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Ruger AR-556

While the AR-15 and its variants have been around for decades, it has been quietly enhanced and improved over time. Dozens of manufacturers have come forward to offer their own upgrades, fine-tuning the platform over time.

This year is no different, and we’ve gathered some of the best new ARs — as well as a few battle classics like the Inland M1 Carbine — being introduced this fall.

Take a look at the best new tactical rifles and carbines below!


Adams Arms .308 Patrol

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The Adams Arms .308 Patrol

New to the Adams Arms line is the .308 Patrol series of short-stroke piston rifles. With more than 50 percent of the rifle reciprocal with standard AR-15 parts and accessories, the compact and lightweight heavy hitter gives shooters a powerful and easily upgradable 7.62mm NATO carbine. An Enhanced Patrol variant features Magpul MOE handguards, a Magpul K2 grip and an enhanced SOPMOD-style buttstock.

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For more information, visit adamsarms.net.


Aero Precision M5E1

The new 7.62m NATO M5E1 rifle from Aero Precision is designed for strength and accuracy. The upper and lower receivers are made from 7075-T6 custom aluminum forgings with extensive parts compatibility between this and standard 5.56mm NATO AR rifles. The upper receiver also has the handguard mounting platform forged into it for the extreme rigidity of a monolithic upper.

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For more information, visit aeroprecisionusa.com.


Del-Ton 3-Gun Entry Level Rifle

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The Del-Ton 3-Gun Entry Level Rifle

Designed for 3-Gun shooters, this new rifle from Del-Ton delivers a great deal of performance at a very reasonable price. Featuring a newly designed muzzle brake, a CMC two-stage trigger and a Samson railed forend, this 5.56mm is ready for competition.

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For more information, visit del-ton.com or call 910-645-2172.


FN 15 Sporting

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The FNH USA FN 15 Sporting Rifle

Last year FNH introduced the FN 15 rifle and carbine, representing exact semi-automatic versions of U.S. military-issued rifles. Now FNH USA is addressing the needs of the tactical and competition markets with new models including the FN-15 Sporting, which features Magpul furniture, an 18-inch, match-grade barrel, a Timney trigger, a free-floated handguard and a SureFire muzzle brake.

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For more information, visit fnhusa.com or call 703-288-3500.

Inland M1 Carbines

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Inland M1 Carbines

MKS Supply, which distributes Chiappa and Hi-Point firearms, is now offering brand new, 100-percent American-made M1 Carbines under the classic WWII Inland name. These are faithful reproductions of a classic rifle that is getting harder for collectors to find. Early and late-war models are available as well as those with standard and paratrooper stocks. They come complete with original-style markings.

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For more information, visit mkssupply.com or call 877-425-4867.



LWRC International’s piston-driven AR rifles have an excellent reputation and now a new model has been added to its cadre. The LWRCI IC-A5 features a compact 16-inch, heavy, fluted barrel, a collapsible stock and a Flat Dark Earth Cerakote finish. The self-regulating short-stroke piston has an adjustable gas block as well.

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For more information, visit lwrci.com or call 410-901-1348.


Red Army Standard RAS47

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Red Army Standard RAS47

New from Century Arms is an authentic Eastern Bloc model AK rifle made entirely in the United States with all U.S. parts. The Red Army Standard RAS47 features a stamped-steel receiver, an enlarged magazine release lever, a side scope rail and a machined bolt-hold-open safety catch. It will accept all AKM magazines and furniture and comes with two Magpul magazines.

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For more information, visit centuryarms.com or call 800-527-1252.


Ruger AR-556

Ruger already makes a very popular piston-operated AR rifle, but now the company has added a traditional direct gas impingement system carbine called the AR-556 to its lineup. The new rifle is built to mil-spec standards and is fully compatible with all AR parts and accessories. It offers tremendous value and quality from a well-known manufacturer.

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For more information, visit ruger.com.

Seekins Precision SP10

The new SP10 rifle in .308/7.62mm NATO is a high-quality example of the growing trend toward big-bore ARs. Featuring aluminum billet construction; an 18-inch, match-grade, stainless steel barrel; fully ambidextrous controls; and a light, single-stage, custom trigger, the SP10 delivers extreme accuracy and includes a lifetime guarantee.

RELATED: Meet the Billet-Crafted Seekins Precision CBRV1

For more information, visit seekinsprecision.com or call 208-743-3400.


Stag Arms Model 9

Stag Arms has expanded its line of AR rifles with two new carbines chambered in the ever-popular 9mm pistol cartridge. The new Model 9 and 9T mark the first time Stag Arms has offered a 9mm rifle. Both rifles feature 16-inch barrels and use Colt-style 9mm magazines. All controls are standard for an AR, and with the longer barrel the 9mm cartridge has an extended effective range of up to 200 yards.

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


Windham Weaponry Way of the Gun Performance Carbine

Windham Weaponry continues to expand its line of excellent AR rifles and carbines with the new Way Of The Gun Performance Carbine. This lightweight rifle features a 16-inch barrel, a full-length KeyMod handguard, a mid-length gas system, a BCM compensator, Magpul furniture and the Way of the Gun logo.

RELATED: Gun Review: Windham Weaponry’s AR Rifle Warriors

For more information, visit windhamweaponry.com or call 855-808-1888.


Wilson Combat .308s

(Writeup from Wilson Combat)

Wilson Combat has released its new large format BILLet-AR rifles in .308 Winchester caliber. The .308 caliber rifle is an ideal choice for the hunter or long-range shooter looking for an AR-style rifle with impressive down range ballistics

These all-new rifles utilize the company’s in-house BILLet-AR receiver technology to build the next generation of lightweight but accurate and reliable semi-automatic rifles suitable for a variety of tactical and outdoor roles. This rifle is further enhanced with Wilson’s renowned custom features like precision machined Match Grade barrels, T.R.I.M hand guard rail and crisp Tactical Trigger Units.

For more information, visit WilsonCombat.com.

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