A sound design is a sound design, regardless of its original purpose. And while Remington has a long history of adapting its renowned sporting firearms to tactical variants, Big Green takes a different path with its new R-15 VTR series, building excellent hunting rifles on the AR-15 platform.
In the case of the Mini-14 and its variants, Ruger seemed to be grasping for a slice of the "black rifle" market without actually turning out a black-rifle design. It's no wonder, then, that Ruger dropped a few jaws at this year's NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits with news of its first AR-pattern gun.
DPMS is one black-rifle manufacturer that has embraced the AR's new role, building variations of the platform with features specifically intended for hunting. DPMS turned to its LR-308 rifle, inspired by the AR-10 and chambered in .308 Win., to provide the basis for its new Panther Hunter series.
Maybe it was time for someone to take a look at the AR carbine as a whole, rather than just one aspect of it. Enter the genre-redefining Para USA Tactical Target Rifle (TTR), an AR-pattern rifle chambered for 5.56 NATO that offers shooters an intriguing solution to not only the gas-system issue, but also the folding-stock conundrum.