Although the AR’s popularity has grown beyond the military and tactical realms to also include the shooting sports, the majority of the latter have been geared toward long-range varmint shooting. This application makes sense due to the inherent accuracy and fast follow-up shots of the AR, but Remington saw more potential.
The R-15 VTR line of rifles, offered in a variety of configurations in either .223 Rem. or the new .204 Ruger, represented Remington’s first move into the AR market. The significance of this can not be understated, as Remington is a company renowned for producing revered sporting firearms, and Big Green’s historic move has helped win over many hunters.
One of the more unique and interesting variants in the line is the R-15 VTR Predator Carbine CS. Geared toward the predator hunter, this handy little carbine features a collapsible stock and a short 18-inch barrel. To aid concealment, the rifle also sports an Advantage MAX-1 HD camouflage coating.
Taking what was once considered an unconventional sporting firearm and honing it to precisely what outdoorsmen need, Remington has done both the hunting community and the AR-enthusiast community a service with the R-15 series. MSRP: $1,225. www.remington.com
Michael O. Humphries spent seven years on the editorial staff of NRA’s American Rifleman magazine before going freelance to cover military-pattern firearms for a variety of gun magazines, including Field & Stream's sister publication SHOT Business.
Humphries has attended many amorer’s courses and shooting schools while researching articles, including events held at Gunsite, Direct Action Resource Center, the Crucible and U.S. Training Center (formerly known as Blackwater USA). He lives in North Carolina.