Bushmaster ACR coming late this year … maybe

Sean forwarded me an email he received from the Customer Service Manager at Magpul.

The Magpul Masada design has been licensed to Bushmaster Firearms and they are handling production and distribution. It’s been renamed the ACR and was officially scheduled for release in the first Quarter of 2009. However, Bushmaster/Remington plans on offering up the ACR for the M4 replacement solicitation. This is necessitating some possible small design changes (barrel life requirements, rail markings, position of full-auto safety, etc.) to meet certain mil-specs along with much more scrutiny in the testing process. Unfortunately this will most likely delay the release an undetermined amount of time but we are hoping it will be unveiled sometime late this year with a retail of around $1500.


Many dates have been given out in the past for the launch of the Magpul / Bushmaster / Remington ACR so don’t pin your hopes on having a ACR under the Christmas tree! The price seems reasonable.

Many thanks to Sean for the info.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Canthros

    This at least matches up with the late 2009 estimate that Bushmaster gave out toward the end of last year, anyway.

  • Eddy Alvarez

    i’ll believe it when i see it… actually, when i own it.

  • Thomas

    …Except $1,500 becomes $4,000. The Kel Tec RFB comes to mind.

  • Kris

    IF they actually hit the schedule and IF it is at that price, I’ll be second in line for one…

  • jdun1911

    For that kind of money I rather go with a good FAL or M14. It is too much for a plastic rifle.

  • Matt Groom

    The Kel-Tec RFB was announced as being $3000, and it’s MSRP is $1880. I’ve seen them on Gun Broker for $5000, but that’s not Kel-Tec’s fault.

    The Massada/ACR isn’t gonna get built until Cerberus is good and ready to build it.

  • Bolter

    SCAR-16 going for about 3k on Gunbroker. But it has the sex appeal: can you spell “U-S-A-S-O-C”? More competition is good in this arena I think. Good luck to Bushmaster/Remington. Hope it makes it to market. Looks interesting. Market has a decent number of piston-driven 5.56 entrants already, and you can add a lot of similar doodads to them.


  • Danny

    This Rifle resembles a HKG36 (my favourite weapon) looks cool a truly third generation 5.56 rifle was it evaluated for the millitary

  • M24

    Is this even legal to own? It is a fully automatic weapon right? Would a semi-auto version have to be purchased be civilians (non-military)? However, I have no doubt that it will be the gun that our future troops will be equiped with. It is extremely efficient and is very customizable and adaptable. I look forward to seeing this come out. It is easily one of my favorite designs for a rifle.

    • M24, yea, a civilian version is not capable of select fire.