LWRC New Rifles and California Compliant Releases | SHOT 2017

Maryland based Leitner Wise Rifle Company (LWRC) brought out a number of rifles and product enhancements this year at SHOT 2017. Possibly the biggest innovations are the California-legal modifications that can be added to any rifle in the line up, .300 BLK, M-Lok as a rail interface, and the much anticipated 7.62x51mm NATO R.E.P.R. MK II.

LWRC’s answer to the new California compliance laws is a sort of spring operated plunger that deactivates the magazine release once the upper receiver is assembled onto the lower receiver. Field stripping the rifle and ‘popping the top’ allows the plunger to be released, and the magazine to be released naturally by pressing the magazine button. To facilitate the field strip, LWRC has extended the rear take down pin to include a sort of port that makes gripping it easier, but also allows for a piece of 550 cord or likewise material to be threaded through the port and creating a loop to pop the rear take down pin out. Unlike other companies that have a specific Cali-Legal rifle variant, LWRC has this as an option, wherein most of the companies models can be retrofitted with the plunging device and rear take down pin. Currently it is patent-pending, but it has been approved by the California DOJ.

.300 BLK has now been added to the rifle line up, currently in the 16 inch variant. M-Lok is being added to a number of the rifles as well. I only saw M-Lok on one of the SBRs, but I assume the rest of the M6 line up will be getting the rail interface as well.

Also new for this year is the introduction of the 7.62x51mm NATO R.E.P.R. MK II. An improvement on the successful R.E.P.R. rifle, the company has moved the charging handle from the left side of the receiver to the traditional “T”-shaped design.

.300 BLK entries in the 16″ legal barrel DI variant.

Direct Impingement is being added to the line up. Top rifle is in .300 BLK

Limited Edition of LWRCs entry into the Army’s Compact Sniper Rifle contract.

M-Lok is being added to the line up for the SBRs.

Restricted States Compliant Rifle

Plunger exposed.

Extended rear take down pin, with the port for 550 cord.

The Cali-Legal retro-fits have a polymer handstop, reversed so as to provide protection between the finish of the metal when the upper is being popped off.

6.8 SPC in the companies shortest SBR variant with proprietary buffer tube and spring.


Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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  • Simpy

    Miles was there any update on their SMG that they showed last year? Really interested in that platform but not sure how long until they release it.

    • Aaron Willhoite

      May have to wait for the NRA Show. I’ve been watching the SMG45 since last Shot Show. The previous year they showed it 2015 and they said it would release Jan 2016. Last year they said it would release in Jan 2017. I’m hoping for more news before May.

      • guest

        it was not at shot this year 🙁 I looked for it.

  • Anonymoose

    I don’t see how the T-handle is better than a side-charger. Sure you can probably replace it with another aftermarket .308 charging handle, but it’s a lot less ergonomic.

    • Evan

      I have always preferred the T-shaped charging handle ergonomically. Also, non-reciprocating is always nice.

      • Anonymoose

        The REPR, as with most modern sidecharging ARs, is not reciprocating. There are still some other sidechargers that do reciprocate, but those usually have an open design and proprietary BCG, and I think most people have gotten away from those (except for Noreen but their stuff has to be proprietary so they dgaf).

  • William Johnson

    Unless a certain individual has rejoined the company and they have resumed their original name LWRC stands for Land Warfare Resources Corporation.

    • Dave D

      From the perspective of an outsider looking in, I don’t think that those parties will ever come back together.

  • Rob

    They changed their name nearly a decade ago:

    Land Warfare Research Corporation International, LLC

  • TheDizzle

    Certainly Miles must be trolling with the Leitner Wise. Either way, I’m sure the higher ups at LWRC are making phone call as I type.

  • John

    Clever idea, actually. Gets people used to the idea of field cleaning and helps prevent negligent discharges. Nice.

  • RSG

    Last month I was deciding on a new AR. It came down to the new POF and LWRC DI guns and a DDMV11. I wound up getting the DD based solely on price. The POF is EASILY the highest quality, but nothing beats how sexy the LWRC.

  • Fox Hunter

    Maryland? Why haven’t they left that anti-gun state? They said they would leave.

    • Anonymoose

      YHM and Colt are still in Massachusetts, and Atlantic Firearms is headquartered in Maryland.

    • Dave D

      Wondered the same thing myself. They started in Virginia before the move to Maryland. Hope that someday they come back to Virginia.

  • Suppressed

    They have the signs mixed up on the CSASS rifles.

    What’s with tethering the rifles to the the display? Only purposes I can imagine are to either make sure the rifles get put back in the appropriately labeled spots (not working if so) or to act as an anti-theft measure, but being as they’re tethered to QD points it’d be totally pointless.

  • MD taylor

    Does. That include micro-stamping firing pin and cartrage.

  • Henry Reed

    I love how they made the CA-compliant model on a select-fire lower. Lol IF ONLY

  • kreatin

    At that point I might as well buy a 2nd Gen SCR