VISM BlastAR Kit

VISM BlastAR Kit

NcStar will being selling a new kit of AR-style rifles in 2017 called the VISM BlastAR Kit.

According to NcStar, the VISM BlastAR Kit will take your “AR-15 to the next level” by transforming “your ordinary AR into a modern, cutting edge battle rifle.” Before I go any farther, let me say that this could be a great product. However, over-hyped marketing like this does more to make me not want the product than it does to want it.

Ok, so what does the BlastAR Kit include? This:

  • hand guard: a two-piece hand guard with KeyMod attachment points and Picatinny rail on top
  • carry handle: this is a forward positioned carry handle that wraps around an F-marked front sight tower; it has a riser in the back and M-LOK slots on the top
  • magwell adapter: two-piece unit that acts as a funnel
  • thumbhole stock: fixed length with internal storage and QD points

A few things that left me scratching my head on this one. First, why mix KeyMod and M-LOK attachment points on the same rifle? Aren’t most people buying into one or the other, but not both? Secondly, doesn’t that carry handle location seem to be too far forward to balance properly if you were to use it to carry the rifle?

No word yet on a shipping date or what the suggested retail price may be. NcStar components tend to be inexpensive, so I am guessing the BlastAR kit will not break the bank.

So, what do you think? Do you agree with NcStar that this kit will transform your AR into a “cutting edge battle rifle?”

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is


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  • William Nelson

    I guess there are only so many options for dressing up the Ken doll before one starts experimenting with putting stuff from your Star Wars “Action Figures,” on it. Shine on, NcStar!

  • MontieR

    Looks like another commiefornia dork rifle.

    • Nicholas Feeley

      What’s sad is the Thumbhole Stock is actually one of the “evil features” here.

    • Jim Slade

      Ameritucky via Guangdong.

      • The Brigadier

        I believe NCStar is made in Nationalist China not the PRC. Hence the NC in the name.

  • Roy G Bunting

    Coming soon to a sci-fi movie near you!

  • hikerguy

    Someone just came back in a time machine from 2073. Oh my! They brought an M4 A9 back with them! What? No caseless ammo? Still 5.56 I see. Oh well…..

  • LCON

    Whatever floats your Space Goat.

  • Joe

    We see what you did there, Hera, and we knew we could do worse. -NC Star

    • ozzallos .

      …And less expensive.

      • Jared Vynn

        You mean cheaper, we don’t know the price point of the NCstar item yet but we know NCstar’s quality. Also comparing the Hera to similar products they are inexpensive.

  • GD Ajax

    A kit to make an AR look like a another gun because their some owners fat to use something else.

  • SGT Fish

    why two different heights of pic rail? why everything about this kit?!?!
    I love the vism discreet cases and have multiple of them. but whoever designed this should be fired immediately for gross misuse of company time and resources

  • Wellington L’Antieroe

    Are you sure that VISM doesn’t stand for “visual simulation” and the whole kit is meant as an Hollywood prop?

    • QuadGMoto

      Your comment is spot on.

      But to explain a little, too. VISM is also a name they brand their products with. (Two brand names used interchangeably. Go figure.) I have a shooting mat they make that does the same thing with names. Unlike this confused mess, the mat is one of the best available.

  • Jim Slade

    The only reason Chinese e-bay refund complaint specialists like Ncstar keep making this stuff is because stupid Americans keep buying it.
    Oh, and… google the cool name you just thought up for your airsoft thingie…. just in case, guys:

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    This will probably end up on more airsofts than real rifles… and thats completely okay.

    • Nicholas C

      I agree. It looks interesting. Not practical but it is somewhat different,

  • Nimrod

    Okay, let me try and understand what’s going on here…the two piece rail fits around a 16″ barrel with a FSB. Then the carry handle thingy sits on top of the rail over the FSB. I’m assuming one can still use the front sight even though no rear sight is shown in the photo. The stock obviously just slips on over the buffer tube.

  • .45

    I’m not quite sure I understand the sights there, but if I do, it reduces the radius to what, six inches? All the way at the muzzle end? Yeah, no, that’s a great idea.

  • Nashvone

    It looks like the design department offered up A, B or C and the marketing department went with A, B AND C. Words are important. When you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.

  • MrBrassporkchop

    I’m pretty sure it’s unbalanced where they put the “carry handle”. Like by a lot. I mean it’s not like people use it but still.

  • Joe Gamer

    This looks terrible…
    And I own a Chiappa Rhino…
    the carry handle might not be thick enough to support keymod so after a few failures maybe some clever engineer swapped it for mlok and they weren’t about to change the handguard as well…IMO…lol
    You might be able to buy them separately as well, maybe each piece can be had in either format?
    That carry handle really is too far forward, you would need a pretty heavy bipod to balance that, particularly if it’s loaded.
    What is up with the front of the carry handle? is that supposed to be the front sight post? This has movie prop written all over it…


  • Cal S.

    That almost looks like an integrated optic, which makes me question the disparity between the rail heights. Certainly looks cool, but I’m wondering about their cowitness. A review is in order, I do believe…

    If it comes with an ammo counter, I’m sold!

  • bull

    for that mandalorian feel

  • Swarf

    Ha ha ha, NcStar!

    Oh wait, you’re serious.

    • AC97

      Eh, I’ll just post a story I found that I thought was funny (it was on ARCOM, misspellings intact, added accented u’s).

      “Last time I went to the range, I was at the “tactical” range and this slapdick, durty moneh frat boy and his buddy walked up with a SCAR 17 that had been NC Star fúcked, PTR-91 pistol (8″ .308), and a CZ Scorpion ECO pistol. To start he did a hip fire mag dump with the SCAR (half of which above the berm) which proceeded to litterally cause the “scope” to fall apart and in response, rage quit and threw the damn thing into the bed of his bromobile.

      A few minutes later, he asked for a cease fire, moved his target to 25 yards, went back, loaded the CZ and PTR, and yelled “range hot” (by this time about 4 other guys showed up to shoot). After about a minute of everyone shooting, he grabs both the CZ and PTR akimbo style and starts walking to the target mag dumping both……the owner then proceeded in an ass chewing of epic porpoises and banned the fúcker”

      • Swarf

        Thas’ bootiful man.

      • noob

        epic porposies

      • Richard

        Why buy an fn scar and cover it with ncstar stuff?

        • Ebby123

          Bruh, do you even Call Of Duty?

          • Richard

            Not really anymore to be honest.

          • Ebby123

            But I bet those frat boys do. 😉

          • Richard

            A little too much perhaps.

  • Wright Thinker

    I think its a sharp looking package. The forward balance of the handle may be for the addition of lights/lasers, muzzle brakes, suppressors, etc. Very futuristic looking.

    • LCON

      A light saber Bayonet For Tacticool Jedi Elites

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  • AlmightySatan

    You’d probably be laughed right out of the gun range if you showed up with this.

  • micmac80

    Carry handle is probably mounted wrong way with rear facing forward

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    Ugliness level is over 9000!!!!

  • Wingbert

    Sweet. They brought back the 70’s era carry handle. Now I can carry my gun to work like it’s a briefcase

    • Bill

      Or tennis racquet

  • Cal S.

    That would be way too cool. Operator levels off the chart!

  • Pedenzo

    Pew pew….pew pew….take that you scum sucking Imperial Storm Trooper……..

    Geez….what next? Maybe a bullpup kit for a Hi-point carbine?

    • noob

      hmm why is there no bullpup hi-point? you need a tool to take down the regular rifle for cleaning and aesthetics are not a consideration.

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    • Cooper Berrysmith

      The pinnacle of operating

    • jamezb

      …… there….is there a gun in there somewhere?

  • El Duderino

    Mossberg 464 Zombie Edition still too beautiful and classy for you? Well, here ya go…

  • Mike

    Holy space gun

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  • John

    Mall ninjas everywhere are wetting their camouflage cargo shorts.

  • MeaCulpa

    Look a sporting/skeet AR15, quaint!

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  • TW

    Could see it having a place in movies. Other than that nothing.