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Remington Defense, the military and law enforcement-oriented wing of Remington Arms, is set to supply the U.S. Army with a batch of commercial off-the-shelf carbines. Here’s the company’s short press release below:

Remington is pleased to announce the recent award of a contract to supply the US Army with Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) 5.56mm Carbines.

This is the second significant award for 5.56mm carbines to Remington by the US Army on behalf of key international allies. Remington Chief Executive Officer Anthony Acitelli said of the award: “Remington is proud of our continuing contribution to public safety and our nation’s national security priorities worldwide. “We look forward to continuing our daily dedication to the design, production, and delivery of the highest quality military and law enforcement products for our public safety officers, warfighters, and allies alike.”

You’ll notice that the presser doesn’t mention the the exact carbine being supplied to the Army. You’ll also note that the number of carbines isn’t specified, nor is the dollar amount of the contract. Fortunately, that’s what we have the Internet.

A quick visit to the Remington Defense website reveals that the company makes three different carbines: The R4; the ACR (Adaptive Combat Rifle); and the RGP (Remington Gas Piston). Logic dictates that the Army will be getting one of these three models.

In terms of how much this contract is worth, a DoD announcement from July 13 indicates that Colt, Daniel Defense, FN and Remington all competed for a $28,482,840 firm-fixed-price contract for 5.56mm off-the-shelf carbines. Here’s that announcement. Make of it what you will:

Colt’s Manufacturing, West Hartford, Connecticut (W15QKN-18-D-0105); Daniel Defense,* Black Creek, Georgia (W15QKN-18-D-0106); FN America, Columbia, South Carolina (W15QKN-18-D-0107); and Remington Arms Co., Ilion, New York (W15QKN-18-D-0108), will compete for each order of the $28,482,840 firm-fixed-price contract to fabricate, locate, procure, or otherwise provide 5.56MM North Atlantic Treaty Organization commercial off-the-shelf  carbines. Four bids were solicited with four bids received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 13, 2019. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

It’s also important to note that Remington’s press release says the Army awarded the company this contract “on behalf of key international allies,” meaning that the Army will be supplying these carbines to overseas allies.

Below, see the specs for the Remington Defense R4, ACR and RGP carbines.

Remington Defense R4

Model R4
Caliber 5.56mm NATO
Barrel Length 14.5″ : 6 Groove 1:7″ RH Twist
Barrel Type Cold Hammer-Forged / Chrome-Lined
Fire Control Semi-Auto, Full-Auto, or Burst
Upper Receiver A3-Type
Sights A3 Removeable Carry Handle
Optics Optional
Stocks Several Avial. – MIL-SPEC Receiver Extension
Handguard Standard, Railed, or RAHG
Magazine GI-Type or Magpul P-Mag
Flash Suppressor A2-Type or AAC Black-Out
Suppressor AAC M4-2000 Optional
Finish Anodized / Parkerized

Remington Defense ACR

Caliber 5.56 – 6.8 SPC II
Upper Receiver Monolithic free-float rail system, Picatinny 1913 mounting surface
Barrel 10.5” – 14.5” – 16.5” – 18”(TBD), Hammer forged, 6 groove, AAC Blackout flash hider, 1:7 (5.56) 1:11 (6.8)
Trigger Standard AR/M-16 trigger, 4.5 – 6lbs, Match trigger available
Stocks 6 Position right folding, polymer or optional metal version, Fixed position
Magazine Accepts MagPul PMAG and MilSpec M-16
Lower Receiver Fully ambidextrous controls, Polymer and metal available
Optics Will accept any optic or night vision
Handguard 5 Sided, Variable sized removable rail sections
Suppressor AAC M4-2000 or ACRSD
Weight 14.5 Weapon, Base rifle – 7lbs 14oz, Loaded w/ suppressor – 9lb 13oz
Length 14.5 Weapon, W/o Suppressor, Stock folded – 25.75”, W/o Suppressor, Stock deployed – 32.625”, W/o Suppressor, Stock extended – 35.5”
Variations Barrel lengths and calibers, Weapon color schemes, Stock options of polymer and metal, Lower receiver option of polymer or metal
Accessories Hard case, Deployment kit

Remington Defense R5 RPG

Caliber 5.56mm NATO
Barrel Cold Hammer Forged, 1:7 Twist, 6 Groove, Ferritic Nitrocarburized (FNC)
Barrel Length 10.5″ & 14.5″
Weight 10,5″:6.56lbs (No Magazine), 14.5″:6.95lbs (No Magazine)
Length w/10.5″ Barrel 27.10″ collapsed, 30.25″ extended
Length w/14.5″ Barrel 30.6″ collapsed, 34.0″ extended
Trigger Drop in upper receiver
Controls Ambidextrous charging handle

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