Standard Manufacturing Offering a New STD-15 Rifle

STD-15 C

Standard Manufacturing Co announced the release of a new STD rifle. The Model C of the STD-15 family follows the Model A and Model B that were announced earlier this year, and is a more affordable option when compared to both of those guns.

The new Model C has a suggested retail price of $899. What do you get for your money? Let’s take a quick look:

  • semi-automatic AR-pattern rifle with direct impingement (carbine length)
  • unknown caliber – presumably 5.56 NATO, but no caliber information is mentioned on the company’s website – could be .223 Rem or .223 Wylde
  • unknown length barrel with an 1:8″ twist and M4 feed ramps – presumably 16″ as the overall length of the gun is listed as 35.5″, and that generally matches up with the length of other ARs with a 16″ barrel
  • A2 style front sight tower, A2 style pistol grip, A2 style muzzle device (a pinned version available for customers in New Jersey)
  • removable carry handle
  • ambidextrous, single point sling attachment on the receiver end plate
  • 30 round aluminum magazine standard; low cap 10 round model available for NJ customers

For an extra $50, you can order this as a left-handed model. On previous rifles, this was an no additional cost option.

While I am sure these are fine guns, I don’t see a compelling reason to order one of these instead of the very good ARs being offered from other companies (wanting a left handed model being the sole exception). The Ruger AR556, for example, has a suggested retail price of only $799 – a full $100 cheaper. Plus the AR556 has the backing of one of the largest gun makers in the world. I had a chance to spend some time with an AR556, and I was impressed by it.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • iksnilol

    STD-15?

    • Paul White

      I mean, this seems like herpes; ultimately harmless but expensive and obnoxious

      • Kivaari

        Except herpes leads to cancer in both men and women.

        • Gary Kirk

          Technically so does shooting guns.. So says the almighty California..

          • oldman

            Then again what in this day and age does not cause cancer?

          • Gary Kirk

            Leading cause of cancer.. Enjoying something.. But, just to be cynical, the leading cause of death is life..

          • oldman

            To quote a good friend and retired nave master chief ‘If you enjoy it, it must be either immoral illegal or fattening” if he were still with us he would no doubt add or cause cancer.

          • n0truscotsman

            Anything “fun” is cancerous in some form or the other 😀

            But not having fun causes other issues with the cardiovascular system.

            Cant win in this cruel world, it seems

    • PK

      It’s worse than just regular phrasing issues. The author is Richard Johnson… so this is all about Dick Johnson’s STD.

      • Russ Kell

        Seriously, I had to look at the calendar and see if I had time traveled to Apr 1.

        • Billy Jack

          April 1st has nothing on moronic humans.

    • Ken

      You’d think that they would have learned after the first 14.

    • Billy Jack

      The perfect rifle for Scotland Yard’s C-Men!

  • pieslapper

    Just what I need, a new STD.

    • Billy Jack

      That’s what she said.

  • Anonymoose

    1:8 M4-profile? Also, it would look better with an A1 stock if they’re going the fixed route.

    • Kivaari

      Magpuls fixed stock is A1 length. They look great.

      • Anonymoose

        I do dig the look of the Magpul fixed carbine and rifle stocks, as well as the Vltor fixed rifle stock.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Are people clamoring for that big ass fixed stock?
    I dont get it.

    • Paul White

      I like the bigger stock but I have gorilla arms.

      • Billy Jack

        Gorilla arms require hardcore STDs.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Makes sense.
        Ive never even fired a rifle with one of those.

    • Dylan Kroll

      I had a Ruger SR556 with one and I strongly preferred to it the normal collapsing M4 stock… like Paul, I also have pretty long arms.

    • PK

      I like the fixed stock for most uses, personally. Still, nothing wrong with having options, although the M4 upper and front end with a A2 stock and removable carry handle… it’s unusual for certain!

    • Edeco

      Feels good, man.

      Tho I do feel compelled to have lots of assault features due to having spent formative years under the yolk of the AWB, and now being a dyed-in-the-wool recalcitrant.

  • El Duderino

    Never seen an A2 stock on a 16″ 5.56 AR, so that’s unique.

    STD…hmm…not sure about that there…

    • Dylan Kroll

      I used to have an SR556 with an A2 stock. Obviously it’s a matter of personal comfort, but I liked it a lot, more so than a regular M-4 stock. Never tried any other kind that collapses so I have nothing to compare it to, though.

    • Kivaari

      Colt offered a 14.5 SMG 40 plus years ago. They were like the M4 matching the AKM in size.

      • El Duderino

        But that’s not *technically* an AR 🙂

        • Kivaari

          Well considering the lower unit could accept any M16 upper, I’d say it was an AR. It was what Colt calls an SMG, even though it was in 5.56mm. A variant of the Colt Commando SMG.

    • Anonymoose

      Colt used to make AWB-compliant “Match Target” carbines with A2 stocks and unthreaded 1:9 HBARs and maybe unthreaded M4-profile barrels too. Now they’ve basically consolidated everything to 6920 line, the AR15A4, the 6933 (which can be had from certain places with a stamp), the lone outdated 7″-quadrailed 6940, the AR6720/6721, those Expanse things, the remaining LE901 with the bolt-on forend, and their Competition line.

  • zaqzilla

    Big deal another AR. I’d rather hear more about their SKO shotguns.

  • zaqzilla

    Did no one tell their marketing department that STD can mean something else?

  • derpmaster

    Pass. I’m saving my nickels for the new HIV-15 and the Model C of the new HEP-12 shotgun

  • Gary Kirk

    Absolutely nothing “new” about this.. Now offer it with the old “stubby A2” stock, still nothing new, but much more comfortable with armor than a telestock. Believe both the “old” Bushmaster, and Rock River offered them in this exact configuration..

    Now, me being me, I’d like one with one of those stubby stocks, and a dissipator upper. Just for the kickin’ doors end of things..

    • Anonymoose

      Stick a Magpul fixed carbine stock on there with a normal 6-position tube or an RRA Entry stock with a really thick rubber buttpad (otherwise the LOP would be set for someone who is like <5 feet tall), or one of those ACE tubular stocks.

  • Kivaari

    Colt did this just prior to the ’94 AWB. I had one and it handled just great. I currently have two 16 inch mid-length with Magpul A1 length fixed stocks. They make for a well balanced carbine, both physically and visually.

  • Spencerhut

    The STD jokes will be non stop with this thing. Pick another name or embrace it and have some fun.

    • Kivaari

      STD = Standard, as is Standard Manufacturing Company.

      • Spencerhut

        Really? Wow! Never would have put that together myself. And I thought it meant Stupid Tards on Discus. Gee wiz thanks for setting me straight.

        • Kivaari

          I was thinking the same thing about all the idiots talking about STDs.

          • Spencerhut

            Heart attack or sense of humor, pick one.

      • BillC

        You are being dense on purpose. Also Standard Manufacturing Company =/= STD, that would be SMC.

        • Kivaari

          STD – “standard” Like a model number “STD-15 C” – Standard 15 type C.

    • Gary Kirk

      “Hey y’all, Bobby Jackson here” and boy do I have something to show you tonight.. Right here is a new and astounding STD that you just won’t be able to live without. That’s right, once you get it, you’ll wonder what you did without it.. You’ll never be able to get rid of this one!

  • Kivaari

    To make this thing look right they need to use a mid-length upper.

    • Gary Kirk

      Same should be said about all 16″ barreled uppers.. At least be able to properly use the bayonet lug..

      • Kivaari

        The 16″ mid-length uppers allow bayonet use.

        • Gary Kirk

          Exactly why I said that..

    • Anonymoose

      And an A1 or at least A1-length stock.

  • Hoplopfheil

    I wouldn’t put my face next to that.

    #obviousjoke

    Also it seems awfully basic for such a high MSRP.

    • Gambler X

      They used to produce a high quality accurate .22 target pistol in the 50s and 60s so that means they used to be quality and used to be quality is still worth about $300 MSRP.

      Not saying they are bad now, but yes that does seem inflated compared to what you can get elsewhere.

      • Billy Jack

        But that was before they had that STD.

      • Hoplopfheil

        They’re also making the new AMT BackUp, and AutoMag.

        Not sure I’d trust them.

  • oldman

    Unfortunate choice of name for this rifle aseptically with the authors name.

  • oldman

    A person walks in to a gun shop and asks for an STD 15 the clerk answers sorry the free clinic is over on Elm Street.

  • insertjjs

    Ah, the Hepatitis line of rifles, Once you have one, you never get rid of it.

    You just break it out every once and awhile.

  • LazyReader

    At some point they’re gonna reevaluate the public relations department regarding their choice of name. But heres hoping sales “Spread” quickly

  • me ohmy

    wow…just wow…what’s next the A.I.D.S.-16 for a military contract
    Advanced Infantry Defense System???????
    marketing morons at work here folks

  • DIR911911 .

    $900 for what you can piece together yourself for 600 or less