“Don’t let anyone tell you all AR-15s are the same,” writes Mike Hughes in the November issue of Guns & Weapons For Law Enforcement. Mike would know: He’s an instructor at the world-famous Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona, and a retired Colorado police officer. A lot of ARs have passed through Mike’s hands. As he says, “There are…AR-15s that work great for plinking, shooting for fun and hunting four-legged animals, but there are a limited number of…AR-15s that you would carry when lives are at stake. The BCM M4 Mod 3 is one of them.”
Built to exacting U.S. government military specifications, the Bravo Company M4 Mod3 features upper and lower receivers forged from 7075-T6 aluminum—one of the highest-strength aluminum alloys available—and treated with a MIL-A-8625F, Type III anodized hardcoat. Tough as nails, the M4 Mod 3 is also feature-packed, coming equipped with Bravo’s highly regarded BCM charging handle, a Magpul MOE triggerguard, Midwest Industries’ latest two-piece forend and a BCM flip-up rear sight. Completing the package is the Mod 3’s chrome-lined, magnetic-particle-inspected, 11595E steel, 16-inch barrel, crowned with an A2 flash suppressor.

Taking the Mod 3 to the proving grounds of Gunsite, Mike ran the rifle through a series of reliability drills and from various positions shot 250 rounds of ammo to distances ranging from 5 to 200 yards. How did Bravo’s latest AR warrior rate? Given the pedigree, the results likely won’t surprise you—but to get the full test rundown, as well as Mike’s comprehensive discussion of each and every aspect of the rifle, check out the November 2013 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, available on newsstands and digitally August 27, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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