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Author Sean Utley has shot countless SBRs—seeing 10-inch and even 8-inch barrels is something he’s used to—but the DPMS RFA3-PDW’s fat bull barrel is a mere 7 inches long. With a DPMS select-fire lower, a Magpul CTR stock, and Magpul MOE grip, the entire package weighed 6.6 pounds—a decent amount of heft.

Utley writes, “It’s not a precision gun. It will be drawn quickly, quite possibly in very tight confines, during rapid, purposeful engagements to remove persons from hostile areas in as little time as possible.” So the author tested the RFA3-PDW according to how it would likely be used. That included accuracy tests at 50 yards, and shooting the weapon at different rates of fire, including full-automatic, to test for reliability. Utley also measured temperatures with an infrared thermometer to gain some insight on the temperatures this gun (and the shooter) could possibly be subjected to—get ready for some heat. To find out what kind of results he wrung out of DPMS’ machine, check out the October 2013 issue of Special Weapons for Military & Police, available on newsstands and digitally on August 20, 2013. To subscribe, go to www.tactical-life.com/subscribe.

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