Category Archives: Ar-15

New Streamlight Protac Rail HL-X: 1000 Lumens of Awesome

I wrote about some of the cool things that Streamlight was coming out with in the SHOT Show recap last month, but I was specifically reserving this for a standalone feature. It’s that good. The main reason I wanted to save it was so that I could try to show how bright this light really is. And although I might or might not have been Read More →

AR Review: Forward Controls Design EMR & EMR-C Mag Releases

I recently received the Forward Controls Design EMR and EMR-C and have had a chance to briefly use each model. Both of these are drop in replacements for your standard AR-15 magazine release button. They are made from 7075-T3 aluminum bar stock, and then Type III hard coat anodized. The results are a nicely machined product with a uniform finish. The EMR (at right) features a Read More →

Robar’s PolymAR-15P Pistol Is the Real Deal

I’ve recently had the privilege of doing some solid T&E with the pistol iteration of the Robar PolymAR-15, and I have to say that I’ve been pretty impressed by it. Freddie Blish and Robar designed it from the ground up to lighten the load that law enforcement officers have to carry (literally), and regardless of which version you shoot, the first thing you notice is how Read More →

AR Review: Forward Controls Design Bolt Catch

Forward Controls Design is the latest endeavor of Roger Wang (formerly of Battle Arms Development), whose goal is to refine and augment firearm’s human interface controls. One of their debut products (yet to be officially named) will be an upgraded bolt catch for AR-15 type firearms. It will be referred to as the FCD BC (Forward Controls Design Bolt Catch) for the remainder of this Read More →

Product Review: PWS MK116 Mod 1

Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) is a firearms manufacturer located in Boise, ID.  PWS was founded in 2005 from humble beginnings with the goal of enhancing the AK47 platform.  They soon moved into the AR market after their initial success, and designed a long-stroke, piston-operated AR platform rifle.  This feature, among others, is what sets their MK1 series apart from your standard gas-operated AR-15. The PWS MK1 Read More →

Bro, Do You Even AR? Functional Mods that Won’t Break the Bank

It’s about that time of year now when you spent all of your money on other peoples’ presents but you might get some money for Christmas and spending your new money on cool things is very much preferable to paying off the credit card charges you made for the presents you bought on Black Friday. So in honor of procrastinating paying off your credit card and Read More →