The Canadian Non-Restricted “AR-10” & AR-15 – Albert Tactical “Modern” Series

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As politicians pass laws, its inevitable that ingenious people with a passion will do everything they can find the limit of the letter of the law. Latest up is a company not based in the United States, but rather Canada, long known for its direct ban on both the AR-15 and AK-47 weapon systems. Alberta Tactical Rifle Supply, located in (you guessed it), Alberta Canada has announced the pre-order the “Modern” series of rifles, a non-restricted non-AR AR.

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Basically, the Modern Hunter (battle rifle calibers) and the Modern Varmint (intermediate cartridges) is a side-charging direct impingement design that comes awfully close to the original stone design while staying legal for Canadian purposes. The receivers, a common upper and lower, are designed and machined such that they are 100% incompatible with standard layout restricted designs. The receivers connect only via the “pivot” pin, requiring the upper to be slid forward and off.

The Modern series uses a non-reciprocating BAR-style folding side charging handle and features the common AR “ambidextrous” (I use the term lightly) bolt release. The rifles use standard AR components, which the Hunter is DPMS LR-308 compatible. From there, they are compatible with SR-25 series magazines and AR trigger groups.

Both weapon systems are available for pre-order from Alberta Tactical Rifle Supply. Initial pricing is steep, starting at $3,600+ for the Hunter, though one can pretty much customize anything on it including barrel, forearm, stock, etc. The Varmint is just a hair less, clocking in at $3,350 in base configuration.



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.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

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


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Finally, a rifle that cant be used to kill people.
    I should have known Canada, Americas hat, would figure it out.

    • AHill

      Actually according to the BATFeces this is a deadly assault weapon and has no redeeming… er “sporting” features and is thus nonimportable (permanently, the classification allows it to be temporarily brought over if one is so inclined however).

    • Bobd06

      A hammer can be used to kill people and is actually used more often by far than an AR.

  • Maxpwr

    Canada is better for available guns than Massachusetts, California, and New York? What a country! In Soviet Russia gun bans you!

    • Holdfast_II

      You forgot Connecticut. We’re still better than Canada on handguns and mags, but Canada has CT beat on long guns.

    • They hand out SBSs like party favors, but 11 rounds in a 10/22 magazine is Literally Hitler, Eh. Canada’s gun laws are even more insane than Calimafornia’s.

      • Sinbad 1

        The laws are stupid yes. But California is worse by far.

        • Cali’s worse— that’s true for pretty much any subject– but Canada is crazier. The “reasoning” behind California’s idiotic gun control laws is fairly obvious: hippies are scared of guns, and have the unironic hippie belief that making something illegal is the same as making it disappear, even though most of them are high on illegal pot. Canada’s idiotic gun control laws, though, make no sense at all; the RCMP took time out of its busy schedule of beating homeless Natives to death to literally– literally— flip through an issue of Guns & Ammo and check off scary looking guns they saw by name and model so they could ban them. Recently released documents prove it, that actually happened. Meanwhile, short barreled Tavor X95s and short barreled shotguns are (restricted, but) perfectly legal, because none of them were in that issue of G&A. It’s completely bonkers– not just stupid, but also insane.

          • AHill

            Short barreled shotguns are non restricted as long as they aren’t semi auto. Also it wasn’t the RCMP but Liberal party pols who flipped through Guns and Ammo and banned all the scary guns.

          • Derp– right you are. Got the cart before the horse there.

          • Steve_7

            Which is what California did in 1989, they just looked through a copy of Gun Digest. The Canadian way of doing it was to copy California and the Canadian DoJ did at least use some objectivity, they came up with a points test to determine whether something should be banned. Because the AR-15 had sporting uses, it went to restricted.

        • carlcasino

          People or Laws?

      • Steve_7

        No they’re not, California surpassed Canada several years ago. All you’ve got to do in Canada is get a licence and you can own anything that’s legal, no waiting period, you can even mail order guns. Getting a licence is only slightly more tricky that getting a Firearm Safety Certificate in California.
        And in Canada you can still have AR-15s which are banned in California (I know there are ways around the ban but you don’t have to bother with any of that in Canada). California has long gun registration now, most long guns aren’t registered in Canada.

        You can own pretty much any handgun you want as long as you have a barrel over 105mm on it, .32s and .25s are banned but there are very few .32 and .25 handguns with a barrel longer than that anyway. (And most of the .32s that do are exempt from the ban as they’re used in ISSF competition). Compare that to California with their approved list, microstamping nonsense etc. You can easily get a Gen 4 Glock in Canada for example.

        Also Canada doesn’t have the federal import bans the US has, Russian SKSes, Chinese T97s, etc. are no problem.

        They’ve even enacted a background check on ammo in California, in Canada you just show your licence. Yeah Canada has mag limits but so does California. At least here it is well-established how you modify the magazines to be compliant.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Pretty reasonable if it comes with that Proof barrel.

    • Giolli Joker

      Nope, that one is a $1,075 option.

      I don’t get if we’re talking USD or CAD, though.

      • Lemdarel

        If you’re looking at ATRS’s website it’s in CAD.

        • Giolli Joker

          Thanks.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Pretty neat, I wonder if the sliding and pinning action that connect the upper and lower helps to take out any slop between the receivers

    • Lemdarel

      I imagine so. Guys up here are reporting good accuracy with these.

  • gunsandrockets

    Artificially cut back supply to a long standing demand = OMG prices!

    • Paladin

      Their in house brand AR15s aren’t much cheaper. They tend to aim for the high-end custom market.

    • Wetcoaster

      Most Canadian shops are pretty small and serve only domestic demand, so the prices match their volumes.

      They tend to get their start as custom shops selling complete builds or in-house designed accessories and so lack the expertise and market to justify industrial-scale tooling (and the supply chain for tapping US suppliers is complicated by import/export restrictions and paperwork).

      Most Canadian-made guns tend to be priced accordingly. PGW has some export success, but they’re a custom target rifle company turned sniper rifle maker, so you can guess their price range.

      NorthEastern Arms (NEA) ‘claims’ export success and have tooling from the background as an aircraft parts maker, but the community’s experience with their products has been, shall we say… uneven.

  • H&R Canada

    The AR isn’t banned in Canada its restricted which means you can only use on the range, no hunting or shooting in the bush. You also need a restricted licence which is a 2 day course. We o have 3 gun up here and lots of AR’s. I have 2

    • Lee Attiny

      If a (suppressed) AR fires in the woods and nobody hears it did the gun actually fire?

      • Paladin

        Unfortunately, a suppressor will earn you a few good years in PMITA prison up here.

    • Wetcoaster

      And the bloody ATT

  • MemorableC

    Alberta, not Albert

  • plumber576

    Pretty smart.
    As a famous Canadian once said, “If she doesn’t find you handsome, at least she’ll find you handy.”

    • uisconfruzed

      Was that Red, or Green?

  • Holdfast_II

    Holy crap is that pricey. Once you put on decent accessories you can get pretty close to CA$5k without trying. On the other hand, because it’s non-restricted, it can be shipped to your door by Canada Post.

    • Joshua

      I’ve had Canada Post drop a restricted firearm at my door, it was an Enfield No 2 revolver, and at the time I was living in “Little Somalia” neighborhood of Ottawa, it was supposed to be a signature required delivery, I got home to find the box on my doorstep.

    • Bobd06

      Check out the Kel-Tec SU16 and it’s variants, non restricted AR15 “style” 223 semi autos. They weigh 5 lbs, very cool.

      • Baggy270

        Happy with my non restricted Norinco T97 flat top. The gen 1’s were prone to jambing the bullets back into the cases on the feed ramp.

        • Bobd06

          Cool, but not into bullpups.

  • DarkSkyX

    Just a note – AR-15s are completely legal in Canada and are very popular. AK47s are banned (“prohibited”) but anyone with a restricted-class firearms license in Canada can buy and shoot AR-15 platform rifles.

    • Excepting two models of Valmet AKs (The Hunter and the M78), that are completely unrestricted, because all other model of AK rifle is much more dangerous than those two ;-p

      Our federal gov’t purchased a large number of Hunters and M78 for the Inuit to hunt with in the Arctic (what better Arctic rifle than a Finnish one, eh?) – so later when firearms were reclassified to Prohibited, those two escaped unscathed.

      Hey Americans, if you have a Hunter or M78, consider selling it to a Canadian…

    • djsqueeze

      What about a Ruger mini-30, is that banned in Canada?

      • Bobd06

        The mini 30 is non-restricted as is the mini 14 because it doesn’t look like an AR15. Stupid.

        • djsqueeze

          Had I wanted the opinion of dumbass I would have inquired of you. I didn’t, so GFY!

          • Bobd06

            A moron

          • Baggy270

            He meant the rules are stupid, he wasn’t calling you stupid stupid

  • Sinbad 1

    They’re going to have to get the price down considerably for me and many others .I can think of many other rifles for that price I would take first.
    All just so you can fire a AR look alike in the bush. Last time I checked I think these things were floating around 3600+ ca for a base model. That’s before tax and a scope.

  • Evan

    It looks like Canada must have a law against forward assists. Because I can’t see a reason not to have one on this rifle.

  • disqus_XlYouOiadt

    With the mountains of smuggled guns flowing over the border, it’s amusing that anyone would bother. PS. The Tavor is only available at milk stores because the previous government was pro-Israel. This will soon change.

  • uisconfruzed

    Other than; one take down pin, a fwd assist, and the PRICE, what’s different?

    • Baggy270

      No AR charging handle

      • uisconfruzed

        Does that make it illegal in Canada? The side charger is faster.
        Odd

        • Baggy270

          The charging handle makes it an AR variant

  • Richard Lutz

    Endless stupid restrictions. The only rational restriction relates to high capacity magazines. If someone wants a bayonet lug or flash hider on their gun that is their business and people who disagree can go f*ck themselves.

  • Steve_7

    Completely inaccurate description of Canadian law, the AR-15 is not banned, it’s restricted and so falls into the same category as non-prohibited handguns. The problem is that RCMP keeps saying that anything vaguely AR-15-ish is an AR-15 so it goes into the restricted category, so this means it’s limited to use on approved ranges. There are very few ranges approved for use with a restricted rifle because most rifles are non-restricted, so it’s not necessary to get approval.
    What ATR did quite simply is come up with something that is classed as a variant of the AR-10, the AR-10 is not on the list of prohibited guns, ergo it’s non-restricted.

    • Baggy270

      You lost me…you can shoot any restricted firearm on any approved range