Battle Rifle Company of Seabrook, Texas is in
the business of building AR-15 style rifles for those who want a
rifle that is a cut above the common. Today, even the bone-stock
milspec ARs on the market are really good rifles, and can serve
the shooter well, right out of the box. However, many shooters
desire a rifle that is put together using only premium
components, configured just as they like it from the get-go,
without having to modify a base rifle. Battle Rifle Company
caters to these shooters, who want to buy a premium AR, already
set up with upgraded features. Battle Rifle Company has several
different models from which to choose, and they can also tweak
components to suit the individual buyer.
The rifle shown here is their Spectre Model,
but it wears a Hogue buttstock and a free-float quad rail
handguard. The handguard is well-ventilated for cooling, and
thankfully, it comes supplied with thin, soft synthetic rubber
rail covers, to protect the shooter's hand from abrasion. The
Spectre has an HBAR profile chrome-lined cryogenic treated
barrel with a one-in-seven-inch (1-7) rifling twist. The barrel
is manganese phosphate coated, and is fitted with a Battle Rifle
Company flash suppressor.
The Battle Rifle Company bolt carrier is M16
spec full-auto rated with a chrome-lined gas key, properly
staked in place. The 7075-T6 buffer tube enclosed a coated
spring for smoother operation. The upper and lower receivers are
also made from 7075-T6 aluminum, anodized matte black. The Ergo
pistol grip is very comfortable, filling in behind the lower
receiver, for a better grasp of the rifle. The upper
incorporates the standard A2 features, such as the case
deflector, dust cover, and forward assist. The Spectre wears the
excellent Magpul folding adjustable sights, fitted to the
full-length 1913 Picatinny spec top rail. The magazine well is
funneled, and the rifle ships with a thirty-round Magpul PMAG
magazine. The Spectre has a polished single-stage trigger, and
the pull weight measured five and one-quarter pounds resistance
on the rifle shown here.
accuracy testing, I mounted my mule; the Leupold
Mark 4 8.5 to 25 power target/tactical scope. This scope allows
me to get all the accuracy that I possibly can out of a
rifle/ammo combo. From a solid rest, it eliminates most of my
human error, and allows me to see just how well a rifle will
shoot. Velocity testing was done with the chronograph set out
twelve feet from the muzzle at an elevation of 541 feet above
sea level, approximately. Temperatures hovered around the
eighty-one degree Fahrenheit mark during all velocity testing.
Relative humidity was forty-five percent. Velocity readings are
the average of several shots fired, and the results are listed
in the chart below. Velocity readings are listed in
feet-per-second (fps). Bullet weights are listed in grains. FMJ
is a full metal jacket bullet. HP is hollowpoint. V-Max is a
polymer-tipped varmint bullet. TSX is a Barnes Triple Shock
homogenous copper hollowpoint bullet. The handload listed uses
the TSX bullet with 24.5 grains of Ramshot TAC powder, a
Remington small rifle primer, and Winchester commercial .223
|lake City M855
|Hand Load TSX
|Winchester USA FMJ
|Buffalo Bore HP
|Buffalo Bore HP
|Black Hills HP
|Wolf Gold HP
For function testing, I tried the loads
listed above, in addition to a few others that I had lying
around, including 55 grain FMJ commercial reloads, Israeli
NATO-spec, and some Eastern European brass-cased ammunition. I
tried no steel-cased ammo, as I do not shoot that stuff in my
rifles. Functioning proved to be one-hundred percent, with every
round feeding, firing, and ejecting perfectly. I used the
thirty-round Magpul PMAG as well as Vietnam war era Colt
twenty-round magazines. Again, no malfunctions of any kind were
encountered during the testing of the Spectre carbine.
The trigger had a very good feel for an AR
carbine, releasing relatively crisply, contributing to the
rifle's practical accuracy, or better-stated, the author's
ability to achieve the rifle's inherent accuracy. The Spectre
proved to be very accurate. I fired for accuracy at a distance
of one hundred yards, using a solid bench and a Target
Shooting, Inc. Model 500 rifle rest for support. The
pictures shown are representative of the rifle's accuracy
achieved, with each of the types of ammunition shown. The Hogue
buttstock and the free-floated railed handguard proved to be
very comfortable to use. Most telescoping AR buttstocks pull the
hair out of my face when I am firing the weapon, but I am happy
to report that no facial hair was lost during the testing of
this weapon. The rail covers also contributed greatly to the
enjoyment of firing the Spectre carbine, as did the comfortable
Ergo pistol grip.
The Battle Rifle Company Spectre carbine is
just one of many different styles of premium ARs offered by
Battle Rifle Company.
Check out the entire line of rifles at www.battleriflecompany.com.
To order quality 5.56x45mm ammunition, go to www.buffalobore.com,
Battle Rifle Company sells direct to the
consumer, or through their dealer network.
281-777-0316 to order or email: email@example.com.
NOTE: All load data posted on this
web site are for educational purposes only. Neither the author nor
GunBlast.com assume any responsibility for the use or misuse of this data.
The data indicated were arrived at using specialized equipment under
conditions not necessarily comparable to those encountered by the
potential user of this data. Always use data from respected loading
manuals and begin working up loads at least 10% below the loads indicated
in the source manual.
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