IRS 2: Now with a Forward Charging Handle
There is no shortage of AR-15 products at SHOT Show 2016. Walking down the aisles there are so many ARs they all start to look the same. As I entered the Rock River Arms booth I half-expected to see new versions of last year’s AR-15s and the crow I ate tasted great.
Enter the Rock River Arms IRS 2. It’s a proprietary AR receiver system based on the LAR series with integral backup iron sights that rest flush with the flattop rail and a relocated charging handle. They created something much greater than a modified upper — Rock River Arms has developed an upper that fixes a lot of the shortcomings inherent to the AR platform that many people don’t even consider broken.
The original IRS series includes 16- and 18-inch carbines and upper assemblies chambered for 5.56 NATO. With its modified handguard and upper receiver system, Rock River Arms built a set of flush-folding backup iron sights into the upper along with the modular, free-floating rail. The IRS 2 series takes things further.
Even minimalist folding backup iron sights can snag on clothes, slings and underbrush. These flush irons will never have that problem, plus they have a slick aesthetic appeal. Adding built-in iron sights is one thing — and appreciated — but moving the charging handle forward to the handguard is a significant improvement, especially when shooting prone. A forward charging handle can be manipulated without giving up a cheek weld and can be done with your support hand with no or at least minimal shift in grip.
The charging handle is ambidextrous with low-profile folding charging levers that fold up. The flush mounted iron sights lock up into position and are fully-adjustable. The rear sight has three aperture settings, large, small and medium, for different lighting conditions.
The IRS 2 series will be available in different configurations from carbine-length AR-15-pattern rifles to precision-minded AR-10-style rifles. These guns are slated for availability at the start of summer 2016 and Rock River Arms will sell upper receivers separately following the initial release, like they did with the original IRS series.
MSRPs have not been announced for the IRS 2 series however we can expect them to be priced close to the first-generation IRS parts, with uppers starting at around $1100.
Check back in the following months as the GunsAmeria.com crew will undoubtedly put the IRS 2 series through its paces.
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