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The 13 Best Rifles from ‘Tactical Weapons’ in 2016

What actually puts a rifle into the category of “best rifles”?

Well, there are a lot of factors: Weight, extra parts, build, cost — the list goes on and on. Different rifles work for different shooters. There is no one answer.

Below are 13 rifles that truly stood out on the pages of Tactical Weapons magazine in 2016.


Aero Precision M5E1

Aero Precision is probably best known for its manufacturing process. The company has been machining AR receivers and parts for a number of OEM manufacturers for years. Drawing on its experience in the aerospace industry and using state-of-the-art CNC machines, Aero Precision makes some of the finest AR-platform receivers and handguards available. Just as importantly, the company does so at a moderate price to make its products available to more shooters. If you’re interested in building your own rifle, Aero Precision is a great place to start, but it also makes high-quality complete rifles, including the M5E1.

The M5E1 enhanced upper receiver is machined from 7075-T6 aluminum and features an integral, free-floating handguard, providing a very sturdy platform for mounting optics and sights.