Welcome back to the 19th installment of my blog, in which I don’t claim to be an expert, in fact the opposite. I’m a new user to the AR platform and want to share my findings and experiences as I go through and build rifles as well as being the Operations Manager at Tyrant Designs.
During the past week, some military news has surfaced. The officials of the U.S. Army weapons division is reaching our to AR manufacturers with a request.
What do they want?
They want to know what the cost and lead time would be to produce 10,000 new 7.62mm combat service rifles to equip our troops with. They want a 12 LB (or less) AR with a 20 or 16 inch barrel, collapsible stock, and at least a 20 round magazine.
Why do they want it?
The Army’s chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley addressed congress last week, stating that the current 5.56mm M4 carbine can’t penetrate modern enemy body armor plates. They want a rifle with a caliber that is more effective at taking down these kind of combatants. Not every solider will be equipped with one, but will be more of a specialized weapon in different Army combat units.
The deadline was 3 p.m. June 6th for manufacturers to submit proposals. As you may or may not know, the Army may not have to get a completely new rifle but will most likely have to change the lower receiver, barrel, buffer tube, and bolt carrier group. And possibly have some time of 7.62mm M4.
We at Tyrant Designs were waiting for the Army to personally reach out to us for some military grade AR-15 grips but they must have lost our number. I commented on their last Instagram post and I’m just waiting to hear back from them. Speaking of Instagram, did you know you can now find me on Instagram @milspectamagotchi . I do fun stuff like play pranks on people, post about Tyrant products, and give the occasional discount code.
I for one have never shot a 7.62mm rifle in my life, I’m curious how it compares to shooting a .223 / 5.56 AR-15. Do my readers have any experience with them? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below!