While attending the TriggrCon 2019 Range Day we paid Zev Technologies a visit to see what was new from them and they introduced us to their NEW Zev Tech AR-15 Core Elite 5.56 NATO Pistol! The firearm that we were able to get our hands on is their NEW 10.5″ AR-15 Pistol, but they actually have 3 NEW iterations in the Core Elite Series – 16″ 5.56 NATO Rifle, 10.5″ 5.56 NATO Pistol, and 8.5″ 300 Blackout Pistol.
When it comes to Zev Technologies, whether it is their pistols or rifles, you know they are going to pour quality all over them from top to bottom. This is exactly the case with the NEW Core Elite series of firearms. While their recently new Core firearms were meant to be a more affordable price-point for shooters to get into a Zev product, the Core Elite says forget budgets, we want top tier quality! All of the components that make up this NEW series can be read below as presented by Zev Technologies:
- ZEV Forged Upper & Lower Receivers precision machined from 7075-T6 Aluminum for Strength & Light Weight finished in true Black Type III Class 2 Hard Coat Anodize
- ZEV Wedge Lock Hand Guard provides a Full Length Continuous Top Rail w/ M-LOK Mounting System. The integrated Anti-Rotation Pin ensures a Consistently Aligned & Continuous Top Rail w/ the Upper Receiver
- ZEV Custom 416R 10.5” Match Barrel w/ Bronze PVD Coating chambered in 5.56 NATO w/ a 1:7 Twist & Carbine Length Gas System
- Low Profile Fixed Gas Block
- H3 Carbine Buffer increases Dwell Time & reduces Port Pressure to ensure Reliable Extraction & a smooth Recoil Impulse
- Direct Thread “Warden Blast Diffuser” by SureFire directs the Concussive Blast of the Fired Round forward of the Weapon System w/o venting gas to the side as seen w/ Standard Muzzle Brakes
- Mil-Spec Chrome Lined BCG w/ a Manganese Phosphate Finish for improved Lubricity & Corrosion Resistance
- ZEV Exclusive Sniper Grey Flat Face AR Gold Trigger from ATC features a 2.5 Lbs Pull w/ a Short Reset & Clean Break that is 2nd to none
- Radian Weapons Talon Ambidextrous Safety Selector
- SBA3 4-Position Adjustable Brace by SB Tactical greatly enhances the Usability of the Firearm by adding a 3rd Point-of-Contact
- ZEV Slide Lock Charging Handle permits Ambidextrous Manipulation w/ an Extended & Textured Latch for Superior Grip & Ergonomics
- Completed w/ Magpul MIAD Hand Grip & one PMAG Magazine
- Pistol Weight – 6.14 lbs, 27˝ Overall Length
While we were able to get our hands all over their 10.5″ AR-15 Pistol in 5.56 NATO we did not have the opportunity to shoot one. Zev Technologies was set up in a Pistol Bay booth and according to the range rules of where TriggrCon’s Range Day was located, they could not shoot rifle calibers in that exact spot. Unfortunate, yes, but understandable. Zev shares this little quote off of their website to hopefully stoke people’s ambitions into purchasing one of these NEW Core Elite products:
ZEV CORE ELITE Pistols are intended for serious shooters and represent the commitment to design, feel, performance that ZEV is known for.
This AR pistol features the high quality and aesthetics of ZEV rifle products with a combination of traditional mil-spec controls and functional upgrades that deliver excellent performance in the field or on the range.
The MSRP is $1,775 for all 3 variations of the Core Elite products at this time, and we will likely see much more of them in the future. For all of our black gun lovers out there, what do you think? Is this a rifle or pistol you could envision yourself having some day? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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