Geissele's Border Patrol Rifles Coming To Civilian Market

Daniel Y
by Daniel Y

Geissele won a contract to supply new rifles to the US Border Patrol back in 2022. Well, those models are now available for purchase directly from Geissele. Let’s take a look at the various models and their features.

Geissele @ TFB:

The most noticeable feature of the Border Patrol rifles is the handguard. Geissele calls it the Mark 20 Super Modular Rail. It has a much more skeletonized appearance than the other Geissele rails.

There are six members of the Border Patrol rifle family:

  • Rifle, 18-inch barrel,6lbs 13oz, $1,850
  • Rifle, 16-inch barrel, 6lbs 7oz, $1,700
  • Rifle, 14.5-inch pin/weld barrel, 6lbs 4oz, $1,700
  • Short Barrel Rifle, 14.5-inch barrel, 6lbs 8oz, $1,700
  • Short Barrel Rifle, 11.5-inch barrel, 5lbs 13oz, $1,700
  • Pistol, 11.5-inch barrel, $1,800

All versions utilize cold hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels. Super 42 buffer springs and H2 buffers are standard, as is an ALG ACT trigger. A2 flash hiders are also standard equipment, rather than the SSA-X of the Super Duty series. By omitting a few “frills” as Geissele calls them, the Border Patrol rifles can hit a lower price and weight point while still maintaining total reliability. All models appear on the Geissele website but some are already sold out. Go snag yours today!

From the manufacturer:

The Border Patrol Rifle is designed and made to be a fully-featured service rifle with an eye towards retaining mil-spec features where doing so had no negative impact on performance. This rifle is an excellent choice for those looking for a no-frills AR-15 that will offer years of reliable service.

The barrel is a Geissele cold hammer-forged (CHF) that also features a chrome-lined bore. It is available in 11.5-, 14.5-, 16- or 18-inch lengths. The twist rate is 1:7 and it has a standard 5.56x45mm NATO chamber. The gas block of the carbine-, mid-, Geissele- or rifle-length gas system is made from precipitation-hardened 17-4 stainless steel. There is a retaining pin that holds the gas tube in place and the gas block is attached to the barrel by both pin and two set-screws. This redundancy in attachment ensures that the gas block is aligned and will forever stay that way unless deliberately removed.

The Border Patrol rifle is designed to be lightweight and maneuverable while still being robust and dependable. The MK 20 Super Modular Rail is skeletonized to significantly reduce mass, yet offers a sturdy mounting platform with M-Lok slots running its length at 3-, 6-, and 9-o’clock. The keyed mating system between the upper receiver and rail ensures the handguard doesn’t twist or move under hard use.


All images from Geissele.

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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  • Mark Mark on May 22, 2024

    This rifle offers far less features than the Super Duty for not much $ savings; be sure to read the fine print.

  • Dead Sirius Dead Sirius on May 22, 2024

    This would pair well with the AR I bought because of some DEA contract.

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