New Gun: Wilson Combat’s Lightweight Ranger Line

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Lightweight and accurate, Wilson Combat's Ranger line is configured to bring precision shooting to the field.

  • The new line marries a lightweight billet receiver with Wilson’s match-grade Ranger Barrel.
  • The Standard Ranger weighs 8 pounds, while the ultralight model comes in a tick above 7.5.
  • The carbines are available in eight calibers and come in AR-15 and AR-10 configurations.
  • The Ranger line demands a premium, running from $2,350 to $3,195.

For shooters hunting for more than a bench-anchored tack driver, weight is the important consideration in a carbine. The lighter a rifle the less trouble it is to hump into the backcountry or operate on the fly.

Ranger-first

In the past, this has meant material removal, shaving ounces to save pounds. And being one of the largest parts of a gun, the barrel has always been a prime location to cut away at in efforts to make a firearm featherweight. As any precision shooter knows, this is a deal with the devil. Sure, it reduces weight, but at the cost of barrel rigidity and in turn accuracy.

The new Wilson Combat Ranger line of ARs goes a long way in finding a happy medium between ballistic performance and manageability. Designed for tactical, defensive and hunting applications, the line combines a lightweight billet receiver with Wilson’s Ranger match-grade, tapered barrel for some impressive results. The standard model Ranger tips the scales at 8 pounds, while the ultralight comes in at a hair over 7.5 pounds. Either configuration should prove to be fast handling and on target.

Both Ranger models come outfitted with a SLR Rifleworks adjustable gas block, Wilson’s Tactical Trigger Unit, a 10-inch M-LOK rail, the company’s Q-Comp muzzle break and a Mil-Spec NP3-coated bolt and carrier.

Where the models differ is furniture. The Ranger standard has a Rogers/Wilson Super-Stoc buttstock and Wilson/BCM Starburst Gunfighter grip. The ultralight, on the other hand, has a Smoke Composite carbon fiber buttstock and Mission First pistol grip. The variation also leads to slightly different overall dimensions, given the standard’s buttstock is adjustable, with 3 inches of play, while the ultralight’s is fixed.

Wilson offers a bevy of caliber choices for both Ranger models, including: 5.56 NATO, 6.8 SPC, .300 Blackout, .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., .338 Win., and 7.62×40 WT. Depending on caliber choice the carbine boasts either a 14.7 or 16-inch barrel.

Ranger-second

Wilson Combat firearms tend to demand a premium and the Ranger line is no different. The base price of the standard, which is an AR-15 configuration, is $2,350; it jumps to $3,095 for an AR-10. The ultralight Ranger is base is $2,450 as an AR-15 and $3,195 as an AR-10.

For more information on Wilson Combat’s Ranger line, please check out: www.wilsoncombat.com.

Ranger Standard Specs
Available Calibers: 5.56 NATO, 6.8 SPC, .300 Blackout, .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 WIN, .358 WIN
Barrel Length: 14.7″ (.308 WIN), 16″ (5.56 NATO, 6.8 SPC, .300 Blackout, 7.62×40 WT, .243 WIN, .358 WIN) 16″ Fluted (6.5 Creedmoor, .308 WIN)
Overall Length: 33.5″ Collapsed, 36.5″ Extended
Weight Empty: 8 lbs. (AR-10 Platform)

Ranger Ultralight Specs
Available Calibers: 5.56 NATO, 6.8 SPC, .300 Blackout, .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 WIN, .358 WIN
Barrel Length: 14.7″ (.308 Win), 16″ (5.56 NATO, 6.8 SPC, .300 Blackout, 7.62×40 WT, .243 WIN, .358 Win), 16″ Fluted(6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win)
Overall Length: 37″
Weight Empty: 7lbs 6 oz (AR-10)


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