New ARs for 2014
AR trends for 2014 show the 5.56 NATO still dominating the AR-15 market, but the 6.8 SPC is surging in popularity behind it, with renewed government interest. Also, .300 Blackout will continue to be pushed by the gun media, despite mediocrity as a hunting cartridge. Large frame ARs chambered in .308/7.62 NATO are also becoming increasingly popular, with many more manufacturers producing models. The increasing popularity of non-5.56 NATO cartridges is a product of the AR’s acceptance as a hunting implement. Another trend for 2014 will be the number of AR makers that believe “mil-spec” isn’t enough, and don’t want to be hindered by it.