POF-USA Revolution wins 2017 Firearms Industry Choice Award for Rifle of the Year

POF-USA’s Revolution compact .308-caliber rifle, has won Rifle of the Year at the recent Firearms Industry Choice Awards.  Previously reviewed here at TFB, the Revolution may not be the first to execute such a concept, but integrates a whole host of premium features into the package to make an accurate, lightweight .308 AR that should be great for hunting, defense, or shooting sports.  POF-USA’s press release follows:


POF-USA Wins the Industry Choice Awards “Rifle of the Year” for the Revolution AR-15

(08/01/17) Phoenix, Arizona – Patriot Ordnance Factory is proud to announce taking home the Rifle of the Year award from the 2017 Firearms Industry Choice Awards dinner.  POF USA was honored to attend and thanks everyone involved in the process of setting the dinner up, and in the awards process, as well as congratulates the other winners that night.

The Revolution continues the POF tradition of Relentless Reliability and American innovation. The Revolution is POF-USA’s new .308 battle rifle that handles like a 5.56 – because it’s the same size and weight as one. The Revolution features many 5.56 parts; such as charging handle, bolt carrier, roller cam pin, buffer, heat-sink barrel nut, handguard, and 5-position gas piston operating system. The barrel extension, bolt assembly, upper, and lower receiver are the exact same size as those on an AR15. This is truly an AR15 that shoots in .308!

Weighing in at 7.3 lbs. the Revolution features POF-USA’s new slim Edge handguard with four built-in QD mounts. It’s loaded with features such as a fully ambidextrous billet receiver set, Nickel-Phosphate coated bolt carrier group, 5-position adjustable gas piston, single stage match grade trigger, and more. You may have just found your “one gun.”

When asked to comment, Frank DeSomma, the owner and founder of POF-USA had this to say:

“This award is one to be extremely proud of and an honor to achieve, because the Industry Choice Awards are evaluated by people in the firearms industry with experience: hunters, competitive shooters, instructors, retail, law enforcement and military.

I’m very proud of our team’s hard work and a never-quit attitude to achieve engineering an AR15 to shoot .308/7.62×51.

It was an extreme honor to accept this award for our company and me personally.

The products in this competition are chosen on their “Merit” in an unbiased fashion, which instills and keeps alive the Honor and Integrity of the industry, and of this award. “

POF-USA is an Arizona-based small arms manufacturer known for its revolutionary concepts and radical approaches to engineering used to develop the finest piston driven AR-type rifles used by civilians and professionals worldwide. We are a market leader delivering a portfolio of regulated short-stroke gas piston operating rifles. We accept no compromise in the building of our product, known as “Patriot” designs. We will only produce that which is tough, accurate, modular, durable and true. This patriotic mission is brought from passion, authenticity, trustworthiness, rebellion, independence, and objectivity.

For more information, visit www.pof-usa.com or call 623-561-9572.

For those who may not know, The Firearms Industry Choice Awards are based on evaluations from a group of very knowledgeable individuals, all of whom are involved with the frequent usage of firearms.  Per the ICA:

Manufacturers are encouraged to submit what they consider to be their finest product, to be evaluated for fit, form, finish and functionality. The evaluation process will determine winners through a hands-on, unbiased, multi-day testing and evaluation phase, performed by some of the most influential people in the business, the consumers. Product categories include: Rifles, handguns, shotguns, optics, accessories, and ammunition of the year. Evaluators consist of a balanced mix of firearm retailers, distributors, professional shooters, gun smiths,  law enforcement and military personnel, members of the outdoor media, and recreational shooters.  Oneida Molded Plastics has committed to sponsor and lead the team of hand selected delegates from the firearms commmunity for the prestigious, unbiased selection of the Products of the Year awards.  Each submitting company will be provided the audited confidential evaluation results of their product, after the winners are announced on July 22nd.

Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. He is fortunate enough to have access to class 3 weaponry as well.


  • Interim service rifle candidate?

    • No lol

      • Not heavy enough I suppose.

        • gunsandrockets

          It might be fine for semi-auto fire, but I imagine that rifle would shoot itself to pieces if fired full-auto.

          • Zapped 02

            They sell full auto guns to state and federal agencies that hold up.
            There design are solid .

          • gunsandrockets

            This particular AR? A .308 with an AR-15 sized bolt?

          • mig1nc

            That is true, but have they done that with the .308 yet?

      • Gary Kirk

        Arrogant, Jack ass reply..

        • Not really. Nothing against POF. I am sure they know they are not in the running. Not when up against Colt, FN, H&K…

          Just reality, guys.

          • FightFireJay

            Care to explain why?

          • ostiariusalpha

            Production capacity.

    • Rusty S.

      Possibly a model based on this could be. It would have to be modified to have select fire capability and I am unsure the heat sink reinforcement of the chamber could withstand a significant volume of full auto fire. They also would need to prove production capability for 50k units. That being said, POF-USA does indeed fulfill the requirements of being a “non-traditional” defense contractor.

      • Gary Kirk

        Good reply..

    • Joshua

      Hahahaha NO!

      The ICSR will be a rifle built for full auto fire. Only a few small frame, lightweight .308 rifles are designed for extensive full auto fire.

    • Alex A.

      You know a few months back I said that on here and got heckled for it. Knowing full well what their products are capable of, I think the military really should look at their stuff.

  • Vitsaus

    Slow year for rifles? Who did POF have to buy a steak dinner for to land this prestigious award?

    • RSG

      There’s no one else even in the hemisphere of being close. Lol.

    • Steffen

      You clearly have no idea how long people have been waiting for a light, handy rifle in a battle rifle caliber. If this thing is durable, I’ll save up and buy one myself.

      • Joshua

        There have been light weight .308 AR’s for a while now. POF is just playing catch up.

        • civilianaf

          What he said.

      • SP mclaughlin

        SCAR 17?

  • Fast Forward

    Outstanding…….congratulations to POF!

    • Haulin’ Oats

      POF is very deserving of more awards than they ever receive.

    • Alex A.

      I love my Renegade +
      POF also makes a damn fine gas impingement rifle.
      Not only is this company patriotic, lol a human always picks up the phone when I’ve made several calls earlier this year to ask questions. There’s no automated answering service saying press 1 to be put on hold for five minutes, press 2 to be transferred six times only to have the call dropped.
      Stuff like that to me anyways is huge.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        I liken POF and their innovation as the American H&K.

        • Alex A.

          Very true! That’s one of the main reasons why I got the
          Renegade + I was looking at a DD rifle, JP, LaRue etc. but the POF Renegade stood out as a 21st century AR.
          Although those other brands are excellent in their own respect, I felt they were great 20th century rifles.
          Just look @ IV888 torture test of a POF piston AR. Damn thing stood toe to toe with a damn squad automatic!

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Do it in adjustable DI and I’d be really interested.

    Like a DPMS Gen2 that isn’t a gritty mess.

    • fasteddiez

      Could you expand on the “gritty mess” description please, thanks in advance

      • Henry Reed

        He will not

      • ostiariusalpha

        Apparently cycling the bolt, manually or when fired, on many of the G II rifles feels like someone sprinkled coarse sand in the action. It’s a fairly common complaint.

        • FightFireJay

          I can second that.

        • fasteddiez

          After some research, I found that on the 308 version there is a bolt catch problem, as well as Magpul gen 3 magazines not functioning with a gen II 308 from DPMS. I have a Gen II 223 model and have not had any problems so far.

    • Alex A.

      They do have an adjustable DI rifle

  • John Lski

    they obviously didn’t bother to test a CZ…

  • “POF has won the 2017 Industry Choice Award by smashing two of Colt’s designs from the 1960s together.”

    JK, congrats POF.

  • Anonymoose

    Too long and uses proprietary parts. The only thing proprietary here is the lower receiver. Everything else is pretty standard AR15. The upper is basically straight off a .458 SOCOM AR15.

  • gunsandrockets

    Was that 2014 test, a test of the new POF “Revolution” .308 rifle? That would be some interesting time travel if so.

    Has any “Revolution” rifle even been made yet, let alone tested, as a full auto?

    “The Revolution begins in 2017” “The most compact design .308 in the market”

    • Alex A.

      Yes they traveled back in time to 2014 to test a rifle made in 2017. Your powers of observation are beyond human intellect. What are you doing on this blog? Go! Go into the future with this time machine you speak of and save humanity. Go!

  • Timmah_timmah

    I sure wouldn’t kick one out of my safe!!! Clever design for sure.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    The AR-15 won the best gun award for the 70th year in a row.

    Sincerely, I’m actually kind of proud. That kind of winning streak proves either that it truly is the best gun in the whole wide world, or it’s a wildly biased judging panel, or it’s a wildly lazy judging panel. I’m thinking all three.