Del-Ton was a leader in AR custom rifle kits, parts and accessories world before moving into the complete rifle market a few years ago. Based in Elizabethtown, N.C., Del-Ton now offers a wide lineup of American-made rifles that come with a lifetime warranty.

One of the newest rifles in the company’s extensive lineup is the Del-Ton Echo 316M. Built as an entry-level rifle, as I learned recently on the range, it is still made to Del-Ton’s exacting standards.

While considered an entry-level rifle, the Echo 316M’s components and performance show it to be much more. From its high-pressure and magnetic-particle tested, Carpenter 158 steel bolt to the phosphated 8620 steel carrier to the snug-fitting 7075-T6 aluminum upper and lower receivers, the rifle is rock solid.

What you can take away from the materials used by Del-Ton is that the company is serious about striking a balance between function and cost. For the average shooter looking for an entry-level gun, Del-Ton has chosen its materials wisely.

The Echo 316M is designed to offer a very long service life—and it currently retails for only $821.92.

Del-Ton has outdone itself in building a great rifle at a great price. It comes with an A2-style F-marked front sight post, traditional polymer handguards, a flattop rail for adding optics, an A2-style grip and a collapsible stock. It has a great feel, is well balanced and runs well. Throw respectable accuracy into the mix and you have a great rifle on your hands.

Whether this is your first or 50th rifle, you will not be disappointed in what you get for your money in this gem.

Check out this video to see the Echo 316M in action and keep your eyes peeled for a full review in an upcoming issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. To subscribe, visit

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