Tank-tough, multi-mission 5.56mm patrol carbine keeps on running—no matter what!

Rock River Arms has been building high-quality AR-style rifles for a long time. Eventually, it began offerings it LAR-15 rifles in Operator configurations, which proved hugely popularly. In the upcoming May 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author David Bahde test-fires the new LAR-15 Operator III in 5.56mm NATO.

He writes, “The new Operator III starts with a forged LAR-15 lower receiver featuring RRA’s proven two-stage trigger, oversized winter triggerguard and Star safety selector. A Hogue rubber pistol grip provides for comfort and control. An RRA Operator CAR buttstock is installed on the six-position buffer tube.

“Chambered in 5.56mm NATO, the 16-inch, chrome-moly, heavy barrel has a 1-in-9-inch twist rate and is capped with the new Operator muzzle brake. The RRA TRO (Top Rail Octagonal) handguard covers the barrel and mid-length gas system, which utilizes a low-profile gas block. This forend is lightweight, comfortable and can be customized with various lengths of Picatinny rails as needed. The continuous top rail makes it easy for operators to mount any optics, sights and accessories. Two mil-spec 30-round magazines are included in the Operator III’s hard case.”

So how did it fare on the range? To learn more, check out the May 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally March 4, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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