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Modern Fighting Rifle (MFR) from Dark Storm Industries





The Dark Storm Industries Modern Fighting Rifle is launching in four color schemes.
The Dark Storm Industries Modern Fighting Rifle is launching in four color schemes.

In the past we've covered a few different models from Dark Storm Industries. While they also offer standard AR-15s, I apprecaite Dark Storm's efforts to be different. This includes the Variant 1 non-NFA firearm and their 50-state legal build. To me, it seems like Dark Storm Industries is always looking for ways to celebrate freedom and help Americans be armed as best as possible.

The addition of right-side bolt controls on the Dark Storm Industries Modern Fighting Rifle is exciting. ALL controls are ambidextrous.
The addition of right-side bolt controls on the Dark Storm Industries Modern Fighting Rifle is exciting. ALL controls are ambidextrous.

This latest release, the MFR, to me is very appropriately named. From muzzle device to buffer tube nearly every part has been updated and upgraded from the now 60-year old original recipe. That's a fact that I think too many people overlook. Material sciences, manufacturing capabilities, and our understanding of firearms have advanced greatly since the 1960s, so why not modernize a great platform?


The DSI Modern Fighting Rifle has replaced the wear-prone aluminum nub on the upper receiver with a smart, user-servicable steel pin.
The DSI Modern Fighting Rifle has replaced the wear-prone aluminum nub on the upper receiver with a smart, user-servicable steel pin.

Take a look at the Dark Storm Industries MFR in the tabletop video below. Weather and work schedule has had me unable to get to the range with it yet, but I will update this post when that happens. The MFR is truly packed with features, too many to photograph all of them in this short post, see the video for clos-ups.


The Dark Storm Industries MFR is available in four color setups at launch, all using non-IR reflective Cerakote. That's why my green rifle has such a bright green on theh handguard, because at the time this was made it was the only green with those properties. The other options are black, FDE, and a very cool-looking camo. Below are the specifications for this build.

Don't let the green shock you, there's a reason for it on the DSI Modern Fighting Rifle.
Don't let the green shock you, there's a reason for it on the DSI Modern Fighting Rifle.

Dark Storm Industries MFR, 16”, 5.56:


  • DSI MFR Forged 7075 Aluminum Lower Receiver

  • DSI MFR Forged 7075 Aluminum Upper Receiver

  • Serviceable Steel Pin for Charging Handle Retention

  • Additional Rear Pic Rail Slot

  • DSI MFR 6061 Aluminum 15” M-Lok Hand Guard w/ 4 QD Sling Sockets

  • Upper, Lower and Handguard Finish

  • Base Type III Hardcoat Anodizing per MIL-A-8625

  • Cerakote Gen 2 IR Signature Reduction Coating per MIL-DTL-44436

  • DSI WTF Flash Hider 4140 Alloy Steel with Nitride Finish

  • DSI 4140 Alloy Steel Pinned Heavy Duty Gas Block with Nitride Finish

  • DSI 16" 5.56 SOCOM Threaded 4150CMV MIL-B-11595 Nitride Finish Barrel

  • 1:9 Twist Optimized for M193 and M855 Ammunition

  • Carbine Length Gas System

  • 0.062" Gas Port Size

  • DSI MFR 4140 Alloy Steel Extended Length Barrel Nut with Integrated Heat Sink Fins and Nitride Finish

  • Full Ambidextrous Controls

  • Bolt Catch and Release

  • Magazine Release

  • Chinook Charging Handle

  • Reversible 45/90 Degree Safety Selector (Gunsmith Recommended to Change)

  • DSI MFR Bolt Carrier Group

  • M16 Style 8620AQ Bolt Carrier

  • 9310AQ Dual Ejector Bolt

  • Sprinco Enhanced 5 Coil Extractor Spring and O-Ring System

  • Sprinco Cryogenic Treated Gas Rings

  • Armor Lube Nitride / DLC Coated Bolt Carrier Group per MIL-PRF-32711

  • ​Buffer System

  • DSI 6 Position Impact Extruded 7075 Aluminum Buffer Tube with SOCOM Drain Holes and Air Release Vent Holes

  • DSI 17-7 Electropolished Heat Treated Buffer Spring

  • DSI 3.0 oz Carbine Buffer with Hardcoat Anodizing and Enhanced Durometer Bump Stop

  • Length: 33" Collapsed, 36.5" Fully Extended

  • Weight: 6 Pounds 10 Ounces

  • Furniture

  • Magpul SL Adjustable Stock

  • Magpul K Pistol Grip

  • Magpul PMAG 30 Round Magazine

  • Optic Ready (sights not included)

  • Cable Lock

  • 100% Made in the USA

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