LOKI Weapon Systems is a premium AR boutique that actually delivers at both ends of the price spectrum, selling both expensive, hyper-accurate, sub-MOA custom rifles clearly serving a competition purpose, as well as reasonable, high-quality rifles that lean towards reliability, durability, and ease-of-use over precision. The LOKI 3G is an AR of the former variety.
The first thing you notice about it is the absolutely top-tier furniture, with a Vltor A2 fixed buttstock at one end of the rifle and a custom fifteen inch carbon-fiber forearm at the other. Rounding it out are the Ergo pistol grip and set of angled finger grooves cut into the machined billet 7075-T6 aluminum lower receiver. Then you see the small rise of the extra-heavy flat-top upper, with its modified forward assist and ejection flange. Finally, you pick up on the satin nickel-boron-coated charging handle, matching the tone of the barrel and Nordic Components Corvette muzzle brake.
And the barrel’s fluted, of course, and uses a relatively long 1:8 inch twist for lighter, fast little bullets, and it’s also fairly long at eighteen inches. Of course, what you can’t see is as important as what you can, things like the anodized finish on all the parts is also then Teflon-coated, and the trigger’s not regular, it’s a hand-stoned and polished Giesselle SSA two-stage trigger. All the internal are nickel-boron-coated, and the feed-ramps polished.
Yes, it will set you back. Just look at the pictures if you have any doubts about spending hard currency on fancy guns. $2,100. To be fair, a lot of other shops would charge more, and they do.
The cellphone-y named 3G, of course, isn’t chambered in 5.56 NATO, it’s far too competitive. It’s available in three calibers, 6.5 Grendel, 300 BLK, and .223 Wylde. If you’re not familiar, .223 Wylde is a similar chambering to both 5.56 NATO and .223 Winchester, in fact, it’s somewhere in between. NATO ammo has a slightly longer neck and wider chamber than .223 Winchester, to make it feed and extract with greater authority.
.223 Winchester, on the other hand, has a much tighter headspace and sometimes jams with NATO ammo. Wylde sits between the two, offering better accuracy from the chamber while having less of an issue with jamming on bulk ammo. Because the headspace is tighter, it’s better for reloaders because the brass has less expansion to do in order to seal against the chamber. And this rifle pretty much begs for reloaders to do their magic to is, no matter what caliber it’s in.
So who’s planning on getting one? And what’s your home address and work schedule like?