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Article first appeared at Shooting Illustrated.

In a contentious election year with guns a hot-button issue, the rush of Americans to acquire firearms probably won’t abate. With that in mind, here are some of the best new rifles to consider adding to your own shopping list.

ADCOR Defense A762
With its 7.62×39 mm chambering, ADCOR Defense’s new A762 allows you to shoot affordable, European-surplus ammunition. Because it is an AR platform, though, it offers familiarity and enhanced precision over some like-chambered rifles.

Caliber: 7.62×39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 32 to 36 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 1 ounce
MSRP: $2,395
(888) 612-3267 adcordefense.com


ArmaLite M-15LTC-16-762×39
ArmaLite enters the 7.62×39 mm market with its M15LTC-16-762×39, an economic, lightweight rifle, ideal for intermediate/long-range target shooting, outdoor pursuits or home defense. The rifle comes with an aluminum KeyMod handguard.

Caliber: 7.62×39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 32.75 to 36 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 3 ounces
MSRP: $1,099
(800) 336-0184 armalite.com


Auto-Ordnance Thompson T1-14
By permanently affixing the Cutts compensator to the barrel for a total barrel length of 16.5 inches, Auto-Ordnance has made the Thompson T1-14 NFA compliant, yet 1.5 inches shorter than previous T1 models.

Caliber: .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
Overall Length: 39 inches
Weight: 12 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $1,461
(508) 795-3919 auto-ordnance.com


Barrett REC7 Gen II DI
The new, direct-gas-impingement version of the REC7 Gen II sports a match-grade stainless steel barrel and muzzle brake. It is also available with an 18-inch barrel and in 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK.

Caliber: 6.8 SPC
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 36 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 3 ounces
MSRP: $1,899
(615) 896-2938 barrett.net


Beretta ARX100 FDE
Now available with a Flat Dark Earth finish, the acclaimed ARX100 remains an excellent choice for a home-defense gun. With the new color option, it is further enhanced as a field carbine.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 26 to 37 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 13 ounces
MSRP: $1,950
(800) 929-2901 berettausa.com


Bergara USA BPR-17 LRP Rifle
Also available in 6 mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor, this new bolt-action features adjustable length-of-pull and comb height. All BPR-17 LRP rifles come standard with threaded muzzles (58x24) and a Dead Air Key Lock muzzle brake/suppressor mount installed.

Caliber: .308 Win.
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 38 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 13 ounces
MSRP: $2,190
(800) 320-8767 bergarausa.com


Black Rain Ordnance Spec 15 Carbine
Known for custom rifles with a host of high-end touches and wild finishes, Black Rain Ordnance now offers the Spec15 Carbine as a gateway rifle to the company’s product line. The Spec 15 is also available in .300 BLK.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 32.5 to 36 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 10 ounces
MSRP: $899
(888) 836-2620 blackrainordnance.com


Century International Arms RAS47 Magpul Zhukov
This 100-percent American-made AK-pattern rifle features Magpul’s top-of-the-line Zhukov furniture and an enhanced scope mount boasting return-to-zero capability—a first for the platform.

Caliber: 7.62×39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
Overall Length: 25.5 to 37.25 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 2 ounces
MSRP: $899
(800) 527-1252 centuryarms.com


CMMG KRINK-Equipped Mk47
CMMG’s line of 7.62×39-caliber AR-style rifles are now enhanced with the AK-derived KRINK muzzle device. It serves as a booster, flash suppressor, blast reducer and slight recoil reducer. Welded to the 13-inch-barreled version of the Mk47, the KRINK brings the barrel up to a Title 1-compliant total length of 16 inches.

Caliber: 7.62×39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 32 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $1,750
(660) 248-2293 cmmginc.com


CZ 805 Bren S1 Carbine
With the new Bren S1 Carbine, you can now have a rifle version of the famous firearm. The S1 Carbine accepts STANAG magazines, has Picatinny rails top and bottom and is available in black or Flat Dark Earth.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.2 inches
Overall Length: 39 inches
Weight: 8 pounds
MSRP: $1,999
(800) 955-4486 cz-usa.com


CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine
Building on the success of the Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol, CZ-USA has now added a carbine with the option of a two-port compensator or faux suppressor. The carbine incorporates a folding, adjustable stock and new fore-end with M-LOK attachment points.

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.2 inches
Overall Length: 34.75 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 2 ounces
MSRP: $1, 049
(800) 955-4486 cz-usa.com


Daniel Defense DDM4ISR
With an integral suppressor bringing barrel length to 16 inches, the ISR is not an SBR, so you’ll only need one tax stamp. The can’s baffles are user-removable for maintenance.

Caliber: .300 BLK
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 9 inches
Overall Length: 31.5 to 34.75 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 9 ounces
MSRP: $3,049
(866) 554-4867 danieldefense.com


Daniel Defense DDM4V7 Gen II
A rifle-length handguard featuring M-LOK attachment points (a first from Daniel Defense) means there’s plenty of space to add accessories to the V7.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 32.25 to 35.88 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 1 ounce
MSRP: $1,599
(866) 554-4867 danieldefense.com


Daniel Defense DD5V1
This lightweight .308 AR features an innovative barrel extension that securely attaches the freefloating CHF barrel and allows the handguard to mount securely to the upper receiver without a barrel nut.

Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 33.38 to 37 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $2,899
(866) 554-4867 danieldefense.com


Del-Ton Echo 7.62×39
AR or AK? Why choose? With the Del-Ton Echo 7.62×39 you can have both in a carbine that is configured with popular M4 furniture and hardware while being chambered to digest AK-47 fodder.

Caliber: 7.62×39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 32.25 to 35.58 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 10 ounces
MSRP: $753
910-645-2172 del-ton.com


Del-Ton Sierra 3G
If you’re looking for a rifle to complete your 3-gun battery, your search may be over. The Del-Ton Sierra 3G features a lightweight carbine barrel paired with a mid-length gas system to enhance reliability in the fast-paced stages for which 3-gun is known.

Caliber: .223 Wylde
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 36.1 to 33.5 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $1,319
(910) 645-2172 del-ton.com


DoubleStar ARC
Whether it’s competition or self-defense, adaptability is key. The Samson Evolution handguard allows the freedom to place rails where you need them and omit unwanted bulk, while the five-position ACE SOCOM stock offers ample length-of-pull adjustment for greater maneuverability.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 35.5 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 13 ounces
MSRP: $1,371
(888)736-7725 star15.com


FN America FN 15 Military Collector M16
If you’re looking for the closest thing you can own to a military M16, this version from FN might be it. Identical in every way apart from the two-position safety selector and semi-auto-only operation, it’s sure to make collectors drool.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 39.5 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 3 ounces
MSRP: $1,749
(703) 288-3500 fnamerica.com


FN America M249S
Ever wanted to own a SAW? This closed-bolt, semi-auto-only variant is the closest most of us will get to owning a belt-fed machine gun. The M249S is belt-fed and also takes STANAG magazines.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: M27 link compatible
Barrel Length: 20.5 inches
Overall Length: 40.7 inches
Weight: 17 pounds
MSRP: $7,999
(703) 288-3500 fnamerica.com


IWI US Tavor SAR .300 BLK
The latest iteration of the Tavor SAR is a version chambered in .300 BLK. A conversion kit is also available for $499 for those who already own a 5.56 NATO or 9 mm Tavor.

Caliber: .300 BLK
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
Overall Length: 26.13 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 14 ounces
MSRP: $2,049
(717) 695-2081 iwi.us


IWI US Tavor X95
This new gun looks like a standard Tavor, but boasts multiple upgrades to its ergonomics. All fire controls are kept within a more compact area of the rifle, and it sports a much-lighter trigger pull weight. For those waiting for the perfect bullpup, the X95 could be it.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
Overall Length: 26.13 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 15 ounces
MSRP: $1,999
(717) 695-2081 iwi.us


Howa Archangel
The popular Archangel stock finds a home in Howa’s line, bringing adjustability and custom-fit to the company’s line of precision bolt-action rifles. Available in .223 Rem. or .308 Win. chamberings, as well as 20- and 24-inch barrel lengths, there’s a custom rifle for most shooters.

Caliber: .223 Rem.
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 40 to 41 inches
Weight: 11 pounds, 3 ounces
MSRP: $915
(800) 553-4229 legacysports.com


Leitner-Wise MkVI
Built around the patented Leitner-Wise op-rod and gas block, the MkVI boasts a proprietary nitride bolt and bolt-carrier group. A billet-aluminum dustcover and the company’s C3 hybrid compensator are but two of the many touches of added quality on this carbine.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 33 to 36 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 7 ounces
MSRP: $2,900
(703) 209-3702 leitner-wise.com


LMT MARS-L MRP16
The MARS-L was built from the ground up to be completely ambidextrous in response to a requirement from the military of New Zealand, where it now serves. The civilian version includes all of the proprietary ambidextrous controls.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 33 to 36.25 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 4 ounces
MSRP: $1,677
(309) 787-7151 lewismachine.net


LWRC International C.S.A.S.S.
The Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (C.S.A.S.S. for short) is available with either a 16-inch or 20-inch (shown) barrel. Four color choices are also options. A 20-position adjustable gas block makes this rifle adaptable to virtually any load, suppressed or unsupressed.

Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 40.5 to 41.5 inches
Weight: 10 pounds, 12 ounces
MSRP: $4,475
(410) 901-1348 lwrci.com


LWRC International DI
A first from LWRCI, this direct-gas-impingement (hence the “DI” name) AR boasts a cold-hammer-forged, spiral-fluted barrel, fully ambidextrous controls and LWRCI’s NiCorr-treated gas block and gas tube.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.1 inches
Overall Length: 32 to 35.25 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 10 ounces
MSRP: $1,599
(410) 901-1348 lwrci.com


MG Arms Banshee Classic
Putting emphasis on the term “custom made,” from an impressive list of 40 different chamberings to a unique variety of colors for its stock and metal surfaces, at first glance MG Arms’ Banshee Classic is something to shout about, indeed.

Caliber: .308 Win.
Magazine Capacity: 5 or 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 44 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $3,395
(281) 821-8282 mgarmsinc.com


Mossberg MMR Carbine
Redesigned with simplicity in mind, the new MMR lacks both a dustcover and a forward assist, making it lighter and easier to carry. The Mossberg-designed 13-inch handguard has a slim profile for added comfort.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.25 inches
Overall Length: 35.75 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 12 ounces
MSRP: $910
(800) 363-3555 mossberg.com


Palmetto State Armory KS47 Classic KeyMod Hybrid
The KS47 blends the world of the AR-15 with that of the AK-47. Using an AR-15-style upper mated to a lower set up to accept AK-47-pattern magazines, the hybrid brings the power of the 7.62×39 mm to an AR-15-friendly carbine.

Caliber: 7.62×39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 32.5 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $999
(803) 724-6950 palmettostatearmory.com


POF-USA P300
The P300 somehow manages to harness the potent .300 Win. Mag. in a rifle virtually the same size as the company’s .308 Win.-caliber AR platforms (except the mag well). It is packed with features, including POF’s E2 extraction technology. An 18-inch barrel is an option.

Caliber: .300 Win. Mag.
Magazine Capacity: 14 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 45 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 13 ounces
MSRP: $3,499
(623) 561-9572 pof-usa.com


SIG Sauer MPX Carbine
New for 2016 in SIG Sauer’s MPX line is the carbine version of SIG’s groundbreaking pistol/SBR. A closed, fully locked short-stroke pushrod gas system runs this carbine, which handles much like a standard AR-15-style carbine.

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 28.5 to 33 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 10 ounces
MSRP: $1,957
(603) 610-3000 sigsauer.com


Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 Sport
The latest rimfire rifle offering from Smith & Wesson brings even greater modularity to this popular plinker. With a slim, M-LOK-compatible 10-inch handguard, adding accessories to match a favorite centerfire carbine has never been easier.

Caliber: .22 LR
Magazine Capacity: 25 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
Overall Length: 30.7 to 33.75 inches
Weight: 5 pounds
MSRP: $449
(800) 331-0852 smith-wesson.com


Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II
The next generation of Smith & Wesson’s M&P15 line of rifles expands to include the Sport II, which features an integral trigger guard, durable Armornite finish and a chromed firing pin for greater durability. Add in a Magpul folding rear sight and an affordable MSRP and it’s easy to see why the M&P15 is such a success.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 32 to 35 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 7 ounces
MSRP: $739
(800) 331-0852 smith-wesson.com


Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16 CQB
The latest M1A from Springfield Armory is designed with home defense in mind. With a collapsible stock and 16-inch barrel, combined with an M-LOK-compatible fore-end, maneuvering the M1A SOCOM CQB and adding accessories just got a lot easier.

Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.25 inches
Overall Length: 35.5 to 38.5 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 3 ounces
MSRP: $2,099
(800) 680-6866 springfield-armory.com


St. George Arms Leader 50 A1
As the first American-made bullpup semi-automatic rifle chambered in .50 BMG, the Leader 50 A1 brings a lot to the table. It incorporates a telescoping bolt-carrier assembly and rear-mounted retractable hammer, and offers the compact size bullpups are noted for.

Caliber: .50 BMG
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 39.5 inches
Weight: 20 pounds
MSRP: $8,200
(615) 556-7735 stgeorgearms.com


VLTOR VWS-XVI Defender
VLTOR’s carbine is packed full of high-quality components from trusted AR-15-style parts manufacturers. With an oversize magazine release, QD sling mount, low-profile gas block and VC-A2 flash hider among the upgraded features, the Defender offers high-end performance at mid-level pricing.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 30 to 36.25 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 4 ounces
MSRP: $1,559
(520) 408-1944 vltor.com


Zenith MKE MPT-76
This MKE MPT-76 is gas-operated and has a 12-point adjustable stock to fit a variety of shooters. It has a 5-year warranty, comes with three magazines, sling and factory cleaning kit.

Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 10 or 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 35.5 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: TBD
(434) 202-7790 zenithfirearms.com

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