In the very short amount of time since Black Rain Ordnance incorporated in 2009, the company has gathered a fair amount of attention in the highly competitive arena of AR-platfrom rifles. That attention has come due to the company producing high quality rifles that consider many variables important to the end shooter.
This year my focus was drawn to a new rifle that Black Rain is working on – the Freedom Fighter. This rifle is still a prototype, and the bosses tell me they still have a few modifications they want to make before it will pass their requirements for the market. One area of improvement is working on is to reduce some weight, as the rifle was a bit on the heavier side.
Black Rain has already produced quality rifles in .223 and .308 caliber (7.62x51mm), but the Freedom Fighter looks to carve a notch into another highly popular rifle market – the 7.62x39mm.
Now to be sure this is not your standard AK-47. The Freedom Fighter is not even an AK-47 with a whole bunch of tactical attachments. It has a similar appearance to the FN SCAR, with a taller receiver, and full length Picatinny rail on top. The hand guard has a complete quad rail for assessory attachments, and is also similar to the FN SCAR being taller than standard hand guards. The charging handle is just right to perform its function without snagging on items.
Here is what the Freedom Fighter also has to offer:
- Milled upper and lower receivers
- Magpul UBR collapsible and folding stock
- Ambidextrous fire select controls
- Ergonomic rubberized pistol grip
- Single point, push button sling attachment on the stock
- Light recoil
- Picatinny top rail
- Quad rail foregrip
- Able to accept standard metal and polymer AK-47 magazines
- Expected to be ready by mid summer or fall
- MSRP will be decided once all the modifications are complete.
Having handled Black Rain rifles before, this one appears to follow in the pattern of another well made rifle. Although heavier than I would like, it was still a well balanced feel in my hands.