An in process video of boring out the I.D. for the piece of tubing that makes up the wrench body.
We usually get a few inquiries a week about when we are going to start making wrenches for the SR25 series of URX rails. Well we're happy to announce that we've been spending the last few weeks selecting materials and finalizing our design. We started cutting the test parts today and hope to have the finished product up on the site within the next couple weeks.
After making a soft-jaw fixture to hold the partially finished barrel nuts after turning, I was able to get the initial run on them complete.
Many end users have complained that the original nuts that come with the URX rail easily strip or are damaged during barrel changes. These barrel nuts are intended as tool steel replacements to the factory aluminum barrel nuts to provide increased strength and ease of serviceability. They are designed to work with our aftermarket wrench as well as a factory unit and are compatible with the URX II, 3.0, and 3.1.
Things went well with testing the fit up for the threads, so production has commenced. All these barrel nuts are done with OP 1 on the lathe. The next step is cutting the teeth.
Bringing the tool steel URX Barrel nuts closer to production. Running some samples to ensure all the programming to dead one to get precise clamp load on the barrel to align it for optimal accuracy.
A number of people have requested an alternative the the factory aluminum barrel nuts to use with their URX rail. So design and testing has begun. Stay tuned for steel barrel nuts to be available in the near future.
Programming the tool paths for OP1 on the lathe for the new URX barrel nuts.
Lightweight Bolt carrier groups are now available in the store. Please check out the page for more details.
The next batch of URX wrenches are done being machined. Now they are off to heat treat and black oxide before they'll be listed for sale.
More wrenches are coming off the mill. You can see these ones have been roughed in during the first op. More to follow!
We like to look at parts, no really, we do. After each step of our production process we inspect our parts and look for any defects that may affect performance or longevity of the part when it gets put into service.
These may look a little bigger than your average 80% AR15 forgings. That's because I picked up a few AR10 forgings for a future project. I've always wanted to go aerial hog hunting so these may turn into the gun I use!
I get asked this question a lot: Which is better NiB or QPQ?
The truth is it depends. They are both an incredibly durable finish when applied correctly (we use a licensed 3M nickel boron and QPQ by H&M Metal Processing, which are both the top names in the industry).
The area where NiB tends to shine is it's ease of cleaning and the QPQ excels in that it makes the material incredibly durable.
A few months we started a Google ad campaign to get the d.wilson mfg name out there and to bring attention to the URX wrench that we started to offer. I was pretty pumped to see that we've made it to the top of the search results with our ad.
For New Years I was fortunate to have my little sister come to town for a few days, so of course we had to go to the range to test out the FNX 45 I picked up recently and the 9mm AR I built.
Between the flatrate box of ammo, a set of kitchen knives, and a few power tools, TSA decided they wanted a closer look inside my bag when I flew home after the holidays.
d.wilson mfg works on interesting projects from time to time, so this is the place we'll share some of them.