Zel Custom Manufacturing Adds .416 Barrett Uppers to Line

Zel Custom Tactilite .416 Barrett

Zel Custom Manufacturing added uppers chambered for the .416 Barrett to its Tactilite line-up.  According to the Zel Custom website, the initial production run has already sold out, but they are taking orders for the next batch.  I would venture to guess that is the position many businesses would like to find themselves in.

The Tactilite uppers are designed to mount to any standard AR lower, and work as a bolt action gun. A Cerakote finish is standard, with optional patterns and stenciling.

Standard barrel lengths are 18.5″, 22″, 24″, and 29″.  Custom lengths up to 36″ are available as special order items.  The barrels are free floated, and are made by Mossberg or Lothar Walther, depending on the model.

In addition to the .416 Barrett, Zel manufactures uppers chambered in .50 BMG, .338 Lapua and .408 CheyTac.  Essentially, they make super powerful, bolt action conversions for the AR-15 type rifle.

Pricing varies on the Tactilite uppers, and starts around $1600.  Prices go up from there.  That may sound expensive, but those numbers are in line with other companies making similar .50 BMG/.416 Barrett conversions for the AR-15.  Also, it still winds up being a lot cheaper than dropping the cash on a complete big bore rifle.

The handguard is a quad rail set up that is fully machined from 7075 aluminum billet.  The guns are finished in black Cerakote, but can be finished in a custom color or design.  For example, you could have the gun finished in a camo pattern or in bright colors as part of a custom “race gun” for competitions.

Like other Zel Custom rifles, the magazines are fed into the chamber from the side of the receiver.  You can’t expect a mag well designed for the 5.56 NATO to feed a .416 Barrett cartridge.  Have you seen the size of those things?  If not, trust me, they are much larger than a .223.

By Richard Johnson

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