Battle Arms Development .300 BLK, VERT Stock & Receiver | SHOT 2017

The staff at Battle Arms Development with their white lab coats were at it again this year, showing off AR15s you swear are works of art instead of rifles, save for the 5.56x45mm stampings on the receiver. Specifically new for 2017 was the companies .300 BLK rifle entry, VERT PDW monolithic lower, and the VERT stock system. Before we get into the details, I learned that much of the aluminum parts are made from 7075 T6 aluminum. Where most companies will stick with 6065 because of costs, Battle Arms Development commits themselves to 7075 which is an indication of how much quality they want to put into their rifles.

.300 BLK offerings this year appear to be very much the most recent rage, with just LWRC and Barrett also introducing .300 BLK SBRs and rifles at their booths off the top of my head. Battle Arms Development’s entry has a 7.5″ barrel, direct impingement actuated and is 20.1″ overall. It is an SBR, and final price is $2,499 from the shop. Although it is also highly customizable. I don’t think there is rifle length version offered as of yet.

Most of the time when we think of monolithic receivers, uppers come to mind. But with the VERT lower, Battle Arms Development has forgone the whole buffer tube threads and pieces, creating one piece to hold the companies collapsing stock system in place. Although the MSRP is $975, the receiver itself appears to be very rugged, especially with the stock system actually a part of it.

However, if the stock doesn’t interest you, but are interested in one of the companies telescoping stocks, it is available for $425 with accompanying shortened buffer and spring. It is compatible with a standard BCG, so that’s less end work on the part of a new user.

.300 BLK entry.

The company was also selling this really neat AR tool, coming with everything from flathead screw drivers, cleaning bits, screw in handle, even an Aimpoint two dot adjustment bit.


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  • AD

    I quite like that wood-stocked model. I want to say that it looks old-fashioned, yet something about the receiver reminds me of old sci-fi movies like Aliens. It’s an interesting aesthetic.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      It’s classy. I gentleman’s gun if you will.

    • Seth Hill

      I could see someone steampunking it up.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn, this is the kind of thing every AR company should aspire to. How many more black rifles can the market absorb? It seems like companies are either going to have to start getting creative at some point or die.

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      Considering how popular AR15s (and various polymer framed striker fired pistols) are, it doesn’t seem like you have to be particularly creative and/or innovative in order to be successful.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Perhaps not.
        But im definitely sick of seeing the same gun “debut” every month.

        • A bearded being from beyond ti

          I understand that, but it shouldn’t be particularly surprising that we’re getting the same stuff all the time either.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          You have to admit the Saint release was genius! They made us pay attention to a daily occurrence and lit the internet on fire for over a week.

          Agreed though.

    • Martin Grønsdal

      the problem is that this is just another black rifle… they just took three parts, and cut them out of wood, instead machined aluminium…

      but I can’t agree more on the amount of “new” black rifles that hit the marked.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Well, thats kinda like saying anything with four wheels and an engine is just another car.

        Yes, every AR will have certain features in common but that doesnt make them the same.

        • jamezb

          whereas interchangeable BCG’s and FCG’s do pretty well make them the same.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Those are two factors but even those are highly variable.

        • Martin Grønsdal

          I both agree, and disagree, at the same time.

      • Blake

        You realize the innovation being mentioned isn’t the fake wood furniture but the stock/buffer system and monolithic receiver built for it right? He wasn’t saying he doesn’t like rifles that are physically black, he was talking about companies releasing rifles that are just standard ARs that any shooter can build in their garage.

        • Martin Grønsdal

          sure sure, all of that is right, but it is still an ar15. For whatever reason that rifle is dominant, it is also dominating “new” production. I don’t think there is no innovation in the ar15, but it is certainly not a new product every time. That’s what I mean.

  • Fred Johnson

    A beautifully executed firearm. I’ll just file that in my unobtanium folder. 🙂

  • JoshCalle

    I love that woody rifle, it’s like if an AR15 were made by an Orc.

  • MarcoPolo

    Normally not a fan of rifles that look like they were developed for ComicCon rather than SHOT, but damn! That is one sexy rifle.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    That washed out greenish color looks like cheap plastic. Kinda clashes with the beautiful wood.

    • JoshCalle

      It’s supposed to look like a bronze patina, like the Statue of Liberty. I think it gives it an old timey relic look, like if this was middle earth and the rifle had been passed down through generations of orcs.

  • Gary Kirk

    Is it just the picture, or could they really not match the wood on the grip with the stock and handgaurds?

    • Anonymoose

      (the stock isn’t actually wood)

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Its the same wood just without the finish.

      Better grip without probably.

      • Gary Kirk

        I can understand going with the matte finish for grip.. But at least make it all the same..

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          I dont disagree but I think that is a minor issue on what is otherwise a remarkable design.
          This and the Honey Badger are one of the few “new” AR’s that have not made me start yawning.

  • Greg Beals

    Gives a new meaning to “I got a woody”

  • valorius

    That wood furniture is GORGEOUS.

  • valorius

    This is a high dollar AR that is actually worth the price to me. Unique, and that wood is beautiful.

  • valorius

    SOMEONE needs to introduce the sort of beautiful wood furniture you see on some of these gorgeous custom and semi custom guns, for milspec AR’s.

    • iksnilol

      Well, there’s plenty of wooden furniture for AR-15s. Just google it.

      • valorius

        Everything i’ve seen is nowhere near as nice as what’s on this rifle. Any in particuular you were thinking of?

        • JoshCalle

          Check out ironwood designs

          • valorius

            Thanks! But sadly their ar-15 page is under construction (of course 🙁 )

            The one stock set that is pictured is fixed, and is pretty similar to what everyone else offers.

            I really like the collapsable wood stocks that seem to mostly be custom one offs people make for their own guns.

        • iksnilol

          I was thinkong about “blackgunswood”. They look nice whilst I think they’re reasonably priced. Another site offers fancy high grade but their site was badly laid out so I am leery of them.

          • valorius

            I’m really interested in a collapsible wood stock. Thanks for the link!

  • Nicholas Johnson

    Miles, if you’re going to be a student at a real school like IU and call yourself a writer, you need to start writing like an adult, not a Marine. Three times in the article you incorrectly use the plural of ‘company’ instead of the possessive. [“the companies .300 BLK rifle,” “the companies collapsing stock system,” “the companies telescoping stocks.”] Fix your grammar.

  • Swarf

    I’m pretty sure the forearm and the… buffer shroud or whatever you AR nerds call it, aren’t wood, but aluminum painted or decal-ed to look like wood.

    The pistol grip, yes, but the back piece is too thin and the fore piece has that raised detail that doesn’t look CNC’d and is unlikely to be stamped and very unlikely to be individually carved.

  • DanGoodShot

    You know what would be really cool. If gun companies started to makes this stuff more affordable, inturn attracting more people to the sport and giving them more clientele while helping to grow the gun community giving us a bigger voice…. only if… huhhh that is a sexy a$$ gun though.