A Visit to the Fortis Booth at NRA


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. 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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