Stag Arms 8T Piston AR-15

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The new Stag Arms 8T is based on the established piston carbine that’s been out a few years. Call this an upgrade if you will.

What Stag has done is change some previous standard parts. The primary difference is in the modular free-floating VRS-T rail system they designed. The new rail is a one-piece unit on this carbine whose shape resembles the old M-16-A1 foregrip. Make no mistake it’s a lot smaller. In fact it’s about the smallest diameter rail system I’ve ever held.

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The construction is in aluminum with a mil spec finish. It has cuts along the bottom and side for a more secure grip that also serves to make the rail feel smaller. Four holes have been drilled and tapped on each side so the user can add six inch or three inch rails. The six inch rail addition is $22 while the three inch runs $15 each. Stag attaches the VRS-T to this new carbine by using a proprietary barrel nut then using two bolts to tighten the rail system to the barrel nut.

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The other addition is a BUIS set from Diamondhead who also made the VRS-T for Stag. The rifle really looks nice with this new rail system. The MSRP on the 8T carbine is $1245.00.

On another note Stag just released a separate rail system like the VRS-T for gas impingement AR’s. This is a drop in two piece that can be installed in minutes. There is no need to remove the stock ring. MSRP is in the $180 to $210 range depending on length.

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • http://twitter.com/thecrazypollo SrChicken

    Skinny and light weight :)

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It’s very light and those cuts give a nice grip

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.garza.750 Mike Garza

    Ohhh… I see.. The VRS rail has a cut out to fit that gas block….

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Yes it does:-)

  • Hikerguy

    Niiiiiiice! And it’s a southpaw too.