By David Dickey
There is a new buzz word going around the sporting/hunting community and that word is MSR. In reality its an acronym that stands for Modern Sporting Rifle.
The new MSR like it's predecessors, where it was once a military only firearm, has taken on a civilian life as the new and upcoming hot or must-have for the serious hunter and or collector. While this market has been saturated over the last few years, it still remains in its infancy in reality. New manufacturers have joined the ranks among the veterans; Remington with its R-15 and R-25's, Smith & Wesson with its M&P 15 and 15-22's, Ruger's SR 556, Sig Sauer's 556 and Mossberg's budget minded Tactical 22's, all along side the more traditional manufactures such as Colt, FN, and Bushmaster.
The MSR has become a necessity for the varmint hunter and the weight conscience ultra mobile hunter. The MSR of today lends itself very well to the application as a sporting rifle. By design it is a highly modular platform that allows the end user to customize and accessorize to their liking, the conditions, and or the situation at hand.
What is further promoting this market segment is the accessory end of the market. The adaptability afforded by the platform; more items, more situation specific products, more overall accessories can be ready for use at a moments notice and or can be quickly changed out if the situation changes. The modularity of the MSR is the driving force behind its rapid and powerful climb to the top, and with industry leaders like Blackhawk, MagPul, Trijicon, Leupold, L3-EoTech, Nikon, and many others constantly pushing the envelope of whats possible with the MSR platform its clear that its here to stay.
Want more infromation- check out the NSSF and the history of the Sporting Rifle:
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