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The NRA are famous for being a gigantic stick-in-the-mud when it comes to new technology and ideas. The organization banned all silencers from its annual meeting and convention for decades, before finally relenting and letting them in around five years ago. That fuddy-duddy nature can be clearly seen even in their corporate portraits, where everyopne is holding either a break action shotgun or a bolt action rifle except for Ted Nugent’s zebra striped AR-15. The NRA has been co-branding with rifle manufacturers for ages, but never before have they put their logo on an AR-15 rifle.¬†Until now.


The rifle is a fairly stock AR-15, but with some slick designing on the part of the Black Rain folks. The handguard is free floated, and uses their nifty top rail design to keep it as slim and sleek as possible. The receiver is milled and perfectly mated. The bolt is nickel boron coated. And as for the barrel, as usual its an in-house creation that is capped with an effective muzzle brake.

With a NRA branded AR-15, there’s the potential for some major issues. Imagine if someone uses one of these to commit a murder, and the immediate media backlash as images of the evil black rifle in question are paraded across the screen. Nevertheless its a cool rifle, and they’re only doing a very limited run.

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  1. If someone did do a mass shooting with one of those I would go full tin foil hat mode cause the odds would be infintesimal.

    • Agreed, it would almost HAVE to be a setup by the other side… Of course I wouldn’t put it past them to haul one of these out whether or not it was even involved.

      • You can almost guarantee, as soon as there is a mass shooting they will use images of this rifle, claiming it is the type firearm involved before later being proven wrong. It probably will also become the anti gun bloggers first choice for the stock photo they put in their anti gun articles regardless of what the particular subject is about.

    • That’s what I was thinking. Interesting idea, especially as a perk for a donation, but it should have been state of the art, or at least over the top…

  2. Black Rain Ordnance does have some nice upper and lower receivers and the fluting that they have makes a gun look sharp. I am kind of biased though, I have built three guns using there components.

  3. Whats with the NRA pants-twisting, Nick? You are sounding like a nervous old Frontline fan…;)
    Jeez, I hope this is snark…

    You did a nice review on a Black Rain rifle, awhile back, and several owners defended the above average price, citing their perception of quality and unique appearance.

    Sheesh If you don’t like the NRA logo, don’t buy it.
    I’m not defending the NRA, or Black Rain for giving the branded gun marketing angle a try,
    but I notice the snark on how long it took the NRA to get to AR support…is only matched by the implied disrespect to Black Rain, for co-branding WITH THE NRA?

    Kinda sad given the extra help they gave on your review, where you noted they gave you extra time “squadding up” with their people to understand the gun, etc.

  4. Hmm. Earlier comment did not make it- tl/dr:

    Seems like contradictory snark for the co-branding NRA logo on BlackRain rifle,

    while complaining at same time NRA is too slow to adopt new tech, like ARs.

    Personally, I do not buy a rifle or anything else based on what NPR or Bloomberg thinks, about logos.

  5. On the bright side, it isn’t a post about Sig arm braces… Unfortunately it’s a post about yet another same-old-same-as AR that has been sullied with the logo of the most compromised Gun org there is. NRA has sold us out time and time again. I strongly encourage folks to support Gun Owners of America. Larry Pratt doesn’t shy away from a fight, and has held fast in political brawls that would have the NRA clamoring for cover.

    • There’s need, purpose, and room for both orgs. The organized power of the NRA helped bury the post Sandy Hook hysterics and you can’t deny that.

    • Yes, their clout is potent in combating liberal stupidity, but I wonder why we’ve allowed the NRA to get this powerful, this concerned with publicity, and this out of touch with the needs of American gun owners.

      When I took the basic handgun course required to get my CCP, the “NRA certified” instructor thought “Condition 1” meant that the safety was off. I think that pretty much sums up the NRA.

      But what can we do? You need to pass an NRA course to get a carry permit in most of the states that strictly regulate gun ownership — is a lobbyist that’s so in bed with Washington the best authority on who gets to own a gun or not?

      Of course not, but it’s certainly in that lobbyist’s best interest to restrict who owns the guns they make their living on.

      I love this country and have done my best as a citizen to both obey the law as it is written and challenge it where it has been unfairly enforced. I find it a hard pill to swallow that the NRA has a legislative stake in whether or not I can carry a gun for self defense — In my opinion, that’s exactly like the tobacco lobby hiding the cure to cancer.

      So why should I keep going to my LGS and giving them my government ID every time I want a new gun? It’s not the gun shop’s fault, and it saddens me to see a hometown business affected by anyone’s political decisions, but I don’t own guns to appease Washington. I own guns to protect myself and my community in the off chance someone would wish to do us harm, and for the sheer fun of target shooting — not to notify some three-letter organization every time I make a purchase as a private citizen.

      I’ve nearly finished milling out an 80 percent 1911 frame I bought off the Internet. If I can build a working firearm from it, I think I’ll sell all the handguns registered in my name and, hopefully, get myself off any federal lists. It’ll be sad to see my fancy target pistols go, but I’m a man with a job and a family, not a collector.

      I don’t want to sound like a whiner, but it’s just very frustrating to have my back pinned up against a wall by an organization I was forced to trust.

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