Windham Weaponry: 450 Thumper and More

When you’re looking for an AR platform rifle, it’s nice to have options. Whether that means a variety of caliber possibilities or a selection of handguard styles, Windham Weaponry has you covered. The manufacturer is known for producing a wide variety of well-made products, from parts to complete firearms, and they’ve expanded their line yet again. The latest from Windham Weaponry includes greater 450 Thumper options, an XM177 variant, and more.

XM177 Variant

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Windham Weaponry has a number of new rifles in its lineup including an XM177 variant. (Photo credit: Windham Weaponry)

On the retro side, Windham Weaponry has an XM177 variant. This model features the modern reliability of the AR platform with classic touches like a carry handle and an A2 front sight. The XM177 is carbine length and has the flash hider pinned and welded in place to reach the 16-inch length. An A1 upper is used on the rifle as is an A1 pistol grip. The barrel has a 1-in-9 twist rate. A four-position, adjustable CAR stock is also used, meaning the gun can be fit to the shooter’s length of pull.

450 Thumper

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The 450 Thumper is available with a camo or black finish and is, of course, chambered in 450 Bushmaster. (Photo credit: Windham Weaponry)

The manufacturer is also expanding the 450 Thumper line with camo finish options and a number of new handguards. This means that if you prefer a decorative handguard rather than one compatible with mounting accessories, you can tailor your gun to fit those details. Of course, most handguards still have a full-length Picatinny rail for mounting optics and other top-mounted accessories.

Windham Weaponry’s 450 Thumper line includes various 450 Bushmaster chambered rifles designed to withstand heavy use and perform reliably. These rifles have a 16-inch 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium 11595E Steel barrel with an A2 flash suppressor and a 5 +1 capacity.

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The 450 Thumper is available with different handguards. (Photo credit: Windham Weaponry)

MSRP for these rifles varies by model and specific features.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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