AR15 Alternatives

It wasn’t too many years ago that consumers had only 2 readily-available semi-auto .223 rifles available to them: the AR15 and the Mini-14.

Today, the marketplace offers plenty of alternatives to the AR15 platform.  Even if you leave the AR15 piston conversions off the list, there are lots of choices.

First, the original alternative, the Ruger Mini-14 (now available in Evil Black flavor):

Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle

Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle

Ruger Mini-14 Tactical

Ruger Mini-14 Tactical

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Robinson Armament offers 2 models: the M96 and the XCR:

Robinson M96 Recon Carbine

Robinson M96 Recon Carbine

Robinson XCR

Robinson XCR

HK no longer offers their HK91/93 models, but they do have the HK416-derived (and piston-driven, mostly-AR15) MR556A1 as well as the funky-looking SL8-6:

HK MR556A1

HK MR556A1

HK SL8-6

HK SL8-6

FN offers the SCAR16 as well as the chunky bullpup FS2000:

FN SCAR16

FN SCAR16

FN FS2000

FN FS2000

Kel-Tec offers a few versions of their piston-driven SU-16:

Kel-Tec SU-16

Kel-Tec SU-16

Steyr now offers the AUG for civilian sales:

Steyr AUG

Steyr AUG

If the Steyr is a bit too rich for your blood, MSAR offers a licensed version (STG-XM17E4) for less cash:

MSAR STG-XM17E4

MSAR STG-XM17E4

Gun Tests has run a bunch of these through their paces.  Other magazines have reviewed some as well.  Google around and you will find plenty of opinion on these guns.

Armalite no longer offers the AR-180B.

Bottom line: there are a lot of options for Evil Black Rifles.

 

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One Response to “AR15 Alternatives”

  1. [REDACTED] says:

    Don’t forget the awesome Bulgarian 5.56 AK imported by Arsenal, the SLR-106!