18 Designer AR-15 Rifles For Sale in 2019

Everybody should have at least one high-end AR-15 in their collection, but you’re probably only going to buy one truly premium AR-15 in 2019 unless you’re loaded in more ways than one. So you have to get it right.

This is the quest for the best AR-15 in the world, without getting into crazy custom rifles anyway. Well we’ve got a couple of boutique rifles that are basically a custom AR-15 off-the-peg.

So which modern sporting rifle do you buy if money really isn’t an issue? It’s time to check out the best luxury AR-15 rifles for sale in 2019. Get your credit card out, the good one…

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The Falkor Defense Caitlyn PSR rifle, a step forward for the AR-15 rifle. Buy your Falkor Defense rifle online here.

1. Falkor Defense Caitlyn PSR Urban Combat

  • Price: $3,
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 34-37.5 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb

Falkor Defense claims the DRACOS StraitJacket Barrel System at the heart of the Falkor Defense Caitlyn PSR that turns the handguard into a fully stressed part of the frame and gives the semi-automatic rifle a new level of rigidity. It’s tech that is starting to filter through the firearms world and Falkor Defense has one of the best systems out there.


The upper and lower receivers are machined from billet aluminum. Everything is ambidextrous, the trigger is a Geissele trigger set, match-grade, natch, and it’s a DRACOS barrel system. Falkor Defense provides the Nitride-coated BCG, the Mach 15 Charging Handle and the free-floating handguard.


The DRACOS StraitJacket is a lightweight composite barrel with a thin stainless steel tube contained within a carbon-fiber sleeve. It’s worth pointing out at this stage that DRACOS is a Falkor Defense spin-off company and this is not an outside supplier. The rifle is then assembled in Falkor Defense’s HQ in Montana and the in-house parts and rare third-party rifle parts are put together with aerospace tolerances.


The end result is a rifle that retails for $3,500. Right now it’s on sale and I say buy your Falkor Defense AR-15 for sale right now while you can. This is a small step up from a dolled up Daniel Defense or POF, and it’s definitely a designer AR-15 that works in competition, or in the field for private security and law enforcement officers.


Falkor Defense has produced a professional Modern Sporting Rifle here, and you’ll be hard pressed to beat it at any price. This sale price, though, gives you a Ferrari for the price of a Porsche.


Where to Buy Falkor Defense Rifles

Montana based Falkor Defense has built a hell of a reputation for engineering without compromise, which translates as damned expensive rifles that you drool over online. Pure gunporn, basically…

Get the right gun sale online, though, and you can snag a bargain. So where is the best place to buy Falkor Defense AR-15 rifles online? Rainier Arms is our pick and you can get the link here.


Master of Arms Enyo Lightweight - The lightest Ar-15 for sale in 2019? We think it is one of the best AR-15sd anyway.

2. Master of Arms Enyo Lightweight

  • Price: $3,104
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32 inch
  • Weight: 3.65lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

This might just be the lightest AR-15 for sale in 2019 and it looks the absolute business. Master of Arms has produced an orgy of material science to strip every last ounce out of a traditional AR-15.


The end result looks suspiciously like a toy gun, but it really isn’t. Tradiutionalists will already be having the heart attack, but this is a modern art approach to the traditional AR-15. Does thatmake it the best AR-15? probably not, but it is a thoroughly entertaining firearm that you will be proud to own and you will show to vistors.


This is a supremely accurate rifle with a proper 16 inch barrel that you can toss on your shoulder and basically forget when you’re walking cross country.


It’s so light, you’ll really have to think about your mag sizes and your red dot, because you really don’t want to pack too many pounds on when Master of Arms worked so hard to strip them out.


How did they get this lightweight AR-15 done? 7095 Tennalum Ultra Strength Aluminum billet gives its life for the receivers. A Nyx titanium Bolt Carrier Group and titanium adjustable gas block are pretty much bleeding edge tech and even the takedown pins are titanium.


You don’t need to look too hard to see a lot of carbon-fiber on this gun too.


The buffer tube, stock and handguard are all made from lightweight material made famous in the automotive industry. It’s true that carbon-fiber can be brittle if it takes a hit in the wrong direction, but modern materials have improved immeasurably and it’s still amazingly stiff and lightweight shiz.


Inside that buffer tube, a Cobalt Kinetic kit is doing the business. An AR Gold flat trigger is competition grade all the way and then there’s that barrel and handguard arrangement. What can we say? it’s just pure gunporn.

Master of Arms Enyo Lightweight - A designer AR-15 with a carbon-fiber barrel and 3.5lb weight. Is this the best AR-15 for sale in 2019?

You have to admit, as AR-15s for sale go, ths one is absolutely wild. It feels like nothing else, it could actually be a concealed carry AR-15 if you plan ahead and it’s a hell of a personal defense weapon. Private security teams would love to have this on them at all times, and you might just like one for the Hell of it.



John Wick TTI TR-1 Ultralight. The AR-15 John Wick uses in the iconic Catacombs scenes is available to buy online. Get your John Wick 2 gun today.


3. Taran Tactical Innovation John Wick TTI TR-1 Ultralight

  • Price: $1,999
  • Calibre: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 14.5 + Welded Muzzle Brake (NFA Compliant)
  • Total Length: 32 inch
  • Weight: 6.4lb

Seriously, this is the gun John Wick wielded to deadly effect in the Catacombs scene in John Wick Chapter 2. So if you’re wondering what AR-15 John Wick uses and you found us through the magic of the Google machine, now you know…


Bet you didn’t know that Taran Tactical had a heavy hand in both the AR-15 and the Benelli M4 shotgun, as well as the John Wick Combat Master Package for the Glock 34 that is right up there with our favorite custom Glocks of 2019. Check out our separate post on the Guns of John Wick 2 when you’re done.


Well this AR-15 is a custom build and it is a an absolutely brilliant AR-15 for close quarters. Taran Tactical Innovations basically designed this gun for the world’s greatest underworld hitman and then trained Keanu Reeves over months and years to use it in the most devastating manner possible.


Reeves is a seriously competent 3-Gunner now, having turned up as a rookie before the original John Wick film. This is a concerted effort by TTI boss and multiple time and discipline world champion sport shooter Taran Butler to improve the firearms knowledge in Hollywood. He worked on John Wick from the start and the results speak for themselves.


He has trained Steven Spielberg, Reeves and now Hollywood legends are queuing up after watching Keanu Reeves do things they simply can’t. But back to the actual gun…


It’s a custom Taran Tactical Innovations Lower Receiver with a VLTOR MUR-1 Upper Receiver and a match-grade Bravo Company Manufacturing BCM barrel. The handguard is another BCM AR-15 Parts & accessories special, but then they are the best.


The John Wick AR-15 uses BCM KMR Alpha handguard, stock with an integrated cheekrest and more. The pistol grip comes with grooves and this gun is all about close quarters combat and 3 Gun competition. Basically everything that works in the competitive arena makes it an absolute peach of a defensive AR-15.


The internals are just as good and you get a HIPERFIRE 24 3G match-grade trigger and a 3 inch Picatinny rail up top for a red dot or scope.


The pinned and welded compensator gets round the NFA and the triple port finish is gorgeous. But there’s no getting round the fact that 14.5 inches of barrel is less than 16 inch and this isn’t a rifle for long-distance shooting.


It is an almighty home defense weapon, it will be surprisingly accurate thanks to the sheer quality of the components and you’ll have the AR-15 that Jon Wick uses in the Catacombs. Get the same scope and it will be pretty hard to miss. It’s a gun you can compete with too, although that might turn into an expensive TTI addiction…


Admittedly the John Wick AR-15 is on backorder only at Brownells right now, but this is just about as designer as rifles get, endorsed by the world’s most dangerous hitman.


Heckler & Koch MR556A1 for sale. The direct descendant of the HK 416 rifle and you can buy one online from the best online gunbroker - the USA Gun Shop.

4. Heckler & Koch HK MR556A1


  • Price: $3,100
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 inch
  • Total Length: 33.9-37.68 inch
  • Weight: 9.1lb
  • Capacity: 30+1


The Heckler & Koch HK416 is still a legend and the HK MR556A1 is a direct descendant of the iconic rifle that SEAL Team 6 used to pop the proverbial cap in Osama Bin Laden.


Delta Force was another happy customer for the HK416 that was basically a new and improved version of the Colt M4. The HK MR556A1 has the same proprietary HK gas piston system that uses a piston and a pusher rod that keeps waste gas out of the receiver entirely and it’s an improvement on the original Eugene Stoner design.


That’s great for reliability and it’s also cool tech. Heckler & Koch has a reputation to uphold and has led the way with short stroke gas piston systems, first with the HK G36, then the HK416 and now this high-tech carbine rifle that you can buy at home.


It’s no pale civilian imitation either. The Heckler & Koch MR556A1 has a lot of the same accessories and assemblies that were developed for the HK416. The upper receiver and all that goes with it can slot comfortably on to the HK416 lower receiver and you’re good to go.


Interestingly, as you get to the upper echelons of the AR-15 world, you get an unlined barrel. In the mid-range, with cheaper AR-15 rifles for sale, that would be unthinkable.


HK argues that a chrome-lined barrel hides imperfections in the basic engineering and has put its faith in its perfect cold hammer forged steel. That steel comes with a 1:7 twist and the accuracy has been described as everything from perfect to frickin amazing in the gun reviews online.


The rifle barrel is swagged, basically fractionally smaller at the muzzle end, which gives it that competitive edge when it comes to accuracy. It’s a match-grade AR-15, without doubt, but it does come with one fatal flaw.


9.1lb makes this a heavyweight AR-15 for sale. If not for the weight, it would be hard to argue against this being the best high-end AR-15 on sale in 2019. But yeah, the weight is a deal-breaker for people that want to shoulder their weapon all day.


The four-quadrant HK Free Floating Rail System (FFRS) handguard has Mil-spec 1913 Picatinny rails to hang basically anything you want on there. The Picatinny rail up top is machined into the upper receiver and the little touches are awesome here. The pistol grip looks hewn from granite and is just a cut above.


There’s a match-grade two-stage trigger, you can tighten the adjustable stock with a key to eliminate play and that means it’s a super precise platform that a lot of competition shooters love. You can get this rifle in a few different flavors, too, so head to Euro Optic for the best selection of Heckler & Koch AR-15s for sale online.


 


Wilson Combat Super Sniper - A designer AR-15 on sale now with top quality engineering and a serious price tag.

5. Wilson Combat AR-15 Super Sniper


  • Price: $2,250
  • Caliber: .223 Wylde Chamber/ 5.56 NATO
  • Action: Direct Impingement
  • Barrel Length: 20 inch
  • Total Length: 37.25-40 inch
  • Weight: 7.5lb
  • Capacity: 20+1


Wilson Combat was well known for its work on 1911s, and then Glocks, and now it has absolutely stormed into the rifles sector with effectively limited edition runs of custom guns. It has its own range of ammunition, but Wilson Combat also caters for the classics, from 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win to the trusty old 5.56 NATO ammunition.


There are other options and the shorter barrel tactical rifle is lighter, as well as slightly cheaper. But this is a designer AR-15 list, the Super Sniper is something else and a 20 inch barrel in a 7.5lb package is quite the feat of engineering.


High-end rifles should have a USP, or just be better everywhere. The Wilson Combat Super Sniper AR-15 ticks both those boxes.

This is an expensive rifle, but at the same time it looks like good value. You can see where the money goes with receivers machined from billet, a match-grade stainless steel barrel and the genuine promise from Wilson Combat that this gun can take a solid aim at up to 500 yards if you use the longer bullets tailored to target shooting.


That is a bold claim and it takes the humble AR-15 into 308 Win territory. A kill shot at the end might be too much to ask, this is more of a per puncher at those distances. But for an AR-15, that’s a mighty impressive range and could turn this into a viable small-medium game hunting rifle at slightly lesser distances.


It comes with a rifle length gas system that powers the direct impingement action, a Lo Profile gasblock, a single stage Wilson Combat Tactical Trigger Unit, an NP3 BCG and a Rogers Super-Stoc lightweight buttstock and the iconic starburst Wilson Combat design on the pistol grip. What more do you want?


Wilson Combat makes some of the best rifles on the planet right now. If you have the money and you want something special, treat yourself and prepare to discover an expensive habit. This is definitely one of the best AR-15 rifles here and it could become your favorite gun in no time.


LWRCI AR-15 on sale with a fluted, lightweight barrel. Get the best premium AR-15s at the best gunbroker in the USA.

6. LWRCI IC-A5 Fluted Barrel

  • Price: $2,491.94
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32-35.25inch
  • Weight: 7lb

LWRC International rifles, SBRs and AR pistols are the stuff of legend and the LWRCI IC-A5 is a peach of an AR-15 rifle.


This is the result of customer requests for a rifle with an adjustable gas block that is simple to operate, durable as a tank and an absolute tack driver when it counts. This is a competition spec rifle with some seriously neat touches.


The fluted barrel saves 20% of the weight of a standard replacement, without giving up strength. The increased surface area also helps cooling, which is good for heavy fire and also consistency for sport shooting.


That mates up to the LWRCI patented short-stroke piston system that has won legions of fans in the special forces, private security and other walks of life where the cost comes a distant second to performance. That holds true for sport shooting enthusiasts who want the very best competition spec AR-15.

The Monoforge upper receiver and integral rail base saves weight and strengthens te spine of the gun, which pays off when you’re looking for the nth degree of accuracy in your Modern Sporting Rifle. The 12 inch universal rail system has proved popular with LWRCI customers, too, so the company installed it on this flagship rifle.


LWRCI Firearms do some pretty neat lines of aftermarket AR-15 parts & accessories and everything from the Nickel-Boron coated trigger set to the ambidextrous charging handle and stock are proprietary AR-15 parts. You can buy some of them off the shelf for your ow DIY rifle build and they also do a badass line of SBRs and other assorted firearms.


The Colt XM177E2 - A shorter barrel tribute to the classic Marine Corps M4 assault rifle that saw action in the Vietnam War. A vintage look, without the vintage firearms problems.

7. Colt XM177E2


  • Price: $2,433.20
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16.1 inch
  • Total Length: 32 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb


A retro reissue of the original Colt Commander counts as a designer AR-15 in anybody’s book. Yes it’s expensive, but seriously this is total gunporn.


This is a proper, bone fide reissue of the XM177E2 Carbine rifle that the special forces and just about everybody else took into battle. You get a chrome-lined barrel and CAR15 handguard, just like the original. The buttstock is even covered in vinyl, seriously it’s that true to the original.


The Colt even comes with US Government property markings, which might be a step too far. This is still a direct impingement rifle, too, for a massive amount of money and you are paying for the design touches and the limited edition effect.


And that’s what designer AR-15s for sale are all about, emotional purchase guns that just grab you by the feels. You can spend a lot less money and get a modern-day Colt M4 carbine for less than $1,000. The Colt Le6920 in various forms and the Colt LE6940 are probably better value and both could lay claim to being the best AR-15, or at least the best selling AR-15.


But this is cooler.


If you went to the trenches with one of these in your hands and lived to tell the tale, chances are you have enough put away to relive the good old days, as you may remember them by now, and buy yourself a semi-automatic Colt Commander.


You don’t need me to talk you through the basic Colt M4 military icon. It has that classic bulbous polymer handguard, oversized flash suppressor and that grab handle on the back. Of course it’s modular and flexible, so if you wan to run a red dot on this then you’ll get a seriously accurate range shooter.


It is designed to capture the spirit of the original, not just the look. So it is loud and it does kick back. But then you’re buying into the retro chic dream when you buy your Colt XM177E2 online.


Other rifles here will outperform the Colt, but this is a unique and charming package. It’s a designer rifgle like no other, and for that we are happy to have it here.


Smith & Wesson Performance Center Competition AR-15 on sale. One of the best AR-15 rifles on the market, and a bargain.

8. Smith & Wesson Performance Center Competition AR-15

  • Price: $1,499
  • Barrel Length: 18 inch
  • Total Length: 38 inch
  • Weight: 7.38lb

Is this relatively straightforward direct impingement action AR-15 a designer firearm?


We think it is. Smith & Wesson is part of the tapestry of American history. Like Levi Strauss, Jack Daniels and Budweiser, it’s a great American label that we don’t really want to ignore.


Aside from that, the Smith & Wesson Performance Center rifle is a stunning piece of engineering and we tend to love S&W Performance Center guns in all their forms round here. The hunting handgun revolvers are awesome, the 1911 is a real value proposition compared to the third party tuners and the semi-auto Creedmoor was our favorite 6.5 rifle for a long time.


This AR-15 is aimed at the 3-Gun competition shooting crowd and is a complete rifle. It comes with a longer barrel, without a huge weight penalty. That’s thanks to aluminum receivers and a carbon steel barrel, button rifled for additional accuracy.


The muzzle brake is Smith & Wesson’s own work and its tuned to the barrel and receiver set by a cohesive set of designers, engineers and active competitive shooters. The Smith & Wesson Performance Center is the skunkworks of the firearms manufacturer, but it comes backed up by the engineering capability and quality control of a mainstream manufacturer.


You get a VLTOR imod stock, a two stage trigger and match grade everything. The Smith & Wesson can stand toe-to-toe with rifles costing twice as much and is perhaps the best AR-15 here in terms of value for money.


V Seven Enlightened Rifle for sale. A lightweight AR-15

8. V Seven LR Enlightened


  • Price: $2,749.99
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 33-37 inch
  • Weight: 5lb


There’s no doubt the V Seven Enlightened is a designer AR-15, but it’s one that has been done the right way. It’s a lightweight rifle where anything that can be titanium, is titanium. There are some other unusual materials at play here too and that’s where the money goes.


So you get a full-size AR-15, a proper rifle, that just happens to weigh in at 5lb on the nose. That’s a big weight saving.


The upper receiver is made from V Seven’s own 2055 Lithium-Aluminum alloy. The handguard is a Magnesium-Aluminum alloy and now we get to start on the titanium parts.


The A2 compensator muzzle device, enlarged port door, charging handle, castle nut, buffer retainer, takedown pins, trigger and hammer pins and more are all titanium. That stuff is expensive, but it’s also light and super strong.


As for the barrel, it’s a lightweight breed of stainless steel that has been engineered to perfection with a 1:7 twist. Geissele provided the G2 trigger and BCM provided the stock and grip. These are top class components every step of the way.


This rifle is engineering gunporn if we’re honest, but we love it and if the components last as they should then it might even be a sound investment. Maybe…


ZEV Tech Core Billet AR-15 rifle. A great gun, for competition shooting, gun range plinking or home defense. A sport shooters dream and an underrated AR-15.

9. ZEV Technologies ZEV Core Billet AR-15

  • Price: $2,518
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 33-37 inch
  • Weight: 6.92lb


ZEV Tech is better known for its work with custom Glocks, but this might be one of the most under-rated rifles out there right now. Yes it’s expensive, but it’s pretty much perfectly formed and it’s a competition spec AR-15 that can hold its own with anything in the world.


7075-T651 Aluminum billet is used for the upper receiver and lower receiver. ZEV Tech’s work with custom Glocks, which has now resulted in the all-metal ZEV Tech 0Z9, is obvious here.


A flared magwell and integrated trigger guard are just right and the trigger itself is a special recipe two-stage competition trigger from ATC. It’s called the AR Gold and considering ZEV’s colossal reputation in the Glock aftermarket parts market, if it has entrusted this trigger to an outside supplier than it just has to be the best.


Eventually, ZEV Tech will almost certainly roll out its pistol model and provide an arsenal of AR-15 parts, accessories and upgrades. For now, it is approaching the semi-automatic rifle market with a refreshing level of humility and using the best of the best, no matter what the brand.


The adjustable gas block comes from Superlative Arms, the grip and stock are Magpul and in many ways this is just the ultimate home build AR-15 done for you. That counts for something, because even the best components don’t always gel together to create a perfect rifle. ZEV Tech has done that expensive R&D for you.


It is also based around perfectly engineered billet receivers and a match-grade barrel, so you wouldn’t be able to do this much cheaper at home. Look at the triple-port muzzle brake, the full length Picatinny rail, the H3 carbine buffer tube that offers six adjustable positions and look at the M-LOK handguard. It’s all perfect.


This is a good, honest gas piston AR-15 that you could take into competition, home defense, range shooting and just about anywhere else. It’s an all-rounder AR-15 that will do just about everything well and we think it’s one of the most under-rated rifles in the world right now.


Noveske G3 Light Recce - 5.56 NATO AR-15 from the revolutionary American firearms manufacturer

10. Noveske 5.56 G3 Light Recce

  • Price: $2,099.99 (On Sale)
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16.1 inch
  • Total Length:
  • Weight: 7.2lb


In some ways, both good and bad, Noveske Rifleworks reminds me of Apple right now. It was the ultimate innovator, but it was also a dictatorship and the passing of John Noveske at a tragically young age in a car accident robbed the industry of a true firearms progressive.


Noveske goes on, but there was and is a void at the helm. Like Apple without Steve Jobs, Noveske isn’t quite the force it once was. It still makes great rifles, but it has fallen back on engineering excellence and the name to command the high prices rather than the mad professor style tech breakthroughs of days gone by.


The Noveske G3 uses M249 steel that is normally reserved for machine gun barrels, with a heavy chrome-lining that it claims is 2-4 times thicker than a Colt M4. That’s a lot and the barrel should stay creamy smooth for years to come, we guess.


The lower receiver is machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum. It gets a phosphate black finish, a Magpul stock, Raptor charging handle, a low profile gas block with a properly staked gas key, an extended feed ramp and plenty of other goodies.


This is a great gas piston AR-15 for sale. There are more groundbreaking guns here, but the Noveske G3 Recce for sale is a solid choice, especially at the sale price.


Christensen Arms CA-15 G2 Recon For Sale - A lightweight AR-15, awesome spec for Daniel Defense money.

11. Christensen Arms CA-15 G2 Recon

  • Price: $1,595
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32.5 inch
  • Weight: 5.9lb

Look closely and you will see the carbon-fiber barrel on the Christensen Arms G2 Recon. Then the carbon-fiber handguard, and that’s when it should strike you that these materials are kinda exotic for that price tag.


You would be right. This direct impingement rifle used to cost a lot more. In fact it was north of $3,000. It has slowly dropped in price and it’s now an absolute bargain.


This is an advanced tech AR-15 for less than Daniel Defense or POF money, well top of the line Daniel Defense or POF anyway. Everything is match-grade and is built on a matched set of receivers machined from billet a that offer a flared magwell and a Wylde chambe. That gives you the option to shoot .223 Remington, as well as 5.56×45 NATO.


The barrel is a testament to the engineering that’s gone into this gun, as it is a slimmed down 416R stainless steel tube wrapped in a carbon-fiber sleeve. That helps balance the gun and cut weight hanging out up front.


The BCG is Black Nitride finished, you get a single-stage match-grade trigger with an adjustable break from 3.5-4.5lb. The stock is a BCM Gunfighter, which we all know is about as ood as it gets.

The Christensen Arms was a left-field choice at its original RRP. Now, at this price? It’s a bargain and one of the best premium AR-15s for sale in 2019.


Knights Armament SR-15 for sale. A 5.56 NATO semi-auto rifle that is among the best in the world. Buy guns online here.

12. Knights Armament SR-15

  • Price: $2,469
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 33.5-36.5”
  • Weight: 6.55lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

The SR-15 is, Knights Armament claims, the ultimate incarnation of Eugene Stoner’s classic design. Well gas piston systems have moved things on a bit, but this might be just be the ultimate incarnation of the direct impingement AR-15.


The rifle is built around a proprietary mid-length gas system and direct impingement, which is a bit cheeky in this price range. But it’s reliable enough for special forces teams and law enforcement agencies around the world.


The Knights Armament SR-25 Designated Marksman Rifle chambered in 7.62x51mm has a bigger reputation, considering how many are out there. But the Knights Armament SR-15 might just be the best 5.56 NATO rifle for sale in 2019.


You get a chrome-lined barrel, everything is Mil-spec and beyond. A round-lug bolt reduces wear and tear and extends the life and just improves the engineering. Ambidextrous controls and two-stage competition trigger join forces with three-pronged flash hider.


The Knights Armament SR-15 isn’t a design revolution. It is just the best AR-15 in the world in its traditional direct impingement form. You’re not paying for the technology, more for perfection in the execution and invidividual components.


Gas piston rifles are available for a lot less, but this is a great all-round semi-auto rifle and you will love it.


Battle Arms Development Ounces is Pounds (OIP) For Sale. A 4lb super lightweight AR-15 rifle with advanced materials.

13. Battle Arms Development OIP Ounces is Pounds


  • Price: $2,995.99
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 14.5 inch + Pinned Muzzle Device (No NFA Stamp)
  • Total Length: 32.75-37 inch
  • Weight: 4lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

Battle Arms Development has embraced bling culture like no other in the AR-15 market, well there are worse, but they have done some pretty impressive shiz that crosses the divide between engineering and design.


Here they wanted to create the ultimate lightweight rifle and it’s a hell of a thing. It’s also a limited edition and there are just 11 like this for sale anywhere.


There’s a hint of modern urban fashion in there, or something, which you will either love or despise. Check out their AR pistol in our list of the best AR pistols for sale and the best 300 Blackout pistols. Alternatively, have a look at their firearms here at Rainier Arms.


There’s an impressive range of BAD AR-15 parts & accessories too, which run from the basics right through to PDW brace equipped lower receivers and full receiver kits.


Whatever you think of Battle Arms Development’s design philosophy, you can’t deny one thing. This is a 4lb AR-15 rifle and that rocks, big time.


It’s actually a 14.5 inch barrel with a pinned muzzle device that means you don’t need an NFA tax stamp and a wait period for an SBR permit. The barrel is dimpled too and that has played a part in this awesome rifle’s final weight.


The handguard is aerospace grade carbon-fiber that is as lightweight as it gets with struts holding together the important parts. The Bolt Carrier Group is coated Titanium, the Titanium ThumperTM flash hider is a work of art and the upper receiver and lower receiver are both machined from billet aluminum.


Battle Arms Developments fitted a two-stage competition trigger that’s as good as anything you’ll find in the AR-15 parts & accessories section and the buffer tube and tailhook are proprietary parts.


The rail up top certainly isn’t the longest you’ll ever see, but then everything has been milled to the bone to create the BAD OIP rifle.


It’s a brilliant rifle, it’s 4lb and it’s unlike anything else out there right now. It’s a bit of a blingy rifle, but it’s also damned cool in its own special way. We think we could own one.


FN SCAR, the ultimate assault rifle?

14. FN SCAR 16S

  • Price: $2,899.99
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16.25 inch
  • Total Length: 27.5-37.5 inch
  • Weight: 7.4lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

The FN Special operations forces Combat Assault Rifle is the go-to rifle for the US Special Forces in fully automatic form. As a machine gun, it’s a beast. As a modern sporting rifle? It’s all you should ever need.


The rifle has drawn its share of criticism since its introduction in 2004 and the US military looked set to ditch the Fabrique Nationale Herstal. The Belgian manufacturer hung in there with the sniper rifles, but SOCOM cancelled the contract for the 5.56 NATO after deciding the FN simply wasn’t THAT much better than the Colt M4 assault weapons.


It was better, that much was certain from the comparative tests. But it wasn’t by enough of a margin to serve up SCARs and spares packages to units round the world. The Colt M4 is the most popular of the first world fully automatic assault weapons andf its very ubiquity proved the decisive factor. Basically the Colt wasn’t broken enough to fix.


Still, serving as an armory staple rifle for the US Special Forces, even for a short while, is a pretty badass performance to be honest. It does have to be said, though, the slightly evolved FN SCAR 17S in .308 was the gun that the US military generally preferred. Now that is a serious assault weapon.


Perhaps this is the safe option, but we think the FN SCAR 16S is at least one of the best AR-15 rifles for sale in 2019.


The folding stock means you can almost pack this thing in a bag. It’s seriously short, bullpup short, and you can carry it almost like an AR pistol. That means you can swing it freely round corners and it’s a great home defense tool.


This is also one of the most iconic profiles in the firearms world and will always get a knowing nod of approval at the range. Is it pretty? Personally I don’t think so, but then that’s a subjective thing and some people love the pure brutality of the FN SCAR.


They are famous for taking tens of thousands of rounds without the need for major maintenance, unless you’re unlucky enough to drop it on that hinge. The new ones are stronger, it has to be said, and you’ll really have to beat the crap out of a modern FN SCAR to make things fall off. Is the FN SCAR fragile? It was, but not now. For civilian use, it’s more than enough.


And that’s basically it. This gun is the right weight, it’s practical, it’s well balanced and its one of the most accurate AR-15s for sale. There’s pretty much no muzzle climb and the felt recoil is somewhere between nada and zero.


The titanium muzzle brake works wonders, but it does make the rifle look a touch angry from the side as it redirects gases rearwards and out the sides. It’s loud too, really loud.


It’s a chrome-lined 16 inch barrel and you get a tall front target sight and that intriguing tulip of a muzzle device. You get a short-stroke gas piston system that is as reliable as anything you’re likely to find and that legendary polymer stock is adjustable for the height of that comb and the length of pull.


That comb gives you new ways to brace your rifle and there is a lot to like about the FN SCAR 16S. But then I wonder if it is really worth the extra money over the likes of a Daniel Defense V11 Pro or Patriot Ordnance Factory POF Renegade Plus. Maybe not, if I am honest…


NEMO Arms Battle Light AR-15 For Sale - One of the best designer AR-15s for sale in 2019.

15. NEMO Arms Battle Light 5.56


  • Price: $2,327.99
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32.75-37 inch
  • Weight: 6.2lb
  • Capacity: 30+1


This is one to go for if you are looking for a lightweight AR-15 of the highest order. NEMO Arms take the very best components and turn them into serious assault rifles for the elite US military.


The semi-automatic rifle that is left over is basically better than we are. In full auto mode or in three shot bursts, these weapons would be a joy to shoot.


The receivers are milled from billet 7076-T6 aluminum and then Cerakote-finished in Burnt Bronze. You get a 15” modular M-LOK handguard and a 16” barrel with a dual-chamber muzzle device in purest titanium.


There’s a pinned low-profile gas block, with a stainless steel gas tube. The BCG is 8620 Steel that is heat-treated and Nickel Boron coated and the trigger is a CMC flat bow trigger with a 3.5lb pull.


The grip is a MAGPUL MiAD, the stock is a MAGPUL CTR carbine stock and the whole rifle weighs in at an impressive 6.2lb. All the controls are ambidextrous, it’s a serious joy to shoot and it can go head-to-head with any AR-15 here.


NEMO Arms is a boutique AR-15 manufacturer and they make some of the best rifles on the market right now in a variety of calibers.


They even do an integrally suppressed version of the Battle Light that you can own if you want to spend $3,515 on a piece of pure gunporn. I kinda do to be honest and we think Eugene Stonre would approve.


NEMO Arms Battle Light 5.56 AR-15 - A designer rifle with a silencer built in.

16. Bravo Company MK12 Mod 0/1 Special Purpose Rifle

  • Price: $2,495
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 18 inch
  • Total Length: 38 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb

The US Navy works in some pretty shitty conditions when it comes to keeping mechanisms alive. Salt water, sun, biting cold, they see it all. So it’s telling that they turned to Bravo Company Manufacturing for their specialist AR-15 rifles and assault weapons.


This is the weapon the elite Navy SEAL teams take into action, so it’s probably a good idea that they work. The Bravo Company Manufacturing MK12 Mod 0/1 SPR went into the field in Iraq and Operating Enduring Freedom. So this semi-automatic rifle has serious desert time under its belt.


A slightly longer barrel hints at Designated Marksman Rifle pretensions, but really it’s about pinpoint accuracy at the limits of the range when the special forces have a clean shot from a distance.


It’s a direct impingement rifle, which seems a little weird when you can get a great gas piston system for about $1000 less. But then this is what makes the BCM MK12 Mod0/1 SPR a designer AR-15 kind of.


That direct impingement action also makes it lightweight, which is a priority for the world’s elite fighting teams that can haul their gear tens of miles through terrain that would claim most of us in days. They need all the help they can get, and that isn’t always a heavyweight gas piston system.


Faxon Firearms lightweight AR-15 with a 14.5 inch barrel and pinned muzzle brake. Buy your guns online now.

17. Faxon Firearms FX5500 Ultralight AR-15

  • Price: $1,994.05
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 14.5 inch + welded muzzle device. NFA Compliant.
  • Weight: 4.95lb


Faxon Firearms has followed in the footsteps of ZEV Tech, making its name with Glock aftermarket parts and then diverging into AR-15 fluted barrels.


The Faxon Firearms Pencil Barrel is 14.5 inches, but the permanently attached slimline muzzle brake will keep the NFA at bay. For now…


You get a Faxon Firearms Enhanced forged upper receiver and that seductive aftermarket barrel that you can buy for your own rifle in the AR-15 parts & accessories store.


A free float carbon fiber handguard with an M-LOK attachment system should give you all the options you need for your tactical gear. With a 4.95lb weight, though, don’t hang too much off there or you’ll kind of defeat the purpose…


This is a lightweight AR-15 to its core, right through to the Faxon Gunner Lightweight Bolt Carrier Group, a Superlative Arms Adjustable Bleed-Off Gas Block and a Radian Weapons Raptor LT Ambi Charging Handle.


You get a Hiperfire EDT3 trigger set-up, a Magpul MOE grip, MFT Minimalist stock, Radian Arms safety and Lancer magazine. This is not garbage then, it’s safe to say. All the parts Faxon Firearms haven’t supplied themselves are the finest aftermarket AR-15 parts & accessories for sale in 2019.


This is a great rifle, and one that could be the premium AR-15 you have been looking for.


18. Steyr Arms Aug A3M1 High Rail


  • Price: $1,893.99
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 28.25 inch
  • Weight: 8.9lb


We know this is pushing the very concept of an AR-15 beyond all reason, but then this is a designer guns post, this rifle does come with a 16 inch barrel and it shoots 5.56 NATO. So we think it’s good here.


The bullpup design is truly unique in this company and this is one of the few bullpups that sees major action around the world in the hands of elite law enforcement agencies and even the special forces. This is one of the more common assault weapons out there, even though we don’t see it too much.


The Austrian manufacturer has a nailed-on hit with the Steyr Arms AUG A3M1 with the raised Picatinny rail. The big USP was the integrated scope, but we thing its best to leave that one to the military and go with your own red dot or budget rifle scope up top.


That turns this Austrian beast into a weapon of urban warfare, in semi-automatic form of course. It isn’t the prettiest 5.56 NATO rifle here, but it is one of the longest serving and respected.


It has been in active service since 1977 and this short stroke gas piston bullpup has simply got better over the years.


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