[SHOT 2024] Wraithworks Announces A 5lb AR-15 – The WARP-15

At SHOT 2024, Wraithworks made a bold entry into the ultra-light AR-15 market with its announcement of a truly unique firearm model, dubbed the WARP-15. Evidently, the pursuit of this project was primed with a specific goal: to cut down weight as much as feasibly possible without sacrificing the firearm’s durability or its reliability.

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Bushmaster's "New" Retro AR-15s

Step into the spotlight with us at SHOT Show 2024 as we bring you an exclusive glimpse of Bushmaster’s thrilling new release – the Retro AR-15s, featuring the iconic M16A2 and M4A2. Join us for a quick tour around the Bushmaster booth, where we highlight the key features, design elements, and nostalgic appeal of the M16A2 and M4A2 models. Perfect for enthusiasts and collectors, this video is your gateway to experiencing the revival of two of the most legendary rifles in military history. Whether you’re a history aficionado, a firearm enthusiast, or someone captivated by the art of retro weaponry, this video from SHOT Show 2024 is your perfect quick guide to what Bushmaster has in store with their Retro AR15 series.

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[SHOT 2024] Anderson Manufacturing Adds Frontline AR-15 And Carry Handle Models

Anderson Manufacturing announced the expansion of their AR-15 product line with the introduction of new models featuring the A2 carry handle. These additions come as part of their retro series, broadening the variety for aficionados of classic firearm designs. In addition to the retro series enhancements, Anderson Manufacturing revealed their new line of premium AR-15 rifles and pistols under the Frontline name.

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[SHOT 2024] Magpul TMAG Translucent AR-15 MAG, Steel AMAX Magazine

Magpul Industries recently launched the Magpul TMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M3, a translucent addition to their GEN M3 magazine series. This new magazine offers a translucent body with an olive drab tint, accommodating 30-rounds of 5.56×45 NATO/.223 Remington caliber ammunition. Magpul also announced the 9mm stainless steel AMAG for SIG P320 pistols.

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[SHOT 2024] Hydra Weaponry Has Survival Pistol and Modular AR Components

At the SHOT Show this year, Hydra Weaponry, based in Gorham, Maine, presented their latest advancements in modular firearm components. The company, previously known as MGI, showcased its innovative AR lower featuring quick-swap magwells. This design provides shooters the flexibility to easily switch to another magwell suitable for virtually any type of magazine, including rare varieties such as the M3 Grease Gun or the Suomi M31 drum magazine. Priced around $500, their caliber conversion kits are designed to be universally compatible with AR pattern components from various manufacturers.

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[SHOT Show 2024] NEW Aero Precision PRO Lowers & Handguards

Oh, snap it’s another Hop and Crazy Kirk crossover episode! New for 2024, Aero Precision is expanding their PRO Series to include a fully ambidextrous lower receiver and a redesigned handguard. The new M4E1 PRO lower is a further enhancement to the already enhanced M4E1 with mirrored magazine release and bolt release controls. The MOD4 handguard is a bit heavier and a bit stiffer than Aero’s own Atlas and is designed to reduce flex for use with laser aiming modules.

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LMT's Ultra-Compact .300BLK Monolithic PDW

James is at LMT to talk about their .300 BLK PDW – an ultra-compact, lightweight AR-type rifle built from the LMT MRP platform. Check the video for more details.

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The NEW "Budget" Battle Arms Workhorse Rifle

James Reeves is at Battle Arms Development to see the new more-economically-priced $799 MSRP Workhorse LT. According to BAD’s press release:

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[SHOT 2024] Bushmaster Firearms Debuts New Carry Handle Rifles

At SHOT Show 2024, Bushmaster Firearms introduced two rifles, marking a resurgence of classic designs that evoke an era of trusted and proven firearms. The newly released models include the M4A2 Patrolman’s Rifle and the XM15A2 rifle, both of which pay homage to their respective historical precedents in form and functionality.

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[SHOT 2024] FIMS Firearms Releases Entry Level AR-15

FIMS, best recognized for their bullpup-style rifle, the SPBP, along with a range of high-end AR-15s, announced a more affordable rifle option intended for consumers wishing to sport the FIMS brand. This announcement comes as an addition to their expanding arsenal yet the new firearm has not yet been updated on the FIMS website.

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[SHOT Show 2024] NEW H&R 9mm DOE AR

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop checks in with Mike from H&R and NoDakSpud to take a look at the new 633 style 9mm “DOE” AR. H&R has been expanding its lineup of retro and “clone correct” AR builds for the last few years to include 9mm ARs using the Colt stick magazine pattern. The H&R DOE 9mm will be a mostly faithful reproduction with a few subtle tweaks to make it more appealing to shooters.

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An Inexpensive Plastic AR-15? The Wraith WARP-15

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at SHOT Show 2024 looking at the Wraithworks WARP-15. The Wraithworks WARP-15 is an affordable polymer-receiver (upper and lower) AR with a pencil barrel, weighing just 5 pounds and coming in at less than $500 complete.

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[SHOT 2024] Black Talon Tactical's Drop-In AR Triggers

At SHOT 2024, Black Talon Tactical introduced their latest range of drop-in triggers, intended for AR-15 pattern rifles. The company is expanding its offerings this year, focusing on a trio of adjustable triggers that have garnered attention for their precise calibration and user-centric design.

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[SHOT 2024] Rogue Ops A-10 and RO-21 Rifles

Three noteworthy products introduced by the Medford, Oregon-based Rogue Ops caught the attention of industry enthusiasts. The products in question are the lightweight A-10 rifle, which was recently selected by a law enforcement client for use as a marksman’s rifle for the department’s SWAT team, as well as their RO21 offerings in 6mm ARC and 300BLK calibers.

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[SHOT Show 2024] NEW Daniel Defense PCC

New for 2024, Daniel Defense is bringing their first-ever pistol caliber carbine to market. Hop dropped in on a rain-soaked Daniel Defense range day to shoot it and get the details. The aptly but boringly named DD PCC is built around the readily available 9mm CZ Scorpion magazine pattern and has fully ambidextrous controls mirrored on both sides of the receiver. Recoil is mitigated by a hydraulic buffer system from Kynshot. Most of the other parts are standard to the AR platform. The Daniel Defense PCC will be available initially with a 16″ barrel or as a factory SBR with an 8.5″ barrel, both paired with the Daniel Defense MFR M-LOK handguard.

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Step by Step: Building A Precision AR-15 Upper Receiver

Just as it is with power tools, each type of firearm has its own purpose. With the modularity of platforms like the AR-15, one type of gun can be configured in many different ways, covering different kinds of tasks. In my personal collection, I have a shorty AR for close range, a standard 16” do-it-all gun, and a large void that needs to be filled with a long-range, precision rifle. Adding the word “precision” to anything basically triples the cost of an off-the-shelf gun, so I decided to build one instead and gather parts over time. Join me on this journey, as I put together an AR-15 upper, part after part, expletive after expletive.

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B&T to Release ARs Based on Hodge Defense MOD1 and MOD2 Guns

Hodge Defense Systems has become a hot-ticket name in the AR-15 world in recent years. Their rise to popularity brought with it an air of exclusivity, as their products created enough demand to sometimes necessitate “drop”-style releases that would sell out in minutes. B&T has dabbled in AR-style and similar firearms before, including a prior collaboration with German manufacturer C.G. Haenel. Now the vaunted Swiss firm is set to enter a new partnership, this time with Hodge, to offer a new AR series. It will be called the BT-15 HD, based on Hodge’s extant MOD 1 and MOD 2 designs. These new B&T/Hodge ARs are estimated to be slated for a mid-2024 release and should be offered in either 11.5″ or 16″ variants.

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Springfield Armory Announces 20″ California-Compliant Hellion 5.56mm

If you happen to live in one of the most restrictive states in the US, have not escaped yet, and also oddly love your firearms, then we have some good news for you by the way of Springfield Armory and a new variation of one of their most popular rifles. Springfield Armory is pleased to announce a 20″ California Compliant Hellion in 5.56mm NATO for all of the residents of Golden State.

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Geissele Super Duty Rifles Win LAPD SWAT Contract

Geissele Automatics announced today on Instagram that the Super Duty rifle won an LAPD contract for the SWAT and Tactical Surveillance Teams. LAPD SWAT has used the HK416 for several years, but it seems those days are ending. Let’s see what this new gun has to offer.

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Magpul Announces New DT Carbine Stock

Magpul’s latest addition to their vast array of firearm furniture is the DT Carbine Stock. It is an A-frame design for standard mil-spec buffer tubes. And possibly best of all, it only costs $64.95.

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Bundeswehr Using Haenel MK556s to Train Ukrainian SOF

The Haenel MK556, despite having been rejected by the Bundeswehr following a patent infringement, has recently been seen put to use training Ukrainian special forces operators. The 5.56x45mm short-stroke piston carbines were once poised to replace the German Army’s G36s, now they’re helping Ukraine’s operators prepare for operations on the frontline.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #308: Barrel Lengths and the SureFire SOCOM556 RC3

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last weekend we started off with an introduction to the latest SureFire rifle suppressor, Today we compare the SureFire SOCOM556 RC3 to the venerable SureFire SOCOM556 RC2 on different barrel lengths of gas operated carbines. Is SureFire’s next generation suppressor quieter than the RC2? Does barrel length matter? I think we all know the answer to that… but let’s dig in anyway.

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New JARD J-ARBA Bolt Action Rifle

Sheldon, Iowa-based JARD Inc. is venturing into the market of AR-style bolt guns with the release of their new bolt action rifle called J-ARBA (AR Bolt Action). The J-ARBA rifle utilizes a mil-spec AR lower receiver which means it has AR controls and is fed from AR magazines. Being a bolt gun, the rifle is a more efficient suppressor host, has a cleaner action compared to a gas gun, and can be retrofitted with a folding stock as it does not require a buffer and buffer tube to function.

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Young Manufacturing Variable Mass Bolt Carrier Group

There are a ton of ways that people have attempted to tackle the issue of having a properly tuned AR-15 rifle. The Young Manufacturing Variable Mass M16 Bolt Carrier Group is one new solution in addition to things like adjustable gas blocks, that can help the user get their rifle quickly tuned to work with different types of ammunition, suppressors, and even different cartridges and subsonic loads. The new Variable Mass BCG will come in two different variants with one featuring a chrome finish for better durability and lubricity.

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TFB Review: Anderson Manufacturing Dissipator

Anderson Manufacturing has been upping its game lately. Once known as one of, if not the cheapest AR maker on the scene, they have branched out to new product lines and noticeably improved their quality control. I recently reviewed their A4 Short Rifle, essentially an M-16A4 clone but with an 18” barrel. Well, that kind of design aesthetic has continued and they now make a “true” Dissipator. Is there such a thing as a “true” dissipator, and why would you want one? Let’s find out.

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TFB Review: Sightron S-Tac 1-4.5×24 SR-1 Service Rifle Scope

Sightron is the newest entrant in the world of purpose-built competition service rifle scopes. Their S-Tac 1-4.5×24 SR-1 is not a general-purpose low-power variable optic. It is meant for standard bullseye targets at NRA or CMP matches. I spent a summer shooting it in competitions to see how it performs, and it is time to share my results.

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How Popular is the AR-15 When it Comes to Hunting?

The AR-15 isn’t typically what I think of when it comes to most hunting applications. However, the AR platform covers a wide range of cartridges, some of which are more than suitable for hunting everything from small varmints to feral hogs. A new research document from the Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation titled Proliferation of Hunting With AR-Platform / Modern Sporting Rifles sheds some light on how AR has been used within the hunting world.

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POTD: Aero Precision M81 Woodland

Aero Precision posted these images on their Facebook, and they’re an excellent addition to our  Photo Of The Day. I’m a big fan of “not another black rifle“, so I welcome any kind of individualization that is on offer. Well, almost any kind, but this Woodland is a perfect example. For those who don’t know, M81 Woodland is a camouflage pattern that was commonly used by the United States military. The M81 Woodland camouflage pattern consists of a mix of green, brown, and black colors. The pattern features irregular shapes and splotches to help blend soldiers into woodland environments.

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LaRue Tactical Releases AccARizer Rail System

LaRue Tactical has an interesting new take on the classic carry handle mounting rail. The AccARizer rail runs from the carry handle to the front sight post with one continuous rail surface. Let’s take a look at the details. 

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Brownells Adds Three New AR-15 Retro Uppers

Brownells, once the unquestioned leader in the retro AR space, is beefing up their lineup once again. These three new retro uppers add a newer twist to the range. Let’s break them down.

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