be used in reference to a military context discussion about an issued rifle. I feel the honest contemporary definition of Mil-Spec in the context in which we use it would be “Mil-Spec” is short for “Mil-Spec feature”. Some examples: To describe a Mil-Spec trigger pin or take down pins, is to say they are the standardized and not the oversized type. To describe a Mil-Spec front sight, is to say that it is forged and a taller “F” to be barreled to a flattop and the shorter to be barreled to an A2 upper. To describe a Mil-Spec M4 profile barrel, is to say that it is 4150, chrome lined, and 1/7 twist. Or even to say regarding chrome molly/chrome lined vs. chrome molly, where chrome lining is Mil-Spec. To describe a Mil-Spec stock, is to say that the dimensions are compatible with Colt stocks as opposed to the large OD of various commercial units. It is my opinion that this is the current definition of the term Mil-Spec (Mil-Spec = Mil-Spec feature). Your thoughts ? . . . . . . . . . When you hear the term, how do you interpret its meaning ?
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    AR15 Troubleshooting and Tech Info

    Tech Info This is some very basic information on troubleshooting and is not meant to be completely comprehensive, but it generally will address most of the common issued associated with the AR series of rifles. This information assumes you have a working knowledge of an AR15 type rifle and practice safe firearms handling. Short stroking (Failure to cycle) Short stroking on an AR rifle is when the bolt carrier group does not cycle far enough to the rear to be able to strip a round from the magazine and chamber the next round. After firing a round, you will notice that the bolt is closed on an empty chamber, thereby forcing you to manually cycle the rifle to feed the next round. This occurs when there is an issue with the gas system. To see if you have a short stroking problem and not a “Failure to Feed” problem, please perform this test first (assuming your bolt catch and magazine is functioning properly). Insert one round into a magazine that you know to be performing well. Insert the magazine into the magazine well, pull the charging handle to the rear, then release the charging to load the round into the chamber. Safely discharge that round. After the round has been fired the bolt should automatically be locked to the rear by the bolt catch and the empty magazine. If the bolt is closed on the empty chamber, then it did not travel far enough to the rear to be held by the bolt catch, and your rifle has short stroked. Short stroking is a symptom of a problem with the gas system in the rifle. There are 7 parts of the AR gas system. In the upper receiver group, you have the barrel (gas port), front sight base, and gas tube. In the bolt carrier group you have the gas key, the carrier, the bolt, and the gas rings. Assuming the rifle was running correctly previously (in the exact configuration it is currently) The following is a basic trouble-shooting checklist. 1) Ammo issue ? Commercial ammo does not run as hot as Milspec ammo, and some lots of commercial ammo may not be strong enough to cycle the weapon. Try a completely different type of ammo. If the weapon works correctly then you may have some bad ammo. This is becoming a more common problem with some of the low cost imported ammo, especially with milspec sized gas ports. 2) Lube and clean the rifle. Pull out your GI manual and properly clean the weapon. As a note, a little bit of dirt and carbon should not stop the proper cycling of your rifle. 3) Check the carrier (gas) key. If the carrier key is loose, the gas system will not hold enough pressure to fully cycle the weapon. Try a different carrier that you know to be working in another properly functioning weapon. If the weapon runs well with the other carrier, you may have an issue with your carrier key. The carrier key bolts should not be loose. It should be staked from the factory. Check to make sure the bolts securing the key did not rotate past the staking. The bolts should be torqued to 35-40 in/lbs. 4) Check the gas rings. (or just go ahead and change them – they are very inexpensive) Mythbuster: The gaps in the gas rings do not need to be staggered. I know we were all taught otherwise in recruit training, and yes I know it says they must be staggered in the GI manual. But this is a myth. As a note; it will not hurt the system to stagger the gaps in the rings, but if this single change makes the difference – you need new gas rings ASAP. Inspect the rings, make sure there are 3 of them, and that they are installed properly. Disassemble the carrier group, insert the bolt into the carrier, and hold the carrier vertically in the air. The bolt should not fall out of the carrier. 5) Change the gas tube. Failure to Feed A failure to feed initially looks similar to a short stroking problem. A round is fired, a spent case is extracted and ejected, but the bolt is closed on an empty chamber. The difference with a failure to feed is that the bolt did travel far enough to the rear to chamber a round. But it did not, and it is now closed on an empty chamber. Generally speaking, this is most often caused by a defective magazine (specifically a problem with the feed lips). You might also notice 2 dents in the casing that is still loaded in the magazine from bolt over-ride. The solution is to replace the magazine. USGI magazines are class 9 expendable and should be replaced when defective. Failure to Extract This is signified by a spent casing stuck in the chamber, not fully extracted from the chamber, or one spent casing and one live round being stuck in the chamber. (Sometimes one spent casing and one live round stuck in the chamber is called a “double feed”, but a double feed is technically 2 live rounds stuck in the chamber) Assuming the weapon ran correctly before and is in the same configuration, this is generally an indication of a failure of the extractor. The extractor is made up of the extractor, the extractor spring, and the extractor insert. First remove the extractor and inspect it for crack, chips or deformations. If it has any, then replace the extractor. The commercial market also has seen some MIM extractors, so if your extractor has any MIM/casting type markings then replace it. The most common wear point for the extractor is in the spring. As these spring wear out they become weak and do not have the proper tension to extract correctly. Replace the extractor spring and extractor rubber insert. Be careful to order the correct part specific to your weapon. There are stronger extractor springs on the market made to address the increased pressure that the carbine systems run under. These are recommended. Also the rubber insert you replace should be replaced with a black rubber insert. The original M16A2s had a blue insert. A stronger black insert was introduced for the cycling of the M4 and is an improvement over the blue and is good to go in both rifles and carbines. Another fix is the D-fender rings, or O-rings found on the market. Install them over your extractor spring. This was a standard upgrade for the M4A1s done by Crane Industries for SOCOM. Now assuming you have these issues on a new built weapon, then you may need to go past the above advise and look at some other areas. Issues like this are most commonly involved on shorter barreled ARs. With a shorter barreled AR (generally 14.5”, 11.5”, 10.5”, 10.3”) you have about twice the pressure in the system with less dwell time (shorter than 14.5”) and a faster unlock time. One of the issues that needs to be addressed is slowing the cycle rate of these shorter barrels. This is done in part by the addition of a tungsten weight buffer. The M4 carbine runs a H-buffer and the M4A1 carbine runs an H2 buffers. There are also H3 buffers that see some use. Also stronger recoil springs will provide some aid. If all else fails you may need to look at gas port size and confirm that the chamber is not cut too tight.
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    BCM having QC issues as of late?

    Ghostman thank you for your purchase. And thank you to everyone for your kind words. This issue was addressed in another forum, so I will post our previous response: Regarding "QC issues as of late", there are no more issues now than there have been last year or the year before. Actually quite a bit less today than ever. We are not perfect. Far from it. If we were, my ulcer would be a lot smaller. We do however make it our primary mission to build a weapon system good enough to take to a gun fight. Going forward I expect to see more negative Bravo threads. Not because of anyone’s agendas, but because as sales grow so do customer issues even if kept within the same proportional scale. Also, our marketing focus is web based. Even our print media campaign directs folks directly to the internet. So an incredibly high percentage of our customers use the internet and discussion forums, and now multiply that by the ever increasing volume of product being shipped, unsatisfied customers are much more prone to start a thread than satisfied customers, the fact that negative threads get 10 times the response as positive threads, and it’s just the natural course of events. We of course will work tirelessly to fight it by building a better and better product. Thank you again to everyone for your kind words and interest in Bravo products. Paul
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    Bravo Company MFG,Inc. (BCM) Complete Rifles & Carbines

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    New Spector DR

    It switches back and forthe between 1x and 4x. Seems like a nice set up. I really like the ARMS QD levers. Anyone seen one before ? I wonder if a folding rear BUIS would work for co-witness (when optic is on 1x) I never really had much faith in the blade sights on top of optics, although I never really trained with them much.
  19. The new EOTech 3X magnifiers are shipping out to your EOTech dealer. They currently come with a mount included. I snapped some pics in the shop. It is using the FTS (Flip To Side) mount. It will work behind an EOTech or Aimpoint, and give your 3 power magnifiacation on your target. Push the button on the left side and the 3X optic flips away from view and you are back to the speed of a unmagnified CQB optic The optic can be removed from the base (via ARMS mount) and stored away when not needed.
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    Barrels?

    sorry, no eta.
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