Weapon Outfitters

Anti-Rotation Features on Rails Systems: Nice, but not critical

Posted on May 30, 2016 by Roy L..

In the gun world, there are a lot of things they people want "just in case" but don't even really need.  These feel good features are typically, nice to have, but wholly unneccessary.  Anti-rotation features on free floating rail systems are one of these unneeded features.

Having installed hundreds of rails, and inspected dozens of different rail systems, I firmly believe that anti-rotation features are a feel good measure at best, and a bandage on a bullet wound at worst.  Anti-rotation features which stop rails from rotating typically are fairly small, and make use of the aluminum rail's body (anti-rotation tabs of ledges) or the aluminum upper receiver (internal anti-rotation pins) to resist hypothetical rotational forces.  The amount of force these small bits of aluminum can take... is fairly minimal.  This is important, because the amount of force required to rotate or loosen a correctly installed barrel nut is substantial, 30 to 60 foot pounds on a secure upper receiver.  In the real world, that type of force isolated on the barrel nut simply does not exist.  A force that could cause a properly installed barrel nut to some loose on a independent rifle is strong enough to completely destroy the rifle and end user long before the barrel nut comes loose, ie, helicopter crashes, explosions... and even then, the barrel nut is usually still firmly attached to the upper.

The only time anti-rotation features are useful is when the barrel nut is loose... and while a loose barrel weapon will still function, its accuracy is going to be terrible and borderline useless.  Yes, I've run into weapons with improperly installed barrel nuts at carbine classes before... and that is why I am paranoid about install barrels/rails correctly, with the correct tools.

There is no denying that anti-rotation features are "nice", but in truth they are redundant and completely unnecessary on correctly installed free floating handguards.  As a result, I would not place "anti rotation" features as a high priority when shopping for rail systems.  Ergonomics, functionality, design, strength, weight, and even aesthetics are all more important than anti-rotation features when shopping and ranking rail systems.



Posted on September 14, 2015 by Roy L..

NEW PRICING! Geissele Automatics has lowered their pricing on their Super Modular Rails and started adding their high quality, overbuilt gas blocks as a free accessory to every rail, and we have followed suite!

Geiselle SMR Mk4 in M-LOK

Geissele SMR Mk8 in M-LOK

Ethereal Rose with a SMR equipped rifle Ethereal Rose with a SMR equipped rifle

We've got a resupply order in, should have em in shortly.  From this point forward, all SMRs will have a standard Geissele Super Gas Block included with them.


Posted on September 3, 2015 by Lando.

Need help figuring out how to style your build or want a way to make sure your rifle would look how you pictured it?  Check out AR15.com's "Gunstruction".  

Lightweight Concept in 5.56 Lightweight Concept in 5.56

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New Gun Tax in Seattle

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Lando.

Brilliant plan.

Add a regressive tax to firearm and ammunition sales, within the strict confines of the city, in flagrant violation of state law, under false pretenses of "public safety and research", with inflated projections so every privileged progressive feels good.

Congrats Seattle City Council, maybe the meager earnings from this tax can help pay for another boondoggle, Bertha...

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Trimming the Fat: Pt. 1

Posted on August 6, 2015 by Lando.

Can you build a lightweight AR-15, without going full space gun?

bad-oip-rifle-920x435 Battle Arms Development: OIP Rifle*

Don't get me wrong, the BAD-OIP rifle  is really cool looking and amazingly clocks in under 4lbs without the magazine.  That's truly incredible, but it is also a very unique gun with tuned and customized components.

When I say I don't want to go full space gun, what I mean to say is I want a rifle to look like a standard AR-15 but be fully mil-spec compatible, and be lighter and handier than other similar builds.  Is that possible?... Continue reading

Time to make the doughnuts

Posted on January 19, 2015 by Lando.

2/3 of the Weapon Outfitters team is down at SHOT show for the week.  But someone has to keep this show on the road.  So I volunteer as tribute.

If you want to follow the shenanigans, check out the WO Instagram and the Military Times:  Gear Scout blog.  Roy is writing for those dudes at SHOT and will probably get some dibs on really cool stuff that's coming out.

Meanwhile, I've got orders to pack for our loyal customers.  And while I'm at it I need to find that Knob Creek whiskey we had laying around here somewhere...

Order a Weapon Outfitters Custom Poster

Posted on January 7, 2015 by Lando.

In the past, we might of sat on a really cool image of Ethereal Rose and as funds allowed perhaps purchased a bunch of posters for sale.  Sometimes they sold and sometimes we'd end up adding them to orders for free during special promotions.

ethereal rose

Then we got to thinking, there must be a better way.  Thanks to the power of The Internet, we've partnered with a printing company who will drop ship the prints for us.

W.O. Custom Prints


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W.O. TRACK Barrels In Stock

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Lando.

Not content to rest on our laurels, Weapon Outfitters has been busy partnering with some of the best manufacturers in the industry to develop W.O. parts and accessories.  Right now, if you want that slick WO on your gun:  we have stickers, BCGs, charging handles, and now we can add a WO barrel to that mix.   You know what?  We're pretty gosh darn excited 'bout these too.

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Flat Rate Shipping Policy Revision

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Lando.

To our loyal customers and fans,

It is not lightly that we've arrived at this conclusion, but with regret I must inform you all that we've had to eliminate our Free Shipping on orders over $200.  Except for special sales and promotions, going forward all standard shipping will be $7.95 unless you opt for Fed-Ex/UPS.

As an online business one our biggest expenses is shipping.  If you want the truth of the matter, we make about a buck on shipping out small orders.  The flip-side to that truth is that anytime we insure shipping (which we do on all orders over $200) we stand to spend from $11-40 for shipping that item one-way.  Amazon we are most definitely not; and if we want to move forward (more products, better inventory management software) we can't afford to keep absorbing those costs.
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Notes from the gunsmith table: Buffer Weights

Posted on December 22, 2014 by Lando.

In trying to organize and collate our website's catalog; we put together a table of AR15 buffer weights.  I believe that some day, some where -- this information will help that enthusiast build and tune the ultimate blaster for their needs.  This is the internet after all.  As I find more buffers to add, even if they aren't in WO inventory, I'll update the list:

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