Recoil was less than similar rifles using a flash hider. The NG2 Defense MXLMAX muzzle device provided less recoil with zero blast at the shooter or anyone nearby. Function was flawless, ejection positive and the balance excellent. I ran it with a couple suppressors, but minus an adjustable gas block, recoil was noticeable along with plenty of excess gas when suppressed. The trigger was crisp and predictable with no creep or overtravel.

Bottom Line

Light, accurate, reliable and without the recoil many direct impingement AR-10 rifles have, the REC10 proved an excellent all-around performer. The author’s test rifle was the also available black-Cerakote version.

Barrett designed this rifle for the military user, but it comes with a number of the most desirable features any AR-10 buyer wants. At eight pounds, it’s light, controls are completely ambidextrous, it has a chrome bore and coated bolt-carrier group, solid trigger, and M-LOK capability which all make it top notch. Not much wanting if you are in the market for a 16-inch barreled 7.62 NATO carbine. Fit and finish are excellent and it comes with Barrett’s attention to detail and rugged reliability. If you are in the market for a top end AR-10, this one needs to be at the top of your list. See the new REC-10 at your nearest dealer, or for more information contact Barrett Firearms; Tel.: (615) 896-2938; Web:


Caliber/Gauge: .308 Win/7.62 NATO
Barrel: 16-inches
OA Length: 37-inches extended
Weight: 8-pounds
Sights: Flat Top Rail
Stocks/Grips: Magpul MOE Stock, Magpul MOE Rubber coated Grip
Action: Rotating Bolt, Direct Impingement
Finish: Black or FDE Cerakote
Capacity: SR25 Compatible
Price: $2,995