Stag Arms introduced a new series of rifles built around the popular .224 Valkyrie cartridge, an exclusive round made by Federal Premium Ammunition, this week at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas.
Stag’s marketing director Chris Berlinski explained the advantage to the new Stag 15 Valkryie is the combination of its size and the round’s capabilities. “It’s a small-frame AR that allows you to shoot supersonic passed 1,300 yards. So, you are getting the long-range aspect of a 6.5 Creedmoor in a small-frame AR-15. And the cost of ammunition is much less expensive,” he said.
The Stag 15 Valkryie operates using a mid-length gas system and is equipped with a Magpul PRS stock, an aluminum enhanced trigger guard and Hogue pistol grip. The rifle features an 18-inch 416R stainless steel fluted heavy barrel, Stag’s two-stage match trigger that’s coated in Nickel-Boron, and a Manganese Phosphate coated, chrome lined 6.8 SPC II bolt carrier group.
The suggested retail price for the Stag 15 Valkryie is listed at $1,179, which is slightly higher than Stag’s baseline model chambered in 5.56 NATO. However, the configuration is minimalist, containing only what performs best with the round.
“The price where this is at, essentially, is due to some of the upgrades … there’s a lot of upgrades that come standard on the rifle that does effect the price,” Berlinski said. “But they’re upgrades that will benefit the shooter and will allow them to have a better experience and a better gauge on accuracy.”
The Stag 15 Valkryie rifle is available now for pre-order on Stag’s website, but the official release date is Feb. 15.