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Long Guns: 2011

Tactical and patrol rifles continue to dominate the police long gun market.

January 13, 2011  |  by - Also by this author


The Daniel Defense Larry Vickers Signature Carbine is a long-gun option for officers that arrives tricked out and ready for duty. Photo is courtesy of Daniel Defense.

Just 10 years ago when law enforcement agencies went out to purchase long guns, they rarely looked at anything other than shotguns. But the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery and the 9/11 attacks have convinced many chiefs and sheriffs that their officers need more firepower. So today the AR and other military-style rifles dominate the market.

At this year's Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) rifles will once again take up much of the space allocated to law enforcement long guns. The following is a look at some of the models that will be on display.

Bushmaster Adaptive Combat Rifle

Bushmaster's ACR is one of the most advanced combat rifles available. Developed in partnership between Bushmaster, Magpul, and Remington, the ACR was designed specifically for military and law enforcement operations. The "Adaptive" in the rifle's name comes from the many configurations available. You can buy an ACR with a 10.5-inch barrel, a 14.5-inch barrel, or an 18-inch barrel. It can be carried and fired with the stock folded. Operators can also adjust the cheek weld and the length of pull. ACR owners can quickly and easily change the rifle's caliber from 5.56mm to 6.8mm Rem. SPC. The ACR features ambidextrous controls; an optional flash hider; hand guard with integral rail, folding, six-position adjustable stock; two-point push-button sling, and optional flash hider.

Colt Defense Law Enforcement Carbines

Colt's flagship police rifles have been around for many years, and they are still considered some of the best on the market. Nick Jacobellis wrote in the July 2010 Arsenal: "The Colt LE6920 is still one heck of a patrol or tactical rifle. Features of the LE6920 include: a four-position collapsible stock, a 5.56mm chamber, a chrome-lined chamber and bore, a barrel with a 1-in-7-inch twist that accommodates ammunition up to 80 grains, an adjustable front sight, a removable carry handle that includes a flip-up front iron sight, and an accessory rail." The LE6920 is available with a 14.5-inch barrel or as the LE6921 with a 16.1-inch barrel. The LE6940 is distinguishable from the LE6920 because it has a one-piece receiver with a monolithic rail and a free-floating barrel.

Daniel Defense Larry Vickers Signature Carbine

Georgia-based Daniel Defense is one of many AR manufacturers known better for its accessories than its firearms. But its latest model may change that. The Larry Vickers Signature Carbine is a luxury AR totally tricked out and ready for duty. Its guts are mostly Daniel Defense, including the upper and the barrel. Other features include a SureFire flash suppressor, a SureFire X300 flashlight, an Aimpoint Micro T-1 aiming system, a Magpul pistol grip, a Magpul trigger guard, a VLTOR iMod buttstock, and a Blue Force Gear Vickers Combat Applications Sling.

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Tags: Bushmaster, Colt, Daniel Defense, DoubleStar, DPMS Panther Arms, FNH USA, Kel-Tec, Rock River Arms, SIG Sauer, Ruger, Patrol Rifles, AR-Type Rifles, Shotguns

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