POF-USA Puritan P15

POF P15 Puritan

Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) announced a new “entry level” short-stroke piston AR rifle called the P15 Puritan.  The gun come equipped with Magpul furniture, a single stage trigger and a 1:8 16.5″ barrel.  The total package weighs about 6.7 pounds.


  • Model: P15 Puritan
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO (.223 Remington)
  • Action: Semi-auto short stroke gas piston system
  • Weight: 6.7 pounds, empty
  • Length: 32-35.25” extended
  • Finish: Black anodized
  • Barrel: 16.5” nitride heat-treated POF contour barrel
  • Rifling: 1:8” twist, ½ x 28 barrel threads
  • Gas Block: Picatinny flattop gas block, bayonet mount and QD sling mount
  • Furniture: Magpul MOE mid-length polymer handguard
  • Magpul MOE buttstock
  • Magpul MOE pistol grip
  • Muzzle Device: A2 flash hider
  • Trigger: POF single stage, 4.5 pound drop in match grade trigger with KNS anti-walk pins
  • Sights: Receiver height railed gas block
  • Fire Control: Ambidextrous safety selector and
  • Rotating gas plug (normal, suppressed or off modes)
  • Includes: Magpul PMAG 30-round magazine
  • MSRP:  $1,499.99

The Puritan uses the company’s E² extraction system:

Richard Johnson

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  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    Puritan? What kind of pansy name is that? POF should’ve christened it the Cromwell! Now there’s a name evoking fire, brimstone, and the English equivalent of the Taliban!

  • Esh325

    Another AR15?

    • HerkyBird596

      You’re not forced to read about it nor buy it.

      • Esh325

        I’m allowed to voice my opinion though. And it doesn’t violate the rules of this forum.

        • tfb.lurker

          True enough. Just like Lance voices his at every bullpup article. “Yawn.”

    • sianmink

      A piston AR that’s actually not overweight, that’s something.

  • Brian

    How is $1,500 considered entry level? If I had that much to spend on a rifle I would scrape together a few more bucks and get a new Tavor.

    • Josh

      Good luck getting a Tavor that shoots a group under 1″ at 100 yards!

    • sianmink

      I know right? I paid less for my DDM4.

    • Rob in Katy

      I think their standard AR15 is around 2,200. I have an older one.

  • Doug

    Hey, a POF rifle without a giant, oversized rail on it! Progress!

  • Can’t say I like the idea of cutting space in chamber walls… Heaven forbid you have a double-charged round. “Extra extraction” sounds like “extra painful ejection.”

    Would enjoy it if POF would explain their logic and testing to catastrophic failure?

    • Nathan,

      Chamber fluting like this is used in delayed blowback guns to facilitate easier extraction (without it, trying to extract cases during the high pressure phase of firing would result in a lot of busted case heads). However, I am not seeing the utility in a piston-operated gun like this. It’s conceivable it makes it more reliable, however I suspect it just makes an otherwise relatively clean piston gun dirtier.

      • Took a moment to go educate myself on it a bit more. (We can’t know everything!)

        Based on the description of chamber fluting, the fluting is meant to retard extraction, not aid it? If that is the case, this system is doing the exact opposite of its advertised purpose?

        Not on that, you likely can’t reload the brass.

        Source: http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=438320

        • dp

          I suspect the argument at laid out in reference is misrepresented. You see, in reality, it works both ways – the reduced contact area due to flutes creates at start greater specific pressure and thus may add to delay. However, this is shortly overcome by same gas pressure injected on opposite side of casing, therefore alleviating friction force.
          I believe, the issue comes from perception of this process as being ‘static’ which is not – just the opposite; it is very transient process with rather narrow functional zone. That may be one reason why it was dropped. People who are returning to it should go thru whole workout on their own and get full understanding. There is no need to experiment with something which is well known.

          • Yep. Did some more reading. The topic of chamber fluting looks like an excellent write-up that I will do later. Seems I am not the only one who misunderstood it!

            Still, I don’t like the idea of not being able to reload my brass.

          • iksnilol

            Doesn’t have to. I have read about several people reloading ammo they used in a g3. Main thing that ruins cases in the G3 is the fact that they get dinged when ejecting. A port buffer prevents most of this. Search a bit online and you will see what I am talking about.

            The flutes usualy only leave carbon lines on it which can easily be removed. You just clean them in a tumbler and inspect them like you would any other cases. The case will only be throughly messed up if something was wrong, stuck case or something.

            The problem is finding the cases since these things can have violent extraction. I would recommend some form of brass catcher.

      • n0truscotsman

        “It’s conceivable it makes it more reliable, however I suspect it just makes an otherwise relatively clean piston gun dirtier”

        …and hotter, which would defeat the whole purpose of a piston to begin with. 0__o

        I dont get it. Perhaps I need to shoot one.

  • scurvy dog

    Loose throat(my terminology for ‘fluted chambering’), weird droopy trigger guard, 1:8 rifling, no CHF option, no heavy profile option, me-too tacticool features, etc. No doubt pretty good rifles, but meh. How about these startups execute on some real innovation. If they don’t they are gonna have a bad time once every man, woman, & child owns six ARs each. It’s getting ridiculous, but I’m not actually complaining even though it reads like I am.

  • Lance

    How is $1,500 considered entry level? No its not that’s higher end you can buy a Ruger SR556 for that price and its a better rifle. Sorry rip off alert is sounding.

  • John

    Looks like an Adams Arms with pof stuck on it. I like their Hogan stuff better.

  • Tinkerer

    So, the “Puritan”, eh? Can I ask for an “Amish” version, a muzzleloader with cast brass reciever and walnut furniture?

    • Not exactly what you are looking for, but about half-way there…

  • schizuki

    Miles Standish would preferr ye barrell be bell’d at the mouth, & full lengthe of three feet and ten inches.

  • SB

    This is my first post to this site.
    If I have any questions or concerns I go to Cal-Guns.
    However this site seems to be dedicated to POF.
    I have a POF 6.8. It was originally purchased by one of my best friends in 2009-10
    I bought it from him about 2 years ago. The rifle has passed less than 1000 rounds as of today.
    I have had nothing but problems since day one.
    I sent the rifle back to POF about a year ago. Their response was “Nothing Wrong Anywhere.” They did a through cleaning, and sent it back. I went to the range ..same dam thing. Two great Gunsmiths looked at it.
    Gunsmith one-Magazine Problems.
    I bought 4 new Barrett Mags. same feeding and round jams, plus not being to eject the Mags. Just putting a Mag in, without shooting, then attempting to remove would jam the Mag into the lower. 10 Round or Thirty. New or old. Same thing everytime.
    Gunsmith #2- focused on the lower.
    Now we are getting somewhere.
    Mags seating to high, mags seating to far forward or to far back. The Mag release lever was really,really sloppy.
    The lower needs to be replaced. The lower was not built by a professional.
    I did hours of research on POF Products when my (“ex friend) offered to sell me his rifle.
    I paid @$2000.00 with lots of extras included. I did not have any intension on purchasing an AR until Obama was threatening take AR’s away from normal responsible people.
    I have a Mossberg 930SPX for home protection, and a Mossberg 500, folding stock for travel.
    I like the 6.8 for hunting, if I could use it. Plus it is very simple to use and maintain for my wife when I am on the road.
    Does anyone out here have any comments regarding POF AR’s?
    Will they give me a new lower, or should I just forget about a POF Product, and buy one of those $350.00 lowers.
    POF has always returned my emails. Nevertheless, it took Gunsmith #2 to see, and then show me the incredible obvious manufacture malfunction..
    As well as Quality Control.
    Very Sad.
    I will let you know the Follow Up.