We got the Gemtech GM9 in this week to play around with and ended up putting it on the Windham Project. Somehow this project seems to be never ending. I know there are some big things coming out of Windham this year and I am really contemplating getting a .224 Valkyrie barrel made just for this project. Hmmm, maybe I should just bite the bullet and get this gun SBR’d and take it on new adventures.
The #WindhamProject is a Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 AR which is chambered in 5.56, .300BLK, 7.62x39mm, 9mm and .22lr. We have grabbed some of the most awesome parts of the gun industry to help us better customize this rifle and show you how you can turn this rifle from something awesome to something EPIC and drool worthy at the range.
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Today on Part 2 of the #WindhamProject Review
We look at what all the RMCS-4 can do in terms of caliber changes as well as customization.
Today we look at 6 Vltor stocks in Black, FDE/Tan and Foliage Green. Vltor sent the IMOD and the EMOD stocks for us to test on the #WindhamProject.
I love the fact that the EMOD stock has the battery compartment for my CR123s.
The IMOD stock is smaller so it has less of a foot print in your safe or hard case but still has the beastliness of the EMOD to handle anything you throw at them.
The #WindhamProject is a Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 AR which is chamber in 5.56, .300BLK, 7.62x39mm, 9mm and .22lr. We have grabbed some of the most awesome parts of the gun industry to help us better customize this rifle and show you how to can turn this rifle from something awesome to something EPIC and drool worthy at the range.
Checking out the latest review products for the #WindhamProject
AR-15/M-16 Kit – Finger Groove Beavertail Pistol Grip and OverMolded Collapsible Buttstock – In Red Lava Rubber
(6 Stocks in total)
(1) Green IMOD Stock
(1) Tan IMOD Stock
(1) Black IMOD Stock
(1) Green EMOD Stock
(1) Tan EMOD Stock
(1) Black EMOD Stock
WMD Guns Shipped:
Shipped their new NiB-X Black Full Auto 5.56 Bolt Carrier Group with a NiB Hammer for the trigger assembly.
Its been a wet spring, so I’m just waiting for things to dry out to be able to head to the range.
While looking for 5.56/.223 Bolt Carrier Groups (BCG) for the #WindhamProject I looked into replacing Windham Weaponry’s all black BCG with a Nickel Boron coated BCG from a few different manufacturers. I found WMD Guns and after a few months of finalizing a new coating they sent us one.
A New Coating
The new coating, as I understand it, is a double plating of Nickel Boron (NiB). The bottom plating is the standard silvery Nib with a top plating of a NiB-X Black. The NiB-X Black is 40% more wear-resistant than chrome (wear rating from the description sent with the product from WMD Guns).
I don’t want to give any thoughts outside of the look since I haven’t had it in my hands until last week. I will say that it is a cool looking BCG.
Style of Choice
The bolt carrier group is a full auto bolt. This is my style of choice, only because the weight slows the BCG down on semi auto. This insures better extraction with my cheap steel cased ammo.
The Real Reason
My biggest reason for the BCG change is the fact that the Windham 7.62×39 and 5.56 BCGs are both black. This makes it harder to distinguish in low light or with someone who has never used the rifle before.
The Windham Project is the new Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 which is a Multi Caliber System built on the AR-15 platform and designed after the MGI Hydra. The rifle is chambered in
1. 5.56×45/.223Remington Standard AR Mag)
2. .300 AAC Blackout (Standard AR mag)
3. 7.62×39 (using an AK Mag)
4. 9mm (Using a Colt SMG Mag
5. .22LR (Using the CMMG .22 Conversion kit)
The idea behind our project is to build out an AR-15 using the Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 as the base and build out the parts to make this rifle more rounded out by using various parts from the industry.
Outside of Windham Weaponry supplying the rifle, we have a few companies who have already sent us a piece for the review.
· CAA – Flip up iron sights
· CMMG – .22 Conversion with two (25) round mags
· AXTS – Raptor Charging Handle, Talon Ambi Safety, and QD end plate
· Federal Ammunition – American Eagle 9mm and American Eagle subsonic .300AAC Blackout
· WMD Guns – *NEW* NiB BCG
· Hogue Overmolded Lava Red Pistol Grip and 6 position rifle stock
We will be reviewing this rifle for 1 year. We will be reviewing each additional product sent to us, on their own in an individual review, as well as part of the final overall #WindhamProject review.
We are looking for parts that fall under the RMCS-4 parts that would be considered “stock parts” i.e. the stock, pistol grip, BCGs*, products of that nature.
We love the idea that Windham has for this rifle and we just want to have fun and see what else we can do with it. Our end all goals are to build an AR that is chambered in as many calibers as possible through either a barrel change or full upper receiver (in a case such as a .50BMG upper or a piston based upper or pistol caliber outside of 9mm)
Windham has built a platform that we believe is great for someone who may be limited on space and would like to own more than one rifle but space permitting is just not feasible. We want to expand on that idea.
As I discussed in the review of my Windham .308 AR, I am someone who likes to be able to get as much meat on a charging handle as possible. I want to be able to grip and rip when I am running my rifle and the milspec charging handle is just too small in my opinion. When I have to pull back a .308 bolt carrier group, I want to be able to do that without losing grip.
The old saying of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” came to mind a lot during my research phase of changing the charging handle on Windham .308 AR. My AR-15 (AWS ZA-15) came with a Mecharmor TacOps-1 charging handle. I fell in love with it the first time I racked the bolt back. I have used the Mecharmor charging handle in my training and I have committed the feel to memory. As I said, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It was obvious that I wanted to get the same charging handle for the Windham .308 AR as I have on my AWS ZA-15.
If you like the compact size that a milspec charging handle has to offer then the Mecharmor TacOpst might not be for you. It could create more snag points for when you are using the sling, but I have never had a problem with snagging, so that is just a theory.
Both of the Mecharmor TacOps-1, the .308 and the 5.56 are just under $70 which is on par with most ambi charging handles.
I am interested in doing some comparison testing with other brands of charging handles which might be something I will try to work on this year. Keep watching for any follow up.
There is a saying that I truly love and believe in. “A firearm is only a tool, I am the weapon”. It is not a secret that the firearm community fights for what we believe in. We just won a battle to keep an agency from banning common bullets. New plants are being built in the USA because they were banned from importing their firearms into the United States of America. We as a community fight for what we believe in. Our industry has used the power of emails to our government officials to successfully fight for our God given rights. Great job, lets keep up this up and remind our government that they work for us.
First I would like to say Happy New Years as this is the first post in 2015.
A number of people have been asking where we have been the past few weeks. The Crew has started the New Year with a bang and we have just been busy getting everything ready to go for reviews and some other awesome things we have planned for 2015.
As some of you may have already guessed by the lack of SHOT Show updates we will not be attending this year. We had to make some other life choices that kept us from having that week off. A lot of good friends of Gearsofguns.com will be there. We plan to bring you their updates on our site and social media. Never fear, you will still get your SHOT SHOW FIX!
You mentioned awesome plans for 2015. what are you talking about?
As a lot of these plans are still in development stages and not quite ready to be shared I will just say that we plan on bring you the READER on more interactive reviews and shooting events.
What kind of reviews does the Crew have planned?
Well I can tell you we are finishing up a number of gun reviews from 2014 and starting a ton of other fun reviews as soon as the SHOT Show dust clears.
We plan to bring more pistols, longer range and competition style reviews in 2015 as well as our standard rifle and shotgun reviews. We also plan more everyday carry items and general shooting accessories.
Social Media and Videos
2015 is the year I have finally given in to producing more videos. I have added a new member of the team who will be introducing himself on video here soon who will be more of a behind the scenes tech guy.
As some of you know well enough we suck at social media outside of our website and I vow to start fixing that problem as well.
What does this mean for you as the viewers?
Well I can just say that it will hopefully be a major content overhaul for you to get your gun and shooting accessories fix.