TFB Exclusive: Tanfoglio presents an AR-15 Made in Europe

    At the IWA exhibition in Germany, the Italian-based company Tanfoglio presented their new AR-15.

    I had the opportunity to sit down with the owner Massimo Tanfoglio, as well with the product manager for their new AR-15 line of sporting rifles.

    The Tanfoglio AR-15 series is still in R&D and prototyping, but two of the first rifles were shown at IWA to give us an idea of what is about to be released.

    The rifle will be chambered in .223 Remington and most, if not all, parts will be made in-house. For sure one of the challenges will be to keep the cost down, due to the limited productions runs vs. the USA for instance. Barrels will be made by Lothar Walther, good news in my book.

    Before the competition version of the rifle is released I think we can expect some changes to the design, and your input is greatly appreciated.


    Detailed photographs of the handguard. Design before function, or perfect fit?



    Right side of the rifle, Meopta 1-6x on top of a rather high mount.


    Below: Tanfoglio team in the rear, with multiple-world champion Eric Grauffel to the left.


    Below: Tanfoglio AR-15 with Meopta 1-6x scope.


    Below: Tanfoglio TAR. An M4-style rifle chambered in 5.56x45mm caliber, with a DI gas system in a 14.5″ barrel. Target – professional users.


    Photo: Franco Palamaro

    I understand this version will be available in LEAF versions with select fire as well.


    What sort of features would you like to see on an optimized competition AR-15 rifle, both in terms of design and function?

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.