Red RydAR Lever-Action AR Rifle
Russ Chastain 05.19.20
This one goes in the “You’ve got to be kidding me” file. Not only is it a lever-action AR-pattern rifle, it’s been decorated to appear more like a classic lever-action Red Ryder BB gun.
Oh, the humanity…
This gun was covered in some detail at our sister site TFB last October; here are some highlights and a video.
The company, Brickwurx, is located in Louisville, Kentucky and does work in graphics design, commercial art, and metal fabrication/prototyping of “everything ranging from firearms to custom motorcycles.” The company owner John Brickey said he has “a habit of modifying and creating new designs from existing works.”
The lever-action aspect is in the patent process so we don’t get to learn a whole lot other than “the design and all mechanics are completely incorporated into the rear stock assembly” and “only a lower front trigger guard ‘sleeve’ is required to modify ANY forged AR-15 lower to convert it to a lever-action rifle.”
The trigger guard sleeve requires very minimum modification to an existing forged lower, requiring only light Dremel work near the lower mag-well, and the addition of two drilled holes. If and when a kit is offered for sale, a guide jig would be included with the kit.
The conversion stock requires a modified bolt carrier, but the bolt and remainder of any standard AR upper will function with this design. While the hard maple wood used for the theme build is attractive, a polymer stock would be far more practical for AR conversions. I am prototyping these currently.
“Attractive.” I guess that’s one word for it.
This particular gun is chambered for 223 Wylde, and as you will see in the video below, lever throw is amazingly short.
Brickey designed a tubular magazine system that would have eliminated the typical AR removable box magazine, but abandoned the notion as impractical for numerous reasons.
While I personally think it’s hideous and I can’t stand “A Christmas Story,” I’m impressed with the ingenuity here, and especially the really short lever throw. So I guess my rating here would be “ugly but cool.”
Here’s the video, which is less than a minute long. Please check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.