In a contentious election year with guns a hot-button issue, the rush of Americans to acquire firearms probably won’t abate. With that in mind, here are some of the best new rifles to consider adding to your own shopping list.
ADCOR Defense A762 With its 7.62x39 mm chambering, ADCOR Defense’s new A762 allows you to shoot affordable, European-surplus ammunition. Because it is an AR platform, though, it offers familiarity and enhanced precision over some like-chambered rifles.
ArmaLite M-15LTC-16-762x39 ArmaLite enters the 7.62x39 mm market with its M15LTC-16-762x39, an economic, lightweight rifle, ideal for intermediate/long-range target shooting, outdoor pursuits or home defense. The rifle comes with an aluminum KeyMod handguard.
Auto-Ordnance Thompson T1-14 By permanently affixing the Cutts compensator to the barrel for a total barrel length of 16.5 inches, Auto-Ordnance has made the Thompson T1-14 NFA compliant, yet 1.5 inches shorter than previous T1 models.
Barrett REC7 Gen II DI The new, direct-gas-impingement version of the REC7 Gen II sports a match-grade stainless steel barrel and muzzle brake. It is also available with an 18-inch barrel and in 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK.
Beretta ARX100 FDE Now available with a Flat Dark Earth finish, the acclaimed ARX100 remains an excellent choice for a home-defense gun. With the new color option, it is further enhanced as a field carbine.
Bergara USA BPR-17 LRP Rifle Also available in 6 mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor, this new bolt-action features adjustable length-of-pull and comb height. All BPR-17 LRP rifles come standard with threaded muzzles (5⁄8x24) and a Dead Air Key Lock muzzle brake/suppressor mount installed.
Black Rain Ordnance Spec 15 Carbine Known for custom rifles with a host of high-end touches and wild finishes, Black Rain Ordnance now offers the Spec15 Carbine as a gateway rifle to the company’s product line. The Spec 15 is also available in .300 BLK.
Century International Arms RAS47 Magpul Zhukov This 100-percent American-made AK-pattern rifle features Magpul’s top-of-the-line Zhukov furniture and an enhanced scope mount boasting return-to-zero capability—a first for the platform.
CMMG KRINK-Equipped Mk47 CMMG’s line of 7.62x39-caliber AR-style rifles are now enhanced with the AK-derived KRINK muzzle device. It serves as a booster, flash suppressor, blast reducer and slight recoil reducer. Welded to the 13-inch-barreled version of the Mk47, the KRINK brings the barrel up to a Title 1-compliant total length of 16 inches.
CZ 805 Bren S1 Carbine With the new Bren S1 Carbine, you can now have a rifle version of the famous firearm. The S1 Carbine accepts STANAG magazines, has Picatinny rails top and bottom and is available in black or Flat Dark Earth.
CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine Building on the success of the Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol, CZ-USA has now added a carbine with the option of a two-port compensator or faux suppressor. The carbine incorporates a folding, adjustable stock and new fore-end with M-LOK attachment points.
Daniel Defense DD5V1 This lightweight .308 AR features an innovative barrel extension that securely attaches the freefloating CHF barrel and allows the handguard to mount securely to the upper receiver without a barrel nut.
Del-Ton Echo 7.62x39 AR or AK? Why choose? With the Del-Ton Echo 7.62x39 you can have both in a carbine that is configured with popular M4 furniture and hardware while being chambered to digest AK-47 fodder.
Del-Ton Sierra 3G If you’re looking for a rifle to complete your 3-gun battery, your search may be over. The Del-Ton Sierra 3G features a lightweight carbine barrel paired with a mid-length gas system to enhance reliability in the fast-paced stages for which 3-gun is known.
DoubleStar ARC Whether it’s competition or self-defense, adaptability is key. The Samson Evolution handguard allows the freedom to place rails where you need them and omit unwanted bulk, while the five-position ACE SOCOM stock offers ample length-of-pull adjustment for greater maneuverability.
FN America FN 15 Military Collector M16 If you’re looking for the closest thing you can own to a military M16, this version from FN might be it. Identical in every way apart from the two-position safety selector and semi-auto-only operation, it’s sure to make collectors drool.
FN America M249S Ever wanted to own a SAW? This closed-bolt, semi-auto-only variant is the closest most of us will get to owning a belt-fed machine gun. The M249S is belt-fed and also takes STANAG magazines.
IWI US Tavor X95 This new gun looks like a standard Tavor, but boasts multiple upgrades to its ergonomics. All fire controls are kept within a more compact area of the rifle, and it sports a much-lighter trigger pull weight. For those waiting for the perfect bullpup, the X95 could be it.
Howa Archangel The popular Archangel stock finds a home in Howa’s line, bringing adjustability and custom-fit to the company’s line of precision bolt-action rifles. Available in .223 Rem. or .308 Win. chamberings, as well as 20- and 24-inch barrel lengths, there’s a custom rifle for most shooters.
Leitner-Wise MkVI Built around the patented Leitner-Wise op-rod and gas block, the MkVI boasts a proprietary nitride bolt and bolt-carrier group. A billet-aluminum dustcover and the company’s C3 hybrid compensator are but two of the many touches of added quality on this carbine.
LMT MARS-L MRP16 The MARS-L was built from the ground up to be completely ambidextrous in response to a requirement from the military of New Zealand, where it now serves. The civilian version includes all of the proprietary ambidextrous controls.
LWRC International C.S.A.S.S. The Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (C.S.A.S.S. for short) is available with either a 16-inch or 20-inch (shown) barrel. Four color choices are also options. A 20-position adjustable gas block makes this rifle adaptable to virtually any load, suppressed or unsupressed.
LWRC International DI A first from LWRCI, this direct-gas-impingement (hence the “DI” name) AR boasts a cold-hammer-forged, spiral-fluted barrel, fully ambidextrous controls and LWRCI’s NiCorr-treated gas block and gas tube.
MG Arms Banshee Classic Putting emphasis on the term “custom made,” from an impressive list of 40 different chamberings to a unique variety of colors for its stock and metal surfaces, at first glance MG Arms’ Banshee Classic is something to shout about, indeed.
Mossberg MMR Carbine Redesigned with simplicity in mind, the new MMR lacks both a dustcover and a forward assist, making it lighter and easier to carry. The Mossberg-designed 13-inch handguard has a slim profile for added comfort.
Palmetto State Armory KS47 Classic KeyMod Hybrid The KS47 blends the world of the AR-15 with that of the AK-47. Using an AR-15-style upper mated to a lower set up to accept AK-47-pattern magazines, the hybrid brings the power of the 7.62x39 mm to an AR-15-friendly carbine.
POF-USA P300 The P300 somehow manages to harness the potent .300 Win. Mag. in a rifle virtually the same size as the company’s .308 Win.-caliber AR platforms (except the mag well). It is packed with features, including POF’s E2 extraction technology. An 18-inch barrel is an option.
SIG Sauer MPX Carbine New for 2016 in SIG Sauer’s MPX line is the carbine version of SIG’s groundbreaking pistol/SBR. A closed, fully locked short-stroke pushrod gas system runs this carbine, which handles much like a standard AR-15-style carbine.
Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 Sport The latest rimfire rifle offering from Smith & Wesson brings even greater modularity to this popular plinker. With a slim, M-LOK-compatible 10-inch handguard, adding accessories to match a favorite centerfire carbine has never been easier.
Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II The next generation of Smith & Wesson’s M&P15 line of rifles expands to include the Sport II, which features an integral trigger guard, durable Armornite finish and a chromed firing pin for greater durability. Add in a Magpul folding rear sight and an affordable MSRP and it’s easy to see why the M&P15 is such a success.
Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16 CQB The latest M1A from Springfield Armory is designed with home defense in mind. With a collapsible stock and 16-inch barrel, combined with an M-LOK-compatible fore-end, maneuvering the M1A SOCOM CQB and adding accessories just got a lot easier.
St. George Arms Leader 50 A1 As the first American-made bullpup semi-automatic rifle chambered in .50 BMG, the Leader 50 A1 brings a lot to the table. It incorporates a telescoping bolt-carrier assembly and rear-mounted retractable hammer, and offers the compact size bullpups are noted for.
VLTOR VWS-XVI Defender VLTOR’s carbine is packed full of high-quality components from trusted AR-15-style parts manufacturers. With an oversize magazine release, QD sling mount, low-profile gas block and VC-A2 flash hider among the upgraded features, the Defender offers high-end performance at mid-level pricing.
Zenith MKE MPT-76 This MKE MPT-76 is gas-operated and has a 12-point adjustable stock to fit a variety of shooters. It has a 5-year warranty, comes with three magazines, sling and factory cleaning kit.