New Iron City Rifle Works Tactical Advantage Bolt Carrier Groups

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I will admit, prior to this press release being emailed to me I was blissfully unaware of Iron City Rifle Works and their products. Every now and then even though I try to stay pretty in tune to what is going on in the shooting sports world a manufacture somehow hides from me. Now that I have had a chance to look over Iron City’s inventory, I think I am going to have to part with some money as soon as they get that Copperhead bolt carrier group back in stock.

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Iron City is now introducing a new Tactical line of pretty boss looking AR-15 bolt carrier groups that have been enhanced to provide claimed improvements like better wear resistance, improved heat dissipation and increased lubricity that lead to a softer recoiling rifle. I will say that the milled out areas that lighten the bolt carrier do look pretty awesome. They will be offering the bolt carrier groups in four finishes initially, BlackNitride, C4V (TiN), EVO (NiB EXO), and RangerGrey. Each of the coating has their own benefit as well as an aesthetically pleasing color to them.

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The Tactical Advantage lineup is a pretty wide price range starting at $214.99 for the BlackNitride, $229.99 for the EVO coating, $269.99 for the C4V and the top of the line Ranger Grey tops things out with a price tag of $299.99

If you want to  check the line out more you can click HERE to visit their website.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • BillC

    Tactical Advantage? HAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahha. Please.
    Lightening is only for tuned race-guns. Wasn’t a certain designer mentioned here recently where he states the bolt carrier weight should be in-fact, increased?
    Oooh, fancy colors and the promise of much tactical, wow! Here take my money for a $300 BCG that will probably give you nothing but headache. But colors and tactical!

    Improved heat dissipation. Regular BCGs are already cool to the touch if you take it out after shooting (contrary to the piston claim), everything sans ultra-mag dumps (where you’ll have other things to worry about).

    • LG

      I agree. The heavier bolt carrier group that one’s AR can handle the better. The Tubbs’ weights for the bolt carrier group, once the correct weight combination for the rounds is ascertained, are terrific.

      • raz-0

        It’s mass of the BCG +buffer Vs. spring rate and gas supply. There is no absolute right answer, just a functional balancing of those factors.

        Lighter is better in most ways, but you have to reduce the gas. That is as long as your cyclic rate doesn’t climb too high, because then you have to worry about outrunning the mag springs. Adding mass is easier and cheaper to machine, overgassing eliminates most of the reliability issues form doing that, and it is more amenable to full auto. Hence why it is the mil-spec. It’s also what tends to get manufactured in large volume because QC on it is less labor intensive.

        Competitors want fast, accurate, and don’t really want to clean it too much over significant round counts. I find it amusing when people say something is “just for competition” It may not be battlefield abusive, but it certainly is harsher than most civilian use.

        The tubb weights work when you don’t care how long it takes to settle back to a good sight picture.

        • micmac80

          For weapon reliabilty heavier better

          • raz-0

            Ok. Explain why. I’m not defending a lightened carrier in an otherwise muddle of the mil spec setup, but properly gassed, sprung, etc. What’s magic about heavier that light and balanced can’t do?

          • Kivaari

            Softens recoil and impact of recoiling parts. Is already calibrated for full-auto firing and semi-auto.

          • Don

            What raz-0 said will do the same thing. Put an adjustable gas block on and add a compensator and or adjust your spring weight… Different methods that get you the same end result.

          • Kivaari

            As currently engineered, I never saw a need to start changing springs, buffers, BCGs or adding an adjustable gas block. It doesn’t make an AR into a hot rod, except for cosmetics. Use reloading data that is geared for ARs and you will get very fine accuracy and reliability without the need to spend another $250 – $400 to tune it to work with a handload that will out shoot existing match loads.
            It’s not that I wont spend money building a rifle, my most plain AR cost more than $1400 to build. To the average AR fan it looks pretty plain and maybe a $600 home-assembled rifle. With a 16″ LW ML pencil barrel it shoots like some heavy barrel rifles. All with conventional weight recoiling parts.

          • raz-0

            It gets you decreased movement of the sight picture and faster cycle time. These are useful things.

            Bleed off less gas, and you might even be able to lighten your load.

            Also, I’m not defending the price of this product. You can do lightened for a minor premium over a good bcg when planned from the start.

          • raz-0

            So smacking a heavier weight into the barrel extension softens impact? Got it.

            No it doesn’t. Impart X energy you can either dissipate it in the way back, or the way forward. More mass usually means you defer it until it goes back into battery.

          • Kivaari

            Remember going home will be about the same. Higher velocity adds energy. Both will get a softened stop thanks to the extractor and ejector needing to compress. The recoil rearward is what people claim wears out rifles faster than the slower moving heavy buffers. Read the adds for each type in Brownell’s book, and it is funny. Each system, heavier or lighter claims the same benefits. If a GI spec M16 BCG is what the rifle is built around is there really a need to change those calibrated weights and tension?

          • raz-0

            Only if you want faster split times and less sight picture movement.

            I did the heavy thing for a long while. It’ll do and its easier to get right. I got better and took the jump into going light. It was worth it for me.

            Its definitely not a must, and a waste of you don’t run and gun imo.

            Also if you REALLY go down the rabbit hole, you buy a barrel with a reduced gas or port. Which means you get more time until gas or erosion hoses you.

          • Kivaari

            My error is I always think in the way of an issue or self defense rifle. The run and gun sports just pass me by.

    • Kivaari

      Yep! Heavy is better.

  • derpmaster

    I’m betting they will be bankrupt in six months.

    • BillC

      Nah, they will make it when they release the “Ultra-Tactical Advantage” BCG with tactical fluting in 3 new colors, all shades of baby puke.

      • TVOrZ6dw

        When they introduce country colors to their BCG then they will hit the big time.

  • Anon

    A solution to a problem that never existed, why would I buy one of these?

  • gordon

    Cryptic Coatings has been so coating bolts for at least a couple years now too. I have one of their Mystic Black ones. Not sure how much benefit the coating is other than it cleans real easy and looks good (when you can see it).

    • Don

      That’s if you can ever get one. I’ve never seen a company that has a problem stocking parts like they do. They supply the BCG’s for F-1 Firearms as well and they are also always backordered on BCG’s. The last time I needed a BCG I was on Cryptic’s waiting list for 3 months when I threw in the towel and went with a JP Rifles BCG.

      • BravoSeven

        I purchased a Cryptic Coatings BCG last summer and had it within a few days. Has worked flawlessly and it’s definitely easy to clean. They even send me Christmas cards. LOL

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Increased lubricity…

    For a part that is never even really supposed to contact the receiver in the first place.

    NiB bolts are great and all, and a good idea, but the Carrier? Phosphate that sucker and move on.

    • Kivaari

      Phosphate holds oil.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        Phosphate holds oil mostly for rust resistance, not lubrication.
        Besides, I’m not saying don’t lube the carrier, just that fancy and expensive coatings aren’t really necessary.

        • Kivaari

          The bearing points don’t hold much. I often, knock down the higher rougher “new” Parkerizing on the contact points.

    • Don

      Friction means wear… Anything that eliminates friction is a good thing. Bolt carriers don’t just float, they do contact the receiver in several places. Why do you think the bottom of the carriers wear?

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        I’m not saying it doesn’t need any lube, or not to lube it. Just that the benefit of these fancy and expensive coatings is mostly lost on a part like a bolt carrier in an AR15.

  • Kivaari

    Some people drive purple cars. Why?

  • Don

    Are we running out of material to write about? You posted about these BCG’s back on October 2, 2015.

    • Don

      Not you specifically, but Nathan did a write on them.

      • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

        Had you read the articles you would have noticed that Nathan covered the competition line. The Tactical line is a brand new thing.

        • Don

          I did read the articles and I went to their website and I don’t see a difference. The hyperlink that you have above in your article takes you to the “Copperhead Enhanced Competition BCG”. Nowhere on your linked page did it say “Tactical”. And if you had gone to their home page, which you must not have done, it lists each BCG as both “Competition” and “Tactical”… So again, where is the difference my friend????

          • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

            If you read the words that I wrote you will see that the entire first paragraph outlines my ignorance to Iron City’s existence and that I might have to come off some money because the Copperhead I linked is pretty cool.

            Try the link in the last sentence like is customary, that is normally the link to the product page. Scroll to the bottom and you have their new line featured there.

            I am not going to debate about the similarities in design to the competition carriers, what I will point out is that they are being sold as a new line and we thought that the readership would like to hear about the line.

  • Jalen Byon

    This article really didn’t explain anything. I don’t come here to read “this exists”

  • Treyh007

    Guys we are in the Tacticool Age, I think it’s great all these different “systems” are coming out, weather it’s for you and what you shoot is the question. It might be stupid and a waste for one type shooter and a dream for another type shooter. It seems like every article I read on TFB here lately is filled with negative Nancy’s complaining about something. Guys this is our firearms market, Be glad that people are taking free market risks and trying to produce good upgraded products for all of us. Most countries don’t have all the “STUPID TACTICOOL STUFF”! Be happy guys, these things are for us.