At the recent National Rifle Association Annual Meetings, Taurus USA announced the company would be selling a new AR-pattern rifle called the T4SA. Completely designed and built in the United States with US-sourced parts, the new gun is said to be extremely durable with a mean failure rate of one in 10,000 rounds.
The new guns are scheduled to ship in the third quarter of 2017 and will be available in a variety of configurations. Shooters will have a choice in colors, barrel lengths, and handguards. Additional customizations may also be offered once the guns start shipping.
Taurus USA uses a Melonite-treated barrel that has a service life exceeding 10,000 rounds. The barrels will be available in either 14.5” (with a permanently attached muzzle device) or 16” (threaded on muzzle device). Both lengths will have M4 feed ramps and a 1:7” twist.
The company uses a carbine length gas system in these DI guns. Taurus uses a dual pinned, low-profile gas block that allows for enough clearance for a full-length handguard. An aluminum handguard with KeyMod attachment points is standard, but an M-LOK version will also be offered.
The M16 type bolt carrier and magnetic particle inspected bolt assembly are both Melonite treated for corrosion resistance.
Taurus USA partnered with Magpul for some of the furniture on these guns. Specifically, Taurus USA used one of my favorite buttstocks — the CTR —along with a MOE pistol grip and an oversized trigger guard. Also, a 30-round Magpul PMAG comes with the gun. The magazine is a windowed, second generation model. I’ve got a lot of time with that specific magazine type and have had nothing but success with them. I recommend buying a box of them.
The guns are reasonably light: only 6.5 pounds with the 16” barrel. According to the company, there will be three colors available for these rifles: Black, Cerakote Elite Sand, and Cerakote Elite Jungle. As you might guess, Jungle is an OD-like green color.