RISE Armament v2 | SHOT 2017

Yes, yes, I know I covered RISE at Industry Day at the Range (technically it was pre-coverage since we were out there on Sunday), but that article was only about the full rifles they had out there, not the other offerings they are also highlighting this year at SHOT.

RISE .308 available this spring. Very nice shooting rifle. 960 yards, round after round, with no movement. Send it...

RISE .308 available this spring. Very nice shooting rifle. 960 yards, round after round, with no movement. Send it…

And I do want to plug their .308 DI Gas Rifle again. I actually got to shoot it on Monday (they were still trying to setup on Sunday when I was harassing them). I’m in love. I was able to rapidly place 5 rounds at 960 yards. There was little to no movement of the rifle (it was on a bipod, opposed to my favorite platform of a pack), and I was able to maintain visual with the target through the Leupold Mark 4 scope. When this rifle becomes available in the spring, I would recommend trying to get behind one!

In the booth, RISE was showcasing two new rifle variants, in the more “affordable” range than their competition models–a “sporting” class, and a “hunting” class. Yes, both rifles are still above a budget beater rifle, coming in under $1500, but arguably, if you upgrade your trigger and barrel on a budget build chasing that sub-MOA performance, you are going to hit that price point anyway. And I can attest that RISE’s rifles are very well built and performant.

RISE Armament MLOK Handguard. Clean and easy to install.

RISE Armament MLOK Handguard. Clean and easy to install.

If you are just going after the look, you can now buy their MLOK compatible hand guard in a variety of colors–RISE finally brought Cerekote in house to better control quality and turn around times.

RISE Armament new LE145 trigger. Geared more for the LE community.

RISE Armament new LE145 trigger. Geared more for the LE community.

The other new product they have is their new LE145 Trigger which is more geared for the law enforcement market. It features the same workmanship as their other models but has a heavier trigger pull at 4.5 lbs. The LE145 will retail around $150.

RISE's three triggers. You can find one to meet any need.

RISE’s three triggers. You can find one to meet any need.

All of their triggers have been re-engineered based on feedback and one of the highlights from that is a new “drop safe” feature that prevents the trigger from misbehaving during aggressive contact.





Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Audie Bakerson

    Existing Rise triggers aren’t drop safe?

    • Doc Rader

      Not sure…? They’ve had the drop safe for a while (for sure since last SHOT)–I don’t know when they added it, but it was something they showed me at the booth. I think it is just an added safety feature.

    • Gary Winters

      It is an additional safety feature using an additional sear. This is something you don’t see on any other (at least that I am aware of) drop in trigger on the market.