Cutting-edge products like the UPR and the rest of Mega Arms’ inventory are the result of dedicated and sometimes long processes. Mega Arms is just the company to push the limits, and the UPR certainly proves that.
Some of the Urban Precision Rifle’s unique features include the ambidextrous bolt release and the side handle bolt from Young Manufacturing.
The 6.5mm Grendel typically makes for a gas-sensitive AR rifle. To help manage the gas situation, the UPR uses an MGI adjustable gas tube and a low-profile gas block from Yankee Hill Manufacturing.
Adjustments are required for proper gassing of the 6.5 Grendel. MGI’s gas tube and YHM’s gas block are used.
Shown are mock-up barrels for the UPR shown with the TAC-2 components, which include a barrel nut, power plate and handguard.
The TAC-2’s power plate — the steel pins will fit into the barrel nut’s face to keep the assembly from rotating.
Taken down, the UPR can fit into a standard-sized briefcase.
The UPR is mocked up with a 10-inch barrel and short handguard from the TAC-2 takedown system. The powerful 3.5-21x50mm Bushnell Elite Tactical scope, set in a LaRue SPR-1.5 QD scope mount, was used for the full potential of concept testing.
Mega Arms is known for leaning over the cutting edge of the firearms industry with their enhanced and improved AR receivers. This is where the Urban Precision Rifle (UPR) starts, but please not that Mega Arms does not offer complete rifles for sale. Mega Arms President Mike Miller looked over the industry and, with outside input, brought together aspects of the AR platform that had yet to be fully explored. Can the UPR be built with off-the-shelf components? Can the UPR be effective from 0 to 300 yards with the potential to go 500-plus yards? Can the UPR be concealed in an ordinary briefcase? Well, with a list of questions like this, it is obvious that Mega Arms likes a challenge.
They obviously started off withMega Arms’ upper and lower. The upper is a side-bolt-style receiver that uses a side-handle bolt from Young Manufacturing. The side-handle bolt was selected in consideration of potential deployment. Operators laid up in a hide might need to manipulate the bolt without calling attention to themselves or moving out of a good position. A side bolt allows the bolt to be opened, closed or even pushed forward, if necessary, with a minimum of movement and effort. The original AR charging handle is not quite so accommodating. However, the Mega upper still retains the standard AR charging handle.
The side-charging bolt handle does create a small issue when cleaning the rifle. The side-charging bolt handle is screwed into the side of the bolt carrier. Therefore, the knob must be unscrewed before the bolt carrier can be removed from the upper receiver. The side-handle bolt carrier also precludes a dustcover. In all, the pluses and minuses even out. I call Mega’s upper an “improved” model. It has features that are new to the AR platform and are hopefully improvements… (megaarms.com; 877-857-5372)
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Mega Arms is known for leaning over the cutting edge of the firearms industry…
by Tactical-Life / May 14, 2013