By the staff of Trucks & Guns Magazine
The AR platform can be configured in a million different ways. Most ARs will never see more action then weekend range shooting, and the amount of accessories you can attach to an AR makes it super popular with consumers. There are literally hundreds different attachments and colored do-hickies that do nothing but weigh them down & look “tacticool”. For law enforcement members, however, the AR platform is a tool that needs to function reliably. They need something simple & light with only the tactical attachments that are needed to get the job done.
This model is the SnG Arms Edition X7 Operator, designed with the professional operator in mind. It is light weight, durable and modular for various law enforcement applications. The Keymod rail system allows for light, laser & optics mounting depending on the operators situation. Single point sling compatibility for tactical applications allows the firearm to lay flat against the body. The M4 Barrel is tuff enough for the most demanding, high intensity engagements and the 1:7″ twist will handle heavy grain loads.
This platform runs completely oil free. The receiver dissipates heat and run at a very low friction coefficient allowing the components to run cooler without oil and dirt buildup. Since the friction and heat are kept to a minimum internal components last longer and operate better. The Nickle Boron Coating on the BCG helps the action function freely without the need for additional lubrication. All in all, the firearm will run longer and last longer with minimal cleaning and maintenance. With no oil needed there is little carbon build up because there is nothing for it to stick to and any powder debris or dirt will be expelled through the breach by the gas system. SnG has test rifles running over 50,000 rounds with limited wear. They achieve this “oil free” rifle by using a combination of Cerokote, Nickle Boron & Nitride anti-friction & corrosion coatings.
Weight is very important when running demanding tactical scenarios. The SnG Arms X7 is the perfect marriage of weight and durability. The SnG Arms Operator starts on the KSP US X7 Receiver which weighs in at only 10.7 ounces. Saving the weight in the receivers allows the use of a military grade 4140 Steel M4 Barrel ensuring reliable function in the most demanding situations. The 4140 Steel Micro Gas Block is Light weight yet strong for a long service life yet adding only minimal weight. Aluminum micro blocks were originally tested but failed to offer the reliability or longevity required for an operators weapon. The RKM Keymod Freefloat rail offers a sturdy platform for all optics mounting needs as well as a heat shield for high rates of fire. Another weight saving feature is the MFT Minimalist stock. This stock tested out incredibly strong while only weighing 6 ounces. All told the entire rifle weight in at a lean 5lb 10oz.
The testing of the SnG Arms Operator was rigorous. First, range tested for reliability, then field tested during tactical drills by South Tucson Police Department and Santa Cruz, AZ Sheriffs, and finally put though various fire tests by KSP US and SnG Tactcial. The first reported failure was at 31,500 rounds. The gas rings finally gave out! This far exceeded the life expectancy of the rings, and frankly the life expectance of the gas system. The SnG Arms test rifles have made appearances at many shooting events including the SHOT SHOW and Shock Wave in the Desert and is always a crowd pleaser. Most people are surprised at the low recoil that this lightweight platform offers and everyone is amazed by the “oil-free” function.
This is only a “stock” example of the SnG Arms Operator. The platform can be customized in unlimited ways to accommodate any user or application. They are build in house at SnG Tactical Tucson AZ.