Walking up to the Armalite booth this year at Shot Show 2015, I could see that Armalite has been busy. Very busy. At first glance I was confused; I’d expected the familiar Armalite ARs. But they’re not there. The entirety of the AR line has been overhauled. They’ve introduced 15 new models. It is clear that Armalite has emerged out of the cave and walked proudly into the 21st century.
Starting with the basics, the most noticeable changes are aesthetics. They’ve made the rifles sleek and sexy, which was not an easy task. They had to start from the ground up, making vast improvements to the furniture they use. They are producing their own hand-guards, now. Standing out among the crowd are two rifles, the AR10 3GN13 and the M15 TAC18.
The AR10 3GN13 is a purpose built competition gun. Designed to be both light and powerful, this rifle is chambered in .308 and sports a 13.5-inch barrel. It has an adjustable compensator that is pinned to the barrel which brings the overall length to just over 16 inches. The gun is built for speed, and ease of use, with easily manipulated controls. Features such as the ambidextrous charging handle and safety selector, Timney trigger, Ergo wide grip, and MBA adjustable stock make this rifle quick into action as well as easy to shoot. Coming in at $1,999 this rifle is a bargain and a half for the competitive shooter.
The M15 TAC18 is a rifle that is built for precision as well as hard use. Chambered in .223 and sporting an 18inch stainless steel 1/8-twist barrel, this rifle is built for extreme accuracy. With the OSS Banner Break, recoil, and muzzle climb should be close to non-existent. This one has ambidextrous controls, Magpul furniture, a 2-stage match trigger, and the Armalite Tactical Forend. The price-tag is $1600.
Click on over to Armalite to see the rest of the new guns. And keep your eyes open–next year should bring an overhaul of the bolt guns.