POF-USA P308-12-MRR 7.62mm NATO

The short-barreled POF-USA P308 accepts a variety of tactical accessories…

The short-barreled POF-USA P308 accepts a variety of tactical accessories preferred and used by many SpecOps units — including EOTech HWS, SureFire M900 WeaponLight, Laser Devices DBAL-A² and OSTI AN/PVS-22 Universal Night Sight.

The AR small arms family, which includes the current standard M4 carbine, hasn’t exactly been covering themselves with glory in the War on Terror presently being waged in Afghanistan, Iraq and other charming spots around the globe. Issues of both reliability and lethality have commonly been reported from those warriors at the “sharp end of the spear.” To rectify at least some of those issues, the military has quietly been withdrawing M14 rifles from storage and issuing them by the thousands. Unlike the ARs, the M14s have a proven track record of reliability and lethality, plus the capability of penetrating cinder block and mud brick structures that have proven impervious to .223 rounds. Of course the M14 isn’t without issues of its own.

pof-usa-p308-12-mrr-762-nato-cThe P308’s fire controls are pure AR, so anyone who is familiar with the basic AR platform will be right at home with the P308. The two-stage match trigger broke at 3.5 pounds.

The weapon was never intended to accept the many accessories that characterize modern tactical operations, and tooling to make new ones to military standard no longer exists. Worse, the supply of M14 parts is drying up, and things have gotten so bad that the military has been requesting M14s previously transferred to law enforcement agencies to be returned. New production is pretty much out of the question because the M14 is a very expensive rifle to manufacture, essentially being a modified version of the venerable M1 Garand. This isn’t to say that there aren’t quality commercial versions of the M14 – there are, but getting them certified to full military specification would be very expensive and our military would still be equipped with a rifle that had its origins in the 1930s. If our military is to have a .308 rifle, it should be state-of-the-art…enter POF-USA.

Gun Details
pof-usa-p308-12-mrr-762-nato-bThe OSTI AN/PVS-22 Universal Night Sight is current military standard and is also in widespread use by law enforcement tactical teams.

Patriot Ordnance Factory USA has been manufacturing AR-type rifles and carbines for several years that not only have their very simple and reliable gas piston/operating rod C.R.O.S. (Corrosion Resistant Operating System) but that also operate without lubrication of any kind. As far-fetched as this may sound, the anodized receiver’s interior is plated with electroless silicon nickel, and the other operating components are hard-chromed, NP3-plated (NP3 is a process that combines sub-micron particles of Teflon and electroless nickel, a product of Robar. POF also offers its weapons with both upper and lower receivers NP3-plated). For patrol and entry work, the latest 12-inch barreled P308 is arguably the best choice available.

The P308’s barrel and barrel extension are heat-treated by a proprietary process referred to by POF-USA’s CEO Frank Desomma as “deep nitride heat treatment.” While Frank is understandably reluctant to divulge the exact nature of the process, the results are obvious. The treatment penetrates the barrel steel to a depth of three to five thousandths of an inch and gives a surface hardness of Rockwell 68-72. To put this in context, hard chrome has a surface hardness of Rockwell 65-68, but there are issues with hard chrome that make it less than ideal for rifle barrels, primarily that hard chrome has surface irregularities that cannot be eliminated, the primary reason that match rifle barrels are almost universally plain chrome-molybdenum or stainless steel. Meanwhile POF-USA’s deep nitride treatment has zero imperfections and is incredibly smooth. For this reason, the P308’s barrel regularly achieves outstanding accuracy. The deep nitride process also virtually eliminates fouling of any kind — copper included.

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  • Ken

    Perhaps the military should take a second look at the PTR-91. An excellent rifle, made in the USA, very accurate, reliable, and will eat and spit out any 7.62x51mm.