First Look: LAR-15 Lightweight Mountain Rifle

Grand View Outdoors takes this diminutive new rifle through its paces for the first time against some Florida hogs and coyotes. At 6.2 pounds, the Lightweight Mountain Rifle offers a lot of versatility in a slimmed down package.
First Look: LAR-15 Lightweight Mountain Rifle

Call it the cowboy rifle of the 21st Century.

At 6.2 pounds, the new LAR-15 Lightweight Mountain Rifle from Rock River Arms is the kind of stow-and-go long gun that conjures images of Western lawmen and their trusted lever actions. With an insanely slim forend and a barrel about the diameter of a Sharpie, the Mountain rifle delivers solid performance at medium ranges in a bantam weight package.

You barely notice it slogging through swamps, humping over berms and scraping through palmettos in search of hogs and predators on a hot Florida afternoon. And when a wily coyote presents itself on a stalk, the Mountain Rifle swings into action delivering a one-shot kill at 75 yards.

Rock River Arms Mountain RifleCoupled with the new HPR Black Ops 62 grain open tip frangible ammo — which splinters into fragments creating deadly mass force trauma — the Mountain Rifle offers a lot of flexibility for a wide range of game, or even for self defense.

But the slimmed down profile and components of the Mountain Rifle means this is not a volume fire weapon. As much as you might want to throw this into a 3 gun match, the barrel profile and narrow handguard might make life a little hot when the lead is flying.

Needless to say, if you're looking for a "carry" rifle that you can stow in your 4-wheeler, truck or horse for when the critters come out, the LAR-15 Lightweight Mountain Rifle has to be one of the lightest, slimmest, lowest-profile options out there.


•   16-inch chrome moly lightweight barrel with 1:9 twist

•   RRA lightweight low-profile gas block

•   Forged upper and lower receiver

•   RRA two stage trigger with RRA winter trigger guard

•   Hogue rubber grip

•   36-inch extended length

•   6.2 pound empty weight

•   $1,150 MSRP


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