CMMG MkW-15 XBE2 ANVIL

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There is no doubt I am partial to the .458 SOCOM. On one boar hunt I fired two shots and two wild pigs dropped like I dropped an anvil on their head. The CMMG MkW-15 XBE2 Anvil is built on CMMG’s Mk3 receivers manufactured from 7075-T6 aluminum, so it can withstand the power of the .458 SOCOM. The Anvil also features CMMG’s proprietary MkW lower receiver and an SLR adjustable gas block to custom tune your cartridge and equipment. ($2,150)

The AR-style rifle is one of the most popular rifles being produced today, and a lot of manufacturers doubled down on their products by producing some outstanding examples this past year. The list below includes ARs along the price spectrum and ARs that defy the norm. Whether you shoot competitively, hunt, or are looking for something for self defense, these rifles have you covered.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Winter 2016 Issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.


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