There is a First Time for Everything—Four Firearm Industry Firsts

AR-15 style bolt-action rifle with black tactical stock, bipod and riflescope.

They say there is a first time for everything and for gun manufacturers and accessory companies to stay relevant, they must invent and innovate. These four new firearms and accessories from leading manufacturers are all firsts for each. Makers of the best AR-15 charging handle, Bravo Company release its first buttstock, LaserLyte develops its Center Mass laser for handguns, Stag Arms introduces a 9mm rifle and Patriot Ordnance Factory brings to market the only bolt-action rifle that can convert to semiautomatic.

Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) ReVolt Bolt-Action Rifle

Inspired by POF-USA’s Gen 4 series of rifles, the ReVolt is a magazine-fed bolt-action rifle legal in all 50 states. It is also the only bolt gun that converts to semiautomatic. Replacing the charging handle on the AR-15 is a straight pull back ambidextrous bolt. You must manually pull back the bolt for every round fired. To keep the rifle legal in restrictive states, POF-USA replaced the front pivot pin found on traditional AR-15s with a capture pin, allowing the upper and lower receivers to open for maintenance and cleaning, but not come completely apart. The ReVolt has an 18.5-inch free float barrel that is nitride heat-treated and deeply fluted. POF-USA adds its own 4.5-pound trigger, E2 extraction technology, triple port muzzle brake and free-floating 14.5-inch monolithic rail compatible with Magpul’s M-LOK system. Parts on the rifle that are not POF-USA made are the Luth-AR MBA-1 stock and Magpul MOE pistol grip. All controls on the POF-USA ReVolt are ambidextrous and the bolt handle doubles as a scope tool. Two rifles are available—the “heavy” .308 Winchester/7.62 and “light” .223 Remington/5.56. It ships with one 10-round Magpul PMAG.

Action Bolt-action
Barrel Length 18.5 inches
Caliber .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO or .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO
Overall Length 40 inches and 38.50 inches
Weight Unloaded 9.5 pounds and 8.30 pounds empty
Sights POF free-floating monolithic M rail, 14.5 inches M-LOK-compatible
Stock Luth MBA
Capacity 10 rounds

Stag Arms Model 9T 9mm Semiautomatic Rifle

Black AR-15 rifle chambered in 9mm with Diamondhead free floating handguard
Stag Arms recently released its first pistol caliber rifle for short ranges and self-defense.

Stag Arms recently released its first pistol caliber rifle for short ranges and self-defense. Externally, it looks identical to any traditional AR-15, including the duplicate operation of the safety, charging handle and magazine release. Further, the A2 flash hider, A2 pistol grip and adjustable stock are typical of any rifle-caliber AR. However, internally, the Stag Model 9T is a completely different ball game. Unlike in conversion kits, the lower receiver and specially designed magwell are dedicated 9mm. It is not gas-operated, but instead uses a straight blowback system. The hammer, mag catch and buffer were also specifically designed for the Model 9T 9mm carbine. The Stag Arms Model 9T features a 16-inch heavy barrel with 1:10-inch twist, a free-floating 13.5-inch Diamondhead URS-T handguard and Diamondhead flip up sights. It uses Colt-style 9mm magazines.

Stag Arms Model 9T
Action Semiautomatic, blowback
Barrel Length 16 inches
Caliber 9mm
Overall Length 32.5 inches collapsed, 35.75 inches extended
Weight Unloaded 7.9 pounds
Sights Diamondhead
Stock 6-position collapsible stock
Capacity 32 rounds

BCM Gunfighter Mod 0 Rifle Stock

BCMGunfighter Stock
Bravo Company Manufacturing’s BCMGunfighter Stock has a snag-free design so gear and slings won’t get tangled.

Bravo Company USA—makers of one of the finest AR-15 charging handles—introduces its first AR-15 buttstock. The Gunfighter Mod 0 rifle stock only has five parts connected with one screw. The slim, ultra-low profile AR-15 stock weighs just 7.5 ounces—the lightest buttstock on the market. Based on a snag-free design, the BCM Gunfighter Mod 0 stock’s toe will not snag or catch on body armor, clothing, web gear, slings or other gear. BCM incorporates its VBOST (Vehicle Borne Operations Sling Tab) that secures your sling to the rifle when you aren’t using it. The large  stock adjustment lever extends the length of the stock and is quick and easy to grasp and depress. The extremely strong stock has QD sling swivel attachment points and a rubber buttpad. With the kit, you get the stock, 7075-T6 MIL-SPEC receiver extension, locking castle nut, MIL-SPEC carbine action spring, carbine buffer and QD swivel mount end plate. All parts on the BCM Gunfighter Mod 0 AR-15 stock are made in the U.S.A.

LaserLyte CM-MK4 Center Mass Handgun Laser

Black pistol with LaserLyte's Center Mass red laser installed on the rail
LaserLyte’s CM-MK4 is the first Center Mass laser for handguns.

LaserLyte’s CM-MK4 is the first Center Mass laser for handguns. It will fit any standard Picatinny rail and requires 0.7 inches of rail space. The laser has two modes—constant on and strobe. The Center Mass laser has a single red dot aiming point in the center, surrounded by eight red dots around the perimeter. It widens by one inch per yard when aiming. For both right- and left-handed shooters, on the back of the laser are two buttons, both will turn the Center Mass handgun laser on and off. Hold either button down for approximately five minutes to switch the laser to pulse mode. Made of 6061 T6 aluminum and glass-filled nylon laser requires three 357 batteries that have 2.5-hour life during continuous use. An automatic shut-off feature turns the laser off after one minute with a five-second warning pulse.

Specifications and features

  • Fits: Firearms with a minimum of a 0.7-inch rail
  • Laser: 635nm
  • Modes: On, pulse and automatic off
  • Construction: 6061-T6 aluminum and glass-filled nylon
  • Length: 1.10 inches
  • Height: 0.93 inches
  • Width: 1.10 inches
  • Weight: 0.50 ounces
  • Batteries: Three 357 silver oxide, 2.5 hours battery life constant on

What do you think of gun manufacturers making “tactical” style rifles for states with assault rifle bans like the POF ReVolt rifle and Troy Industries PAR featured last week?? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.


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Comments (10)

  1. Sorry, I have to be picky about one of the statements regarding the first rifle in this article being the first bolt action rifle that could be modified to be fired semi auto. The 1903 Springfield was the first rifle that could be used semi-auto in the field during wwi with the pedersen device.

    1. The article states “from leading manufacturers are all firsts for each”… Meaning it is the first for each manufacturer, it didn’t say industry first. Besides… They are talking modern firearms, get in the right century would ya 🙂 🙂

  2. Does anyone make a bolt carrier assembly with a bolt handle on the side that would replace the charging handle on the AR? What other mods would be required to make this work?

    Note there is a pump operated AR, the PAR, which is also legal everywhere.

    1. Google is your friend… Type in “Bolt action conversions for AR’s” and you will find all that you are looking for. 🙂

    2. I really didn’t want a bolt action AR; I want a semi auto action with a cocking lever on the bolt coming out of the side where the ejection port is, so that I can get away from the charging handle in the rear.

    3. Just what I was looking for. I will need to sort through the links, but can you do this without going to a completly new upper?

    4. If I remember correctly, there are several companies that will take your stripped upper and your BCG and convert them for you.

  3. I think it is good for those states where the mere mention of a “black gun” sends certain people into a tizzy as it demonstrates that no matter how much they try to eliminate “scary” looking guns, their bans effectively amount to innovations by firearms manufacturers to circumvent these same appearance limitations.

    With that said, I’m glad I don’t reside in a “gun nanny” state, and I can have all the 50 round magazines, short barreled rifles, and suppressors for protected hearing that I can afford.

    1. unlike those anti RTKBA traitors at Troy, the POF is a practical poke in the eye to the nanny states. Troys PAR secedes to Anti gunners while Patriots rifle can be made useful should the need arise. POF for the win.

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