Barrett REC7 now in 5.56mm

Barrett’s REC7 piston-operated AR-15 rifle was previously only available in 6.8mm SPC. It is now also available in 5.56mm NATO. They have also made some minor improvement to the rifle. They are now using a Magpul MOE stock, instead of a standard M4-style stock, and a Daniel Defense free-float rail system.

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  • I don’t really see the point considering that there are tons of piston 5.56×45 rifles out there already.

  • Lance

    Just like the SiG article you had a few days ago. I find it coincidenceal that as soon as the US Army announces they want a new M-4 with a monolithic rail and a pistion system, that Barret makes one in standerd 5.56mm caliber.

    This is surly a move to get a product ready for the new US Army rilfe/carbine.

  • carlos

    Hello steve, any idea of the price and is it going to be available to civilians. thanks.

    • carlos, no idea. They did not announce a price in the press release. it will be available to civilians.

  • Lance

    What do you think steve?

  • Is there going to be anything that sets this apart from similar models? If you hear the price I would be interested to know.

  • albert

    @ Executive Gun Runners:

    I hear/read that question asked quite often but I want to ask;

    What differenciates most DI AR-15s?

    Usually its the name engraved on the side*, different stock and more or less picatinny space.

    The firearm manufacturers are only doing what they did with their DI rifles by offering more customisation and slight differences between you and the guy in the next lane on the range.

    Piston uppers, especially the monolithic varieties are almost certainly the next step for AR’s so the producers are going to invest in that as its a growing market.
    Whilst they seem expensive now in the future the price will come down, as firearm producers invest in the modern CNC machines that can produce monolithic uppers.
    I don’t want these to be my famous last words but I expect that in ten to fifteen years** pistons will be the standard operating system for AR’s, and that their will be more variety in US produced, modular piston weapons such as the ACR being produced and sold.

    *And the associated differences in quality/stature, imagined or real between these brands.
    **It may be sooner but the firearm industry world-wide is, for a number of reasons, very slow moving.