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.
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!
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.
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.
d.wilson mfg works on interesting projects from time to time, so this is the place we'll share some of them.