[SHOT 2016] RISE Armament’s New Competition Rifles and Lowers

I run the RISE Armaments RA-535 trigger and RA-701 muzzle device on my 3-Gun rifle, both of which I love (and am nearly finished with a review on their “entry level” RA-140 trigger). So I definitely had to stop by their booth and see what was new this year (I only visited three AR builders in total this year).

The big new thing this year for them is their “Ripper” stripped 7075 aluminum lower receiver which will have a matching upper (later this year). This is the year of lightening up rifles and that is one of the focuses RISE took by eliminating some of the excess material. It also boasts a flared maxwell, a larger trigger guard, and a cutout window that showcases their logo on an installed trigger, assuming it is their trigger (not a terribly functional item, but it really looked nice). The lower will also be an available option for any of their rifle models.

Front grip area on the magwell (for those of you not rocking a C-Clamp)

Front grip area on the magwell (for those of you not rocking a C-Clamp)

Cutout to see the logo on the trigger. Still my favorite trigger.

Cutout to see the logo on the trigger. Still my favorite trigger.

Flared magwell. I also really like their logo

Flared magwell. I also really like their logo

RISE has also made some enhancements to their existing “Striker” line which includes flaring the maxwell, an upper tension screw for use with non-RISE uppers, and modifications for BAD lever functionality.

Both the Ripper and the Striker will be available in February. The Ripper will retail for $259 and the Striker for $219.


New complete rifle builds they are offering.

RISE is also adding two new competition models to their line: the RA-313 Competition v.2 Rifle and the RA-327 X2. The RA-313 has a 15-inch full-length billet hand guard with cutouts and a 18.8-inch 416 stainless steel slim-line barrel with fluting. The RA-313 is just under 40 inches long, and it weighs 7.8 pounds.

The RA-327 X2 is being affectionately called the “Noisy Cricket,” (M.i.B. nod there) because it “packs a punch but is small for ultimate mobility”. It has a 14.5-inch 416 stainless steel barrel with permanently attached RISE compensator and a 13.5-inch billet hand guard. It also has a Luth MBA-1 adjustable buttstock and weighs 8 pounds with an overall length of 34 inches.

The RA-313 Competition v.2 Rifle retails for $2,559 in black and $2,659 in red. The RA-327 X2 Rifle retails for $2,659.

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.


  • Nicks87

    Cool looking rifles but what are they offering other than looks? “Lightening up (their) rifles”?They still weigh around 8lbs which I consider heavy for a Direct Impingement AR15. Flared magwell, a larger trigger guard? Plenty of companies offering those at a fraction of the price. No thanks I will build my own for less than $1K.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I built a my own lower, added a 16″ PSA upper with the same 15″ hand guard for around $900 and it came in at 7lbs before adding a scope.