This is clearly my favorite  segment of Media Day because it presents me with the opportunity to shoot some of the best long range tactical rifles in the world.  Beretta, Ashbury Precision, Bergara, Barret and several others live here. All of these rifles are exceptional in every respect. The SAKO TRG 22 sporting a Burris XTR II was dialed in to a 960 yard target (8.9 mils). The only thing it needed was another .3 mils right. Hearing that splat on steel 4 out of 5 sounded good. I may have impressed the Beretta Rep. and you can’t ask for much more than that.

I then moved over to the Lancer Systems shooting position where Ben Deroner took me through the Lacer Systems L30 rifle.


The L30 is a sweet shooter built on the Lancer receiver, equipped with Lancer’s carbon fiber handguard, Viper muzzle brake and flared magazine well. A little about the L30 rifle…


The Lancer L30 Rifles was developed to introduce a lightweight, highly precise and aesthetically flawless AR-10 style rifle. Each gun is chambered in 7.62X51 caliber and accepts the L7 Advanced Warfighter Magazine and other SR25/DPMS pattern magazines. (The L30 LTR rifle is also supplied in 6.5 Creedmoor). The L30 receiver and carbon fiber handguard,  provides a very stable platform with excellent control.

The upper receiver is sold as a set with the lower receiver. The lightweight carbon fiber hand guard mounts directly to the upper receiver, for a free floating handguard system.  The 12 o’clock rail is modular, connecting directly to the upper receiver and extending over the handguard. The sight rail is available in multiple lengths and with or without a 20MOA taper.

Lancer’s Viper Brake


Lancer’s Viper Brake is a “tunable” brake/compensator designed for precision shooters. It’s engineered with a blast chamber and four tunable jets to effectively reduce barrel movement, making for faster follow on shots. Different sized jets are supplied so the operator can tune the downward force. Angled blast baffles reduce recoil, further stabilizing the rifle. Made from stainless steel for 6.5 chambered rifles utilizing a 5/8-24 thread pitch. Includes a crush washer and twelve tuning jets.

Next stop along the firing line was Barrett to take a closer look at the MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design)


The MRAD is an excellent example of Roni Barrett’s genius. Here is a rifle with a user-changeable barrel system (two torx screws) offering chamberings in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .308 Winchester, .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor;  with all critical components of match-grade quality. The upper receiver incorporates an integral  21.75 inch M1913 rail with 20 MOA taper. The forward receiver is drilled and tapped for accessory rails to be mounted at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. Barrett’s MRAD is a great weapons system offering superb performance and flexibility. Way to go Barrett!

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