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Black Rifle Manufacturer Guide

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Faxon Firearms

Model: ARAK-21
Species: AR-Compatible Upper Receiver & Complete Rifle
Manufacturer: Faxon Firearms
Website: www.faxonfirearms.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 2458
Caliber: 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK, & 7.62x39
Russian (Others Coming)
Overall Length Standard
Model, Stock extended: 32” w/ 16” Barrel (Folding Stock Compatible)
Barrel Lengths Available: 12.5”, 16”, 20”
Weight, Standard Model: 7.5 lbs, Unloaded (XRS Rifle)
Rate of Fire: ~1150 RPM (Cyclic)
MSRP: $1199 (Upper Only), $1899 (XRS Complete Rifle)

AR-15 + AK-47 = ARAK-21. The ARAK platform is a self-contained, long-stroke, fully ambidextrous, multi-caliber upper receiver compatible with all mil-std AR-15s. With a monolithic upper rail, adjustable gas, and either right of left-hand ejection, the ARAK is a heavy-duty ready platform for any need.

Model: Houlding Wraith
Species: AR-15
Manufacturer: Houlding Precision by Faxon Firearms
Website: www.faxonfirearms.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 2458
Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 33” w/ 16” Barrel & Carbine Carbon Fiber Stock
Barrel Lengths Available: 16” and 18”
Weight, Standard Model: 6.0 Lbs, Unloaded
Rate of Fire: ~800 RPM
MSRP: $1199 (Upper Only), $1899 (XRS Complete Rifle)

The perfect balance of precision, machining, performance, and versatility. The Houlding Wraith features a 15” carbon fiber handguard (full M-LOK compatibility) along with a carbon fiber stock for quick handling and a svelte allure. Featuring Faxon’s renowned FLAME barrels, the Wraith puts rounds downrange fast, accurate, and in-style.

DoubleStar

Model: STAR 10B
Species: AR-10
Manufacturer: DoubleStar
Website: www.star15.com
NRA Show Booth Number: Booth 4409
Caliber: .308
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 41”
Barrel Lengths Available: 18”
Weight, Standard Model: 9.8 lbs
Rate of Fire: Semi-Auto
MSRP: $2566.69

DoubleStar’s new STAR10-B™ in .308 merges supreme accuracy, unfailing reliability and blazing-fast operation. Destined to rule the range, match and hunting field, the STAR10-B™ elevates the power and precision of the AR-10 platform to a new level. Featuring a billet upper and lower receiver, ACE™ Hammer™ stock and Bullseye™ muzzle brake, this beast is a real heavy hitter.

Model: Always Ready
Carbine (ARC)
Species: AR-15
Manufacturer: DoubleStar
Website: www.star15.com
NRA Show Booth Number: Booth 4409
Caliber: 5.56
Overall Length Standard Model,
Stock extended: 35.5”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16”
Weight, Standard Model: 6.8 lbs, unloaded
Rate of Fire: Semi-Auto
MSRP: $1370.74

Everything changes over time including your patrol rifle. New for 2016 is the ARC™ (Always Ready Carbine™). Starting with a 16” lightweight, Nitride barrel wrapped with a 15” Samson Evolution handguard for the ability to put rails where you need them. An Ergo Sure Grip ensures a sturdy grasp and the ACE™ Socom™ stock is designed with door breaching in mind. The ARC™ comes equipped with Samson Manual Folding Front and Rear sights.

Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc.

Model: H.C.A.R. (Heavy Counter Assault Rifle)
Species: Tactical BAR
Manufacturer: Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc
Website: http://www.ohioordnanceworks.com/hcar
NRA Show Booth Number: 6047
Caliber: .30-06
Overall Length
Standard Model, Stock extended: 38.25 in. (16” Barrel); 42.25 in. (20” Barrel)
Barrel Lengths Available: 16”/20”
Weight, Standard Model: 11.75 lbs. (16” Barrel); 12.5 lbs. (20” Barrel)
Rate of Fire: Semi-automatic
MSRP: $4,399.99

The H.C.A.R. combines the best of Browning’s ideas, today’s tactical options and accessories, and cutting edge engineering to deliver the most versatile .30-06 weapon system to date:

Rugged 8620 steel receiver is relief cut for weight reduction
Flat-top picatinny rail allows custom optic choices and back-up sights
Industry standard 5/8-24 barrel thread allows for flash suppressor/muzzle brake
Hand-guard’s four picatinny rails provide abundant accessory options
Includes thirty-round, high capacity magazines
For MORE visit: www.ohioordnanceworks.com/hcar

POF USA

Model: Renegade (+)
Species: AR-15
Manufacturer: Patriot Ordnance Factory
Website: POF-USA.COM
NRA Show Booth Number: 2753
Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 33.5” Collapsed/37.5” Extended
Barrel Lengths Available: 16.5” Barrel
Weight, Standard Model: 6.4 lbs
Rate of Fire: Semi-Auto
MSRP: $1,899.99

What really sets the Renegade + apart is the Gen 4 POF-USA billet lower receiver and POF-USA Ultimate Bolt Carrier Group. This receiver is completely ambidextrous and includes our flat 3.5lb match grade trigger with KNS Precision anti-walk pins – match ready right out of the box. The magic in the upper receiver is held within our Ultimate Bolt Carrier Group. NP3 coated for maximum protection & reliability, integrated gas key and the POF-USA Roller Cam Pin upgrade installed from the factory. If there ever was a direct impingement rifle that exceeds all expectations, the Renegade + is it.

CZ

Model: CZ 805 Bren S1 Carbine
Manufacturer: CZ-USA
Website: cz-usa.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 2759
Caliber: .223/ 5.56x45
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 39”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16.2”
Weight, Standard Model: 8.02 lbs
MSRP: $1,999

The Bren is now available in carbine form with a 16.2” barrel. Equipped with the factory’s folding adjustable stock, it also has a new set of flip-up adjustable iron sights. Chambered in .223/5.56 and using the ubiquitous STANAG magazine from the AR16/M16, it easily accepts optics and lights on its top and bottom Picatinny rails. An effective two-port muzzle brake helps keep the Bren solidly on target and reduces recoil and muzzle flip.

Model: CZ Scorpion Evo 3 S1 Carbine
Manufacturer: CZ-USA
Website: cz-usa.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 2759
Caliber: 9mm
Overall Length Standard Model,
Stock extended: 34.75”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16.2”
Weight, Standard Model: 6.1 lbs
MSRP: $999

Available in two variants, the Scorpion Carbine is a whole new animal. Building on the lauded submachine gun platform that first hit the US civilian market in pistol form in 2015, the Carbine has a 16.5” barrel fitted with either a two-port compensator or a faux suppressor built specifically for CZ-USA by SilencerCo. Fit with the factory’s folding adjustable stock, the Carbine features a number of US-made parts to make it fully 922(r) compliant. The newly-designed forend, covered in M-LOK attachment points keeps the profile slim while still big enough to swallow most pistol-caliber suppressors.

Ruger

Model: 8500
Species: Ruger AR-556
Manufacturer: Ruger
Website: http://www.ruger.com/products/ar556/models.html
NRA Show Booth Number: #: 4323
Caliber: 5.56 NATO/ 2.23 REMINGTON
Overall Length Standard Model,
Stock extended: 35.50”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16.0”
Weight, Standard Model: 6.5 lbs
Rate of Fire: Semi-automatic
MSRP: $799.00

The American-made direct impingement Ruger AR-556™ features forged 7075-T6 aluminum upper and lower receivers and a cold hammer-forged chrome-moly steel barrel with M4 feed ramp cuts. The AR-556’s carbine-length, flat-top, M4 design includes Ruger® Rapid Deploy folding rear sight, milled F-height gas block with post front sight, forward assist, dust cover, and brass deflector. Other features include a telescoping six-position stock, improved trigger-reach grip, enlarged trigger guard and one 30-round Magpul® PMag®.

DRD Tactical

Model: CDR15
Species: QUICK TAKE DOWN AR15 TYPE RIFLE
Manufacturer: DRD TACTICAL
Website: WWW.DRDTACTICAL.COM
NRA Show Booth Number: NA
Caliber: 5.56 NATO & 300BLK
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 34.5”
Barrel Lengths Available: 7.5”, 10.5” & 16”
Weight, Standard Model: 6.8 LBS
Rate of Fire: SEMI-AUTO, FULL AUTO(GOV SALES ONLY)
MSRP: $2091

DRD TACTICAL Designs and manufactures patented quick take down rifles in 5.56 Nato, 300BLK, 7.62 Nato, 6.5 Creedmore, 6.5x47 Lapua and 338 Lapua calibers.

Perfect for easy transport/travel in brief case or back pack for that long hunt. All DRD rifles are made with USA made components.

556 Tactical

Model: SPR (Special Purpose Rifle)
Species: AR-15
Manufacturer: 556 Tactical
Website: www.556tactical.com
Caliber: .223 Wylde Match
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 35”-38.5”
Barrel Lengths Available: 18”
Weight, Standard Model: 6lbs 7oz
Rate of Fire: Semi – automatic
MSRP: $1,595.00

Model: Stryke-X
Species: AR-15
Manufacturer: 556 Tactical
Website: www.556tactical.com
Caliber: .223 Wylde Match
Overall Length Standard
Model, Stock extended: 33”-36.5”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16”
Weight, Standard Model: 6lbs 7oz
Rate of Fire: Semi-Automatic
MSRP: $1695.00

We at 556 Tactical LLC are pleased to release our Stryke-X and SPR rifles. Both feature our match grade 416R stainless 1:7 twist .223 Wylde barrels in 16” Hex Fluted (Stryke-X) and 18” Standard Fluted (SPR). We guarantee under 3/4 MOA accuracy using match grade ammo. Free float rail systems, competition triggers, and muzzle brakes, helps you stay on target faster, longer, and comfortably.

Beretta

Model: ARX100
Species: ARX100
Manufacturer: Beretta USA Corp.
Website: www.beretta.com
Caliber: Booth #5222
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 5.56mm
Barrel Lengths Available: 35.75"
Weight, Standard Model: 16", 10.25"
Rate of Fire: 6.8 LBS
MSRP: Semi Automatic
MSRP $1,950

The ARX100 takes the concept of a modular rifle to new levels, while maintaining an absolutely simple operation that make it ultra-reliable. With ambidextrous controls and ejection, easily-replaceable cold hammer forged barrel, lightweight polymer construction, and virtually endless possibilities for customization, the ARX100 is adaptable to any firing scenario and is perfect for today’s most demanding tactical shooter.

Battle Arms Development

Model:   BAD556-LW
Species: (AR-15, etc.)  AR-15
Manufacturer:  Battle Arms Development, Inc.
Website:     www.battlearmsdevelopment.com
SHOT Show Booth Number:  6206
Caliber:  .223 Wylde
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended:  33.75"
Barrel Lengths Available:  16" Standard (7.5", 10.5", 14.5", 16", 18")
Weight, Standard Model:  5.5 lbs (without sights/optics & mag)
Rate of Fire:  750rds/min
MSRP: $3,350

Model:   BAD-PDW
Species: (AR-15, etc.)  AR-15
Manufacturer:  Battle Arms Development, Inc.
Website:     www.battlearmsdevelopment.com
SHOT Show Booth Number:  6206
Caliber:  Multi / .223 Wylde
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended:  21" Collapsed to 26" Extended
Barrel Lengths Available:  7.5" (10.5", 14.5", 16" available)
Weight, Standard Model:  Approx. 6lbs w/o Optics and Mag
Rate of Fire:  750rd/min
MSRP: $2,800 (without sights or optics)

Battle Rifle Company

Model: BR4 SPECTRE
Species: AR15 Style Rifle
Manufacturer: Battle Rifle Company
Website: www.battleriflecompany.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 2911
Caliber: 5.56mm, also available in 6.8 and 300 blackout 
Overall Length Standard
Model, Stock extended: 37 inches
Barrel Lengths Available: 11.5, 14.5 16 inches
Weight, Standard Model: 6.7lbs
Rate of Fire: Semi- 200 rpm
MSRP: $1195.00- 1295.00 in FDE

The BR4 SPECTRE is our free float version of our combat rifle. It is the #1 rifle we sell to Law Enforcement. The Extended rail allows for more area to attach lights, laser and optics. It’s tough construction allows it to stand up to the rigors of daily use and comes with features like ergo grips, over molded stock and single point backplate. Cost effective and full featured, this rifle is ready to go.

Model: BR4 TRIDENT
Species: AR15 style rifle
Manufacturer: Battle Rifle Company
Website: www.battleriflecompany.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 2911
Caliber: 5.56mm
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 37 inches
Barrel Lengths Available: 10.5, 16 inch
Weight, Standard Model: 6.6 lbs
Rate of Fire: Semi 200rpm
MSRP: $1595

The BR4 TRIDENT is our rifle specifically designed for Maritime Security (MARSEC) operations. Designed from the ground up to withstand months on the open water it’s lightweight and practical for its intended application. Specifically designed for wet weather operations, this rifle is perfect for Coastal Operations, Riverine Operations, for Service on Islands and working in a fish and game environment.

Armalite

Model: M-15™ LTC 16
Species: M-15™ (AR-15)
Manufacturer: Armalite
Website: www.armalite.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 5447
Caliber: 5.56x45mm / 7.62x39mm
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 35.3”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16”
Weight, Standard Model: 7lbs
Rate of Fire: Semi Auto
MSRP: $999 / $1099

New for 2016, Armalite’s Light Tactical Carbine provides shooters with a durable, hard-hitting, modern sporting rifle in a streamlined and affordable package. With features like Armalite’s own free-floating tactical KeyMod handguard and low profile gas block, the LTC carries a modern profile in a light & scalable package. Weighing in at just 6 pounds, the M15LTC16 is the perfect choice for anyone appreciating simplicity, value, quality, and up-to-the-minute features in their AR. Also available in 7.62x39mm and 6.8SPCII configurations.

Model: AR-10® PRC-260
Species: AR-10®
Manufacturer: Armalite
Website: www.armalite.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 5447
Caliber: .260
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 41.3”
Barrel Lengths Available: 20”
Weight, Standard Model: 11.4lbs
Rate of Fire: Semi-Automatic
MSRP: $3500

The all-new Armalite AR-10® PRC-260 is designed to be the ultimate semi-automatic precision rifle on the market. Using technology developed in partnership with Surgeon Rifles and AWC Silencers, this precision rifle offers a consistency in suppressed and unsuppressed configurations that aren’t available anywhere else. A proprietary selectable gas block makes optimization for suppressed or unsuppressed applications a breeze. The Giessele Two Stage trigger provides crisp trigger pulls and reset that you expect out of a precision rifle.

*Image shown includes optional Cerakote and optional AWC Suppressor, available at an additional cost.

YHM

Model: YHM-8030 - 300 Blackout Pistol
Species: 300 Blackout Pistol
Manufacturer: Yankee Hill Machine
Website: www.yhm.net
http://yhm.net/300blk-pistol.html
NRA Show Booth Number: 5940
Caliber: 300 BLK
Overall Length Standard
Model, Stock extended: 14”
Barrel Lengths Available: 9.1”
Weight, Standard Model: 5lbs
Rate of Fire:
MSRP: $1,205.00

The YHM .300 BLK Pistol comes standard with a Phantom Flash Suppressor. The firearm incorporates our KR7 Carbine Keymod Handguard that bridges the gap between the upper receiver and handguard for a seamless look. It also is “T” marked for position on the top rail.

Model: YHM-8309 – 9mm KR7 Carbine
Species: 9mm AR
Manufacturer: Yankee Hill Machine
Website: www.yhm.net
http://yhm.net/9mm-kr7-carbine.html
NRA Show Booth Number: 5940
Caliber: 9mm
Overall Length Standard
Model, Stock extended: 36”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16”
Weight, Standard Model: 6.75lbs
Rate of Fire:
MSRP: $1,400.00

The light recoil of the 9mm KR7 makes it a sound choice for new shooters or those looking for self-defense applications. The velocity of and accessibility of 9mm ammunition also makes this a solid and economical choice at the range. This firearm incorporates our KR7 Mid-Length Keymod Handguard that bridges the gap between the upper receiver and handguard for a seamless look. It also is “T” marked for position on the top rail.

Model: YHM-HRC-160 – Camouflage Hunt Ready Carbine
Species: AR
Manufacturer: Yankee Hill Machine
Website: www.yhm.net
http://yhm.net/5-56mm-camouflage-hunt-ready-carbine.html
NRA Show Booth Number: 5940
Caliber: 5.56mm
Overall Length Standard
Model, Stock extended: 36”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16”
Weight, Standard Model: 7.5lbs
Rate of Fire:
MSRP: $1,531.00

YHM Hunt Ready Carbines arrive ready right out of the box. Not only are they coated nearly completely in RealTree AP ®, but they arrive sighted in at 100 yards so all you have to worry about is buying the ammunition. The Hunt Ready brings the comfort, ergonomics and control of the AR15 family of rifles into the realm of hunting. Each rifles comes standard with a Grovtech padded sling and Busnell scope.

Cobalt Kinetics

Model: EDGE
Species: AR-15
Manufacturer: Cobalt Kinetics
Website: cobaltkinetics.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 2307
Caliber: 223 wylde
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 36.25”
Barrel Lengths Available: 16” or 14.5” custom ordered
Weight, Standard Model: 6.9 lbs
Rate of Fire: Semi
MSRP: $2,995.00

The Cobalt Kinetics B.A.M.F. EDGE is a reckoning on the AR15. Cobalt has not simply enhanced the performance but instead reinvented it. When you pick up the EDGE you will immediately feel the quality of machining from butt stock to the compensator. Cobalt has incorporated their Dual Drop technology into the rifle for even faster performance. You are guaranteed sub M.O.A. right out of the box.

HK

Model: MR556A1
Species: Semi-automatic Rifle
Manufacturer: Heckler & Koch
Website: www.hk-usa.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 3215
Caliber: 5.56mm
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 33.90–37.68 in
Barrel Lengths Available: 16.5 in.
Weight, Standard Model: 9.10 lb
MSRP: $3399

A direct descendent of the HK416, the MR556A1 is a semi-automatic rifle developed by Heckler & Koch as a premium level civilian firearm with match rifle capability. Like the HK416, the MR556A1 is a major product improvement over conventional AR-type carbines and rifles. The MR556A1 uses the HK proprietary gas piston operating system, employing a piston and a solid operating “pusher” rod in place of the gas tube normally found in AR15/M16/M4-style firearms.

Model: MR762A1
Species: Semi-automatic Rifle
Manufacturer: Heckler & Koch
Website: www.hk-usa.com
NRA Show Booth Number: 3215
Caliber: 7.62mm
Overall Length Standard Model, Stock extended: 35.94–39.10 in
Barrel Lengths Available: 16.5 in.
Weight, Standard Model: 9.84 lb
MSRP: $3999

Like its 5.56mm counterpart, the MR762A1 is a direct descendent of the HK417, only in a semi-automatic rifle configuration developed for civilian users. Using the HK-proprietary operating system, the MR762A1 is gas operated and uses a piston and a solid operating “pusher” rod in place of the common gas tube normally employed in AR15/M16/M4-style weapons.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V20N4 (May 2016)
and was posted online on March 18, 2016

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