Gun Report

Bushmaster XM15-E2S Shorty AK .223

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Despite its very serious looks, the Bushmaster is not for everyone, because of the short stock. However, this makes the rifle ideal for indoors use, as in SWAT or home defense. It worked on a par with its looks, thought it needed a trigger job.

Bushmaster XM15-E2S Shorty AK .223

Gun Details

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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Weight Unloaded
Length of Pull
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Barrel Finish
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This gun has a street price around $750, and for that money the owner gets a tricked-out gun with a copy of the AK-74 muzzle brake and detachable top handle with fully adjustable aperture sight within the handle. This good-looking and well finished little rifle had a fluted, chrome-lined barrel. The barrel was 16 inches long with its permanently attached brake, and had a 1:9 inch twist rate. The actual barrel, without the brake, was 14.5 inches long. The mil-spec receiver had protective rails around the magazine release, and also had a forward-assist button. There was a deflection block to keep empties off the face of lefties.
We liked the removable handle and small pistol grip. Workmanship was fine throughout.
No surprises were in store for us. We liked the normal safety setup, ease of handling and loading the magazine, and the fluted barrel. This rifle had the best balance of the test trio.
Tech Editor Ray Ordorica had to hunch his shoulder forward to get comfortable with the Bushmaster. He said recoil was nil, and handling was fast.

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