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Once again, the fertile minds at Impact Weapons Components have been cooking up something innovative. The new QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT is an ultra low profile QD sling swivel socket that can be tucked away in a Troy Industries TRX rail or a number of other clever places.

The QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT is CNC machined from 303 stainless steel and then black oxide finished. It consists of 3 major components: the QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT itself, a snap ring, and set screws. The snap ring keeps the MOUNT-N-SLOT from falling into the hand guard while the set screws provide the tension needed to lock all the components in place.

The first and most obvious place to mount the QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT is on a Troy TRX rail. It nests down inside the rail and converts one of the holes to a QD swivel socket. That is a pretty clever trick but it is far from the only trick that this little widget has up its sleeve.

The QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT can also be mounted on Magpul MOE Hand Guards. The user can drill a hole with a Forstner Drill Bit in their hand guard. Only two other tools are needed: a flat blade screw driver to install the the Spirolock and a 3/64 size Allen key for the set screws.

There are already reports of people using these on standard AR-15 hand guards as well. These should be able to be mounted on just about any plastic hand guard or stock that has the necessary interior space and access. It will be interesting to see where else the QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOTs turn up.

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Daniel Defense MFR 12.0 Rail

Daniel Defense recently announced a new rail, the MFR 12.0, that fits with the current trend of slim, slick sided, lightweight tubes. I am all for more options in this style of hand guard.

The MFR 12.0 is designed to cover a mid-length or carbine length gas system with low profile gas block. It can be run slick sided (without the rails) or 3″ rail sections can be attached where necessary via screws. The MFR 12.0 comes with 3 of the 3″ rail sections and they can be attached at the typical 90 degree angles or offset.

This style of rail is very popular right now and for good reason. It offers excellent control due to its smaller outside diameter and lighter weight is always a good thing. I am glad to see Daniel Defense venturing to offer a new option in this style of rail.

Review: Manticore Arms NightShroud

The NightShroud from Manticore Arms is a flash suppressor that is designed for the AK-74s and AK-47s, like the excellent Arsenal SGL-21, with 24mm threaded muzzles. It is an excellent alternative to the ubiquitous AK-74 brake that is most commonly found on AKs with 24mm threads.

I found the NightShroud while I was looking for an alternative to a muzzle brake for my SGL-21. I wanted something quieter than the AK-74 style brake that came standard on the SGL-21. I quickly found that, since the SGL-21’s muzzle has 24mm threads, my options were extremely limited. Thankfully, one of those limited options was the NightShroud.

The NightShroud is very cleanly machined from 8620 steel and then finished with a slightly shiny black oxide. It certainly looks and feels well made. It features 8 indentations all the way around the collar so that you can tighten the NightShroud all the way down to the muzzle and still engage the locking detent. This is the type of feature that takes some extra machining but the results, a solid muzzle device with little to no wobble, are worth it.

I really just wanted something that was quieter and the NightShroud is certainly quieter than the AK-74 brake. However, it is the better part of an inch shorter and a bit lighter in weight!

AK-74 Brake NightShroud
Length (inches) 3.21 2.46
Weight (ounces) 3.60 3.30

The NightShroud does a great job of suppressing flash as well. It elimated the amount of flash that is visible from the shooter’s position. Only a very small, thin bit of flash is visible from beside the NightShroud. The performance is pretty impressive.

So if you own an AK-74 or an AK-47 like the SGL-21 with 24mm threads you should definitely check out the NightShroud. It is an excellent option in spite of the fact that it is one of the very few options.

The NighShroud is manufactured by Manticore Arms and can be viewed on their website. I purchased my NightShroud through Rat Worx.

Note: The Manticore Arms website cautions that the NightShroud may not fit some rifles like the SGL-21. I believe that is old information. The version that I recieved has a longer collar so it will fit a wider variety of rifles as evidenced by the longer overall length and heavier weight than those listed on the Manticore Arms website. The version that is now shipping is the an improved model that should fit most AKs with 24mm threads. However, you may want to contact Manticore Arms or Rat Worx to verify that the NightShroud will work with your rifle.

Update: AR15.COM Ambidextrous Billet Lower Receiver

Earlier this week I wrote about the AR15.COM Ambidextrous Billet Lower Receiver. Since that time I have been given more details regarding the lower. The details are impressive to say the least.

As I mentioned in the original post, the selector markings are made to work with either a 45 or 90 degree selector. The buyer will be able to choose between the BAD-ASS and the BAD-ASS-ST.

It will come with the Magpul MIAD grip. The purchaser will be able to choose which Magpul stock they want (UBR, CTR, etc).

The excellent 4.5Lb Geissele 3 Gun trigger will come standard. It is a special version that has the AR15.com Bolt Face Logo engraved on the hammer.

As if all of this isn’t enough, there are still more details and an official announcement to come.

Mesa Tactical Urbino Tactical Stock

The Urbino Tactical Stock from Mesa Tactical is made for both Remington and Benelli shotguns. This new stock should make Benelli owners especially happy since there is a distinct lack of OEM and aftermarket stock choices available for the Benelli line.

The Urbino Tactical Stock has a shorter 12.5″ length of pull. I find that shotgun stocks are generally too long so the shorter length of pull is a positive. The stock also features several sling mounting options and a rubber sleeved pistol grip. It accepts an optional LimbSaver recoil pad which should help ease the pain of high volume shotgun training. Mounting optics like micro Aimpoints have become more popular on shotguns, and the Urbino has an optional adjustable cheek piece to accommodate these optics.

The Urbino Tactical Stock looks like it will be an excellent option.

AR15.com Ambidextrous Billet Lower Receiver

I don’t have many details yet but pictures of the upcoming AR15.com Ambidextrous Billet Lower Receivers have been released.

Image courtesy of AR15.com

Roger at Battle Arms Development tells me that these lowers have unique selector markings. The pictogram that represents the “fire” selector position is engraved at 68 degrees from “safe” rather than the standard 90 degrees. This makes the markings compatible with 90 degree selectors like the BAD-ASS and 45 degree selectors like the BAD-ASS-ST (Short Throw).

This will be the first lower receiver on the market that will be compatible with both the excellent 45 degree BAD-ASS-ST and the 90 degree BAD-ASS. I will share more details as they become available

TangoDown Vickers Tactical Glock Slide Stop

Glock 17RTF2 with Vickers Tactical Magazine Release and Slide Stop

The Larry Vickers designed, TangoDown produced magazine release for Glocks is one of my favorite Glock add-ons. Given my experience with the magazine release, I have been very excited to try the new TangoDown Vickers Tactical Slide Stop for Glocks which is now available.

The problem with most extended slide stops for the Glock is that a right hand shooter’s support hand can unintentionally contact the slide stop when the shooter is using a high hand grip. This unintentional contact can cause the slide to lock back before the magazine is empty or prevent the slide from locking back when magazine is empty.

The Vickers Tactical Slide Stop is designed to give a fairly large amount of surface area without being so overly large that it is prone to contacting the support hand. It has a fairly aggressive texture that makes it very easy to operate, even with gloves. Other slide stops extend to the rear of the Glock to provide more leverage. The Vickers Tactical Slide Stop extends out from the frame to provide a “shelf” that the thumb can press down on in order to release the slide.

I have one of these in hand for an upcoming review and so far I am really impressed.


Last week I mentioned a new effort by Wilson Tactical to put a 30 caliber projectile in an AR-15. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention AAC’s entry into the same niche – the .300 Blackout (7.62×35).

The 300BLK replicates the ballistics of the venerable 7.62×39. It is designed to work within the confines of the AR-15 with no reduction in capacity and to use the standard bolt. It should come as no surprise, given AAC’s hand in this project, that the 300BLK is purpose built to be suppressed. There will be a standard 123 grain super-sonic load and an impressive 220 grain sub-sonic load.

The 300BLK seems to already enjoy some pretty extensive support. Remington will be loading ammo for it. There are already gunsmith tools like chamber reamers available. AAC has plans to manufacture short barreled PDW type AR-15s, a 16″ carbine type AR-15, and even a slick little version of the Remington Model 7 which really highlights the versatility of this cartridge.

You can read more about the 300BLK on 300AACBlackout.com.

New Cartridge from Wilson Combat: 7.62×40 WT

Wilson Combat has developed a new cartridge that shoehorns a .30 caliber projectile into the AR-15. The 7.62×40 WT is a low recoil cartridge that exceeds the energy of the 7.62×39. Wilson Combat sees this as a versatile do-all of a cartridge that is suited for hunting and tactical applications.

It will be able to utilize a wide variety of the .30 caliber projectiles that are already on the market so reloaders should have no problem working up a pet load. The dimensions of the 7.62×40 WT will allow it to work with standard AR-15 magazines but some modifications may be required for better reliability.

You can read more about the 7.62x40WT project on the Wilson Combat website.


Ares Armor Huskey Amentum Slider Sling

Image courtesy of Ares Armor

The Huskey Amentum Slider Sling from Ares Armor has some very interesting features and functionality. At first glance, it looks fairly similar to other padded 2 point slings on the market, but a closer look reveals a really well designed slider and the ability to act as a shooting aid (like a shooting sling).

The slider is designed for quick and easy function. The user can simply pull it in both directions to tighten or loosen the sling on the fly. The webbing loop makes it hard to miss when you are in a hurry.

Typically, I like my 2 point slings to be mounted at the front and rear as close to the receiver as possible which gives excellent mobility. The Huskey Amentum Slider Sling is designed to promote a stable shooting position so it should be mounted as far out toward the muzzle and buttstock as possible. Ares Armor’s instruction video for the Huskey Amentum Slider Sling does a great job of explaining more about its use as a shooting aid.

The Huskey Amentum Slider Sling is available on Ares Armor’s website.

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