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Weapons

DPMS/Panther Arms LRT-SASS Rifle

This gas-powered, rotating-bolt rifle is hefty and high-powered.

June 25, 2007  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author


Scott Smith, one of POLICE Magazine weapons reviewers, got his hands on the DPMS/Panther Arms LRT-SASS gas-powered, rotating-bolt rifle. He was impressed.

Here's an excerpt of his review:

With the military demand for a rifle to meet its needs several manufacturers redesigned the AR-15 to serve as the basis for a tactical rifle. DPMS/Panther Arms' offering for this market is the LRT-SASS.

Simply put, the LRT-SASS is an AR-15 on steroids. It is larger in size, larger in caliber, and heavier in weight. The LRT-SASS I used for this review arrived in a padded "gun case" with the owner's manuals, two 19-round magazines, one LRT with four position handguards with covers, Mangonel front/rear flip-up sights, a sling, and a Harris bipod—all in all, a ready-to-use package. The one thing I noticed with the LRT was the heft of the package. The LRT-SASS tips the scales at 11.45 pounds, nearly double the weight of an M-16/AR-15 series rifle. This extra weight helps take the recoil and increases the life of the rifle.

Read Smith's full Arsenal review of the tactical rifle.


Comments (2)

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Thor Odinson @ 2/8/2008 4:58 PM

I know that your test of the LRT was a comparison of a .223 to a .308 but can the LRT handle what I would consider a "real" calibre? How about something like a .350 Rem Mag? I get a little worried if the slug is under a thirty five. With all the new caliber's there has to something with a little more punch. Just one of those Elmer Keith type of guys.
Everybody can make an argument one way or the other but I just wondered if it could handle it. Thor

raymart natural @ 2/22/2013 2:13 AM

that gun is very hot, very powerful. i guest that gan will the one who used by billy in expandable 2

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