NEMO Arms makes top 9 New Non-AR-15s for 2017

NEMO Arms coming in on the NRA American Hunter’s Top 9 Non-AR-15s for 2017 on Dec. 21, 2017.

A quick review of 2017 reveals that it was the again the year of the AR-15. But, looks can be deceiving. You see, as ARs—also called Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR)—peak in popularity, this modular platform is undergoing a natural evolution, and one that’s great for sportsmen. Multiple companies are now chambering these rifles in larger, more versatile calibers than the typical AR-15’s 5.56X45 NATO/.223 Rem., while making the actual guns lighter and more nimble than AR-10s of old. Indeed, the flat-shooting 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge (120-grain bullet @ 3020 fps MV for 2430 ME) was the bell of the ball, and it’s now being chambered in several new ARs.

7. NEMO XO Carbon
NEMO Arms was one of the first companies to make an AR in .300 Win. Mag., but the only problem was, you needed Rambo arms to carry it. For 2017, the company dialed it down a hair with its XO Carbon rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. At the heart of the rifle is a carbon-fiber-wrapped Proof Research barrel that shaves weight while still giving the barrel rigidity and allowing it to cool swiftly. NEMO spared no expense in making this 8.2-pound rifle, what with its own intricately machined receiver, patented recoil-reducing bolt, two-position adjustable gas system (in case you choose to use a silencer or reduced recoil loads) and Geissele trigger. It’s chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, a marvelously efficient round that’s only a few hundred fps less potent than the venerable .270 Win. That spells disaster for any big game animal. Yes, the NEMO is expensive, but it sure is cool. MSRP: $4,300;


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