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Consumer Review: LaRue Tactical OBR 5.56 16″ review

On March 14, 2012 I finally purchased my first AR.  I’ve been a gun enthusiast all my life and am very familiar with bolt action rifles, shotguns and handguns.  After my brother purchased an AR last year, I became interested in AR rifles.  I went to several guns shows, talked to owners of ARs, manufacturers of ARs, and did a lot of reading and research before purchasing my first AR.  Through my research, I kept hearing the name ‘LaRue Tactical’, so I joined AR15.COM, went to the LaRue forum and began asking owners of LaRue rifles questions.  The answers were all the same…”LaRue rifles are extremely accurate, reliable, and their customer service is second to none”.  Initially, I had not intended on spending $1995 for an AR, but I also did not want to settle on a semi-accurate rifle.  I love accuracy!  I sent LaRue Tactical an email on March 12, 2012 inquiring about their OBR 5.56 16″ AR.  I immediately received a call from Sheldon at LaRue, who took the time to answer ALL my questions.  I called back on March 14, 2012 and ordered the LaRue Tactical OBR 5.56 16″.  I was initially told it would be 12-14 weeks before I received my rifle because LaRue had just released a new LaRue AR (the PredatOBR models).  To my surprise, I recieved an email on April 10, 2012 saying my OBR was being shipped to my local FFL dealer.  On April 11, 2012 I picked up my rifle. When I opened the box, I WAS SHOCKED! I had a new beautiful rifle, with several items that were ‘given’ to me that I was not expecting. In addition to my rifle, I recieved a LaRue cheek riser, grip panels, a quick disconnect sling adapter, 2 Magpul PMAGS, 3 tactical rails, an OBR LaRue Tactical Owners Edition hat, a Wounded Warriors Dillo, Dillo Dust (a rub for meats), 2 bumper stickers, a pocket copy of the US Constitution, and a target with a 5 shot group of .569″ test fired from my rifle.  I took my new rifle to the range and was astounded by the accuracy! Since then, I’ve talked to LaRue Tactical several times and believe me when I say that their customer service is phenomenal!  Their motto is “If you ain’t happy, then we ain’t happy”! They mean it!  Mark LaRue has several CNC machines at his facility in Leander, TX and has created an AR that truly is second to none! An accurate rifle like the OBR 5.56 combined with the finest customer service I’ve ever experienced makes LaRue Tactical the company of choice for me.  Their rifles are worth every penny you pay!  LaRue Tactical has a customer for life! If you want a superior, accurate rifle please get in touch with LaRue Tactical. I can promise you won’t be dissapointed.
By: Neil Clark

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5 Responses to Consumer Review: LaRue Tactical OBR 5.56 16″ review

  1. ccoker says:

    With anything, as you go up in price past a certain point you will hit a point of diminishing returns.
    Do you “need” a highend AR, 1911, guitar, bike, whatever?
    Probably not but they are nicer, more attention to the little details.

    I have a Wilson Combat lower and matching uppers, one in 5.56 and one in 6.8 SPC
    Are they really worth twice the cost of RRA?
    Perhaps not, but once you handle one and see the attention to detail, the worksmanship, the fit and finish, the fact they come with great triggers already, hand lapped bores, etc.. you can certainly appreciate the difference in person.

  2. Cary Kieffer says:

    Mr. Clark, hello and welcome! Thanks for the excellent article! One thing I love about TGR is this isnt the nasty slug fest of smartmouth people tearin each others guts out online when they would never say anything to your face. So with that in mind I am in no way trying to detract from what you had to say. If your happy then we are happy for you! One thing though…I didnt want other potential first time AR rifle buyers to think that 2000$ is what is needed to be spent or you were “settling on a semi-accurate rifle”. I’m sure your rifle is awesome and from the sounds of things Larue went the extra mile to make you feel welcome customer service wise and thats great too! BUT….For half that money Rock River Arms’s guns will shoot just as tight. Personally if my groups are under an inch with my Rocks then I am pleased but if you hand my rifles to my buddy Smiddy or he’s behind one of his Rock’s and he shot much more than a hair over .25 inch he’ll be bothered by what went wrong…I have yet to see a RRA that wouldnt shoot well. This isnt a RRA is better thing either, its a “they’re cheaper GREAT rifles out there” thing. A 1000$ will buy a new shooter plenty of meat rub, a pocket Constitution and pushin’ 3000 rds of PMC Bronze 55 grain ammo to start training with. I just wanted to make the point to other new potential buyers that while I bet you got everything you paid for, that you dont have to “settle” for anything less than awesome on a budget thats half that. That was pretty good of them to include all those extra’s tho! Especially the cheek riser. So…enjoy your baby! I’ve never seen a Larue in person and now I’m looking forward too it. Thanks. Cary

    PS…that pistol grip you have in your picture totally rocks!! I just felt one of those for the first time recently, RRA’s send theirs out with Hogue rubber grips…which I liked until I just handled a rifle with one of those grips. Those babys are going to be on all my AR’s very soon.

    • Neil Clark says:

      Hi Cary. Thanks for the reply and you’re absolutely correct. The reason I sarted looking at ARs to begin with was because of my brother’s Rock River. His rifle is very accurate and is within the $1000 price range. I decided to treat myself to a little pricier AR (LaRue Tactical) and am very pleased I did. I do agree that Rock River makes a great AR and is the reason I own my LaRue rifle now.

      • Cary Kieffer says:

        I dont blame you for treating yourself:) I was going to do the same thing with an LMT in 308…as it turns out for reasons I’ll explain in the review coming soon I got a 308 from RRA. (1300$ cheaper) It’s kinda sad/humorous at the same time how I ended up getting that weapon. So give me a few more days and I’ll have the RRA LAR-8 Review up on here. Take care Mr.C.

    • Fred Ziffle says:

      At the end of the day your Rock is just a Rock while his Larue is a Larue! That’s worth the extra $1000 alone!

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