LWRCi Now Offering a DI Modern Sporting Rifle

In a move to broaden its appeal from its traditional base of piston-based AR’s, LWRC International has announced the release of its new Direct Impingement rifle, the LWRCI-DI. Like the basic name implies it is basically a standard rifle, but with LWRC’s premium twist (including spiral fluted barrel).

Of principal interest (but hardly mentioned), the rifle is fully and completely ambidextrous, minus ejection. The lower features LWRC’s ambi bolt catch and release, magazine catch, safety / selector, and LWRC’s stock.

The upper on the other hand, is a bit more bland. Dissapointingly, LWRC has not yet moved to a M-LOK or KeyMod rail system. Users will still need source rail panels and accessories directly from LWRC. But, to round out the ambidextrous functionality, it does have LWRC’s Ambi Charging Handle.

Other fun features are NiCorr treated gas block and tube (basically, a nitrocarburization process), a enhanced trigger guard, LWRC’s Compact Stock, and a nickel-boron coated “keyless” bolt carrier group.

Specs on the Rifle:

  • 5.56 Nato Chambering
  • 1/7 RH Twist Barrel
  • 16.1″ Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
  • 6.7 Lbs (3.03 kg)
  • Over All Length from 32 to 35.25″

No pricing has been released for the LWRCI-DI, but we’ll keep an eye out for additional details (and go hands-on at SHOTShow), but pricing is expected to be in line with LWRC’s premium offerings.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Zachary marrs

    gas system length?

    • Anonymoose

      Looks like mid-length to me.

  • Sorry, that promo image gave me marketing overload, I’ll have to reboot my systems before I can make a thoughtful and poignant comment…

    • Cal S.

      You gotta hand it to them for that video, though. I mean, the questions that leaped to my mind were what batteries were in the flashlight they didn’t use and what follower was in that magazine that I didn’t see. I mean, they answered those right up front.

      Impressed Cal is impressed.

  • david

    What a horrible video. Thats the last person that I want to see doing a demo. Low speed, high drag. Shame on Tactical weapons

    • Us fat guys aren’t tactical, we’re strategic, high yield. 😉

  • Wolfgar

    Well, you cant argue he wasn’t a stable shooting platform 🙂
    I’ll take the DI AR for lack of a better term over a gas piston AR any day.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I’m definitely a fan of DI over gas piston systems in the AR field, but this seems like a very strange move for a company whose entire founding was based around the idea of “DI bad, Gas Piston BETTER GOOD!”.

    Isn’t this kinda like admitting defeat?

    • Kyle

      Nah, I’d say it is just an potential offering for people who are interested in a standard DI AR. Spreading out into another part of the market.

      • Joshua

        If your product is superior why spend the R&D to market something that is supposedly inferior to what your currently offering?

        This won’t be any cheaper than other LWRC products.

        • Anonymoose

          Usually they do things like this to make a more budget-minded offering. It has the same fancy ambi lower as the M6, but with a DI upper. Colt owns LWRC, so why they don’t just merge the two brands and make LE6940s with M6 lowers is beyond me.

          • Joshua

            Normally, but I guarantee this won’t be any cheaper than their so called superior M6IC.

          • Matt B

            That whole “Colt is buying LWRC” rumor was just that, a rumor, so your merged rifle is probably never going to happen. The MSRP on the IC-Di rifles is $1600, so you’re right about it being more budget-minded, tho.
            LWRC fielding a Di rifle is more about opening up to an untapped market than “dumbing down” the piston platform. A lot of consumers are put off by pistons, so now they can buy that sweet, sweet lower receiver that everybody loves so much and not have to buy LWRC’s proprietary piston system.

    • Yes. 🙂

    • Molotov Hot Dog

      Maybe they also want to win contracts with smaller local PD’s so that their resident armorer can work with it in-house and use parts and tools they may already have?

    • Leonidas

      Just a marketing policy.

    • n0truscotsman

      It is. I think its pretty damning 😉

      Once HK release a DI version of the 416, it will all be over with.

    • Doug73

      Not really. It’s called “acknowledging there’s a larger market for DI guns, and getting some of that market share.” Companies do this all the time. E.g., an increasing number of auto manufacturers are making hybrid and/or electric cars. They aren’t doing this to admit defeat of combustion engines. They’re doing it because there’s a market for such things. Pretty simple, really.

  • Vitsaus

    I see now that the piston fad has blown over, they are having a tough time unloading their $2,300 sub-moa bricks.

  • SlippedThroughTheCracks

    As long as it comes in under a grand, I suppose OK. Any more than that, and there’s no reason for someone not to build their own and end up with something better.

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      Lol, you’re in for a surprise.

      • Larry

        What surprise? The price will only be less the difference of the piston vs the DI, which still overly priced. As a gunsmith, I build and repair ARs, I have to laugh at the hype I see coming out of all of the builders with their overly priced guns. The people that buy these guns just want to be able to brag about them at the gun range.
        In regards to the rifle that shoots 4 MO, if the barrel was chrome lined that says a lot. If you know anything about manufacturing of barrels, during the process of producing the barrel, there is cuttings left and even though the barrels are lapped (max two), there is still left over cuttings, Now someone will tire to say , “but the barrel is over sized for the chrome lining” there is still cuttings left and are trapped causing a rough barrel. The more left, the more rough the interior causing inaccuracy.

  • Squirreltakular

    So LWRC, POF, PWS: are there any manufactureres left who are only making piston guns? I guess HK?

    • Joshua

      Well the piston hype is dying down. These companies gotta stay relevant some how.

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Tim over at MAC said that his rifles failed to shoot under 4 MOA. When he confronted LWRC about this, they replied that this was “in spec.” Sorry, next.

    • nadnerbus

      wow. How does one even put together an AR in this day and age and not be under two MOA?

      • n0truscotsman

        I’ve seen a bushy loaded with match ammunition make a 5 shot group under 2 MOA.

        I think ammunition and machining technology has pretty much done a helluva job accurizing them beyond what one really needs for a 16′ carbine.

    • Rick5555

      The MAC’s LWRC that shot 4 MOA, was a long time ago. It was when LWRC just purchased a Cold Hammer Forged Barrel Machine. And the company hadn’t worked the kinks out yet or how to properly use the device. There’s only 5 companies who make cold hammer forged barrels for AR’s. Companies like BCM, Noveski etc. And purchasing their barrels from either FN, Daniel Defense or LWRC and can’t think of the other two companies at this time. LWRC has worked out the issues with their cold hammer forged barrels. I agree, the company shouldn’t have sent their expensive rifles out. Without getting the machine working properly. But we know how companies can think when it comes to profits. Making a cold hammer barrel is not difficult…only takes 7 mins to produce a completed barrel. Reason the barrels are so expensive. is due to other companies purchasing the barrel then marking it up. As well as, the machine that makes the barrels is very expensive and it’s a very large machine…size wise. I wouldn’t buy an LWRC due to they’re over priced. And they sent out barrels prematurely….I don’t like when companies do business in that fashion and not willing to own up to it.

      • Toxie

        KAC hammer forges their own barrels too.

        And while it may take as little as seven minutes to make a barrel, the machines are…expensive.

        • Doug73

          As does Ruger. There are definitely more than 5 companies making CHF barrels.

  • Jsim

    are you able to just buy that barrel cause it looks very perdy

  • Gern Blanston

    just do yourself a favor and buy a Daniel Defense…

  • TangledThorns

    DI is for poor people.

    • Joshua

      and op rod AR’s are for fools who soon part ways with their money.

  • Blue Centurion

    That is a very nice looking FJ he is shooting off of.

  • Evan

    So basically a company that made good guns is making junk for idiots who want the worst feature of the AR platform? Sad. I would never buy a DGI gun, it’s an amazingly stupid system that offers zero advantage over piston.

    • Larry

      Thus you show you ignorance. There has never been a problem with Stoners original design with gas impingement.. Yes there is more requirement to clean the BCG and the interior of the upper, but there is just as much cleaning of the piston and exterior of the forearm, barrel and anything around the area from the expelled gases. My dad had a saying Evan, it is better to keep your mouth shut and have people wonder if you are an idiot, than open your mouth and prove that you are!

      • Evan

        Sounds like you ought to take his advice. Because you’re actually arguing that a system that blows hot gas and carbon directly into all the working parts of a firearm is a good thing.

  • Jon R.

    Possibly joining the 300 Blackout bandwagon?