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First Look: Anderson Manufacturing Precision Series AR-15s

THE POVERTY PONY IS GETTING AN UPGRADE, BUT CAN ANDERSON DELIVER?

Anderson Manufacturing is a name that almost everyone in the AR-15 world knows, mainly because Anderson has been an undisputed leader in budget level stripped lowers. Pre-pandemic getting a mil-spec lower for $40 was no problem if you shopped Anderson.

However, something that Anderson Manufacturing was not known for was top-level quality and quickly earned the name “Poverty Pony” based on its price point and logo.

My Anderson lower never failed me, but it isn’t the prettiest lower in my safe.

This could soon change with Anderson Manufacturing now entering the precision rifle market!

Announcing a line of precision AR-15s with an MSRP under $1,000, Anderson could be the new standard for inexpensive accuracy. 

Four rifles will be added to their catalog, including The Competitor, Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Varminter.

All four rifles will feature a Schmid Tool 2-stage trigger with a 4.5lb pull, Magpul PRS Lite stocks, and 18” or 20” barrels.

AM15 Varminter

ANDERSON MANUFACTURING PRECISION SERIES LINEUP SPECS

The Competitor

  • Geared toward competition, it’s equipped with Anderson’s Stallion muzzle brake to reduce recoil, ambidextrous safety switch and an adjustable Anderson gas block.
  • Lightweight – This rifle runs a low-mass Anderson bolt carrier group and its 18’’ tapered profile barrel is sheathed by Anderson’s T6 aluminum 15’’ MLOK handguard.
  • Comfortable – Equipped with Hogue’s OverMolded Rubber Beavertail Grip with Finger Grooves.

The Marksman

  • Versatile – Based on Special Purpose Rifle (SPR) concept, the 18’’ tapered profile barrel allows the shooter increased range on point targets.
  • Dual-Purpose Comfort – This rifle is equipped with Magpul’s K2 pistol grip that allows for on-board storage combined with a more vertical, modern grip.
  • Lightweight – Fitted with Anderson’s 15’’ T6 aluminum MLOK handguard that reduces rifle weight while also accommodating shooter customization forward of the receivers.
  • Tactical – Anderson’s Knight Stalker flash hider suppresses muzzle flash.

The Sharpshooter

  • Long-Range – This rifle’s 20’’ tapered profile barrel optimizes accuracy and range, allowing the shooter target options to 550 meters and beyond.
  • Dual-Purpose Comfort – This rifle is equipped with Magpul’s K2 pistol grip that allows for on-board storage without sacrificing shooter ergonomics.
  • Tactical – Anderson’s Knight Stalker flash hider suppresses muzzle flash.

The Varminter

  • Geared towards small predator and varmint hunters, also great for accurate range time.
  • Enhanced Durability, Reduced Recoil and Optimal Accuracy at Range – This rifle is fitted with Anderson’s 20’’ heavy barrel with target crown sheathed by Anderson’s T6 aluminum 15’’ Round Tube MLOK handguard to reduce weight and allow for shooter customization.
  • Comfortable – Equipped with Hogue’s OverMolded Rubber Beavertail Grip with Finger Grooves.

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