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Forward Controls Design RHF

Forward Controls Design’s (FCD) new RHF rails are manufactured by CMT. The rails are based on the UHPR Mod2 but with some changes based on FCD’s input.

FCD’s changes include:

  1. Omission of QD swivel attachment points to allow the user to place their own sling attachment point.
  2. Barrel cooling vents changed to the classic round shape to pay homage to Knight’s Armament’s RAS and RIS where meaningful modular revolution began.
  3. Simplification of the already understated aesthetics of the CMT UHPR Mod 2 handguard.

The RHF rails start life as 6000 series extruded aluminum which is then machined to its final shape. The barrel nuts are machined from 7075 aluminum and the mounting hardware is 17-4 PH stainless steel.

The RHF rails feature M-LOK slots at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock with a full length top rail. They have anti-rotation tabs.

Weight including all hardware:

6.7″, 6.5oz
9.5″, 7.9oz
13.7″, 10.2oz
15″, 10.9oz

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Attention to Detail: Forward Controls EMR in 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

If you are reading JTT, I like to think you and I have a lot in common. You probably enjoy seeing the otherwise unseen details that define a maker’s craftsmanship and thoughtfulness. This 17-4 PH Stainless Steel EMR-C from Forward Controls Design (FCD) is a great example of that.

AR-15 magazine release buttons are usually made from aluminum as are most of the EMR (Enhanced Magazine Release) variants that FCD produces. But what if you wanted to make one from stainless steel? Some manufacturers would be content to chuck some steel into the CNC and call it good. It would be just like every other magazine release… but marginally heavier.

FCD doesn’t work that way. They couldn’t call it good enough until they took as much weight out as they could. They added two little kidney shaped holes to the back of the button that bring the weight to “acceptable levels”. These holes are tiny, designed into the contours of a very small part, beautifully machined, and… COMPLETELY INVISIBLE WHEN THE EMR-C IS INSTALLED!

I love stuff like this. You likely wouldn’t notice the weight once it was installed. You’ll never see the lightening cuts after installation. That doesn’t matter. They still did it. It’s craftsmanship even when no one is looking.

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Sneak Peek: Forward Controls Design ESF

Forward Controls Design gave us a sneak peek of their ESF (End plate, Sling adapter, Forward Controls Design). This prototype version is machined from 7075 aluminum but the production material has not been decided so it could change. The ESF is stakable. It supports the castle nut and provides 3 QD sling swivel sockets (one of each side and one on the back).

Stay tuned for final details.

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Forward Controls Design CNF (Castle Nut, Forward Controls)

Forward Controls Design (FCD) has a knack for taking something good and making it just a little bit better. Their new CNF is a prime example. It is an improved castle nut that is machined from billet 4140PH steel and black nitride processed. It features 4 notches for staking (instead of just three) so that at least three of the notches will be accessible when the castle is torqued. The notches are also deeper, allowing for more secure and consistent staking.

FCD always does a good job of explaining the rationale behind their designs so be sure to check out the CNF at ForwardControlsDesign.com for more details.

Forward Controls Design URF

The URF, or Upper Receiver Forward Controls Design, is now available. The new billet AR-15 upper is based on based on CMT’s URPR-1 7075 billet upper receiver and represents incremental improvements to the standard A3 upper.

FCD outlined the following design improvements:

1. Relief cuts on the section before rails start for better accessibility of a flip up BUIS’s sight stalk / flip up element.

2. Relief on the top of forward assist housing. The relief cut is specifically designed for ambi charging handle users. When the user uses his right fingers to pinch and grasp the CH’s right latch, the relief allows the index finger to reach down further, so the CH’s right latch is positioned in the middle of his finger pad, not the tip of it, for a more secure purchase, especially if the user has gloves on. When we use our left fingers to grab the charging handle’s left latch, there is nothing below the latch, but on an upper with forward assist, its housing stands in the way. The relief simply provides what room that can be spared on the FA housing so more of the user’s finger can have a positive purchase.

The FA housing relief is a simple broad stroke. In retrospect, we could have made its presence less shockingly obvious. The change we made is there to work, we didn’t give much thoughts to how it’d look, only that it’d create as much clearance as the FA housing can afford to give. Our design philosophy emphasizes utility, innovation and quality derived advantages, aesthetics is a super minority in this equation.

Specs:

 

  • 5 axis machined from 7075 T6 billet
  • M4 feed ramps
  • Engraved “T” numbers
  • 1913 picatinny Rail flat top
  • Mil Spec Type III class II hard coat anodized Black
  • Shell deflector
  • Forward Assist machined into receiver
  • Dust cover port machined into receiver
  • Increased wall thickness for added rigidity
  • Compatible with Mil spec parts
  • Compatible with most aftermarket handguard/rail systems
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects
  • Comes stripped without dust cover & forward assist assembly
  • Compatible with “Tactical Link” Enhanced Battery Assist Lever
  • Weight: 8.9oz

Check out the URF at ForwardControlsDesign.com

 

Forward Controls Design – 4th of July Newsletter – Worth a Read

The Forward Controls Design Newsletter is usually just a few sentences about what is happening at FCD. This month is a bit different and its worth a read… and not just for the details about the discount. Any time a new citizen is minted, it’s a very cool thing.

Effective July 1st to July 4th, 15% off site wide, no items excluded, no code is required.

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We’re usually quite succinct in our newsletters, this is a rare occasion when we’re a bit long winded.

This July, one of us at FCD will become a newly minted United States citizen. An immigrant’s perspective of the freedom we take for granted can be quite different and sobering, I believe one needs to not only travel abroad, but also live in a foreign land for a few years to truly appreciate the unique rights and freedoms the Constitution grants and guarantees all Americans.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the men and women that have fought to keep this nation free. It is solely because of them that we’ve been able to enjoy our safety and liberty, and all the opportunities America affords us. We do not take our freedom for granted, we do not take our men and women in uniform for granted, they are the heroes of the nation to whom we owe an immense debt I don’t think can be fully repaid.

If you’re still reading this, thank you, and have a safe Independence Day.

Forward Control Designs ABC/R-F

The Forward Control Designs ABC/R-F (Augmented Bolt Catch/Release, Forged) is now shipping to dealers. This bolt catch/release is full of subtle design cues and angles that help the user use the release effectively. Not only are the upper and lower surfaces slightly enlarged over a standard catch, but they are angled slightly to provide better purchase and leverage. The visual differences are subtle but they can easily be felt.

The ABC/R-F is machined from a 17-7 stainless forging. It is available in a bare steel finish or black Melonite processed.

ABCRF

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