TiN and Black Nitride collide in the striking, performance-driven Nitrid3 Syst3ms Match Grade Bolt Carrier Groups
Nitrid3 Syst3ms Match Grade Bolt Carrier Groups (BCG) are reliable, cycle lightning-fast, are slick and look phenomenal in a 3-Gun rifle. Better yet, the company is veteran-owned and is a big supporter of 3-Gun, 3GN and shooters everywhere.
Nitrid3 Syst3ms was founded by Ryan Wiggins, a Navy veteran who served through three Middle East tours aboard the U.S.S. Scout, a badass Avenger-class ship built on a wooden hull coated in fiberglass, providing a low signature in its mission to hunt and destroy enemy mines as an Underwater Mine Countermeasure Crew.
Upon leaving the Navy, Wiggins used his GI Bill and went to gunsmithing school, where he learned the finer points of firearms function and design. Meanwhile, Wiggins found 3-Gun as well, going all-in with 3GN, founding 3GN Arizona Club Series in Phoenix, while rapidly rising in skill shooting the 3GN Regional Series.
Ultimately, this blending of skills, knowledge and passion helped lead to the formation of Nitrid3 Syst3ms, and its high-end BCG.
“I don’t want to make a better BCG,” Wiggins explained. “The modern design of the BCG is perfect. Some manufacturers are stuck on C158 steel, which requires x-rays and over-pressurization to certify as ‘good for rifle,’ but I did what the smart companies do. We use 9310 steel in our bolts, which is the same steel certified to be used as high-pressure ball bearings for NASA. I was tired of seeing ugly bolt carriers covered in machine marks and laziness. I can’t believe there are still major companies out there selling $2,000 rifles with magnesium phosphate, mil-spec-style BCG’s in them.”
The Nitrid3 Syst3ms BCG is something different entirely. Wiggins and his partners have developed a unique upgrade for the competition shooter, one where attention to detail borders on madness. The result is a striking black and gold BCG, where form receives every bit as much attention as the function.
“The bolts and cam pins are black nitride, similar to what you see on modern pistol slides,” Wiggins said. “We use black nitride on the bolt and cam pin, because of the process involved with coating. Basically, we can get black nitride to go everywhere, because we are dunking the parts into liquid. Our carriers, however, constructed of milder steel, are coated with Titanium Nitride via physical vapor deposition. The TiN process doesn’t hit all of the surfaces; because what’s happening is little titanium electrons are bombarding the steel bolt carriers. Kind of like sound waves, if we want a part to get coated all over, inside and out, the part must be pivoted around at different angles. It’s tricky, but it works best on carriers, not bolts. The black nitride on the bolts holds up better with the impact and high pressures during the interaction with the barrel extension.”
When looking at new products, as a reviewer, you always want to find what sets a product apart. What is about this piece of gear that offers something truly unique? Is it price, is it performance, or is it something completely new? After talking about these BCG’s at several events over the past year, I know what sets Nitrid3 Syt3ms apart, and it’s what you will likely never, ever see.
“What sets our BCG apart from other BCG’s is the lack of maching marks, blemishes, and the sheer beauty,” Wiggins said. “We keep this line extremely consistent, and we go through extra measures after the production to guarantee a beautiful product. We cover every single part of the BCG for life, even the gas rings. These are not your mil-spec bargain-buyer bolts. These products are held to a very high standard, far surpassing the norm of ‘mil-spec.’
“I have a pile of blems,” Wiggins continued. “Despite my machinist’s inspection, assembly inspection, and the inspection-inspection, I am still able to find blems. One of the major reasons companies steer clear of TiN coatings is because TiN is a lot like plating. It is a building coating. If we hava a small machine mark, almost invisible to the eye, nonexistent to the fingernail test, and we coat it with TiN, that little tiny mark now has size, shape, contrast and an optical illusion that gives it shadow. TiN actually amplifies the visibility of imperfections. Most coatings, like black nitride, mag phosphate and nickel boron especially, cover marks like that with ease. I have stripped down the carriers from multiple manufacturers to see what is underneath their coatings. The findings were shocking, and also, part of the reason I started this company.”
While there are plenty of shooters that really care about the look of their tools, every 3-Gunner obsesses over reliability and performance. It has to function, on time, every time, and it has to perform to the highest level in a sport where fractions of a second count.
“Our BCG’s perform the way a BCG is supposed to, reliably,” Wiggins said. “You are getting a complete bolt carrier group, with attention to detail, professional machining and precision grinding. Our BCG’s are comparable to the industry’s leading components. I know, because we make stuff for some of those guys. Our BCG’s come with a lifetime warranty, including the gas rings. Our direct line is on the packaging; if you have any questions you can give us a call and talk to a human.
“Some competitors want the lightest, fastest cycling bolt carrier, with the most space-aged gas distribution methods,” Wiggins continued. “Other competitors want proven reliability, and they figure out how to mitigate recoil without decreasing the reciprocating mass of the 11-ounce BCG. In competition, having reliable, quality-made parts is essential. It works both ways, however. I think the #1 3-Gunner in the world runs a full mass, 11-ounce BCG.”
Nitrid3 Syst3ms Match Grade Bolt Carrier Groups are available in 223/5.56/.300BLK now, while 7.62×39, .224 and .450/.458 bolts will launch in July.
Nitrid3 Syst3ms is a supporter of matches, 3GN and sponsors several shooters, as Wiggins has pledged to support the sport of 3-Gun and the 2nd Amendment. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy your Nitrid3 Syst3ms Match Grade BCG in .223/5.56/.300 BLK HERE, for $219. Free shipping for 3GN Members!