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Hodge Defense AU Mod 2 Details Emerge

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Hodge Defense has been kind enough to pass along some details on the upcoming AU Mod 2. It’s a great machine that got a lot of behind-closed-doors exposure last week at AUSA.

Hodge Defense AU Mod 2

The material story is quite interesting. Although we can’t say too much right now, the idea came to Jim Hodge a little more than a year ago, from a trusted agent in the small arms that alerted him to the info that ALCOA Defense was working on a new material. Jim ran with the information and it turns out that this new material, that’s never been used in small arms production until now, is Aluminum Lithium (AlLi). It’s lighter than 7000 series aluminum, exhibiting just 7% less strength than the characteristics we associate with Ti. Naturally, this means it’s expensive.

Hodge is working with ALCOA Defense to finish the details on the custom enhanced forgings that will get these guns rolling out. The forged upper receiver features a newer geometry, slightly thicker walls, and some proprietary tweaks. The forged lower has an integrated trigger guard and ambi controls. Both are reverse compatible with all mil-spec receivers. All aluminum will be type 3 hard coat anodized in black initially, and later DE, although truth be told, the AlLi is so corrosion resistant you don’t need it except to reduce shine. Additionally, Hodge Defense will offer 7075 receiver sets as an aftermarket product for those who are looking for the upgrades in design but at the lower price of the 7075.

The AU Mod 2 also features a proprietary handguard, with a patent pending lock-up for the Ti barrel nut. I’ve seen it and it is very slick and very strong. Although you can see KeyMod in the photo, the carbine will initially come with MLok and the KeyMod variant will follow shortly after. Additionally, a version of the handguard in 7075 will be available for sale separately and they are considering offering the AlLi model that comes with the rifle as well for aftermarket sale. If you’re wondering why Hodge is going with 7075 Al for the aftermarket handguard, it offers 40% more strength than the 6061 used in many handguards.

The barrel is cold hammer forged, 1/7 twist, mid gas, and Chrome Lined.

Finally, the AU Mod 2 will incorporate an ambi-charging handle, bar stock controls, tuned GI trigger, Magpul SL stock and MOE+ grip, impact extruded buffer tube, H buffer, and enhanced BCG.

These will continue to be hand built guns in San Antonio, Texas at the Hodge Defense shop and I expect to see them available before the end of the year. Hodge is also in negotiation with an industry partner to offer production versions of the AU Mod 2.

www.hodgedefense.com

Hodge Defense AU Mod 2 Is Go!

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

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www.hodgedefense.com

Coming SHOT Show 2015 – The Strike Industries Hover Gun

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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Strike Industries has been releasing teaser shots of various components of their new rifle, to be released at SHOT Show. No official name has been announced but it’s been referred to as the “hover” rifle due to this photo released last night on Facebook. The stock in the image will be available before Christmas.

Some ODG Lupus Eye Candy

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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This rifle is equipped with a 14.5″ Rainier Arms .300 Upper with an OSS Bannar Flash Hiding Muzzle Brake mated to an AAC lower. The rifle was dipped in ODG’s Lupus pattern and outfitted with a VTAC Sling.

Daniel Defense Announces Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes Winner

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Congratulations Greg!

War Sport Industries Launches New Website

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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www.warsport-us.com

There’s Still Time To Enter the Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes by Daniel Defense

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Time is running out but you can still enter the Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes.

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One lucky SSD reader will receive a Grand Prize consisting of:

• Round trip airfare to/from Savannah, Georgia
• Hotel Accommodations
• Tour of both Daniel Defense facilities: Black Creek, Georgia; Ridgeland, South Carolina
• (1) Custom Built DDM4

The winner will work hand-in-hand with an armorer to assist in the build of the DDM4 rifle which will then be sent to winner’s FFL for transfer. DD pays for you to travel to their factory and build your own rifle!

There is no specific date set for the trip. Daniel Defense will work with the winner to set the date of the prize.

Enter by 31 August, 2014 for your chance to win. To enter visit danieldefense.com/registertowin.

Be sure to read all of the contest rules. These are very important. This is a Daniel Defense contest and not being administered by Soldier Systems Daily.

Photo of First Magpul M-LOK Equipped Rifle

Monday, April 28th, 2014

So who built the first AR to feature the new Magpul M-LOK accessory attachment mount? Why, Hodge Defense Systems Inc of course!

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This M-LOK equipped AU MOD-1 made its public debut at last week’s NRA Annual Meeting.

List of Manufacturers Adopting the New Magpul M-LOK System

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Earlier this week Magpul announced their new M-LOK attachment system for mounting accessories to rails. The list of manufacturers adopting the system has really taken off, thanks in part to the ongoing NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’m happy to see several of my favorites on the list.

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www.magpul.com

Tidewater Tactical Abides

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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After posting the BATFE letter last night on the SIG stabilizing device, we received this photo.

Tidewater Tactical Abides