Battle Arms Development Combat Ambidextrous Safety Selector BAD CASS
The Battle Arms Development Combat Ambidextrous Safety Selector or BAD CASS is perfection with regards to an ambi safety for the AR 15 weapon platform. It’s rare that the design and function of a product leave little or no room for improvement. For me the BAD C.A.S.S is as good as it gets.
Battle Arms Development Combat Ambidextrous Safety Selector BAD C.A.S.S
This particular BAD CASS was purchased for use with our .45acp AR15 Project.
Battle Arms Development – Combat Ambidextrous Safety Selector – Semi Auto (BAD CASS ) for the AR 15 Style Rifles and the ArmaLite, Inc.’s AR10®. The Levers are detachable and interchangeable on both sides for maximum flexibility and user preference. There are a total of (9) Lever Designs and (81) Possible Lever Combinations! The BAD-CASS-SA is a must have for the “South Paw” and Ambidextrous Shooters!
What is different with the BAD-CASS family of safety selectors vs. the original BAD-ASS family of safety selectors are the way the levers are attached. The DOVETAIL lever attachment of the BAD-CASS allows for superior strength and dependability by removing the stress from the screws. Originally designed for military applications, the BAD-CASS Combat Ambidextrous Safety Selector is now available to all.
BUILDING AN AR15 | PRIORITIES PART 1 | AR15 TRIGGERS
In the half-dozen or so years I have been operating firearms oriented websites and forums I have noticed certain trends with shooters building and upgrading their AR15 and M4 platform weapons. Very often appearance is taking presidence over function in two key areas. These two areas are barrel quality choices and trigger selection. The barrel and trigger are two of the most important weapon parts that enable you to hit your target.
This page will be part 1 BUILDING AN AR15 – UNDERSTANDING PRIORITIES PART 1 – AR15 TRIGGERS of a 2 part series BUILDING AN AR15 – UNDERSTANDING PRIORITIES
AR 15 TRIGGERS
Unless you spent several thousands of dollars on a custom or high-end AR15 chances are your trigger was designed by an attorney to protect a firearm manufacturer. In fact one manufacturer DPMS has publicly stated that they expect you to replace your trigger and that the included trigger is merely there so you can fire the weapon when new.
The fact is you simply can not expect to get the greatest amount of accuracy out of your weapon with a factory trigger or the trigger included in a lower parts kit.
REPLACING YOUR AR15 TRIGGER SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST AND FOREMOST PRIORITY before you spend a single penny on any other part.
Now here is the downside of aftermarket triggers. You get what you pay for. However there is a law of diminishing returns. his means a $400 trigger is not necessarily twice as good as a $200 trigger. Will the most expensive trigger be better? You bet, but not every shooter needs a trigger THAT GOOD. If you can afford the best go for it you wont be disappointed. If cant buy what you can afford. DO SOMETHING.
I break the triggers down this way.
AR 15 Triggers Under $100:
- BILL SPRINGFIELD – Spend $50 and send your factory trigger to Bill Springfield for a trigger job. It’s better than nothing and he turns them around very quickly.
- ARMALITE TWO STAGE TACTICAL TRIGGER – At $97 it’s a good deal. Problem with the Armalite triggers is nobody bothers to learn how to adjust them so the triggers are often criticized. read the Armalite tech note here.
- ALG DEFENSE – This is new and unknown to me but they are getting decent reviews and priced slightly higher that the trigger job mentioned above.
AR 15 Triggers $100-$150
Got a few choices here.
- JARD TRIGGERS – I have a few AR15’s with JARD TRIGGERS. I like everything about these triggers except the installation.
- ROCK RIVER ARMS TWO STAGE TRIGGER – A lot of folks buy this trigger and are happy with it. There are those that claim the steel is soft and they don’t last. I have no personal experience but RRA cant keep these triggers on the shelf
- ARMALITE AR15 NATIONAL MATCH SET TRIGGER – See my comments above in the sub $100 section. These are great triggers with proper installation and adjustment. Read the installation Tech Note here.
AR 15 Triggers $150-$200
- CMC AR15 TRIGGER – This is probably the ugliest modular drop in trigger of the bunch. What it lacks in looks it makes up for in performance. In fact the CMC AR15 TRIGGER is one of my favorite triggers at any price for the AR15 platform.
- JP RIFLES – JP Rifles produces a very good trigger. If you order one be sure to order the speed hammer as well as they are meant to work together. JP includes a video of the installation. That is a nice touch.
- GEISSELE SSA TRIGGER – The GEISSELE SSA is I believe the least expensive of the GEISSELE TRIGGERS. It’s a good trigger at a fair price.
AR 15 Triggers $200 and up
- TIMNEY – I like the Timney a lot problem is that unless you can find it for less than $200 the CMC in the previous section is a better choice
- ATC AR GOLD – I ave no experience with the AR GOLD TRIGGER but I have a LOT of experience with the ATC SR GOLD TRIGGER for the 308 AR and AR-10 platforms. In fact the SR GOLD is my favorite trigger for the 308 platform. I would not hesitate to recommend the ATC GOLD. ATC/PACT has outstanding customer service.
- GEISSELE – By most accounts the best AR Trigger
- JEWELL AR15 TRIGGER – Unfortunately Jewell isn’t as good with AR15 triggers as they are with traditional rifle triggers. There are better choices.
- WILSON COMBAT TACTICAL TRIGGER UNIT – I have no experience with the WILSON COMBAT TTU as they are never in stock when I am looking for a trigger.
As you see above there are options for every price point. Choose what fits your budget even if it means going without a new muzzle device, pistol grip, laser, tac light, or fancy collapsable stock or some other tactical gizmo that will do nothing to inprove the accuracy of you and your weapon..
START WITH THE TRIGGER
Stay tuned for part 2 in the series BUILDING AN AR 15 – UNDERSTANDING PRIORITIES PART 2 – AR 15 BARRELS
45acp AR15 BUFFER COMPARED TO AR15 CARBINE BUFFER
I felt is might be useful for some to see the difference in the 45acp AR15 HEAVY BUFFER compared to a standard ARMALITE AR15 CARBINE BUFFER. In the picture below the mass of the AR 45 buffer is pretty obvious. The 45 AR Buffer also weighs in at 5 ounces more than a standard AR15 buffer. The weight difference comes not only from the size but from the material used. The AR15 Buffer is aluminum and the AR 45 Buffer is made from very dense and heavy stainless steel. Make sure you buy the right buffer for your 45 caliber AR15 carbine, pistol or rifle.
.45acp AR15 BUFFER COMPARED TO AR15 CARBINE BUFFER
AR15 BUFFER SPECIFICATIONS:
AR15 CARBINE BUFFER – 3 OUNCES 3.250″ Long
.45acp AR15 BUFFER – 8.5 OUNCES 3.750″ Long
45acp AR15 HEAVY BUFFER
Decided to photograph my Slash’s .45acp AR15 HEAVY BUFFER. It’s quite a substantial buffer and beautifully machined. There is a raised surface that lets the BUFFER SPRING attach quite securely. The end of the buffer is stamped “45” although I am not sure what it could be confused with. This is the buffer that will be utilized with a WOLFF EXTRA POWER BUFFER SPRING in our .45acp AR15 project. A Heavy Buffer like this MUST BE USED on all 45 caliber chambered AR 15 Rifles. Do your research before you buy.
Slash’s 45 AR15 HEAVY BUFFER
.45acp AR 15 HEAVY BUFFER CLOSE UP
.45 AR 15 HEAVY BUFFER HEADSTAMP
Bravo Company Manufacturing Gunfighters Grip
Bravo Company Manufacturing Gunfighters Grip
BCM today introduced the new BCM Gunfighters Grip (GFG), a reduced angle AR pistol grip that optimizes fire control ergonomics when employing modern weapons manipulation techniques that incorporate body armor and weapons accessories such as vertical grips, lasers and optics. Selected for “Best of Shot Show 2012” by the Military Times Gear Scout blog, the BCM GFG is an update to the classic A1 and A2 design, bringing the pistol grip to the 21st century where cutting edge fighting techniques are vastly different than those employed in the 1960s when the M16 was first fielded by the US Military. Offered in 2 configurations, the MOD 0 features a slim design, similar in size to the A1 and A2 pistol grips, while the MOD 1 features a high rise back strap. Every BCM GFG comes with two Modular Trigger Guard Inserts that close the gap between the trigger guard and the pistol grip, with one version extended and one smooth, giving further customization options to the end user.
Bravo Company Manufacturing Gunfighters Grip Bottom
In addition to these ergonomic improvements, the grips also feature water resistant rubber gasket hinged trap doors with internal storage for batteries or other small items.Made in the USA from high quality impact resistant polymers – the new BCM Gunfighters Grip will be available in Black, Flat Dark Earth and Foliage Green on Wednesday, April 4 for a suggested retail price of $29.99 (US) for both the Mod 0 and Mod 1 models on BravoCompanyUSA.com.