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.
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.
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 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.