PHOENIX WEAPONRY’S .45-70
PHOENIX WEAPONRY PUTS A NEW SPIN ON A FRONTIER CLASSIC WITH THE .45-70 AUTO
It wouldn’t be much of an irrational argument to claim that the AR-15 platform has been refined nearly to its engineering apex. Different manufacturers have made alterations to barrel length, gas system length, buffer weight, buffer spring weight, gas port size, chamber dimensions, and just about any other physical dimension you can name. With the sheer volume of technical data now available on the rifle’s performance in various configurations, America’s Rifle has now become a prime test bed for all manner of ballistic experiments. In a quest to push the performance envelope of the platform, and to sell more rifles, many companies are fielding AR-pattern rifles in more and more unconventional calibers for specialty applications.
Enter Phoenix Weaponry in Colorado. They’ve undertaken a number of outside-the-box projects and are bringing a particularly unique big-bore AR to mar- ket. What started as a pet project will now be available for purchase. They’ve built a highly customized AR rifle around an equally custom cartridge: the .45-70 Auto. Phoenix Weaponry let us play with their preproduction test rifle during a group hog hunting trip in Texas. The rifle’s performance against the Lone Star State’s four-legged vermin didn’t disappoint. Before we talk about that, a little history on where this hard-hitting round came from.