The New Core Elite Folding AR from ZEV Technologies

Luke C.
by Luke C.

ZEV Technologies has just announced their latest firearm – the ZEV Core Elite Folding AR. Designed to be used as a discreet package that still has great accuracy and reliability, the new Core Elite Folding AR will feature a lot of the same hardware that the standard Core Elite rifle does, but now with a Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter equipped with an SBA3 4-position adjustable brace.

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The new Core Elite Folding AR from ZEV Technologies

The New Core Elite Folding AR from ZEV Technologies


  • ZEV forged upper and lower receivers precision machined from 7075-T6 aluminum for strength and 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 with M-LOK mounting system. The integrated anti-rotation pin ensures a consistently aligned and continuous top rail with the upper receiver.
  • ZEV custom 416R 10.5” match barrel with bronze PVD coating, chambered in 5.56 NATO with a 1:7 twist and carbine length gas system.
  • ZEV Muzzle Device.
  • Low profile fixed gas block.
  • H3 carbine buffer increases dwell time and reduces port pressure to ensure reliable extraction and a smooth recoil impulse.
  • Mil-spec chrome lined BCG with a manganese phosphate finish for improved lubricity and corrosion resistance.
  • Flat face AR Gold trigger from ATC features a 2.5lb pull with a short reset and clean break that is second to none.
  • Radian Weapons Talon ambidextrous safety selector.
  • SBA3 4-position adjustable brace by SB Tactical greatly enhancesthe usability of the firearm by adding a third point of contact.
  • Law Tactical folding stock adapter with black DLC coating.
  • ZEV Slide Lock charging handle permits ambidextrous manipulation with an extended and textured latch for superior grip and ergonomics.
  • Completed with Magpul furniture and one PMAG magazine.
The new Core Elite Folding AR from ZEV Technologies

The ZEV Core Elite Folding AR seems to be nearly perfect for a compact, and concealable backpack gun that is loaded up with premium features and finishes that are somewhat standard for ZEV Technologies. With a 10.5″ barrel length, 5.56 will still reliably yaw and fragment inside targets out to about 50-yards or so. Nonetheless, the ZEV Core Elite Folding AR weighs in at only 5.6 lbs making it an ultra-lightweight backpacking option.

The new Core Elite Folding AR from ZEV Technologies

The entire package is currently being sold from the ZEV Technologies website for a price of $2,164. I’d like to hear your thoughts on this new AR offering from ZEV Tech. Is the combination of features and quality enough to justify the price for a handy compact AR, or are there better options out there in your opinion?

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  • USMC Grunt2 USMC Grunt2 on May 18, 2022

    Is the rifle an actual "Core Elite Ops" AR ? Or a Zev rifle called "Core Elite." Zev is nice, but if it's an actual Core Elite Ops rifle branded as a Zev, that would be even better.

  • Swarf Swarf on May 19, 2022

    Why not a BRN-180 10.5"?