.224 Valkyrie is No Longer Going Stag: New Stag 15 Valkyrie — SHOT Show 2018

Stag Arms is a company we know for high-quality products, especially if you are left-handed. The leader and often only choice for the devil handed, everything they make is available in either left or right pattern. Well, good news friends. They have jumped on the Valkyrie train. At SHOT 2018 we stopped by and checked out the new Stag 15 Valkryie.


  • Cartridge: .224 Valkyrie
  • Weight: 8.1 lbs.
  • Length: 39 in.
  • Action: Semi-Auto Direct Impingement
  • Caliber: .224 Valkyrie
  • Twist Rate: 1/7 Button Rifled
  • Muzzle Device: VG6 Epsilon
  • Barrel: 18″, 416R Stainless Steel, Fluted Heavy Barrel
  • Handguard: Stag 15 16.5″ M-LOK SL
  • Receiver Material: Forged and Mil-Spec 7075 T6 Aluminum with Type 3 Hard Coat Anodizing
  • Bolt Carrier: Manganese Phosphate coated, Chrome Lined 6.8 SPC II M16 BCG
  • Gas System: Mid-Length with Low Profile Gas Block
  • Charging Handle: Standard Mil-Spec=
  • Buttstock: Magpul PRS
  • Buffer: H Buffer and Spring
  • Trigger: Nickel Boron coated Two-Stage Match Trigger with Magpul Aluminum Enhanced Trigger Guard
  • Grip: Hogue Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 25rd 6.8 SPC GI Magazine
  • Safety Selector: Right Hand
  • MSRP: $1,575

Impressions & Pricing

The Stag Valkyrie looks amazing, they have really pulled out all the stops here. The starting point was the Stag 3 Gun Elite, a performance rifle in its own right. The handguard is unique, featuring a serious weight reduction. The 18-inch Stainless Steel barrel has been fluted and comes in a heavy profile. The gun is set up as a precision rifle, to get all that can be had from the new 224 round. Also standard, a VG6 compensator, which looks fantastic on the rifle.

Down in the fire control group, the new rifle features Stag’s own 2 stage national match trigger, coated in Nickel Boron. This coating further smooths out an already great trigger, one you are sure to love.

Rounding out the package, a Magpul PRS buttstock. This is an excellent choice for a precision rifle. All of Stag’s included features are going to make this hard to beat.

The best part? The price. Though MSRP is only $1,575, right now they are on sale for $1,179. And Stag has done right by the customer. You don’t even have to buy a complete rifle. They are leading the charge in offering an upper receiver only, currently $519 in left or right configuration.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • Victor May 13, 2018, 7:12 am

    It is a very good looking rifle, and I really like the design. I only have a few reasons why I will not buy it. The first being what has been already said about it being a caliber that is not really all that compared to tried and true 5.56. The second is the 224 is still very new and I would not feel comfortable dropping that kind of cash on something that may or may not be around in the future. Lastly, I would feel more comfortable buying a bolt action rifle these days and in .308 caliber considering the attacks that continue to be aimed at AR type rifle platforms. The sad truth is there are more and more rules, restrictions, and bans being put in place or considered than ever before and I think it is unfair and sucks. I don’t want to be put in the position to have to turn in a large portion of my gun collection. I fight against such things but it is not looking good for AR types.

  • Dave T February 12, 2018, 5:46 am

    So how is this round better than 224Grendel? Hint its not.

  • Jake February 7, 2018, 1:55 pm

    I don’t see the point of such a round unless it is launched from a very long barrel. I am intrigued by this round. For my use I would go with an ignorantly heavy barrel of 24-28″ and plop it on a lower with a Geissele SSA-E and Magpul PRS. The broad selection of bullets and weights is intoxicating. For varmints, a 69 gr SMK or one of those exotic 70 grain copper rounds the Navy guys use launched at 3200+ would be interesting. The heavier rounds, capable of being rained on a target beyond 1,000 yards, still supersonic would be a force multiplier.

    • MojoMitch October 27, 2018, 2:45 pm


  • David February 6, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Would it fit my Ruger 556 lower.

  • Lee February 6, 2018, 10:21 am

    Daddy want!!!!

  • John L February 6, 2018, 9:21 am

    Hopefully Stag has gotten better at customer service. My experience: Ordered a rifle and accessories, $1600. I knew there would be a wait. 3 months later got an email that my order was cancelled and I was getting a refund due to them having a 6-8 month backlog. Contacted them and said “take your time, I’m in no rush”. Nope. Order cancelled, no options. 2 months later they contacted me and said they were caught up and asked me to order again. Sorry, no longer interested. My business went elsewhere.

  • kerry purcell February 6, 2018, 8:44 am

    the 224 does with a 90 grain bullet about what the 223 does with an 80 grainer,,,,,,,no big deal there,,,,,hype and bullshit,,,,,,

  • Jeffrey L. Frischkorn February 6, 2018, 8:38 am

    .224 Valkyrie: A solution to a niche that either doesn\’t exist or else is one that is all ready largely filled… Consumerism is the antithesis of free will…

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