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V Seven Weapons Systems

V Seven Weapons Systems is building high-quality, lightweight ARs using a variety of uncommon materials including titanium, magnesium and lithium aluminum. In recent months we’ve heard a lot of very good things about these rifles from trusted sources, so to learn more we reached to V Seven Weapons Systems owner and founder, Joel Allen.

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Q: Joel, can we start with your background?

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: I’ve been in the gun world as an enthusiast pretty much since I was born. (laughs) I grew up with a .22 in my hand and soon graduated to an 870 shotgun when I was 12 years old, and I’ve been hunting ever since. 

I just love guns, and got into gunsmithing and re-barreling old guns, building 10/22 barrels and things like that in my early 20s with my best friend at the time. 

As far as what led me to the AR world, I knew two guys in eastern Oregon who were varmint hunters. They were also AR guys. We were varmint hunters as well, but we were not into ARs. We grew up with our fathers telling us that ARs got a lot of guys killed in Vietnam, and because of that, we just didn’t think they were very good weapons, so we stayed away from them for a long time. 

However, when these guys requested barrels from us, we decided to take a look and learn what the AR was all about.  We started asking the basics – “hey, what’s a barrel extension?  What’s this ‘gas block’ thing?” because we were so used to bolt guns.  (laughs)

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“We had a preconceived idea…”

Slowly, we figured it out and we built a couple of 20” heavy varmint barrels in 5.56. We test fired them, put a gun together for the first time with mainly DPMS parts, and we quickly fell in love with the platform. 

We could not believe we could get through a full mag without a malfunction.  We had a preconceived idea that it was going to have problems.  But that’s what initially led to my love of the AR. I soon fell in love with all of the different calibers as well, 6.8 and now especially 300 Blackout.

As time went on, we learned more and more, and I built my previous company up with my best friend and a few other very smart guys in the industry.  I learned a lot, and when that time period and chapter came to an end, I ended up starting a new company with my wife…that company is V Seven Weapons.

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Q:  Can you talk about what makes V Seven Weapons stand out in the firearms industry in your opinion?

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: At V Seven Weapons, we’re doing stuff that I always dreamed of doing. I always looked at the AR and said “if I could just be in my garage and make parts out of anything I wanted…any material, what would I do?” 

I decided the first thing I needed to do to avoid getting a “black eye” in the industry was to educate myself.  So, I went on a self-taught metallurgist type of process that was really intense. I wanted to get some knowledge under my belt, learn nomenclatures, designations and aspects so that I could potentially explore the newest alloys on the market, versus going with what Eugene Stoner had available at the time.  I wanted to be able to see if there were materials that were more appropriate or better, without a V Seven Weapons firearm costing $10,000 in the end.

“I started working on each part…”

What I learned was there are titaniums and more advanced aluminums and it was all very, very intriguing to me.  So slowly part by part, I started working on each part I thought I could revamp and improve upon.  Two and a half years later, V Seven Weapons got to the point where we were able do every part from the ground up and build a full rifle. 

The titanium parts we created, in many cases replaced elements of the gun that would have otherwise been steel.  The castle nut, end plate, mag catch, takedown and pivot pins, selector could be improved upon by making them out of titanium.

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The Grade 5 titanium that we mostly use is about half the weight of steel.  An awesome byproduct of its nature is that it is nearly 100-percent corrosion proof, even under the harshest conditions. 

So, the V Seven Weapons parts are lightweight, corrosion resistant and that’s a win-win.  But in a lot of cases, they actually exceed mil-spec specifications as far as strength goes. It’s pretty cool stuff and it was a no-brainer. 

Q:  I know working with titanium can be a challenge, and you mentioned some parts not being appropriate.  Can you explain?

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: Titanium is expensive, harder to machine and it takes longer, it’s also harder to put a finish on.  Because of its corrosion-resistant nature, it is harder to put color on it.  There were some V Seven Weapons parts where titanium was not appropriate, such as the barrel, obviously…and the bolt catch.

Titanium is strong enough and tough enough, but it simply cannot be surface hardened enough for it to wear well. During our testing of titanium bolt catches, we found out that they wore out more quickly. We were not going to ask a customer to pay two to three times as much for a titanium item that is going to wear out twice as fast.  To improve on the standard bolt catch, we instead made it with a much better steel called S7 tool steel. 

“Not just a brainless thing…”

My point is, it’s not just a brainless thing where I’m saying “hey, make everything out of titanium.” We are intentional about using it when appropriate, always making sure we are on par with mil-spec durability, and even improving on it.

Q:  Now titanium is not the only material you’re known for…let’s talk about V Seven Weapons Systems and lithium aluminum.

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: As far as the lithium aluminum goes, that was a long process.  I talked to the guys over at Alcoa for a couple of years before they even entertained the idea of selling V Seven Weapons lithium aluminum.  Finally, I befriended some of the guys over there, and I talked them into it. We were really the first in the industry to break ground on lithium aluminum.  I think a few other companies have dibbled and dabbled trying it. 

What turns a lot of people off with it is that it is very expensive. Depending on the extrusion you are using, it can be four or five times more expensive than typical 7075 or 6061 that people use on rail sections. 

We use 2099 lithium aluminum on our rails, and what that specific alloy does is it give you much more rigidity.  On a long rail that’s 15” or 16” inches long, you’re going to have less deflection on your front sights, less deflection for your lasers that are mounted to it…things like that when you’re loading the rail on a bipod or something like that.

Q:  It’s also stronger as well as more rigid, correct?

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: Yes. It’s very cool stuff as far as rigidity goes, but it is also twice as strong as 6061.  If guys have ever seen keymod sections pull out with their 6061, they’re not going to see that with our 2099 lithium aluminum. 

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It’s also lighter. So, if you take a square inch of 6061 and a square inch of 2099 and you the weight the two, the lithium aluminum will be slightly lighter because it is infused with lithium, which is the lightest of all metals.  So, the lithium aluminum is a win-win-win.  It also stays more stable as far as its strength attributes and as far as brittleness under intense cold or strength under intense heat, it is much more stable…

Q:  V Seven Weapons Systems uses another variety of lithium aluminum on other parts, correct?

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: Our other lithium aluminum alloy we use is 2055.  V Seven uses that on our receiver sets and our buffer tubes. 2055 is slightly less rigid than 2099 but it is stronger, it is much stronger and more rigid than even 7075 which is what most AR enthusiasts are used to.

It’s really amazing stuff and it’s one of the most advanced alloys on the planet when it comes to aluminum…it’s tougher, stronger, more corrosion resistant, more rigid. I’d say it’s just better everywhere, in every way.  I can’t say it’s light years ahead, but it is significant in a lot of small ways that all add up to a much better product that could potentially last longer, stay truer as far as accuracy and things like that.

Q:  Why should builders consider your upper and lower?

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: V Seven Weapons is a “lightweight” company.  The original concept for the company was I wanted to build lightweight, but then I also wanted to overbuild. So, I had a “lightweight concept” and an “extreme environment” concept.  Some things that would go under the “extreme environment” concept would be things like our S7 tool steel bolt catch, our Inconel gas tubes.

We’ll continue to do the overbuilt, “extreme environment” side of the company once I get the “lightweight” side of the company completed, so there is more to come on that side.  But obviously the demand for the last the six years has been lightweight products.  I had identifed that as the next upcoming thing about eight years ago, and since then, I’ve just been focusing on that to ensure V Seven Weapons got in on the growth in the industry…which I think maybe we saw peak a year or two ago.

“A lighter package that’s stronger and tougher”

Our V Seven Weapons receiver sets, especially the 2055, they are lightweight compared to other things on the market, but we have this unique aspect that goes back to the alloy.  I always thought if you were going to make an upper receiver thinner and lighter, you’d have to start “swiss-cheesing” it.  I was not going to do that. 

I hated the idea of losing that rigidity, and I found that the only way to do what I wanted was to switch to a better material.  By doing that, we keep the rigidity and accuracy that people are used to, and then you also give them a lighter package that is stronger and tougher.

Not Totally Abandoning 7075

Now, as a businessman, I was putting in bricks of this fancy 2055 lithium aluminum into our machines, and then sometimes the machines would just sit for a day or two.  My thought was why not throw in some bricks of 7075 and build what everybody else out there was building, but do it at a better price point?  That way, we’d have two different price points.  One would be our flagship, and the other the more standard model.  That’s the reason why we have a 7075 version as well. 

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V Seven Weapons Systems – An Investment for the Long-Term

But for some builders I talk to, they are very interested in handing something down.  They’ll call in and tell me “hey, I have a 15-year-old son, and one day I want to hand this rifle down to him and have him keep it in the family.”  So, they’re thinking of long-term durability and strength, and for that, you can’t argue with lithium aluminum if you really look at the science of it.  You will see that it is truly a better material.

And when you combine that with our other parts, you have something that if you leave it out in the rain, it’s not going to rust. You end up with a platform that is just very durable, very corrosion resistant, very tough, very strong, and I feel there is just not another animal like it on the market. 

There’s some out there that are starting to try to catch up, but we’ve been ahead of the curve, just by the grace of God, for a long time.  In the end, I think V Seven Weapons is giving that average guy out there real peace-of-mind that he’s made a wise, long term investment for his family.

Q:  You have lithium aluminum, but can you talk magnesium handguards?

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: Magnesium is pretty cool stuff, but it is challenging to work with.  It’s tough and it is lightweight, but when you’re machining it, it’s totally different.  We actually machine it dry, and it’s rather flammable when it is in chip form.  So, you have to have a cleaning system where you clean every so many hours of production so you don’t have liability building up that could potentially burn your whole shop down (laughs).  Your fire suppression is all different…it’s not water-based or oil-based.  It’s anti-oxygen based basically.  If you pour water on the stuff when it’s burning it just gets hotter and hotter.  So, you have to have all this special stuff…

Currently we have two machines that are dedicated to magnesium 24-7.  We have them set aside, kind of quarantined off by themselves.  We also process it with different tumbling media because it is a slightly softer material than standard aluminum. There’s a special blasting pressure and grit that we use to get the finish as close as we can to match the aluminum.

Q:  The finish is special too, correct?

Joel Allen, V Seven Weapons Systems: Magnesium is interesting stuff.  It has a very expensive, elaborate, high-tech finish that goes onto it called Keronite…it’s a ceramic that gets built-up on the material and is actually really tough stuff.  It’s much tougher than anodizing that can go on magnesium. 

The downside?  It’s like a cream-colored white when it’s done.  We get these rails that are super tough, super lightweight…but they’re white (laughs).  So, we go over them with something called E-coat, which is a thin, durable layer of basically paint.  It’s pretty durable, but it is thin, because you can’t mess with tolerances after everything is finished. 

“Wanting to push boundaries…”

While the manufacturing is a bit of a pain, it has been something that has been pretty good for us.  It’s cool stuff, and it takes about a third of the weight out of the rail. It’s definitely added to the “lightweight” concept of our company…wanting to push boundaries to be as light as possible. 

The magnesium we use is very tough, high-tech stuff as far as if you were to look at all of the different magnesium alloys, it’s near the top as far as strength and rigidity.  It’s pretty much on par with what everybody else is using as far as 6061 aluminum.  Magnesium is typically weaker stuff, but ours is on par and we were able to get that strength and durability back to what everybody is used to. 

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Q:  Finally, what are you excited about as far as recent V Seven Weapons Systems releases?

Our 6.5” 300 Blackout has been a great barrel for us.  It was pretty challenging to build, mainly because the pistol length gas system wasn’t reliable with that short of a barrel with all of the different types of ammo, suppressed and unsuppressed.  We ended up creating our own proprietary gas system length and gas block and also decided to include an Inconel gas tube standard to insure long term durability with the shorter hotter gas system.

The end result is that the thing shoots great…better than you could ever imagine a short barrel could shoot.  We’re a match-grade minded company. 

When you combine this barrel with our 5.7” rail, you can get your suppressor right up about a quarter of an inch against the rail and you have a seamless, awesome little package that gives you a lot of power on target.  It’s very impressive.

V Seven Weapons Systems 16” 5.56

I do love our 16” 5.56 rifle.  It’s very lightweight and durable. I see people who get their hands on it for the first time and they are blown away.  They say “man, I have never felt anything quite like this.”  It feels solid, but it’s so lightweight.  That’s two things that usually don’t go together. 

Usually when you feel something solid, it’s also like a bank vault.   That’s not the sensation you get with our rifles.  It’s hard to explain unless you have actually held one.

V Seven Weapons Systems 6.5 Creedmoor

Our 6.5 Creedmoor is my other favorite.  It’s just such a consistent shooter.  1-MOA is nothing with these barrels.  We have a 20” and a 22”.  Our 20” we sell the most of.  I think guys want to keep it shorter and lighter, but regardless…man, what a shooter these guns are. 

Most reports I hear are a half-MOA, and it’s just a consistent superstar that we are continually getting amazing feedback on from our customers that are looking for serious accuracy.  In addition to that, they are getting a gun that is just so light and solid compared to other large chassis ARs out there.

These guns are also just so fun.  When you can have that kind of long-range accuracy in a gun that can be easily carried on hikes and whatnot, it’s an amazing combination and certainly one of my absolute favorites.

V Seven Weapons Systems – “Almost everything you can think of…”

Other than those guns, we also have almost everything you can think of as far as standard lengths, 7.5″, 8.5″, 10.5”, 11.5”, 12.5”, 14.5”, 16” 18” in 5.56. We also have the 224 Valkyrie barrels in 18” and we’re coming out with a 20” and a 22”. 

We are soon adding a 20” and a 14.5” .308 barrel to go with our existing 16” and 18”. We also offer .458 SOCOM; which I love. There might also be some new calibers that we come out with.  Guys are asking for 6.8 and 6.5 Grendel, so we’re looking at those. 


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V Seven Weapon Systems Offers Helios For CQB Rifles

Written by Jacki Billings

V Seven Weapon Systems delivers a new linear compensator designed for close quarters style firearms, announcing the Helios muzzle device.

Crafted from Grade 5 Titanium and boasting 100-percent corrosion resistance, according to V Seven, the Helios muzzle device works to save the ears and sanity of shooters in the next lane by redirecting muzzle blast.

The Krinkov-style construction forces the concussion and sound emitted during firing forward and away from the shooter. V Seven says a Helios equipped carbine or rifle will see moderately suppressed flash in addition to a small reduction in recoil.


Though the company says the brake as designed for CQB style weapons, it realistically will work alongside any barrel length with calibers up to .338. Measuring 2.75-inches in overall length, the Helios adds approximately 2.2-inches of length to weapon systems. The device’s 1.25-inch diameter snuggles into most rails nicely, says the company, and only adds just over 2-ounces in weight.

The Helios comes with thread pitches in 1/2×28, 5/8×24 as well as two finishes — raw titanium and a DLC black finish. Rumor has it that a 1/2×36 version with a 9mm exit hole is supposedly in the works. No word yet on when that version will be available.

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The Helios’ unique and sleek design has already proven quite popular with rifle fanatics. The company leaked that its first raw titanium batch sold out on launch day in November. Though shooters desiring that raw titanium look might be waiting until a re-stock occurs, if your favorite color is tactical black you’re in luck. The DLC black versions are still available.

V Seven says the American made Helios ships with a crush washer in addition to a lifetime warranty all for an MSRP of $129.

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V Seven Weapon Systems Adds Smoke Composites Stock and Grip Option

ByMattonMay 26, 2020inGuns

V Seven Weapon Systems is now offering Smoke Composites’ Ultralight Carbon Fiber Grip and Buttstock as an option on their rifles. The grip weighs in at just 1.14 ounces and the stock at just under 5 ounces. When coupled with V Seven’s already lightweight parts can result in a carbine that tips the scales at 4 pounds, 4 ounces.

The Smoke Composites carbon fiber parts can be added to any V Seven rifle by request or there are pre-built packages like the 14.5″ 556/223 ENLIGHTENED/SMOKE COMPOSITES AR RIFLE available.


V Seven 3 Gun Barrel

ByMattonOctober 16, 2019inGuns

V Seven Weapon Systems’ new 18″ Lightweight Stainless Match Barrel is built for 3 Gun. The 416R stainless barrel features the same polygonal rifling for which V Seven is known. It also has their 5.56 V Seven Match Chamber and Ultra Match Lapping. This lightweight contour barrel weighs in at just 30 ounces and ships with a titanium gas block.


L V Seven – Rifles for Women

ByMattonDecember 22, 2018inGuns

V Seven Weapon Systems just launched a brand new company division, L V Seven, dedicated entirely to developing rifles specifically for women. Their mission statement does a great job of conveying what they are trying to accomplish:

L V Seven has been a project in the making for the better part of two years.  Our parent company, V Seven Weapon Systems, has led the industry in development of new products and advanced materials for the AR market.  We’ve pushed the limit on what was possible to build a truly improved, superior firearm.  We build our products to be the lightest, strongest, and most durable AR’s and components available.  We like to say, “lightweight with no compromises”.

The large majority of our V Seven customers are men, but we are aware of the increasing number of female shooters.  Whether it’s in hunting, in competition, or maybe just for fun, more and more women are becoming interested in the sport and we wanted to offer a product specifically designed for them.  So, the new ladies division was established and L V Seven was born.

From the beginning, our focus has been to create a product for female shooting enthusiasts.  No matter your age or skill level, our goal is to build a firearm that fits you.  The overall feel, the carry weight, and handling of our rifles is different than what is currently available in the AR industry.  Each L V Seven piece is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, ergonomically sized and comfortable for women.

Our mission goes beyond just building pretty guns.  We want our customers to have a quality firearm.  One that will function reliably and accurately when expected to.  L V Seven rifles are manufactured to the same high standards as V Seven rifles.  We’ve just designed them for our fellow sisters.  Our hope is to encourage ladies to gather their girls and get outdoors.  Head to the woods, get in the field, or off to the range.  Set up some targets and knock ’em down.  We’ll be out there with you.

Fitting with their purpose, L V Seven rifles make extensive use of V Seven’s lightweight parts to keep weight to a minimum. They also feature unique color schemes that are likely to appeal to female shooters.

V Seven 18″ .224 Valkyrie Barrel

ByMattonAugust 25, 2018inGuns

Glendale, OR – V Seven Weapon Systems is pleased to announce the addition of our new 18” 224 VALKYRIE MATCH barrel to our lineup of high quality barrels. Demand for a quality 224 VALKYRIE barrel is at an all time high so it was time for V SEVEN to step in and fill that void. Whether you’re going for an all V SEVEN build or just upgrading an existing rifle, this is the barrel you want to maximize the potential accuracy of the 224 VALKYRIE round.

Our 224 VALKYRIE barrel is made from 416R Stainless Steel with a Medium Contour, V SEVEN Match Chamber, V SEVEN Ultra Match lapped bore, improved, melonited barrel extension and 1 in 7 Poly Twist. Each barrel ships with our V SEVEN 17-4 Stainless pin-on low profile gas block and gas tube. A fluting option is available for added weight savings.

The V Seven 18” 224 VALKYRIE barrel combines all of the quality and accuracy you’ve grown to expect from V Seven with the speed and range of the 224 VALKYRIE round giving you one of the best 224 VALKYRIE barrels on the market.

    • –  ROCKWELL C 30-32
    • –  1 in 7 POLY TWIST
    • –  1/2X28 THREADS

For more information please go to ​www.VSevenWeaponSystems.com​ or give us a call at 541-832-2179.

V Seven Weapon Systems 11.5″ Harbinger SBR and Complete Uppers

ByMattonJune 25, 2018inGuns

Glendale, OR – Continuing with the focus on their AR10 / SR25 line of products, V Seven Weapon Systems has introduced the new Harbinger 11.5” .308 SBR and Harbinger 11.5” .308 Complete Uppers.

The new Harbinger 11.5” .308 SBR is available in two different configurations.

Option #1 features the 11.5” .308 lightweight contour fluted barrel under a 10.75” Magnesium Hyper-light handguard in your choice of MLOK or KeyMod. This is perfect for those looking to add their own suppressor or muzzle device option.

Option #2 takes the same 11.5” .308 lightweight contour fluted barrel but is placed under the 13.5” Magnesium Hyper-light handguard, again in your choice of MLOK or KeyMod, with a HELIOS Titanium Linear Compensator tucked under the end of the handguard giving you a few extra inches of handguard to add grips, lights, etc.

Already have an AR10 SBR or AR Pistol lower? No problem. The V Seven Harbinger 11.5” Complete Uppers are available separately as well.

For more information please go to www.VSevenWeaponSystems.com or give us a call at 541-832-2179.

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As part of my 2017 reviews, I'm going to discuss the V SEVEN Weapons System (V7) Titanium Lower parts components. Looking to save every ounce possible where it counts without sacrificing reliability and function, V SEVEN components are a must on a light weight build. Losing weight on an already reasonable weight carbine length rifle is not easy. Mechanically engineering a different design for the AR15 platform is not feasible without potentially running into problems. Changing out Mil-Spec components with a lighter alloy is the easiest option. Regardless of the industry, acquiring Titanium components always comes at a premium over standard alloys.

Titanium (Ti) unlike steel and aluminum is considered an exotic precious alloy. Not because it is impossible to obtain, but relative to steel and aluminum which is a common element found in earth’s crust, it is far scarcer. When found, to extract Ti metal from Ti ore found in earth, it is costly due to the processing of using extreme temperatures to melt the ore. Titanium is much harder to work with than steel and aluminum to an extent. Machining, grinding and finishing titanium cost more than the common alloys found in the AR15 platform. What renders titanium such an attractive alloy is the low density, high strength, corrosion resistance and ability to withstand both high and low temperatures. Titanium is also inherently physiologically inert, so it is used in the medical industry for implants, prosthesis and other uses driving up the cost of Titanium. As an Engineer in the Defense industry, I have experience with applications where Ti is highly desired over any other alloy, even composites. This is not uncommon for cutting edge products in a R&D environment.

V SEVEN uses Grade 5 wrought Titanium also referred to as Ti-6Al-4V. The Grade is the ASTM designation which is an international standard while Ti-XXX-XX is the industry name. This particular grade is the most common type of Titanium alloy used worldwide. Grade 5 Ti can be heat treated to increase its strength further. The Rockwell C hardness is ~33 and strength to weight ratio is ~250 kN-m/kg. V7 sources this material from USA suppliers only and all CNC and machine work is done in house. The different coatings are however sent out to an external vendor in the USA, which processes NP3 and IONBOND Black coating. I asked V7 if they recommend any type of sealer on the raw Titanium, the answer was none required given Titanium is 100% corrosion resistant.

I sent V SEVEN some questions to better understand their products. One response stood out to me, I asked why V SEVEN was making all these Titanium components. Their response:

"The need to update the AR-15 platform, do what no one else was willing to do (we've been in business for almost 4 years now selling lightweight & more corrosion resistant components, we've been the first to bring several new products to the market), the want to make something unique and high-quality for those that like top end products (people tell us we make race car parts for the AR-15), make lighter parts using modern materials WITHOUT COMPROMISING on quality and durability."

Professionally working on cutting edge technology myself, and as a gear head who has built a race car, I can appreciate their response and relate. Building a high end AR15, like a race car with the latest and greatest technology does not come cheap, but the end result is a rewarding accomplishment. I will discuss each of the components individually and provide some information about the coating.

V SEVEN TITANIUM TRIGGER/HAMMER PINS: These pins only come in IONBOND Black finish unlike some of the other components. This particular coating is smooth and slippery which helps not only protect the base Ti substrate, but allows for easier clean up if you choose this option on the different components they offer more susceptible to carbon fouling. IONBOND is used in many different industries including motor sports and Aerospace due to low friction and wear resistance. The IONBOND process is called physical vapor deposition, where ionized metal vapors react with gases to form a thin film. These pins are 100% corrosion resistant and only weigh 0.07oz. Unlike traditional standard Mil-Spec pins, these pins have a slight recessed dimple on the ends. It is aesthetically different and provides your punch tool a nice pocket to rest in during installation and removal, preventing possible slipping and marring of the lower receiver. They offer two different sizes to fit both .154” standard mil-spec triggers and .1555” for Geissele Triggers. I spoke to Joel, the owner of V SEVEN, great guy and very knowledgeable of his products and the industry. He told me the actual size of Geiselle pins is .1555” however most in the industry including myself reference the larger size pins as .155”, you learn something new every day!

V SEVEN TITANIUM BUFFER RETAINER: The kit comes with a retainer spring and it is only available in a raw Ti finish. The spring is made of stainless steel which is also 100% corrosion resistant. The raw titanium finish is machine finished, it is not polished. It is so light weight, my scale could not register this retainer in ounces by itself until I added the spring. The fit is excellent as expected with such tight machine tolerances, and raw Ti finish pops against the standard anodized black lower receiver. The total weight of both combined is 0.05oz.

V SEVEN Ti AR-15 PIVOT/TAKEDOWN PINS: These two pins are identical in dimensions compared to standard Mil-Spec pins, except they are exceptionally lighter at 0.28oz for the pair. Some operators have a difficult time with standard pins and opt for enhanced or longer pins. This is subjective and purely personal, I have no problems at all with the standard length pins. Rather than go for an enhanced version which only adds weight, even if it is only marginally heavier, I prefer the cleaner flush look of these standard design pins which are extremely light weight. These pins do not hinder any other controls because they are low profile. The smooth raw Ti finish and exceptional fit of these machined pins in my lower receiver slide in and out with any snags or problems. The pins come in both the raw Ti finish as well as IONBOND Black. I’ve had experience with out of spec pins and receivers, I tried these pins on multiple lower receiver sets and it performed great. V7 also offers an Easy Pull set, which is enhanced to give those operators who have a hard time with standard pins some additional leverage and grip. The complete install kit comes with stainless steel springs and detent as an option. They also offer an aluminum variant at a lower price for both 308 DPMS/AR10 variants.

V SEVEN TITANIUM CASTLE NUT: Made from Grade 5 Ti, this castle nut is light compared to the standard Mil-Spec nut weighting 0.35oz. I suggest using an anti-seize lubricant when working with threaded Titanium components. Anti-seize is a grease with flakes or metal powder which comes in copper, nickel and aluminum. For my intended application, copper is more than sufficient given the operating temperatures, and it is easy to find at your local auto or hardware store. Anti-seize prevents corrosion between two different metals. Given most AR15 receivers are made of aluminum, it is important to use some type of lube. Another phenomenon with Titanium is galling, which occurs as a result of over torqueing, and not using a good lubricant to prevent Titanium from fusing and reshape itself unexpectedly. Lastly, it provides an additional layer of corrosion resistance so use anti-seize when installing this castle nut. I use Permatex 09128 copper anti-seize lubricant, I use this in my cars and motorcycles with Ti components. V7 designed this castle nut with two options for fastening, using a multi-point lock nut tool, or hook wrench to attach to the single hole drilled in this castle nut. The machining on this product is very detailed as you can see by the small details. There are three different dimples on this nut for staking the end plate against the castle nut for added insurance. V7 created this product with the intention it will be used for duty and combat, adding these dimples which most castle not do not provide is a prime example. The ability to use a standard armorers wrench or spanner wrench is another great feature which sets this light weight castle nut apart, giving the operator an ability to use multiple tools. The fit is excellent and threads are clean given this is machined and not cast. This Ti castle nut comes in both raw and IONBOND Black finish to suit the color scheme of your build. They offer a cheaper aluminum variant which is also lighter than the standard steel castle nut.

V SEVEN TITANIUM QD ENDPLATE: Pair this light weight Ti end plate up with the V7 Ti castle nut for maximum weight saving. Comes in both IONBOND Black finish and a “Dark” raw titanium finish. I must admit even though the “Dark” finish is listed as an option on the V SEVEN website, it is not any darker than the raw Ti castle nut finish. I’m not predisposed to any eye problems as far as I’m aware of so it is hard for me to say consciously this is a “Dark” finish. It could possibly be considered a shade darker by some, but not without close inspection can you tell any difference in my honest opinion. The design is simple and effective. Personally I'm not a fan of some of the other sling end plate designs which have attachment points sticking out that can get caught on your gear. V7 end plate is not rotation limited, a standard sling swivel spins freely, rotation limited only by the ring hitting the buffer tube. I personally modified and made my own QD narrow angled slim ring which allows free 360 rotation which works great with this end plate. V7 end plate is a simple intuitive design which works well with any QD snap ring. V7 attention to detail on this end plate shines near the bottom of the end plate which is machined with a slight 45 degree bevel for a smooth rounded finish. These minor details make a difference when you consider the quality and forethought given to this common component. Fit is perfect and install is only slightly more difficult if you don’t reverse the final turn of buffer tube. This end plate weights 0.28oz. They also offer a cheaper aluminum variant like the aluminum castle nut.

V SEVEN ULTRA LIGHT S7 BOLT CATCH: I received the NP3 silver variant which matches another NP3 component in my lightweight build. The picture on the V7 website displays a very light silver colored NP3 bolt catch. If you compare them to my pictures, it is actually a shade darker more closely resembling the the raw Ti finish of other V7 products. I reviewed another component with NP3 coating prior, this coating is very slick and catching on in the firearms industry. NP3 contains PTFE, known as Teflon, which is very slick and has self-lubricating properties. NP3 has a very low coefficient of friction, with a very smooth surface less susceptible to attracting carbon fouling due to low ridges. NP3 coating process is Electorless nickel plating, which is not cheap, and why NP3 coated components come at a premium. While the bolt catch is susceptible to some carbon fouling on the top side, NP3 coating is just an optimal solution to prevent corrosion on steel. I questioned V7 why they did not manufacture a Titanium bolt catch, the response:

"Because in our R & D testing, we did not find Titanium to be a suitable material for a bolt catch.  They didn't meet our requirements of durability long term."

I can appreciate there is an R&D department testing these components prior to reach the consumer to ensure it meets all specifications and is safe to use. S7 is a tool steel made by Carpenter Technologies, which also produces Mil-Spec C158 steel. It has very high impact toughness and shock resistance with medium wear resistance. It can be air or oil quenched exhibiting minimal distortion on hardening. It has Rockewell C of ~57-61 depending on heat treatment. It also resists softening at high temperatures. S7 has a tensile strength much higher than Carpenter 158 steel making it a superior alternative. V SEVEN told me they also make a bolt catch made from 8620 steel, which is slightly inferior to C158 steel in terms of strength. Keep in mind there are a lot of factors which determine the quality of not only the material, but methods which parts are manufactured, all depends on the execution and application. While I would have liked to put a matching Titanium bolt catch to reduce weight further, I fully accept reliability is far more important and takes precedence, so the appropriate choice is steel as V SEVEN has chosen. It is a known fact Titanium does not take impact well compared to steel, the Rockwell C rating is a good indicator why steel is selected for this component. What concerns me is there is a different manufacturer selling a Titanium bolt catch. It begs to wonder if they have done any R&D or testing to ensure the benefits of Ti outweigh reliability and safety. That being said, it is good to know V SEVEN does not put out a product just because they can CNC it and they value what they provide to the mass market. As with all of these V SEVEN parts, the fit is spot on without any issues, the supplied kit includes a roll pin, detent and spring which all fit and function without a hitch. The bolt catch weights 0.32oz and it comes in both NP3 Silver finish as well as IONBOND Black.

V SEVEN TITANIUM PISTOL GRIP SCREW: Another way to shave some ounces is by using a Titanium grip screw. Sure the savings is minimal, but in the grand scheme it adds up, and again this is a niche product. It is constructed of the same Grade 5 Ti used on other V7 components. Similar to the castle nut make sure proper anti-seize lubricant is used since most receivers are made of aluminum. The screw is a button head style screw which is highly polished with clean machined threads. The thread pitch is standard 1/4-28 with overall length of 0.75”. It only comes in a “raw” Ti finish but unlike the other “raw” Ti components this screw is actually highly machine polished so it shines compared to other “raw” V7 parts. I used the same Permatex copper anti-seize on this grip screw and it screwed into the lower receiver as expected without any fit issues. This grip screw weights 0.11oz.

V SEVEN Ti MAG CATCH/RELEASE: V7 offers two different button styles with a diamond pattern or lines. I opted for the diamond pattern which matches the V7 bolt catch. They offer raw Ti or IONBOND Black as a finish. Similar to the bolt catch they sell these as a complete kit or you can purchase just the button only if you like. Unlike most release lever/rod which are forged or cast as one piece, you can see this is a two piece design as each component was individually CNC than combined. The button edge is nicely beveled off which shows the attention to detail. Similarly on the lever itself, you see the detail put into the recessed concave carve out to lighten and aesthetically change the overall weight and finish of this simple component. They also went as far as concealing the rod location on the back side of the lever which shows the level of detail to hide any lazy finish which I’ve seen on many levers with rod hole present. It fit my Mil-Spec lower as expected along with the install kit which provided the spring. It weights only 0.25oz.

I consider all these V SEVEN Ti components a niche product for the operator looking to take advantage at every opportunity to save weight. Yes it does come at a premium, no one is obligated to buy them, but at the very lest you are informed and now aware of the options available. V SEVEN offers a Lifetime Warranty on all these components, the same can't be said with most manufacturers selling these components. The finish is top notch, no tooling marks of any kind or inconsistency in the finish. These Ti components have been engineered to meet and surpass Mil-Spec standards and they are all made in the USA. V SEVEN has lots of other projects in the works, I asked them about future products and they said they are only 21% through a long list of projects. V SEVEN is a family owned business, Joel and family purchase only Domestic materials and manufacture everything in house. This gives them great quality control ability and personally I’m thrilled to support V SEVEN knowing it is a USA based family company. You can be sure if you are looking for cutting the edge in weight savings, V SEVEN has more to offer in the future. If weight savings is an important factor, consider V SEVEN Titanium as the go to option.

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1911addict42 said:

I placed an order for the JP-LRI20 in a .308 with an 18” barrel. The idea was to have something that is useful all around, for both long range precision up to 1,000 yards, and if necessary, a power round for short range combat. Like the Scar.
Is that choice a neither here nor there selection?
Its longer and more unwieldy than a 14.5” barrel, (or SCAR 16”) and somewhat heavier than some other choices like Revolution. it’s also in a .308 with a shorter barrel length than may be ideal for precision purposes, as opposed to 22” for 6.5 creedmor. Should I be changing something here? Or will this serve my purposes?

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Depends on what your purpose is. JP rifles are all great shooters; weight can get up there depending on how you option them. I personally wouldn't buy 308 anything unless you were planning on this being a SHTF rifle, which again - I don't think 308 is a good fit for, in general - you're not going to be taking 1200yd shots. For a range gun, 6.5mm CM would be a much better shooter from a recoil and from a ballistic standpoint at longer distances where you'd want to be using a larger cartridge.

I love 18" barrels, my 6.5mm Creedmoor bolt action rifles are all 18" barrels, and my precision AR15 in 6mm ARC is also 18". It's the perfect balance of length, weight, and velocity. It's also not horrible when suppressed (and I shoot 100% suppressed) whereas the 22/24/26" barrels get pretty unruly. If I were in your shoes, I'd have gone with a 6.5mm Creedmoor JP if that's the pattern rifle you like. I'm sure it will run great, and properly tuned, recoil should be somewhere in the ballpark of the SCAR just a very different impulse. Go shoot an AR10 back to back with a SCAR in 308 if you can, see which you prefer (I think you might have already done this - in which case you answered your own question re: which platform).

308 is a great cartridge, don't get me wrong, it's just not the best at any one thing. It's a good all-around cartridge, but when you're investing the money you're investing, I wouldn't personally compromise on a 'generalist' rifle that's meant to be your sole SHTF long gun. It's overkill for engagements you'd have in that scenario, and you are paying the price in weight of equipment, weight of ammo, recoil. If you're going to pay those prices, you should have better ballistics like you'd get with the 6.5mm Creedmoor, and cut out some of the recoil and a little bit of ammunition weight. Personally, I'd just go with another AR15 in 6.5mm Grendel or 6mm ARC if you want something new, and you'd still have a 1000yd capable rifle with an 18" barrel, but parts interchangability, more part options in the aftermarket, lighter weight platform/ammo, etc.

Really, at this point, you just need to buy what you think you'd prefer. You have to try these things out to really figure that out, which is the only real downside to bulk buying different firearms all at once without a ton of experience. You'll just have to take some risks and see how it pans out. The good news is, as long as you have some lowers, you'll be able to experiment more on the AR15 platform in the future as long as grandfathering happens (which it presumably would) in the case of another AWB.


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