Nice Idea, Or 20 Years Late

Taking The Evil Black Out


The Turnbull Manufacturing Company brings a Modern Sporting Rifle to market that looks as classic as can be. Highly figured walnut, high quality machined steel receiver, bone charcoal color case hardening, and no scary carrying handle or bayonet lug. Class act. Nice effort, if it isn’t too late. Clicky picy.

“With the rising popularity of the AR-15 platform, it seemed time to design and produce a truly collectible version of this amazing shooting platform,” said Doug Turnbull, “While still turning out what is one of the most accurate and easy shooting AR type rifles. I am very proud to put my name on the TAR-15.”

These heirloom-grade guns are built using premium parts and Turnbull’s own 8620 carbon-steel receivers. The steel not only makes them incredibly durable but also makes it possible for Turnbull to finish them with their own bone charcoal case-hardened finish. The finish is just exquisite. As nice as it is in pictures, in person it comes alive with all the colors shining. The stocks are American Black Walnut and just as nice as the finish, with a custom pistol grip that’s especially comfortable. They offer it with a long-lasting urethane finish or a softer, matte oil finish.

These rifles use the gas impingement system for smoother recoil and control. The gun ships with an oversized integral trigger guard to fit a gloved finger easily for cold weather or other gloved situations.

The stocks and forend are premium American Black Walnut that has been designed to maximize the ergonomics of the AR-15 design while allowing for the esthetics of fine wood furniture. The wood is available in either a urethane or oiled matte finish in several grades. The TAR-15 ships in a lockable hard travel case with a 4 and 10 round magazine. All TAR-15 rifles carry the Turnbull one year warranty.

Notice how the upper receiver is different from a regular mil-spec upper. No forward assist, no dust cover over the ejection port. No giant take-down latch. The built in muzzle break is hard to see. For that kind of money though I’d have thought he build it with an op rod and piston instead of the dirty old gas impingement system. Oh well.

$2495. Put your orders in at .

So I’m wondering, if it’s pretty, is it still an evil black rifle? Is it still a shoot-from-the-hip-bullet-hose-meant-only-to-kill?  Notice how it ships with a 4 round magazine and a 10 round magazine. Can it take standard AR mags? I don’t know. But that’s a pretty smart move on Doug Turnbull’s part IMO.

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 02/19/2013 at 07:08 PM   
  1. That gun is absolutely OUTSTANDING!! I want one!!

    Mike trophy

    Posted by BOGEYB    United States   02/20/2013  at  12:32 AM  
  2. The coloring on the receiver really gives it a nice antique look.Ah the toys of the Rich.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   02/20/2013  at  01:46 AM  
  3. Ooh, I have a black walnut in the front yard I plan to cut down, may make a bit more conventional AR with some nice wood.  I’d have to think it would take a standard mag, but they CNC their own receivers, and I haven’t been able to determine if they’re “special” in that way.  At $2500, it’s not like a whole order of magnitude outside AR prices these days.  They also make a TAR-10, a 1911, and several lever action rifles.  Good stuff, pricy but not outrageous.

    Posted by Mr Evilwrench    United States   02/20/2013  at  05:16 PM  
  4. Why does the Website say this bad boy is $4995.00?
    Not that I could afford it either way,Just Sayin.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   02/21/2013  at  12:29 AM  
  5. And seeing as we are wish shopping here anyway why did you not mention the Titanium version that goes for 100K? If I’m gonna wish I want it to be spectacular.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   02/21/2013  at  12:35 AM  
  6. I like the walnut but that case hardening does nothing for me I’m afraid. However for that money I would sooner buy a Cooper smile

    Posted by LyndonB    United Kingdom   02/23/2013  at  02:05 PM  
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