Is the AR-15 America's Ultimate Weapon?

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The Oklahoma-based Rise Armament isn’t the only company to produce a flag-themed AR, but simply put this one might be the best that has honored Old Glory.

by Peter Suciu

There is absolutely no shortage of AR-15 modern sporting rifles available today. The category is so popular that it is hard to actually find some models in stock. More importantly, the AR-15 remains the dominant selling “black gun” but now a new special edition from RISE Armament has added some patriotic “red, white and blue” into the mix—and could become as American as apple pie. 

Introducing the RISE Legacy American Flag AR-15; a modern sporting rifle that will provide shooters with solid performance while highlighting the righteousness of its cause. It combines the best in accuracy, reliability, and speed—and it comes in a lightweight package that simply screams, “God bless America.”

The Oklahoma-based Rise Armament isn’t the only company to produce a flag-themed AR, but simply put this one might be the best that has honored Old Glory. The color scheme is clean, and while just slightly subdued, it is sleek and captures the spirit of what the flag stands for.  

Unique Chamber

The RISE Legacy is chambered in .223 Wylde, which is also unique. This hybrid rifle chamber can allow it to shoot both .223 and 5.56x45 ammunition, despite the fact that the two calibers are not actually interchangeable. However, the fact that RISE included this means shooters can have the versatility to enjoy the exceptional accuracy of the .223 Remington but also the increased velocity and downrange power of the 5.56x45 NATO round. Normally it is only possible to shoot a .223 Remington out of a 5.56 chamber but you wouldn't want to do the opposite due to the chances of catastrophic weapon failure.  

So this patriotic rifle not only looks fantastic but also offers the American capacity for choice and options! 

100 Percent American Made

The Legacy Rifle, which is fully produced by RISE in Oklahoma, features a 416R stainless steel barrel with proprietary fluting, which ensures both accuracy and weight reduction, while the aluminum handguard has thirty-two MLOK connection points and a Picatinny upper rail system for countless customization options and is ergonomically designed for enhanced comfort.  

In addition, the rifle’s special-edition Patriot Trigger promises to provide enhanced precision shooting and faster follow-up shots. The Legacy Rifle also boasts the incredibly effective RA-701 Compensator, a high-performance bolt carrier group, and a Magpul CTR carbine stock. Each rifle ships with one magazine, as well as one RISE Armament Patriot rifle case. 

Supporting a Good Cause

A portion of each rifle sold will go to Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to children and spouses of those killed or disabled in combat. 

“To say we’re proud to help out and donate to Folds of Honor is an understatement,” said Matt Torres, president of RISE Armament. “Veterans’ families are often overlooked, which is really a shame. Our troops and their families have tremendous courage and have made so many sacrifices. It’s our duty as Americans, as patriots, to take care of them and honor what they’ve done for us all.”

Unfortunately, at press time, there is now a six month back order on the RISE Legacy American Flag AR-15, but good things do come to those who wait.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com. 

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