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Good morning MOF friends. As you know, Ranger Point Precision has a national reputation for building innovative and accurate custom Marlin lever-action rifles. But among our local Houston area clientele, we also have a sterling reputation for building precision rifles of other types, including ARs.
While our lever-action background might make us a red herring in the crowded AR market, our experience has taught us some valuable lessons. Among the most cherished qualities of Marlins are their handling, balance, and natural point-ability. With so many AR builders focused on building mission specific tactical rifles, the balanced, simple, multi-role rifle concept seems largely overlooked in the modern sporting class.

So we set out to emulate, as nearly as possible, the characteristics of a levergun that have made them one of the longest produced and most beloved of rifleman's rifles.

Our AR-15 puts the emphasis on precision, balance and handling. It's a rifle born to instill confidence and comfort in its owner, whether he or she is putting meat in the freezer, defending the homestead, or shooting for fun.

Like any multi-role rifle, ours is chambered in a versatile cartridge: the capable and increasingly popular 6.5mm Grendel, which was originally designed to create an effective 200-800 yard AR-15 magazine-length cartridge. Because accuracy is also a virtue, we guarantee 5-shot, MOA precision with every RPP 6.5 Grendel AR-15.

At Ranger Point Precision, every rifle is built, not just bolted together. Hand fitted craftsmanship is everywhere, even the places you don't notice. Every AR-15 we build is range tested for reliability and accuracy. If it malfunctions, or fails to place at least 5 factory rounds in one MOA with consistency, it doesn't ship. Your aim is our point.

For those in or near Houston, come on by and we'll get you to the shooting range to test it out.

All stats and specifications below the photos.





Quick Stats

Caliber: 6.5mm Grendel
Accuracy: 5-shot, MOA precision
Weight: 7 lbs.
Trigger Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Overall Length: 38 ½
Barrel Length: 18.5" threaded and fitted with an RPP "Bad" brake
Length of Pull: 13 1/2"
Price: $1,975 (ships with two magazines (10 and 25 round) and in a hard rifle case)


Specifications
Barrel: built in-house from a premium, air gauged, stainless steel Douglas blank.

  • Bolt married to barrel with headspace .001" or less over minimum
  • Bore held to .0001" or less deviation, rifled 1:8" twist
  • Shank and chamber held to less than .0005" run-out from the bore
  • Finished at 18.5", threaded, and fitted with RPP "Bad" brake
  • Feed ramps polished and dehorned to eliminate brass damage
Bolt Carrier Group: mil-spec, chrome lined and phosphated or nitrided carrier.

  • Tool steel bolt is magnetic particle inspected and matched to barrel
Fire Control Group: hardened steel, two-stage trigger and short throw safety.

  • Triggers are hand tuned for minimum take-up/over travel, and crisp 3.5 lb. break
  • Ambi-safety selector is tuned for light, positive operation
Gas System: rifle length gas impingement, rifle buffer tuned to cartridge for softest, most reliable operation.

  • Bravo Company charging handle
Receivers: mil-spec, Aero Precision upper and lower.

  • Forward assist eliminated
  • Tension screw eliminates play between upper and lower
  • Flared magazine well
Furnishings: chosen for comfort, utility, and flexibility.

  • Magpul MOE fixed stock with storage and sling points (includes one flush cup)
  • Length of Pull 13 ½ inches (extended recoil pads available)
  • Magpul MIAD with oil bottle storage and interchangeable straps
  • Diamondhead forend offers stability and comfort with KeyMod compatibility
2 Magazines: comes with one 10 round and one 25 round (both tested with your rifle to ensure reliable feeding)

Metal Coating: package includes one KG Gun Kote color of choice on receiver and barrel.
 

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Beautiful ... and done in a great caliber/cartridge.

:congrats:
 
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Well done, RPP, well done!

I can't wait to hear how it balances and handles. Should a person be so inclined, what is the best way to get on the list for one of these beauties?
Pretty easy. Just drop us a line. We hope to keep our turnaround time on these much lower than our custom Marlins, but we won't know exactly what that looks like until we get an idea of demand. AR parts inventory can get pretty expensive, so for now we just have enough to build a few at a time. The hope is to get lead time on this rifle down around 2 weeks, but if orders exceed inventory we'll have to wait for parts. Douglas gives us a great lead time on barrels blanks, but it can still take as much as a month. So depending on demand cycles the lead could be 2-8 weeks.
 
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Judging by the PMs we've gotten, there's definitely some interest in our new Grendel, so I thought I'd share some notes on its development.

On Balance: this was at the top of the list for us, and we thought very carefully about how to achieve what we wanted. ARs are notoriously nose heavy, so we knew we had to keep the front end light. There are plenty of swiss cheese forends available these days, but to us the Diamondhead made the most sense, not just for its weight but for its thoughtful and tasteful design. Our AR balances right at the forward lip of the mag well. You can hold the rifle by the pistol grip alone and not pull a muscle in your wrist. Too, this superb balance is not lost in the addition of a full magazine or a scope.

On Accuracy: we always want our custom rifles to do us proud in this department. With this build there was concern about whether we could get the level of accuracy we wanted with the light barrel profile we needed to achieve balance. It's pretty well axiomatic that mass produced barrels are going to be heavy if you expect them to deliver accurate shot strings. Many of them will begin to walk as they heat up. The beauty of working with premium barrels like those from Douglas, is that being well made and properly stress relieved, they resist walking, even in light profiles. We were pleased to see our test rifle deliver exceptionally long shot strings at sub MOA accuracy, well past the 5 that we're guaranteeing.

I'm not going to claim this is the rifle you want for long range bench competition--that's not what we designed it for. There are unquestionable benefits to heavier barrels in that sport. But ours is one field rifle that won't disappoint or embarrass you at the range.

On the Gas System: from the outset we knew we'd go with a rifle length gas impingement system. Rifle length systems tap barrel gases farther down the bore, when pressures are more manageable. Ultimately this makes for a less finicky and less violent system that is easier on the shooter, and more kind to brass. We combined this with a fixed stock, rifle type buffer, because they too reduce the cyclic rate and afford a softer, smoother feeling recoil. In tuning we actually removed significant weight from the buffer to achieve reliable cycling with various ammo. The side benefit of this weight loss was an even lighter recoil. The difference between our rifle gas system and a typical Grendel carbine (I own a couple) is remarkable. Despite the large power increase of the Grendel cartridge, ours feels much like a .223.

I've got plenty more notes, but I'll let y'all digest for a while.

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I'm just going to casually bump this to the top so that a few more people keep asking about and ordering this rifle.

That way I know you'll still be making them when Uncle Sam let's me come home next fall.

Cheers!
 
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Thank you sir. Please stay safe and thank you for your service. When you get back we will build you the AR of your dreams. You've earned it!

We just completed one the other day that's pretty cool. The gentleman wanted a custom skull camo coating and Pat created the stencils and did a great job.

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It's been interesting to watch the rollout of our first AR offering. We weren't surprised to see it get off to a slow start among so many other entrants, but interest and orders did gradually pick up. Initially we figured the pre-election jitters were giving us a boost, but despite the election results interest is still building. That's good to see. It validates both the Grendel cartridge and what we're doing with it. There's particular interest from pig hunters here in Texas, who often encounter packs of swine and want a handy, accurate and hard hitting rifle to dispatch multiple targets quickly.

There's no doubt we will continue to build these small batch ARs. They've revitalized our interest in the platform, and we're already giving serious study to improvements on the large format ARs, which are far more finicky than the AR-15 in most of its chamberings. We've got some great ideas to try, but until we get more room on the R&D docket, we're very happy with the Grendel. Tough to argue with such a capable and compact weapon.
 
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