LWRC’s New, Totally Loaded, Direct Impingement AR15: The LWRC M6IC-DI

In this video, James enlists the help of retired Army Ranger, Jacque B., to review LWRC’s newest model, the M6IC-DI. Bucking LWRC’s piston-gun trend, this is a direct impingement gun with a $1500 price tag and a lot of tricks up its fluted sleeve.

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– Hey guys, James again for TFB TV and I am thrilled today to bring you a brand new gun from LWRC.

This is from LWRC’s M6 IC series.

That’s the individual carbine series.

These are the rifles that were made to compete in the Army’s individual carbine competition.

So, this thing’s loaded to the gills with features.

Now, those of you that know anything about the history of LWRC know that these guys almost exclusively do piston-fired uppers.

So this is a really neat turn of events for LWRC to come out with a direct impingement gun.

So a couple cool things, I want you to see right here with this M6 before I shoot it.

It’s got a lot of ambi features.

Ambi safety, ambi mag release.

So those of you, your mom was a witch and you were born left handed, you will be able to use this gun still.

Even has an ambidextrous bolt release.

That’s kinda cool.

Comes with a Magpul grip.

Right out of the box.

Comes with a hand stop that…

Two hand stops really.

Kinda works like an AFG.

And a couple of grip panels.

You got some Picatinny rail pieces.

Also, forgot to mention.

Ambi charging handle.

I mean this thing’s almost completely ambidextrous.

It’s got this fluted barrel, which keeps it very lightweight.

But it’s a spiral flute which my wife, Lindsey, says, looks like a narwhal tusk.

And as silly as it sounds, I can’t say that I disagree with her.

But another cool thing that I just went over is the way they’ve got the handguard.

The free float handguard setup on these guns.

Aero’s been doing this lately and it looks like LWRC’s jumping on the bandwagon, too.

Which I’m all for.

That is that you can, you can see you’ve got two, four, six, eight, ten torques screws at the base of the handguard.

And you can see the upper has an extension here.

So what that allows you to do, is with a couple of torques wrenches, you can change out your free float handguards.

A lot of us who are ham-fisted, especially me, we’re not so good with tools.

We can’t change out free float handguards whenever we feel like it.

So this is a nice option.

So easy, a caveman could do it.

You just remove these ten screws, slide a new handguard on there, and boom, you’ve got a new configuration.

Very neat feature.

Anyways, I want to say thank you to LWRC for sending me this gun.

I’m honored to get to try out something new like this.

And let’s go see how it shoots.

(gun firing) [Jacque] So it’s a good looking gun also.

– [Voiceover] Yeah.

– So this is the one of the first…

– [Voiceover] D.I. guns.

– (mumbles) That’s right, huh? A little hung up with the magazine there for a second? – [Voiceover] Yeah, give it another go.

Not bad.

– [Jacque] I tell you what, it need a…

There we go.

Now that time it went.

– Be damned, you can definitely feel the weight difference by far with the other LWRCs.

The piston verse gas.

I mean it’s unbelievable.

Diggin’ the look, diggin’ the controls.

It feels light, feels great.

No doubt great looking gun.

It really is.

But all in all, you know…

I say we gas it up see how it actually controls under rapid fire.

At your ready.

(beeps) – [Voiceover] Seven, 1.64.

Really good.

– Tell you what, all in all feel good.

I think the trigger for some…

just some practice getting used to like how it actually rolls.

But all in all, the gun drives phenomenal.

The trigger, like I said, a little bit on that.

But the controls, diggin’ the controls.

The gun feels phenomenal.

The handguard.

I mean all in all, think LWRC did a great job with this gas gun.

– [Voiceover] Thumbs up? – Thumbs up. By far.

– [Voiceover] Nice. – Send me one, LWRC.

(laughter) – Alright, okay eight rounds.

Eight rounds. Shooter ready? – [James] Yeah, right. – [Jacque] Stand by.

(beeps) (whistles) Smoked it. 1.64, awesome.

That was freaking jammin’ up. – [James] Yeah.

– I tell you what, look at that.

All within eight inch play.


– Yeah, great trigger.

It’s very easy to shoulder this gun.

I mean, the fluting really makes a huge difference.

In terms of weight.

Really lightweight AR.

Especially considering this thing’s got a free float on it.

I don’t know, maybe that modular upper had something to do with it.

Either that or it’s just the fluting.

The fluting on this barrel is substantial and it really does at least keep the felt weight down.

Very easy to shoulder this guy.

Sorry, I really got to, I got these low pros, super low pro sight mounts.

So I keep having to put my head all the way down to look through the optic.

I probably look like an idiot.

But, well, more so than usual at least.

Anyways, so far so good.

I like this rifle.

So final thoughts on the LWRC other than the fact that you have to use every frickin’ letter in the alphabet to say it by name.

I think it’s a good gun.

I think it’s a good gun.

I’m a big fan of the AR platform.

I like the AR.

This one comes with just about everything you would want on it.

It’s fully accessorized, it’s fully ambi.

It’s got all the furniture you would need.

As Jacque pointed out, the trigger.

He didn’t like the trigger that much.

I thought it was fine, but it is just the standard nothing special, plain Jane, GI trigger.

And it’s really lightweight.

And easy to shoulder, easy to handle.

And that’s what I like in a AR, is a lightweight gun.

This fluting really helps in that regard.

Now as far as the downsides go, there aren’t many.

Jacque didn’t like the trigger.

And it is just like I said, a standard GI trigger.

There’s nothing special, nothing to it.

And you would expect more out of a $1500 or $1600 gun.

And I guess that really would be the negative issue that we have to focus on here.

And that is, that this is a gun with a $1500 street price.

So of course I’m gonna love it.

And you’ve seen me through this video say, “Man this is great.

“This is great.” And just fawn all over this thing.

Because it’s (expletive bleep) awesome.

It’s a great gun.

Not to mention, I mean, how many guns do you get that are $1500, $1600 and you shoot ’em, you do a review and you’re like, “Oh yeah, this gun’s a piece of shit.” It really just doesn’t happen that often.

That said, 1600 bucks.

And right now there’s a glut in the market.

You can get a AR-15 now for 500 bucks.

600 bucks.

A decent one, too.

Now, it’s not even gonna be in the same ballpark as this gun and I don’t even wanna invite that inference.

But the point is, right now even at the high end you’ve got, products from L&T, from Bravo Company, from LaRue that are going to perform as well as this gun.

And they’re all in the same price range, if not less.

So, it’s a very competitive market right now.

And that’s the entire point.

So, would I buy this gun? I don’t know. I don’t know.

I definitely have to shop around.

If this were a $1200 gun, there’s no question.

There’s no question, but the extra.

Putting it in that $1500 bracket, there are a lot of high end guns in that bracket.

So, I guess do your research.

See what’s important to you.

So anyways, I’ll leave it at that.

LWRC, they did a great job with this gun.

Everything other than the naming.

Trigger could use a little bit of a touch up, but I mean it’s great.

It’s good for an AR.

And I really have no complaints.

I just have to caution the viewer to do some shopping around because you can get a lot with 1500 bucks.

And you get a lot with this gun.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the review.

Thanks for watching, guys.

I really do appreciate it.

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Steve Johnson

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  • KestrelBike

    bwahahaha “So.. those of you… your mom was a witch, and you were born left-handed…”

    Really like those ambi-controls.

    • tazman66gt

      Yea, so my mom is a witch and I was born left-handed, you have a problem with that?

      • Joshua

        Congrats on being one of the 10%

        • BrandonAKsALot

          Of course one of the OTHER 90% would say that…

          • Joshua

            I represent the superior species of humans.

  • i_the_jury

    Never been impressed by LWRC’s stuff and the price tag on this one will certainly keep me from considering this one.

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  • Evan

    The best feature of LWRC rifles has always been the gas piston. This is probably better than most DI rifles, but it’s still DI, which as far as I’m concerned is an inherent flaw. It looks like they’re just doing this so they can expand their share of the market by selling a rifle for under $2000.

    • DI works just as well as oprod, just a little dirtier.

      • Evan

        DI blows hot gas and carbon into the action of the rifle. Introducing heat and carbon into the action inherently creates friction. Unnecessary friction in the moving parts of a rifle are bad. Therefore, direct impingement is bad. Does it work most of the time? Yes. That doesn’t mean it’s optimal, or that it doesn’t create an unnecessarily high risk of failure.

        If DI was as good as piston, there would be a lot more DI rifles out there. Everything designed since the AR15 (with the sole exception that I know of being that .50BMG from Accuracy International that I don’t remember the name of) has used a piston operating system. I think that says a lot in and of itself.

        • CommonSense23

          AR15s are piston driven guns.

          • Evan

            AR15s are usually DI. A number of companies make piston ones (I have a Stag Model 8), but the overwhelming majority of ARs are direct impingement. If DI was such a good system, you would see a lot more rifle types use it. Where are the DI Tavors and G36s and SCARs and ACRs and AK12s and AUGs and every other rifle out there that competes with the AR15?

          • Joshua

            Oh you mean the rifle that just beat out Beretta Defense Technologies; Ceska Zbrojovka; Colt Canada Corp; FN Herstal; Steyr Mannlicher; SIG Sauer; Heckler & Koch? You know the rifle that is replacing the AUG in the NZDF.

            That DI? Also technically the definition of Direct Impingement was changed to include the AR, and actually has morphed to where the Stoner system is the definition of Direct Impingement. Before that the Mas and Ljungmen were the definition of Direct Impingement and both function differently than the AR does.

            If tomorrow the world called the sky green, it wouldn’t be green. DI is just a term that has hung around, just like all those Vietnam stories and the whole “made by Mattel” thing.

          • st4

            Personally, all the ‘Nam vets I’ve met face to face have never chastised the platform, including a former Green Beret who was a regular at my folks’ establishment. One my pal’s father-in-law who also served at the time had nothing but praise for the M16, but surprisingly, did bash the M14.

          • CommonSense23

            ARs are a gas piston driven gun sans op rod. Traditional Op Rod driven designs are easier to design and manufacture. Thats why they are more common. Also how are all those designs doing when compared to the AR15. SCAR couldn’t beat it. Neither could the G36. What ever happened to the ACRs? Didn’t the AUGs just lose out to a AR15 design in one military?

          • BrandonAKsALot

            Thank you. None of the new rifles offered anything substantial over the AR which is why it’s still around.

            It’s all a give and take. Pistons/tappets can be much less finicky over port placement and size and confine a lot of the fouling to one area. Direct gas is more complex to design, requires more calibration on port size/location/buffer/carrier weight, and fouling is more annoying to clean, but offer weight savings and reduction in overall harmonics and decreased in aim disruption due to moving mass. I wish we could all learn to appreciate that every design is different and offers certain advantages/disadvantages and they all can be loved anyway.

            I’m not a fan of the AR, but I do have one and can sincerely appreciate some of the engineering that went into it. The same way I love my Kalashnikovs and my SCAR and every other firearm I own. The are mechanical works of art.

          • TJbrena

            Well unfortunately, most people are firmly in one camp or another, touting their side as being 100% in the right, with fallacies and name calling. So we get GP vs DI arguments where sides both proclaim the other is objectively inferior in performance.

            Too many people aren’t willing to admit that maybe the other side has some good points and there’s no such thing as an ace-of-all-trades anything. It’s a problem in just about everything.

        • Joshua

          Except it doesn’t. Have you ever wondered what those 2 holes are in the ejection port cover scallop?

          I’ll let you guess what their function is. Also there’s a ton of DI rifles out there, they’re just all AR pattern rifles which are hugely popular with first world nations.

          Also what is this “unnecessarily high risk of failure” you speak of? I never saw this in my years in the military. Maybe you can school me on the platform that I have used for the majority of my career.

      • Jakewwa

        If I read the Army’s testing correctly, pistons do better in the conditions they tested (extreme dust). LWRC’s version of the piston was not tested though, but comparing with M4, HK416, XM8 and SCAR. I’m guessing most civilians can’t justify spending the money when they aren’t shooting from extreme dust situations, have the luxury to clean/lube their rifle, and aren’t fighting a war.

        • Joshua

          You do realise that was a staked test right?

          The SCAR receiver extra lubrication.
          The HK used specific mags.
          And the XM8 was purpose build for that test and had a shot out barrel by 6,000 rounds.

          The M4 used were 7 months old, taken off racks with magazines pulled from a pool of magazines, no one tested the magazines functions prior to this test.

          It was far from fair.

          A more recent test was done by New Zealand and a LMT CQB16 beat out HK and FN, as well as 7 others, it was a Stoner system as well.

          On top of that the most recent results of the individual Carbine competition had the M4A1 place second in Class I and II stoppages(80% were magazine caused and this test is why a new aluminum mags is being issued) and it came in first in Class III stoppages.

    • CommonSense23

      So what actually makes a Op Rod driven gun work better?

      • ostiariusalpha

        You mean, besides the increased weight & harmonic complexity on the barrel, along with an inherent propensity towards carrier tilt? Having more parts to fail is the sure road to success. What’s not to love?

  • Jakewwa

    I think I like the POF better. Not that sure about a spiral fluted barrel either.

  • Jakewwa

    Why didn’t they go keymod or mlok?

  • Isaac Newton

    From LWRC website where they try to sell their piston rifles:

    “LWRCI™ has engineered a complete solution to the deficits found in the direct impingement M16/AR15/M4 family of rifles and carbines. The principal improvement comes from the incorporation of our patented self-regulating short-stroke gas-piston system (…) This translates into carbines that are far more reliable than the legacy direct impingement carbines regardless of user maintenance.”

    Why would a company now put out a product they claim has “deficits” and is far less reliable?

    I can’t think in any other consumer product (automobiles, cell phones, computers) where you can see this type of marketing double speak and be taken seriously.

    • Jakewwa

      Market driven. LWRC is responding to customer demand.

      • Isaac Newton

        I was posing a hypothetical question to get people to acknowledge the cognitive dissonance…I wasn’t really looking for answers.

  • Joshua

    Pfft what would Mike Pannone know? It’s not like he wasn’t SFOD-D and its not like he was a major trainer for AWG.

  • Iksnilol

    Less gas in face as well. If you use suppressors that’s nice.

    • J.K.

      Certainly. Hence, my mention of reduced gas blowback.

      You can purpose build a suppressed DI rifle starting with an adjustable gas block. This adds minimal weight and cost while dramatically reducing suppressor back pressure. You can further reduce this with blow back mitigating charging handle and BCGs.

      My personal suppressed DI AR uses all three and its the softest recoiling build I have with zero blowback; this from an 11″ barrel.

  • buzzman1

    You would expect tighter shot groups from a $1600 rifle. Probably it could be tightened up by ditching the milspec trigger.

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