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Walker Defense Research Releases Silicon Carbide Inlaid M-LOK® Rail Covers

Mesa, Arizona – November 15, 2021 – Walker Defense Research, LLC (http://walkerdr.com/), announces the immediate availability of their patent-pending, NILETM Rail Covers. What used to be limited to custom handgun frames, NILE rail covers offer the unrivaled gripping texture of silicon carbide for your M-LOK handguard rail. Beyond the aggressive grip offered by silicon carbide, NILE covers are engineered to resist heat transfer while still being ultra-lightweight and minimalist in profile, adding virtually zero bulk to your handguard. As is the case with all firearms components and accessories manufactured by Walker Defense Research, from the M-LOK T-nuts down to the screws and silicon carbide itself – NILE rail covers are 100% made in America, with pride.

“Our NILE rail covers offer the shooter an unparalleled gripping surface and excellent thermal resistance in a slim, ultra-lightweight profile. Silicon carbide is inlaid, by hand, into each rail cover to provide an aggressive gripping surface. The textured area is slightly recessed into the cover itself to lower the chance of unintended snagging on nearby items such as clothing, yet once the shooter’s hand engages the rail covers, they experience a very secure grip. This allows us to keep an extremely thin profile, so we avoid adding any bulk to the rail.” said Drew Walker, owner of Walker Defense Research.

The name NILE stands for (N)on-slip (I)n(l)aid (E)lement, and the rail covers are currently available in three sizes (1, 2, and 3 M-LOK slots lengths) and are slim enough to be used on a 7-sided M-LOK handguard rail. As for being minimalist and light weight, the rail covers themselves, without screws and T-nuts, weigh in at between 2 to 9 grams depending on their length. Each size is available in 3 or 4-pack quantities, but because each shooter utilizes their rail space differently, a custom combination option is offered allowing shooters to select exactly quantities of each desired length at www.walkerdr.com/nile.

Walker Defense Research Releases Exotic .30 Caliber Muzzle Brake

Mesa, Arizona – May 28, 2021 – Walker Defense Research, LLC (https://www.walkerdr.com), announces the immediate availability of the NERO® 762 Muzzle Brake. Now that it has entered full production, it is the world’s first commercially produced .30 caliber 3D-printed Inconel muzzle brake. The NERO 762 works differently than any traditional muzzle brake design; it angles a jet of the propellant gas against an inclined wall below the bore to create an extremely efficient counter-recoil force.  The NERO 762 is optimized to eliminate muzzle rise of the 7.62×51 NATO on the AR-10 platform while keeping concussion moderate, but it is also well-suited for other 30 caliber rounds ranging from 300 BLK to 300 Winchester Magnum provided the rifle has 5/8×24 threads.

“Our focus was to leverage fluid dynamics and engineer the NERO 762 specifically for the recoil impulse of the 7.62x51mm round. We wanted to substantially reduce felt recoil, but we wanted to eliminate muzzle rise expressly. Visually the NERO 762 looks nothing like most muzzle brakes and is impossible to manufacture with traditional machining,”, said Drew Walker, owner of Walker Defense Research.

Walker Defense Research uses a highly advanced form of additive manufacturing called Direct Metal Laser Sintering, or DMLS for short (a highly advanced form of 3D printing), to manufacture the NERO 762’s from Inconel, a superalloy more commonly found in aerospace that is ideal for materials subject to high heat and pressure. The NERO 762 is Ionbond DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coated and threaded for easy installation on any 7.62mm barrel with 5/8×24 threads. MSRP for the NERO 762 is $229. It is available immediately through Walker Defense Research and OpticsPlanet.com.

About Walker Defense Research

The core mission of Walker Defense Research is direct innovation in small arms technology. We define the bleeding edge of tactical product development using the most exotic manufacturing methods and materials available to date. This technology allows Walker Defense Research to supply the utmost quality, capability, and performance for military, law enforcement, competitive and casual shooters.

Contact Information: Walker Defense Research LLC Drew Walker 602.680.3310 / info@walkerdefenseresearch.com / walkerdr.com

Walker Defense Research Teases NERO 762 and 9

Walker Defense Research, the maker of the NERO 556, is now teasing new 7.62 and 9mm versions of the muzzle device. The NERO is noteworthy for its thoroughly modern approach to design and manufacturing, leveraging fluid modeling in design and 3D printed Inconel construction, as well as its performance.

The new NERO 762 and NERO 9 are not yet available to purchase but their product pages are active on the Walker Defense Research website. These are not just scaled versions of the original NERO 556. They are modeled and built specifically for each caliber.


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