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80% Arms Easy Jig Gen 2 Review

For anyone building their own AR10 or AR15 from an 80% lower, a good jig is an absolute must. I’ve tried several, but I have a new favorite.

In this 80% Arms Easy Jig Gen 2 review, I completed several different AR15 lowers from different manufacturers and made of different materials. And, even though I tried, I couldn’t find any significant fault with the system.

80 Percent Arms Easy Jig Review

If you have an AR10 or AR15 lower waiting for completion this review will be of interest to you. So, let’s not waste any time and jump right in.

The Easy Jig Gen2

Making an AR15 is one of the most popular homemade firearm builds today. Even so, a lot of people are hesitant because of the perceived difficulty in accomplishing the task.


CMMG 50 Caliber Muzzle Loading AR15 Upper

CMMG AR15 Muzzle Loader

At the 2012 SHOT Show, Aaron brought us a video of a muzzle loading, black powder AR-15 upper from CMMG.  At that time, it was unknown if the company would actually bring this to market.  Well…they have.

The one and only AR upper that turns your modern rifle into a black powder gun is a reality.  It mounts to any mil-spec lower and is sure to get you some puzzled looks at hunting camp during black powder season.

Any normal 50 caliber projectile, including sabots, can be fired from this kit.  Up to 100 grains of pelletized powder can be used to propel said projectile.  To fire the gun, you insert the “Single Shot Sled” into the magazine well and chamber a primed, but otherwise empty, 5.56/.223 case into the chamber.  Pull the trigger and the primer ignites the black powder.  Boom.

Watch the video from the SHOT Show below to see how the gun is set up.


Stark SE-5 Express Grip – New AR15 Foregrip

Stark SE5 Foregrip review

Stark Equipment’s pistol grips have been praised by many, including the military and law enforcement, for their scientific approach to designing grips that fulfill the needs of the end-user.  This year Stark has introduced a new product, and some additions to already produced products.


Stark announced the new SE-5 Express Grip at SHOT Show, and I had the chance to speak with DJ Webber at their booth.

The SE-5 will be a fore grip for AR-platform rifles that is designed for shooters who grip the rail or hand guard at the same time as the grip when shooting.  The SE-5 is unlike other grips that hang straight down that predominately require the shooter to place their hand completely on the grip, or perhaps wrap their thumb onto the hand guard.  There have been several tactical trainers that have advocated this grip stance as a better way to control recoil and maintain accuracy even in rapid fire situations.


Stag 8T Tactical Piston Carbine

Stag 8T

Nothing earth-shattering from Stag at this year’s SHOT Show, but they did have the new Stag Model 8T – Tactical Piston Carbine.  Alright, before you get too excited, this is a Model 8 with the addition of the modular free-floating VRS-T hand guard.  Yep, that’s it!

Before I get too negative with Stag I have to admit that this is a pretty nice hand guard.  The VRS-T takes on a triangular shape with the base wider than the top.  This handguard is made by Diamondhead.  It mimics the original AR-15/M-16 hand guard in a way, but the VRS-T goes way beyond that.  The VRS-T is a modular hand guard that allows you to deck out your AR-15 to your wildest dreams.  Just add some rail sections to the pre-drilled holes and you’re ready to go tacti-cool!  Stag even offers VRS-T rail sections (3” for $15, and 6” for $22).


Diamondback DB15

Diamondback DB15

I’ve got more information (and photos) of the new Diamondback DB15 rifles I first mentioned last month.  After seeing them in the databases of a major gun dealer, I knew they were real, but I just didn’t have photos to share.  That’s all changed now that Diamondback posted their pretty new AR’s online.

A variety of models are, or will be, available.  Variations include different colors, handguards, sights and stocks.  As can be seen in these photos, they will offer everything from a plain-Jane black M4-style rifle to a Magpul-equipped gun to a flat dark earth colored gun with a free float handguard.