A Visit to the Fortis Booth at NRA

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Fortis Manufacturing, Inc makes some really sharp looking AR parts, like the keymod rail section we reviewed a few months ago. Minus the lower receiver, they’ve got the rest of the AR series pretty well covered. We checked out a couple of their unique handguard systems, and took a bunch of pics of the insanely sweet SBR seen above . . .

dsc05268This is an installed example of Fortis’ Night Rail. What makes it truly unique is the mounting system.

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Installation of the barrel nut expands the handguard mount collar inside of the handguard, clamping it very solidly in place without nuts or bolts.

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This is the SWITCH Rail System. Again, it’s the mount that makes it unique.

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Push the release then pull down the lever, and the handguard slides right off.

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So far there are 9 handguards to swap between, and Fortis asserts that they align flawlessly every time.

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comments

  1. avatar Evodave says:

    One gets annoyed with all the crazy colored useless plastic kiddo/tactikool addons and just when you think nothing more useful will be coming -BAM- some engineer actually suprisies us.
    (Tool-less disassembly)

  2. avatar Some Bloke says:

    the description of the SBR at top is incorrect. It’s not “insanely sweet”. It’s closer to a hot wet mess or a dumpster fire. Singlularly the ugliest gun I’ve ever seen. Even the Borchardt is better looking.

    1. avatar Anonymous says:

      Lol. All the colors hurt my eyes when I looked at it.

      Too shiny. Too colorful.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Cripes, it looks like Fortis ignored the warning to “Stay away from the brown acid”…

    2. avatar The Dude says:

      Ya, well, you know, that’s just like, uh, your opinion, man.

    3. avatar Timmy! says:

      Proof that some people (the OP) have ALL their taste in their mouth.

  3. avatar Tim says:

    That looks like shit.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “That looks like shit.”

      Good thing me no step in it.

      (The kids won’t get that culture reference…)

  4. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Will be curious when the review comes in. The real test will be if you can R&R it with the sights holding alignment.

  5. avatar A A Ron says:

    Serious side question or QOTD another day – Is it worth Cerekoting your rifle?

  6. avatar Shire-man says:

    I like that SBR. That’s some HE loot right there.

  7. avatar Smoke Jensen says:

    That is the sweetest SBR I have ever seen. I want.

  8. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

    I dunno, the SBR looks okay to me. I wouldn’t pay much extra for it though especially if it is 5.56 (too short). If I was going to open carry a rifle for something other than hunting, such a look seems appropriate.

  9. avatar Stinkeye says:

    I have to go back to the 1980s to find a word that describes the rifle in the first pic. It is the very definition of “grody”. Quite possibly to the max, even.

  10. avatar preston says:

    i don’t get making these guns look like video game guns or toys. just makes no sense.

    1. avatar Aerindel says:

      Why doesn’t it make sense? A lot of people like video games.

  11. avatar Ralph says:

    Damn, that’s the height of ugly. What does it look like before it’s run over in the mud by a tractor?

    1. avatar Anonymous says:

      … carrying 27 different paint cans.

  12. avatar Gabe says:

    Yikes, someone got beat with the ugly stick. That is now the #1 ugliest firearm I’ve ever seen. In fact…I’m kinda thinking I’ve been trolled here.

  13. avatar Dox47 says:

    I think I had that SBR drop for me once in Borderlands 2; the blue color means it shoots lightning.

  14. avatar Removed_californian says:

    Gonna be in the minority here and I’m okay with that: I find this strangely appealing.

    1. avatar Aerindel says:

      I love it.

      Although the finish on the wood is too shiny.

  15. avatar LNJK says:

    Guess I’m real old school. I don’t care what my piece looks like, as long as it does not stand out when I don’t want it to, and that it functions reliably.

  16. avatar Sian says:

    The wood insert on the dust cover though!

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Inside and outside of it.

  17. avatar David T says:

    I think it is nice that they are letting little girls design AR parts now.

    1. avatar Timmy! says:

      Literally LOL’d!

  18. avatar Chazbo says:

    That SBR is an AR-15 & Timothy Leary love child.

  19. avatar Dave J says:

    That’s a Battle Arms billet lower, however I’ve not seen an ambi one before. Is it new? Been waiting for the ultralight billet lowers to come back in stock for quite a while now.

  20. avatar Spartacus Khan says:

    That SBR looks like multi-color anodizing or maybe heat-treating with a torch. Coolest cosmetic effect on a gun I’ve seen in a long time, I absolutely love it. As far as I can remember, it’s the only SBR I’ve ever seen that I liked at all – I don’t even like 16″ barrels, usually. Dayam, it’s sweet, though.

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