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Battle Arms Development BAD 556 LW Rifle

By Thomas Murphy

Battle Arms Development (BAD) is an armament research and development corporation located in Henderson, Nevada. Founded in 2009; it began as an internet retail outlet. Their first product was a multi-tool for the M/14/M1A/M1 family of battle rifles. Next in line were upgraded parts for the AR-15 type rifle. These include titanium gas blocks, ambidextrous safeties, enhanced bolt catches, modular mag release buttons, Sabertube lightweight stocks, and numerous other products. Their premium product is their lightweight billet receiver set. The receiver is precision CNC milled from 7075-T6 aircraft grade aluminum, it weighs 6.84-ounces, and is made entirely in the USA. The BAD lower receiver can be ordered as a complete set with all internal components except the trigger assembly. It has a Vertical Stock System with the Ultra Compact Buffer System that extends from 4.75-inches to 8.75-inches when fully extended. Stripped upper and lower receivers are also available.

It was only a matter of time before BAD decided to build their own complete rifle utilizing all of their premium parts. Thus the BAD556-LW was born. It’s available in two versions – the 300 Spartan Rifle and the BAD556-LW Lightweight Rifle – custom Vader themed rifle. It’s this second rifle that was tested recently.

Opening the black, foam-lined case brought to light a rifle that bears a distinct resemblance to the Star Wars DLT-20A Battle Rifle. It also reflects a certain Art Deco appearance. Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture, and design that first appeared in France that became very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It influenced the design of furniture, jewelry, cars, radios, and vacuum cleaners.

The underpinnings of the BAD556 start with their proprietary lightweight billet 7075 T6 aluminum upper and lower receiver set. A 16-inch Ultramatch 416R Stainless Steel Wylde 1:8 twist fluted barrel designed by Bill Wylde to chamber both .223 and 5.56 mm ammunition is installed. This barrel’s chamber is made with the external dimensions and lead angle as used with NATO 5.56x45mm ammunition; the .2240 inch free bore diameter as in the .223 Remington cartridge. This...

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