LANTAC FINALLY Selling AR-15 Rifles in the USA. LA-R15 14.5″ Raven FEATURES INNOVATIVE Lantac ABS Adjustable Buffer System

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Over the years we have blogged photos of LANTAC rifles seen in overseas competitions, but I have never knowingly seen one in real life.  LANTAC is a popular AR-15 manufacturer in Europe, manufacturing high-end AR-15 rifles used in competition. Here in the USA, they are best known for supplying high-end AR components including muzzle brakes and handguards.

LANTAC USA recently announced they would be manufacturing their AR-15 rifles in the USA and this morning they went on sale at Cabelas for $2,999. The rifles are built from premium components, including LanTac’s brand new patented ABS (Adjustable Buffer System). The ABS system allows the buffer strength to be easily adjusted to suit ammunition, conditions or suppressor use. It is a superior alternative to adjustable gas block, which require fine tuning of small screws that have been known to work themselves loose and out of adjustment (I have not seen it myself, but hearing reports of this happening has put me off the concept).

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The rifle also features LanTac’s high-end UCT EXO NiB coated Enhanced Bolt Carrier Group (E-BCG) and a LanTac barrel chambered in .223 Wylde (a hybrid chamber specification suitable for 5.56mm and .223 Remington).

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The full press release …

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 7, 2016) – LANTAC™ USA LLC, Fort Worth TX., will make the first ever shipment of 50 of the company’s new LA-R15 14.5” Intermediate Raven™ rifles available exclusively at Cabela’s for a limited time beginning Thursday, July 7th. These highly anticipated sought after, state-of-the-art rifles will be offered through Cabela’s before they hit the market anywhere else in the world.

LanTac’s LA-R15 14.5” Intermediate Raven is the first ever AR modern sporting rifle with the company’s patent-pending Adjustable Buffer System and proprietary buffer spring. Each rifle is comprised of premium parts and accessories, including hand-lapped, stainless steel barrels; billet 7075-T6 certified lower and upper receivers with Type III, Class II black anodizing; and LanTac’s UCT EXO NiB coated Enhanced Bolt Carrier Group (E-BCG™) with forward porting, flared tail carrier and Carpenter 158 bolts.

Additional features like the state-of-the-art, world-leading, pinned and welded LanTac DGN556B™ Dragon™ Muzzle Brake; a MPI tested bolt; and LanTac Curved Bow, CMC Triggers 3.5-lb, E-CT1™ single-stage drop-in trigger system, allow the LA-R15 14.5” Intermediate Raven to offer zero muzzle rise and a massive reduction in felt recoil, in a fast, flat-shooting and accurate rifle.

The LanTac LA-R15 14.5” Intermediate Raven rifle is manufactured to the highest quality standards and assembled by a skilled team of rifle builders. Each rifle is shot tested at LanTac’s facility, treated with FrogLube™ and comes with a lifetime warranty against defects. Visit www.lantac-usa.com for more information.



Steve Johnson

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  • Austin

    Looks like a fine gun, I’m curious how it stacks up to similarly priced competition. Not that I can afford it

  • “We’ve milled different angles on things… and we’ve got a British accent. That makes us better.”

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Despite having no gun culture, having some terrible firearms we’ve designed, and we’re advertising that we specifically use FrogLube…. WE FIXED YOUR GUN. Money please!

  • lowell houser

    Every time I look at an AR15 lately, all the intricate milling and grinding, I simply can’t believe that the AR18 never picked up a major contract. What really blows my mind is that the American public picked the AR15. I cannot wrap my head around a market that picks cheap plastic framed handguns but not cheaper sheet steel rifles. I mean, have you ever just looked at a BCG and tried to figure out how many times it had to be jigged to make all those cuts? Meanwhile the AR18 BCG is a block that can almost be made with just a drill press, and they passed the savings onto you, but you didn’t want it America. Just don’t get it.

    • Zachary marrs

      Because the ar15 was better, more refined.

    • Elijah Decker

      G3 and AKM clones use sheet metal stampings and they’re fairly popular in the US. I think the AR-15 proved to be more popular in the US market because of the M16. Notice how all of these rifles have military variants. As far as I know, the AR-18 was never adopted by any military, so it doesn’t have value to military rifle collectors the same way that a PTR91, a Type 56 AK, or an AR-15 do. This was before the whole modern sporting rifle culture surfaced, so it was mainly military rifle collectors driving the sales of these types of arms.

      The AR-18 did influence a lot of other rifles though. SA80, G36, SCAR, ACR, CZ 805 Bren… I’m sure I’m forgetting a few.

    • Dracon1201

      Because we didn’t have to settle for stamped simpler rifles. Do you think honestly think we would get an AR18 for less than an AR15 nowadays? I really don’t think so. We have the production methods and a high standard of living in this country. We have the capability to put rifles in the hands of every citizen that are arguably better than almost every other service weapon in the world, why in the hell would we have settled for an AR18 considering what we have now.

      • iksnilol

        If it had been worked on and spread as much as the AR-15, I could see it being as feasible.

        • lowell houser

          That’s the idea, Just durable enough to squeak you through a whole war, cheap enough that you don’t care about wearing it out. The Leader Dynamics T2 was a step in the right direction from the AR18, but Masterpiece Arms just took a few back when they revived that design as the MPAR. Instead of the bulky heavy, annoying forearm monstrosity they have they should have extended the upper like a Sig MCX and used a plastic handguard.

    • Richard

      Made on a 4-Axis CNC, that bolt carrier could be machined in pretty much one setup operation, once you had bored it out.

      The AR design does inspire confidence, more so than particularly the AR-18 made by Stirling. Some of them look absolutely crude.

      • Kivaari

        The baked on paint on the Sterling’s was ugly. Put a Costa Mesa Parkerized one next to the Brit gun, and the old ones won the pick.

    • Kivaari

      The AR18 was not as reliable from all reports I’ve seen. I owned 2 AR180s, and they shot OK. The magazines were constantly getting dumped from unintended contact with the button. The butt stock hinge was weak and the roll pins holding the latches and spring in place fell out now and then. Usually putting the gun out until parts arrived. A bolt could substitute for the latch. The scope with the inverted post and cross-hair had poor parallax, though the mount was ingenious. With Norma (Herter’s) ammo they would shoot close to minute of angle from a supported sitting position. The AR15-pattern rifles are superior in all regards, except cost of production. Today the “sophisticated” machining techniques required for the M16 series is a non issue. Today they can throw a billet in a machine and have a part in short order.
      There simply was no real advantage to the AR180 new or old pattern over the AR15. I’d take the AR15 based on magazine retention alone.

    • DW

      I think the proliferation of CNC and today’s metallurgy it is actually easier and possibly cheaper to make an AR15 than an AR18 or an AKM.

      • MeaCulpa

        Depends on scale I’d say. Make large enough numbers and stamping becomes cheap, smaller runs is probably cheaper per rifle to mill.

    • Anonymoose

      The AR18 has more small parts to break or lose than the AR15, can snap off when you pop the rear takedown pin, and has a crappy folding stock. It is not this “American AKM” that it was marketed as.

  • Anonymoose

    i need this in .308.

    • Gorilla Biscuit

      This and a folder…..

  • David Harmon

    I assume they will be selling this buffer system individually as well? At least I would hope so.

    • Don

      According to several interviews they have given, they won’t be. It will be a prized possession just like the piston assemblies are to those manufacturers who sell piston rifles…

  • Bob

    Meh! A new brand sold by a dying brand!

  • Kivaari

    Well put.

  • Kivaari

    This rifle selling for $2,999 is a good sign that the AR market is getting strong again.
    As I type this, there is a live shooting taking place in Dallas. Where two officers were shot, condition unknown, but they were not moving when shown on TV.
    This, along with the two OISs is going to spur on heavy gun control efforts. Folks, chances are we are not going to win this battle.

    • Don

      What? If you look anywhere online now a days, you can always find the high-end AR’s and high-end parts in stock. It’s the cheaper rifles and parts that are moving now, they are the ones that are always out of stock. It’s the same thing that always happens after a big shooting and people panic buy. Before the shootings, the AR market was slowing down. But… The closer the election gets, the more you’ll see panic buying fuel the market again. Panic buying does not make for a strong base for a strong market.

      As for the $2999.00 price tag… Lantac makes incredible mags and a great BCG, but I don’t see enough earth shattering new technology on their rifles to warrant such a steep price.

      • Kivaari

        My point being if a large retailer will bring in a $3000 rifle, that it is a good sign. A local dealer just hurt all the dealers. They were dumping S&W M&P15 for $599. Dumping them saturates the market and lowers the profit for everyone.

        • Don

          They were dumping them probably because they were sitting on the shelf costing the shop money since they weren’t selling. When the market slows in most industries the same thing occurs, prices drop to move product.

          As for the $3000.00 rifle… The people that buy high-end rifles are just a small niche in the AR world, they typically don’t spend much time or money on the entry level stuff. And the people who typically buy $599.00 rifles will never even look at a higher-end rifle. So technically the selling off of the cheaper rifles should not affect the profits made on a $3000.00 rifle. On the other hand though… Dropping the prices will make the rifle more affordable for some allowing them to enter the AR world. The more of us that have them and enjoy shooting them, the harder it is for the haters to take them away…

    • Anonymoose

      We POTG are going to win this. The grabbers have shown themselves to be incompetent and weak. All they can do is run the same old news stories that people continue to ignore and turn off.

      • Kivaari

        Except the country is being eaten from the edges. Californian, Washington, Oregon, NY, NJ, MA, MD, CT and DC. We win a few in the core and lose more on the fringes.

  • Scott P

    This is one of the dumbest screeds I ever heard in regard to the AK.

    A bone-stock M4 is no more accurate than an AK at combat distances. So many people think AR’s are automatically always going to be more accurate than AK’s. An AR actually made for precision work, yes. Your run of the mill military AR after years of service especially with how this army treats guns? hahaha.

    Also AK’s are not just in 7.62×39. They come in your vaunted 5.56 as well as their own 5.45 that meets the AR equally on the battlefield. Course you knew the Russians don’t use AK-47’s anymore right? Right?? Then again lots of dead GI’s would disagree with the AK being ineffective.

    AK outdated when designed?? You must think the same about the outdated M14 which is a 1920’s design BTW, you know to show some consistency in your “argument” which is why we had to play catchup with those backwards Russians?

    We get it you think the AK is inferior (subjective opinion at best) but you put out so much FUDD and ignorance it is laughable. Also before you pull out the veteran card it doesn’t make you the end-all, be-all when it comes to gun knowledge.

    • Don

      “Also before you pull out the veteran card it doesn’t make you the end-all, be-all when it comes to gun knowledge.”… Finally, someone has said what so many have been thinking for years 🙂 🙂 The sad part is that since the advent of the Internet it seems as though everyone is a so called “Expert”…

      • Kivaari

        I never understood the concept that a veteran has some special insight into small arms. Rarely do vets have even good knowledge of what they are issued.

    • Dan

      I think that is why he said opinion. So before you get all AK fan boi butt hurt just calm down take a breath . The Ak sucks in accuracy compared to any AR even disassembled ARs far more dead AK users than there are AR. Any purchase of anything AK related directly funds terrorism. AK ownership is a slap in the face to freedom and democracy. AK owners are below average in penis size. Military Vets will know more about their opinions than you will ever hope to know about any subject ever. You hate freedom. And kick babies and puppies.

      I of course am kidding. You don’t kick babies……anymore

    • Kivaari

      I’d have to agree that the AK, though very interesting rifles, generally suck compared to AR rifles. MOST AKs have horrible sights, poor heat shielding to protect the users hands, hard to adjust in the field sights. Elevation is a snap if you have the cleaning tool container and elevation tool. There is not enough fore end to hang on to. As much as I like AKs, having had 2 dozen of them, I no longer own one. ARs are superior weapons in all regards that matter to ME.

    • David Harmon

      You should try reading my post without your butt plug inserted next time.

  • TIL there are AR competitions in Europe, and someone makes high end ARs for them.

  • Kovacs Jeno

    ” LANTAC is a popular AR-15 manufacturer in Europe”

    OK. Probably true. But I’ve never heard about them. Well-known and “popular” AR-15 makers from Europe are Oberland Arms, Schmeisser, Luvo Arms, Astra.

    It seems this company is specialized on straight-pull repeaters for idiotic UK laws.

    • Kivaari

      Or similar idiotic laws in some US states.

      • Anonymoose

        Troy is the only one selling a factory manual-action AR in the US that I know of.

        • TheRealHorridus

          POF as well

        • Kivaari

          One or two pump and the bolt action Troy.

  • Kivaari

    Is there a real need for an adjustable system, either gas or the recoil buffer. Doesn’t shooting in-spec ammunition solve whatever the “need” is? I never had an AR not function with good ammo, as long as other parts were properly fitted (gas rings).

    • Macht

      There certainly is a need when switching between suppressed and unsuppressed. It’s possible that a rifle may run fine in both configurations, but the AGB makes sure of it.

      • CommonSense23

        Guess you haven’t used a MK18.

    • Don

      Typically these items are added to fine tune an AR, not because an AR is not functioning correctly. AR’s are notoriously over gassed, adding an adjustable gas block allows you to meter the amount of gas returning to the bolt. More gas equals more felt recoil, less gas equals less felt recoil. Buffer systems like the one above also help with the felt recoil, again it is just another tool to fine tune a rifle. Add either of these and a good compensator to your rifle and now you have a rifle that shoots flatter allowing for quicker more accurate follow up shots. And it allows people who reload to tune the rifle to their particular loads.

      • Kivaari

        I guess I’ve never needed to tune an AR. I feel the way they work is consistent for the mission and that’s good enough. I never was into the gaming end of gun sports. In-spec ammunition does what I want. Tweaking for 3-gun or varmint shooting could give enough motive to make up a specialized rifle. The most radical loading I did with the 5.56mm was using Hornady 53 gr.bench rest bullets. They did perform very well.

        • Don

          To me it’s a hobby. I love trying to wring the most out of each firearm I own, I like to take a good item and make it better. I guess that explains why I build all my AR’s instead of buying them off the shelf 🙂

          • Kivaari

            I build mine as well. I like making them work as designed. I loaded lots of rounds in the distant past. I stuck with the 53 gr Hornady because it shot very well and since it didn’t have lead exposed the noses didn’t get smashed from handling or feeding. The best loads used 748 powder and that bullet. It really pays to scrub the bores. Groups only opened up when fouling collected. Before long the industry learned we needed small base dies. once those came out decades ago, reloading the .223/5.56 became a snap. Almost every issue I saw with .223 caliber rifles was related to poor quality reloads and cheap magazines.

          • Don

            I agree totally.

  • Don

    The sad part is that this happens in almost every industry these days. It’s all about stock holders that want fast returns. If somethings not profiting fast enough they dump it cheaply as fast as they can to make room for something that will sell. That’s one of the big reasons why the Internet is crushing the brick and mortar stores.

  • RickOAA .

    Not into paying more for some boutique features. The gun ain’t gotta be frou frou pretty. It just has to work.