There are a lot of rifles that are accurate; some of them could be considered hard use and others – not so much.
AXTS Weapons is an Oregon based rifle and rifle accessory manufacturing company that most will recognize as the makers of the popular Raptor Charging Handle. If you have not heard, AXTS does more than make the best charging handle on the market, they also make an amazing rifle that manages to be hard use as well as accurate. The AXTS MI-T556.
To me, accuracy is minute of man at the calibers (terminal ballistic) max effective range. I won’t attempt to debate, prove or disprove any arguments on the 5.56’s capability. I will say that I have personally seen the 5.56 perform adequately at ranges just beyond 500 yards. I say that to say that I want a rifle that goes as far as possible.
Legend has it; the MI-T556 won a bet against a famous instructor after it hit 4 out 5 shots on a 10×10 plate at 1,450 yards. The first shot missed, hold was established, and the rest rang steel with the 77gr ammo. What is the bullet’s effectiveness at that distance? I don’t know, but I’m not going to stand out there and find out.
Below, you will find a video of the MI-T556 getting hits at 1,200 yards.
Shipping with the MI-T556 will be targets showing .5 MOA with 55, 62, and 77-grain ammunition.
The MI-T556 that I have has proven to be the most accurate rifle I have in the safe.
I measure this by one question, would I deploy with the rifle? The AXTS MI-T556 is as hard use at it gets. Eric Anderson of AXTS set out to prove this in an unusual manner. He has taken the rifle to high round count classes taught by numerous high level instructors who push their students hard and their rifles even harder.
In every class, the MI-T556 shined as a rifle that has achieved both precision and reliability. Checkout the AXTS Weapons Facebook page to see all the after action reviews and photos from the classes.
If I were to be called back to active duty, which could happen, as I am a member of the Fleet Marine Force Reserve and obligated for beyond the next decade, the MI-T556 would be my rifle of choice. Unfortunately I doubt I could sneak it there because its sex appeal would definitely make it stand out from the all the other rifles on the rack.
I will continue to run the MI-T556 hard and try to get it to fail and then determine where that failure point is. At this point, I have not been successful in this endeavor.
Consistency in Manufacturing
AXTS chose to not spare any expense when it came to machining equipment. The aviation and aerospace machines they build the MI-T556 with surpass the typical equipment used in firearms manufacturing.
The most important part of any organization is its people. The owner and management team are good solid people and are quickly becoming leaders in the industry. One of the faces of the company, Eric Anderson, is known well in circles all around the industry as a trusted friend, mentor and patriot. I trust the AXTS team and would trust my life to the products they sweat and bleed to produce.
At $2,895 the AXTS MI-T556 is not the rifle for everyone, but if you are not running a Raptor Charging Handle or Talon Safety yet, you should check them out for your current or next build. Additionally, the AXTS Black Nitride Bolt Carrier Group is a heck of a good deal on a great BCG. -Daniel Shaw