If you’ve ever shopped for a value shotgun or rifle, you’re probably familiar with the name Mossberg. The Connecticut-based firearms company has been manufacturing hunting rifles and shotguns for nearly 100 years. Only recently, however, have they released a tactical carbine based on the AR-15 pattern.
The MMR may be Mossberg’s first offering in the AR field, but based on their reputation alone I’d be willing to bet that they’ve got all the kinks worked out. All the reviews I’ve read about the MMR seem to uphold Mossberg’s tradition of making high quality firearms at a price all shooters can afford.
Starting at 7lbs and going up from there, the MMR Tactical isn’t the lightest, but many shooters prefer a heavier weapon because it takes the edge off the recoil. The MMR Tactical comes with standard front and rear adjustable sights, a 30-round magazine, quad rails for easily attachable accessories, and an upgraded Stark SE-1 pistol grip with battery storage.
If you want to save a little money, you can go with the 65011 model that’s “optics ready,” which is a fancy way of saying that it has no sights.
In short, you may feel more confident getting a gun from an established manufacturer that has been around and will be around for a long time. Mossberg is certainly one of these manufacturers, as is the maker of the next rifle on our list.
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