Though the doors may be closing at Bushmaster’s Windham, Maine facility, the anxiety that usually comes hand-in-hand with a big move doesn’t seem to be affecting the gunmaker’s output.
Last year they introduced the Bushmaster .308 ORC to an adoring public of high capacity carbine shooters, a fortified AR-10 style cousin to their original .223 model only chambered in game-slaying .308. The trend continues in 2011 as the line of guns makes room for Bushmaster .223 MOE’s new rival, the MOE .308, a 16” carbine and none-to-subtle adaptation of the M4.
MOE stands for Magpul Original Equipment and translates into a lot of Magpul custom parts: MOE collapsible stock, polymer hand guard, pistol grip, MBUS rear flip sight and a 30-round magazine. Magpul does ergonomics so expect a comfortable ride.
We are under the impression that Bushmaster’s MOE .308 will set you back around $1450. And if they follow suit with the necked down model, the gun will be available in black, flat dark earth or foliage green. You can look at the full line of Bushmaster products here and get a peek at Magpul’s world of accessories here.