2A Armament BLR-16: The new BLR-16 rifle from 2A Armament is a light rifle that maneuvers quickly and points well. It weighs in at a scant 5 pounds depending on the options you select. Liberal use of titanium parts helps keep the weight down, and the shooter’s choice of either a KeyMod or M-LOK handguard gives the gun a slim feel.
Adams Arms Alpha-S: One of the company’s top .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO rifles, the Alpha-S is compact, but Adams Arms still managed to load it with features. This short-stroke piston rifle is equipped with an 18-inch barrel, a Samson 15-inch Evolution rail, a Magpul K2 pistol grip, a Luth-AR adjustable buttstock and an AR Gold trigger.
Adams Arms Patrol Enhanced: Adams Arms upgraded its base rifle to produce this Patrol Enhanced model. The rifle is a short-stroke, small-frame, AR-style rifle chambered for the .308/7.62mm NATO cartridge. It has a 16-inch barrel, a SOPMOD-style stock and Magpul furniture. Even with the upgrades and piston system, the rifle still weighs less than 8 pounds.
American Tactical Mil-Sport: American Tactical is now making a true 9mm AR-style carbine with the Mil-Sport 9mm AR-15. The rifle has a 16-inch barrel and a KeyMod handguard for attaching accessories like a light or vertical grip. Glock-pattern magazines feed the rifle, making it compatible with one of the most popular pistols in the U.S.
American Tactical Omni Hybrid MAXX FDE: American Tactical is now building an AR-pattern rifle in the incredibly popular Flat Dark Earth (FDE) color. Part of the company’s Omni Hybrid MAXX line, the new gun is chambered in 5.56mm NATO and has a 16-inch barrel. A quad-rail handguard and adjustable stock are both standard. The rifle also has a low-profile gas block, allowing for the installation of nearly any kind of iron sight or optic.
Anderson Rifles 3-Gun Elite: Specially built for competition, the Anderson Rifles 3-Gun Elite is set up to run hard and stay on target all day long. The rifle uses an 18-inch heavy barrel with a 1-in-8-inch twist rate and a .223 Wylde chamber. The Lantac Dragon muzzle brake helps eliminate muzzle rise, while the company’s RF85 treatment is supposed to eliminate all need for oil or other lubrication.
Armalite AR-10 PRC308: For a tactical team or long range recreational shooter, Armalite introduced the AR-10 PRC308 precision rifle. Chambered in .308/7.62mm, the gun has a 20-inch, 1-in-10-inch-twist barrel that is topped by an AWC PSR muzzle brake/adapter for the quick addition of a suppressor. A Geissele SSA two-stage trigger and Magpul PRS stock are used to enhance the rifle’s shootability.
Armalite M-15 Light Tactical Carbine: At only 6 pounds, the new M-15 Light Tactical Carbine (LTC) is sure to be a hit with anyone wanting a rifle that is easy to carry but still offers a great deal of flexibility. Armalite equips the rifle with a 16-inch barrel, a free-floating KeyMod handguard, a six-position stock and a single-stage trigger. In addition to the standard 5.56mm NATO, guns are available in 7.62x39mm and 6.8 SPC II.
Battle Rifle Company BR4 Trident: Battle Rifle Company has introduced a rifle that is specifically designed for maritime security operations. The company uses a high-temperature Cerakote finishing process on much of the rifle and matches it with a nanotechnology to ensure a watertight seal. The bolt carrier group is nickel-boron coated. Rifles are available in both semi-automatic and select-fire versions.
Daniel Defense DD5V1: The new DD5V1 from Daniel Defense is a 7.62mm rifle that is designed from the ground up for reliability and performance. Daniel Defense improved the bolt carrier group, developed an optimized upper receiver, used a four-bolt handguard connection system and incorporated ambidextrous controls in this rifle. Additional features include a Geissele SSA trigger and compatibility with SR-25-type magazines.
Diamondback DB10B: Diamondback Firearms is now offering a 7.62mm/.308 rifle called the DB10B. This AR-style rifle saw a limited release earlier in the year, and it is now going into full production. The rifle has machined and matched upper and lower receivers, an 18-inch heavy barrel and a Cedar two-stage trigger. Diamondback rounds out the gun with an Odin KeyMod rail, an Magpul MOE stock and a Magpul MIAD pistol grip.
Excel Arms X-9R: Incredibly well balanced, the new X-9R from Excel Arms is a blowback-operated rifle chambered for the 9mm cartridge. Excel Arms uses a 16-inch barrel on this rifle and keeps the overall weight down to 4.5 pounds. The gun uses Glock-pattern magazines. For customers that live in restricted states, Excel Arms does offer a “bullet button” version of the rifle.
Howa MultiCam Targetmaster: Built on the respected Howa 1500 barreled action, the new MultiCam Targetmaster blends all of the right elements to create a precision rifle that looks as good as it shoots. The barreled action is finished in Flat Dark Earth Cerakote and fitted into a pillar-bedded Hogue stock. A Howa HACT two-stage trigger and detachable magazine are used. In the Targetmaster package, a Nikko Stirling 4-16x44mm scope is included.
Just Right Carbines .357 SIG: Known for producing quality pistol-caliber carbines, Just Right Carbines introduced a new caliber to the lineup: the .357 SIG. The bottlenecked cartridge is already a speedy performer, and out of the rifle’s 17-inch barrel, it promises to be impressive. Glock-pattern magazines feed this rifle, and a 15-round magazine ships with the gun. A free-floating quad-rail allows a shooter to add accessories like a bipod and light.
McMillan Legacy: Built around the company’s G31 short action, McMillan Firearms introduced a rifle it believes is the perfect gun for small and medium game. The Legacy’s barrel is match grade with a target crown for superior accuracy. Stock options include the company’s fiberglass stocks, XX walnut, standard walnut and nutmeg. Calibers offered include .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, .260 Remington, .308 Winchester and .300 WSM.
Radical Firearms RF-10: Radical Firearms is now selling a line of .308/7.62mm AR-style rifles called the RF-10. The guns are available in three different builds to match the needs of tactical, hunting and 3-Gun shooters. The guns are all SR-25 magazine compatible, use billet upper and lower receivers and are backed by a full lifetime warranty.
Ruger State-Compliant AR-556: Ruger is now selling a new version of the AR-556 rifle that is intended for shooters in states that have laws restricting various features of normal rifles. The state-compliant model has a fixed stock and a barrel without any muzzle device. It ships with a 10-round magazine. Ruger includes a Rapid Deploy rear sight with the rifle.
Tresna’s JAG9F LE Tactical PTW select-fire rifle is designed for law enforcement and military units that need a compact 9mm rifle. Equipped with a quick-change barrel system, an officer can go from a full 16-inch barrel to a compact 7.5-inch barrel in mere seconds. Tresna Defense built this gun to run on Glock magazines, making it ideal for an agency that already issues Glock duty pistols.
Troy .338 Federal PAR: Expanding the company’s line of Pump-Action Rifles (PARs), Troy announced the new PAR chambered in .338 Federal. This 50-state-legal sporting rifle uses the BattleAx adjustable stock and Troy dual chamber muzzle brake, and it is finished in the Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage pattern. A 10-round magazine is standard.
Weatherby Vanguard Laminate H-Bar: A precision shooter with an elegant look, the Vanguard Laminate H-Bar features an oil-finished stock that is adjustable for both length of pull and cheek height. Weatherby fitted the gun with a 22-inch heavy barrel and guarantees sub-MOA accuracy. The guns weigh 9.25 pounds and are available in .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington and .308 Winchester.
Weatherby Vanguard Modular Chassis Rifle: Aiming for the tactical market, Weatherby is now selling the Vanguard Modular Chassis Rifle. Backed by an accuracy guarantee, the new gun is available in both .223 Remington and .308 Winchester and comes with many features. The 22-inch barrel is free-floated, the stock is adjustable for both height and length, and the gun uses 10-round detachable box magazines.
Webley & Scott Empire: The Empire rifle is a modern firearm with a traditional look and feel. Built by Howa, the rifle has a 22-inch barrel with a glossy blued finish. The bolt is jeweled, and the bolt handle is knurled. A Minelli walnut stock is standard. Chambered in .270 Winchester or .30-06, the rifle can be had in a package with a Nikko Stirling Panamax 3-9x40mm scope.
Winchester Model 94 .450 Marlin: Winchester Repeating Arms released a new caliber in its Model 94 Short Rifle line. The new model is chambered for the .450 Marlin. This powerful load will be tamed through the use of a ported barrel and Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. The gun has a satin-finished walnut stock and blued steel for a classic look.
Winchester XPR Hunter: Winchester Repeating Arms expanded the XPR line to include new calibers and a new stock finish. The XPR Hunter rifle uses a synthetic stock with a Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camouflage pattern. Available in both short- and long-action varieties, Winchester is offering more than 10 different calibers for this rifle. The guns use detachable magazines and nickel-Teflon-coated bolts.
New rifles were in abundance at the 2015 NASGW Expo in New Orleans. From precision bolt rifles to tactical AR-style guns, there was something there to interest everyone. Pistol-caliber carbines seem to be enjoying an upswing in popularity and manufacturers are moving to meet that demand, as evidenced by several new platforms and the expansion of existing pistol-caliber lines.
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Check out the gallery above for a few of the new rifles of note from the show.
For more information on the new rifles listed above, please visit the following websites:
- 2A Armament BLR-16: 2a-arms.com; 208-344-5465
- Adams Arms Alpha-S: adamsarms.net
- Adams Arms Patrol Enhanced: adamsarms.net
- American Tactical Mil-Sport: americantactical.us; 800-290-0065
- American Tactical Omni Hybrid MAXX FDE: americantactical.us; 800-290-0065
- Anderson Rifles 3-Gun Elite: andersonrifles.com; 859-689-4110
- Armalite AR-10 PRC308: armalite.com; 800-336-0184
- Armalite M-15 Light Tactical Carbine: armalite.com; 800-336-0184
- Battle Rifle Company BR4 Trident: battleriflecompany.com; 281-777-0316
- Daniel Defense DD5V1: danieldefense.com; 866-554-4867
- Diamondback DB10B: diamondbackfirearms.com; 877-997-6774
- Excel Arms X-9R: excelarms.com; 909-947-4867
- Howa MultiCam Targetmaster: legacysports.com; 800-553-4229
- Just Right Carbines .357 SIG: justrightcarbines.com; 585-396-1551
- McMillan Legacy: mcmillanfirearms.com; 800-401-7269
- Radical Firearms RF-10: radicalfirearms.com
- Ruger State-Compliant AR-556: ruger.com
- Tresna JAG9F LE Tactical PTW: tresnadefense.com; 678-540-3585
- Troy .338 Federal PAR: worldoftroy.com; 866-788-6412
- Weatherby Vanguard Laminate H-Bar: weatherby.com; 800-227-2016
- Weatherby Vanguard Modular Chassis Rifle: weatherby.com; 800-227-2016
- Webley & Scott Empire: legacysports.com; 800-553-4229
- Winchester Model 94 .450 Marlin: winchesterguns.com; 800-945-5237
- Winchester XPR Hunter: winchesterguns.com; 800-945-5237
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