Palmetto State has been developing weapons for over a decade now and they are continually getting better and selling more guns as a result. Today’s blog will focus specifically on the AR-15 and the AR-10 from PSA. Both rifles are built in the same AR frame and barrel type, so they’ll look very similar to each other. The biggest differences between the 2 guns are the purpose of the rifle, chamber size, overall length, and overall weight. For example, if you’d like to hunt with an AR-style rifle, the AR-10 is going to be much better for you than the AR-15, whereas, the 15 is better for personal defense. The AR-10 fires a .308 bullet (7.62mm) and can reach targets up to 800 meters with the right set-up and environmental conditions. An AR-15 is never going to be able to shoot at that distance, especially without some advanced technology in rifling and ballistics.

PSA M4 M-LOK Rifle

The PSA M-4 M-LOK rifle is built around the  16″ Chromed -Moly Vanadium steel barrel chambered for the 5.56mm NATO bullet. The hand-guard is a 15″ free-floating M-LOK forend with a low-profile gas block and an A2 flash hider for low-light firing. The upper receiver is hard-coat anodized to improve longevity and prevent excessive wear and tear from normal use. PSA built this rifle to be as simplistic as possible with features like the forward assist to help with malfunctions and reloads and a dust cover to prevent dirt, carbon, grass, and precipitation. The bolt-carrier group is built to operate in full-auto (depending on state & federal laws) and made with a Carpenter 158 steel bolt. To ensure the bolt carrier group is durable for the long-haul and consistently reliable, PSA chrome-lined it and then coated it in phosphate for better protection.

Specs:

  • Barrel Length: 16”
  • Barrel Material: 4150V Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Nitride
  • Barrel Profile: M4
  • Chamber: 5.56 NATO
  • Twist Rate: 1 in 7”
  • Extension: M4
  • Gas System: Carbine-Length
  • Gas Block Type: Low Profile .750” Diameter
  • Upper Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
  • Receiver Style: M4 Flat top with feed ramps
  • Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
  • Forward Assist: Yes
  • Dust Cover: Yes
  • Handguard Style: PSA 15″ Lightweight M-Lok Free Float Rail
  • Bolt Steel: Carpenter 158, Mag Phosphate coated
  • Bolt Carrier Steel: 8620, Chrome Lined
  • Staked Gas Key: Yes
  • Lower Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
  • Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
  • Fire Control Group: PSA AR-15 Mil-Spec Fire Control Group
  • Buffer Tube: 7075 T6 Aluminum Mil-Spec Tube
  • Adjustment: 6-position collapsible
  • Stock: PSA Classic Carbine Stock
  • Magazine: (1) 30-Round Magazine (where available by law)
  • Weight: 7 Lbs
  • Length: 32″

Where Can I Buy The PSA M4 M-LOK Rifle?

  1. Palmetto State Armory

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PSA Premium W/ Leupold Mark AR Mod 1 Scope

The PSA Premium rifle is the same overall size of the PSA M4, except it”s not built wit hall the Magpul M-LOK accessories. It’s still built with the 16″ chrome vanadium steel barrel but has a forged aluminum upper receiver. The reason I chose this rifle was for the Leupold Mark AR Mod 1 Scope. This scope features an Argon/Krypton gas blend that virtually eliminates thermal shock. The Mark AR is 100% waterproof because the gases purge any moisture out and keep water from seeping in. It’s very compact and weighs less than 10 oz to ensure you’re not sacrificing any mobility for longer range shooting. The small green reticle is amazing and you’re able to adjust the brightness with the tactile adjustment knob. Overall, this scope is about $370 and comes factory built with this AR.

Specs:

  • Barrel Length 16″
  • Chamber 5.56 Nato
  • Barrel HPT and MPI
  • twist 1 in 7″
  • gas block diameter.750″
  • feed ramps M4
  • Upper Receiver Forged
  • Lower Receiver Forged
  • Full Auto Profile Bolt Carrier Group w/ PSA Logo
  • Carpenter 158, HPT/MPI Bolt
  • Charging Handle
  • Six Position MILSPEC Diameter Buffer Tube
  • Leupold Mark AR MOD 1 1.5-4×20 P5 115387
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Where Can I Buy The PSA Premium W/ Leupold Mark AR Mod 1 Scope?

  1. Palmetto State Armory

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PSA .223 Wylde Freedom Rifle

The PSA .223 Wylde is a very unique rifle because it’s not quite as powerful or useful as an AR-10 or 15, but it has great application in varmint hunting and pest control. You can kill a deer with a .223 Wylde, but that animal will most likely suffer a little bit if you don’t hit it perfectly. However, a .223 works incredibly well for gophers, groundhogs, snakes, rabbits, fox, coyote, and even a turkey if you’re close and confident in your ability to get a neck shot. This rifle is built with an A2 flash hider for shooting in low light without giving up your position as easily. The Magpul MOE Carbine Stock has 6- positions to adjust for length of pull and its rigid and sturdy, unlike most other standard stocks. You can easily add any attachment to this rifle without the addition of extra tools. I highly recommend this rifle for anyone considering varmint hunting or in need of a top of the line pest control rifle.

Specs:

Barrel Length: 18″
Barrel Material: 416R Stainless Steel
Barrel Profile: A2
Chamber: .223 Wylde
Twist Rate: 1 in 7”
Extension: M4
Gas System: Rifle-Length
Gas Block Type: .750″ Low Pro
Upper Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
Receiver Style: M4 flat top with feed ramps
Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
Forward Assist: Yes
Dust Cover: Yes
Handguard Type: PSA 15″ M-Lok
Handguard Style: Free Float Rail
Handguard Length: 15″
Bolt Steel: Carpenter 158, Mag Phosphate coated
Bolt Carrier Steel: 8620, Chrome lined
Staked Gas Key: Yes
Lower Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
Fire Control Group: Single-Stage, Enhanced Polished Trigger (EPT)
Buffer Tube: 7075 T6 Aluminum
Stock Adjustment: 6-position
Stock: Magpul Carbine Stock, Black
Magazine: 30 Round Magpul PMAG

Where Can I Buy The PSA .223 Wylde Freedom Rifle?

  1. Palmetto State Armory

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PSA PX-10 CTR Rifle

The PSA PX-10 CTR rifle is the lightest AR-10 produced on the market and features the controversial KeyMod system. The KeyMod attachment system is such an incredible option to replace the M-LOK and standard Picatinny Rail systems. However, there are plenty of mixed reviews on the durability and functionality of the KeyMod system. For example, many shooters have complained that attachments can easily fall off or break off if dropped with the KeyMod, while the M-LOK never gets that kind of criticism. I really like the KeyMod because it’s the easiest attachment system to use in any forend rail on the market. This rifle is only $599 at Palmetto State and is more than a pound lighter than the P-10 rifle.  The upper and lower receivers are made from similar aluminum to what airplanes are made from. This type of aluminum is designed to be flexible, rigid, stainless, and most importantly, lightweight. This rifle is perfect for either hunting anything up to an elk or down to hog while also being a great lightweight tactical rifle.

Specs:

Barrel Length: 18”
Barrel Material: 416R Stainless Steel
Barrel Profile: A2
Chamber: .308 WIN
Twist Rate: 1 in 10”
Extension: PSA X-10
Gas System: Mid-Length
Gas Block Type: Low profile.750”
Upper Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
Receiver Style: PSA X-10
Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
Forward Assist: Yes
Dust Cover: Yes, PSA X-10
Handguard Type: Free Float
Handguard Style: PSA  X-10 Lightweight M-Lok Free Float
Handguard Length: 16.5”
Bolt Steel: 9310, Nitride Treated
Bolt Carrier Steel: 8620, Nitride Treated
Staked Gas Key: Yes
Lower Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
Fire Control Group: Single-Stage, Enhanced Polished Trigger (EPT)
Buffer Tube: 7075 T6 Aluminum
Adjustment: 6-position telescoping stock
Stock: Magpul Moe CTR Stock, Black
Grip: Magpul Grip, Black

Magazine: 20 Round PMAG
Length: 36 in

Where Can I Buy The PSA PX-10 CTR Rifle?

  1. Palmetto State Armory

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Federal Gold Medal Sierra Matchking Ammo (80 Round Bag)

I wanted to include the Federal Gold Medal Sierra Matchking because this is not only the most exclusive and expensive ammo on the market, it’s the best ammo for accuracy and reliability. This bullet is a boat-tailed hollow point for superior ballistics and is built with a match-grade jacket for perfect uniformity. Federal also uses their patented propellant powder in each bullet and uses only bench rest quality Gold Medel primers.

 

 

Federal .308 168gr Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing Ammunition, 80 Rounds with Ammo Bag - GM308BAG1

 

 

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Federal .308 Fusion Ammo

This is one of my go-to bullets for deer hunting because it has the best weight retention upon impact and the largest expansion in this class. The Federal Fusion is built with a brass casing but uses a copper jacket that is electro-chemically installed to the core. This ensures that the jacket is completely uniform in every bullet, which improves the accuracy and weight retention to increase penetration. I would recommend this bullet for any game smaller than a Mule Deer because I prefer a shock-tip for elk or moose. At 165 grain, this bullet is incredibly accurate at 100 yards and only drops 4″ at 200 versus 6-8″ for the competition. If you’re interested in hunting deer, I’ve personally shot 5 deer this last season with the Fusion and never once did it not kill the deer quickly and humanely.

 

Federal 308 165gr Fusion Ammuntion 20rds - F308FS2

 

 

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