Perhaps more than any other firearm, the AR-style rifle has played a vital role in shaping the shooting and hunting world over the last 20 years.
Here's a look at 10 great choices.
Bushmaster | A-TACS Predator
The Bushmaster A-TACS Predator
is as pretty as it is functional. Thanks to the fully-wrapped A-TACS digital camouflage, you'™ll want to put this reliable and accurate rifle on full display somewhere in your home — that is, when you aren'™t out hunting with it.
Chambered in .223/5.56mm, the A-TACS is quite possibly the perfect coyote rifle. It'™s equipped with a fluted, 20-inch extra-heavy, free-floated Bushmaster barrel, a Hogue grip and two mini risers for mounting optics.
Daniel Defense | M4 V11
It may not be marketed as a hunting gun, but Daniel Defense'™s M4 will stand up to the abuse even the most serious predator hunter can dish out. Chambered in 5.56mm, the M4 Carbine
weighs just 6.28 pounds and has a compact 16-inch barrel and a 15-inch skeleton hand rail.
Built entirely with Mil-Spec components, features include a flared magazine well, a cut and polished feed ramp, a free-floating rail and a Daniel Defense flash suppressor. A 30-round Magpul magazine is included.
Diamondback | DB15DCT
What could be more American than an entirely U.S.-made AR-15? Diamondback'™s DB15DCT
is chambered in .223/5.56mm and is an ideal rifle for predator and varmint hunting as well as punching paper and tin cans.
Built with a 16-inch chrome-moly barrel, an aluminum four-rail hand guard, an adjustable ATI Strikeforce stock and finished in either a digital tan or green camo, the DB15 is a great choice for a variety of hunting categories. It weighs 6.65 pounds and is equipped with an A2-style grip and flash suppressor.
DPMS | Long-Range Lite .308/7.62
A long-time leader in the AR market, DPMS has once again answered their loyal customers call with a lighter rifle that doesn'™t sacrifice accuracy or quality. Chambered in .308, the Long-Range Lite
is a great gun for deer, hogs or whatever you love to hunt that requires a larger bullet.
At just 10.25 pounds, it'™s nearly two pounds lighter than the original DPMS Long Range. It comes with a 24-inch stainless steel barrel, a two-stage match trigger and a carbon fiber free-floated tube.
It'™s equipped with an A2-style fixed stock, a Hogue grip and a Picatinny rail above the receiver and at the front of the tube.
LaRue Tactical | PredatAR
may not be wrapped in the latest camo pattern, but that'™s OK. Thanks to the rifle'™s accuracy and reliability, predators won'™t get close enough to see it. All LaRue rifles are tested on a 100-yard range prior to shipping and shoot sub-MOA groups.
The PredatAR is fitted with a 14.75-inch skelotonized hand guard, a six-position LaRue RAT stock and either a 16- or 18-inch 1-in-8 twist barrel. It weighs just 6.25 pounds, making it the ideal tool for hunting predators far off the beaten path.
Mossberg | MMR Hunter 5.56
Mossberg is known for affordable rifles. The MMR Hunter
is no exception. It'™s not only priced right, though. It'™s built right, offering all the features you want at a price you can afford.
The MMR Hunter comes with a Picatinny rail over the receiver, a fixed A2 stock, a 20-inch free-floating barrel (1-in-9 twist) and a five-round magazine. The finish is available in basic black, Mossy Oak Treestand or Mossy Oak Brush.
Rock River Arms | LEF-T Varmint A4
Are you a left-handed shooter who feels a bit, shall we say, left out? Don'™t. Rock River Arms has got you covered. Not only is their LEF-T Varmint A4
built for thumping critters at long ranges, it'™s built for left-handed shooters.
It has all the high-quality features you'™d expect from Rock River guns along with a left-side ejection port and other features designed for lefties. The A4 comes with a Hogue rubber grip, an A2-style butt stock, a free-floated hand guard and a two-stage trigger. It'™s available in a 16-, 18-, 20- and 24-inch bull barrel and is chambered in .223/5.56mm.
Smith & Wesson | M&P .300 Blackout / .300 AAC Whisper
Smith & Wesson'™s M&P line-up of AR-platform rifles is one of the best-selling brands in the country. For good reason. The rifles are built with the same high standards as the company'™s other firearms.
One of the best hunting guns in the M&P line-up is the .300 Blackout
, which also shoots the .300 AAC Whisper. It handles bullets from 110 grains up to a subsonic 220-grain load, a great choice for low-impact, low-profile predator and cull hunting.
It comes with a 10-round metal magazine, an adjustable stock and an A2-style flash suppressor. The barrel is 16 inches and has a 1-in-7.5 twist. The .300 Blackout weighs 6.38 pounds.
Smith & Wesson | M&P 15-22
Squirrel hunting and plinking have long been the domain of the .22 enthusiast, but thanks to Smith & Wesson, squirrel hunters and tin can shooters alike have a more modern option in the M&P 15-22
Built on an AR platform, the M&P 15-22 has all the qualities of Smith & Wesson'™s other AR rifles. It'™s available in a number of camo and color patterns and it comes with adjustable front and rear sights, a quad-rail hand guard and a 16-inch barrel. It also comes with a 10-round magazine, an ambidextrous load-assist button and a two-position safety.
Windham Weaponry | .308 HunterWindham Weaponry
breaks the rules with a handsome laminated wood stock. Why not? There'™s no law that requires a plastic stock on every AR rifle. The stock isn'™t just a gimmick, though. The gun is solid from butt to muzzle and is packed with features along with a reasonable price.
It'™s chambered in .308 and comes with an 18-inch chrome-lined barrel, an A2 flash suppressor, a Hogue grip and a five-round magazine. It weighs 8.5 pounds.