Like the 1911 before it, its amazing the AR-15 continues to endure as it has. More specifically, its amazing that even certain parts have endured without the aftermarket coming in to update them. Yes, the AR has seen various barrels, handguards, receivers, stocks, and magazines, but only recently has the much lamented but entirely useful dust cover come into the fore.
Started by the ultra lightweight craze, the dust cover has undergone a mutation for a maligned but useful component to an enlightened piece of equipment. Previous stamped steel, the dust cover is now made from a variety of materials including aluminum, titanium, and polymer. Secondly, its gone from a permanent installation to a user-removable one.
Building upon their user-removable polymer V1 dust cover, Strike Industries has announced the release of their latest Ultimate Dust Cover, the FLAG V2. The update is purely aesthetic, but appreciated for those who care about such things. The first version featured a flowing flag, which was indeed full-blown Merica’ it could often not match the hard machined lines of various rifles. The newest version fixes that with a bit more mechanically themed Merica’.
The Ultimate Dust Cover is offered in both black and FDE. Pricing is set at $15.95 and is available directly from Strike Industries and starting to ship to their dealer network.