The ARES Defense GXR-35 Black Lightning is the ultimate Performance Upgrade System for MIL-Spec AR-5, M16 and M4 type carbines. Packaged in a simple and complete, “do-it-yourself” retrofit kit, the GXR-35 requires absolutely no gunsmithing and simply replaces your direct-gas tube system in minutes with a robust, self-regulating gas-piston and cylinder assembly. The GXR-35 will transform your carbine into a cleaner, cooler running and more reliable weapon under adverse conditions, with increased controllability and performance over a broader range of ammunition. Visit for more information or call 321-242-8410.

Midwest Industries offers a variety of options when it comes to rail systems, including the T-Series, a one-piece free-floating system that is compatible with most gas piston systems. Made of lightweight aluminum, the series features Mil-Std-1913 rails, T-Marked for accessory locations and much more. Available in 7”, 9”, 10” and 12” in length, and in black, dark earth or OD green finishes. Visit or give them a call at 262-896-6780.

First-Light USA’s Tomahawk Tactical Light platform features an ergonomic-driven, right-angle design that provides hands-enabling, performance-enhancing capability, allowing operators to perform a wide range of hands-intensive tasks. The Tomahawk LE models include the Ready-Strobe function, along with a ring of colored LEDs. They also include a Safety-Strobe function (alternating white and colored flashing strobes) in a White-Red-Blue LE version available to Law Enforcement Only. Retailing for $229.99, visit or call 877-454-4450 for ordering information.

A unique design in the ever-widening market of piston driven AR15 uppers, PWS has designed a simple, yet very robust upper. Their aptly named 7” “Diablo,” is available in both 5.56 and 7.62×39, and this piston driven upper appears to be the perfect blend of AK reliability with AR ergonomics. The distinctive design results in a very smooth recoil impulse coupled with unyielding reliability. The carrier, operating rod and gas piston are effectively one component, which leaves no need for additional springs, small pins, or adjustments of any kind. Call 208-344-5217 or visit

Bobro has added precision optics mounts to their BLAC System (Bobro Lever, Auto Compensation) product line with the Series 200 Group. Featuring a completely modular system with zero return, auto compensating lever, and automatic indexing, these mounts are available in 35mm, 34mm, 30mm, and 1” sizes. Due to its modular nature, altering the configuration of sub bases or rings can be accomplished without the purchase of additional BLAC base units. Check them out at or call 805-964-5650 for more information.

The next generation gas piston rifles from Stag Arms, the Model 8 and 8L, have been built from the ground up incorporating features that make them run better, cooler, and cleaner than similar rifles. Both models ship with a 5.56mm NATO chambered, 16” chrome lined barrel, flip-up sights and an easily serviceable, adjustable short stroke piston that vents gasses away from the shooter. These rifles also feature a one-piece nickel-teflon coated bolt carrier with an integrated carrier key, an adjustable stock and pads on the bolt carrier that prevent tilt. For more information, visit or call them at 860-229-9994.

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