Top 20 Next-Gen Piston-Driven ARs

These 20 piston-driven ARs are bred to run cooler and cleaner in harsh extremes!

Ruger SR-762

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Ruger SR-762

Similar in operation and appearance to the company’s SR-556 rifle, the Ruger SR-762 upsizes the caliber to 7.62mm NATO. The chrome-lined, cold-hammer-forged barrel is 16.12 inches long, fluted and topped with a Mini-14-style flash suppressor. A Hogue Monogrip pistol grip is standard, as is the adjustable buttstock and the lightweight handguard.

For more information, visit ruger.com.

 

Sig Sauer SIG516 Patrol

SWMP Jan 2015 top Piston-Driven ARs Sig Sauer SIG516 Patrol

Sig Sauer SIG516 Patrol

The SIG516 from Sig Sauer uses a short-stroke piston system with a four-position adjustable gas valve to provide officers with optimum reliability. Chambered in 5.56mm NATO, the SIG516 uses standard AR-15/M4 magazines but adds an ambidextrous mag release for left-handed shooters. Flip-up sights, an adjustable buttstock and a quad-rail handguard are all standard.

For more information, visit sigsauer.com or call 603-610-3000.

 

Sig Sauer SIG716 Patrol

SWMP Jan 2015 top Piston-Driven ARs Sig Sauer SIG716 Patrol

Sig Sauer SIG716 Patrol

If you need the heavier hitting power of a 7.62mm NATO-chambered rifle, the piston-driven Sig Sauer SIG716 deserves a look. With a six-position buttstock and an ambidextrous magazine release, these guns are well suited for a wide variety of users. QD-type sling attachments and iron backup sights are standard. The nitride-treated barrel is 16 inches long and has a 1-in-10-inch twist rate.

For more information, visit sigsauer.com or call 603-610-3000.

 

Stag Arms Model 8T

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Stag Arms Model 8T

As one of the most reasonably priced piston ARs on the market, the Stag Arms Model 8T has a surprising amount of standard features and customizable options. Chambered in 5.56mm NATO or 6.8 SPC, the 16-inch, chrome-lined barrel is button rifled and has a 1-in-9-inch twist rate. The rifle comes standard with a free-floating Diamondhead VRS-T handguard and Diamondhead front and rear sights.

For more information, visit stagarms.com or call 860-229-9994.

 

Stag Arms Model 8TL

SWMP Jan 2015 top Piston-Driven ARs Stag Arms Model 8TL

Stag Arms Model 8TL

Stag Arms is one of the few companies that make left-handed AR-style rifles. The Model 8TL is a left-handed version of the popular 8T, and it comes with all of the same features, including the chrome-lined barrel, Diamondhead components and an adjustable buttstock. Standard rifles are chambered in 5.56mm NATO, but the guns can also be had in 6.8 SPC.

For more information, visit stagarms.com or call 860-229-9994.

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  • Outlaw

    Wow this is a poorly written article, it looks like you guys cut and pasted product descriptions from manufacturers’ websites. How about some real insight into these…and at least mentioning that the PWS rifles are long stroke pistons, far superior to short stroke conversion systems out there.

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  • Don

    You must not have read the article, LWRC has several models mentioned.

  • Mike

    Well that’s disappointing, I was pretty sure i was going to see LWRC in this article.

  • BBQ

    The top piston boom stick in the USA is not listed LWRC. WTF??? Though this article did mention a lot of the inferior products out there. Way to go Tac-Life!

  • Joseph A. Clark

    I’m looking to get the Stag 8L, seeing how I’m a left handed shooter……you can also put a standard right-hand upper on the lower, too….

  • Havok

    It’s nice that Adams Arms made the list 4 times. Seeing as Huldra Arms are all manufactured by Adams Arms.

  • Ty

    Really LWRC inc is not on this list

    • Ty

      LWRCI