Every single day firearm manufacturers are reinventing the game, adding new features and prepping for the next gun of tomorrow — these rifles are all evidence of that.
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Scroll through the gallery above to check out some of our favorite rifles of 2016 and be sure to read more about them below!
Daniel Defense DDM4 ISR
The DDM4 ISR is an integrally suppressed rifle optimized for the 300 BLK. It’s built around a 9-inch, cold-hammer-forged barrel with a pistol-length gas system calibrated for its integral suppressor. This rifle delivers both subsonic and supersonic projectiles with greatly reduced muzzle blast and flash, helping to keep the user on target with faster follow-up shots.
The DDM4 ISR’s integral suppressor extends the barrel to the NFA-required 16-inch length, so this platform is not classified as an SBR. (danieldefense.com; 866-554-4867)
This AR is chambered in 7.62mm NATO and features a seven-position ACE Hammer stock with a fully adjustable cheek rest, QD sling mounts, a BCM Gunfighter charging handle, a nickel-boron-coated bolt carrier group, 7075-T6 billet aluminum receivers, a 3.5-pound CMC trigger, a Hogue grip, a 15-inch Samson Evolution handguard and an 18-inch, fluted, free-floating, stainless barrel. (star15.com; 888-736-7725)
At an overall length of 24.5 inches, the LMT PDW was designed for LE agencies in need of a rifle with a smaller profile for carry. Utilizing the LM8 upper with a 10.5-inch barrel, the LMT PDW gets its name from its shortened SOPMOD stock.
LMT removed 2.75 inches out of its extension tube and stock, then modified its buffer system and spring, allowing for a shorter overall system with a longer barrel for better velocity and accuracy.
The stock, buffer tube, spring, buffer and drop-in weight system can be purchased as a kit and added to any mil-spec lower, as there is no modification to the bolt carrier or upper receiver itself. Complete rifles are available in 5.56mm and 300 Blackout. (lmtdefense.com; 309-787-7151)
The LWRCI-DI from LWRC International brings the company’s legendary quality and performance to a direct-impingement AR. Chambered in 5.56mm NATO, the 16-inch-barreled carbine features a modular, one-piece, free-floating forend and fully ambidextrous lower controls.
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Rounding out the package is an ambidextrous sling mount and ambidextrous charging handle as well as an LWRCI adjustable stock and a Magpul MOE+ pistol grip. (lwrci.com; 401-901-1348)
Savage Arms 10 BA
The 10 BA from Savage Arms continues the company’s tradition for building reliable, accurate rifles. This bolt action is chambered for the .308/7.62mm NATO and comes with a fluted, carbon-steel, 24-inch barrel fitted with a muzzle brake, an aluminum chassis and a buttstock adjustable for both length of pull and cheek height.
A rail on top of the action makes it easy to mount a scope, and the pistol grip features a target butt for enhanced control. (savagearms.com; 800-370-0708)