M6A2 Tricon

The Land Warfare Resources Corporation’s M6A2 Tricon is a select-fire tactical rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO. LWRC, founded in 1999, specializes in making AR15- and M16-style rifles, but with a handful of trademark features. LWRC collaborated with Trident Concepts (Tricon), a company that specializes in teaching combat skills and tactics, in designing this limited edition carbine.

What makes Tricon different from the standard M6A2 is it has a spiral-fluted barrel, which doesn’t affect the action but does cut its weight to about 7.4 pounds. And the bolt has an EXO finish, which is supposed to increase hardness, abrasion resistance, and lubricity.

Tricon uses a short-stroke gas-piston operating system meaning the propellant gases are cycled from the barrel into a tube and then directed onto a piston, which drives the bolt back. Since gas isn’t entering the bolt directly, carbon buildup is reduced in turn requires less maintenance. It has a cold hammer forged barrel, so a machine carefully carved the grooves in the bore. This process improves the rifling’s durability.

Tricon has LWRC’s Cerakote ceramic finish instead of a black anodized finish. It adds the corrosion resistance of Teflon, but is more durable.

Other features include a Special Operations Modification stock (SOPMOD), which is supposed to be comfortable when the user is aggressively shooting like, say, a fire fight. It has a target crown to help maintain barrel harmonics, so when a round is fired the barrel’s vibrations won’t throw off the projectile’s trajectory, an ergonomically friendly Magpul grip and vertical fore-grip, BUIS adjustable sights and Picatinny rails for easy mounting of optics or accessories.

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