Rifles and Custom Trigger from RISE Armament

    Before I came to SHOT, my editor let me know I would be doing a T&E on a new trigger from RISE Armament. Because of that I made sure to set up an meeting with their team to get the scoop on who they are and what they are bringing to the market.

    Their background is in manufacturing, specifically machining for the oil and aerospace industries. They also happen to be shooters and so RISE is the happy marriage of the two. They now build guns and also gun parts and accessories.

    They showcased basically seven products. The trigger, three barrels, and three complete rifle builds.

    Advanced Performance Trigger


    A look inside


    Side view with exposed hammer and trigger


    Trigger profile


    The trigger mechanism is a work of art. It has a very distinctive and eye-catching appearance. The housing is a sharp metallic red (and as a testament to their perfectionism , they apparently went through a huge number of prototypes until they got the color exactly right). The hammer and internals are skeletonized and bright. The single-stage, 3.5 pound trigger itself is smooth with rounded edges and nearly vertical. Dry firing it let me feel that it was crisp. “Who cares about how it looks since it’s going to be on the inside of the gun?”, you may ask. They do. And to me, it is an indication of their attention to detail. MSRP is $259.

    The other things they brought to SHOT were their three new rifles (which in turn are running their new barrels). The three rifles are classed as tactical, competition and long range respectively. One interesting thing is that RISE does not have a “dog in the fight” when it comes to KeyMod vs. M-LOK–the billet aluminum hand guards have picatinny rails. You can get the barrels in stainless, black and flat dark earth.


    Tactical on top, Competition in middle, Long Range on bottom


    RA-325 Tactical V.2 Rifle

    • 16 inch 416 Stainless steel fluted barrel
    • 13 inch slim-line billet aluminum hand guard
    • Advanced Performance Trigger
    • Milled 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver
    • RISE Armament compensator
    • MSRP: $2103

    RA-312 Competition Rifle

    • 18.8 inch 416 Stainless steel fluted barrel
    • 15 inch carbon fiber hand guard
    • Advanced Performance Trigger
    • Milled 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver
    • JP Enterprises adjustable gas block
    • RISE Armament compensator
    • MSRP: $2730

    RA-331 Long-Range Rifle

    • 20.2 inch 416 Stainless steel barrel, 1:7 ratio
    • 13 inch slim-line billet aluminum hand guards
    • Advanced Performance Trigger
    • Milled 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver
    • RISE Armament compensator
    • Bipod Mount
    • MSRP: $2530



    The barrel stand is actually their logo. This company definitely has some character.


    • 16 inch Tactical Barrel MSRP: $243
    • 18.8 inch Competition Barrel MSRP: $312
    • 20.2 inch “Sniper” Barrel MSRP: $275

    I’m really looking forward to doing the T&E on the trigger and seeing how it runs. Even though they are relatively new into the market with these offerings, do any of you have hands on with one of their products yet?

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    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 teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. 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.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com