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New Gun: Wilson Combat’s Lightweight Ranger Line

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

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.

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.

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:

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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