By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
January 30, 2019
Three years ago, now (wow), at SHOT Show 2016, DefenseReview (DR) first viewed and handled the gas piston/op-rod driven Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) Revolution lightweight 7.62mm NATO (7.62x51mm NATO)./.308 Win. tactical AR carbine and SBR (Short Barreled Rifle), and we were immediately impressed with them. Their light weight and overall design were excellent, and they just plain looked good. Well, we just got to see the new POF-USA Revolution DI (Direct Impingement) direct-gas-impingement (DGI) tactical AR carbine at SHOT Show 2019, and we’re just as impressed. If you don’t like piston guns, the Revolution DI is just the ticket for you.It’s about $100 less expensive and comes in at only 6.8 lbs.
POF-USA president/CEO Frank DeSomma calls the Revolution 7.62 guns the “ultimate fighting machine”, or “ultimate fightin’ machine”, and he may actually be right about that, since you’ve essentially got 7.62mm NATO/.308 Win. firepower out of a 5.56mm NATO/.223 Rem.-sized and weighted tactical AR package. It’s pretty badass.
Of course, the Revolution DI sports POF-USA’s patented and proprietary E2 (E Squared) chamber, and all the other features of the standard Revolution rifle series, including ambi (ambidextrous) controls, of which DR’s a big proponent. Ambi controls are the way to go, if you’ve got the option, in our opinion.
DR interviewed both Frank DeSomma and POF-USA Shooting team member Keith Garcia about the Revolution DI, and you can see both of those below. Garcia had some particularly great insights into the actual shooting and handling advantages of the Revolution DI, and made it a point to show DR the Revolution DI’s lightweight 5.56mm sized (except for the bolt/bolt face) bolt carrier group (DGI), which makes for much less reciprocating BCG mass traveling back and forth inside the receiver, and helps to enable the Revolution DI to shoot flatter and softer than other 7.62mm AR’s, again, according to Garcia.
Garcia also showed DR how the Revolution DI’s ambi (ambidextrous) controls contribute to faster handling, loading and malfunction clearance procedures, using your index finger. The Revolution DI features a well-designed ambi bolt catch/release button/lever on the right side of the lower receiver, and DR really likes this feature.
Editor’s Note: Garcia had a Taran Tactical Innovations (TTI) PMAG Extension AR 10 7.62mm NATO/.308 Win. mag extension/extended magazine basepad on his Magpul PMAG, which gives the shooter six (6) extra rounds onboard, for a total of 31 rounds, instead of 25 rounds, in the mag (magazine). That’s a mag capacity increase of over 20%–in 7.62/.308 firepower! DR digs it, and you can see it in the accompanying photos and video of Garcia below.
Defense Review hasn’t T&E’d (Tested and Evaluated) the Revolution DI, yet, but we hope to do so relatively soon. In the meantime, enjoy the videos below.
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