An in process video of boring out the I.D. for the piece of tubing that makes up the wrench body.
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.
Programming the tool paths for OP1 on the lathe for the new URX barrel nuts.
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.
Here's a new bolt that's fresh off the machine. You can see it's sporting one of our billet QPQ extractors and a new design ejector.
We like to periodically function check out bolts, check the headspace, and look for ways to improve out machining methodology on a monthly basis to make sure we're producing the best product out there.
On a monthly basis our programmer takes a look at the G-coding for making our parts and tries to make the program more efficient, whether it be reducing cycle time, trying new tooling combinations, or finding was to mitigate deburring by hand.
Here's a DPMS pattern AR10 bolt that just came off the machine.
It seems we're up to our eye balls in bolts this week. This is one of about 10 boxes.
These will later go to the metrology lab to inspect dimensionally, then shot peened to relieve any stresses, then to heat treat and coating.
It's a long and tedious process, but shotgun barrels of the proper wall thickness can be cut for removable choke tubes.
For those of you that own rifles with the URX series of rails know what a pain it is to either send you upper into a smith to have it worked on or fork out the dough for a wrench to do it yourself. Within the next few weeks, we'll have something available at a reasonable price to change that.
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