In continuation with Patriot Ordnance Factory’s commitment to the AR series of firearms, the new Olde School .308 rifle has just been launched – a rifle modeled on traditional designs, chambered in .308 Win./7.62x51mm NATO.
What’s New with the Olde School .308?
The new technology introduced is the use of an Inconel gas tube, improving the overall heat handling capacity of the gas system. However, giving tradition its due place, in line with several earlier Patriot Ordnance Factory rifles, the new Olde School rifle is also equipped with E2 Extraction Technology, which has proven to be a great way of getting the maximum life out of the extractor, which essentially works on the principle of redirecting gas in such a way that the load is reduced during the process of extraction.
Other features of the new weapon include ambidextrous controls and an M-Rail forend which is 11.5-inch M-Lok compatible, which allows various attachments to be installed. The new Olde School .308 comes in 14.5-, 16.5- and 20-inch barrels, with an additional feature of 3-baffle muzzle brakes and integral standoff devices. There are two types of finish available – black or nickel-boron NP3 finish.
Comments on the Olde School .308
According to Nathaniel Fitch, who runs his own small arms technology blog, ‘196,800 Revolutions Per Minute’: “These new rifles are still built to the same standards as existing POF guns and promise ‘relentless reliability’ along with many features and improvements not seen on standard direct impingement rifles including an adjustable gas block like the one used for their piston guns.”
As with all other Patriot Ordnance Factory products, the new Olde School .308 comes at a pricey $2,599. Although the company has only published a single-page brochure on the new rifle, they claim that they are already shipping to customers. It is early days yet, but it will be interesting to check out the test reports on this new rifle from the Patriot Ordnance Factory.