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SA-15 FLR Lower Receivers Now Shipping

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Available in stripped lower and complete pistol configurations

Bigfork, MT, October 29, 2018 7-22-19

The Shield Arms SA-15 built on the patent-pending FLR folding lower receiver is shipping now in stripped lower and complete pistol configurations! The FLR is billed as “…the world’s first folding AR-15 lower receiver – no adapter required.” You may recall coverage of the weapon last October here on Soldier Systems Daily.

The Shield Arms Folding Lower Receiver (FLR) features a folding stock mechanism machined and built directly into the receiver, allowing the stock or pistol brace to fold without the need of an aftermarket folding stock adapter. The FLR is one of several innovative products we expect to see from Shield Arms, which was originally known for their extensive magazine extension line (and later for their 15-round capacity after-market Glock 43x/48 mags).

§ Built-in folding mechanism for compact storage – NOT AN ADAPTER
§ Machined from 7075-T6 aircraft grade billet aluminum
§ Ships with standard weight proprietary buffer
§ Accepts standard AR-15 magazines
§ Matte black hard-coat anodized per Mil 8625 Type 3 Class 2
§ Precision machined magazine well with beveled feed lip for easy mag changes
§ Machined and engraved to be compatible with 45 and 60-degree short throw fire control selectors
§ Caliber marking of “MULTI” 
§ Compatible with most standard AR-15 components and most aftermarket parts
§ Take down pin spring and detent hole is threaded for a 6-32 set screw for easy capturing (hardware included)
§ Upper tension screw behind grip screw (threaded hole with hardware included) to adjust any “slop” out of vertical fit between upper and lower
§ Ambidextrous trigger finger rests with grooves (above and below mag release/mag catch)
§ Threaded bolt catch pin (Threaded hole and hardware)

Get a better look by watching the video: (@shield.arms)

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

This interesting one came from a reader. He calls it his “Retro Postmodern Franken “ARRR” Pistol,” further describing it as “Incorporating modern functionality with kitschy classic accoutrements selectively supercharged.”

Build details:

Spikes Tactical Lower Registered as Pistol

Noveske Short Throw Trigger

KNS Anti-Rotation Pins

Geissele SSA Trigger

Norgon Ambi-Mag Catch


MAGPUL Enhanced Trigger Guard


SB Tactical SBA3 PIstol Brace

USGI Standard Capacity Magazine with MAGPUL Anti-Tilt Follower & Ranger Floor Plate.

USGI Upper Receiver w/ Carry Handle & USGI Charging Handle

Armson USA Carry Handle Mounted Tritium OEG

Daniel Defense 12.5 Barrel with Front Sight Post.

Surefire M500 w/ Malkoff MDM4 M91T Conversion Head

AAC Blackout Flash Hider & M42000

and SOFIC SSD KC&RF Moto Patch

POF USA Wins Rifle of the Year from the Industry Choice Awards for the Third Year in a Row

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

(06/18/2019) Phoenix, Arizona – And the winner is… Patriot Ordnance Factory is proud to announce taking home the Rifle of the Year award from the 2019 Firearms Industry Choice Awards for their Revolution DI rifle. POF-USA was honored to attend and thanks everyone involved in the awards process, as well as congratulating the other winners.

The Revolution DI (Direct Impingement) shares features, advancements, and technology of the prior award winning Revolution PD (Piston Driven) with one distinct difference, its operation. The direct impingement operation allows for a smaller profile handguard, lighter weight, and 9 positions of adjustment thanks to the DIctator gas block.

POF-USA broke from the industry status quo by making an AR15 that shoots .308. It is important to note that the Revolution DI is not an AR10, or even a small frame AR10. The Revolution DI is the same size as an AR15. The Revolution DI is built on the unique and fully ambidextrous Gen 4 lower, produced with 100% American made raw materials and coatings, and state-of-the-art technology. Like another award winning POF-USA rifle, the Renegade+, the upper receiver is engineered around their unique heat sink barrel nut, 9-position adjustable DIctator gas block, a match-grade barrel, and Renegade M-LOK rail with 4 built in QD sling mount points.

POF-USA is proud to continue leading the MSR market with their feature-packed ultimate fighting machines.



POF-USA is an Arizona-based small arms manufacturer known for its revolutionary concepts and radical approaches to engineering used to develop the finest piston driven AR-type rifles used by civilians and professionals worldwide. They accept no compromise in the building of their product, known as “Patriot” designs. They will only produce that which is tough, accurate, modular, durable, and true. This patriotic mission is brought from passion, authenticity, trustworthiness, rebellion, independence and objectivity. 

For more information, visit or call 623-561-9572.

The Man Behind the Gun, the Eugene Stoner Stories – Presented by the Institute of Military Technology

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Eugene Stoner’s #1 and prototype firearms like they have never been seen before with depth and clarity made possible by new digital camera technology.

Shared to the public for the first time, Mr. Stoner himself speaks of his personal path and a few of the stories behind some of his historic and groundbreaking designs.

New Savage MSR 15 Long Range Built For Precision at Extreme Distances

Friday, April 19th, 2019

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – April 17, 2019 – At any distance, there’s no match for Savage’s new MSR 15 Long Range. The feature-rich modern sporting rifle is purpose-built to make long shots count with the kind of pinpoint precision other platforms can’t touch. This popular long-range model was introduced to dealers in 2018, additional shipments continue to feed the marketplace.

Savage engineers tuned barrel length specifically for the 224 Valkyrie cartridge to achieve peak accuracy at extreme range. Plus, the MSR 15 Long Range barrel is topped with a two-port muzzle brake mounted with Savage’s proprietary taper-lock interface. The brake allows shooters to adjust recoil impulse and stabilize the muzzle for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

The new MSR 15 Long Range also features a custom-length gas system that’s paired with a low-profile adjustable gas block and enclosed by a true free-float handguard. The gas block can be adjusted for optimum cycling of the full range of bullet weights and fine-tuned for use with a suppressor.

Features & Benefits

• 22-inch stainless Savage barrel

Nickel-boron bolt carrier

• Custom-length gas system

• Custom-forged upper and lower receivers

• Low-profile adjustable gas block

• Non-reciprocating side charging handle

• Two-port muzzle brake with taper-lock interface

• Two-stage trigger

• Free-float handguard with M-LOK

• Hogue Pistol Grip

Part No. / Description / MSRP

22947 / MSR 15 Long Range, 224 Valkyrie, 22-inch barrel / $1,849

Learn more about Savage and the extensive features and benefits of its new MSR modern sporting rifles at:

M231 Firing Port Weapon

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

The M231 Firing Port Weapon is a rather obscure footnote in US Small Arms history. Thanks to Marty Bordson, owner of Badger Ordnance, I recently got the chance to fire one.

Designed to be shot from the firing ports of the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (the M2 was the Infantry variant), the M231 was based on the M16A1. As you can see, it featured a short, threaded handguard which was screwed into place in the firing port. Initially, the M231 featured a wire stock, reminiscent of the M3 “Grease Gun” but it was later removed as it was prone to rattle off and become a nuisance in the vehicle. Although, the real reason was probably to dissuade the rifle’s use in place of the standard M16 by dismounted Infantry.

Below, you can see the modified selector lever, peculiar to the M231. It is either SAFE or AUTO and the SOP was to fire Tracer ammo, aimed through a vision block. The M231 was meant to deal with enemy dismounts who might try to engage from the sides and rear of the Bradley.

Marty made a couple of mods to the rifle in order to use it while hunting hogs. He changed out the flash hider so it would accept a Mack Brothers suppressor and fitted a mount and PEQ-15 to the carrying handle. Obviously, that didn’t do me any good during the day. I sighted over the top of the receiver and aimed at the berm.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the M231 is that it fires from the open bolt to help keep it cool. With a cyclic rate of around 1200 rpm, the added suppressor just sped it up, and also exacerbated the gas issues. I also had access to a Magpul D60 PMAG, while those using the M231 in its heyday would have only had USGI 30 rd magazines. My firing hand was covered in carbon when the magazine was finished and I had to stop halfway through, due to the back gas. The video below shows me firing the second half of the magazine. I can only imagine what it was like in the vehicle when there were six firing at once. For a period, there was supposed to be a vent hose for the gas, but the few accounts I’ve heard of these actually being fired from within the vehicle, it didn’t work.

Eventually, the M2 Bradley was upgraded with slab sides designed to accept reactive armor panels which eliminated the side firing ports. However, the M231 is said to soldier on, at least in arms rooms, as the M2 has retained the two firing ports on the rear hatch. As late as the invasion of Iraq, armored troops were spotted using the M231.

Brownells Is So Hot Right Now

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Lola Strange with the Brownells XBRN16E1 from Instagram.

Brownells – AR-15 20 Round Waffle Steel Magazine

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

There are a lot of options if you’re in the market for a retro AR-15 clone, like Brownells’ Retro line, but it’s almost impossible to source the original-style 20 round waffle stamped steel magazines. Brownells wanted to offer the whole experience, so they made their own.

Externally, these look like the original magazines thanks to magazine body & floorplate made exclusively for Brownells by Nodak Spud, but the internals (follower and spring) are from Brownells USGI 20rd aluminum magazines, making them much more reliable.