ArmaLite Introduces the All New AR-30A1

ArmaLite Introduces the All New AR-30A1

AR-30A1 Target Version
30A1BT300 (The target AR-30A1 in .300 Win Mag)
30A1BT338 (The target AR-30A1 in .338 Lapua)
ArmaLite Inc. ® proudly introduces the all new AR-30A1. The AR-30A1 is the next generation of ArmaLite’s highly acclaimed bolt action rifles – the ULTIMATE long range target and tactical firearm. The new AR-30A1 is available in a target version and a standard version. Both versions are available in .338 Lapua and .300 Win Mag.
On the surface, the AR-30A1 bears a family resemblance to its predecessor, the AR-30. But, every individual component of the AR-30 was scrutinized in the AR-30A1. As a result, only the pistol grip, buttpad, trigger, and a few small components from the AR-30 passed muster for the AR-30A1. All other components are new and/or improved. The result is a firearm that maintains its predecessor’s outstanding accuracy, light weight, and soft recoil while dramatically improving its ergonomics, adaptability, versatility, reliability and ease of use.
Features of all versions of the new AR-30A1:
Muzzle brake threads on the end of the barrels employ threads that are standard for the sound suppressor industry (5/8 x 24 for the 300 Win Mag and 3/4 x 24 for the 338 Lapua). So, many sound suppressors can be screwed directly onto the barrel without the need for an adaptor.
The long, 26” barrel in the .338 Lapua enhances muzzle velocity, flatness of trajectory, and terminal ballistics. The 24” barrel of the .300 Win Mag balances ballistic performance with portability.
A tough, through-hardened receiver means reduced wear and increased smoothness.
The bolt-mounted safety mechanism locks the firing pin to the rear. This design is stronger and more secure than a sear or trigger blocking safety because it directly blocks the firing pin itself.

The metal cheekpiece is very durable and the elastomeric cheekpiece pad provides a comfortable shooter interface in all weather conditions.

The cheekpiece supports contain integral cleaning rod guides that prevent damage to the bore due to inadequate cleaning rod control.
Multiple sling installation locations allow simultaneous use of a sling and a bipod. And the rear sling swivel can be moved to either the left or right side.
To provide very compact transportation, the entire buttstock assembly can be quickly and easily removed with only one allen wrench.
The standard and target buttstocks are interchangeable on any receiver with use of only one allen wrench.
Military grade anodizing and phosphating finishes enhance durability and corrosion resistance.
Features specific to the AR-30A1 Target version:

A top 20 MOA Picatinny rail that is 18 inches long over the receiver and barrel will support any scope and accessory devices such as night vision devices. Picatinny rails on both sides of the forearm allow installation of other devices.
The cheekpiece is vertically adjustable for 1 inch of adjustment without the use of tools so that each shooter, regardless of their facial features, can obtain an optimum cheek weld while still achieving a clear sight picture.
The buttstock can be adjusted without tools for lengths of pull from 13.6” to 15.6.” This makes the AR-30A1 ergonomically correct for shooters from the 5% female to 95% male. Shooters can also quickly adjust length of pull to accommodate changes in clothing or shooting position. In addition, with a single allen wrench, the buttpad is adjustable for height.
A 1913 accessory rail at the bottom of the buttstock allows for installation of additional accessories such as sling swivels or monopods.
Performance characteristics of all versions of the AR-30A1:

ArmaLite’s testing has proven the muzzle brake to be the best in the industry for both reducing recoil and increasing accuracy. This makes shooting the AR-30A1 comfortable for even the smallest or recoil-sensitive shooter.
The competition grade barrel and our patented V-block receiver bedding system are keys to the AR-30A1’s minute of angle accuracy. ArmaLite’s patented V-Block™ Bedding Wedge and V-Block Stock assure absolute strength and repeatability for superb accuracy. The aluminum stock reinforces the receiver like a bench-rest sleeve.
The magazine of any mag-fed firearm is critical to reliable feeding. The AR-30’s magazine underwent extensive development testing to assure reliability of feeding. It is made of steel, not polymer or aluminum, to provide years of heavy duty service.
The single stack design of the AR-30A1 magazine minimizes the material removed from the receiver for the mag well. This significantly contributes to the strength and stiffness of the AR-30A1 receiver.
The deep magazine well under the receiver makes magazine insertion fast and easy, while holding the magazine in exactly the correct position for reliable feeding.

An ambidextrous magazine catch is centrally located so that the shooter can release the magazine and catch it with the same hand. Reloading is fast, and the expended magazine won’t be dropped to be lost, damaged or muddied.
The rifle balances just in front of the magazine well. So, the rifle can be easily and comfortably carried near the rifle’s balance point with only one hand, freeing the other hand for other critical activities.
The powerful ejection system and generous ejection port eject even loaded .338 Lapua cartridges rapidly and reliably. The large ejection port also makes single loading of cartridges through it easy and fast.
The ergonomically improved bolt handle design and “competition grade” dimensions and tolerances in the receiver allow lightning-fast, butter-smooth reloading.
The buttstock can be removed with one allen wrench for compact transportation or storage. In confined areas, military and LE users can employ the AR-30A1 in a “pistol configuration” without its buttstock. ArmaLite’s highly efficient muzzle brake makes firing, even in the pistol configuration, comfortable.
30A1BT300 (The target AR-30A1 in .300 Win Mag)

Caliber: .300 Win Mag
Barrel: 24″ Chrome Moly
Rifling Twist: 1:10
Muzzle Device: Muzzle Brake
Trigger: Single Stage
Stock: Adjustable Cheek Piece (height) & Buttstock (length)
Overall Length: 46.1″ – 48.1”
Length of Pull: 13.6” – 15.6”
Weight: 14.5 lbs.
Included with Rifle: 1 Five Round Magazine, Detachable Sight Rail and Accessory Rails, Hard Case, Sling, Owner’s Manual
30A1BT338 (The target AR-30A1 in .338 Lapua)

Caliber: .338 Lapua
Barrel: 26″ Chrome Moly
Rifling Twist: 1:10
Muzzle Device: Muzzle Brake
Trigger: Single Stage
Stock: Adjustable Cheek Piece (height) & Buttstock (length)
Overall Length: 48.1″ – 50.1”
Length of Pull: 13.6” – 15.6”
Weight: 15.3 Lbs. Included with Rifle: 1 Five Round Magazine, Detachable Sight Rail and Accessory Rails, Hard Case, Sling, Owner’s Manual

ArmaLite has one of the broadest product lines in the firearms industry. We manufacture and sell semiautomatic rifles in a variety of calibers including 5.56mm and 7.62mm, long range super-accurate bolt action rifles in calibers including .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua, .50 BMG and classic 9mm pistols. Visit ArmaLite at

Hi, My name is Atticus and I am addicted to cool guns


This is the McMillan CS5 Stubby .308 WIN. “A compact and concealable precision tactical rifle.”



Action: McMillan T2K
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Barrel: Stainless, Match Grade, 1-8″ Twist with Threaded Muzzle with Brake
Barrel: Length 12.5″
Trigger Adjustable Anschutz® Match Trigger
Typical Muzzle Velocity,Supersonic – 2250 ft/s – Subsonic 1050 ft/s
Magazine: SR-25 Type, 10/20 Round
Finish: Black
Weight: *10.6 lbs / with Suppressor 12.25 lbs
Carry Case: Full Size Gun Case Provided
Suppressor: Elite Iron Suppressor Bravo 30 Cal (McMillian. Included with the “stubby” )
23.5″ Disassembled
32.5″ Disassembled with Butt
38″ Fully Assembled

* These weights do not include bipod, scope or rings due to the different size/weight available with these parts.

** McMillan does not guarantee the accuracy of any subsonic ammunition not purchased from McMillan.

The McMillan CS5 is designed for stealth and concealment in urban settings.
The bolt action CS5 is specifically designed as a compact and concealable precision tactical rifle. It is available in suppressed configuration for military and law enforcement applications, as well as standard configuration.

Breaks down into a common backpack.
With the buttstock and suppressor detached, the CS5 is only 23″ in overall length. It stuffs neatly into backpacks and other inconspicuous carriers, yet it delivers the stopping authority of a .308 projectile.

Sub-MOA accuracy, subsonic or full power.
Using McMillan’s match-grade 200 grain subsonic .308 Winchester ammunition, the CS5 will deliver 0.75 MOA performance or better in urban settings. With full power match grade ammunition, the CS5 will also deliver 0.75 MOA performance or better at typical 7.62 NATO distances. Hence, it is a dual purpose firearm serving subsonic as well as traditional sniper rifle roles.

Designed with extensive input from elite military teams.
The infinitely adjustable buttstock will fit any operator, regardless of height, build, bulk of clothing, or shooting position. A tactile safety button can be operated without moving your trigger finger. Index marks allow repeatable stock adjustments and an Anschutz® match trigger adjusts for weight and length of pull.

Applicable NFA rules apply regarding SBR and suppressor.

Found on McMillian’s website


This rifle is on my Christmas list this year. Who doesn’t want a “stubby” (short barreled) precision rifle with suppressor and small carry case?

Granted my purposes for this rifle is just to say I own it and have a “stubby” I can take out to the range with the GEARS crew.  

A fellow Eagle Scout in a 24 hour sniper challenge.

Andrew over at Vuurwapen blog has his nine lessons he learned at the Competition Dynamics 24 Hour Sniper Adventure Challenge.


Lesson #1 – Know Yourself
Lesson #2 – Know Your Equipment (Learned this lesson in my trips backpacking)
Lesson #3 – Hydrate Or Die (My loving sister just learned this lesson a few weeks back)
Lesson #4 – Take Care Of Your Feet (I have heard from a number of my military friends making this comment in basic and when they were deployed)
Lesson #5 – Have A Good Partner
Lesson #6 – Suffering Is Inevitable, So Ignore It (Good life lesson)
Lesson #7 – Pack Light (Good backpacking lesson learned in the BSA)
Lesson #8 – Quality Gear Is Nice To Have
Lesson #9 – When You’re Done, Relax And Enjoy Life (sounds like rule 32. “Enjoy the little things”)

Read his whole write up HERE

Barrett MRAD


Model: MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design)
Caliber: .338 Lapua Magnum
Barrel length:  24.5” (62.23 cm)
Overall length:  Folding stock extended: 46.90” (119.13 cm)
Folding stock closed: 39.90” (101.35 cm)
Weight:  14.8 pounds (6.71 kg)
Twist rate:  1-10” Right-Hand Twist
Safety:  Manually-operated reversible thumb-lever
Safety range needed:  4 miles (estimated)
Scope rail: Integral M1913 style, 21.75” (55.25 cm) with 30 MOA taper Magazine capacity: 10 Rounds

The MRAD (Multi Role Adaptive Design) rifle by Barrett has it all. Barrett claims it to be a pound lighter than the next comparable platform. With its relative light weight, and having a folding stock, the MRAD holds one obvious advantage over the next large caliber rifle simply because it is easier to carry. MRAD also features a single button length of pull adjustment, an adjustable cheek piece, ambidextrous magazine release with a drop free magazine, a “combat proof” modular trigger group (no tools needed to remove) , and a “user changeable” barrel which can be swapped in under ten minutes using a single torx wrench to remove two screws. Also, did I mention that you can slap any standard m4/m16 pistol grips on the lower receiver? As you might have noticed, the A in MRAD is there for a reason.

The MRAD is currently able to fire the .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Win. Mag., and 7.62x51mm ammunition with the proper bolt and barrel. As new, more efficient rounds are developed, the MRAD should have the ability to evolve and adapt to keep up with the biggest and best in long range projectiles. With the quick change barrel assembly and the overall adaptive qualities of the MRAD I could definitely see it moving in as a staple sniper system for years to come. The MRAD is a beautiful rifle, and I can’t wait to see some more media about its performance.

The First Self Guided Bullet?


The bullet  can be laser guided to targets out to 2,000 meters.



“Reading in between the lines of the Sandia press release this invention is a long way from actually being able to hit targets at long distances.” –Steve with The Firearm Blog

So we might be a few years away from the giving the average soldier on the ground the capabilities of a trained sniper but still pretty cool.

The firearm blog has the full write up about it HERE

Name that gun 12-19 Heckler-Koch MSG90A1

Name that gun 12-19 Heckler-Koch MSG90A1


The Heckler-Koch MSG90A1 was released in 1987 and is designed after Heckler-Koch’s PSG1 (Präzisionsschützengewehr, German for “precision-shooting rifle”) which was introduced in 1972.

The MSG90A1 is the militarized version of the H&K PSG1.

Caliber: 7.62mm x 51 (.308 WIN)
Width: 2.32”
Height: 10.43”
Weight (Empty): 15.60 lbs.
Barrel Length: 23.62’”
Overall Length: 46.65”
Action and Operation: Semi auto, delayed blowback.
Barrel: Cold-forged, quenched and tempered barrel
Stock: Adjustable Butt stock lengthwise, vertically and cheek-piece
Magazine: 5 or 20-round detachable box magazine.
Effective range: 800 m

The rifle has a free-floating barrel and comes with a detachable flash suppressor and that allows for a screw-on sound suppressor.

The ejection port is on the right side and has a brass deflector that  allows the gun to be fired by a left handed shooter without sending hot brass into their face. The brass shoots forward which helps if you are shooting next to someone because it stops the brass from being shot into their face also. The deflector limits the damage to brass casings making the brass easier to reload.

The MSG90A1 is made for the U.S. Department of Defense and used by  some of the Hostage Rescue Teams of the FBI.


FN SCAR-H Precision Rifle

FN SCAR-H Precision Rifle




Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO
Action: Semi-auto gas-operated, rotating bolt.
Feed device: 10- or 20-round steel Propriety Magazine
Weight (without magazine): 9.9lbs. (4.5 kg)
Barrel length: 20″ heavy barrel
Color available: Black
      with buttstock fully extended: 42” (1.070mm)
      with buttstock fully collapsed: 39” (1.011mm)
      with buttstock folded: 32” (816mm)

Standard M16A2 grip
Two stage match trigger.
6-position buttstock with a nonslip cheek piece (length and height can be changed without tools)
MIL-STD 1913 rails on the top, sides, and bottom of the rifle

This rifles design is based on and uses some of the same components as the FN SCAR-H MK-17 to allow the shooter to go from one rifle to the next without being retrained on a new platform and to reduce cost.

The SCAR-H PR (Heavy, Precision Rifle) uses the .308/7.62NATO cartridge which has an effective range out to 800m for long range precision while still letting the shooter use in shorter range combat.

Light Weight Remington Arms Chassis System


Check out the .308 Light Weight Remington Arms Chassis System built on the Remington 700 short action. The skeletonized chassis is Remington’s offer as the Marines put out feelers for an upgrade to the M40 sniper rifle system. The LWRACS is a necked down version of the full-on RACS built for the XM2010 and PSR program entry. Major features include:

  • The new handguard has a smaller diameter than its bigger brother
  • A one piece fore end with a split top rail
  • The hinged butt stock is now removable
  • Separate indexed coarse and micro-fine adjustments for butt stock length and cheek pad height
  • Tool-free butt stock pad position adjustment
  • The 7075 aluminum chassis weighs 4.5 pounds


Check out GEARSCOUT for more.