August 18, 2009

Benelli Rolls Out MR 1 Carbine

ACCOKEEK, Md. -- Benelli's latest consumer offering--the MR 1 rifle--uses the ARGO (Auto-Regulating-Gas-Operated) system developed for the M1014 rifle used by the United States Marine Corps.

The MR 1, chambered for 5.56mm NATO (.223 Rem.), has military-style aperture sights adjustable for windage and elevation in the field, using only a cartridge rim. A Picatinny rail allows mounting of both conventional and night-vision sights, while retaining metallic-sight capability.

All steel parts are black phosphated, and aluminum parts are hard-anodized in a matte finish for low visibility and corrosion resistance.

Benelli MR 1

Benelli MR 1

The Benelli MR 1 carbine comes standard with a five-round magazine, and can also accept standard M16 magazines. An optional Picatinny tri-rail forend kit is available for mounting a laser aiming device, front handle, illuminator and other accessories.

The MR 1 features a stainless steel, self-cleaning piston that operates directly against the rotating bolt. This piston-driven ARGO system incorporates a gas port located just forward of the chamber where the gases are hotter and cleaner, resulting in less fouling and more reliable cycling, the company says.


Caliber5.56 NATO (.223 Rem.)
Barrel Length16"
Overall Length37.1"
SightsMilitary-style Aperture Sight
Metal FinishBlack phosphate & Hard-anodized in matte black finish
StockTactical Pistol Grip
Average Weight7.9 lbs.
Bore CharacteristicsHard chrome lined with a 1-in-9 right hand twist

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Comments (5)

The price IS stiff, but the rifle is VERY NICE! If they make it in .308 I'll have to figure a way to put that much money together.

Posted by: cmblake6 | December 20, 2009 5:45 PM    Report this comment

I can't believe you would hand over your guns. Me, never in a million years. To quote the great "If they want my gun, they will have to pry it out of my cold dead hand".

Posted by: Robert J | August 25, 2009 12:12 PM    Report this comment

I just wanted to say . It looks like a nice gun but the price is to high i wouldn't want to pay that price and a few months down the road Oboma and his thugs come and take it. Then you are out the $1200 bucks

Posted by: Chivo69 | August 23, 2009 4:55 PM    Report this comment

I"m glad that there's another semi-auto centerfire rifle on the market. However, for that price I"ll just get an AR as I've been trained on proper maintenance. However, if one wishes a piston driven rifle that uses AR magazines, this looks pretty good.

Posted by: CHARLES B | August 20, 2009 12:01 PM    Report this comment

thanks. look forward to honest evaluations.

Posted by: bravo326 | August 20, 2009 9:30 AM    Report this comment

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