REPORTS | PRODUCTS & PROJECTS
Cutting Big-Bore AR Recoil
ryce Towsley's recent article concerning big-bore
AR cartridges (July 2016, p. 62) compelled me to
tinker a bit more with my own, a 450 Bushmaster
Carbine. I had previously changed-out the factory furniture
and added a few accessories to make the rifle a bit more
southpaw friendly, but nothing had been done yet to tame
this Thumper's heavy recoil-which seemed like a fun and
appropriate project for this gun.
Now, .450 Bushmaster recoil is by no means punishing, but
it is relatively stout compared to a .223 Rem.-chambered AR.
The 450 Bushmaster Carbine (above, top) in its
factory form, is a semi-automatic AR design that
uses a large .45-cal. bullet and produces recoil
unlike that of the standard .223 Rem. Taming that
recoil is what the author set out to accomplish
(above, bottom) by simply replacing a few parts.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - October 2016