NEW: G2 Precision Team Never Quit Mk12CF SPR

The Mk12 has been the SPR of choice for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for more than a decade. SOF operators rely on the rifle for its precision and reliability, two key attributes that cannot be in question in combat. There are other important features, of course, and all the various components came together one day eleven years ago for one man in particular: Navy SEAL (ret.) Marcus Luttrell. Luttrell vividly recalls the way his rifle somehow managed to stay close at hand during the firefight even though he was quite literally throwing himself off cliffs and tumbling down the shale-strewn Afghanistan mountainside. When he came to a halt his Mk12 would be there, no matter where he landed. Arguing whether it can be attributed to tactical skill, miracles, or a little of each is beside the point. The point is it was a phenomenal rifle, and Marcus has long considered designing and building his own version. Today, with the help of former teammate Garrett Golden, Luttrell has done just that. It’s the Team Never Quit Mk12CF SPR, and it does it all from tactics to precision shooting to hunting.

Chris Gridley and Marcus Luttrell with the Team Never Quit Mk12CF SPR

Chris Gridley and Marcus Luttrell with the Team Never Quit Mk12CF SPR

The new rifle was debuted recently through Shooting Illustrated and while it might appear to be yet another black rifle, it’s far more. The TNQ Mk12CF SPR is designed with precision and reliable cycling in mind. To broaden ammo options, it’s chambered in .223 Wylde. It weighs in at 6 pounds 11 ounces and measures 38.75″ with the MIL-SPEC Magpul STR Carbine Stock fully extended. For precision the rifle boasts an 18″ Proof Research carbon figure reinforced 416R stainless steel barrel topped by a G2 Precision titanium compensator brake. Other features include a CMC match-grade, 2-stage curved trigger – stages are 2 and 3 pounds, respectively – and a G2 Precision nickel-boron coated bolt carrier group.

The TNQ Mk12CF SPR is being manufactured by G2 Precision, a new company founded at the start of this calendar year by former Navy SEAL Garrett Golden. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend hours both in person and on the phone going over the gun with Golden and his team, including friend and company co-founder Chris Gridley. In that time one thing has become crystal clear: Golden isn’t only a firearm aficionado, although he is certainly that. He’s an expert, both as a marksman and a manufacturer. Combined with the experience of Luttrell it’s easy to reach the conclusion this rifle was designed with incredible care and will be manufactured with an eye for superior quality control. In fact, Golden assures me he himself will inspect each rifle before it leaves the building.

(l to r) Chris Gridley, author Kat Ainsworth, and Garrett Golden with the first G2 Precision Team Never Quit Mk12CF SPR

(l to r) Chris Gridley, author Kat Ainsworth, and Garrett Golden with the first G2 Precision Team Never Quit Mk12CF SPR

If you’re leaning towards skepticism because the market has become somewhat inundated by products coming from veterans – from SEALs, specifically – you should be aware this is not just another gun or just another company. Having spent time shooting with Luttrell I’ve been able to witness his skill behind a gun for myself; suffice to say he is a talented shot. Time spent with Golden has resulted in my reaching the conclusion that this plain black rifle is being made that way for a reason. It’s because Golden wants function over flash. That’s why he didn’t include iron sights on this rifle – they aren’t tactically helpful for the average shooter – and it’s why he carefully designed the gun without large gaps or protrusions. Don’t consider this rifle because it was designed by former Navy SEALs. Consider this rifle because it was made by guys who know their stuff, guys who put more hands-on effort and skill into this single build than many companies put into an entire line, combined.

Pre-orders are being taken now and can be sent directly to Garrett Golden at G2 Precision’s website is scheduled to go up in November and production will begin at the end of 2016. There’s another rifle in the works for 2017, one I’m looking forward to getting my hands on, and there just might be more coming, so keep your eyes open.

While you’re waiting for the G2 Precision site to go up, head on over to Team Never Quit’s site at You can also get some ammo to go with the gun or just about any gun you have by visiting Snake River Shooting Product’s website for some Team Never Quit ammunition at



Manufacturer: G2 Precision (founded by former Navy SEAL Garrett Golden and his friend Chris Gridley)

Color: Black, anodized

Action: Direct gas impingement operated, semi-automatic

Caliber: .223 Wylde

Weight: 6 lbs. 11 oz., empty

Capacity: 20 rounds

Lower: Forged MIL-SPEC 7075-T6 aluminum, hard anodized Type III finish

Upper: Forged MIL-SPEC 7075-T6 aluminum, hard anodized Type III finish, G2 forward assist

Barrel: 18” Proof Research carbon fiber reinforced 416R stainless steel; G2 titanium compensator brake, ½-28”

Rifling: 5 grooves, 1:8-inch RH twist

Handguard: G2 Precision 15” Recce M-Lok, 6061-T6

Bolt Carrier Group: G2 Precision, nickel-boron coated

Charging Handle: AXTS Raptor Ambidextrous

Stock: Magpul STR Carbine Stock, MIL-SPEC

Sights: Does not come with sights

Grip: Original Ergo Suregrip

Trigger: CMC match-grade, 2-stage curved trigger

Trigger Pull Weight: 2/3 pounds

Overall length: 38.75” extended, 35.5” collapsed

Accessories: One 20-round Magpul magazine; shipped in Patriot hard-sided case

MSRP: $2899.00

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  • Mike N.

    Cool rifles but there’s nothing Mk12 about them other than the name.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Hey, these dudes have to make a living after the Navy.

    • SerArthurDayne

      I 100% agree with your statement- however, since about late-2010/2011, it seems to me at least that MK12/SPR is now the internet-gun-guy term for “5.56 AR-15-based scoped rifle that people call their ‘sniper rifle’ “.

      So this thing fits right in.

      • Mike N.

        LOL true, though to me “SPR” is a more acceptable term for that kind of rifle than Mk12, which denotes a rifle with a fairly specific feature set, the minimum of which is the collar and mount for the Ops Inc 12th Model/Allen Engineering AEM5 suppressor.

        Even Daniel Defense plays this game with their quote-unquote Mk12 (even has Mk12 printed on the side of the hand guard).

    • pwdrhead1711

      Actually, what separated the Mk12 from a standard AR15 is the 18″ barrel with a rifle vs. mid length gas system, and a 1:7 Twist rate that was designed for the Black Hills 77 grain SMK ammo, a match grade medium profile barrel, and an AAC reflex suppressor system. Basically, a very specific reconnaissance weapons system designed by NSWC Crane and outside contractors. It would appear this weapon uses the 18″ barrel with a rifle length gas system. However, it uses a 1:8 twist 223 Wylde chamber, which would be more conducive for a broader range of ammo (both 5.56 and 223) like the popular 55 gr which would not shoot well with 1:7 Twist. Being that it has a heavy profile carbon fiber reinforced barrel it can’t have a reflex suppressor. Also, for precision shooting you want as few contact spot on your barrel as possible, just the barrel nut and gas block. Reflex suppressors would add a third contact point to the barrel. One could use a 5 or 7″ titanium Thunderbeast suppressor which would be MUCH lighter than the AAC and probaly lower db swith similar overall length…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Hey, that dude shops at Target like me.

  • Frank Grimes

    Luttrell is an antigun scumbag.

    Why give him any more publicity?

    • Marcus anti-gun??? Please–no way.

      • Frank Grimes

        Is your Google broken?

        Look it up. He praised the gun control EOs and was happy “somebody finally did something”.

        He abandoned the Second Amendment faster than he abandoned his teammates.

        Luttrell is a turd, it’s as if he’s portraying Marky Mark instead of Marky Mark portraying him.

        • pwdrhead1711

          He’s for expanded background checks. If that helps keep psycho’s from getting guns for mass shootings, which is the libtards battle cry, What’s wrong with that?

          • Frank Grimes

            “Expanded background checks” do NOTHING to stop “psychos” from getting guns, nor are any gun control measures ever “enough” for the anti-gun crowd until ALL guns are illegal.

            Anyone supporting the idea of “expanded background checks” or who is not flat out 100% against them, is simply not pro-gun.

  • CavScout

    One sentence claiming it’s built for reliability. The next stating it’s chanmbered in .223wylde. Two opposites.
    But at least this isn’t another liberal/anti-gun article….

  • mbrd