Paul Howe worked with Wilson Combat to build a new rifle that bears his name. Â The Paul Howe Tactical Carbine is an AR-platform gun chambered in 5.56 NATO. Â It has a very distinctive look and some very nice features and add-on options.
The carbine has a 14.7″, match grade barrel with a 1:8″ twist. Â The barrel has deep fluting. Â Permanently attached to the barrel is a three-prong Accu-Tac flash hider, which makes the gun legal without the need for a NFA stamp.
On this gun, Howe selected a two-stage Wilson Combat TTU trigger that uses heavier springs. Â The trigger release is set at 4.5 pounds, which Howe preferred for golved shooting. Â The weight of this gun is 7.5 pounds.
The finish is called Camouflage Armor-Tuff and it is a hand-applied pattern. Â According to the Wilson Combat press release, the finish also reduces the gun’s IR signature and can help to keep the rifle cool in hot weather.
The standard sights are a Daniel Defense front and a CSAT rear. Â The CSAT is a sight developed by Howe that combines anÂ apertureÂ with a notch on a single plane. Â This allows a shooter to quickly transition between close targets to longer range targets without needing to flip theÂ the sight from a wide to narrowÂ aperture. Â The notch is designed to sight in at seven yards, while the smallÂ apertureÂ is the typical 100 yards. Â Watch Howe explain the site in the video below for a much better explanation than the one I am providing:
The carbine can be had as a stand-alone product, or as a kit. Â The kit gets you a number of nice options:
- Leupold VX-6 1-6×24 scope with the illuminated FireDot
- Wilson Combat AccuRiser scope mount
- Streamlight TLR1 HL
- Vickers sling with push button swivels
The Leupold scope is a quality piece of glass. Â I previously reviewed the Leupold Mark AR 1.5-4x 20 with the FireDot. Â I thought it was an excellent scope, and the VX-6 extends the magnification while keeping a 1x setting.
The Streamlight TLR-1 HL is a great little weaponlight that puts out an amazing 630 lumens. Â I tested the TLR-1s HP, which is a similar light, and thought it was a superb performer. Â The HP throws a tighter beam for a longer reach than the HL, but the HL has more total light output. Â Also, the HL has a smaller reflector.
The rifle alone sells for $2600. Â The kit adds to the bottom line, so contact Wilson Combat for that price.