Brownells BRN-180 Short Stroke Gas Piston Rifle AR-180 5.56 16” AR-15

SOLD FOR: $792

WOA#: WY230220VM006

Make:  Brownells

Model: BRN-180

Serial Number: 180-00793

Year of Manufacture: Modern

Caliber: 5.56 / .223

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Short-Stroke Gas Piston

Markings: The right side of the receiver is marked, “MODEL . BRN-180 / CAL . 5.56X45mm / S/N . 180-00793” with “SAFE / FIRE” around the safety.  The left side of the receiver is marked, “BROWNELLS INC. GRINNELL . IA” with “SAFE / FIRE”.  The left side of the upper receiver is marked, “BRN-180”.

Barrel Length: 16”.  17.5” with muzzle device.

Sights / Optics:  The top of this rifle is a monolithic uninterrupted full length picatinny rail for all your favorite sights and optics.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The buttstock is a fixed faux wood polymer buttstock fixed to the buffer tube.  The pistol grip is a “broomhandle” grip that is in a traditional rifle stock angle.  The charging handle is located on the right side of the Bolt Carrier.  The takedown pins have easy pull heads on them.  The safety selector is ambidextrous.  The rear of the receiver has a picatinny rail for mounted all your favorite types of compatible stocks.  The handguard is a 14” MLOK rail for all you favorite attachments and accessories.   The LOP measures 11.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the fully buttstock.  The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.  The synthetic surfaces are clean and don’t reveal much handling wear.

Magazine Quantity & Condition:  None.  Takes standard AR-15 magazines.

Type of Finish: Anodized Black

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light wear mainly consisting of a couple light scratches and loose storage marks over the receiver.  The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Brownells BRN-180 is a modern take on the classic AR-180 rifle, originally designed by Eugene Stoner in the 1960s. Brownells, a well-known firearms and accessories retailer, has reimagined and recreated the AR-180 platform with modern enhancements, resulting in the BRN-180.

The BRN-180 features a short-stroke piston system, which differentiates it from the direct impingement system typically used in AR-15 rifles. The short-stroke piston system reduces fouling and heat buildup in the receiver, which can lead to increased reliability and easier maintenance. The piston is adjustable for different gas settings, allowing for fine-tuning depending on ammunition or shooting conditions.

The BRN-180 lower receiver is compatible with standard AR-15 lower parts kits, making it easy to customize with a wide variety of aftermarket AR-15 components. The lower receiver also features a flared magazine well for smooth and fast magazine changes.

Overall, the Brownells BRN-180 is a modern and innovative take on the classic AR-180 platform, offering unique features with its short-stroke piston system. It provides shooters with a reliable and versatile firearm that is well-suited for various shooting applications, including competition shooting, recreational shooting, and home defense.  Please see specs below and good luck!

Brownells BRN-180 Short Stroke Gas Piston Rifle AR-180 5.56 16” AR-15
Brownells BRN-180 Short Stroke Gas Piston Rifle AR-180 5.56 16” AR-15