The 2016 election was a historic win for gun owners, and the benefits are already rolling in during 2017. Companies have brought forth the best offerings in the AR-15 market, and we picked some out some of the examples that we're excited about.
The AR-15 is undoubtedly America's most popular rifle, and companies have produced options with many different chamberings, designs, added features and other upgrades. Check out the new AR-15 rifle options in our roundup below:
Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf Tactical Options abound with this lightweight hard-hitter AR-15. Select from three different styles of muzzle device and four different types of Manticore Arms Transformer Rail handguards. Other finishes include black and OD green.
BlackSword Scythe Ambi The BlackSword Scythe features all-new controls for 2017, including an ambidextrous bezeled selector switch and an extended ambidextrous charging handle, as well as a custom handguard.
Bushmaster Minimalist SD Available in .223 Rem. or .300 BLK, Bushmaster’s Minimalist SD features numerous upgraded components. AAC’s freefloat handguard offers a near-continuous top rail, while the KeyMod-compatible SquareDrop system allows accessory attachment at a multitude of points.
Colt M16A1 The patriarch of the modern-sporting rifle, this collector-quality throwback to the Vietnam-era M16A1 features all of the historic hallmarks, minus the “giggle switch.” It ain’t your daddy’s service rifle, but it’s the next best thing.
LWRC International IC-DI M-Lok LWRCI has expanded its direct-impingement AR-15 line to include this mode with an M-Lok fore-end. The spiral-fluted, cold-hammer-forged barrel promises excellent accuracy, and the Monoforge upper receiver aids in promoting superior reliability.
Mossberg MMR Tactical Optics Ready Mossberg went back to the drawing board with its MMR Carbine for 2017 and released an optics-ready model that features several new accessories and redesigns from the company.
Caliber:5.56 NATO Magazine Capacity:30 rounds Barrel Length:18 inches Overall Length:33 to 36.5 inches Weight:7 pounds MSRP:$1,393 (203) 230-5300 mossberg.com
Palmetto State Armory Freedom M5 The Freedom M5 features a 16-inch barrel fabricated from 4150 steel. The 1:7-inch-twist barrel is nitride-treated for durability, and is freefloated with a Palmetto State Armory 11-inch rail. The lower comes standard with Magpul MOE furniture.
Radical Firearms FR18-22NOS-SS-M-15RPR Designed to optimize the new .22 Nosler round, which boasts velocities superior to the .223 Rem., the new FR18 from Radical firearms presents an affordable precision rifle for this innovative round.
Rock River Arms LAR-15 QMC A spare-magazine carrier integrated into the stock keeps a critical reload close at hand, eliminating the need to break contact with the rifle or rummage through a pouch. A winter trigger guard allows easy access to the bang switch when wearing gloves.
Savage MSR-15 Patrol The new Savage MSR-15 Patrol is a step up from the many rack-grade M4 clones popular today. An upgraded barrel featuring a .223 Wylde target chamber, 5R rifling and a Melonite QPQ finish separate the Patrol from all other MSRs.
SIG Sauer M400 VTAC SIG’s M400 VTAC is new for 2017 and was built in collaboration with retired U.S. Army SGM Kyle Lamb. Adorned with Viking Tactics components, this new rifle is chambered in 5.56 NATO and features a 16-inch barrel. It comes with an adjustable VTAC sling and rifle bag.
Smith & Wesson M&P15T with M-LOK As the name implies, the M&P15T (for Tactical) with M-Lok has, well, the M-Lok attachment system on the handguard, which comes with a 2-inch-long section of rail. A lightweight, contoured barrel offers weight reduction and is capped with a proprietary muzzle device.
Springfield Armory Saint Springfield Armory launched the Saint AR-15 at the very end of 2016, bringing a new class of firearm to the company’s repertoire. Bravo Company furniture—including a polymer handguard with KeyMod attachment points—outfits the Saint.