Rise Armament: Shooting For Precision With The 1121XR in 6.5 Creedmoor

Rise Armament: Shooting For Precision With The 1121XR in 6.5 Creedmoor

Now chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, the 1121XR precision rifle appears ready to go the distance.

How Rise Armament decked out the 1121XR for the 6.5 Creedmoor:

  • At tick over 10 pounds the 1121XR is manageable as a field rifle.
  • It boasts a 22-inch stainless steel barrel, topped with a proprietary compensator.
  • The rifle comes with Rise Armaments RA-535 trigger, which break at 3.5 pounds.
  • The 1121XR runs $2,449 and comes with a hard case and two 10-round magazines.

Time was when you wanted a 6.5 Creedmoor it was strictly a bolt-action affair. But as the popularity of the long-range cartridge has grown, so have the options for launching it. Inevitably, this has meant a growing selection of semi-automatics.


In recent years, rifles that go the distance and provide lightning-fast follow-up shots have popped up in droves. Rise Armament is the latest black-gun specialist to jump on the Creedmoor bandwagon and has chosen a dandy platform for the caliber expansion. The 1121XR precision rifle, a gas-operated AR-10, has already won kudos in its original .308 Win. chambering and has the potential to turn even more heads as a 6.5.

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Will there be a tree line distant enough for a hog to escape when the 1121XR is on the hunt? The Oklahoma gunmaker is betting not, given it’s designed the rifle as a doer — not just benchrest candy. While more than capable of ringing steel set at the horizon in competition or for fun, the 1121XR looks to have a heart of a field gun. At a tick over 10 pounds, the rifle finds a sweet spot between precision-enhancing heft and manageability in and out of a stand.

As expected with a precision rifle, Rise Armament’s 6.5 comes with the features that make certain it performs. Chief among these are the 1121XR’s solid upper and lower receivers, machined from aircraft-grade aluminum billets to form the rifle’s rigid core. From there, the company has attached a 22-inch button-rifled stainless steel barrel and topped it off with its proprietary compensator. This final feature is a nice touch, certain to maintain shot-to-shot accuracy by dampening recoil.


Surrounding the barrel is a 15-inch handguard, also machined from billet aluminum and outfitted with M-Lok-compatible slots its entire length. The 1121XR also comes equipped with Rise Armament's RA-535 Advance-Performance Trigger, which offers a crisp 3.5-pound pull, no overtravel and a short reset, which should aid it in breaking off follow-up shots with expediency. The 1121XR 6.5 Creedmoor also boasts a precision-engineered bolt-carrier group, finished with black nitride to make cleaning a snap.

Overall, the rifle has a durable Cerakote finish available in three color schemes — black, foliage green and flat dark earth. The 1121XR ships with a hard case and two 10-round magazines. And at present, it has an MSRP of $2,449. The rifle is due out in 2018, but is yet listed on Rise Armament's website.


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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