Rock River Arms (RRA) introduced their new X-1 Series rifles at SHOT Show. Rock River Arms has continued to expand on a successful line of AR platform rifles, after winning a Federal contract to supply rifles to the DEA and several other Federal law enforcement agencies. Since that time Rock River has become a popular choice with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies, as well as civilian shooters.
Part of that success can be attributed to standard features on their rifles, such as the Rock River Arms 2-stage trigger, and other advanced features. The X-1 Series rifles will follow on that trend and add a few features as well.
Aaron got a close look at the Rock River LAR-47 at the 2012 SHOT Show. Â Here are his thoughts on the rifle.
Rock River Arms (RRA) has become one of the hottest AR-15 rifle manufactures in the country. Brothers Mark and Chuck Larson founded the company in 1996, after spending about 15 years as armorers with Springfield Armory, Les Baer Custom, and Eagle Arms – where they worked on AR platforms.
The RRA LAR-15 rifles and 2-stage triggers have become synonymous with quality craftsmanship. It was that quality that led the DEA to award RRA a contract for patrol rifles back in 2003, beating out several of the â€œmajorsâ€ rifles for the bid. That bid alone may have propelled RRA into the AR market spotlight at an early age when most weapon manufacturers are still trying to work out the bugs of their brand name. RRA has excelled at making excellent rifles, and the number of agencies and personal owners has increased accordingly.
Though they have experience building 1911 pistols, RRA has for years focused their attention solely on AR-15 rifle platforms.
That is until now!
At the 2012 SHOT SHOW Rock River Arms announced that in 2012 they will begin distribution of the RRA LAR-47 CAR A4 – a sweet combination of the AR-15 and AK-47 platforms that RRA calls â€œa match made in heavenâ€. I talked with RRA representative, Steve Mayer about this truly unique innovation in the rifle market.
I have to admit the Rock River Arms LAR-40 pistol is a head-scratcher for me.Â This is one of those guns that I just don’t get.Â Let me explain…
The RRA LAR-40 is a AR-15 style firearm chambered in the .40 S&W pistol round and configured as a pistol.Â You can get them with a seven inch or 10.5 inch barrel with an A2 or A4 upper.Â Overall length on the seven inch model is 23 inches with an unloaded weight of 4.8 pounds.Â The 10.5 incher weighs 5.2 pounds in the A2 configuration and measures 26.5 inches overall.
The pistols use an UZI-style stick magazine (only one is included).Â Retail prices run from $1120 to $1180 depending on configuration. Â But…what’s the point?