It was a few months ago I got a test rifle from Stag Arms to wring out. Though I was somewhat familiar with the company I had little experience with their rifles, so I went into this with an open mind. The test sample rifle was outfitted with Magpul furniture complete with flip up sights.
Six position Magpul collapsible stock, the castle nut is staked with the receiver end plate having provisions to attach a sling
The Magpul handguard was comfortable especially if you run an aggressive thumb over barrel grip. The area at the front of the handguard just behind the sling swivel allowed for locking your finger under the handguard, adding stability to the rifle. This rifle features a mid length gas system. However due to the cut of the handguard you do have to mount the included Magpul flip up sight backwards so it would collapse. Though it looked a little funky, it did not affect zero or accuracy. M-Lok is standard on the handguard.
All the controls are exactly where you expected, and worked as they should. The forty round magazine fully loaded, was a bit tough to lock in when the bolt was in battery. Understand you are having to compress an already highly compressed spring, so that can be expected.
The single sided safety is standard. The trigger is better than a rack grade rifle, breaking clean at six and a half pounds with no take up and a bit of overtravel.
The included muzzle brake worked excellent to eliminate almost all perceived recoil with characteristics of a compensator helping with muzzle rise. You do lose any flash suppression and the muzzle report was pretty brutal perpendicular to the brake. The stainless steel barrel has a standard 5.56 NATO chamber and is 1 in 9 twist.
Stag is using the M4 type feed ramp, and I expect that contributed to the reliability.
The gas key was staked to the bolt carrier.
This is a typical 100 yard 3 shot group shot from a rest using a Riton 4.5-18×40 scope.
3 shot groups shot from a rest at 100 yards using optics.
After about 500 various types of rounds without issue, even with a quick mud bath, I was satisfied the rifle was plenty reliable. Mounting a Riton 4.5-18×40 scope and Warne mount, reviewed here I learned the rifle averages MOA accuracy, especially with the heavier bullets. With the mid length gas system, Stag muzzle brake, and the Magpul handguard designed for a solid aggressive forward hold, the rifle was steady as a rock during offhand rapid fire. The drawback is the Stag comp is damn loud and offered very little flash suppression. Still, a worthy trade off. To me this rifle would be great if one wanted to get into three gun or some other competition where you are running an AR style rifle on top of all of the other glorious uses of America’s favorite rifle. Though this is my first project with Stag, I hope it is not my last. All in all I am satisfied with the rifle and believe it is a bit more gun than you are paying for at this MSRP.
Action: Semi-auto direct impingement
Chamber: 5.56 NATO | .223
Twist Rate: 1/9 button rifled
Pivot/Takedown Pin Size: Small pin .250″
Muzzle Device: Stag Compensator
Barrel: 16″, 410 Stainless Steel
Handguard: Magpul® Mid-Length MOE® Black
Upper Receiver: Forged and mil-spec with type 3 hard coat anodizing
Bolt Carrier: Mil-Spec Manganese Phosphate coated M16 BCG
Charging Handle: Standard mil-spec
Gas System: Mid Length
Lower Receiver Material: 7075 T6 aluminum with a type 3 hard coat anodizing
Hammer/Trigger pin size: Mil-spec small pin .154″
Pivot/Takedown Pin Size: Mil-spec small pin – .250″
Buttstock: CTR® Carbine Stock | Mil-spec
Buffer: Standard carbine buffer and spring
Trigger: Mil-spec single stage trigger with a non-adjustable 5-8 pound trigger pull. MOE® Trigger Guard, Polymer
Grip: MOE® Grip
Safety Selector: Right Hand