The Best Rifle You Have Never Heard Of

Adcor B.E.A.R. overview

Among the best rifles in the AR-15 world is one many shooters have never heard of—the Adcor Defense B.E.A.R. (Brown Enhanced Automatic Rifle) may be the best buy.

If you have fired a modern rifle with a big name with a monolithic receiver and rail, it just may have sported a receiver made by Adcor. The Adcor AR-15 features a monolithic receiver and quad rail that offers a great deal of utility and a modern appearance.

Adcor B.E.A.R.
The Adcor B.E.A.R. is a great rifle, but a little-known AR variant.

B.E.A.R. Features and Specs

The Brown Enhanced Automatic Rifle, named for its inventor, is offered in both the standard gas impingement system and a gas piston type. My example is the gas impingement rifle. The original rifle featured a floating gas system that many find attractive.

My rifle also features the floating barrel and rigid rail system. The Adcor B.E.A.R. features first-class assembly, fit and finish. Every piece is made in the USA. A special bolt design protects the ejection port from debris, dust, and other material entering the rifle.

Bolt design - Adcor B.E.A.R.
Note the innovative bolt design.

While I conducted initial firing with the supplied MagPul fixed sights, later during the test program my rifle was fitted with a TruGlo Omnia rifle scope. Here are the specifications for the Omnia:

  • Multi-coated lenses for enhanced clarity and contrast
  • 30mm tube for increased turret adjustment range and increased brightness
  • Locking target turrets that prevent accidental adjustment
  • 1/2-MOA target turrets and MOA based reticle for simplified adjustments, tracking and holdover
  • APTUS-M1 mount for a stronghold and ideal mounting position on modern sporting rifles
  • Illuminated All Purpose Tactical Reticle (A.P.T.R.) for precision measurement without a crowded sight picture
  • Hardcoat anodized matte finish
  • Nitrogen gas-filled, fog-proof construction
  • Water-resistant and shock-resistant design
  • Illuminated glass-etched reticle
  • Leaf-spring turret control for positive and responsive click adjustments
  • Generous eye relief
The TruGlo Omnia is supplied with a sturdy scope mount.

Testing the B.E.A.R.

To begin the test, I fired the rifle with the supplied MagPul fixed sights. I loaded a mix of MagPul and C Products magazines with Winchester USA’s 55-grain FMJ. The bolt was lubricated with Ballistol and I began the test firing.

The rifle handles well, with a good balance. The quad rail provides excellent balance and a good gripping surface. The trigger breaks at 6.0 pounds even. While the trigger isn’t light, it is even and consistent. The rifle is fast on target.

There were no problems with reliability with any of the ammunition tested. I ran a single magazine of steel cased Tula loads with good results as far as function.  The rifle turned in good results at longer ranges within the limitations of iron sights.

Winchester .223 loads
Winchester’s .223 loads proved economical, accurate, and reliable.

I elected to mount the TruGlo Omnia and test it with several loads that have given good results in other rifles. Among these was the Winchester Ready 62-grain FMJ. At a long 100 yards, this loading demonstrated a one-inch, three-shot group on average.

Moving to the new Winchester 77-grain Match loading, I was able to fire a 0.8-inch three-shot group, with an average of three groups at 0.92 inches. The Adcor is clearly accurate enough for any chore. The rifle is reliable, fast handling, and offers a good reserve of ammunition.

With the TruGlo scoped added, the rifle has good utility as a hunting rifle, especially for coyote and other varmints. Whatever the AR-15 will do, the Adcor will do and it will accomplish the chores better than most.

TruGlo Omnia
The author felt that the TruGlo Omnia is a great option for any AR rifle.

Further Testing

I went a bit further on the testing as I elected to adopt the Adcor and the Omnia as my emergency rifles. The design is simple. I especially like the All-Purpose Tactical Reticle. The ladder of hash marks is calibrated for 55-grain loads, but far from useless with 62-grain loads.

A big advantage of the initial low magnification is that you may fire with both eyes open. It is quite easy to move the handle quickly to bring the elevation up for longer shots. The scope offered excellent accuracy at longer range.

If you use alternate 5.56 mm /.223 loads, such as the popular 60, 62, 75 and 77-grain loads, the scope and hash marks are useful once you have memorized the point of aim and point of impact. The Adcor/TruGlo combination is a good one.

Adcor B.E.A.R.
The battery compartment, windage and elevation knobs and the mount are well thought out. The TruGlo Omnia a good choice for all-around use.


I have enjoyed firing this rifle and evaluating it with different ammunition and sights. The rifle is a solid choice as a go-anywhere, do-anything rifle.

What do you think of the B.E.A.R.? Is there a little-known rifle you’re particularly fond of? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Author:

Wilburn Roberts

When Wilburn Roberts was a young peace officer, he adopted his present pen name at the suggestion of his chief, as some of the brass was leery of what he might write. This was also adopted out of respect for families of both victims and criminals. The pen name is the same and the man remains an outspoken proponent of using enough gun for the job.

He has been on the hit list of a well-known hate group, traveled in a dozen countries and written on many subjects, including investigating hate crimes and adopting the patrol carbine. He graduated second in his class with a degree in Police Science. It took him 20 years to work himself from Lieutenant to Sergeant and he calls it as he sees it.
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Comments (17)

  1. I have a BEAR .300 AAC Blackout upper, and have been looking at the .350 Legend. Excellent Quality and a lot less expensive Than having to buy multiple complete rifles as there are many lowers that work with many upper platforms.

  2. Not surprised! Never been a brander! I am only concerned with function and reliability. If it does the job intended. the name on it makes little difference. But have plenty of friends that just have to have the latest and greatest most expensive name bran whatever. Does it make them shoot any better???? NOPE!

  3. Would have appreciated knowing what the twist rate was, and if it had a ‘Wylde’ chamber for the longer bullets.

  4. Who has over $1000.00 to spend, only the rich. I have hard time to live if I spent $500.00 on one of these.

  5. Yes, I would agree,surprised.But I agree one of the best. Never owned, but fi on several occasions was able to send a few downrange with one, Pleased. Definitely a solid and reliable rifle. You really don’t see them at shows or any of the local shops. What I find to to a real kicker is the company Adcor has their headquarters in Baltimore, MD. Maryland which is one of the most left wing liberal strongholds in the U.S.A. I cannot believe they would allow this company to exist within their borders. I imagine they are only allowed to export them to the rest of the free USA. And yes I know of what I speak, I am unfortunately a subject in the Peoples Republic of Maryland.

  6. True, I have never heard of BEAR; but the fit and finish look substandard to me. Looks like an inexpensive parts home built rifle.

  7. If this is not an “AUTOMATIC RIFLE” , why would you call it that to give another negative piece of “data” to the anti-gunners? They will claim that even the gun people know they are “automatics”

  8. I’ve owned a number of ARs but the B.E.A.R. is my “go-to” rifle. Why? Because it will shoot any brand of 5.56/223 manufactured, brass or steel, without fail. I’m not sure why the author of this article failed to mention one of the unique design features, but the B.E.A.R. is equipped with an adjustable gas block which is clearly marked 5.56 and .223 on the easily accessible knurled knob. I have the side charging handle which is located on the left side of the forend allowing the shooter to load or clear a misfire without dismounting the rifle. Because of the proprietary upper, requiring special tools to disassemble, there isn’t much one can do to customize it but, then again, I can’t think of any improvement that needs to be made. Even equipped with a Leupold 1.5-5X scope, the rifle is noticeably lighter than other AR-15s. If it absolutely has to go “bang”, there isn’t a finer AR on the market.

  9. You told me more about the scope than the rifle.
    I’m not seeing what I’m getting for an extra 1K. The accuracy is the same, the weight is the same, parts are harder to get …..

  10. I have never heard of Adcor AR rifles and their ideas on “adjustable” gas impingement system. I will take your word that these rifles are top quality rifles. However, I bought an “upper” for an AR rifle I own with a Wylde chambered barrel that apparently does what this “floating gas system” does without having to “adjust” the gas system.
    What am I missing?

  11. Great article. Two questions where is the best place to purchase one and what is a good price for one equipped as per your article? Thanks.

  12. I’m shocked! Shocked, I say to discover that a Black Rifle is made in Maryland, a State that abhors the Individual Liberty guaranteed under the Second Amendment. I guess resident of that pathetic place cannot buy them.

  13. For 1300.00 You can build a solid and reliable AR platform utilizing 20″ FN Barrel and Aero receivers/rail that will out shoot this rifle at 100 to 600 yds all day long.

  14. I’m surprised that I found an article on this weapon!
    And to see it in an article called the “the best rifle you have never heard of” really doesn’t surprise me. I remember owning one of the first BEAR Elite rifles several years back when it had a non-reciprocating side charging handle. It wasn’t an issue YET, but there was a very small fracture where that charging handle was and was the ONLY reason I traded it out. I see that they no longer include them in their rifles which is a good idea. So because of that change, I have to agree that the BEAR Elite is the best purchase you can make as a choice for an AR. Free float barrel, piston operated and light (which is awesome because most piston operated rifles are a bit on the heavy side). The best part is the price. Good article.

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