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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.


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


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


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


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


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  1. 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. 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.

    • “That looks like shit.”

      Good thing me no step in it.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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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