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MOSSBERG MVP LR TACTICAL DOPE BAG O riginally introduced by Mossberg as the Varmint (2011) and Predator (2012) rifles-together, the MVP line-the 5.56x45 mm NATOchambered, bolt-action duo has given rise to an entire family of long guns, thoughtfully equipped for myriad roles including, but certainly not limited to, their namesake hunting pursuits. Models chambered for 7.62x51 mm NATO (.308 Win.) were introduced in 2013, giving the line access to the renowned big game/utility cartridge, and, with few exceptions, MVP rifle models can be had in either of the NATO chamberings. Given the line's purpose-driven designs and servicecaliber chamberings, not to mention Mossberg's military and law enforcement heritage, it was probably a safe bet that tactical models would also be cataloged under the MVP banner eventually. One such rifle, the MVP LR Tactical, is the subject of this review. Exploring the rifle's nomenclature reveals a very accurate description of the MVP LR Tactical's characteristics. Just as MVP is shorthand for Mossberg Varmint and Predator, LR rifles are so designated to denote features that facilitate long range shooting-primarily the barrel contour and stock design. The category is further divided to include a Tactical rifle that retains staple features of the MVP line and the LR model, but has been shortened and streamlined to meet the needs, and fit the constraints, of a duty or patrol rifle (not to be confused with the MVP 90 Patrol family of rifles, a separate subset with their own distinctive features). Our test rifle is the 7.62 mm version of the LR Tactical-a 5.56 mm model is also available. The MVP line originally distinguished itself by offering a bolt-operated action capable of feeding from a standard AR-15-style magazine. The 7.62 mm variants followed suit by accepting and feeding from SR25 and M1A/M14-style magazines. This compatibility is accomplished by pairing an innovative magazine well and latch with Mossberg's MVP 7.62 mm Dual Push bolt design. The former is a polymer unit that drops into the stock and features a magazine release tab at the front right corner of the well. Pressing the release rearward simultaneously retracts both a forward lug-designed to engage the "hook" port on a M14 magazine-and the left-rear lug that secures SR25-style magazines. The arrangement allows for straight, upward insertion of both types of magazine, even dispensing with the "hook-and-rock" technique associated with the M14. The MVP 7.62 mm Dual Push bolt is, at first glance, a typical two-lug, pushfeed bolt arrangement with a spiralfluted body and a handle that angles slightly rearward and is capped by a heavy-duty knob-0.88" in diameter with five grip-improving grooves running the circumference. But the bolt's face is somewhat of a combination of AR-10 and M14 features. It possesses two opposed locking lugs, the right of which houses the sliding-plate-style extractor and features a channel cutout that interfaces with an internal guide rail running the length of the action and forming the bottom edge of the ejection port. Two small cartridgeguide lugs protrude from the bottom of the bolt's face-reminiscent of an AR bolt face-to feed fresh rounds from staggered-column magazines, regardless of the cartridge's position. The assembly also uses a plunger-style ejector, located Features distinguishing the MVP LR Tactical from other models of the line include: a green, sporter stock; an adjustable comb; a relatively short, threaded, medium-contour barrel; and the Williams sights. OCTOBER 2016 AMERICAN RIFLEMAN

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