LaRue Chris Costa Edition OBR Rifle

Chris Costa has partnered with LaRue Tactical to produce the LaRue Chris Costa Edition OBR Rifle. The rifle is engraved with Chris’ COSTA LUDUS trident/net logo and is finished with KG Gun Kote’s Flat Dark Earth. Other than the price, $2750 (about $500 more than standard LaRue PredatOBR and OBR rifles), there is nothing not to like about this rifle.

Shown with optional accessories.

The quest for a perfectly-balanced and reliable 5.56 rifle led Chris Costa to LaRue Tactical for a custom “signature series” rifle to bear his name. Costa requested the best of both worlds; the popular and lightweight PredatAR chassis, combined with the accuracy and reliability of an OBR 5.56 barrel. LaRue brought these elements together and provided it with a 14.5” barrel that is pinned and welded with a SureFire Muzzle Brake.

A LaRue Tactical first, The entire frame is finished in FDE, KG GunKote with the “COSTA LUDUS” logo engraved on the left side of the receiver. Black parts and rail covers provide dramatic contrast. The first 500 units will be match-numbered on the upper and lower.
Rifles will ship within one business week (providing we have a proper FFL to ship to).

Caliber: 5.56 x 45 mm NATO
Rifle Weight: 7.9 lbs
Rifle Length: 31.75”, collapsed
Barrel Length: 14.5” (muzzle device is pinned & welded)
Muzzle Device: SureFire Muzzle Brake
Rifling Twist Rate: 1/8
Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
Barrel Life: 10,000 (approx)
Gas System: Direct Impingement with LaRue PST™ port selector
Trigger Group: Geissele SSA Trigger

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.


  • Vhyrus

    Apparently Chris Costa is the new Punisher if the picture above is accurate.

  • JD

    Nice stick, but I wouldn’t pay $500 extra for a Surefire compensator and substandard KG Cote. No disrespect to the guy, but if he wore his pants any higher I think he could market them as tactical nipple warmers.

    • Nater

      If you’re implying that Cerakote is inferior to KG GunKote, you’d be wrong. Cerakote has significantly higher abrasion resistance. Cerakote is also much less reflective than KG’s product. It’s the best coating on the market, period.

      • Nater

        Just RTF, it lists GunKote. All the press on this thing at SHOT said it was going to be Cerakote.

      • Ian

        Paint is paint. Just because any particular place claims their paint is more magical than the next guy doesn’t make it so.

        Also, HAHAHAHAHAHA $2750 dollarbucks. They’ll sell like crazy.

      • W

        sorry to say ian, but paint is not just paint. the similar argument of “metal is metal” is equally false.

      • Ian

        Funny that all of the abrasion tests I’ve performed say otherwise.

      • W

        what abrasion tests? please enlighten me and provide a link with technical information.

      • FormerSFMedic

        +1 for W. Unless you are an actual tester with credentials and were able to test multiple guns in controlled environments, your “testing” means nothing.

      • Nater

        That’s funny, because in real abrasion tests, performed by professionals, have shown that Cerakote is significantly superior to KG GunKote which is significantly superior to Duracoat which itself is better than spray paint.

        I suppose you believe that “anodizing is anodizing” and “metal is metal” as well.

    • Aj

      You aren’t paying for the surefire brake and coating, you are paying for the engraving and Costa name. I just got the same rifle minus the “costa edition” for $2,444 straight from LaRue.

  • zack991

    Larues are nice but they are so over priced. There is so many other brands of AR’s on the market that are just as high quality but don’t force you to choose between the house payment or a rifle.

    • W

      why are they overpriced? they are a premium grade AR15, much like Noveske.

      Sure for a entry level Ar15, a 600-900 dollar rifle will suffice for most of the shooters out there, though if you want state of the art you get what you pay for.

      • Esh325

        I don’t really see anything about it that warrants buying this over a much less expensive Colt. Unless you like Chris Costa or something.

      • W

        Recall what Zack Said about larue (generalization) being overpriced.

        I said they’re not because they are premium grade AR’s.

        Nowhere did i say this chris costa edition larue is a killer deal and somebody should buy it.

        reading comprehension kids.

      • FormerSFMedic

        Hey, if you guys don’t want to buy it, then don’t buy it. However, the OBR variants are arguably the finest AR platforms on the market. That said, $2,000 is a really good price. I don’t know of another AR production gun that has quality of this level. Furthermore the performance of these guns have been nothing but outstanding across the board. That’s why Army SF uses them as well as other SOCOM units. The innovation of these guns is something you will NOT find with anything else. The predatOBR is likely the best all around AR15 in the game right now.

      • W

        “Hey, if you guys don’t want to buy it, then don’t buy it.”


        Do you actually expect a astonishingly accurate rifle, like Larue, to be worth as much as a Colt or, even lower, like a Bushmaster? that is ridiculous. Not that mil-spec or commercial-grade Ar15s are terrible, its just different ARs for different folks.

        They cost what they cost for a reason, just like Noveske or any other premium grade company that produces rifles beyond the realm of “mil-spec”. Larue’s reputation speaks for itself.

        PS their optic mounts are sick. Thats what sold me on larue.

  • kdfjghjk

    apparently he’s not a fan of those angled foregrips

  • Tomaso

    Is it just me…or dos it seem odd the costa and the other guy don’t run perfected ACR’s….I mean it was designed by a company they worked for…and I thought with thier input….though I’m not possitive of this.

    Just seems if they actually put the time and energy into the ACR that seems to be put into The AR that it would be further down ahead of the game.

    But understand I’m not all in the know on the pros and negs of the ACR that some here are… please no flame throwers….my flame suits out getting

    • Other Steve

      He talks about the ACR in interviews. Basically magpul didn’t like some of the changes Rem/Bushmaster made any more than consumers did.

      Mainly they didn’t really address the reliability, gas system, or weight, from prototype but they did move the chargining handle where it shouldn’t be.

      I’ve seen comments from Haley and Costa that both say they dislike some aspects about the Scar, but they just work.

      The ACR is in desperate need of a complete overhaul and then also a price drop for it to go anywhere. I’m magpul made money off it but would have preferred a different outcome.

      • Jeff Smith

        @Other Steve, I believe this is a transcript of the interview you were referring to:

        Tyler Long: travis quick question and anyone can answer to if they please, Im taking a poll SCAR L or ACR

        Travis Haley: SCAR is far more accurate and reliable. I could certainly do without the reciprocating CH but I can get over that considering I have been very happy with the performance of the SCAR in classes and testing. I have broke every ACR I have ever touched with simple weapons manipulation.

        Ed Driver: Travis what broke on the ACR

        Travis Haley: short answer: Cant put any pressure on the mag when firing, spring tension issues, true barrel issues, accuracy issues, over insertion of mags, eats Pmags, weird malfunctions, just a lot of no go criteria issues that unfortunately haven’t been fixed yet.

        David Alayon: So the Remington “milspec” variant is the same?

        Travis Haley: yes that was the MIL variant…

    • bob

      I own Bushmaster ACR and I have to say I’ve had excellent reliability and accuracy out of mine with various .223/5.56 ammo. The only thing that I dislike is the location of the fire selector switch, the weight doesn’t really bother me. Personally I don’t pay attention to the gun gurus or what the internet thinks of a particular firearm, what always works best for me is trying a platform in person before drawing any conclusions rather than basing my views from somebody elses preferences and biases especially when there is a financial stake in the viewpoint being expressed.

      • Nater

        So instead of considering the opinion of someone that probably shoots hundreds of thousands of rounds per year, who’s business it is to test and know these things, you spend your own money on a product that might be crap to figure it out for yourself? That makes sense.

  • Tony

    Another AR, yawn…

  • Martin M

    Does this product actually state that the barrel life is only about 10k rounds? Seriously? Someone please tell me I’m reading that wrong.

    • Jeff Smith

      @Martin M, I’m wondering if that means that you’re barrel is kaput after 10K rounds or if they mean that there will be no real loss in accuracy due to barrel wear until you get to 10k rounds. If your groups move from 1/2 MOA to 1 MOA after 10k rounds, that’s not too bad.

      Can anyone answer that question?

    • FormerSFMedic

      Yep, that says 10,000. Considerably more than any mil spec barrel is rated for. That’s what you get when you buy high quality rifles.

      • Aj

        Straight from Chris during a class, he is as of right now halfway through barrel 4 and has been routinely getting 14-15k rounds out of the barrel before it begins to keyhole. Even so, it’s not a noticeable loss in accuracy. I’m sure they were doing what any good engineer would do and be a little conservative on paper. 😉

        I don’t care for the signature edition, but I did place an order for a PredatOBR 556 after getting some hands on time with one.

  • Lance

    Looks like a cool SPW!

  • JD

    Nater I was actually implying the KG Gunkote was inferior. I would use Alumahyde from a rattle can before I’d pay $200 to have someone paint my gear in KG. Cerakote is far and away the most superior coating I have encountered.

    I don’t think everything Larue makes is over priced. This rifle however, is a marketing scam. The sad part is that Costa probably gets a larger chunk of the inflated profits than Larue does. In any event, I never understoof why Costa was worshipped when Travis Haley was the one who had actually seen combat, and very significant amounts at that. Not that Costa doesn’t have anything to offer, but those are just my sentiments.

    • Nater

      Yeah, I figured that out, too late. All the press on the gun had it coming with Cerakote, not KG. Perhaps this article is a misprint.

  • HK93

    Where’s the Collectors edition Costa action Figure(tm) ?

  • Victor

    Does it come with a lifesize replica of his bitching beard?

    • Nicks87

      No but it has a beard comb that attaches to the rail system 😉

  • Cuban Pete

    I had an idea for a similar AR but instead of that so-called Costa logo, it would have a smiling pumpkin (my logo).

    Yo LaRue, call me up and lets hook up on my concept for yet another AR!!

  • Jon

    I would like to know what rail covers those are. Does anyone know?