You may know the Salem, Oregon based company AXTS because of their excellent “Raptor” charging handle and the Talon 45-degree safety. But you may not know that AXTS produces full production guns as well, such as the 300 Blackout pictured above. I have had an opportunity to shoot these weapons and can’t tell you enough how much I like them . . .
AXTS CEO Eric Anderson is a former Army Ranger and larger-than-life character. Under his leadership, AXTS is really taking things to the next level. For example, their MI-T556 rifle has a precision match grade barrels start out as a Shilen 416R blank with a 1 in 8 twist and are turned to a custom profile. AXTS barrels are chambered in .223 Wylde as well as a hand polished crown and are fitted with the highest quality barrel extensions with polished feed ramps. According to AXTS, accuracy is sub 1/2 MOA using 55, 62, and 77 grain ammunition. The AXTS rifles are a true fully ambidextrous design, featuring:
- RH/LH hand bolt catch,
- RH/LH hand bolt release,
- RH/LH hand mag release,
- Talon 45/90 ambidextrous safety selector.
Here are some close ups of a .new 300 Blackout model that shows the same ambi interfaces and the Knights Armament 600M Micro Sights that come standard on these rifles. This rifle also features a titanium forward assist with a black DLC coating and a BCG that is made in-house:
The AXTS rifles are now comeing equipped with the new PWS Enhanced Buffer Tube – MOD 2 :
This rifle also features a flared mag well, which is becoming more and more common on high-end ARs:
The handguards are made in house as well, and are designed to have an M-Lok interface capability. I really like the way that the handguard attaches to the upper receiver:
These rifles represent the high-end of the AR market, so expect prices to be in the $2900 range.