The unique LWRCI’s Rapid Engagement Precision Rifle (REPR) is a…

The unique LWRCI’s Rapid Engagement Precision Rifle (REPR) is a full spectrum weapon system designed to put devastating 7.62mm on target in a variety of roles.

Although at times controversial amongst experts and administrators, the fact remains that many police agencies in this country have a need for a patrol rifle that is more powerful than the 5.56mm. It is often difficult for those working in urban areas to understand, but in many rural environments officers are under gunned, or just plain outgunned with a 5.56mm rifle. There are places in this country, especially out west, where a .30-06 is considered an intermediate cartridge, and a household may have a couple.

Quite a few folks had their first hunt with a .30-06 or .308 bolt action rifle. For many that is “just a hunting rifle” which is true, but bullets once fired do not care where they come from. A .30-06 heading your way — whether it was launched by an M1 Garand or Model 700 is irrelevant. When you pull up into the entrance of a ranch and start receiving fire from 300 yards away, the distinction becomes lost in the semantics. Returning fire with your AR15 in 5.56mm at this point may be a bit problematic. As easy as it is to shoot out on paper, how effective it can be becomes lost on the officer who has .30 caliber projectiles going through his car. At this point the term “mouse gun” has real meaning to the officer looking for cover. It is certainly somewhat of a tactical advantage to return fire with the same or larger caliber if possible.

For many agencies the solution to this problem has been the government programs that provide surplus M14 rifles. Early on that was an option for many agencies in my home state of Utah. That program however is drying up a bit, and many agencies simply want a more modern firearm, or one that officers are most accustomed to. The most obvious solution is a 7.62x51mm rifle in the ubiquitous AR platform. Sounds simple, as the original design was actually provided in this caliber by Eugene Stoner in 1956. Many of these initial innovations were to be seen with the introduction of the AR15 / M16 rifle. As simple as it sounds in practice, providing a reliable rifle in this platform has proven far more problematic.

When introduced back into the market as the AR10 in the early 1990’s, the rifle was initially very popular. Having owned several and tested even more, the design with all its plusses and minuses is quite familiar. Initially they seemed to be rather hit and miss. Some were flawless and accurate, while others were flawed and more useful as a hammer. Most were reliable so long as the correct ammunition was used and the magazine worked well. The design did not lend itself well to either polymer tipped bullets or flat nosed bullets. The barrier round of the day was pretty flat and often would simply not cycle in this gun. The platform has seen its ups and downs and several other companies have created similar versions.

Knight’s SR25 is and has been fielded by our military for years. Although certainly a nice rifle, the price tag puts them well outside most agencies, and mere mortals, especially mere mortals with a badge. Every manufacturer has something a bit different about their rifle, and they are all advertized as 100% reliable. After years of testing and shooting firearms of every vintage, type, cost, and caliber, the term is a bit of a misnomer. To quote Clint Smith a few years back, “If they can spend billions of dollars on the space shuttle and it fails, your $2,500 rifle can fail as well!” In any case, testing seems to indicate most are pretty reliable today and many have addressed the primary issues with this platform.

LWRC International is not new to the piston driven AR platform, they are in fact one of the early entries into this design. Almost since the introduction of the original gas impingement design people have wanted to meld the robust reliability of the AK47 gas pistol design and the ergonomics of the AR platform. The short piston designs of the LWRC weapons are one of the leaders in this arena and have proven very reliable in the 5.56mm and 6.8 SPC calibers. They are the choice of many who use these weapons in life and death conditions. As the market for a 7.62x51mm rifle has become stronger in this platform their introduction of a short piston design in this caliber has been long awaited. The gas piston design in general solves many of the issues surrounding this platform. Reliability with different types of ammunition whether as to bullet design or relative power is at the top of the list. There is also the issue of excess gas on short barrels, reliable extraction, and operation with a suppressor. The short piston design has addressed this in other calibers, so I was anxious to see if that was the case with the bigger bullets.

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  • Dallen

    We got my dad a REPR for Christmas. So far he has been very pleased with it. He topped it with a Nightforce scope (I can’t remember the model) and is now to the point (not being an experienced long-range shooter) of shooting 1 MOA groups at 200 yards. A note: The gun DOES have a forward assist. It is located on the charging handle itself.

  • Analisa Hoague

    SOA is not new at all, is in anyway cloud jargon’ nor is it complicated. It has been around since the start of the century, years before the idea of cloud computing arrived. The basic idea of SOA is to get rid of the spaghetti of connections and overlapping data and functionality of applications in a business application landscape.

  • gunslinger454

    Why is it that when some gun writers review a new firearm they assume that because they would use it in a certain way so would everyone else?!?!? This is a pet peeve of mine and it is extremely annoying. It is also not restricted to one type of firearm nor one particular publication, but when a writer reviews a new rifle and doesn’t do a simple thing like an accuracy test because ‘I wouldn’t use it as a DMR’ all that says to me is that was too lazy to do his job properly!

    “Although I did not test it like a DMR, it was very accurate.”

    Really? How would you know? My AK can keep all its shots inside a 6″ circle at 100yds during shooting drills and do so for a fraction of the cost. That tells the reader absolutely nothing about the accuracy potential of the rifle being reviewed!

    Overall it was a good article, and is the first one I’ve seen so far on the LWRC REPR. Perhaps that’s why I am especially irritated at this one. I really like the looks and capabilities of the REPR, but really wanted to see what some individual testers got in the way of accuracy. No such luck here!

  • Linas

    The knife is called “Hide Fighter,” made by Steve Woods, and is available at http://www.rockriveriron.com

  • The knife on page 35 of the may issue of Guns Weapons who makes it thanks

  • jim risher

    not bad article in mag , but the stock isn’t magpul’s acs . the stock shown in the article is a vltor – emod stock