BNTI Arms Warrior Series 7.62×39 AR

BNTI Arms is a Jacksonville, FL based company that is releasing a dedicated 7.62x39mm AR15 to the public called the AR/AK 7.62 BA Beast Optics Ready Rifle. The company has previously focused on .308 Win and 5.56x45mm NATO rifles in the past and this will be the first 7.62x39mm rifle released. Interestingly the company appears to have primarily developed the rifle for the Nigerian Military/LE market, possibly through U.S. AFRICOM, or it could have been otherwise contracted and exported. Previously we reported on the presence of 7.62x39mm Polish Beryl AKs in use by the Nigerians, in addition to the AKMs already in service with the country. The U.S. civilian version is of course semi-automatic and has a legal 16″ barrel. It features a Magpul ACS-L stock, Magpul handguard on a carbine length gas tube. It comes with one steel 28 round 7.62x39mm magazine. The upper and lower receivers are both forged 7076 T-6, which is usually not seen on many civilian ARs. From the press release-

The new AR/AK 7.62 BA Beast Optics Ready Rifle’s performance-driven design is engineered for extreme durability and reliability. From the precision-machined MIL-Spec forged lower and upper to the MIL-Spec lower parts kit, the rifle is filled with premium features not found in comparable rifles. BNTI ARMS rifles will deliver the accuracy, reliability and durability expected by militaries and American gun owners.

 

BNTI Warrior Series AR/AK 7.62 BA Beast Optics Ready Rifle Specifications-
Lower Receiver:
  • Precision machined MIL-Spec forged 7075-T6 lower
  • Receiver hard coat anodized MIL-A-8625, Type III, Class 2 black
  • Heavily beveled & relieved mag well
  • Bullet pictogram safety markings
  • Billet aluminum trigger guard
  • MIL-Spec lower parts kit
  • BCP QD end plate
  • 7075-T6 6-position aluminum buffer tube, hard coat anodized MIL-A-8625, Type III, Class 2 black
  • H2 4.6 oz. carbine buffer
  • MIL-Spec 17-7 steel carbine buffer spring
  • Ergo rubber overmold pistol grip
Upper Receiver:
  • MIL-Spec forged 7075-T6 aluminum alloy M4 upper receiver with M4 feed ramps, hard coat anodized MIL-A-8625, Type III, Class 2 black
  • Magpul MOE polymer M-LOK handguard &MOE M-LOK vertical grip
  • 6061-T6 AXTX “Raptor” billet charging handle
  • 304 stainless steel carbine length gas tube
  • Magpul Pro flip up rear sight
Bolt Carrier Group:
  • US made M16 type case hardened 9310 steel
  • Magnetic particle inspected
  • Extended length centerless ground firing pin
  • MIL-STD 1816 tested for both HPT & MPT
Rear Stock:
  • Magpul ACS-L polymer stock
Accessories:
  • One (1) C Products Defense anti-tilt stainless steel 28-rd. magazine
  • One (1) gun cable lock (US sales only)
Barrel:
  • 16″ 4150 midweight profile barrel, carbine gas length
  • 1:10 twist
  • A2 front sight
  • A2 flash hider

There have been a number of 7.62x39mm AR rifles around for a number of years, with entries from Palmetto, Colt, Primary Arms, the Israeli Gilboa, and Liberaty Gun Works to name but just a few. Obviously there is a small market for the platform, but it appears to be much smaller than most others.



Miles

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. You can also follow us on Twitter- @Silah_Report

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Sounds promising.
    Gotta see that price tag tho.

    • clampdown

      Agreed. I think the market for ARs in this caliber would grow exponentially if they were in the same price range as a WASR-10.

      Using the newer WASRs as a baseline because they are much better than the old ones and, at $650-700, the most I would logically want to spend on an AK. I think S&W could sell quite a few M&P Sports in 7.62*39 at that price range. Cheap ammo and hunting legal in states that require more than a .22 caliber round. But, no, almost ARs in this caliber are made by small companies with boutique prices to match.

  • yodamiles

    Is there any 7.62×39 AR with mid length gas rather than carbine? Or carbine is preferred length for 7.62

    • CS

      I think windham weaponry offers such a gun.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Pro Tip: if you see that magazine… RUN.

  • gordon

    My first MSR was in 7.62×39. I really do like it better than 5.56. Not being a soldier, I have less need to maximize the number of rounds I can carry.

    • clampdown

      How is recoil? I’m used to shooting my SKS, which is a very pleasant way to shoot this round, IMO; the few times I’ve shot an I AK didn’t care for the jumpy impulse (not painful, obviously) and muzzle rise when emptying a mag. Does the straight-line layout and lack of the huge, long-stroke piston compensate and make it easier to stay on target?

      • Russ Kell

        Mine is SBR’d so it may not compare. It definitely has stronger recoil and muzzle climb than 5.56.

        It think the muzzle climb could be mitigated with a different FH/Comp, but I run a suppressor now and then so I’m restricted to ASR brake or FH.

        Anecdotally, I don’t think it recoils as distinctly as my SGL21.

      • Devil_Doc

        Very manageable. Lots more muzzle flash, but that’s probably just the ammo.

  • Bob

    7.62X39 AR15 Magazines are unreliable. I’ve tried them all. They are junk. Buy an AK or an AR that uses AK mags.

    • clampdown

      No one should make a .223 semi-auto that doesn’t take AR mags nor a 7.62×39 that doesn’t feed from AK mags, no question about it.

      • clampdown

        Speaking of which, Rob on the AK Operators Union (or whatever) seemed to like the NPAP Yugo AK that takes AR mags. For reasons I describe below in my reply to “gordon”, if I got an AK, I’d probably want one in .223 or 5.45.

        • Russ Kell

          I love my NPAP. That magazine adapter is, however, the weak link. It is kind of fragile feeling and the mag release is a bit of a PITA.

          Wish they could have used something like the Canis mag-well adapter, but then the price would be outrageous.

          That aside, is just works.

          • clampdown

            In the review, he said it feels and looks flimsy, but they beat the crap out of the gun and it held strong. I wish Century would bring in a new-production 5.45 (Romanian or Yugo) at their price point rather than the “rebuilt” kit “Sporter” they offer. 5.45 is plentiful and cheap here in middle GA.

      • pbla4024

        Sa-58 does not feed from AK mags.

    • Russ Kell

      Best luck I’ve had is with the Gen3 C-Producs mags. Out of 10 mags I’ve got one that is a dog, two that run great at full load, and the rest run good only if underloaded by 1-3 rounds (more capcity, more rounds underloaded). No luck with ASC x39 mags. Gave the ones I tried away. I see reports of others with good luck with those, but not me.

    • Devil_Doc

      I hear this all the time, and it confuses me. I’ve never had a x39 AR mag that didn’t work. Ever.

      • Russ Kell

        You are blessed. 🙂

    • Bob

      I tried ASC, Promag, AR-stoner, C-Products. All failed miserably. Rounds would jam and rounds below the “curve” were loose and rattled. Steel cased ammo was the worst. Brass cased ammo did a little better. But no mag was 100%. Straight 20 round mags down loaded to 10 – 12 rounds worked best. Frustrated, I sold the rifle 5 years ago and built my first 300 BLK,

  • Big Daddy

    I have both the Mutant and KS47 PSA and they both run great. No issues now. A little with magazines but nothing a little smoothing out didn’t fix. More accurate than an AK and the same manual of arms as well as many parts interchangeability with the AR15. The only thing I miss a bit is the BHO. For volume shooting the 7.62×39 is so cheap compared to the 5.56mm. The KS47 uppers do work with AR15 lowers using the proper mag for the round. Although the AK mags are designed for that round and work better.

  • Vitor Roma

    So much mil-spec bragging on a gun whose round is from a totally different spec.

  • Risky

    I had a 7.62×39 AR15 that never once had a feeding malfunction using ASC 20 and 30 round mags. That being said, the perceived feeding issues with 7.62x39mm in a straight walled magazine is less significant than that of the weakness of fitting the diameter of 7.62x39mm cartridge in the bolt of an AR15. When you see how much material is removed to accommodate the larger diameter you can understand why extra bolts are so popular. Never being too sure how long your bolt will last is not an aspect that one wants in a fighting rifle.

    • Emfourty Gasmask

      The Mutant is about the only one that did it right I think, mostly because it uses an oversized AR10 bolt head. Much, much more metal.

  • Chatterbot

    With steel case 6.5 Grendel priced the same as steel case 7.62×39, there is no reason for 7.62×39 ARs any more.

    • .45

      You are awesome. I have been fantasizing about making my own bolt action (I have a fetish for WW2 styled bolt actions) chambered in 7.62×39 for the simple reasoning of it being so very cheap and having a bit of oomph to it. Thought my choices at that price range were simply 7.62×39 and 5.56, and dismissed 5.56 as a bit on the whimpy side. A third competitor with quite the Wikipedia resume is very interesting to me. Sounds like it is better than both its steel cased rivals…

    • Russ Kell

      Heh, I built a 6.5 Grendel a bit back for some AR-based long-range shooting. Along the way I picked up some of the Wolf ammo for function testing.

      Ended up building another 6.5 Grendel just for use with the Wolf ammo. About 2 pennies more than 7.62×39 on average with a much nicer round.

      I can’t say that I’m overly impressed with AlexArms mags though. Either the older gen or the newer ones made my Elander. Have to download by a round in the 10 rounder, and 2-3 rounds in the 24 rounder to get them to work without issue with the steel ammo. Brass works fine, but the steel won’t feed after the first round. Too much drag. Anecdotal, of course.

  • That photo ain’t doin’ ’em any favors; it makes the gun look like it’s solid plastic scaled for a 6″ G.I. Joe action figure.

  • ozzallos .

    “Obviously there is a small market for the platform, but it appears to be much smaller than most others.”

    And it’s going to remain small until these geniuses stop charging $1200+ per rifle for no better reason than OHMAHGAWD7.62ARZ!!