Four Great California-Compliant Rifles

Yes, you can own AR-15s and other modern sporting rifles in California.

posted on February 1, 2024
California Compliant AR-15

California is notorious for some of the strictest firearm regulations in the United States. For Golden State gun owners, finding compliant AR-15s and other modern sporting rifles can be a bit of a challenge. Complying with the state’s stringent laws, manufacturers like Springfield Armory, Smith & Wesson and others have designed rifles that adhere to California’s overbearing firearm regulations while maintaining reliability and shootability. Here are four California-compliant AR-15s and modern sporting rifles that CA residents can own.

Springfield Armory Hellion

The Springfield Armory Hellion stands out as a top-tier California-compliant semi-automatic rifle, combining cutting-edge design with compliance features necessary for the state’s regulations. The Hellion delivers precision and reliability with a sleek 20-inch barrel, ambidextrous controls, a Strike Industries pistol grip and a 10-round magazine to meet capacity restrictions. The fixed stock and other compliant modifications ensure it meets California’s strict standards, while providing an exceptional shooting experience. MSRP: $2,031.

Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II California Compliant

Smith & Wesson’s M&P15 Sport II is a California-compliant variant that caters to those seeking a reliable and budget-friendly option. Priced competitively, this rifle features a 16-inch barrel, a fixed stock, a 10-round magazine and a bullet button for magazine release compliance. With the renowned M&P build quality, the Sport II maintains accuracy and durability while adhering to California’s firearm laws. MSRP: $819.

Daniel Defense M4A1 California Compliant

Daniel Defense has long been known as a leader in the AR business, synonymous with reliability and dependability. The Daniel Defense M4A1 California Compliant model may be bit on the pricier end of the spectrum, it is well worth it in quality. The rifle features a 14.5-inch barrel, full Picatinny free float handguard, a permanently mounted muzzle device and is available in multiple finishes including black or FDE (Flat Dark Earth). Each rifle is shipped with one 10-round magazine to satisfy California’s strict capacity limits. MSRP: $2,345.

Palmetto State Armory PSA AR-15 16” Mid-length EPT Rifle

The Palmetto State Armory PSA AR-15 16" Midlength EPT Rifle offers a cost-effective California-compliant solution for budget-conscious buyers. Priced competitively, this rifle features a 16-inch barrel, a fixed stock, Strike Industries featureless grip, and a bullet button for compliance. While it may be more affordable, PSA doesn’t compromise on quality, making this an appealing option for those entering the world of compliant AR-15s. MSRP: $999.

Parting Shots

Before purchasing any firearm for use in California, be sure to check the state and local laws to be sure you’re following the rules. California’s laws may not be shooter-friendly, but they are still the laws.


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