DPMS Firearms’ new Recon AR rifle bridges the gap between…

DPMS Firearms’ new Recon AR rifle bridges the gap between tactical carbines and rifles, to offer excellent accuracy and handling. The Recon is a well-priced rifle with a mid-length stainless steel heavy barrel, Magpul MOE gear and back-up iron sights. DPMS explained, “The Recon was honestly brought about by a few recurring trends we were noticing: popularity of mid-length gas systems and longer rails to accommodate different shooting styles, and the use of precision optics on carbines (ACOGs, EOTechs with magnifiers, low-power scopes, and the like).” And when it comes to these features, the Recon comes through.

Gun Details

The Recon begins with 7075-T6 forged upper and lower receivers with captured cross pins. The upper is a flattop A3 configuration—no surprise there, just straightforward mil-spec. The Recon’s mid-length gas system slows bolt velocities, prolongs the life of the weapon and keeps the weapon running cooler. A 16-inch 416 stainless steel heavy barrel is teamed with the quad-rail free-floating handguard to maximize accuracy. The barrel is button-broached with a 1-in-9-inch twist rate, a 5.56mm chamber and M4 feed ramps. The Recon comes with an AAC Blackout flash suppressor with an ultra-hard SCARmor finish to minimize muzzle flash while maintaining accuracy. The barrel is threaded to accept a suppressor adaptor. Despite its heavy-barrel, the Recon weighs in at a mere 7.65 pounds. DPMS, along with a number of manufacturers, has departed from the traditional chrome-lined barrel: the Recon’s barrel has true bore dimensions, as opposed to the bore being enlarged top account for the thickness of chrome. This gives a slight boost in velocities while delivering accuracy.

The Recon’s bolt is machined from a carpenter 158 forging—the carrier, 8620. Furniture includes a Magpul MOE six-position carbine stock with a rubber buttpad, a Magpul MOE pistol grip, and a Magpul MOE triggerguard with a shallow V-contour, which provides a larger opening for use with gloves. The gun has a standard mil-spec black hardcoat anodized finish. The barrel is left “in the white” —it has a natural bead-blast stainless finish. Magpul’s excellent MBUS flip-up sights are attached. They’re spring-loaded and instantly pop-up and lock into an upright position. A sling mount is attached at the front of the handguards on the 6-o’clock rail, and the Magpul MOE carbine stock is slotted in three locations for a sling.

The DPMS features a Magpul’s MOE (Magpul Original Equipment) buttstock, which is a mil-spec, drop-in unit designed for light, fast action.

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