Adams Arms Unveils Newest .308 Rifle

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Adams Arms recently unveiled the newest model in the Small Frame .308 Lineup: The Patrol Battle Rifle (PBR).

The PBR features a 16-inch Mid VooDoo barrel,  nine-inch Extended Evolution Rail, Enhanced SOPMOD-style stock and VDI .308 Jet Comp, according to a recent press release.

The Small Frame .308 PBR retails for $1,775.

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  • Patriot on a String

    Nothing new and over priced.. Barrel is to thin, may be good for 200 rounds. And the front receiver pin is not reinforced. The 16 inch barrel makes the point of having .308 useless.. One could build a better AR in .308 for that price themselves.. PASS

    • guest

      Agree with everything you said.

    • Spencer W

      I do not understand where you are coming from with your statements. How is a standard profile melonite barrel only good for 200 rounds? I have honestly never seen or heard of any problems with the receiver pins on an ar10, could you explain? How does a 16″ barrel make a .308 useless? The loss of velocity would be less than 200fps with most loads. Also if you have a source for affordable nickel based plated ar10 receivers please let me know, it would make a fun build.

    • guest

      Are they being discounted anywhere from $750 -$900, which puts their actual sale price at $1000 or less?

  • that guy

    Just bought one of their 14.5 evo rifles for $800 off of rainier arms…great rifle. very happy with it and came with free irons. Wouldn’t spend that much though just for a 308 AR. I’d choose a different platform

  • Lobo

    This is not good for a .308 AR10 type rifle.
    #1 – a 20 inch barrel is needed for .308 or obnoxious muzzle blast occurs- muzzle brake not needed
    #2 – it weights too much- not worth heavy weight
    #3 – way over priced – you can build one better for cheaper
    #4 – 6.8 SPC is better in a 16″ barrel or even a 6.5 Grendel- 20″ to 24″
    #5 – DPMS lightweight hunter is a better deal at 7.5lbs- cheaper cost too

  • Dale Dimick

    For the next photo ….try putting the mag in right with the bullet thingies pointing toward the barrel and not the shooter.

    • Joshua

      It is inserted correctly. That is the Lancer L5AWM.308.

  • Dennis

    I take from all the comments that no one likes this rifle. I agree the 16 inch barrel on a 308 is kind of useless. I have a Springfield M1-A loaded. There is nothing else I would even consider in 308.

    • seans

      Are you aware of how much problems the M14/M1A family have? They don’t exactly set the 308 bar that high.

      • guest

        FAL maybe but not a M14/M1A

        • seans

          Are you stating that the Fal set the bar low?

          • guest

            No, it is preferable to an M14/M1A

    • ret11b

      i too have a Springfield M1-A and it is a superior weapon for those who want a .308/7.62.

  • seans

    All the people who are complaining about a 308 in a 16 inch barrel really need to look up the ballistics of that round from different length barrels. Its going to surprise you how effective the round still is.

    • guest

      And it will be even better with a 20″ barrel, plus less muzzle blast. If you want a sub gun than carry one. Don’t try to turn a carbine or rifle into a sub gun.

      • seans

        I don’t see how you get a sub gun out of a 16 inch barrel but okay. Curious how much velocity you really think you are going to lose over 4 inches of barrel?

        • guest

          The average is 25-30 fps per inch, plus increased muzzle blast, and flash. Better yet is a 22″ barrel.

          • seans

            You really think that 150FPS is going to affect you that much, and the muzzle blast and flash isn’t going to be bad at all. I have ran a 16 for years on my work gun, its not bad at all, even at night on nods. And there is always suppressors. No reason to have a 22 inch barrel these days for 308.

          • guest

            Yes that is why all the .308 sniper systems have, what 24″ barrels. And loosing 150fps cuts down on accuracy and range. You loose long range accuracy as soon as you go sub sonic. That 150fps is worth quite a few yards. Besides if you are just going to use it for short range a 300 Blackout makes more sense. I could also shoot a 300WSM in a 16″ barrel, but why would I want to. Suppressors just increase the muzzle blast.

          • Mike in Fort Worth

            Losing velocity does cut down on range but not on accuracy. A barrel is accurate or not regardless of barrel length. There are folks who quite regularly hit out to 1000 yards with 16 inch barrel guns. A good barrel, good glass and a good shooter will do the trick. Also, there is a market for a ,308 that is lightweight, shorter and still accurate. Larue Tactical sells a lot of OBR’s in 16″.
            I don’t understand your comment about suppressors increasing “muzzle blast” A suppressor will eliminate muzzle flash completely and will significantly reduce sound signature even with supersonic ammo. That’s the reason that military snipers have gone to suppressors in a big way…plus it can add a bit of velocity.

          • seans

            Yeah, guess you haven’t been really paying much attention to how the 308 sniper platforms have been moving these days. Most have moved to the 20inch barrel range these days. The idea that you need to have a 7.62 caliber with 24inches is antiquated. And even then 20inches is pretty long unless all you are doing is taking 800 yard plus shots. That’s the point of having a 16inch barrel, you get the ability of having a rifle that is capable of short range work, CQB, MOUT, and then can set up and provide a overwatch all with the same rifle.

          • RedStatePatriot

            “that is why all the .308 sniper systems have, what 24″ barrels” wrong… SR25, XM110, Armalite SASS all have 20″ barrel.

    • straps

      Thank you. 16″ barrel rifling puts all the spin the bullet can use. You do lose MV which can affect effective range but honestly, the range gained (200 yds MAYBE–1000 as opposed to 800 yds) is outside the time (practice, training, possibly loading) and money (glass, ammo and possibly training) the vast majority of us can devote.

      And moot, since those who NEED to make those shots aren’t looking at this platform…

  • LIAM

    I will stay with a bullpup shotgun…..AA-12….love it!!

    • seans

      The AA-12 isn’t a bullpup.

      • Pete

        maybe it is in Call of Duty :-)

  • VTGunner

    Oh look another AR-10 that’s exactly the hundreds of other AR-10’s on the market

  • guest

    Way over priced for what you get.

  • Mike

    I run a 16 inch OBR for L.E. Sniper Work. Many other agencies do as well with no issues. Actually the guys at Larue recommended it to us . Don’t knock it tll you try it. Some velocity is lost, but shorter barrels are stiffer, and stiffer barrels have been shown to improve accuracy.

    Read more: https://kitup.military.com/2015/05/adams-arms-unve
    Kit Up!

    • VTGunner

      I don’t think people are knocking the AR-10, just that this is just another AR-10 with nothing special about it

    • guest

      LE sniper work, according to what I have read and been told by various SWAT snipers is usually much shorter range than in military sniper work. I can see a 16″ barrel for LE snipers.

      • Mike

        Very true. 5oo yards and under although we will train to 1000. No issues at these ranges.

  • Eric B.

    If it’s an AR type action in .308 and is direct impingement I’LL pass too. .308 rounds produce a lot more gas than the 5.56 and the bolt gets hot and dirty a lot faster.
    Any semi-auto .308 rifle should have a piston bolt actuator. PERIOD.

    • seans

      You know you really don’t need to clean your DI gun if its built right. You should expect parts breakage well before carbon buildup would ever cause a malfunction. Even shooting suppressed I had to clean my MK20 far more often than I ever did my MK11.

    • Mike in Fort Worth

      Larue Tactical and Knights’ Armament have make pretty good .308 DI guns. There’s no particular need for piston on this gun. Keep it lubed property and reasonably clean and it will run.

    • guest

      Hate to say this, but back in the old pre-AR Army, I carried and shot quite a few rounds out of an M14. Guess what, you have to clean the gas piston and cylinder on the thing. They get carboned up.

    • steelcobra

      Piston ARs are a fad (even though it’s already a gas-piston system, not DI) and the AR was originally designed in .308 to begin with.

      • straps

        Piston AR absolutely NOT a “fad” if you live in an area where suppressors are easy as a few pages of paperwork.

        Also, in .308, a piston can help with recoil management.

        However a piston does impose an accuracy penalty.

  • RESISTANCE

    Way overpriced for what you get. Especially since the market is flooded with AR clones in every caliber with all kind of bells and whistles on them. For that much, you should be getting a scope, a bi pod, extra mags and a case. And it should be guaranteed to deliver 1″ MOA accuracy out of the box.

  • Mike

    Looks like a piston above.

  • guest

    The MSR is $1,750. How much are they being discounted, and actually selling for, $900 -$1000?

  • guest

    What will this rifle in .308 do, at 800-1000 yards that a 6.5 Grendel won’t do? The Grendel will do it with less recoil and muzzle blast and lighter weight ammo, as well as do it on a 5.56 platform. Think about that.

    • guest

      For the military, the .308/7.62 is obsolete there are newer and better rounds that have been developed.

  • guest

    Bury the 7.62 NATO, along with the 45-70, 30-40 Krag, and 30-06 as U.S. military round.