North Star Arms’ NS-15 Rifle: Setting a Benchmark

When it comes to buying an AR-15 there are always a few things you need to consider. Just because they make “look” the same, does not mean that they are the same. North Star Arms has entered the market with an off-the-shelf rifle, that is truly a battle-ready contender.

North Star Arms NS-15

I’m not saying you can’t land a good shooting AR for under $1000, because there are certainly several of them out there on the market. Heck, you can pretty much find them at any gun shop in the country. But as in most cases, you do get what you pay for. Manufacturers must find cheap parts and components to make a cheaper AR. A lot of times, these parts will function just fine for an owner who occasionally goes shooting, but for the person who is looking for a rifle to go into battle, or gamble within a life-or-death situation, you will want something that has quality components that will not fail.

A Battle Ready Rifle Out of the Box

Let’s examine what makes the NS-15 a step above the competition and why you should consider it high on the list when looking for your next rifle. First and foremost, the NS-15 has an MSRP of $1,099. This places this rifle in some stiff competition in the marketplace. However, when examining the total package, the NS-15 comes standard with a Ballistic Advantage 1:7 twist barrel that guarantees a sub-MOA grouping out of the box. It also has an upgraded ALG Trigger system along with an upgraded Hogue adjustable buttstock and grip. There are no cheap foreign-made components on this set-up that I can see. The mid-length gas system touts a steel gas block for a consistent reliable gas system in high-stress environments. The NS-15 has its own 15” M-lok handguard that is both lightweight and super ergonomic.

Here are the detailed specifications on the NS-15 Rifle.

Bolt Carrier GroupFull auto rated High Pressure Tested (HPT) Mag Particle Inspected (MPI)
FurnitureHogue over-molded 6-position stock Hogue pistol grip
Handguard15” Free-float M-Lock handguard w/4 QD mounts
Overall Length33” (collapsed), 36” (extended)
ReceiversFully machined made from 7075-t6 aluminum
TriggerALG Defense Mil-Spec
Twist Rate1:7
Caliber5.56 NATO, .300 BLK
Weight6.5 lbs. (unloaded)

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