Just back from the 2012
SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, we saw a lot of firearms and
accessories. As always, there were many manufacturers of AR-15
style rifles present, and after looking at those weapons for
three days, most AR rifles are hard to distinguish from another,
especially the mil-spec style rifles, as they all look pretty
much the same. However, a few do stand out from the masses, with
premium features and hardware. Among those is the Del-Ton TRX
carbine shown here. Del-Ton has been making AR rifles for a few
years now, with my latest review of
one being posted back in 2008. The TRX carbine featured here
is distinguished by its use of some of the best hardware
available, all from Troy Industries. Troy makes high quality AR
furniture and accessories for the aftermarket, but their
products are also used on many premium rifles within the
The Del-Ton TRX uses a sixteen inch
chrome-lined barrel with a one-in-nine-inch rifling twist. The
muzzle is fitted with a closed-bottom birdcage flash suppressor.
Most other features are from Troy. The gas system is Troy’s
free-floating design, with allows the use of the Troy
rifle-length hand guard. Attached to the hand guard are sections
of Picatinny spec rail, for the attachment of flashlights, sling
loops, lasers, or other accessories.
Atop the full-length flattop rail is an
excellent set of Troy folding battle sights. These sights are
quick to deploy, and their aperture design is unique and easy to
use, with one aperture set up for distances out to 300 meters,
and the other for longer distances. The sights fold down for use
with optical sights, and did not interfere at all when I mounted
a scope for accuracy testing.
The dark earth color of the furniture is very
popular with shooters, looks great, and sets the Del-Ton TRX
apart from the masses. The buttstock has six positions to adjust
for stock length, and is quick and easy to adjust. This stock
design also did not pull hair out of my face as do some other
styles of adjustable AR buttstocks. The hand guard is
lightweight, ventilated, and comfortable to use.
For 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. 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
fifty-five degree Fahrenheit mark during all velocity testing,
with humidity in the ninety-two percent range. 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
Remington cases. Accuracy results are listed below in inches,
and are the average of five groups with each type of ammunition.
Accuracy testing was done with the rifle resting in a Target
Shooting, Inc. Model 500 rifle rest, to eliminate as much
shooter error as possible. The rifle was allowed to cool between
each brand of ammo tested.
|Lake City M855
|Hand Load TSX
|Winchester USA FMJ
|Buffalo Bore HP
|Buffalo Bore HP
|Black Hills HP
|Wolf Gold HP
The accuracy of the Del-Ton rifle was very
good, especially considering that it has a mil-spec trigger,
which had a pull weight of six and one-half pounds. The rifle
carries very well, with a slight forward balance, weighing in at
eight and one-quarter pounds, with the empty magazine in place.
Overall length varies from thirty-two and one-eighth inches to
thirty-five and one-half inches, depending upon the position of
the telescoping buttstock. I really like the rifle-length hand
guard, which covers the gas block. The medium-heavy barrel has a
diameter of three-quarters of an inch, forward of the gas block,
and .878 inch from the gas block rearward to the chamber area.
Functioning of the TRX was one hundred
percent with every type of ammo tested. Every round fed, fired,
and ejected perfectly, using both the supplied Troy thirty-round
polymer magazine and aluminum original twenty-round Colt
magazines from the Vietnam War era.
The Del-Ton TRX is one of the better AR-15
style rifles on the market today. It is set up with everything
needed, without the excesses that are on some rifles. The hand
guard is slim and comfortable. There is plenty of rail upon
which to mount accessories, but not so many rails as to get in
the way of shooting. The sights are durable, adjustable, and
easy to use. The rifle is accurate, rugged, reliable, and
Check out the TRX and other Del-Ton rifles
and accessories online at www.del-ton.com.
To order Del-Ton rifles online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.
To order quality 223 and 5.56x45mm ammo, go
Del-Ton rifles are built in North Carolina,
and have a lifetime warranty.