Mystery AR-15 SBR Adopted By New Libyan Armed Forces

    A photo posted on purports to show a member of the new Libyan Armed Forces with a new AR-15 in a short barreled rifle configuration. The rifle, a Oberland Arms OA-15 M7,  has ambidextrous controls, a barrel of 8″, it has a SOPMOD-style stock, the scope is an EOTech, the magazine is a OA-MAG (Oberland Arms manufactured clone of the Magpul PMAG) and the laser light module looks to be a Rheinmetall LLM01 (or a variant thereof). I cannot identify the quite distinctive quad rail. Can anyone identify the rail and/or the rifle manufacturer?


    It is very interesting to see an EOTech scope exported (or re-exported) to Libya. In February and March of 2011, the UN Security Council passed resolutions which placed an arms embargo on Libya. In May 2011 the State Department amended the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to ban all export of all defense article to Libya. Exceptions can only be granted on a case-by-case basis and then only if the transaction is not in violation of the UN Security Council embargo. A week ago Libya and Russia announced that they would petition the Security Council to lift the embargo.

    UPDATE: We incorrectly stated the magazine was a Magpul PMAG. It is in fact an unlicensed clone of the PMAG made by German firm Oberland Arms called the OA-MAG. The rifle was identified by Henrik Bergdahl as the Oberland Arms OA-15 M7. Thanks Henrik.

    UPDATE: Oberland Arms contacted us saying they have never exported any rifles or parts to Libya.

    For your information. Oberland Arms never sold anything to Libya. No screws, no springs and for sure no rifles. In fact we never sold anything to the African continent.

    We are very strict with the export regulations.

    Thanks to Albi for the photo. Thanks to Andrew Tuohy , Matt & Roy for help identifying parts of the rifle.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!