The BR4 Spartan rifle from Battle Rifle Company (BRC) obtained the recommendation of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). The BR4 Spartan is an AR-15 style rifle chambered in either 5.56 NATO, 6.8 SPC or 7.62×39.
For those not familiar, the NTOA is a professional organization that provides model standards, training and incident reviews for law enforcement tactical teams. The organization has a member testing program in which multiple members will test a company’s product and rate it in 13 different categories. The BRC rifle received an overall score of 4.3 out of a maximum possible 5 rating.
In 2013, TFB writer Andrew Tuohy had harsh words for the rifles being made at Battle Rifle Company. While some companies might throw a tantrum about such a negative view on their products, BRC instead took the criticisms and reworked the guns. Earlier this year, TFB writer Alex C. visited BRC and found the rifles much improved.
EDIT: As many people have pointed out, TFB does not usually post product endorsements. I (Steve) asked Richard to write this up … because I mis-read NTOA as NATO …. which would have made it the first time a law enforcement consumer-available rifle has been somehow recommended by NATO (I can’t blame it on dyslexia). TFB does not have any financial relationship with BRC. On the other other hand, it is not a big deal that we wrote up something we would not usually have covered. I don’t usually post produce endorsements because I get press releases about endorsements daily.