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The Brownells Retro Rifle lineup is, at its very core, fun. There’s something to be said for having a piece of history in an updated package. Brownells’ latest addition to its Retro series — the aptly named BRN-PROTO — may be its most alluring offering yet.

The concept behind the BRN-PROTO is simple (as intended): Recreate Eugene Stoner’s very first AR-15 prototype. The first thing shooters might notice is the “distinctive trigger-like charging handle on top of the receiver, under the carry handle.” Yes, under the carry handle, like early AR-10 models. As Brownells points out, it’s important to remember the AR-15 was developed “second.”

There are a handful of other features that make the PROTO worthy of checking out. Watch the video above to learn more about Brownells’ new offering. For more information, please visit Brownells.com.

Brownells BRN-PROTO Specs

  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
  • Capacity: 25+1
  • Barrel Length: 20 inches
  • Overall Length: 40 inches
  • Magazine Type: Removable
  • MSRP: $1,299

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