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Head Down XPR15 карабин

HEAD DOWN XPR15 EBR 5.56mm

Shown equipped with a Nikon M-223 3-12x42SF Matte Rapid Action…

Matt Berger

Shown equipped with a Nikon M-223 3-12x42SF Matte Rapid Action Turret Nikoplex Riflescope, Crimson Trace MVF laser vertical foregrip and Weaver Precision Tactical Bipod, the Head Down XPR15 EBR is a duty-ready .223 carbine ready for patrol use.

These days, there’s such a thriving market for AR-15 rifles, more and more entrepreneurs are enticed to make their foray into the market. Nonetheless, plenty of know-how and business acumen are still necessary prerequisites to survive in the business. One new company that has begun manufacturing AR-15 rifles is Head Down Products (HDP), of Powder Springs, Georgia. With many years of experience in the firearms industry, Director of Operations David Hunsucker saw a need for cost-effective, high-quality AR-15 rifles and excellent customer service.

Note the horizontal cuts of the upper receiver, and the oversized Magpul MOE triggerguard.

Head Down began production in early 2009 with its mission being to fulfill these goals. What sets HDP apart from the plethora of other AR-15 manufacturers is the fact that they produce billet rifles and parts, while most are machined from forgings. Machining the receivers and parts from solid billet ensures that tight tolerances are maintained and parts are turned out consistently each and every time. Milling receivers from billet similarly results in tighter tolerances and stronger, more precise components.

While the XPR EBR’s controls were standard, the receivers were not. Machined from solid billet, the basic configuration is the same, but the geometric square-cut contours are subtly different.

I recently had the opportunity to test one of Head Down’s rifles—the XPR15 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle). It arrived in a padded polymer hard case with an owner’s manual, warranty card and one 30-round magazine. What immediately seemed a bit different about the EBR was the fact that the receivers are machined with unique contours; less rounded, and more angular and geometrical in shape than the standard AR-15 blueprint. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the accompanying photos demonstrate just how Head Down receivers depart from the standard.


Note the Head Down logo etched into the bolt carrier.

To be more specific about the EBR’s receivers, the upper and lower are machined from 6061 aluminum alloy billet in a flattop configuration with an oversized, hinged Magpul MOE triggerguard and flared magazine well, and are joined by captured crosspins. The upper receiver is cut to allow the use of a Magpul BAD lever; finish is type III hardcoat anodizing. Bolts and carriers are mil-spec, and milled from carpenter 158 steel, magnetic particle-tested and shot-peened with a properly staked gas key. An aesthetic touch is the Head Down negative image skull logo etched into the carrier, visible through the ejection port. Another such logo can be seen on top of the receiver, just aft of the Picatinny rail.


The EBR’s flash hider is a Micor Industries unit.

The EBR’s 16-inch barrel is cold-hammer forged from 4150 ordnance-grade steel and chrome lined with a 1-in-7-inch twist rate. The chamber will handle 5.56mm pressures. A Micor Industries flash hider is attached. The Micor is matched to the rifle’s rate of twist, and Micor makes the claim that it’s scientifically designed to reduce flash signature and muzzle climb. The carbine-length gas system with a low-profile gas block makes for a cooler-running, longer-lasting weapon. A 12-inch Head Down MC12 multi-caliber rail system is a free-float quad-Picatinny rail built for both a 5.56mm and .308 upper (yup, a .308 is in the works) and comes supplied with three soft rubber ladders for comfort. An entire ArmaLite lower parts kit (i.e. pins, single stage trigger and hammer, detents etc.) make up the internals.

The pistol grip is a Magpul MOE unit from reinforced, high-impact polymer, with crackle texture on the sides and deep horizontal grooves on front- and backstrap, with a curved beavertail that fills the grip-to-receiver junction for improved comfort and protection of the web of the hand. A storage compartment may also be accessed from the bottom of the grip.

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Buttstock is Magpul’s CTR (Compact/Type Restricted) 5-position buttstock, which incorporates a locking mechanism that friction-locks the stock to the buffer tube for zero movement. The CTR is made from high-impact composite material. Front and rear sights are also from Magpul, specifically their MBUS (Magpul Back-Up Sight) color injection-molded polymer sights. The front sight features an elevation-adjustable front post, while the rear is a dual-aperture peep adjustable for windage via a drum on the right side.

Fit and finish overall was excellent. We could only manage a small amount of wobble between the upper and lower receivers.


Buttstock is Magpul’s CTR 5-position model.


With excellent handling characteristics, 100-percent reliability and extremely good accuracy, the XPR15 EBR is ready to be accessorized in seconds and head out for duty use.

Range Time
The EBR looked like a hot rod, but a session at the range was in order to find out for sure. For directing fire, we turned to Nikon’s M-223 3-12x42SF Matte Rapid Action Turret Nikoplex Riflescope, designed specifically for the AR-15 and, more specifically, the 55-grain .223/5.56mm round. With a one-piece main body tube, this variant of the M-223 has a side focus parallax adjustment and Rapid Action Turret technology, which allows the shooter to adjust elevation from 100 to 600 yards with one revolution.

Nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed, the scope is waterproof, fog-proof and shock-proof. Nikon has engineered the entire optical system to provide the shooter with a bright, sharp, flat sight picture and light transmission up to its theoretical maximum of 95%. A large ocular lens delivers a bright, high-resolution sight picture with 4-time zoom range and four inches of constant, non-critical eye relief. Magnification reference numbers are viewable from the shooter’s position.

The day I set out for the range, I enjoyed clear skies and 85-degree temperatures, but unfortunately, I was plagued by 15 mph wind gusts. I set up at 100 yards, and benched the rifle atop a sandbag, and took aim at Dirty Bird targets from Birchwood Casey. Playing a game of shooting between wind gusts, I was able to achieve impressive accuracy. In fact, the largest group of the day was only 1.19 inches from Federal’s Tactical 43-grain Lite Open Tip Match. CorBon’s 62-grain DPX tightened the pattern up to an even inch, which was bested by DoubleTap’s 69-grain HP BTM at 0.94 of an inch. Black Hills’ 55-grain FMJ crowded into just 0.88 of an inch, and the best group of the day was turned in by Winchester’s 55-grain FMJ at 0.69 of an inch. The Head Down ran smoothly and flawlessly throughout our tests, with no issues in feeding or cycling or any other functioning.

All of the XPR’s controls were standard AR, so there were no surprises there. The Magpul CTR buttstock was no stranger to us — I’d used it before on a number of AR-15s and have always found it to feel solid on the shoulder, and absent the clunking and rattling encountered with some other telescoping stocks from other makers. The magazine well opening was cut a bit larger than usual, which facilitated smooth loading.

The trigger was a joy to work, and I love a good trigger. The smooth-faced unit had about a 0.6 of an inch of take-up before resistance was felt, then about another 0.6 of an inch of smooth travel before breaking crisply. I would have guessed the trigger break to be around 3.5 pounds, and was quite surprised to learn that it actually measured 5.25 pounds. The oversized Magpul MOE triggerguard would certainly facilitate gloved shooting.

Rubber ladders for handguard rails weren’t invented by Head Down, but it was a thoughtful addition to the rifle—and sometimes it’s the details that make the difference. If you’ve ever shot a rifle with quad rails extensively without them, you’ll appreciate the amount of comfort that they add for the shooter.

Final Notes
This was the first I’d heard of Head Down, and certainly the first time I’d handled one. The rifle made a good first showing, with quality materials and construction, fit and finish, flawless functioning and a high degree of accurate fire on target. The EBR comes with a number of custom accessories from Magpul, and is ready to be further accessorized via its quad rail handguards and flattop upper. The back-up iron sights allow the rifle to be ready to fire out of the case, or to co-witness with any number of reflex-type scopes, and a great trigger makes the rifle easy to shoot accurately.

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There’s not much more to say… the EBR would be well suited to both the military troop or police officer… any shooter or operator would be well-equipped with this rifle, and it could serve as the base for even further building.

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Новая винтовка Винчестер XPR с продольно-скользящим поворотным затвором

Американская оружейная компания «Winchester Repeating Arms Company» представила серию новых винтовок Винчестер XPR с поворотным продольно-скользящим затвором. Они оснащены большим количеством удобных приборов, включая ударно-спусковой механизм «M.O.A» с регулируемым усилием спуска (заводская установка — 1.58 кг), ствольную коробку из легированной стали и 60 степенями поднятия затворной рамы.

Как и в серии с современными поворотными продольно-скользящими затворами — ствол свободно колеблющийся. Приклад полимерный со стальным боевым упором и с амортизирующим затыльником на конце.

Американская винтовка Винчестер XPR будет доступна в комплекте калибров, включая: .270 Win, 30-06, 300 Win Mag, и 338 Win Mag. Купить винтовку Винчестер можно по рекомендованной розничной цене — 549,99$ или 38,409 тысяч рублей.

Полный пресс-релиз:

Морган, штат Юта. С тех пор, как компания «Winchester» полвека назад представила новый дизайн винтовки с поворотным продольно-скользящим затвором, в металлургии и производственных процессах был сделан огромный шаг вперёд. В компании «Winchester Repeating Arms» инженерам задали проектировать винтовку, которая будет основываться на этих передовых технологиях и создать высокоэффективный поворотный продольно-скользящий затвор, который будет жёстким, надёжным и точным. Результат — лучшая инновационная винтовка Винчестер XPR™, которая готова оправдать ожидания сегодняшних требовательных охотников.

Новая XPR™ имеет ударно-спусковой механизм «M.O.A», который настроен и установлен на заводе на шероховатости в 1.58 кг без заметного перебега. Спусковая коробка и все внутренние компоненты в спусковом механизме M.O.A. винтовки XPR сделаны из полированной и укреплённой углеродистой стали с окрашенным в синий цвет концом для большей прочности и устойчивости к коррозии.

Ствольная коробка XPR™ сделана из легированной стали, высокоточно обработанной и закалённой насквозь во время термообработки, чтобы создать сильную, жёсткую и твёрдую ствольную коробку, которая обеспечит идеальную точность. Выпускное отверстие довольно большое для более надёжного выпуска стреляных гильз и более лёгкого доступа при загрузке единственного патрона вручную. У крепкого затвора XPR™ есть короткий 60-ступенчатый подъём для более точного прицела во время цикличной стрельбы. Корпус затвора полного диаметра создаёт более твёрдый компонент покрытый Nickel Teflon ® для более гладкого действия и лучшей устойчивости к коррозии.

Улучшенная полимерная ствольная коробка на новой XPR™ винтовке с поворотным продольно-скользящим затвором имеет текстурные панели, чтобы улучшить захват в мокрую погоду и сглаженный профиль цевья ложи, который обеспечивает стабильность при стрельбе в пол силы и стрельбе с упора. Стальной боевой упор вставлен в приклад, чтобы ствольная коробка не крутилась из-за отдачи, формируемой более надёжную и предсказуемую точность при стрельбе на дальние расстояния. Затыльник приклада «Inflex Technology» направляет энергию вниз от щеки, чтобы уменьшить чувство отдачи.

Другие особенности новой винтовки XPR™ от «Winchester Repeating Arms» включают двухпозиционный предохранитель для большого пальца и индикатор взвода ударника, кнопку разблокировки затвора, которая позволяет разгружать барабан, когда предохранитель для большого пальца находится в позиции «безопасно» и съёмный коробчатый магазин, сделанный из грубого полимера для большей надёжности.

Новая американская винтовка Винчестер XPR™ будет иметь калибры 270 Win и 30-06 для ствола длиной 24 дюйма (60,96 см) и калибры 300 Win Mag и 338 Win Mag для ствола длиной 26 дюймов (66,04 см). Металлические поверхности покрыты матовым синим цветом, чтобы минимизировать отблеск от чёрного полимерного приклада. Вес 3.17 – 3.28 кг. Рекомендованная розничная цена новой винтовки Винчестер XPR™ с поворотным продольно-скользящим затвором – 38,409 тысяч рублей.

AR15 Rifle 14.5″ NON-NFA OTG Rifle-Head Down Firearms- MAG PROMO

Head Down Firearms is a U.S. Based firearms manufacturer located in Georgia that strives to provide a top quality products at fair prices. With countless products on the market today it’s hard to determine what products are worth buying. In order to provide the customer with the best experience possible, each and every piece of gear sold by Head Down Firearms has been field tested by the Head Down staff. If it doesn’t pass their rigorous field testing process you won’t see it offered by Head Down Firearms. Head Down Firearms is also proud to offer a transferable lifetime warranty on all HD-15 rifles and pistols. We will fix or replace any rifle which doesn’t meet our factory standards. Head Down Firearms warranty their work to be free from defect in the manufacturing process.

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Head Down Firearms Magazine Promo! For a limited time Atlantic is including (x5) C Products Magazines with your Head Down Firearms order!

AR15 Rifle 14.5″ NON-NFA OTG Rifle-Head Down Firearms features

  • Forged Upper/ Lower
  • CeraKote applied in house by our Certified Applicators
  • ALG Mil Spec Trigger
  • Salt Bath Nitride Bolt Carrier Group (MPI Tested)
  • 14.5″ .223 Wylde 4150/4151 CrMoV barrel, Nitride finished
  • Non-NFA Item, No tax stamp required. This rifle features a 14.5″ barrel that has a permanently attached(pinned and welded) Yankee Hill Phantom Flash Hider and together these two parts create a long gun barrel length over 16″
  • BCM Mod 3 Grip
  • BCMGNFIGHTER Stock
  • Vortex Optics SPARC AR
  • Streamlight ProTac Rail Mount HL-X Long Gun Light
  • Magpul Offset Scout Mount
  • Magpul MBUS front and rear sights. (Soon to ship with Samson metal folding front and rear sights)
  • HD M-Lok Handguard
  • M-Lok QD Swivels
  • M-Lok QD rail attachment
  • Blue Force Gear Vickers Padded 2 pt Sling
  • Ambidextrous Safety
  • Ambidextrous Tactical Charging Handle
  • H Buffer
  • YHM Phantom pinned and welded
  • Receiver Tensioning Device

The Patrol Package by Head Down Firearms, was designed to get you home safe.. Designed by Bill Toy, Director of Training of OTG Tactical, this hard use AR15 rifle setup is destined for every patrol car. 1 MOA or better accuracy guarantee. Transferable lifetime warranty.

Non-NFA Item, No tax stamp required. This rifle features a 14.5″ barrel that has a permanently attached(pinned and welded) Yankee Hill Phantom Flash Hider and together these two parts create a long gun barrel length over 16″

«The OTG Patrol Rifle Package was born out of a desire for Officers to have access to a Reliable, Affordable and Fightable Patrol Rifle SYSTEM. We all to often see officers attend our classes with less than optimal rifles with either nonexistent or poorly selected support items. The base rifles typically are of 20+ year old configurations and sometimes questionable manufacture.

The Head Down/OTG Patrol Rifle has been designed piece by piece to complete a system. We have built a rifle that is extremely user friendly, reliable and is set up in a manner that allows the officer to fight effectively in any environment he or she may face.

Finally the rifle had to be affordable to individual officers and agencies. The best equipment in the world is of no use if it is not in the hands of the officer when its needed. We have gone to great lengths to keep this Patrol Rifle within the budget of Cops and the Communities they protect.

LE Patrol Rifles are deployed in some of the most critical situations officers can face. When that day comes make sure you and your officers are prepared and equipped to be victorious. The Head Down/OTG Patrol Rifle will hold up its end of the promise. «

Stay Safe, Stay Fast, and Train Hard

Bill Toy, Director of Training

PLEASE NOTE: If you live in a magazine restricted state we remove the hi cap mag and will be glad to substitute with a 10 round mag IF AVAILABLE. If a 10 round mag is not available we will remove the hi cap magazine from the shipment. We cannot ship prohibited magazines to out of state addresses. There will be no substitutions or discounts offered for removal of mags.

It is your responsibility to be familiar with your current local gun laws BEFORE placing your order. Please feel free to email us with questions you may have.

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