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Assuming that Darwin made it into heaven after spilling the beans about evolution, he is probably smiling from on high at the sight of the Ares SCR. This rifle is a perfect example of what happens when the do-gooders of the world take it upon themselves to protect us from evil. Once known as the EBR (still my favorite term), and has since become the MSR, Ares can now add the SCR to the family tree.
The evil in question, of course, is that nasty pistol grip found on most AR-style rifles. To remedy that, Ares has created the Sport Convertible Rifle, which retains all the functionality of a basic AR but sports a more traditional style hunting stock.
Ares is unveiling the rifle at the NRA annual meeting, which is being held this week in Indianapolis. It is one of the guns I’m most curious to check out, mostly because I want to see whether this rifle retains the excellent ergonomics of the traditional AR. (The fact that better ergonomics make for a safer rifle is an argument that would be lost on the anti-gun cabal.)
Nonetheless, I think it is great that Ares is rolling out this rifle. It’s as if someone decided to outlaw ducks and beavers and nature said, “Piss off. Behold the platypus.”
Here are specs and data from the company’s press release:
“(Melbourne, FL) ARES Defense will roll out an all-new rifle platform for the American sportsman at the NRA Show in Indianapolis, April 25-27. The innovative, patented ARES SCR™ (Sport Configurable Rifle) is the first of its class of firearms that is legal in all 50 states.
The ARES SCR™ blends strength, reliability, accuracy with the rugged all weather characteristics of America’s longest serving infantry rifle and the classic lines of an all-American sporter. Lightweight, accurate and featuring a MIL-STD 1913 flat top upper receiver that accepts most modern optics, the ARES SCR™ is designed to perform under the most demanding field, competitive shooting or tactical conditions. The multi-caliber, modular design permits the operator to instantly change calibers in the field by simply pressing two pins and exchanging one upper receiver assembly for another.
Designed for optimal configuration, the ARES SCR™ accepts most Modern Sporting Rifle accessories and parts including magazines, upper receivers, barrels, bolts, handguards and optics- so it can be easily and effectively reconfigured for each individual shooters’ style and activity. Supported by a full line of performance accessories and manufactured of the highest quality aircraft grade alloys by American craftsmen, the weatherproof, dependable ARES SCR™ will provide a lifetime of accurate shooting pleasure for all Americans. See the new, sleek, low profile ARES SCR™ at the NRA Show – Booth 7970.”
Caliber- Available in .223/5.56mm, 7.62x39mm
Magazine Capacity- Comes with 5rd. (Can accept any AR15/M16 Magazine).
Weight- 5.7 Lbs.
OAL- Carbine: 37″ – Rifle: 39″
Barrel Length- Carbine: 16.25″ – Rifle: 18″ 1/9 Twist
Handguard – Magpul® MOE® handguard available in both Carbine and Rifle Lengths
Finish: MIL-Spec Black Hardcoat anodized finish
100% Made in the U.S.A.