Shown equipped with a Nikon M-223 3-12x42SF Matte Rapid Action…

Shown equipped with a Nikon M-223 3-12x42SF Matte Rapid Action Turret Nikoplex Riflescope, Crimson Trace MVF laser vertical foregrip and Weaver Precision Tactical Bipod, the Head Down XPR15 EBR is a duty-ready .223 carbine ready for patrol use.

These days, there’s such a thriving market for AR-15 rifles, more and more entrepreneurs are enticed to make their foray into the market. Nonetheless, plenty of know-how and business acumen are still necessary prerequisites to survive in the business. One new company that has begun manufacturing AR-15 rifles is Head Down Products (HDP), of Powder Springs, Georgia. With many years of experience in the firearms industry, Director of Operations David Hunsucker saw a need for cost-effective, high-quality AR-15 rifles and excellent customer service.

head-down-xpr15-ebr-5-bNote the horizontal cuts of the upper receiver, and the oversized Magpul MOE triggerguard.

Head Down began production in early 2009 with its mission being to fulfill these goals. What sets HDP apart from the plethora of other AR-15 manufacturers is the fact that they produce billet rifles and parts, while most are machined from forgings. Machining the receivers and parts from solid billet ensures that tight tolerances are maintained and parts are turned out consistently each and every time. Milling receivers from billet similarly results in tighter tolerances and stronger, more precise components.

head-down-xpr15-ebr-5-cWhile the XPR EBR’s controls were standard, the receivers were not. Machined from solid billet, the basic configuration is the same, but the geometric square-cut contours are subtly different.

I recently had the opportunity to test one of Head Down’s rifles—the XPR15 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle). It arrived in a padded polymer hard case with an owner’s manual, warranty card and one 30-round magazine. What immediately seemed a bit different about the EBR was the fact that the receivers are machined with unique contours; less rounded, and more angular and geometrical in shape than the standard AR-15 blueprint. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the accompanying photos demonstrate just how Head Down receivers depart from the standard.

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