Today we talk about how my spine looks like an AXTS Raptor charging handle. AXTS has sent us out the awesome Talon Safety Selector switch, QD endplate and my new Raptor charging handle for the #WindhamProject.
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.
Sometimes you just need a big knife and tactical vest. This is one of those times. Like I said, I do really like the gear. However, as someone who was never military or a three gun shooter, I don’t really care all that much to wear MOLLE, unless I have a need for it. This vest has been coming in real handy while reviewing the #WindhamProject. We are firing thousands of rounds through this rifle. The MOLLE vest makes it easier to keep mags closer for speedier reload time.
Something I failed to mention about this vest, is that is it mainly made with a mesh body. That makes this vest breathable. This is nice in the Texas sun when you are wearing it for hours on end.
I also keep my Leatherman MUT on my vest, which you can see on the left hand side of the screen when looking at the vest.
The video below is of the OPSGEAR guys using the cutaway system.
Introducing J-Man and Matt to the GEARS Crew, getting 7.5 MPG while hauling guns to the range, EPIC Drone footage and so much more!
Guns used in the video
H&K 45 Tactical
Mossberg Flex 12 Gauge
Remington R1 E 1911
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CMMG was kind enough to send us out the conversion kit to test along side the #WindhamProject. We wanted to bring the caliber count up from the stock 4 calibers of 5.56NATO,7.62x39mm,9mm and .300BLK to a fifth caliber with the .22lr conversion kit.
Gears of Guns
Versions of the Kit
CMMG makes a few versions of this kit to handle the left handed rifles.
Just swap this drop in conversion with your bolt carrier group and you will be ready to shoot .22LR. Ships with 25rd 22LR magazine. All Stainless Steel Construction, includes a 25rd Magazine.
[from CMMGs website]
I think this is an awesome training aid. Trying to introduce people who have a fear of guns and mainly a fear of the AR platform can be at times difficult. This can be due to the noise or the simple fear of recoil hurting them.
I like being able to start someone off with a .22lr and getting them comfortable using one gun with one set of controls and then being able to graduate them to the .223/5.56 calibers. In other words, you can train on the gun that you will graduate to. This makes you comfortable with all the different parts of the gun that you will shoot long term. This is a great way to watch people get over their fear and really start to enjoy the sport.
The True Stock Options
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.
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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.