Today, we are blessed with a seemingly
endless list of builders of modern semi-automatic firearms;
particularly the venerable AR-15 design. For decades, there were
many who made it a point to hate the AR-15, but today, those
folks are getting harder to find, as the features and
performance of the design has seen a steady improvement since
its inception. Good AR-15 rifles can be found today for well
under a thousand dollars, but many shooters seek out rifles that
are a cut above the standard, and for those, a premium rifle
from a top-tier AR builder
is what they desire. MILTAC Industries makes premium rifles, and
their Alpha model is the subject of this review.
Just as is the case with high-end 1911
pistols, a premium rifle is desired by shooters who either have
a serious need for an AR that will not fail, no matter what, or
just because they have a desire to own a rifle that is not
"just another AR".
MILTAC builds their rifles using only premium
components from makers such as Magpul and Troy, and assembles
their rifles to the highest standards. The Alpha Series rifle
featured here has the upper and lower receiver halves milled
from solid billet 7075-T6 aluminum, perfectly matched, and
finished in a hard Cerakote, along with the rest of the rifle.
The magazine well is flared, to aid in a quick mag change. The
Alpha employs an excellent set of Troy folding battle sights,
which can serve as primary sights or as backup sights to an
optical sight. There is plenty of Picatinny rail atop the Alpha
for mounting of most any practical weapons sight.
for the MILTAC Alpha carbine are listed in the chart below.
Linear measurements are listed in inches. Trigger pull is listed
as pounds of resistance, as measured on my Lyman digital scale.
Weight is actual weight as measured on my digital scale.
||5.56x45 NATO / 223 Remington
||16 inches, chrome-lined, M4 profile
||RH, 1 in 7 inches
||33.875 to 37 inches
||7.25 pounds, empty
||Magpul ACS-L six-position
||Aluminum, Troy 13-inch
|Bolt Carrier Group
||EXO nickel-boron coated
||Troy folding battle sights
||30-round Magpul PMAG
||Magpul single-point (two-point
||Crossfire tactical, padded
|MSRP (as of 02-06-14)
I fired the MILTAC Alpha carbine using every
type of 5.56x45mm and .223 Remington ammo that I had available
for function testing, and also used several of the better
quality brands for accuracy testing. I mounted a Leupold
Mark 4 8.5 to 25 power riflescope for accuracy testing using an
ArmaLite 30mm mount. All accuracy testing was done from a solid
bench using a Target Shooting, Inc. Model
500 rifle rest. Range conditions were cool, with a slight
breeze and an air temperature around the thirty-three degree
Fahrenheit mark, with forty percent humidity, at an elevation of
approximately 541 feet above sea level. Accuracy and velocity
results are listed in the chart below. Velocities are listed in
feet-per-second (fps). Group sizes are the averages for
three-shot groups at 100 yards.
Bullet weights are listed in grains. FMJ is a full metal
jacket bullet. HP is a match hollowpoint bullet. SS109 is
military ball (FMJ) ammunition. V-Max is a Hornady
polymer-tipped bullet. TSX is a Barnes homogenous copper
|Lake City M855
|Hand Load TSX
|Winchester USA FMJ
|Buffalo Bore HP
|Buffalo Bore HP
|Black Hills HP
|Wolf Gold HP
Accuracy was excellent with most every type
of ammunition tested. Pictured are the best and the worst groups
fired from the MILTAC rifle, with superb accuracy exhibited by
the Buffalo Bore 69 grain
Sniper ammunition. The 77 grain load did almost as well from the
Alpha carbine. Black Hills
69 grain was also very accurate, as was the Wolf
Reliability of the MILTAC Alpha carbine was
one hundred percent. Every round fed, fired, and ejected
perfectly. The trigger pull released crisply at just a bit over
four pounds, which contributed to the rifle's excellent
accuracy. The Alpha carbine balances well, handles well, looks
great, and runs flawlessly. It is built right, and built in the
USA. You can buy an AR-15 carbine for a lot less money, but you
will be hard-pressed to find a better AR, at any price.
more information on this and other MILTAC weapons, go to www.miltacindustries.com.
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