The Bushmaster ACR (Suppressed)

The ACR was supposed to be released to thunderous applause, but instead was met with grumbling and disdain as a result of numerous factors. That said, the gun still shoots very well and in this video we show some of the rifle’s highlights.

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Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • Jarrad

    The orginally price point of 1600 would have been fine and a 1/7 Barrel would have made it a decent alternative to an AR

  • David

    Just one word, Bushmaster

  • thedonn007

    Good video as always. Do you know if it is possible to use an AR trigger group in the ACR?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Geissele makes or made a trigger for the ACR. I don’t believe a regular AR trigger works without modification.

    • lowell houser

      Th ACR uses standard AR15 trigger components. You have to modify a spring. There are guides on youtube and the ACR forum. I think most drop-in units fit, too.

  • Garmanarnar

    I’m still disappointed in this rifle. The Masada was going to great, then…….. this happened.

    • AC97

      Seriously, it seems like they tried to screw it up this badly with how they executed it.

      • Garmanarnar

        They’re still fetching well over $2,000. It’s just… disappointing.

        • AC97

          And to this day, no caliber conversions.

          • 35Whelan

            Robinson XCR is almost as obscure, difference is it actually does have caliber conversions, and many. Also cheaper. You can find early gen rifles on the broker for under 1500. Seems tougher built. Adjustable gas piston and quick change barrels give it the shooter a good deal of flexibility on ammo and caliber selection.

  • roguetechie

    I want to love the ACR, I really do, but for the cost I’d rather an m+m 10x with Zhukov side folder.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Two failures of the ACR were initial pricing and the lake of barrel choices. If the rifle would have come in under $1500 people would have jumped. Especially considering a DMPS, stag or Bushy was $800-$1000 and a colt was $1200 during that time.

    • Martin M

      Yes, really bad choice on their part. For what they want I could buy two rifles of different calibers with change to spare. They should have sold the rifle as a loss-leader and gotten in the black on caliber kits.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        I don’t think that would have been successful. Most of the buyers would buy the rifle because of the quick change feature but never use it. They should have have tried to sell a greater number at a lower price. My understanding was that the rifle was designed to be lower cost when produced in bulk. The extruded parts etc… Off the numbers I see around my area I’m surprised the rifle isn’t on a forgotten weapons video.

  • QuadGMoto

    Besides the lack of the additional calibers (which was supposed to be one of its big selling points), what other development is still needed?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      There are a lot of guys working on things to make the system lighter. Garage CNC type stuff. I really think if they would have offered the barrels and AK lower the gun would have been a hit.

  • lowell houser

    Keep making these videos and they are going to start selling more of them.

  • CS

    Development for the ACR will continue to be stunted as long as gun hating George Soros has his hands on the freedom group.

    • Soros has no financial interest in Freedom Group.

  • Rey

    I feel like the Bren 2 might fill this gap. Or the MSBS from Radom.

  • AK™

    Could you call the ACR,an American version of the H und K G36?

  • H&R Canada

    These are currently fetching $3000 used Canadian $$. I really want one bc up here they’re not restricted, means you can hunt with them vs an AR which is restricted to range only.

  • Treyh007

    So these are NOT being made at all anymore?

  • Emperius

    Looks like an FN SCAR, confusing.

  • Uniform223

    haha. The only “time” and “place” where I have seen those ACRs successful is in those Ghost Recon games

    http://www.cdn.actiontrip.com/images/reviews/360/ghostreconfuturesoldier1.jpg

    https://assets.vg247.com/current//2015/06/ghost_recon_wildlands_3.jpg

  • anonymouse

    @disqus_aV2wAMa7fm:disqus I dread to think of what you’re doing to your watch by wearing it while shooting

    • Been wearing it while shooting for 5+ years without a problem.

      • anonymouse

        Fair enough, can’t argue with experience. That said I had a watch break during the range day at Shot Show a few years back, but I could have just been unlucky (or it was coincidence).

  • The Brigadier

    Are you sure its not just a SCAR? Sure looks like the same kind of yacht.

  • 35Whelan

    Just like what happened to Marlin.