For a lot of shooters, the Holy Grail of tactical firearms is some sort of hybrid AR/AK design. While many have tried combining the two designs in a variety of ways to combine the appealing handling characteristics of the AR and the rugged reliability of the AK, Stag Arms has taken a bit of a different tack with its new 7.62x39mm AR.
Shown at the NRA Annual Meeting 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky, the new rifle takes the simple yet appealing approach of chambering an M4 Carbine-pattern gun in the hard-hitting 7.62x39mm Soviet cartridge. Operationally, the new gun works exactly like any other standard direct gas impingement AR. The biggest change visually is the uniquely curved ASC-manufactured magazine that accommodates the sharper case body angle of the 7.62x39mm cartridge (as compared to that of the 5.56mm).
Apart from the chambering and the magazine design, the new carbine is all AR. It has all the features you would expect in an M4 Carbine-style firearm, including an integral Picatinny rail strip atop the flattop upper receiver. An A2-style muzzle brake tops off the 16.5-inch barrel, and all the controls are exactly where you would expect to find them.
To find out more about this firearm, keep an eye out at www.stagarms.com.
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