You might call FCD old fashioned, but they (like us) want their castle nuts staked to prevent them from rotating loose on the receiver extension and causing malfunctions.
The TDP spec castle nut is a simple and robust fastener that is almost perfect for the job it’s tasked to perform. Over the years, FCD consistently come up with two minor complaints. First is the staking notches seem rather shallow and short. Second is they didn’t enjoy using the castle nut’s wrench notches as serrations (fingers invariably find their way to these sharp cutouts) to rotate it towards to the end plate while installing it.
CNF (Castle Nut, Forward Controls) is based on the TDP spec castle nut, with a couple of changes:
1. Staking notches angle changed from 45 to 30 degrees, this results in longer (25% longer than TDP spec) and deeper notches than found on TDP castle nuts.
2. Number of staking notches increased from 3 to 4, spaced equally on the CNF. The castle nut is to be staked in two places, they’re not advocating staking in more than two places, CNF’s 4 staking notches mean that, at all times, 3 will be visible and available for staking, it simply gives the user more staking location options.
3. Coarse serrations on the wrench side of the nut, a single use feature to make it easier while rotating the CNF towards the end plate.
A castle nut should be staked per TM, CNF’s longer and deeper notch reinforces the belief, that once installed and staked, it will not loosen without the user’s deliberate action. Castle nuts on an AR are meant to stay put, and considerable effort was made to ensure that by the original designers. CNF is a continuation and evolution in that direction.
This CNF is billet machined in 4140 PH steel, and black nitrided.
Proudly made in the USA.