I was fortunate during the 2013 Tactical Precision Rifle Challenge in Phoenix, Arizona. I picked up a certificate for a Patriot Ordnance Factory P308 rifle off the prize table. I was so ecstatic that as soon as I got back to Las Vegas I sent in the certificate, along with the FFL information and copy of my ID. I was really looking forward to receiving the rifle and have heard many positive things about their products. I really like that the rifles are made here in the USA and that P.O.F. is located in Arizona. During the 2012 TPRC while working in the “wash” evolution of the competition, I had the opportunity to briefly meet Frank DeSomma, president of P.O.F.
Patriot Ordnance Factory is a huge supporter of the shooting sports and second amendment. They sponsor shooters around the country and donate prizes to many competitions held throughout the United States. We are incredibly fortunate for their generosity and support!
Once I sent in the certificate I immediately starting doing research on the P308. I wasn’t sure which one I would get and had my fingers crossed for a 20” 6.5 Creedmoor. I discussed this with Rob Pettorsson at P.O.F. but I was later informed that the wait time would be even longer for a rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor. The 6.5 Creedmoor is an excellent cartridge and one that I am very familiar with. I use the 6.5 Creedmoor in my bolt action competition rifle as well my short barrel bolt gun (16.5” barrel). The P308 is available in different configurations including a 14.5” .308 with pin and welded muzzle brake, 16.5” .308 and 20” .308. If you do some searching around you may even be able to find one of the limited run 20” 6.5 Creedmoors P.O.F. did years ago.
After waiting months for the rifle to arrive the day finally came! I was able to leave work early and head up to New Frontier Armory where I filled out the forms and picked up the new rifle. I don’t have many semi automatic rifles so this was a great addition to my growing rifle collection. I received a 20” .308 with a NP3 finished upper/ lower and 11” M.R.R. rail. The rifle came in a plastic hard case and included a 20 round Magpul magazine, POF patriot poster, POF USA sticker and owner’s manual.
One of the things I really like about the rifle is the M.R.R. rail. You can add or remove sections of rail depending on your needs. You can also remove sections of rail from the 12 O’clock position of the hand guard to aid in clearing the objective of a rifle scope. I removed the rail section from the 6 O’clock position of the hand guard and it feels great in my hand. I really like the modularity of the system and the ability to tailor the configuration for your specific needs. I removed the 12 O’clock rail section in anticipation of mounting a rifle scope. I like how the removed section allows you to mount the scope low on the rail. I think this will aid in allowing you to achieve a solid cheek weld with the Magpul STR stock.
The gas piston system also interests me. My only other semi automatic rifle is a direct impingement AR15 made by Bushmaster. It is a very basic rifle and one I have been using during 3 gun practice with my team mates. I have noticed during extended use the hand guard gets very hot and large amounts of carbon build on the bolt carrier group. I have run a lot of rounds through the rifle without cleaning it and have noticed considerable fowling. I have been impressed that the rifle has been running well but I need to give it a thorough cleaning soon, before it starts to have problems. The gas pistol system on the POF utilizes an op rod to push the bolt carrier group back instead of sending gas back into the system. This allows the bolt carrier group and hand guard to stay cooler. The system also keeps the bolt carrier group cleaner.
The P308 comes with a nice single stage match trigger. I use single stage Jewell triggers on my bolt guns so I like the familiar feel on the trigger utilized on the POF. I have only fired 3 rounds through the rifle, 9 rounds total have been put through it. I cannot yet comment on the accuracy of the rifle because I do not have a scope or any sights on mine yet. I brought it to the range while zeroing my other guns just to make sure it went bang! The rifle chewed up some old .308 rounds I hand loaded years back without any problems. The muzzle brake on the rifle does a great job, recoil is a non-issue.
I have a few projects to finish before I get to the POF. I have been trying to figure out what type of optic I want to put on it. I would like to use the rifle for hunting and precision shooting. I think a US Optics SR-8 or MR-10 would be an excellent optic for the rifle. Once I get a rifle scope for the gun I will test its accuracy using factory match ammunition and hand loaded ammunition. I will keep everyone updated on how the rifle performs once I have it set up.
Fluted 20” 1-10” twist free floated melonited barrel
Oversized Heat Sink Barrel Nut
3 port muzzle brake with prongs for muzzle striking or breaking glass
Modular rail (11” M.R.R.)
Self regulated gas piston system, zero gas tube and gas rings
3 position gas block (unsuppressed, suppressed and off)
NP3 finished BCG
NP3 finished upper and lower
Billet machined T6 aircraft aluminum alloy
Match single stage trigger
KNS anti-walk trigger/rotation pins
Ambidextrous bolt release and safety
Magpul MOE pistol grip
Magpul STR 7 position buttstock
Weight 8.9 lbs. (empty)
Length 39″ – 42.25″ (ext)