Words by Tom Beckstrand | Photos by Mark Fingar

ANYONE WHO has served in the infantry or Special Operations community is probably familiar with the statement, “Ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain.” Weight isn’t a big deal until you’re carrying something for hours or days at a time. Under those conditions, every last ounce needs justification to stick around. There is currently a wave of lightweight AR-pattern rifles floating around the market. Although few people carry a rifle for more than a few minutes at a time, the push for lighter and smaller is a natural extension of rifle development. No one wants to carry heavy weight unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF) has always been at the forefront of AR development. I first heard of the company over a decade ago from one of my Special Forces teammates that was as much of a rifle enthusiast as I am, if not more. He spoke highly of POF, and in the subsequent decade, I’ve learned why.

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3 Responses to “‘Lean & Mean P308’ Guns & Ammo Aug 2017”

September 11, 2018 at 7:02 am, Ralph R Love said:

To: [email protected]
First off thanks for the morale patch.
Second: Testament to the accuracy of my (your) 6 year old 18″ barrel, 7.62×51 POF rifle. Trigger: Geissele Hi-Speed match. Scope: Leupold M-1 10X with 7.62 X51 cam. Buffer: Clint heavy buffer. Magazine: single shot Bob Sled. Distance: somewhere between 450 to 550 something yds. Ammunition: !- box of 20, 168gr. Federal Match. Position: prone. Sling: military hasty. Buffer: Clint heavy buffer. Magazine: single shot Bob Sled. Terrain: 5 – degrees down. Distance: Somewhere between 450 to 550 yds. Target: Old KD military bullseye. Zero: 5 rds., remaining 15 in X-ring. No spotter. Place: Farm in Northern Wisconsin on a near windless day. Wonderful rifle.


October 02, 2018 at 6:51 am, Mike said:

Best AR on the market bar none!!! Love my p308 I’m working on a reload that will give me 1,000yd groups had a bit of trouble finding a scope mound to give me a 100yd grouping the scope sits a bit high to dial in with my Ziess but I think I’ve solved the problem I hope!


July 24, 2019 at 12:32 pm, Norman Gelfand said:

What is the reason you do not advise reloads. I would like to purchase your .308. I shoot 8-10,000 round per year. Shooting new ammo would make the cost of shooting a P:OF. prohibitive.


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