On December 10th, Knights Armament Co released a teaser video on their YouTube channel showcasing yet another variant of their SR15 rifle. The new rifle supposedly dubbed the SR15.5 looks to be in development and my hunch is that we should expect to hear more about the rifle and its improvements over the standard SR15 sometime early next year when the SHOT Show would normally happen.
Knights Armament Teases New Variant of SR15 Rifle
Speculation based on what we know of the SR15
If we are going to speculate at all about what improvements can be made to the SR15 rifle, we first can look at what we already know about the SR15 directly from the Knights Armament website:
The SR-15 E3 MOD 2’s 14.5” chrome lined, 5.56mm NATO barrel is manufactured to military specifications, features a proprietary mid-length gas system that increases reliability and durability while also reducing felt recoil, and is free-floated inside a 13” URX 4 handguard. An E3 round-lug bolt design both enhances function and increases bolt life far beyond the industry standard. An ambidextrous bolt release, selector, and magazine release offer left-handed users the ergonomic advantages inherent to AR15-based controls. The drop-in two-stage trigger serves double duty as an aid to precision marksmanship while enabling surgical speed shooting at close range. The 5.56mm 3-Prong Flash Eliminator interferes with propellant gas combustion forward of the muzzle to significantly reduce flash signature, will not ring upon firing or when struck, and is compatible with the KAC line of 5.56mm QDC Signature Reduction Devices.
Barrel: 14.5” (36.8cm) Chrome Lined, Hammer Forged, 1:7 Twist
Weight: 6.3lbs (2.86kg)
Length: 32” (81.3cm) – 35” (88.9cm)
If you watched the video above you’ll notice that a hefty amount of humor has been put into the video and even though there was a mention of “ambidextrous features” you should already know that the SR15 rifle already features ambidextrous controls. The rifle already features what many would consider being all the hallmarks of a high-end AR-15 manufacturer so it is very little in the way of improvements that I could suggest to make the rifle more marketable.
I’d like to pass the question on to all of you. What more could Knights Armament do to improve what the SR15 rifle already offers from the factory room floor? As a final personal note, I quite enjoyed the goofy video KAC put out. It’s nice to see big names in the gun industry taking a few shots at themselves for a marketing campaign.