Wait...The military is switching to 7.62?

Wait...The military is switching to 7.62?

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.


army switching to 7.62? | Tyrant Designs CNC


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!

2 Responses

David Purcell
David Purcell

June 10, 2017

Mr. Massey above is quite correct. Corey, I can’t imagine where you get your information (real world – or not), but I surmise that you just make stuff up to “stir the pot” – so to speak. The US Army has been using 7.62 Nato (.308 Winchester) round for a long damn time. What the hell caliber do you think an M-60 is?

What? You missed the Rambo movies? Or, the Lone Survivor? Or, the semi-docu “RESTREPO” ~ covertly filmed by REAL “forward deployed” infantry soldiers in the unforgiving mountains of northern Afghanistan?

Every squad, whether special forces or not, [usually] has at least one or two soldiers carrying 7.62 semi auto rifles. I admire where your heart is at: but Corey, please, BEFORE you post some quasi-ignorant info on your blog, why don’t you do your homework – or even email me or some ex Semper Fi guys for a suggestion or two!

As a customer of Tyrant Designs (at the risk of shooting myself in the foot), if what you stated was true, what the hell do you think some officer in the procurement department is going to think; when you state on your Blog – or via Instagram: I do fun stuff like play pranks on people!! Really. Well, I hope you have fun, because, in my opinion, your blog is a major detractor from sales at Tyrant Designs.

Lastly, you might ask yourself: what then fills the gap between the 5.56 Nato / .223 Remington round ~ and the big boy, the .50 cal BMG. Well, the answer is the 7.62 × 51mm Nato round. I have two .308 / 7.62 side-chargers, built on AR Platforms. Aside from the cyclic rate being a bit slower, in certain circumstances, I’d rather use a caliber of bullet that will travel clean through the engine block on my 350 Camaro. The AR in .223 will surely break open one side of the block – but after doing so, if the bullet strikes any engine internal, it will end up lying in the oil pan – with the engine still running. Corey, that won’t happen with the 7.62 round. (One shot will disintegrate the engine, and it will NEVER run again.)

Patrick Massey
Patrick Massey

June 09, 2017

Your first headline says 7.72, but in the article, it says 7.62. I assume you are referring to the 7.62×51 NATO round, colloquially known as a .308..? They have been using it for a really long time already.

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