By the Numbers: America’s Top 5 Rifles

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, News

The ATF numbers show that rifles gave pistols a close run for the top spot. While the category can be broken down into three subcategories, semi-automatic, bolt action, and lever actions, no one reading this will be surprised that semi-autos dominate the category.

DPMS Oracle

DPMS Oracle profile right

DPMS Oracle

Starting with number five, the DMPS Oracle AR-15 chambered in 5.56 NATO is the perfect rifle for you no matter if you are looking for your first rifle, or just an accurate and affordable plinker. Designed to bridge the gap between the tactical and sporting markets, the Oracle is an introductory carbine that fills both roles with ease. With features like a 16″ lightweight barrel, a flat top upper receiver, Glacier Guard handguards and a collapsible, six-position Pardus buttstock the Oracle is nothing short of a fantastic value. DPMS even outfitted it with a railed gas block and one high-quality magazine to make sure that you get the most value for your dollar on one of the most versatile carbines on the market today!

Specifications and Features:
DPMS 60532
DPMS Oracle Semi-Auto Rifle
Optics Ready
5.56mm NATO (Accepts .223 Remington)
16″ Lightweight 4140 Chromemoly Barrel
1:9″ Twist
A2 Flash Hider
10 Round Magazine Capacity
Direct Impingement Gas System
A3 Style Flat Top
Forged 7075 T6 upper receiver
Forged 7075 T6 lower receiver
Pardus Carbine Stock
Glacier Guard Polymer Handguard
Railed Gas Block
Commercial Buffer Tube
Carbine Length Gas System
No Sights Included
Overall Weight 6.4 lb’s
Overall Length Collapsed 32.5″/ Extended 36.5″
Matte Black Finish

Ruger AR-556

Ruger AR-556 right profile

Ruger AR-556

The Ruger AR-556 is ready to go out of the box with its adjustable Ruger Rapid Deploy rear sight. It has a 16.1″ cold hammer forged barrel with 1:8″ rifling, mil-spec diameter buffer tube and six position telescoping M4 style buttstock. The enlarged trigger guard makes shooting with gloves easier. This is an excellent choice for patrol, competition or defensive uses, as well as small game hunting.

Specifications and Features:
Ruger AR-556 8500
AR-15 Semi Automatic Rifle
5.56 NATO accepts .223 Remington
30 Rounds
16.1″ Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
1:8″ Twist
Muzzle Threaded 1/2-28 TPI
Carbine Length Gas System
Mil-Spec Diameter Buffer Tube
Six Position Collapsible Stock
Overall length 35.5″
Weight 6.5 lbs
Black

Kel-Tec SUB-2000

Kel-Tec SUB-2000 left profile top, right profile folded bottom

Kel-Tec SUB-2000

The SUB-2000 is a fantastic companion for the hiking pack, bug out bag or ranch truck. This self-loading pistol caliber carbine uses Beretta 92 and 96 magazines for ease and convenience. Kel-Tec’s SUB-2000 G2 has a greatly enhanced accuracy and extends the range of your handgun ammo to give you a superior hunting, self defense or varmint control tool. M-LOK compatible with top and bottom picatinny rails on the forened, and a stock that’s adjustable for length of pull, this is a very versatile platform. Where the SUB-2000 really shines is the compact nature of the firearm. This carbine literally folds in half! With a 16.25″ overall length and a 7″ high package, you can take this rifle anywhere! And let’s face it, this compact rifle is a blast to shoot! Get a Kel-Tec SUB-2000 and have a versatile go anywhere rifle on hand anytime you need it.

Specifications and Features:
Kel-Tec SUB-2000 G2 SUB2K40BRTA96BLKHC
Semi Automatic Rifle – Pistol Caliber Carbine
.40 Smith & Wesson
15 Rounds
16.25″ Barrel with 1:16 Twist
Threaded Muzzle with 9/16×24 TPI
Uses Beretta 92 and 96 Magazines
M-LOK Compatible Polymer Forend with Top and Bottom Picatinny Rail
Three Position Adjustable Stock
Gator Grip Texturing
Ergonomic Charging Handle
Adjustable Fluorescent Front Sight
Ghost Ring Rear Sight
Crossbolt Safety
Black
Overall Length 30.5″
Weight 4.25 lbs Unloaded

Colt LE6920

Colt LE6920 AR-15

Colt LE6920

Colt designs some of the most reliable AR-15’s for LE and military personnel, they have taken their basic LE model 6920 and improved it by adding Magpul MOE SlimLine furniture. Magpul Original Equipment (MOE) is a line of firearm accessories designed to provide a high quality economical alternative to standard weapon parts. Get these high quality firearms today before they sell out.

Specifications and Features:
Colt LE6920MPS AR-15 Semi Auto Rifle LE6920MPS-B
5.56 NATO chamber (accepts .223 Remington)
16″ chrome-lined, M4 barrel
1:7″ RH twist, 6 lands and grooves
Gas operated, multi-lug rotary locking bolt
Carbine Length Gas System
Standard M4 Fixed Front Sight Base
Forged flat top upper receiver
Magpul MBUS rear sight
Anodized aluminum upper/lower receivers
Magpul MOE SlimLine furniture
Overall Length: 32″ Collapsed to 35.5″ Extended
Weight: 6.57 lbs
Black

Smith & Wesson M&P15

Smith and Wesson M&P 15 stock

The M&P 15 Sport is all AR-15, with fast handling and rapid reloads.

Smith and Wesson followed up the top pistol spot with the M&P-15. The Smith and Wesson Military & Police model 15 Sport II is designed to the exact same specs as other S&W M&P15 rifles. Built for a variety of applications including recreational and professional shooting, the Sport II is the ideal entry level rifle. The M&P 15 features a 1:9″ twist barrel with an adjustable A2 style front post. The flat top style upper receiver is ready for any optic of your choosing, but will work great with the included Magpul MBUS rear sight.

Specifications and Features:
Smith & Wesson Military & Police 15 Sport II 10202
AR-15 Semi Automatic Rifle
5.56mm NATO caliber (accepts .223 Remington)
16″ 4140 steel barrel
1:9″ Twist
M4 feed ramps
7075 T6 Aluminum upper and lower receivers
Mil spec hard coat anodized black
Adjustable A2 front sight post
Magpul MBUS folding rear sight
6 Position telescopic stock
Chromed Gas key and bolt carrier
30 round magazine
Overall length 35″ Extended / 32″ Collapsed
Overall weight 6.45 lbs
Made in the USA

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Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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