After the break-up of Remington Outdoors in September 2020, Franklin Armory Holdings acquired Bushmaster Firearms from the bankrupt conglomerate, and Bushmaster is now rolling out new models to bolster its respected line of AR-15s. Five new American-made AR-15s are now offered in addition to the company's current lineup of M4-style carbines, all branded under the Bravo Zulu moniker and bringing new features and improved build quality to the table.
Named for the naval shorthand that means "job well done," the Bravo Zulu line of Bushmaster ARs are designed as do-it-all, general-purpose rifles for hunting, home defense, competition and recreational shooting. All the carbines offered in the new lineup feature the company's free-float handguard complete with M-Lok accessory-attachment slots, as well as a quick-detach sling-swivel mount. The guns also come with upgraded two-stage DM2S triggers, providing a crisp break and clean pull with each shot. Additionally, the carbines are all outfitted with Bushmaster's Snake Charmer muzzle brake that reduces felt recoil.
Each model in the Bushmaster Bravo Zulu lineup features receiver sets machined from 7075-T6 aluminum and finished with a type III hardcoat anodizing. Mated to the receiver is a 16" barrel complete with a 1:8" twist rate and a mid-length gas system. The guns are outfitted with an optics-ready flat-top Picatinny rail and come with a Thril Products grip, combat competition stock and trigger guard. A Thril 30-round polymer magazine is included, too.
In addition to the standard 5.56 NATO carbine, models are available in California-compliant configurations, 450 Bushmaster chamberings an in an NFA-regulated short-barreled rifle format. Suggested retail pricing starts at $1,159.99. For more information, visit bushmaster.com.