Patriot Ordnance Factory gave us a tour of their new rifles for 2015, the ReVolt and the War Hog. The ReVolt is a 50-state-legal manual action AR-pattern rifle in .223 or .308, and the War Hog is an AR-15 for hunting and competition, complete with artistic flair. Jaryd walked us through the features in the video above, and some photos follow. . .
The ReVolt has large knobs on either side of the charging handle, allowing you to easily cycle the action manually after every shot. It’s effectively like a straight-pull bolt action rifle. Advantages are a reduction in weight due to a lack of gas system components (and the carbon fiber-wrapped barrel), and 5o-state legality because it’s not a semi-automatic rifle. Disadvantages might include the asking price: $2,249 for .223 and $2,949 for .308.
There were actually a lot of manual action AR-15s at SHOT Show this year. I suppose a big advantage over a traditional bolt action rifle is the AR-platform modularity we all know and love. You can still use whatever standard AR barrel, grip, trigger, butt stock, controls, etc. that you desire. Of course, with the barrel I suppose you’d want one without a gas port drilled in it or you’d have to clamp on a small gas block just to block it.
We are planning on including one of POF’s 3-port brakes in the next muzzle brake shootout.
Even with extended handguards, POF’s gas piston systems (on their semi-autos, naturally) remain adjustable thanks to a window on either side of the handguard: