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Forward Controls Design TGF (Trigger Guard, Forward Controls)

The new TGF (Trigger Guard, Foward Designs) is now available from Forward Controls Designs. It shows the same utilitarian design and attention to small details like angles and dimensions that you are used to from FCD.

From Foward Controls Design:

TGF (Trigger Guard, Forward Controls) is available in standard (straight) and winter versions. Both are machined from 7075 aluminum, they do not have spring loaded detent for the front, but use a set screw like Magpul’s, and a standard trigger guard roll pin in the rear. 

Both versions feature a canted front edge to make rocking the magazine into the mag well easier. The winter version has as much constant/unchanged space from the trigger bow forward as possible (instead of of the space inside tapering and decreasing as the trigger guard nears the receiver’s front trigger guard holes). The space to the rear of the trigger bow is inaccessible for the user’s finger, so it’s kept small and low. Available in anodized black, desert tan, and OD green (desert tan and OD green for standard/straight TGF in 2020).

TGF is designed for use with in spec forged lower receivers, and fills the gap forward of the pistol grip, between the trigger guard “ears” (note that TGF will not swing down like TDP spec trigger guards).  All the sharp edges and corners have been removed.    Due to the variations and tolerances of receivers, fitting might be required for receivers too far from TDP dimensions and tolerances.

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Sneak Peek: Forward Controls Design ASF (Ambidextrous Selector, FCD)

Forward Controls Design is currently working on a new selector for AR-15s in conjunction with Sons of Liberty Gun Works. That is good reason to be excited because Roger Wang, owner of Forward Controls Design, is the designer of the Battle Arms Development BAD Lever, the premium selector that basically created the market for premium selectors.

Here is what Roger has to say about the upcoming ASF and the Quick (a shot throw version):

FCD’s ASF (Ambidextrous selector, FCD) and SOLGW’s The Quick (short for Quick Ambi Selector) is a joint project between FCD and SOLGW. As you guys know, the two companies have been collaborating on a few projects, starting with the 4140 steel MLOK sling mount (MSQ-H in FCD alphabet soup parlance). Work began in Dec. 2018 to create a safety that’s an embodiment of our not inconsiderable experience in AR15/M16 selector design and knowledge over the years.

ASF/The Quick was designed from the ground up to be a defense/duty/combat safety selector, its mission is quite aptly reflected by the way its levers are attached the center, via a stainless steel roll pin. The lever to center interface is immensely strong, the high shear strength roll pin simply holds the two in place. There is no wobble between the lever and center, we’ve called for very tight tolerances on all ASF/The Quick components to achieve that.

ASF/The Quick offers both the conventional non-offset standard and short levers, the offset standard and short q levers, and an end cap. The q levers are side specific, i.e. you don’t want to use a left q lever on the right side, or vice versa. Q levers are offset levers, by moving the lever as close to the shooter as possible, it enables the user to more easily rotate it back to SAFE without shifting his grip.

Center options: 90 degree conventional, 50 degree short throw, and M16 select fire.

The levers are serrated along the length to mitigate lateral movement. When a user’s finger is rotating the lever, we want to add traction to minimize movements to the side (slipping off the lever). The user’s finger slides on the lever as the safety is being rotated, here we don’t want traction to impede movement along the lever’s axis. Short levers are wider than standard length levers, since it gives up on length, we added some surface area back via width.

For dimple fans, there is a single dimple on both sides to function as a position indicator (in lieu of a pointer), it’s elegant and simple.

The end cap is for those that don’t wish to have a lever on the weak side of the receiver. With the end cap, ASF/The Quick is both reversible (lever on any side the user chooses), and convertible (between ambidextrous and non-ambidextrous).

ETA is between 1.5 to 2 months. Note: these are prototype pics, not of production units.

Stay tuned for additional details.

Forward Controls Design ATA – Adjustable Turret Cap for Aimpoint H1/T1 and H2/T2

This is probably the coolest thing you will see all day unless you are reading this while your wife is in labor. Forward Controls Design has developed a new cap for the windage and elevation knobs on Aimpoint H1/T1 and H2/T2 optics that does not have to be removed in order to adjust the optic!

The new ATA (Adjustable Turret cap for Aimpoint Micro T1/T2) ensure that you will never lose your caps or an o-ring again, both of which have happened to me. With the ATA installed on your Aimpoint Micro, you never need to remove them. You can just use a small flat blade screw driver or an improvised tool to dial your adjustments on the inner disc which can turn inside the outer cap.

Both the outer cap and inner disc are machined from 17-4 stainless steel. They come in a set of 2 caps which are marked individually for the elevation and windage turret. The caps are available in multiple finish options. The buyer can choose between a black QPQ finish or polished stainless for the outer part of the cap. The inner disc finish options include black QPQ, polished stainless, or bead blasted stainless.

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Forward Controls Design MSQ-H

The new MSQ-H (MLOK Sling adapter, QD, Heavy), from Forward Controls Design will be available very, very soon. It is already listed on their site but it is not quite available to purchase.

This M-LOK compatible, QD sling swivel socket is not unlike than any other mount on the market except from one key difference – it is machined from steel with a black nitride finish. Aluminum sling adapters are generally quite durable when designed and manufactured correctly but they can wear out over time. The MSQ-H is built for those who are willing to trade a little bit of additional weight for additional durability.

According to FCD:

MSQ-H is the first of several collaborations between Forward Controls Design and Sons of Libery Gunworks. It is based on an existing product from Arson Machine. We deem there is no point in changing an already superb design just so it’d look different, so we kept the design identical, and only changed the material and coating on the MSQ-H from the original, and added a discreet Cygnus logo.

You can see the MSQ-H at ForwardControlsDesign.com

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

 

FCD Sling Keep

The new Forward Controls Design Sling Keep is an adjustable elastic strap (shock cord) for securing your rifle’s sling so that it won’t snag. It’s inexpensive, adjustable for a wide variety of rifle stocks, and it won’t crumble over time like a rubber band.

You can read a recent example of why it is important to secure your slings here: When it Comes to Staged Firearms: Organized and Uncluttered is Faster…

Check out the new Forward Controls Design Sling Keep.

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