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The LWRC .224 Valkyrie

I’ve had the opportunity to checkout the new LWRC .224 Valkyrie rifle they released earlier this year. LWRC had a few set backs during R&D stage. This resulted the rifles taking a little longer than everyone expected to get to the market. Meanwhile several companies had the .224 on the market ready to be sold. I can say that the wait was 100% worth it.

About LWRC International:

LWRC International, LLC,formerly known asLand Warfare Resources Corporation, is aCAGE defense contractor andfirearmsmanufacturer, founded in 1999, and based inCambridge, Maryland. From 1999 to January 2006, the company was primarily engaged inresearch and development. In January 2006, the company was purchased in amanagement buyoutbyU.S. Army veteran Pat Bryan. After reorganization, the company moved into full-fledged firearms manufacturing. Along with the management buyout, LWRC absorbed Grenadier Precision Ltd. Company of Texas.

The company produces several weapons based on theM4 carbine, which use a proprietary short-stroke self-regulating gaspiston systemandboltcarrier design.This system prevents trappedgasesfrom contacting the bolt carrier orreceiverof the weapon, which reduces the heating andcarbonfouling of the internals, simplifies fieldmaintenance, and improvesreliability.

Segments of theDiscovery ChannelshowFuture Weaponswere filmed featuring LWRC’s weapons. Weapons featured were theM6A2, M6A4, 6.8 PSD and the Sniper/Assaulter Battle Rifle (LWRC SABR).

Future Weapons covered the LWRC PSD in the 6.8 Cartridge in 2007.

LWRC created the SIX8 platform in partnership with Magpul. The LWRC SIX 8 uses a proprietary magazine that supports the 6.8 round. The magazine was built from the ground up to support the new LWRC SIX8. If you’re not familiar with the platform that SIX8 will not work with normal 6.8 conversion magazines from the AR15. The magazine dimensions are larger to specifically accommodate the 6.8.

The 6.8 became extremely popular with hunters who can only hunt game with a caliber of .270 or smaller. Some states have this restriction, luckily North Dakota is not effected by this restriction. The 6.8 shined with hog hunters who saw dramatic results down range.

I have shot the 6.8 and It was a impressive round for the most part. My biggest struggle was I had been religiously shooting the 5.56 or 7.62 NATO calibers since I can remember. Jumping ship, or adding another caliber was not financially logical in my book. I still appreciated the platform, and the types of bullets they produced for the 6.8.

Fast forward to 2018 shot show. LWRC released their prototype for the .224 Valkyrie. Not only was LWRC jumping on the wagon to produce this impressive small bore caliber in their Direct Impingement platform. LWRC used their existing knowledge of the 6.8 and their SIX8 weapon system to create their own Valkyrie.

LWRCi’s IC innovative ambidextrous magazine release.

LWRC and the .224 Valkyrie.

What does this mean? It means the LWRC Valkyrie is based on the SIX8 lower receiver, which you get in their IC fully ambidextrous lower receiver. This has huge benefits to users who might be left, or right handed. Having a bolt lock, and release on both sides is a huge benefit if you’re shooting prone. It just works. If you’ve never handled a LWRC IC lower receiver, I suggest you head out to your nearest LWRC dealer and seriously manipulate one. You’ll fall in love and never want to settle for less.

LWRCI’s Right Side Bolt Release and Lock

LWRC did a great job with taking their time in releasing these rifles. As the gun industry typically is, when something is released at SHOT we want it immediately and if we don’t get what we want, we become ruthless and impatient.  This is just history, remember the Barrett MRAD? Barret promised us barrel conversions…4 years later. What about Desert Tech with the MDR? Oh yeah, they started shipping, 4 years later. Hudson Mfg? You were either a Hudson 9 fanboy or you don’t even know who they are. I’m pretty sure Mr. Hudson lost 30 lbs during their manufacturing struggles.

Anyways, LWRC did their customers right by making sure the product they released was solid. I’ve seen many .224 Valkyries returned or thrown in the junk pile due to poor R&D and a product that did not perform to the industry standard we have today. It wasn’t quite ready to be released. Like I said, it was worth the wait.

The Rifle:

The LWRC .224 Valkyrie that I was using for this review is a special edition for Cheaper than Dirt. It features a Tungsten Gray Cerekote finish.

From LWRCI Website:

LWRCI-DI
224 Valkyrie

AR-15 UNLEASHED!  LWRCI™ VALKYRIE 224 MODEL
Federal Premium Ammunition’s new 224 Valkyrie™  cartridge was created as a true 1000-yard round for the AR-15 platform. The Valkyrie™’ 224‘s parent cartridge is the 6.8 SPC, and nobody has 6.8 SPC design expertise like LWRCI™.

Using our proprietary 6.8 platform, the LWRCI™ Valkyrie™ 224 provides shooters with a rifle engineered specifically to 6.8 geometry, including a proprietary 30-round PMAG co-developed with Magpul®.

Engineered for high performance and extreme accuracy the LWRCI  Valkyrie 224 design includes our 16″ M-LOK Free float handguards, LWRCI™ 20.1″ Cold-hammer-forged, NiCorr-treated heavy barrel, Monoforge™ Upper receiver, full ambidextrous lower controls, New LWRCI™ Ultra Brake™ 4 Port Enhanced Muzzle Brake and Magpul®  fixed MOE rifle Stock.

1,000 YARD ACCURACY – FEDERAL 224 COMPATIBLE ON PROPRIETARY LWRCI™ SIX8 PLATFORM.

Features

  • LWRCI™ DIRECT IMPINGEMENT SYSTEM
  • LWRCI™ PROPRIETARY DI BOLT CARRIER GROUP
  • LWRCI™ EXTENDED 16″ MLOK FREE-FLOAT RAIL
  • LWRCI™ 20.1″ COLD HAMMER FORGED NICORR TREATED HEAVY BARREL
  • LWRCI MONOFORGE UPPER RECEIVER
  • FULLY AMBIDEXTROUS LOWER CONTROLS: MAG RELEASE, BOLT CATCH/RELEASE, SELECTOR
  • NEW! LWRCI™ FIRE CONTROL GROUP
  • NEW! LWRCI™ ULTRA BRAKE 4 PORT MUZZLE BRAKE
  • LWRCI™ AMBIDEXTROUS CHARGING HANDLE
  • NEW! LWRCI™ SNAKESKIN PISTOL GRIP WITH SIGHT TOOL/BATTERY STORAGE
  • MAGPUL® MOE+® RIFLE STOCK
I’m going to break down the rifle by the features LWRCI advertises.
  • LWRCI™ DIRECT IMPINGEMENT SYSTEM
  • LWRCI™ PROPRIETARY DI BOLT CARRIER GROUPLWRCI broke into the Direct Impingement systems. They created a new style of a bolt carrier group that does not require to be Keyed. This to me is huge. As a armorer and gunsmith this is a constant problem that I see with heavy use rifles. The new Bolt Carrier uses threads, and a pin to keep the gas key in place. Its a beautiful design that can be used in multiple AR15 platforms.
  • LWRCI™ EXTENDED 16″ MLOK FREE-FLOAT RAIL

The rail gives the shooter a massive amount of real estate for accessories. It seems the way that the industry is going is the MLOK style compared to the Key Mod style. I prefer the aesthetics of the MLOK over the Key Mod personally. You can easily equipped a bipod, flashlight, or night vision with ease. My only complaint is that LWRCI does not include rail sections with the rifle. You’ll have to make sure to pick them up from your local gun store.

  • LWRCI™ 20.1″ COLD HAMMER FORGED NICORR TREATED HEAVY BARREL
  • LWRCI MONOFORGE UPPER RECEIVER
  • FULLY AMBIDEXTROUS LOWER CONTROLS: MAG RELEASE, BOLT CATCH/RELEASE, SELECTOR
  • NEW! LWRCI™ FIRE CONTROL GROUP
  • NEW! LWRCI™ ULTRA BRAKE 4 PORT MUZZLE BRAKE
  • LWRCI™ AMBIDEXTROUS CHARGING HANDLE
  • NEW! LWRCI™ SNAKESKIN PISTOL GRIP WITH SIGHT TOOL/BATTERY STORAGE
  • MAGPUL® MOE+® RIFLE STOCK
So, Does the LWRC Valkyrie live up to the hype? Well, I’d say yes. First of all, if you’ve ever shot a brand new LWRC you feel the pain produced from the Nicorr lined barrels. The Nicorr treatment is unlike anything i’ve shot before. I’m use to shooting maybe a box or two before the rifle gets the fouling it needs to start grouping those tight sweet groups everyone goes mad over.
This is my process for “breaking in a rifle”. I first get the rifle and I clean it up. Most oil/grease that is used on the rifles is for shipping purposes and not for lubrication under heat. This is something I come across very often. New shooters will immediately take the gun out an start shooting, especially on a semi-auto platform. They usually immediately will have problems with cycling, feeding, etc..etc..
After I clean the weapon i’ll lubricate it appropriately. I’ll also run a few swabs with a light carbon cutter through the barrel. I only do this to get any shipping crud, or leftovers from the barrel cuttings etc..
After that I shoot. I don’t do the 1 round clean, 2 round clean, I’ve done that and have yet to see a difference from just blasting, to wasting time and supplies cleaning when it doesn’t require it.
I started by sighting in my optic. I was using a old Mark 4 with the H27 reticle in it. I’ve had it laying around and figured it would be a perfect match for this platform. Its light and has the magnification that I need for the weapon system.
Now, the Nicorr lining shows its annoying face. I love and HATE Nicorr lining and i’ll tell you why.
Love – It makes the barrel last forever, LWRCI states that their barrels have a 20k round life with the Nicorr lining. That’s a metric ton of shooting.
Hate – It takes FOREVER for the barrel to get fouled. I’ve seen this from the M6A2’s SPR’s, IC,s and the REPRs. Its very interesting being on the other end of the rifle and its like a light switch. It’ll go from not grouping to WHAM BAM. Once the rifle decides its ready its amazing.

 

I was able to produce some pretty decent groups with the LWRCI. The center dot is .25 inches where the larger squares are .5. If I continued to shoot I would think that this would produce .25 MOA all day long at 100 yards.

The lower image is a 1 MOA circle that I used to help ZERO the weapon. The lower group is a 3 shot group well within the .5 MOA zone.

 

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