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Announcing the BNTI ARMS Battle Rifle

We recently received an announcement describing the newly released BNTI Arms Battle Rifle. Chambered in .308, the new long gun is being built specifically for export to Nigerian and other African military, law enforcement and security forces units. BNTI is partnered with Armalite Inc. and several other companies and maintains a headquarters in Florida, but they are apparently a jointly US-Nigerian owned company based in Abuja. BNTI builds a number of weapon platforms in addition to their battle rifle; among semi-auto and select-fire rifles ranging from 9mm to 7.62 x 39mm.

Nigeria's relationship with the United States has grown much closer in the last two years, after a change in regime tentatively promised an end to human rights violations. Since the election of President Muhammadu Buhari the United States has been providing assistance to Nigeria in several ways via the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission. Significant among those is security, as Nigerian security forces become more involved in operations against the extremist group Boko Haram (previously AFRICOM preferred to work with the militaries of neighboring Chad, Cameroon, and Niger).

The development of BNTI weapons for export, and the intention to eventually begin manufacturing in African facilities, is likely a part of the goal to develop local infrastructure and manufacturing. In fact, not too long ago Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki initiated a program called the “Made in Nigeria” challenge.

Anyway, here's what we know about it.

Industry News: Announcing the BNTI ARMS Battle Rifle

BNTI ARMS LLC, in Jacksonville, Florida, is the U.S. headquarters for the manufacture of small arms intended for export to vetted African Armed Forces, Police and Para-Military units. BNTI is pleased to unveil its new .308 BNTI ARMS Battle Rifle.

“Our USA made firearms are of the highest quality and we build each firearm with the knowledge that it needs to be reliable, durable, and accurate as it will be saving lives and defending the freedom and way of life of the countries and people who depend on it,” said Jim Pledger, President of BNTI ARMS.

The new BNTI ARMS .308 Battle Rifle's performance-driven design is engineered for extreme durability and reliability. From the precision-machined MIL-Spec forged lower and upper to the MIL-Spec lower parts kit, the rifle is filled with premium features not found in comparable rifles. BNTI ARMS rifles will deliver the accuracy, reliability and durability expected by militaries and American gun owners.

BNTI ARMS .308 BATTLE RIFLE Specifications:

* Precision machined MIL-Spec forged 7075-T6 matched upper/lower receiver set   with integral QD's
* Receiver MIL-A-8625, Type III, Class 2 hard coat anodized (Cerakote colors optional)
* 16.5″ Match Grade 416R stainless steel barrel with 1:10 twist
* VX308 Flash Hider BCP or Odin Works
* 13.5″ KMod Rail by Battle Arms Development
* 90°ambidextrous safety selector
* CMC flatbow
* 4.5 lb. trigger
* Magpul ACS stock
* Multiple Cerakote options available

Broadcast Journalist, Joy Osiagwu interviewed the BNTI Arms staff at the 2017 SHOT Show. See the video here.

About BNTI ARMS LLC in their own words.

With its U.S. office in Jacksonville, Florida, and sales office in Abuja Nigeria, BNTI ARMS is dedicated to developing state-of-the-art technology and providing quality performance firearms for the Nigerian and other vetted African Military, Police and Para-military units, as well as for its U.S. markets.

You can find them online right here.



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