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The Working Man’s Workhorse: BCM Recce 16 [Review]


– [John] Yet another AR 15
afloat in a vast sea of AR 15s. What sets this one apart
and why should you care? Stay tuned. (bright music) What is up guys? My name is John with pewpewtactical.com. Your definitive source for gun reviews, gear guides, and all things that go bang. We probably don’t have to tell you that the market is absolutely
saturated with AR 15s from just about every major
manufacturer out there. And each one of those
manufacturers has a vested interest in convincing you that their AR is better than the competitors’ for insert tactical sounding
marketing term here. Now we typically don’t find the need to review every AR 15 out there because making the same video 30
times isn’t really fun for us and it’s probably not
very interesting for you. Generally speaking, we
only enjoy reviewing ARs if they bring something specific
and tangible to the table. For instance, we cover PSA stuff because of the price
point and overall value. We made the effort to check out Battle Arms’ super
lightweight survival AR build. And we’ve taken a look at some
higher end stuff like LWRC and have been a bit
unimpressed in all honesty. So where does that
leave a company like BCM and what specifically makes
them special enough to review? Considering BCM’s generally
stellar online reputation and the fact that we have folks asking for the answer to that very question on almost every AR 15 centric article we produce over on the website, we figured it might be
high time to find out. And Reign Your Arms was
cool enough to hook us up with a BCM BFH 16″ M-LOK Upper
Receiver and BCM Lower Group. Thanks Reign Your. Love you. Straight from the get go, the build quality on the
BCM parts is fantastic. Everything feels solid,
the finish is great, and there is zero play or
wobble on any of the components. Front to back, we’ve got
a BCM Mod 0 Compensator. Which might look like a
standard bird cage at first, but there’s a lot more going
on here than meets the eye. BCM, themselves, note that
the Mod 0 wasn’t designed with competitions in mind. Rather, it’s meant to
mitigate flash, recoil, and lateral pressure for
tactical applications. specifically aimed at teams
working in CQB environments. While we didn’t have the opportunity to do any indoor shooting with the rifle, I was actually pretty surprised that the Mod 0 Comp provided
a level of recoil mitigation pretty close to the Faxon Muzzle Brake I’ve got on my personal AR. But with the added benefit of not bringing our videographer’s belt, anytime he would parallel
to my barrel while shooting. You’re still going to get
a tiny bit of muzzle climb, but it’s super soft and controllable. And much less than with a
standard A2 Flash Hider. The barrel itself is 16
inches total as mentioned and is chrome lined gunmen profile and cold hammer forge with
a one in seven twist rate. What this means is that
you’ll get tons of rounds through the barrel before you
ever consider swapping it. Probably somewhere in
the ballpark of 10-15 K, and we hazard a guess that most of you just don’t shoot that much anyway. The exterior of the barrel is also coated in a manganese phosphate which BCM notes is done prior to mounting
the front sight base. The phosphate finish
creates a porous surface that allows for the absorption
of oils much more easily and is going to guard against corrosion even underneath the
front sight base itself. It’s probably not something that the average AR owner
really needs to care about but the attention to detail
is neat and in theory, it should extend the
overall life of your barrel. The gun’s got a pre-installed BCM MCMR-15 15″ M-LOK Handguard that extends out nearly all
the way to the compensator. This is obviously personal
aesthetic preference but I’m way into 15 inch
rails on 16 inch barrels. And the rail looks fantastic in its out of the box configuration. The rail’s got M-LOK
compatible slots installed at the three, six, and
nine o’clock positions that you’d expect with
additional angled slots in between each of the primary clock slots allowing you to run your lights, lasers, or what have you at offset angles that keep them out of the
way should you so desire. Additionally, the barrel nut is steel and the hand guard itself is secured by two torque screws which
tighten against the grooves cut into the heads of
each individual screw. This all supposedly helps
mitigate any kind of movement when the weapon system heats up. But that’s not really an
issue we’ve ever encountered. It is good to know if you’re planning on Mag Dumps though I guess. The upper and lower receivers
meet together perfectly. And the receiver pins themselves have just the right amount of tension keeping the rifle together. Compared to other brands like PSA where you might need a
hammer those bad boys out until you’ve got them
broken in, it’s just nice. BCM’s BCG is considered the gold standard of bolt carrier groups in
terms of overall quality. Here’s some beautiful footage
of the BCM Bolt Carrier Group that implies quality. (upbeat music) Legitimately one of my
favorite parts of this rifle is the BCM Gun Fighter
Pistol grip in the back and I’ll explain. BCM brings up the point that because the standard shooting stance at the time of the M16’s introduction was essentially a bladed
almost profile posture, the original angle of the
M16’s grip made a lot of sense. However, in the time since shooting stances have evolved
to square off with the threat and present the most armor possible which allows for a reduced
angle of the grip itself. Long story short, the angle
of the gun fighter grip is just super comfy and it’s
probably one of those things you don’t even realize
you’re missing out on until you have the
opportunity to give it a try. At the rear, we’ve got a
BCM Ambi Charging Handle which provides just a bit more purchase than your standard AR latch through extended wings offset
to either side of the receiver which includes serrations
that enhance grip. This is super handy if
you’re shooting off handed or running an oversize optic that needs to sit over the charging handle to attain proper eye relief. Finally, the gun comes stock
with a BCM GUNFIGHTER Stock. And while I do enjoy the fact that it’s intentionally designed so as not to have any sharp edges that might get caught or
snagged anywhere on your gear or on the inside of a vehicle, this thing was ripping out
beard hairs left and right and I’m not entirely sure why. Considering the fact that
one of our other writers runs the same stock and
also has facial hair, this might just be a me thing. I was at pretty peak
winter hobo beard length when we took this thing out to the desert so your mileage may vary. It’s not anywhere near as
bad as a Voultar Mod Stock if you’ve ever had the
misfortune of firing a gun with one of those on them
while also being wizardly, but it is something to be
aware of none the less. With the externals out of the way, we now move on to what matters most. How does it shoot? We put probably close to
600 rounds of wolf gold through the BCM on our desert trip with around 1500 rounds fired total. And we’re happy to report that we had zero reliability
problems whatsoever even without additional lube or cleaning. As I mentioned, that compensator really drastically
reduces your felt recoil and the angle of the Gunfighter grip makes shooting the gun
an absolute pleasure. The gun feels downright snappy
and crisp but in a good way. The trigger itself is sort
of an unintentional two stage with the sizeable creep leading up to an obvious breaking point with a pull of just under six pounds. Compared to our PSA ARs that sometimes require a
good amount of elbow grease to get a loaded mag in on a closed bolt, the BCM doesn’t seem to have any problems taking a fully loaded mag
and all of that extra tension from the spring and follower. When shooting groups, we clocked
in a sort of meh three MOA with the cheapest brass
wolf two ish MOA with PMC somewhere between two and three MOA with both American Eagle and XM193 and two MOA with gold
metal 69 grain, nice, with both the original BCM trigger and a variety of match triggers. Interestingly, it didn’t really seem like the trigger mattered much at all. Generally, the introduction
of a nice light weight trigger such as the three pound ELF 3 gun here will tighten up groups on most ARs. But this isn’t really the case here. It definitely seems like the BCM prefers heavier ammo as well as our tightest grips were
shot with heavier grain rounds. All in all, that’s still pretty
acceptable in our opinion considering that an average
mil-spec AR is gonna be somewhere in the ballpark
of three or four MOA. So as for our original question, what sets the BCM apart from other ARs and why should you care? Well, it’s not one thing in particular. It’s sort of the sum of a
bunch of smaller things. There are lots of nice small
quality of life improvements on this rifle that
considering the price point of about $1000 or so assuming you buy the
upper and lower separately and save some cash on not
springing for the completed gun make the BCM AR 15 outshine other guns in a similar price point. Well there’s not necessarily anything new or ground breaking here, we
have no issues whatsoever with recommending BCM as a
super solid workhorse gun that doesn’t sacrifice
quality to get the job done while still being very
reasonable on price. If you’ve found yourself in the
AR market for the first time and don’t mind spending
a little bit more money to get a product that is
firmly above entry level, we think you are probably going to be pretty stoked on the BCM AR 15. Alright guys that’s
gonna do it for us today. Thank you so much for watching. If you enjoyed this content, please go ahead and
subscribe to the channel as we’ve got lots more
gun reviews on the way. Once again, my name is
John with Pew Pew Tactical. We will see you next time. (logo sounds)

36 thoughts on “The Working Man’s Workhorse: BCM Recce 16 [Review]

  1. I'm frankly really surprised you guys don't have more subscribers. Always good editing and good content from you guys

  2. My go to recommendation for a lot of guys looking for a quality AR-15 is the BCM recce 16 enhanced lightweight. It's a great gun. Love bcm all around.

  3. BCM …….never heard anything bad about them…….. and that still hasn't changed……. aside from the homeless beard issues

  4. I like to build. Start with a quality barrel and bcg and go from there.
    Last one was a DD chrome lined 12.5" and a lightweight bcg. Shoots great.

  5. Can you take a look at core15 if been wondering if I should get one and the warranty is UNBEATABLE and I’ve heard some good and bad things about so I’m in the middle and they seem to be a high class at for cheap.

  6. Sooooooooooo to sum up the stock. I'm wizardly endowed in the facial area, dont buy that BCM stock and/or beware of wizardly facial deformation, GOT IT! I have wanted to try that grip for a good while now. Ideas, ideas, ideas, etc

  7. Picked up a BCM fo err my first AR and now they are the benchmark. It will.cost you about twice the amount of a entry level AR but it's worth it. Especially if you plan to upgrade parts, might as well start with quality. BCM all day.

  8. Nice review
    My older BCM 16" middy has been running like a champ for years now, maybe $8k rounds? Mostly PMC M193 and Tula .223.

  9. There is no reason to pay 1300 for a 16 inch DI AR in today's saturated market. If you don't believe in Aero, Anderson, BCA, or PSA, you can build a Midwest Industries rifle for under 1K.

  10. On the right side under/behind the dust cover there seems to be a lever of sorts. Not on my lower so I'm curious, extended mag release possibly? Or maybe just a shadow…

  11. 1300 bucks lol no thanks. Also that trigger looked hella gritty. you can buy a 400$ PSA AR and put $900 dollars in upgrades and get an AR 100 times better than this garbage.

  12. Going with the shooting history and combined with the excellent commentary, I would like to see John do some lever action reviews.

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