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Greyhound Tactical Solutions AR-15

Greyhound Tactical Solutions AR-15

Modern sporting rifles are everywhere these days. The sale of them has shown some very strong trends lately. Working in a gun shop I get to see this change in the winds first hand. No one seems to be terribly interested in the totally tricked out and astronomically expensive AR15’s of just a few years ago. Now if, and it is a big if, people spend more than $1000 they seem to be spending it on less cookie cutter modern sporting rifle like the IWI Tavor or the new Sig Sauer MCX. The AR crowd has gravitated in a big way toward the base or economy model AR15’s. Which brings us to the Greyhound Tactical Solutions AR-15.

Greyhound Tactical Solutions AR-15This Greyhound Tactical Solutions AR-15 is assembled by Greyhound Tactical Solutions, in Beaverton, Oregon. GHTS is the manufacturing division of J&B Firearms Sales where they stock a nice selection of GHTS AR-15 variations. At first glance the rifle looks pretty basic but it does almost everything one would need an AR-15 to do. They are using Anderson Manufacturing LPK, upper and lower receivers which I have found to be well made and sold at incredibly low prices. The stock is just a very basic M4 style six position collapsible unit but it does lock into place in all its positions allowing users of different sizes or equipment levels to size the gun to them. It also sports a basic military style pistol grip which gives you a place to hold onto and pull on the heavy, gritty, standard AR trigger. Moving to the upper we find a flat top sporting a properly spec’d picatinny rail to mount any of the hundreds of optics out there for the modern sporting rifle platform. This upper also features M4 feed ramps, forward assist and a dust cover. In front of that there is a very basic seven inch quad-rail forend. Some may consider this outdated but it still does everything the fancy new slick-side, MOE-infused, key-mod sporting, free-float tubes do in regards to accessory mounting and it does it at a fraction of the price. The ESS Solutions 16″ 1/7 twist 5.56 barrel has a semi-gloss almost crinkle finish to it and has the ubiquitous M4 profile. It doesn’t have some scientifically perfected super coating that lets you shoot 16,000 rounds of continuous full-auto fire but let’s be realistic, most of us won’t (and probably can’t afford to) put even 5,000 of semi-auto fire through the gun so this barrel will be more than sufficient. Mounted to the barrel in front of the forend is an Anderson Manufacturing picatinny topped gas block that may be used for mounting a front sight. There is some debate on whether or not to mount polymer sights on a gas block. Some suggest it can quickly create a plastic puddle so if you want to do the polymer thing you may wish to consider mounting it on the top forend. Although with this kind of rifle build, mounting to the gas block will probably be just fine.

The rifle came to me with a lock and in a nice zippered soft case of medium quality with some external mag pouches. When I unpacked it I began a full inspection inside and out as I try to do on all new guns before I put any rounds through them. One of the first things I noticed was that the HEXMAG 30 round magazine that shipped with the gun was very tight in the magwell and would not drop free. I tried five other brands of magazines and did not experience this issue with any of them. Internally to gun was put together right. The gas key on the full-auto rated bolt carrier group was properly staked, the trigger and hammer springs were where they were supposed to be, the gas block was nice and tight, and the buffer retainer was properly captured by the receiver extension. All this may sound like “Duh of course they are” but I have seen problems in all these areas from much more well known and respected manufacturers over my years of firearms retail and shooting experience. The upper and lower were a little loose but in my experience this has never effected function of any of the rifles I have shot even when it gets pretty severe.

The final step to my inspection (and what should also be the final part of any firearm inspection you do before shooting) was to look down the bore and make sure it was free of obstruction. It was not. About ¾ of the way down the barrel there was something completely blocking the barrel. I used a rod to push it out. Turned out to be a tightly fitting oiled patch. Might not seem like much but I have seen a lot of blown up guns that didn’t have much more than that in them when they detonated. ALWAYS check your bore!

After all that it was time to head to the range! Although GHTS does offer rifles with BUIS, the rifle I was given for this review did not include them. IMHO, an “optics ready carbine” should have folding back up sights not lack sights completely. While I’m not spending a ton of money on the gun, I do want to be able to shoot it without spending $100 more for some sights or an optic. In the end, I just mounted up a handy Bushnell TRs-25 and headed into the range to sling some lead.

Greyhound Tactical Solutions AR-15While the HEXMAG did not drop free or insert all that easily it did feed and lock the bolt reliably. I was limited to a fairly short (14 yard) indoor range so I didn’t do any real serious accuracy testing. The rifle cycled well with standard XM193 ammunition though. It’s very light in the hands and balances well. My first few groups were a couple of inches from a standing unsupported position. After about 40 rounds they started to open up though. Being the worrier I am, I immediately thought the worst – the barrel wasn’t properly tightened or was of such low quality that it had heated up to much in this short session. I was completely wrong. Just the mount coming loose on the TRS-25. Lesson here: always properly tighten your optics before shooting.

Greyhound Tactical Solutions AR-15This rifle worked flawlessly. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles. Almost everyone I know who does have all the bells and whistles on their rifle either A: doesn’t know how to use them; or B: doesn’t ever get a chance to use them. This rifle allows for the mounting of a good optic, a good set of BUIS, a good sling, a good flashlight, and a forward grip (if your shooting style lends itself to one). That’s all you really need in a defensive/fun/critter getting rifle. And at $599.00, it does all this without breaking the bank. This is definitely a good candidate for anyone looking for a budget rifle to get started in the AR15 world. The great thing is if you decide you don’t like something about this one just remember: it’s an AR15, practically tinker toys for adults with limitless combinations of aftermarket goodies! With Christmas right around the corner, these are the kind of rifles that will be under a lot of trees this year.

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94 Responses to Greyhound Tactical Solutions AR-15

  1. Kyle Herrley January 11, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    This would be sweet to win, Thank you!!!!

  2. John Malesky January 11, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Try

  3. Paul Albarado January 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    I sure wish that I would win a good gun

  4. MArk Rodgers January 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    I would use this I live off the land and this would be great for feeding my family and keeping us protected also

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  5. Kevin Colbert January 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    Quality weapon Only $599 WOW . I would love to win !!!! Great safety features too

  6. Steve Gehrman January 13, 2016 at 6:28 am #

    I have visited the other sites and liked them. So WHERE are the bonus entries????

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    Would love to win this!

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  8. Betty Shiver January 14, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    Love it the way it shoot

  9. Linda Hershey January 14, 2016 at 8:56 am #

    Would love to win this, like to try new guns

  10. Dana Scarborough January 16, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    Would love to win

  11. Steven Blaser January 17, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    Just the self defense weapon I need.

  12. James scruggs January 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Would be a awsome gun to own

  13. Chris January 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Would love to win

  14. Sandra January 18, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Please please let me win this for my husbands collection’

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  15. Shane Sowell January 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    This would be awesome. Thanks!!

  16. Travis lowther January 19, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    Nice.

  17. Ken Abrahamson January 20, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    send it, This old Vet knows what to do with it from here.

  18. Todd Downey January 21, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    I haven’t fired this type of weapon since my USMC days, it’s time again with a government that’s taking our 2nd Amendment rights away!

  19. darrell January 21, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    I would love to own this.

    • Etta March 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

      That hits the target pectrefly. Thanks!

  20. Betty Shiver January 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    Ii would love to own this one

  21. Carlene Summers January 23, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Rights to own & operate!

  22. Walter Powell January 26, 2016 at 4:42 am #

    As everyone else, I hope I win this beautiful rifle!

  23. Bill Graves January 31, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    Wow what a gun

  24. Jordan February 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    I’d love to win this thing and take it to the range.

  25. james wilson February 2, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    I need to win so I can have one for my son to shoot with me.

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