Rifles and Custom Trigger from RISE Armament

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Before I came to SHOT, my editor let me know I would be doing a T&E on a new trigger from RISE Armament. Because of that I made sure to set up an meeting with their team to get the scoop on who they are and what they are bringing to the market.

Their background is in manufacturing, specifically machining for the oil and aerospace industries. They also happen to be shooters and so RISE is the happy marriage of the two. They now build guns and also gun parts and accessories.

They showcased basically seven products. The trigger, three barrels, and three complete rifle builds.

Advanced Performance Trigger

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A look inside

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Side view with exposed hammer and trigger

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Trigger profile

 

The trigger mechanism is a work of art. It has a very distinctive and eye-catching appearance. The housing is a sharp metallic red (and as a testament to their perfectionism , they apparently went through a huge number of prototypes until they got the color exactly right). The hammer and internals are skeletonized and bright. The single-stage, 3.5 pound trigger itself is smooth with rounded edges and nearly vertical. Dry firing it let me feel that it was crisp. “Who cares about how it looks since it’s going to be on the inside of the gun?”, you may ask. They do. And to me, it is an indication of their attention to detail. MSRP is $259.

The other things they brought to SHOT were their three new rifles (which in turn are running their new barrels). The three rifles are classed as tactical, competition and long range respectively. One interesting thing is that RISE does not have a “dog in the fight” when it comes to KeyMod vs. M-LOK–the billet aluminum hand guards have picatinny rails. You can get the barrels in stainless, black and flat dark earth.

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Tactical on top, Competition in middle, Long Range on bottom

 

RA-325 Tactical V.2 Rifle

  • 16 inch 416 Stainless steel fluted barrel
  • 13 inch slim-line billet aluminum hand guard
  • Advanced Performance Trigger
  • Milled 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver
  • RISE Armament compensator
  • MSRP: $2103

RA-312 Competition Rifle

  • 18.8 inch 416 Stainless steel fluted barrel
  • 15 inch carbon fiber hand guard
  • Advanced Performance Trigger
  • Milled 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver
  • JP Enterprises adjustable gas block
  • RISE Armament compensator
  • MSRP: $2730

RA-331 Long-Range Rifle

  • 20.2 inch 416 Stainless steel barrel, 1:7 ratio
  • 13 inch slim-line billet aluminum hand guards
  • Advanced Performance Trigger
  • Milled 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver
  • RISE Armament compensator
  • Bipod Mount
  • MSRP: $2530

Barrels

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The barrel stand is actually their logo. This company definitely has some character.

 

  • 16 inch Tactical Barrel MSRP: $243
  • 18.8 inch Competition Barrel MSRP: $312
  • 20.2 inch “Sniper” Barrel MSRP: $275

I’m really looking forward to doing the T&E on the trigger and seeing how it runs. Even though they are relatively new into the market with these offerings, do any of you have hands on with one of their products yet?

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Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • John Daniels

    “they apparently went through a huge number of prototypes until they got the color exactly right”

    It looks like a Swiss Army Knife.

    • Doc Rader

      Yeah, actually it kind of does, now that you mention it. It is actually pretty awesome though. I never thought of a trigger as being sexy, but this one kind of qualifies…

    • Cymond

      That was my first thought when I saw the picture. It took a moment for me to recognize it as a trigger.

    • DrewN

      It looks so much like a SAK that it has to be intentional, probably why they spent so muck time matching the red.