DIY Salient Arms AR-15

In the past couple of months, Salient Arms International sold matched uppers and lowers. They were on sale for $350. I bought a set and in the past two weeks, built my version of the Salient Tier 1 AR-15. For those not familiar with the Tier 1, here is a review.

SAI receiver


I used a spare Troy Carbine as a donor for most of the parts. Harvesting everything from the upper receiver from the BCG to the barrel and the gas block. At first I transplanted everything.

Salient Arms Panda

Troy SAI


But this is not the same as the Tier 1. The Tier 1 uses a LVOA rail from Warsport. Warsport does not sell their rail separately. So I went to airsoft for my solution. A Hong Kong based company makes a replica LVOA style rail called Wire Cutter Rail System. I originally bought one for my S&W M&P15-22.




Here it is after some rattle can paint. Note that Rustoleum Camo Army Green is nothing like Army Green. I was expecting something close to Foliage Green but that is not what I got.

15-22 b


After some range tests, the WCRS rail worked great on the .22LR 15-22. Now it was time to step up to a bigger caliber. So I got another one and installed it on my Salient Arms upper receiver.

15-22 a



Here is the result of that build. A real Salient Tier 1 uses a 14.5″ barrel with a rifle gas system. I am using my Troy 16″ mid length barrel. Which is why my VG6 Precision Gamma 556 muzzle brake extends past the rail system.

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I went out and test fired this setup and the rail held up great.


Seeing and knowing the quality that this company uses to make this rail, I was confident that it would work for a real AR-15. i can confirm that it works and it is solid.

Nicholas C

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  • Jsim

    Are you still able to buy them and if so where? And do any other companies sell matched uppers and lowers?

    • Nicholas Chen

      I think Salient Arms still does. But I will be honest, it took a lot of calling. Their customer service is really spotty. It took weeks of numerous emails and messages simply inquiring if they got my FFL information. It took time to get a response. They don’t even have a website.

      • LarryM

        Aero Precision sells matched sets for AR15’s and AR10’s. You can also get them in several colors. I love mine.

  • BS

    Would you mind elaborating on the rail and how it mounts? I’ve been looking for a longer, price efficient rail and this one looks promising. 16.2″ rail would cover my 11.5″ barrel and can perfectly.

    • Nicholas Chen

      There is a smooth barrel nut that threads onto the upper receiver. The barrel nut does have a indented ring around it. The rail sleeves over the barrel nut and a set screw screws in and into that indentation, preventing the rail from sliding forward. There are two hex screws at the bottom of the rear of the rail. The rail is split about two inches. It is similar to rails like Geissele. Screws pull the split together and clamps down onto the barrel nut. There are two metal clips at the top bear the top rail that holt the rail from rotating around the barrel nut.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Oh also this rail is rather narrow. I don’t think it will fit over your can unless you are talking about a 22lr can. I could fit my Spectre II can under this rail but that’s about it.

  • Sergey

    Can anyone identify that mount on the optic?

    • Nicholas Chen

      Samson Aimpoint T1 mount.

  • Vhyrus

    Panda holding guns. Please elaborate.

    • Nicholas Chen

      It was originally Banksy art. Salient Arms took that design and switched the pistols to Salient Glocks. I got a sticker pack from them and used that to laser engrave the Panda. It was that or Boba Fett.

  • Which company makes the vaguely Kalashnikov looking pistol grip here (on the black AR)?

    • Nicholas Chen

      Troy CQB grip.

  • Eli

    Looks awesome! How does it attach to your 15-22? did you adapt the barrel nut in any way? or did you just replace it with an aftermarket barrel nut?

    • Nicholas Chen

      I used the free float adapter from Tacticool22. I am using the barrel nut that came with the Angrygun Airsoft rail on both guns.

  • rjackparis

    GASP!!! you admitted to using airsoft parts on an Ar15?

    Make your peace with the world. and may god have mercy on your soul.

  • Nick F.

    People actually like the LVOA? That thing is the least practical and most disgusting handguard on the AR market.

  • Jake Prescott

    Soooooo wheres the rail from? Did you skip mentioning that to be mysterious or….?