AR-16 Style Hand Guards For The BRN-180

Playing with some ideas I have had floating around in my head as well as trying out some a new filament color, Army Green.

For those not familiar, the AR-16 was a prototype designed by Eugene Stoner when he still worked at ArmaLite. The furniture was wood but I always liked the shape of the hand guard. The part that stands out for me is the hand stop and the metal heat shield that sticks out the front.

I decided to give it a go and designed a couple prototypes.

photo sourced from gunlab.net
photo sourced from gunlab.net

So far I am very pleased with the outcome. The goal will be to creat one hand guard that works for both the long and short versions of the BRN-180. The green might not be your cup of tea but it photographs well. It will certainly be available in basic black.

What do you all think? Leave me your comments below and no this isn’t an April fools joke. I actually posted an article!

What Has BigRix Been Up To?

Lots of new products over at ar180parts.com. The newest prototype is the hand guard set for the BRN-180 rifle.

This is the first prototype, literally hot off the press. I already have a shorty hand guard on the site but I’ve had lots of folks asking about a version for their long bois.

What do you all think? Let me know in the comments below.

New Filament, Nicer Prints

I recently discovered ASA filaments and they are producing some outstanding prints.

Shown here is my N1 pistol brace and the Fusion pistol grip. The ASA filament requires more work on the front end but will require less work for you. Many folks who have purchased from me before run their parts as is, so I strive to make them as nice looking as possible.

For those that want to sand and paint there parts to make them look ‘less 3d printed’ they will have another option, acetone vapor smoothing. Exposing ASA to acetone vapors will melt the outer layers together and the parts become smooth as glass. I will be experimenting with this process over the next few weeks and report back my findings.

For those that are interested here is a link to an article that outlines the process.

https://rigid.ink/blogs/news/acetone-vapor-smoothing

I almost forgot to mention the BRN180 butt stock kits are available now in case you haven’t heard.

These parts and many more are available in my store.

New Jesus Clips Available

Badger Ordnance had a whole bunch of these made up and dropped a video of the manufacturing process on youtube.

They are not on his web site so give them a call at 816 421 4956 and pick up a few sets.

I’m adding a new non- 180 part to my site if anyone is interested. BRN-10 pistol grips.

This is not my design but I have been given permission to print and sell these through my site.

Christmas Came Early

My e-form 1 took 161 days but it made for an early Christmas Present.

I decided to Form 1 my Nodak Spud NDS-1815 lower. For those of you new to the site this is the lower I designed and licensed to Nodak. I have been working on a prototype butt stock and hand guard for the BRN-180 and my lower. I have been chomping at the bit to put them together but I’ve honestly been a good little boy and resisted temptation.

Now I can put them together and I couldn’t be more excited!

I know it’s been too long since I have posted anything and for that I apologize. I will try to do more in the future.

If you want to help out the site head over to the store at AR180Parts.com

Maybe you will decide to pick up something you like and that will also help keep the lights on around here.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all. Lets hope for a better year in 2021 and stay safe out there.