Stag Arms has released its new 3T-M patrol carbine in 5.56mm NATO. In the upcoming July 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author Richard Mann runs it through its paces.

With the Stag Arms 3T-M, Mann writes, “Law enforcement professionals, working with Team Stag Arms, made a list of what they wanted in an AR, and Stag Arms built it.

“For starters, Stag Arms took a mil-spec lower receiver and installed an upper with a flattop rail. To that upper receiver, the company attached a 16-inch, 4140 steel, chrome-lined, government-profile, manganese-phosphate-coated barrel with a 1-in- 9-inch twist rate and chambered for the 5.56mm NATO. (Yes, of course, it will also chamber and fire .223 Remington ammunition.) Stag then installed a carbine-length direct gas impingement system and an A2-style flash suppressor.

“With AR-15s, the handguard is probably the most accessorized part whether you are a manufacturer building an AR or an individual putting your own AR together. Different companies offer different aftermarket handguards on their ARs to show diversity and set their product apart from the competition. According to Dave Larson with Stag Arms, ‘The once popular quad-rail handguard is now obsolete and is being replaced by more ergonomic handguards to which sections of rails can be attached.’ That’s what the law enforcement professionals working with Stag Arms wanted, and they chose one of my favorites: the 13.5-inch Diamondhead VRS-T free-floating handguard. This handguard is sort of shaped like a triangle, with a flat side positioned underneath the barrel. Each corner at the bottom edge is scalloped, which makes it very comfortable in hand, and sections of rail can be attached by screw anywhere along the bottom and sides of the forend. The top of the handguard is a Picatinny rail that mates perfectly with the top rail on the upper receiver. I test lots of ARs, and in turn my hands wrap around many different handguards. This one is as comfortable as they come.”

To learn more about the 3T-M and find out how it fared at the range, check out the July 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally April 8, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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