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UWone77
11 July 2013, 16:26
To followup on the Faxon Firearms (http://www.faxonfirearms.com/) video (http://www.weaponevolution.com/forum/showthread.php?5005-FAXON-ARAK-21-Piston-driven-upper), here is the company's profile, and some specs of the ARAK-21 Piston Upper:

HISTORY

In 2011, Bob Faxon, a firearms enthusiast and lifelong shooter, had an idea to design an AR-15 upper with all the features that he wanted on his current ARs but didn’t have. In 2012 Faxon Firearms (http://www.faxonfirearms.com/) was born.

Bob set aside a part of Faxon Machining to begin the firearms business. Faxon Machining was started in 1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and over the years has served a wide range of industries such as defense, aerospace, medical, automotive, and oil and energy.

Faxon machining is ISO accredited and can put over a 100 years of machining experience with its experienced staff, operators, and engineers.

Bob Faxon and Barry Faxon are avid gun enthusiasts, collectors, and marksmen. They are both Eagle Scouts, members of the NRA, and proud defenders of the 2nd Amendment. And, not coincidentally, Bob and Barry have been solving machined product manufacturing problems for three decades as the owners and managers of Faxon Machining, Inc.

Faxon Machining has machined more than 30,000,000 parts, has performed more than 6,500,000 hours of machining, and more than 125,000 hours of engineering services for customers. Some of the company’s machined parts have gone into the most complex, expensive and risk intense mechanical systems ever devised. Throughout the years, Faxon Machining, with extensive certifications and world class performances has earned its way to working with world class customers. This has resulted in providing parts used on the ocean floor, for the oil industry, in theaters of combat protecting our warfighters, in the cars you drive, in the aircraft you fly in, on the Space Station, and now on Mars.

Now all of this experience and capabilitiy has been focused with the goal of providing a unique and innovative upper receiver for the AR-15 platform.


OUR MOTTO

Manufacturing Strategic Solutions for Tactical Problems.

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ARAK-21™ (http://www.faxonfirearms.com/c/1/arak-21-upper-receivers) Features

***Remember, before handling any firearm, always make sure that the weapon is unloaded.***

Components of the ARAK-21™ Upper Receiver: (http://www.faxonfirearms.com/c/1/arak-21-upper-receivers)

The ARAK-21™ (http://www.faxonfirearms.com/c/1/arak-21-upper-receivers) is a gas piston actuated, complete upper receiver assembly designed to seamlessly interface with the standard AR-15 platform. The total extent of the interface is simply the take down pin, and the pivot pin. The new ARAK-21™ upper receiver offers you all its features with no change to your current lower receiver and can be installed in less than one minute with no tools.

Your ARAK-21™ upper receiver will be shipped to you with one “Barrel Assembly Unit” (BAU), or two, depending on which package you purchase.

The BAU is comprised of the barrel, gas block, muzzle brake, gas piston, gas adjuster, and barrel trunnion. The only removable part of this assembly is the gas adjuster knob. The gas adjuster knob has 4 settings. Three of the settings allow different gas flows for optimum operation, and one setting blocks the gas flow for a single shot operation.

The upper receiver includes the charging block, standard charging handle, lower forearm with screws, three aluminum full length picatinny rails, three insulating shims, bolt carrier assembly, lower recoil lug with spring guide rod, and dual recoil spring system. Along with your new ARAK-21™ upper receiver you will receive your owners manual, and two allen wrenches that will fit the screws that attach the lower forearm, and the front picatinny rails.


REMOVING THE BOLT CARRIER:

1.To remove the bolt carrier, you must either remove the ARAK-21™ from the lower receiver by removing the take down pin and the pivot pin, or simply remove the take down pin and pivot the upper from the lower.
2.Next, remove the cross pin that retains the recoil lug in position.
3.Press the recoil lug forward and down. It will release and extend to the rear of the receiver.
4.Remove the lower recoil lug and the dual recoil spring assembly to the rear. The bolt carrier will then be free to slide out the rear of the upper receiver.
5.If you choose to remove the “BAU,” you will need to remove the ARAK-21™ from the lower receiver. Turn it over, and loosen the 6 screws from the lower forearm. They will not come out, just become loose. Then remove the lower forearm perpendicular to the upper receiver. There are 4 pins that align the lower forearm, and the upper receiver. Then the barrel can be removed by simply sliding the BAU forward toward the muzzle, and away from the upper receiver.

You can install the same, or a different BAU, by following the process in reverse. The entire process should take around three minutes.

Due to the unique and innovative features of the ARAK-21™ upper receiver, there are very few parts that are interchangeable with a standard AR-15. The firing pin, extractor spring, and ejector spring are the only parts that are standard and interchangeable with an AR-15 upper receiver.

Other features include:

◾The upper receiver is fully machined from an aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum billet in a one piece design that incorporates a full length picatinny rail (Mil-STD-1913) on the top and three additional rails on the muzzle end of the receiver, making it a full M4 style quad rail upper. The top picatinny rail is laser engraved for optic placement. There are also half-length picatinny rails available.
◾12 ˝” length BAU is available in 5.56, heavy profile. 16” and 20” length BAU’s are available in both the 5.56 and 300 BLK. There are two profiles to choose from, medium and heavy. BAU’s can be interchanged in less than 3 minutes by removing the (6) captive allen screws on the bottom rail using the enclosed allen wrench.
◾Long stroke variable setting gas piston system. There are three options for gas flow, and one for no gas flow. This allows for single shot operation. There is also a clean out port for the gas block between the gas cylinder, and the barrel.
◾Charging handle is ambidextrous, non-re-circulating, foldable and spring returned and is easily removed without tools.
◾Model “39” Eight (8) lug bolt design with involute profile for both right and left hand versions. The extractor is positioned at 3 o’clock. This allows for a left hand version to use the same bolt by simply removing the cam pin and rotating 180 degrees and reinstalling the cam pin.
◾Self-contained firing pin retention system enclosed in a rectangular bolt carrier that no longer requires a cotter pin.
◾Bolted in hardened steel rail system for the bolt carrier to ride on. This allows a metal on metal wear surface for better wear characteristics and a much smoother operation.
◾The ARAK-21™ system allows for a folding stock to be added, as our recoil system does not extend beyond the upper receiver to fully operate. This eliminates the noise and feel of the buffer tube cycling back and forth.

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browcs
13 July 2013, 11:35
This truly reminds me of, in appearance at least, the Robinson Arms XCR-L. I hope this company does well....I wish them success.

neo9710
15 July 2013, 12:34
Id like to see some testing to see how it does...

UWone77
15 July 2013, 15:40
Id like to see some testing to see how it does...


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