Guns New from ArmaLite: Defensive Sporting Rifles Recoil Staff September 9, 2014 Join the Conversation ArmaLite has introduced their new “Defensive Sporting Rifle Series” with two AR-15 variants; the Defensive Sporting Rifle 15 (DEF 15) and Defensive Sporting Rifle 15F (DEF 15F). Both are chambered in 5.56x45mm, with the latter integrating an A2 Front Site. The third rifle in the series is the Defensive Sporting Rifle 10 (DEF10) chambered in 7.62x51mm. What initially stands out with the Defensive Sporting Rifle Series is the affordability and lightweight package. The DEF 15 and DEF 15F both have a $699 MSRP, which comes in well under typical retail pricing (the DEF 10 has an MSRP 0f $999). The two AR-15 style rifles both come in at 6.35 pounds, with the AR-10 variant weighing in at 7.9 pounds. Speaking about the new Defensive Sporting Rifle series ArmaLite, Vice President of Product Management, Walt Hasser says, “These rifles represent ArmaLite’s commitment to our customers and the shooting community as a whole. Our goal was to make legendary ArmaLite quality available at a previously unattainable price and we met that goal. We’re excited to see new shooters and new ArmaLite customers have an economically viable avenue into the AR community.” Each of the new rifles feature a single stage trigger and 6 position collapsible buttstock. The DEF 15 Rifles utilize a 16″ chrome-lined barrel manufactured with (chrome-moly vanadium MIL-B 11595 E) steel with an M203 step down and 1 in 7 twist rifling. The barrels are threaded for 1/2×28 to accept common AR-15 muzzle devices and are equipped with an A2 Flash Suppressor. The DEF 10 Rifle has a 16″ melonite treated barrel with 1 in 11.25 twist rifling and is threaded for 5/8×24. Receivers all utilize (7075-T6 Aluminum) and the upper receiver is sight ready with top mounted Picatinny rail. ArmaLite President, Tommy Thacker provides additional insight for further work down the line, “I am proud of what our product and engineering teams have been able to accomplish in a short period of time. The Defensive Sporting Rifles series is the first of many new products to come from ArmaLite.” The Defensive Sporting Rifles can be purchased through authorized ArmaLite dealers. Let us know in the comments if these rifles are something you'd like to see evaluated. Explore RECOILweb:Brownells Weather Precision Shooting MetersRECOILtv Training Tuneups: Breakdown of a Base Rifle StanceOfficers Down in DallasGoing Hot NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.