Radical Firearms (RF) is an up-and-coming Title II NFA gun manufacturer that is slowly but surely making big moves in the industry. The Texas-based gunmaker is not just some budget assembly shop either, they produce some seriously sweet rifles and other firearm equipment. In fact, their growing collection now includes pistols, shotguns, machine guns, bolt guns, suppressors, and AR uppers.
Radical also is not afraid of showing their true colors. They have no reservations about being American Made, Texas Proud or for their military veteran hiring preference. This company is what American gun manufacturing is all about. To top it all off, RF is even a great underdog story. It began as a small little hobby shop, eventually added CNC machines, and now receives up to 400 orders a day. Besides for picky gun enthusiasts, Radical proudly makes firearms for military/law enforcement, competition shooters, and anybody looking for affordable custom-quality products. Although many people doubt the quality of their guns because of their low prices, but Radical has taken several measures to cut costs without cutting corners. In effect, they even offer an exclusive lifetime warranty on all of their products. Let’s get to it and take a closer look at some of their most popular firearms.
Radical Firearms AR 15
After doing a bit of research and asking around, I finally got my hands on an RF AR15, more specifically the 16″ 5.56 NATO 1:7 Mid-Length SOCOM Rifle – 12″ M-LOK FCR Gen3. I’m happy to say that I was able to go through around 1,200 rounds without any malfunctions or anything. I should also make it clear that I wasn’t gentle with it either. I fired in basically any and all positions imaginable, and even ran through a few mags in the rain. Additionally, I was immediately impressed with the RF AR15, completely regardless of its remarkable price tag.
As a MIL-SPEC rifle, the Radical Firearms AR is an excellent tactical weapon capable of some pretty impressive things. I did a quick field-strip and all of the internal components seemed to be in order and well-made. So much so that I can’t understand why more people aren’t buying these rifles. Between their Melonite bolt carrier group, sweet rail system, direct impingement gas system, and 41V50 Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel SOCOM barrel, these rifles seem to have it all.
Radical Firearms 300 Blackout
In addition to their great collection of AR15s, Radical also boasts a pretty sweet lineup of 300 BLK firearms. Although ATF-regulated, these MIL-SPEC pistols are hard to pass up. While they may be solid CQB weapons right out of the factory, there are endless ways to add tactical upgrades to them. For instance, they feature a full length M1913 Picatinny rail along the top of the handguard and a Radical FGS Round handguard rail, plus offer options for the bolt carrier group, charging handle, and sights.
Radical Firearms 458 SOCOM
The 458 SOCOM round is pretty freaking big. The relatively uncommon cartridge uses the .50 Action Express as its parent case and is, therefore, often used for big game hunting. After doing some ballistics readings, I came out that these rounds had an average muzzle energy of about 2,400 ft⋅lbf and an average muzzle energy of approximately 1,950 ft/s. In comparison, 5.56 NATO (.223 Rem) has an avg. FPS of 3,100 and muzzle energy of 1,200. Similarly, 9mm Luger only has about 1,100 FPS and 350 ft⋅lbf average muzzle energy.
Anyways, besides for CMMG Inc and Wilson Combat, Radical Firearms is the prominent manufacturer of rifles chambering 458 SOCOM. These direct impingement gas system rifles feature hardcoat anodized finishes to complement their 16″ 41V50 chrome moly vanadium steel HBAR barrels and custom Panzer brakes.
Overall, I’d consider Radical Firearms to be a hidden gem. I had a great experience with these rifles and carbines, I just have trouble comprehending why they aren’t becoming even more popular. I also am a big fan of their commitment to their values and taking pride in their connection to Texas, America, and our Military Veterans.
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