Special Ops Tactical — cutting-edge design, stellar QC and great prices (w/Photo Gallery)

TGW Photo | Carrie Rasmussen

Shooting Special Ops Tactical with Bob Keller on a beautiful Monday afternoon. It's our tribute to the eclipse. Gamut Resolutions #2A #Guns

Posted by The Gun Writer on Monday, August 21, 2017

There are few things I enjoy more than shooting new guns or new-to-me guns.

The problem is finding out about the good ones — wading through the chaff — especially nowadays, because there are so many new AR firms popping up overnight.

When our friend Bob Keller, founder and CEO of Gamut Resolutions, recently told me he was now shooting a pair of ARs from Special Ops Tactical (SOT) — guns made just up the road in Apopka, Florida — it got my attention.

We met Bob and SOT‘s president Garrett Potter at a private range in Manatee County Monday.

Click here for a photo gallery of the shooting.

Garrett used to work for Spike’s Tactical — he gets ARs. He’s also an incredibly experienced pilot with a degree in professional aeronautics and loads of high-tech knowledge.

After talking to him for five minutes you quickly realize Garrett isn’t going to let an AR leave his shop unless it’s something he would personally own and shoot.

The first thing I noticed about his rifles was the weight. These are light guns — six pounds — thanks to their light yet rigid rail systems.

The second thing I noticed with the fit and finish — flawless perfection — about what you’d expect from a high-tech aerospace guy.

SOT manufacturers everything for the DIY AR crowd — rails, uppers, lowers, barrels, and more — but we shot two of their pre-configured rifles: the 14.5″ Midlength 5.56 Rifle with the Firestorm-14″ MLOK Rail, which retails for $1,627 and the 16″ Midlength Rifle with the 12.6″ Javelin-MLOK Rail system, which has an MSRP of $1,203.

Throughout the day, both guns ran like sewing machines. There was not a single hiccup or issue — not one.

I really liked the Midlength 5.56 gun with its “Inferno” muzzle break, which is permanently attached to the 14.5″ 4150 barrel, which has a MILSPEC 1:7 twist rate.

TGW Photo | Carrie Rasmussen

The Inferno reduces the ARs already low recoil to near nothing. And the rail — perfection — it’s rigid as hell because it’s machined out of a single billet, which makes it far stronger than other two-piece systems, but it only weighs 7.4 ounces. The entire rifle weighs in at just 6 pounds, without an optic or ammo.

The upper and lower are both forged 7075-T6 aluminum. It was wearing MagPul furniture and sights, and it had both an HPT and an MPI tested M-16 Bolt that was Nitride coated. SOT also offers nickle/boron coated BCGs for those who don’t mind a little bit of shine.

I’m not a big fan of black or grey guns, but the tiger stripe pattern looked good, in an aggressive way.

Speaking of aggressive, that’s the only way to describe SOT’s Javelin MLOK Rail System. It sports four rail sections — sharp rail sections — that end just behind the A2 flash hider. For those who are tired of everything being MILSPEC, here’s your answer.

I asked Garrett off camera about what sets SOT apart from the herd. He said is was their “pursuit of design excellence, that’s steadfast in a world of wavering standards.”

After running his guns, I strongly believe he’s met his goal.

We’ll have more stories about SOT, including one that will focus on their revolutionary 42-degree angled gas port system.

SOT rifles are made in the USA and feature a lifetime limited warranty.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Michael Savage on

    I currently own 9 of these fine rifles. I have never had a single issue with any of them.
    They are the only AR platform to own. Fit and finish are excellent, as are function and reliability.
    When you start with a great patriotic family, with superior moral values, you get an absolute flawless product.

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