New Stag Arms Model 3T

Stag 3T rifle

Stag Arms introduced their new Model 3T and Model 3T-M at the 2014 SHOT Show.  This is a rifle length direct impingement AR-15 chambered in 5.56 NATO.  As with all Stag models the Model 3T and Model 3T-M will be available in both right-handed and left-handed versions.

What sets the 3T apart from the other lines of Stag AR-15’s is a rifle length Diamond Head VRS-T free float hand guard and the rifle length gas system.  The Diamond Head VRS-T is a really low profile and lightweight hand guard that has an incredibly good feel and fit.  The VRS-T has grooves on the bottom that are shaped to fit your fingers, a flat Picatinny rail the entire length, and modular attachment points along both sides.

In addition, the Model 3T will have polymer Diamond Head front and rear flip up sights.  The sights are the same as the metal version, only made in polymer.

Stag 3T new

The Model 3T-M is an upgraded version of the Model 3T, and includes a Magpul ACS 6-position buttstock, and a Magpul MOE pistol grip.  In addition, the front and rear Diamond Head sights are aluminum instead of the polymer on the Model 3T.

Stag 3T shot show

These specs are common to both models:

  • Caliber – 5.56mm NATO
  • Upper Receiver – Forged, Mil-Spec Type 3 hard coat anodizing
  • Lower Receiver – 70756 T6 aluminum with Type 3 hard coat anodizing
  • Length – 32.25” collapsed, 33.75” extended (3T-M is 33.5”/37”)
  • Weight – 7.4 lbs. unloaded
  • Sights – Diamond Head (3T – polymer; 3T-M – aluminum)
  • Handguards – 13.5” Freefloat Daimondhead VRS-T
  • Barrel – 16” chrome lined 4140 steel government profile with A2 flash hider
  • Twist Rate – 1:9
  • Magazine – 30-round metal (one included)
  • Trigger – Mil-Spec
  • Stock – Standard 6-position collapsible (3T-M – Magpul ACS 6-position)
  • Gas system – Direct impingement
  • Warranty – Transferable lifetime
  • Accepts Diamond Head rail attachments
  • Ships with a plastic rifle case, magazine manual, warranty card, and gun lock
  • MSRP – Model 3T – $999; Model 3T-M $1160 (add $20 for left-handed versions)

Stag 3T

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4 replies on “New Stag Arms Model 3T”

While this new firearm has all the bells a whistles, I will never purchase a Stag Arms product again. I had a terrible experience with their customer service “department”, when I tried to get a problem resolved with a new rifle. Customer “NO Service” is a more accurate description. I’m waiting until I’m at a function where they are present. Everyone within earshot will know about my negative experience. My advice is to buy another brand. Anyone interested in the long, boring story can contact me. The more shooters that know, the better.

Russ, sorry for your experience. I’ve had good experiences with them as well as others I know who have purchased from them.

I would recommend going above the first-line personnel. I’ve heard that the owner and management are very customer oriented. It may have been a break down at a lower level.


Thanks for your timely follow-up. Like I wrote, it’s a long, boring story. I’m not one to give up, and did try multiple avenues to get my problem resolved. The problem was a sloppy, moving handguard on a brand new Model 3 Carbine. On my initial sight-in trip, I couldn’t zero it with the iron sights I purchased from Troy Industries. After 2 futile phone calls, I even penned a letter to the Stag’s Owner/CEO. No luck. I then contacted Troy Industries to see if a sight adapter was offered to move the rail mount front sight to the gas block (for a non-moving mount). No, but the Troy representative offered to exchange both front sights (I bought 2 Model 3’s) free of charge! They even sent the sights with postage paid return! Great customer service! As I’ve told my friends (and the CEO of Stag), “They didn’t even have a dog in the hunt”‘ but fixed my problem anyway. They get my highest rating and thanks. Anyway, problems happen, but poor customer service at any level is unacceptable when you’re trying to sell in a highly competitive market.
Thanks again for your timely reply. Keep up the good work you do on your blog.

Russ C.

Thank you for your post Russ, it really helps our readers have a more informed opinion when they look into the market for their needs.

I’m disappointed that Stag failed to follow-up with you and fix the problem, even when the CEO was mailed. That will definitely play into my decision making in the future. The market is full of AR-15 rifles, so it is truly the little stuff that sets manufacturers apart.

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