LaRue Tactical Costa Edition 5.56

The third batch of the limited edition LaRue Tactical Costa Edition 5.56 is now on sale. The price is $2,895.

Optional Aftermarket Tactical Beard is NOT included.

Optional aftermarket Tactical Beard is NOT included.

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, per law)
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.


  • VBV

    Third batch already sold out! That was fast…guessing a lot of dealers picked them up.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      That was fast! These rifles are notable for being in stock, so people dont have to wait months to get them.

  • JT

    LaRue Tactical Costa Edition: You are not “Operator” enough for this rifle

  • Andrew

    And as with all LaRue rifles, they will sit on your money for 5 years before they finally build and ship the rifle.

    • PatrickPM

      “Rifles will ship within one business week (providing we have a proper FFL to ship to)”

    • Souhegan

      They don’t charge until it ships.

  • big daddy

    How many people need this rifle? Now how many want it? Two disproportionate numbers. I ask does the price equate to the sum of it’s parts?

  • RocketScientist

    Chris “I Just Dynamically Shit Myself” Costa… what a joke

    • hami

      I like Chris Costa. But i couldn’t help but laugh out loud at this picture!

  • thedonn007

    Not that I was going to buy one anyway, but why the 14.5″ barrel with pinned and welded muzzle device?

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      In the AR platform if you want to shave weight there aren’t a whole lot of big heavy steel parts except for the bolt carrier, bolt, and barrel. The bolt can’t really be lightened up any more than it already is without compromising on strength, the carrier needs a certain amount of weight to it for proper function, so you’re left with the barrel as an area where you can shave lots of weight. If you want a slightly heavier profile for stiffness/precision, then the only way to make a barrel lighter is to cut it shorter. That’s a midweight type of barrel, so chopping an inch and a half off is going to be several ounces of steel. That’s not an insignificant weight savings. It will also move the center of gravity more towards the middle of the gun, improving the balance.

      • Esh325

        That sounds plausible enough. Removing the brass deflector,dust cover, and forward assist you could shave some weight off too without loosing too much capability. There are also also some experimental alloy and plastic receivers that can significantly reduce the weight, but these are mostly unproven.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          Thing is, Aluminum is already naturally lightweight so going from an Aluminum receiver to a plastic one will save a little bit of weight, but nothing near a shorter or slimmer profile barrel where you’re talking steel which already started out heavy.

    • Garrett

      You can really optimize an AR15 if you shorten the barrel to a 14.5in and use a midlength gas system. This give you the correct timing of the gases so the action cycles the smoothest. Another good option is to use a rifle length gas system and an 18-20in barrel (think M16). The all to common 16 in barrel with a carbine length gas system actually has too much gas to cycle the system and can actually have slightly increased recoil.

      The reason you need to pin/weld a flash hider on is so you don’t have to register or get a tax stamp for an NFA item (if you don’t want to). By pinning it and welding the pin, the flash hider is considered part of the barrel so it meets the minimum 16 in length for a barrel. If you want to be able to change muzzle devices, you will need to register the lower as an SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) in order to keep the threads.

      • thedonn007

        I understand the NFA laws. I would rather have a 16″ barrel so that I can more easily change the muzzle device mounted to the barrel. I have a Daniel Defense hammer forged lightweight 16″ barrel on my AR, so I do appreciate a lighter weight AR-15.

    • PatrickPM

      Because 14.5 is way cooler than 16 lol

  • schizuki

    Wow, that sure does Costa lot.

  • SomeBloke

    Nothing like an overpriced AR-15 in already flooded AR15 market.

  • I am not sure that my facial hair would even qualify me to hold one of these rifles, let alone own or shoot one.

  • doggie23

    Do you get a roll of costa rock tape, a bottle opener and BBQ seasoning with each rifle?

    • derpwerfer

      Got the bottle opener and dillo dust with mine along with a hat to boot. No joy on tape or beard care products though.

  • Anonymous

    I tried to order one within about 20-25 minutes of the email going out, and in the time it took to load the page and read it, they were already sold out and the page was de-activated.

    Fuck LaRue…

    • dannye

      Don’t feel so bad, you saved yourself a bunch of money.

    • derpwerfer

      Damn them for running their machines 24/7 and having a Product priced at what the market will happily bear.