Although they may not necessarily be the biggest name in black rifles, Blackheart International (BHI) has a lot going on. The Philippi, West Virginia-based company has several divisions, including a large training operation. Their commercial side incorporates all manner of gear and accessories for firearms, a library of books and manuals, emergency medical equipment and, of course, rifles.
The Blackheart International BHI-15(S) is a streamlined semi-automatic rifle and most will immediately appreciate the sleek almost javelin-like appearance of it. The 16-inch barrel is chrome-lined and has 1-in-9-inch twist rifling. This barrel is a departure from most modern carbines as it does not have the M203 contour. Out front at the muzzle BHI includes a SureFire flash hider/suppressor adapter. The chamber is a genuine 5.56x45mm and will naturally accept .223 as well.
Surrounding the barrel is one of the most distinctive features of the rifle, BHI’s aluminum Handguard System. This one-piece aluminum tube has cooling vents/slots fore and aft and an aggressive grip texture machined onto it. The handguard is not a “rail system” per se, but it is built to accept add-on Mil-Std-1913 rails and sling adapters. BHI offers the handguards as separate parts. These are available in carbine, mid-length and rifle size.