By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
February 3, 2015
As long as we’re on the subject of cool new non-AR-type tactical rifle/carbines we should probably mention the new Brugger & Thomet (B&T) AP556, which, according to DefenseReview’s (DR) understanding, will be available in both select-fire/full-auto assault rifle/carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) and civilian-legal semi-auto-only tactical rifle/carbine models in the near future. DR recently viewed and handled the B&T AP556 at SHOT Show 2015, and it looked pretty good for a short-stroke gas piston/op-rod (push-type operating rod). And, frankly, it’s just nice having another tactical carbine choice out there for the ol’ gun safe. Mo’ choices, mo’ betta’.
The B&T AP556 (the European civilian-legal version is currently called the AP223) sports ambi (ambidextrous) conrols, including safety/selector switch, magazine release button and bolt carrier release/catch button/lever, as well as a folding stock. However, a telescoping/retractable folding stock is currently in the works, to allow for length-of-pull adjustment. The AP556’s magwell accepts standard AR mags (4179 STANAG), and the rifle currently comes with MagPul PMAG’s, although we don’t yet know how many. The SHOT Show demo gun also featured flip-up front and rear BUIS (Back Up Iron Sights).
The B&T AP556’s charging handle is ambidextrous in that it can be switched to either side. The adjustable gas block has two positions. Barrel length on the carbine variant is 16 inches (16″) (at least on the demo gun), and sports a bird cage-type flash hider/suppressor.
B&T is looking to get the AP556 BATF-complient and imported for sale by summer 2015. Pricing is not yet known.S
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