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FN Makes Its High Quality Barrels Available to the Public

Black, offset 45-degree angle folding sights for H&K or AR-15 rifles

This week’s hottest product is the FN AR-15 barrels. FN has been making high-quality gun barrels for over a hundred years. In fact, the company makes over 20,000 barrels a month. FN puts its own barrels in the SCAR, FN 15, M249 SAW, FNX pistol and many more. For the first time, FN is making its impressive barrels commercially available so you can upgrade your AR-15.

Beyond the barrels, there are four other new products to learn more about:

  • Troy Industries developed a 45-degree offset folding sight set for H&K and AR-15 rifles that will not get in the way of your optic.
  • Just in time for Christmas is Thompson/Center’s Venture Compact bolt-action rifle chambered in .223 Remington for young hunters.
  • SureFire releases a new weapon-mounted light model that incorporates an infrared LED that does not need a filter.
  • Nosler’s new BT ammo loaded with Ballistic Tip Hunting bullets are made for hog, antelope and deer hunting.

FN AR-15 Barrel

For the first time, FN America is making its high-quality rifle barrels available for sale. Ranging in lengths from 14.5 to 20 inches in carbine to rifle lengths, each FN AR-15 barrel is made in the United States and is hammer-forged and chrome lined. FN already produces over 20,000 barrels a month for various rifles and handguns.

Troy 45 Degree Offset Folding BattleSights

Available for either H&K or M4/AR-15 rifles, Troy Industries’ BattleSights now come as 45-degree, offset folding sights that fold down against the side of the rifle. The stainless-steel cross-locking system keeps the Troy 45 degree offset folding sight set zeroed. Because they fold, they work in conjunction with your red dot, riflescope or other magnified or holographic sight. These sights work on same plane rail systems only.

Thompson/Center Arms Venture Compact .223 Remington Bolt-Action Rifle

For women and younger shooters, the T/C Venture Compact chambered in popular hunting round .223 Remington has reduced recoil and incorporates many features new and smaller shooters will appreciate. For the kids, the T/C Venture Compact grows with them. The rifle is 40.75 inches long and includes one-inch adjustable spacers. Further, an adjustable trigger lets you change the pull weight. Like all Thompson/Center Venture Compact rifles, the .223 Remington model features a 20-inch free-floating barrel with 5R rifling, a 60-degree bolt lift and a composite stock. It weighs 6.75 pounds.

SureFire X300V Weapon Light

SureFire’s new X300V weapon light incorporates a bright white LED with an infrared LED to use with night vision without needing an infrared filter. With 150 lumens and a TIR (Total Internal Reflection) lens, the X300V gives you positive target identification and acquisition in a self-defense situation. Constructed of lightweight aerospace aluminum with a hard coat anodized MIL-SPEC finish, with O-ring and gasket seals, the X300V is water-resistant. With its quick-detach Rail-Lock system, the SureFire X300V weapon light attaches to any handgun or long gun with a Picatinny rail. The light is 4 inches long and weighs only 3.9 ounces with its two 123 lithium batteries installed.

Nosler BT Ammo

Nosler has released a new line of ammo especially for hog, antelope and deer loaded with its popular Ballistic Tip Hunting bullets. Available in six different popular hunting calibers from .243 Winchester to .30-06 Springfield, each BT Ammunition round provides controlled expansion, reliability and has a velocity range of 1,800 to 3,200 feet per second, depending on the caliber. Nosler Ballistic Tip Hunting bullets have a streamlined polymer tip, fully tapered jacket, a heavy jacketed base and a boat tail configuration.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Which new product listed above are you adding to your shopping cart? Tell us which one and why in the comment section.


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Comments (7)

  1. Suzanne,
    I believe that while it is illegal n Texas to hunt deer with a rimfire, it is legal to hunt with a .22 caliber centerfire.

  2. While I would recommend a more powerful cartridge, if I had to use a 5.56 I would look at the Sierra 65gr SBT, under 1 moa with my G3, Nosler partition, 64 gr Win . All shoot well in all my AR’s

  3. @Steve I would suggest that you do not hunt deer with a 223. It just does not have enough mass even with a 62 grain bullet to ensure a clean kill every time. Jump up to a 243 and with 100 grain bullet you improve your mass by nearly 40%. Low cost light weight 243 rifles with scope packages are available from multiple manufacturers. Keep the 223 for hogs, varmit and Coyotes.

  4. @ Steve.

    When I did hunt White Tail’s, I used either 8x57Mauser or a .30-06Sprnfld. But now I’m a wheelchair driver, and all the Hunting Areas I have visited. Frowned on me using a 4-wheel off-road wheelchair, can you believe that.

    But going back to you question, if I were using a .223Rem. AR-type rifle. I’d probably go for the 62-grain HP/DPX by Cor-Bon, because with “WT’s” ranges can be unpredictable. I’d want to us a bullet that will kill the first time from any range.

    1. Well–How the Heck are you?. Ask the Mountain & the Mountain will come!?. No Comment, just Question?. Maybe; .30-.06 Forever?.

  5. Steve,
    The .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO is a marginal round for whitetail deer. You can hunt with it, but only smaller whitetail. However, in some states (like Texas) it is illegal to hunt deer with a .22 caliber bullet. Make sure it is legal where you live to use the .223. Check out the Winchester Super-X Power Point round:
    Hope this helps!

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