I asked my bro Bubba G. to write up a quick overview of some of the “less common” rifles we have in the Team DVM Armory. We use most of these rifles for training classes we run, the occasional stateside gig and for collection purposes [and the impending zombie apocalypse Bubba swears will happen].
We left out more common rifles like AK’s we own because you all have been there and seen that, plus these are a bit more interesting than another AR review. This is actually the first of a series of articles on the gear we have tucked away at the Team DVM HQ.
If you would like a more detailed review on any of the rifles below just let us know in the comments.
The FN SCAR, DVM has laying around is the Mk16 Light 5.56 variant of FN’s new rifle series and has hit the civvie market by storm. Yes. The SOCOM guys have said ‘no’ and there’s a lot in print on that as I write this. However, I have to say that this rifle is a shit-hot alternative to any AR variant in its class.
The PWS muzzle break combined with the excellent FN design made cycling rounds a pleasure. No muzzle rise and barely any felt recoil.” FANTASTIC!”
It gets the DVM thumbs up on ergonomics, simple manual of arms, accuracy, and sex appeal. The rifle is instinctive to use and has all the needed design features.
We feel raped paying over 2K for this weapon, but it is a serious alternative to the AR and AK. Thus we have no reservations fielding this weapon for duty and/or training.
You’d think MAGPUL would have researched the track record of potential production partners in this project. And that they made a good move partnering with Bushmaster, but this rifle already has a recall in on it –
So why did we buy a $2500 Beta gun? Well, the damn thing has all the right bells and whistles and is supremely accurate. A bit heavy for a weapon in its class, but a real tack driver – At one time we considered the ACR for a ‘go-to’ rifle if we had to have a single rifle from the arms room to sort out business problems.
And we are not disappointed with its performance, but the kinks have yet to be worked out making this rifle unsat for real duty at the moment. It’s a good concept, but we will hold out hope that the production problems will be surmounted.
Would we buy a dozen ACR’s for the Team DVM Armory? Sure, in a couple of years, but not right now.
This rifle is what you’d expect from SIG. Top of its class, but still 2K in price. It is a copy of their 550 series of rifles and is semi-auto only. The cool thing – it feeds AR mags as well as their own proprietary mag set up and has a kick-ass rail system to mount all the useless gear folks mount on weapons these days.
The diopter sight is kick ass, but takes some getting used to if you are transferring from an AR iron sight to this sighting system. Another down side to the diopter sight set-up is the inability to mount a red dot optic and get a co-witness.
If you spent the cash on this rifle, I believe your wad was well-spent. Works as designed and meets expectation. You won’t be disappointed.
Holy shit this thing is the best buy of the year. We got one of these fine .22LR rifles for just over $350! We slapped some MAGPUL sights on it and went to town blasting targets at the range. It brought to us a ‘zen-like’ calm that only a semi-auto .22 LR rimfire could do.
It comes with a smooth feeding 25 round magazine that was so sweet we promptly bought 4 more of just because. This is the gun I wanted in my hands growing up. Too bad it took the industry 25 years to put a rifle like this on the market.
The weapon has all the features of the bigger brother series of ARs sans the forward assist. Great for training at a munitions cost much-much lower, but hell with that. The M&P 15-22 rifle is just plain accurate and fun.
There’s a great deal of cool rifles to choose from these days; most of good quality, but the prices seem to be blowing normal folks out of the market.
Honestly, there’s really nothing ‘new’ just reinvented. If you’ve got an AR or AK in your gun vault, I’d say you’re not under-gunned or outmatched, but at least there are some growing options out there in a similar class of rifles, but nowhere near as cheap as the ARs and AKs floating around the market.
If you’re looking for a training solution that’s cost effective – BUY an S&W M&P 15-22.
Stay tuned for more reviews. There’s a shitload of rifles and gear in the Team DVM Armory.
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Bubba G is an active protective professional presently performing contract duties in the Middle East and has well over 15 years of military, high risk contracting, international training and martial arts experience.
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James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and being the only guy at the range using iron sights. James G. on FACEBOOK