We know, it can be tough to get thrilled about a new AR these days. It seems like everybody and their uncle makes one, in every configuration and at every price point possible. So, why should we care about a new AR on the market? Because it is from Taurus, and first impressions seem to show that the company put some serious thought into what the AR consumer market wants today, and how to deliver it for a good price.
The result of this effort is the T4SA, a carbine-style AR in 5.56mm and priced at an MSRP of $1,199. Made right here in the U.S., the T4SA has some interesting features at its price point. Firstly, the carbine makes extensive use of melonite coating (not just for the barrel, but also for numerous other parts including the bolt and bolt carrier assembly) to make for a very lubricious system. The result is a carbine that runs so slickly that Taurus was able to reduce the gas port diameter and restrict the amount of gas needed to run the action.
The result is a soft-kicking, and clean-running carbine with reduced fouling. According to the company, they have a test sample they are running that has 7,500 rounds through it right now with no cleanings and no stoppages. And yes, this is a direct gas impingement system gun. Taurus also claims that barrel life of the 16-inch tube is 10,000+ rounds. A free-float handguard covers a carbine-length gas system.
The T4SA is offered in both M-LOK and Key-Mod versions and comes with a Cerakote Elite finish in three color options (black, jungle and sand). Keep an eye for a full review when this carbine hits the market later this year.