LaRue PredatOBR 7.62mm & 5.56mm

LaRue has combined thier PredatAR frame with their high-accuracy OBR barrel and their PSTTM gas operating system to produce the PredatOBR. The PredatOBR will be available in both 5.56mm and 7.62mm and with a 14.5″ (with a pinned & welded muzzle device), 16.1″ or 18″ barrel length.

PredatOBR 7.62mm with 14.5″ barrel.
PredatOBR 5.56mm with 14.5″ barrel.

The 7.62mm model starts at $2,995. The 5.56mm starts at $1,995. Better start saving now!

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.


  • BC;MT

    And just how does one say “PredatOBR”? LaRue marketing needs to take another shot.

    • Jason

      The LaRue guys were pronouncing it “Predatober” during SHOT. Regardless of the name or pronunciation, I don’t think they will have any trouble selling these as they already do quite well for themselves.

  • Komrad

    Meh, another AR that doesn’t add anything innovative. I’m sure it’s a great rifle, but I’m having trouble getting excited about it.

    • Other Steve

      How many ARs have rails that do not touch the barrel but at all? How many come with quickly adjustable gas regulators? How many come with an accuracy guarantee? How many come with Giesele triggers standard?

      Answers: LaRue, Mega, LMT, VLTOR/Noveske. This and some Noveskes. Not many. Not many, if any.

      So as to your comment, it doesn’t add anything terribly innovative. But neither does Mercedes, still a fine quality product if you can afford it. Slam it all you want, but you just didn’t know what you were looking at.

      • kl505

        Or, you can build your own with the exact features that you want.

      • Komrad

        I wasn’t slamming it, I even said that I thought it would be a great rifle, I just can’t get excite about it. If it were the first AR with free-float rails or an adjustable gas regulator, then I might get excited. But as it stands, it is just a collection of previously available parts. Very good parts, but just parts nonetheless.

        I’m sure it’s great, and maybe it’s just because I’m not that into ARs, but I don’t really find it newsworthy. Other people certainly do, just not me.

      • Other Steve

        Komard, that’s fine. It’s not just a collection of parts though. It’s the core concept you’re missing here. This is a system that has been designed and tuned to work together and because of this you can’t buy a single major part of this gun standalone.

        There are other OPTIONS for someone that wants SIMILAR, but same goes for everything else. A kitted up Mustang built from parts might perform as good or better than an AMG Mercedes, but it’s not the same thing. The time, research, and often money investment is going to probably be higher on the ‘parts’ gun than the factory LaRue (at least for 556, 762 is getting a decent premium). Personally I considered a OBR 556 for an SPR but got too good a deal on a barrel and upper/lower to pass up. Otherwise, although completely competent to build my own rifle, realize it would have been cheaper/faster in the end to just buy one.

        Not all withstanding, you can not get an adjustable regulator with a full length billet rail/upper from anyone but LaRue right now. Same goes for that specific barrel. So, I understand you aren’t blown away by it and that’s plenty fine, but I think you need to look a little harder at what it is (NOT a parts-AR).

      • Komrad

        Even so, there is not much innovative about it.

        Consider the 1911. A decent enough pistol.
        Now suppose I’m the first to put tritium night sights on one. That would be at least somewhat innovative. Now suppose I’m the 50th, but I use more tritium than others and have better quality control. Is that really innovative?

        Suppose I’m the first to offer a long slide version. Innovative? Sure.
        The first to apply checkering to the entire circumference of the grip.
        The first to make a double stack frame.
        The first to make a stainless steel version.
        The first to create a polygonal rifling barrel.
        All innovative, at least somewhat.

        But suppose I’m the first to simply put all these parts that others developed together in one 1911 (a stainless, double-stack, long slide 1911 with extra checkering and a poly barrel). Is that really innovative when no new concepts have been introduced? The parts may be very high quality, don’t work together in any particularly special way.

        That is what is happening here, with this AR. There are no new concepts, just a new combination, and not even that, simply a higher quality version of an older configuration.
        How many ARs are there that have an adjustable gas regulator and free float rails? Because those are the only two things that are really different from a standard AR.
        It’s a fine rifle, I’m sure. But that does not make it an innovative one.

    • jdun1911

      Tell me which rifle are innovative in your opinion?

      • Komrad

        Kel-Tec makes two different folding rifles
        The P90 has a magazine where the bullets sit perpendicular to the bore
        The AN-94 has a burst setting that allows for a ROF of 1800 rpm
        The AK-107/8 has a balanced recoil system that adds controllability in rapid fire
        Barret has developed a lighter and cheaper M240
        Magnum Researches Magnum Lite 10/22 clone has a graphite bull barrel
        There are at least two rifles chambered in anti-materiel cartridges that can be practically shoulder fired
        Some 18 year old developed a forward charging handle for AKs
        There is a 1lb survival rifle that was developed recently

        There are plenty of innovative rifles on the market or nearly on the market. An AR-15 fitted with higher quality parts is not innovative, at least from a technical standpoint. One could argue that it is innovative from a business perspective or something, but that would be stretching the definition.

      • jdun1911

        They are not innovations they are copies of past designs. There really no more innovations in firearms design.

      • W

        there is also the HK G11, which toys with the idea of caseless ammunition, and LSAT, which uses telescopic ammunition and can be a major game changer for military small arms. There is a lot of innovation out there, though there is nothing wrong with sticking to tried and true designs if they work.

  • Jamie in ND

    I’d love to own the 18” version but it’s out of my price range. Guess I’ll stick with my Bushy ORC.

  • Deputy Bravo

    The grip.

    Am I the only one who wants more info on the pistol grip?

    • alden

      LaRue’s APEG grip.

      I imagine more details will surface on their site when they are ready to sell the grip by itself.

      • Timothy Yan

        The LaRue A-PEG will be available separately for $26. It actually feel very nice in my hand.

  • Ryan

    Mark Larue is a mouthpiece that has more ignorant fanboys than apple.

    • Other Steve

      Actually I think he’s been very quite in recent year(s). With other people talking for the company.

      That said, I was told by a rifle maker that they give away for rifles to competition shooters than any other mfg combined. And it seems to be working for them, so congrats I guess.

      They have a decen product at a high but can be fair price. I can’t knock them for that.

  • Other Steve

    That horrible grip and stock are the first things to go. For the 2k 556 and 3k 762 price, it should come with the magpul part you are going to put on anyhow.

    A QD stock…. Wtf?

    • Other Steve

      IT IS A QUICK DISCONNECT STOCK. Oh, this site sometimes!

  • Other Steve

    I would have been interested in this IF the price was lower than the OBR or if the weight was lower, but it’s the same for both.

    All this is, is an OBR with a full length and normal hieght rail. Why did it take them a year and a half to come up with this? Seems like the day they released the PredatAR they should have had this.

    It still makes a fine option for. A 556 SPR, but I think the 3k for the 762 is a little much. There are cheaper and better options if you don’t need the name on the side of your rifle. And if you do need a name, Colt’s SP901 is 2k retail, and while still very new, it’s a Colt.

    • DD

      The 7.62 Model is almost 1.5 lbs lighter than the OBR. I think that is certainly some of the attraction

  • West

    Our governor down here in Texas is a fan…

  • Davey

    Other Steve:
    The “QD stock”, which I expect that you mean collapsible, is for use with various thicknesses of armor and chest rig gear, just like the M4.

    Regarding other comments about the pistol grip and stock – there’s probably a damned good mission-driven reason that Larue picked them.

    I can tell from the comments here that there aren’t very many military folks with combat experience using Larue gear. That’s OK. Everybody is entitled to an opinion. However, Larue is going to listen to their customer base first.

    • Other Steve

      No Davey, I mean QUICK DISCONNECT.

      See the stupid cigar cutter shape in it? It’s a double stage trigger to remove it completely. Pull one stage to adjust, two to remove. It’s dumb.

      • jdun1911

        Yeah it kind of dumb. In what scenario do you need to quick disconnect the stock from the extension tube. It probably cause more trouble than it is worth. In any cases you can remove a M4 stock pretty fast so I really see why the need for it.

    • Matt G.

      Not only is it dumb it’s also fugly.

      That grip may work for long rang prone shooters but it is way too steep for shooting with the stock collapsed.

  • Lance

    If you got unlimited money LaRue is great but they are expensive for most average shooters. However if you want a match only rifle and want to save for a few years they can be a investment.

    • W

      not really. considering what features these rifles have, i say they are more than fairly priced.

      • Other Steve

        There is no explaining buying quality items to cheap people. It just doesn’t sink in.

    • 18D

      Larue expensive? Not hardly. If you look at other rifles on the market that are “similar” you’ll find them to be around the same or more than the Larue guns. Personally, I would think that a rifle that consistently shoots between .25 and .5 MOA would cost more. Larue is doing us a HUGE service by offering these guns for such a low price. It’s obvious when someone says “oh, it’s not innovative, it’s too expensive, wah, wah, wah”, that they’ve never seen or shot one of these. The machining is perfection that few will ever see in ANYTHING. The accuracy is ridiculous when you consider the gun is also 100% reliable. The forend doesn’t touch ANY PART of the barrel and IS STRONGER than a monolithic. With all these features I would say the gun is rather inexpensive.

      BTW, our SOCOM forces continue to use these over seas and in competitions. Not just a few of them but hundreds of them! How’s that for an endorsement.

  • Tim V

    Ill take one minus the TAPCOish furniture.

  • kilroy

    Little behind the curve huh? This was announced 3 months ago, this might be the last firearm blog to pick this up.

    • Other Steve

      Just available this week. Good timing on Steve’s part. I’d like to see things get mentions when actually available.

      • stan

        they are not available till December 2012