If there’s anyone making great products that don’t get enough attention, it’s probably Lancer Systems. Their L5AWM series of AR-15 magazines are, unquestionably, my favorite AR mags on the market. Now they have an even more advanced design for .308. Their carbon fiber handguards are pure lightweight sexiness, and holy hell do they have a lot of options. If only I had known about Lancer’s single ring scope mount I wouldn’t be running a much larger, heavier, 2-ring unit on my 1-4x Burris . . .
The company’s products are absolute top quality at ~mid-range price points. In the video above, Matt from Lancer gives us a SHOT Show booth tour of some new products.
First, the following arrived a couple months ago for T&E. I’ve already been shooting the lower with all three magwells quite a bit, but have been waiting on a new 9mm barrel to test out the handguard.The L15 lowers (.223/5.56×45) are sold in various forms from totally stripped to completely assembled with buttstock, as seen above, to appearing on Lancer’s complete rifles. The L30 (.308/7.62×51) comes in “kit” form or on complete rifles. The L30’s magwells have a pretty sweet trick to them that you’ll see in the SHOT Show booth tour video at top. They both offer swappable magwells — standard, tactical, and competition sized flares — that use a standard pivot pin to solidly attach to the lower.
Should you like the idea of swappable magwells but already own a mil-spec lower and don’t want to change — BTW the Lancer pieces also offer ambi bolt release levers and an enlarged mag release — Lancer has you covered there as well. The previous design was a 2-piece magwell that attaches to any standard AR-15 lower:
…and the new design is 1-piece:
New for 2015 is Lancer’s L7AWM series of magazines. .308/7.62×51 NATO mags in 5, 10, 20, and 25-round sizes.
Just like the 5.56 mags, these have tough polymer bodies with steel “uppers” that provide steel feed lips and steel mag catches. The L7AWMs also have a steel insert on the front to make them more durable on a 7.62 during full-auto or other extended, high-volume fire. They have a patented drain in the floor plate that can be switched between open (to act as a drain) and closed (to better seal the magazine in dusty/dirty environments).
Lancer, by the way, is manufacturing the OEM magazines for the U.S. market Sig MPX.
A new, cable-style single point sling attachment connects to your castle nut. There’s also a QD version for certain rifles.
Lancer’s Nitrous Compensator will be appearing in the next muzzle brake shootout, and from its looks I think it’s one of the few that can honestly challenge the last winner (the rearwards-angled first blast baffle makes me think it will be more effective than other 3-port comps with straight baffles).
Lancer’s Viper Brake is available for big boy calibers and is new for 2015, in black or stainless just like the Nitrous:
Complete L15 or L30 rifles are awesome-looking rigs, and with .308’s starting at an MSRP of $2,559 I’m surprised I don’t hear more about them.