First Look: Anderson Manufacturing A4 Quad Rail Models


Anderson Manufacturing has recently announced an expansion to its A4 AR-15 line, featuring three models of A4 rifles and pistols with quad rail handguards.

Earlier this year, Anderson Manufacturing launched the A4 series of 5.56 NATO AR-15 rifles and pistols. The series included four models, a full-length rifle, a mid-length rifle, a carbine rifle and a carbine pistol. Now, Anderson has announced an expansion of the line with three new models equipped with quad rail handguards.


The three quad rail models include the A4 Rifle, the A4 Carbine and the A4 Pistol, giving shooters a quad rail-equipped option for every A4 model besides the mid-length rifle. Besides the addition of a quad rail handguard, the new models are virtually identical to their standard Anderson A4 counterparts. This means that regardless of whether the gun in question is a standard or quad rail model, they will share the same A2 pistol grip, buttstock/brace and ship with a Magpul MBUS rear flip-up sight. All models have an A-frame front sight.

A4 Rifle With Quad Rails


The quad rail rifle has a 20-inch, 1:9 twist 4150 Chrome-Moly Vanadium barrel with a government profile. It features a rifle-length gas system, an A2-style buttstock and an 11.5-inch quad rail handguard. MSRP is $679.99.

A4 Carbine With Quad Rails


The quad rail carbine has a 16-inch, 1:8 twist 4150 Chrome-Moly Vanadium barrel with an M4 contour. It features a carbine-length gas system, an adjustable M4-style buttstock and a 6.5-inch quad rail. MSRP is $669.99.

A4 Pistol With Quad Rails


The quad rail pistol has a 10.5-inch, 1:7 twist 4150 Chrome-Moly Vanadium barrel. It features a carbine-length gas system, an SBA3 Tactical pistol brace and a 6.5-inch quad rail. MSRP is also $669.99. This is the only new A4 model that differs slightly from the standard version, as the original Anderson A4 pistol barrel has a 1:8 twist.


For those who are looking to upgrade an existing rifle, Anderson also sells the quad rail handguards separately. The 6.5-inch carbine version has an MSRP of $84.99 and the 11.5-inch rifle version has an MSRP of $94.99.

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