Geissele Wins Customs And Border Protection Contract

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Geissele Wins Customs And Border Protection Contract

Geisslele Automatics won a contract to supply AR-15 rifles to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This new contract includes both complete rifles and upper receiver groups. Let’s take a look at the specifics of this contract, and what it might mean for Geissele’s future civilian offerings.

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CBP has been upgrading their arsenal over the last few years. They recently moved from .40 S&W to a range of 9mm Parabellum Glocks, including the G26, G19 MOS, and only-for-CBP G47. Various BCM uppers have been photographed on CBP guns recently too.

This BCM connection appears to be acknowledged in this contract solicitation, which specifically mentions several BCM products. Those BCM items include barrels, handguards, and charging handles. The new contract (which Geissele won) says that the performance must meet or exceed that of the BCM parts.

Shared Features

The contract specifically calls for certain parts and features for all rifles. The stocks will all be collapsible models compatible with mil-spec buffer tubes. The stocks must meet or exceed the performance of the Magpul CTR and/or BCM Gunfighter stocks. No sling mounting points are to be included in the receiver end plate. H2 buffers are the minimum weight specified in the Statement of Work.

Three triggers are specified, two for automatic rifles and one for semi autos. The sole semi-auto trigger is a non-adjustable single-stage unit that must meet or exceed a BCM polished nickel trigger. Both single-stage and two-stage automatic triggers are specified.

All rifles and uppers are to be delivered in black. Ambidextrous safeties are required for semi- and full-auto rifles. No sights are to be included with the contract rifles or uppers. A2 flash hiders, threaded 1/2×28, are required on all contract guns. All barrels are to be cold hammer forged, chrome lined, with a 1:7 twist. The bolt carrier groups for all contract rifles and uppers are the full-auto style, which is the de facto industry standard these days. Keeping auto carriers in all of the rifles helps simplify the logistical footprint for this contract as well. All upper receivers are required to include the forward assist assembly (no doubt to the chagrin of certain forward assist haters on ARFCOM).

Excerpt from the Statement of Work document, which set out the specific criteria for the contract items

Contract Configurations

The contract lists three variations of rifles and uppers: Short Barrel Rifle, Standard Patrol Rifle, and Designated Marksman Rifle.

Short Barrel Rifle (SBR)

The SBR will have an 11.5-inch barrel with a carbine length gas system and a ~10″ handguard. The contract lists a range of allowable lengths that would generally be called 10″ handguards. Geissele sells 11.5″ uppers and complete pistols that roughly line up with the CBP contract guns, with the obvious difference of a stock instead of an arm brace. CBP’s contract includes select-fire and semi-auto SBRs. Though the contract requires A2 flash hiders, muzzle devices capable of mounting SureFire suppressors are also specified in the contract.

Geissele 11.5 Super Duty pistol, which is somewhat analogous to the CBP SBR (image from
Geissele 11.5 upper receiver group (image from
Standard Patrol Rifle (SPR)

The SPR (not to be confused with the OG Mk12) is a carbine with a 14.5″ barrel with mid-length gas system and a ~13″ handguard. CBP’s contract includes both select-fire and semi-auto SPRs. Presumably, this will be the most common variant in the contract.

Geissele Super Duty 14.5 rifle, which is rough analog to the CBP SPR (image from
Geissele 14.5 commercial upper, which is somewhat similar to the CBP SPR upper (image from
Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)

The DMR is unique because it does not line up with any current Geissle offering. The longest barrel currently offered by Geissele is 16 inches, but the DMR requires an 18-20 inch barrel with a rifle-length gas system. While a 1:7 twist is required for the SBR and SPR, the DMR has the option of a 1:7 or 1:8 twist. Strangely, the DMR requires a government profile barrel. That is one of the worst possible profiles, but it is a very common profile so it is a known quantity. An M-4 barrel extension is specified for the DMR and for all of the other rifles. Some 20″ barrels in the market use M-16 feed ramps, but keeping M-4 ramps makes more sense and keeps the logistics simple.

The required ~15 inch handguard has a maximum allowed weight of 9.5 ounces without mounting hardware. This is much lighter than any current Geissele handguard. The lightest 15″ option currently shown on their website is the Mk14, which weighs 11.6 ounces without mounting hardware. Time will tell what handguard shows up on the contract DMR. No select-fire DMR was solicited in the contract, which makes sense for a precision rifle.

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This is not an exhaustive examination of the CBP contract, but we should have a decent idea of what the new Geissele rifles will look like. The contract included other support as well, including armorer training by the manufacturer. The tentative end date for this contract is in January 2023, though extensions are possible. Perhaps we will see a sample CBP rifle at SHOT 2023.

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Daniel Y
Daniel Y

AKA @fromtheguncounter on Instagram. Gun nerd, reloader, attorney, and mediocre hunter. Daniel can still be found on occasion behind the counter at a local gun store. When he is not shooting, he enjoys hiking, camping, and rappelling around Utah.

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  • Brett baker Brett baker on Nov 04, 2022

    ..forward assist...... the CBP stands with Saint Kyle!

  • Kinetics Kinetics on Nov 04, 2022

    This is just weird…the only ambi feature mentioned here or anywhere else is the safety…which seems odd in 2022, especially with gov pricing.

    Then the configurations…SBR, rifle, DMR…sensible. But SBR’s with auto and single FCG’s, and A2 and Surefire muzzle devices…why? What possible reason could they have to need that breakdown. The only thing that makes sense is some of the uppers are SBR uppers going to lowers already in CBP use…perhaps those will be the ones with Surefire devices…maybe those are going to BORTAC and they already have suppressors for them?

    Rifle I have no problem with.

    And then my god…the DMR…I can see a light weight handguard, especially if these guys are gonna need to hump that thing around the border. But why in the flying f&ck would you REQUIRE a gov profile barrel? Even Army SDM-R’s had fluted barrels, and those were the worst mil 5.56 DMR rifles put together. No suppressors on the DMRs? That makes 0 sense.

    I’m with Aono here…normally vendors need drugs to win these contracts but I really think we all need drugs to read them.