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Rock River LAR-15 Left Hand Elite Operator .223 / 5.56
Rock River Left Hand Elite Operator Dominator Mount .223 / 5.56
Rock River Left Hand Elite Operator .223 / 5.56


 
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It's All About Accuracy. Rock River Arms has been in the manufacturing business since 1996, making them relatively ancient for the AR world. Brothers Mark and Chuck Larson are the owners of the Colona, Illinois based company. Between 1981 and 1991, the two worked at Springfield Armory, where Mark was the head armorer. From there, the Larson's then went into business with Les Baer to form Les Baer Custom and specialized in manufacturing premium 1911 pistols. In 1993, the two parted ways with Baer and began building AR-15's for Eagle Arms in Coal Valley, Illinois.

At the same time, they formed their own company, which became known as Rock River Arms. In 1997, the Larson's severed ties with Eagle Arms after the company was acquired by ArmaLite. In 2003, after outperforming 10 other leading manufacturers in rifle testing trials, Rock River was awarded the DEA contract to supply the agency with 5,000 AR-15's. As a direct result of winning the contract, Rock River also began supplying the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service under piggy back contracts.

At the heart of the Rock River Left Hand Elite Operator is its direct gas impingement (DI) system whose ejection port is located on the opposite side of traditional AR-15 uppers. Even though it is a DI rifle, the Rock River shows no tendency to excessively foul the chamber or bolt carrier, even when hot, dirty and dry. While firing quality rounds, functioning is typically flawless. With DI, gas is tapped from the barrel as the bullet passes by the port located below the rifle's front gas block.

The gas then rushes into the port and down a gas tube located above the barrel and into the upper receiver. From there, the gas tube funnels into the bolt carrier. This gas system unlocks the bolt and begins the cycling process, but only after the bullet has exited the barrel. Direct gas impingement has several advantages over gas piston systems. First and foremost, DI systems are usually lighter in weight. Impingement also tend to be more accurate, less expensive to manufacture and much easier to free- float the barrel.

Unlike other AR-15 manufacturers, Rock River does not build their rifles in an assembly line process. Instead, a skilled armorer is dedicated to building just the lower assembly while another armorer is in charge of strictly building the upper. Once the lower and upper assemblies have been completed, yet another armorer is in charge of fitting them together. Every major component of the Left Hand Elite Operator starts out as either bar stock or a forging.

Upper and lower receivers are made from forged and mil-spec 7075-T6 aluminum alloy that is then anodized to a surface hardness of 70 on the Rockwell scale. The upper incorporates a forward assist, which helps force seat a round in case of a malfunction, and a strong spring loaded dust cover helps prevent dirt and debris from entering the action.

All components are held to extremely tight tolerances to ensure maximum accuracy. After final machining, each receiver is carefully polished to remove dings, scratches or any other minor imperfections left over from the forging and milling process.

Once polished to a perfect mirror sheen, the receivers are then bead blasted and sent out for hard coat anodizing. This polishing step is unique and the reason why minor receiver imperfections normally found in front of the magazine well on other rifles are not encountered on Rock River rifles. Smaller parts like the bolt stop, safety and trigger components are investment castings made from 8620 steel that are case hardened between 89 and 92 Rockwell.

After installation, the barrel's feed ramp is highly polished and contoured into the upper receiver, thus eliminating the common "step" between the barrel extension's feed ramp and upper receiver that are found on most AR-15 rifles. As a result, Rock River enjoys significantly improved reliability with all types of .223/5.56 ammunition. Once the rifle is fitted, the barrel is lapped and additional touches made to ensure superior workmanship, accuracy and quality.

The Rock River Left Hand Elite Operator is equipped with a 16- inch high grade chrome moly steel barrel with a tactical muzzle break to minimize recoil. Built by Wilson Arms, not to be confused with Wilson Combat, the Connecticut based company has been in the business of manufacturing high quality, button rifled barrels for over 60- years. Wilson makes the barrel, then flutes and cuts the chamber. Rock River hits the chamber with a finish reamer and a "NATO" chamber for firing both .223REM and 5.56X45mm cartridges.

The tight throat helps maintain the rifle's extreme accuracy while the gentle bevel on the lead edge of the rifling controls the pressure of hot loaded ammo. Bullet twist rate is set at 1:9" for optimal stability and accuracy when firing heavy 75- grain match bullets, while still extremely capable of shooting standard 55-grain ball ammo. For optimal reliability, a mid-length gas system has been installed.

The half-quad free-float handguard is capable of attaching accessories such as a light, laser and optics without risk of chewing up your hand on sharp Picatinny rails. A very comfortable ERGO rubber grip with a textured surface further improves maneuvering and control. The Left Hand Elite Operator includes the best production 2- stage trigger on the market.

While the rifle lacks rear iron sights or a carry handle, an integral flip-up front sight plus a Picatinny flat-top rear receiver provides a solid platform to mount optics. The collapsible RRA Operator buttstock mounts firmly to the shoulder pocket while six telescoping positions allow the shooter to set their optimal length-of-pull. Rock River's safety selector is unique because it has a tactical Star tip that protrudes from the end of the lever away from the rifle and makes rotation easier.

While many other AR manufacturers insist on MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspection) and HPT (High Pressure Testing) every part to ensure that parts will not fail, Rock River disagrees. The company feels MPI and HPT fatigues parts and should only be conducted on random parts to ensure batch quality, and those tested parts should never be installed in a customer's rifle.

This attention to detail on every aspect of the rifle, combined with Rock River's renown tight lower-to-upper fit, ensures a solid build every time. Weighing in at 8.0 pounds empty, the Rock River is build like a tank and is a steady shooting platform. This rifle carries an impressive 1- M.O.A. accuracy guaranty and is backed by the company's lifetime warranty. Overall, the Left Hand Elite Operator 2 is a heavy duty, extremely accurate and highly reliable AR-15 rifle that is 100% built here in the U.S.A.
Features
Left Hand Model
Accuracy: 1" MOA at 100 Yards
Trigger: RRA 2- Stage (w/ Winter Trigger Guard)
Stock: 6- Position RRA CAR Operator
Barrel: High Grade Chrome Moly 16" 1-in-9 Twist
Muzzle Device: RRA Tactical Muzzle Break
Sights: Flip Up Front, Dominator A2 Detach Rear
Handguard: Wraparound Half Quad Free Float, CAR Length w/ 3 Ladder Rail Covers
Charging Handle / Mag Release: Ambidextrous
Pistol Grip: ERGO SureGrip
Caliber: .223REM / 5.56
Finish: Manganese Phosphate w/ Hard Coat Anodized
Chrome Bolt
Action Type: Semi- Automatic
Magazine: 30- Round
Weight: 8.0 lbs.
Warranty: Lifetime


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