First Look: Watchtower Spec Ops Type 15 Rifle

A solidly built AR-15 with a billet receiver and an option for a .223 Wylde chamber.

posted on February 24, 2024
Watchtower Specops 15

The new Watchtower Spec Ops Type 15 Rifle offers a unique combination of billet precision and military heritage for both the civilian and law enforcement markets.

The Spec Ops Type 15 features a receiver set machined from high-grade 7075-T6511 billet aluminum to secure a wobble-free fit and to prevent dust and debris from entering your firearm. An ambidextrous charging handle and Watchtower 's patented safety selector allows more surface area to manipulate the mechanics of the firearm, and the rifle also features an upgraded fire-control group with Hiperfire's EDT2 Heavy Gunner trigger, a single-stage semi-auto LE/SWAT AR upgrade and Watchtower’s proprietary Tru-Black, PVD-coated 5.56 NATO, M16-profile, MPI-tested Durabolt bolt-carrier group. You can choose between a 16-inch 5.56 NATO cold hammer forged or a .223 Wylde stainless steel barrel with a 1:8-inch rifling twist, both with a mid-length gas system. Surrounding the barrel is a 13.7-inch S7M free-floating handguard with M-Lok attachment slots at five positions, four QD points for a sling and a full-length 1913 Picatinny rail. Watchtower 's Flat Face compensating muzzle brake is incorporated at the end of the barrel to mitigate recoil and is finished in a Tru-black PVD coating. This rifle also comes with B5's reinforced-polymer pistol grip and buttstock.

“The Spec Ops Type 15 rifle has been designed for those who enjoy shooting a best-in-class AR-15 platform that honors our military heritage,” said Watchtower CEO Jason Colosky, a former Recon Marine serving throughout Southwest Asia and Southeast Africa. “You can choose between 5.56 NATO or .223 Wylde. It’s a fast-handling rifle designed to perform flawlessly under extreme conditions.”

Watchtower Spec Ops Type 15 Rifle Specifications

  • Receiver: Type 15 7075-T651 billet aluminum
  • Handguard: 13.7-inch S7M free-floating handguard
  • Barrel: .223 Wylde match grade 1:8-inch rifling, black nitride finish
  • Muzzle Device: Watchtower 5.56 NATO Flat Face, Tru-black PVD finish
  • Bolt Carrier Group: 5.56 NATO Durabolt, Tru-black PVD finish
  • Trigger: Hiperfire EDT2 Heavy Gunner
  • Safety Selector: Watchtower ambidextrous, black finish
  • Charging Handle: Watchtower ambidextrous
  • Grip: B5 Systems Type 23 P-grip
  • Stock: B5 Systems Bravo stock
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Finishes: Black type III anodized or select from three Cerakote colors: FDE, OD Green and Wolf Grey

The suggested retail price for the .223 Wylde configuration is $1,349, while the MSRP for the 5.56 NATO configuration is $1,599. Available finishes include Black type III anodized, or you can select from three Cerakote colors: FDE, OD Green, and Wolf Grey. For more information on this rifle or other products from Watchtower Firearms, please visit


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