What are some good semi auto 5.56 rifles?


#47

Other semi auto 5.56 rifles (not AR/AK/Mini14 style). Not a complete list, but these are most of the ones available nowadays (availability depending on your wallet). I probably missed a bunch, but this is just a quick run down of the modern/aftermarket supported/readily available models.

Non-Bullpup
Scar 16
CZ 805
Beretta ARX100
Zenith Z43
Bushmaster ACR
Robinson Arms XCR-L
Keltec Su-16
IWI Galil (AK-style, but not really an AK)
Faxon ARAK
LMT/LWRCI/POF/Adams Arms/PWS Piston ARs (not your father’s direct impingement)

Bullpup
IWI Tavor/X95
Desert Tech MDR
Stey AUG
FN FS2000
Keltec RDB


#48

^ This ugly duckling looks like fun to own and shoot. And I’ve heard is pretty reliable.


#49

I would add the Faxon ARAK21 to that list. I have had mine for awhile and it’s a good platform. AR style bolt matched to the long stroke gas system, think AK or M1 Garand, with easy caliber change through simple barrel changes and ambi ejection ports.


#50

I loved the ACR. I have a buddy who loves his SCAR and Tavor bullpup. I was looking st a Tavor, but went with an AR15 because I could build it myself easier.


#51

I own one, I love it. I want another!


#52

Shit, what do you NOT own man? :cowboy_hat_face: If I’m ever in your neck of the woods we gotta go shoot some meat targets ala Paul Harrell style.


#53

Pig heads , cinder blocks and 2x4s are my fvorite besides tannerite.


#54

Deal! P.M. me whenever if ever your in my state.


#55

Have you pushed it yet? Any reliability issues?


#56

No not yet. It is very fun to shoot. More so than I anticipated. My CZ Bren got minimal range time that day. 90% of the ammo went to the Beretta ARX.
The only problem with it I can foresee is the ARX is piston driven so when the action is open sand/ mud could get into it, and well then you know what happens.
The action is very tight so IMO I would give it the same chances I would give a piston AR rifle.
You will not believe the balance with a loaded magazine. Unreal.
Not one issue yet.


#57

I just had a hard time gripping the front. They look cool though. What makes you like it more than the Bren 805?


#58

Good question.
First off, VALUE. I got this one new in box for ~800.00.
It has and offers more options than any other firearm that comes to mind.
It is very very light weight 6.8 lbs with sling/sights.
Cold hammer forged, chrome lined barrel.
It comes with bag/sling/ diopter sights, 100-800yards.
Pic rails at 12-3-9 o’clock
Breaks down in less than a minute. Try it everything apart in under a minute.
The only down sides IMO is reciprocating charge Handel, heavy trigger, and accuracy is 2 MOA. Just to bring up a point on the downside remember it’s a military grade firearm not a high speed low drag rifle.

Don’t get me wrong I love my Bren. I got that for ~1,500.00 new in box. It doesn’t have all the options, or come with as much stuff as the ARX.
I bought both of them with in 2 weeks, knowing what I know now I would have bought 2 ARX rifles.


#59

Does it have any issues with pmags?


#60

Not gen1,2.


I don’t think I have any gen3 p mags.
I have heard that a gen3 might not work due to a over insurtion ledge mag pul put on the gen 3 magazines. If anyone else has one please chime in.


#61

I would say there are a lot of good options on the market ranging in price. People have posted a number of different options already. Once that just came onto my radar is the new Bren 2. They’re limited in numbers right now and commanding a premium ($1800+) but they are going to give the SCAR a serious run for its money when they’re available in greater numbers sometime around SHOT Show. I have one and I’ve shot the full-autos in the Czech Republic. It will likely replace my AR15 as my truck gun here soon if my testing continues to be so incredibly positive.


#62

A voice from above?
can’t wait until tomorrow night


#63

$1800 is not that bad compared to $2800 for a SCAR.


#64

That’s why I say it’s probably going to be a SCAR killer. It has exceptional quality, a non-reciprocating charging handle, outstanding ambi controls, light weight, modular, and just plain sexy as all Hell.

I liked the 805, but it had too many little things I didn’t like. The charging handle was reciprocating, the bolt hold was hard to operate manually, etc. All that is resolved with the Bren 2 and it’s probably one of the best new rifles I’ve used in the last 20 some years. I can’t think of one that’s impressed me more.


#65

Tim what do you think of the FN FS2000? I’m curious to hear your perspective.


#66

Is the lower reciever made of polymer like the SCAR?