Cen­tury Arms C39v2 Blade 7.62x39mm Spring­field Ar­mory SAINT AR-15 Pis­tol 5.56mm

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Just two is­sues ago, this lit­tle beast graced the cover of our mag­a­zine. Built to pro­vide some high-speed end users with a lot of fire­power in a very small pack­age, it’s now avail­able to civil­ians as a ri­fle-cal­iber pis­tol and won the ICA award in this new cat­e­gory. Af­ter no small amount of ef­fort, SIG shrunk their MCX short­stroke pis­ton-op­er­ated plat­form down to a 5.5-inch bar­reled, 300-BLK cham­bered bun­dle of fun. In pis­tol form, it comes with a three-po­si­tion col­lapsi­ble brace. The stubby M-LOK hand­guard pro­vides a bit of real es­tate for your sup­port hand, which you must re­li­giously honor lest you reach too far for­ward and make a mis­take that you (and your hand) won’t soon for­get.

We con­cluded that the Rat­tler is well-en­gi­neered and a hoot to shoot, though it fills a spe­cial­ized role, and it’s not for be­gin­ners. Eval­u­a­tors couldn’t help but be drawn in by its un­de­ni­able badassery, high­light­ing its good looks and er­gonomics, dura­bil­ity, and fit and fin­ish. Like us, they com­plained about its gritty trig­ger, felt it needed a hand stop, and some thought it was rather heavy. Nev­er­the­less, the con­sen­sus loved shoot­ing it, not­ing it would make a great “quickly de­ploy­able truck or home-de­fense gun.”

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