We recently lucked into a shipment of law enforcement trade-in Rock River Arms LAR-15s and decided to play around with one a bit. 

The rifles in question seem to be very close to a model that RRA sold between 2008 and around 2012, the Pro-Elite, but are not marked as such.

While they all have seen much use and, in some cases, light modifications either by agency armorers or officer-users, they all typically share the same features, such as an A4 upper receiver, 16-inch chrome-moly barrel, RRA's in-house tactical muzzle brake and flip front sight/gas block assembly, an A.R.M.S. #40L low profile flip-up rear sight, Ergo SureGrip pistol grip, six-position tactical CAR stock, full-length top pic rail, and a Daniel Defense 12.0 FSPM quad-rail handguard.

While "ouncers" will complain that the quad rail adds a ton of weight to the gun, we found an average specimen of this lot to hit the scales at 7 pounds, 7 ounces unloaded and without optics or sling. 

The RRA LAR-15 trade-ins currently in the Guns.com Vault include both guns in Good condition either with a mag or without at about a $40 price difference between the two. 

Rock River Arms LAR-15
The trade-in RRA LAR-15s we have up for grabs have a Daniel Defense quad rail, Ergo grips, and flip-up sights


Rock River Arms LAR-15
The sights include an A.R.M.S. #40L low profile flip-up rear with two different apertures as well as a flip front sight/gas block assembly. These are not cheap plastic sights. 


Rock River Arms LAR-15
They also include a foot-long Daniel Defense 12.0 FSPM quad rail handguard (price those bad boys by themselves.) While a lot of Zoomers hate quads, those who know love them. 


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Make no mistake, though, these guns have seen likely a decade or more of LE use, which likely included lots of shifts riding in trunks or sitting in racks interspersed with annual trips to the range for qualifications. As such, they have a good bit of minor cosmetic wear, scratched finishes, and dings. They are not "pretty" guns. 

Rock River Arms LAR-15
These LAR-15s are used, and have some visible wear, mostly external. Rack numbers are also a common thing. 

With that in mind, Tommy Butera, an experienced firearms finish applicator who works in the Guns.com Vault, went to work on one of the roughest guns and gave it a simple rattle can upgrade, something the average buyer could emulate without any special tools other than some netting and paint. 

Rock River Arms LAR-15
Rock River Arms LAR-15
Not bad... (Photos: Tommy Butera/Guns.com)
Rock River Arms LAR-15
The results look great. If you want to buy this exact gun, it is now available.

Either way, it is hard to go wrong with one of these trade-in LAR-15s.


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