Blackheart International BHI-15 (S)

The Blackheart International BHI-15 (S) is nice looking mid-length gas AR-15 carbine. I really like the sleek looking BHI handguard.

Caliber 5.56x45mm NATO
Bolt Carrier Group Gas-operated semi-auto, fully hard-chromed
Capacity 30 rounds 5.56x45mm NATO
Stock Magpul CTR 6-position collapsible
Fore-end BHI Aluminum Free-Float Tube
Sight Length 17.5 inches
Barrel Criterion 4140 steel, chrome-lined, mid-length gas system
Barrel Length 16 inches
Barrel Twist 1:9
Barrel Finish Manganese Phosphate
Trigger Geissele SSA 2-Stage Trigger Group
Upper Receiver BHI-15 forged MIL-SPEC A3 flat top
Lower Receiver BHI-15 billet aluminum
Receiver Finish Hard-coat black anodized
Sights Magpul MBUS Flip-Up Sights
Muzzle Surefire Flash Hider/Suppressor Adapter
Charging Handle PRI Gas Buster with Big Latch
Price $1,875

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  • Tom W.

    I’m pretty sure the handguard isn’t made by BHI. It looks like an Apex CNC “GatorGrip” free float tube, and I seem to recall their spec sheet saying it somewhere. Quality stuff, but credit where credit is due, even if they slapped their brand on it 😛

    Another ho-hum addition to a crowded market, in my opinion. I’ll stick to building them myself, it’s much more fun that way. Besides, I can never find an off the shelf gun I’m happy with…I always end up changing things eventually.

  • Jim

    Is this an original receiver design or just an AR-15 knock off?

  • Victor

    Good Jesus, whose idea was that ugly ass grip?

  • Martin (M)

    I agree on the handguard. It’s nice and functional. Frankly, I think they’re overdoing it on rails.

  • Jack

    Yankee hill has had a customizable handguard out for awhile. It’s not knurled on the bottom but it’s quite a bit cheaper.

  • all ar-15s are knockoffs.

  • JD

    Looks like a pretty sweet AR to me, really cool handguard.

  • ctrobinson

    It looks nice but…. how does this rifle justify that price?

  • jdun1911

    The trigger and rail system alone probably cost around $500. The Surefire hider is around $120. Very high end parts are used to make this carbine.

    One of my cousin’s carbine have a $300+ custom Geissele trigger. Geissele triggers aren’t cheap. They are considered one of the best triggers for AR15 if not the best. I think Geissele SSA 2-Stag trigger is around $200.

    The pistol grip is Stark SE-1. Lots of Arfcom member like them especially when the trigger guard ears broke off in the installation of the guard. It hide their mistakes.


    Yeah it looks like they have “GatorGrip” on the lower receiver from the pictures I saw on their website. Mega lower used to be $200 but they came down in price. I think the going rate is between $125 to $150. A normal AR15 lowers currently run $60.

  • Brian

    Looks like a nice all around AR I like those Stark SE-1 grips there really nice to hold on to. I personally like the look to but thats the thing we all have different ideas which we like. The next build is gonna be a mega .308 build with there upper and lower nice stuff I think..

  • BC

    The new BHI handguard is built by BHI. They re-designed it so that the top rail is the same height as the rail on our A3 uppers. The original was modeled after the Viking tactical handguard. And you are right about expensive parts on the rifle. You can build one much cheaper without the $130 flash hider and $110 charging handle.