Country Rifle: Vive La France by Rainier Arms – SBR

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It’s time for some Short-Barreled Rifles (SBR). This is “France” as one of Rainier Arms’ Country Rifles, Ceracoated by Blown Deadline and shown at the IWA exhibition in Germany 2016.

For Europeans it is really strange how the American gun laws can call a short “rifle” for a pistol, due to the lack of (sort of) a stock.

For the record “a Short-barreled rifle (SBR) is a legal designation in the United States, referring to a shoulder-fired, rifled firearm with a barrel length of less than 16 inches (40.6 cm) or overall length of less than 26 inches (66.0 cm). In the United States, an SBR is an item regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) as an NFA firearm. In the absence of local laws prohibiting ownership, American civilians may own an SBR provided it is registered with the BATFE, and a $200 tax is paid prior to taking possession of or creating the firearm.”

Specification wise the receiver set, stock, grip and safety levers are all supplied by Battle Arms Development.

Below: For the love of carbon fiber.

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Below: Trigger by LanTac / CMC Triggers.

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Trijicon MRO sits on top of the “Tricolore”.

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The handguard is a Switch Rail from Fortis MFG, as is the muzzle brake.

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There are some nice lines on that lower.

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Stock, grip and safety levers made by Battle Arms Development.

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The barrel (with unknown length, but a safe bet is below 16″…) and Avalanche charging handle by Rainier Arms. I not tried it myself, but I have seen better reviews than the Avalanche seems to get, anyone with first hand experience?

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As usual, all pictures by Chummerz.

Vive La France- or what do you say?



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • Vitor Roma

    I quite like the short buffer tube, pratically solves the main issue I see in the AR design.

    • Martin Grønsdal

      is that buffer tube shorter than on a normal AR? Isn’t it just the stock that is thinner at the backplate?

      • Dan Atwater

        The extension itself is about two inches shorter.

        • Martin Grønsdal

          Ok. How does that work with the bolt? Or is it shorter too?

          • Dan Atwater

            Uses a standard length bolt carrier but the buffer is proprietary and much shorter than standard

          • Evan

            The BCG and buffer are combined into one unit on all the similar ARs I’ve seen.

  • sean

    Never shot, only dropped once

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Say that to these guys…

      • Evan

        Taken right before he drops the MP5?

        • Guy

          Taken right before he storms the Bataclan to kill terrorists.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    By far the coolest so far.

  • Evan

    The paint job and muzzle device ruin this one.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Blown deadline does a great job!

  • Tempest

    Hi TFB!

    Yeah, if only we had a couple of those in civilian hands November. Beautiful rifle though. Wish these were remotely legal here.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Everytime I see a gun like this I can’t help but think of: