Gun Report

Rock River Arms LAR-15 .223 Rem.

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Almost two inches longer than the Bushmaster, our test Rock River was also nearly a pound heavier. All the extra weight was in the barrel, which gave less-than-ideal balance. The fine trigger pull made it a tossup, though, between the two.

Rock River Arms LAR-15 .223 Rem.

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Length of Pull
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Action Finish
Barrel Finish
Trigger Pull Weight

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The Rock River rifle was almost the same overall setup as the Bushmaster. The description of the Bushmaster would closely match that of the Rock River, including fit and finish. Differences include the grip, which on the Rock was by Hogue, finger-grooved and rubber-textured.
We're not entirely sure we liked that odd second rail. It permitted the mounting of accessory sights while retaining the aperture on the gun, but didn't work as a handle.
That's a Hogue grip. Workmanship of the Rock River rifle was at least as good as that on the Bushmaster. These two makers put out some of today's best-valued AR-15s, in a wide variety of styles.

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