As politicians pass laws, its inevitable that ingenious people with a passion will do everything they can find the limit of the letter of the law. Latest up is a company not based in the United States, but rather Canada, long known for its direct ban on both the AR-15 and AK-47 weapon systems. Alberta Tactical Rifle Supply, located in (you guessed it), Alberta Canada has announced the pre-order the “Modern” series of rifles, a non-restricted non-AR AR.
Basically, the Modern Hunter (battle rifle calibers) and the Modern Varmint (intermediate cartridges) is a side-charging direct impingement design that comes awfully close to the original stone design while staying legal for Canadian purposes. The receivers, a common upper and lower, are designed and machined such that they are 100% incompatible with standard layout restricted designs. The receivers connect only via the “pivot” pin, requiring the upper to be slid forward and off.
The Modern series uses a non-reciprocating BAR-style folding side charging handle and features the common AR “ambidextrous” (I use the term lightly) bolt release. The rifles use standard AR components, which the Hunter is DPMS LR-308 compatible. From there, they are compatible with SR-25 series magazines and AR trigger groups.
Both weapon systems are available for pre-order from Alberta Tactical Rifle Supply. Initial pricing is steep, starting at $3,600+ for the Hunter, though one can pretty much customize anything on it including barrel, forearm, stock, etc. The Varmint is just a hair less, clocking in at $3,350 in base configuration.