Mossberg MMR 556 AR-15s

Mossberg AR 15 Review

As if they weren’t enough firearm manufacturers making AR-15s, Mossberg has decided to make an AR-15 chambered in 5.56 to go along with their .22 plinker model.  They’re coming out with two versions, the MMR 556 Tactical and the MMR 556 Hunter.  No real draw dropping improvements to the very familiar platform, both have direct impingement gas systems, a single stage trigger, and familiar AR-15 ergonomics.  Both models also feature a Stark Ergo Pistol Grip that has an integrated battery storage compartment and an oversize trigger guard making them easier to operate with gloves on. Mossberg AR 15 Pics

The Mossberg MMR 556 Tactical will feature a free floating 16.25″ barrel with a 1:9 twist topped off with a traditional A2 flash hider.  A quad rail handguard and an A3 flattop upper receiver will allow a shooter to attach a variety of accessories.  The best part about the Mossberg MMR 556 tactical has to be the price.  Considering many of the features on this AR-15 would be purchased by shooters anyways, at a price of only $921 its like Mossberg is throwing them in for free.  If shooters wish to have a Mossberg MMR 556 Tactical without adjustable sights, then the price is knocked down to $885.Mossberg MMR 556 Review

The other Mossberg AR-15 model as the name implies, is designed for hunters.  Since the MMR 556 Hunter is chambered in 5.56, I would imagine it would probably only really be good as a varmint hunting rifle.  The Mossberg MMR 556 Hunter features a 20″ barrel a slimmer handguard, the old school A2 fixed stock ,dual sling swivel studs and comes with a 5 round magazine.  Shooters will have their choice of finish from black, Mossy Oak, or Mossy Oak Brush.  If potential owners of the Hunter model want one of the camo finishes they’ll have to fork out a little more cash; the Mossberg MMR 556 Hunter with a camo finish comes in at $1010, which is still not bad at all.

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PWS Woodland Series Rifle

PWS Wood Rifle

Primary Weapon Systems has an interesting rifle that they’ve just released.  Their new 5.56 Woodland Series Rifle, as the name would imply, features a wood stock, hand guards, and pistol grip.  From the pictures, the wood gives the rifle a nice look which is different  from most of the AR-15s out there that are usually tactical’d up.  The new PWS Woodland Series Rifle features black olive wood furniture, a 1:8 twist rate out of an 18″ stainless steel barrel, it weighs 7 lbs 10 oz and ships with a 20 round PMAG for $1300.  The most interesting thing for me about the PWS Woodland rifle is that it omits features that PWS are famous for–lack of a threaded barrel for attaching a PWS muzzlebrake and the Woodland Series Rifle uses a direct impingement gas system.  PWS is known for their piston systems so I was surprised to see them go with the traditional Ar-15 setup on this one.

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America’s love affair with the AR platform is a relationship that isn’t losing its steam anytime soon.  Since the USMC’s adoption of Knight’s Armament’s M110 for a Semi-Automatic Sniper System, America’s fondness has only grown for Armalite’s original .308 AR design that they presented to the DoD over 50 years ago.  Although the 7.62 AR-10 didn’t win the contract, and instead went to its smaller cousin the 5.56 AR-15, the 7.62 platform has found a renewed use.  The ability to reach out and touch multiple Taliban at over 800 yards has finally given the AR-10 a long awaited and respected place in our Military’s arsenal.  And as always, what the military uses, the civilian shooting community’s demand usually follows.

There’s an almost endless variety of AR-10 flavors; already we at have reviewed 2, the Bushmaster ORC .308, and the DPMS Panther LR-308 (which are basically the same rifle).  We’ve had another Freedom Group AR-10 on our hands for the last 3 months, the DPMS REPR or Rapid Engagement Precision Rifle.  At first look, one may say, “Ok, it’s an AR-10 with a tactic-cool tan paint job,” but that assessment would grow exponentially if they were given the chance to fire it.  Shooters like to build their guns up as mentioned in the Bushmaster ORC .308 review, but the DPMS REPR at its price point should be considered “finished.”  This flagship 7.62 rifle from DPMS has a lot to offer a shooter who’s looking for a precision AR-10.  While the DPMS REPR satisfies the shooters’ desires of military tacti-cool looks, it supplies the attributes that truly matter—worry-free reliability, ergonomic features, and sub MOA accuracy.

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Sig Sauer bringing 551 to the USA

Sig 551 USA

For all those who were waiting, Sig Sauer is going to be finally making the 551 in the United States.  The new US Sig 551 will be chambered in 5.56, has a solid billet lower, comes with a Swiss folding stock and will include a 20 round and 30 round translucent Swiss magazine.  It looks like an exact replica of their Swiss made 551 with the same finish and rotary sighting system.  No word on pricing yet, but expect it to be a little bit more than their Sig 556 rifles which are around the $1,100-$1,300 depending on the model.  The Sig 551 should be hitting the shelves here in about 2 weeks.  If you would like to see a video of the Sig 551 by NRA’s American Rifleman, check out our facebook page (and go ahead and like us while you’re at it).

Sig 551 Review

Sig 551 pics

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Leupold Mark 4 HAMR 4×24 Optic

Leupold HAMR review

Leupold has had some serious tactical successes lately.  First, their Mark 8 1.8-8×24 CQBSS was probably the most anticipated optic for 2011 due to its unprecedented versatility.  Next, the US Army selected Leupold’s ER/T M5 Auto-Locking Adjustment riflescope as their primary day time optic for their XM2010 sniper rifle.  So their newest tactical optic, the HAMR (High Accuracy Multi-Range) optic, has a lot to live up to.

Leupold’s new HAMR features Leupold’s illuminated CM-R² reticule which has a horseshoe type reticule with a BDC (bullet drop compensator) underneath as you can see from the image below.  The reticule is etched on the glass it is visible with or without the illumination.   Other features include 4x fixed magnification, waterproof construction, .1 mil adjustments, a total length of 5.5 inches and a weight of 12.9 ounces.  A picatinny mount is built into the HAMR, saving shooters some money negating the need to purchase a mount.  The HAMR is also available with Leupold’s 7.5 MOA delta point red dot sight, which is mounted atop the HAMR for CQC applications.

HAMR reticule pics

The Leupold HAMR’s concept brings to mind another popular optic, the Trijicon ACOG.  I’m sure with Leupold’s name behind the HAMR, its bound to do well despite similar products already on the market.  The Leupold Mark 4 HAMR has an MSRP around $1,600 but I’ve seen them around the $1,300 dollar mark which makes it slightly less expensive than Trijicon’s pricing for their similar setup.

HAMR Review

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