Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) has been in the AR game for decades providing the public as well as the military and law enforcement with a wide variety of AR-pattern rifles, from high-quality vanilla AR-15 style rifles to premium tactical rifles in several different calibers.
LMT is introducing two new rifles to their catalog, calling them their LM8 Platform. These rifles are intended to be as handy in narrow mountain passes as they are indoors or in competition. The primary characteristic of the LM8 Platform rifles is a newly-designed free-floating handguard derived from LMT’s monolithic uppers. The LM8 handguard is more slender and lightweight than many similar handguards due to its smaller diameter.
The handguard has a full-length 12 o’clock rail and mounts at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock for removable modular rails. These modular lengths of rail come in 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-rail segments measuring from 1.4 to 3.8 inches long, insuring that the accessory you want to mount to your LM8 gets exactly the amount of rail it needs without adding extra rail to go unused.
Two models currently make up the LM8 series, the LM8MWS and LM8MRP. The LM8MWS is a midlength thirty-cal AR-10-style rifle based on the LM308MWS chambered in .308 Winchester. It has either a 1:10 twist, chrome-lined barrel or a 1:11.35 twist in an ultra-match stainless 5R tactical black matte finish barrel; one for combat, the other for competition. It ships with four rail segments, two push-button sling studs and one 20-round magazine. The LM8MWS comes with a two-stage trigger.
The LM8MRP is an AR-15-style rifle based on the very popular LMT Defender chambered in 5.56 NATO. Its barrel is a 16-inch chrome-lined standard-profile barrel with a 1:7 twist, but is also available with a stainless steel barrel for more precision work. Like the LM8MWS the LM8MRP comes with four rail segments, two push-button sling studs but one 30-round magazine. The LM8MRP comes with a single-stage combat trigger.
Both rifles come with fixed adjustable iron sights and a torque wrench for installing the sections of rail without damaging the handguard and have LMT SOPMOD stocks. SOPMOD buttstocks are telescopic stocks with padded buttplates that use a wobble-free friction lock. They are constructed from a very tough combination of polymer and fiberglass and include two watertight storage compartments suitable for batteries and the like.
The LM8 platform falls into the premium category of AR rifles, with MSRPs of $2,998.71 for the LM8MWS in 7.62 NATO/.308 Winchester and $2,030.79 for the LM8MRP in 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington. Expect real-world prices to be several hundred dollars less.
We also hope that LMT makes these monolithic uppers available by themselves. We’re patient.