DoubleStar caught our attention with their Midnight Dragon. that rifle out of the box is easily one of the most accurate factory rifles I’ve ever encountered. If you’re doubting what a factory rifle can do see our range trip HERE before making any decisions. DoubleStar’s ARC 300 is a rifle of a different flavor. The Always Ready Carbine is meant to be more of a fighting gun. From initial handling it appears to be built with the same attention to detail that we experienced with the Midnight Dragon, but the components are a aimed more at a rifle you can patrol with.
One feature of immediate note is that the trigger and pistol grip are standard GI-style. Why? Well it just makes sense. Those two components, along with the stock are the most-swapped items on an AR-15. Most of us have our favorites. If DoublStar were to put anything else on there it would increase the cost which would get passed on to you the consumer. By keeping it simple they can keep the cost down and save you the cash needed to go buy the trigger and grip that you like.
With an MSRP of $1,370.99 this is far from a cheap rifle, but after our experience with other DoubleStar builds we’re betting the cost is in the intangibles such as build quality and component manufacturing. take a look at the video and specs below and let us know your thoughts.
Build specs directly from the product website:
|RODUCT WEIGHT||6.45 lbs|
|MODES OF FIRE||Semi – Automatic|
|OVER ALL LENGTH||34.5″ with Mortar Plate with 1” recoil pad|
|BARREL MATERIAL||416 Stainless Steel|
|BARREL FEATURES||M4 Feed Ramps, Free Floating, Black Nitride Finish|
|SIGHT / GAS BLOCK||Low Profile Gas Block, Samson Flip-up Front Sight, Samson Flip-up Rear Sight|
|MUZZLE DEVICE||Big Timber Brake|
|HANDGUARD||Samson 15” SX M-LOK® Handguard|
|UPPER RECEIVER TYPE||Flattop|
|UPPER RECEIVER MATERIAL||Forged Aircraft 7075 T6 Aluminum|
|UPPER RECEIVER COATING||Anodized to Mil-Spec|
|UPPER RECEIVER FEATURES||Brass Deflector, M4 Feedramps, “T”-Marks, Forward Assist, Dust Cover|
|LOWER RECEIVER MATERIAL||Forged Aircraft 7075 T6 Aluminum|
|LOWER RECEIVER COATING||Anodized to Mil-Spec|
|LOWER RECEIVER FEATURES||N/A|
|CHARGING HANDLE||Tac Latch Charging Handle|
|FIRE CONTROL GROUP||Standard Trigger Group|
|MAGAZINE CAPACITY||30 rd.|
|BUTTSTOCK||Mortar Plate Buttplate with 6-position commercial tube and additional DS-4 stock body (not shown)|
|OTHER FEATURES||Enhanced Extraction System|
|ACTION||Direct Gas Impingement|
|COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE||United States|
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