16″ 5.56/.223 Citizens Rifle


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Introducing the Citizen Rifle – Where Quality Meets Affordability

At Virginia Citizens Armory, we take pride in manufacturing high-quality firearms for everyday Americans like you. As responsible citizens, we understand the importance of trust and reliability when it comes to firearms. When you reach for your rifle, you might not be doing so as a matter of sport, you could be reaching for it to protect yourself and the ones you love at the most dangerous moment of your life. With that understanding, we embarked on a mission to create an AR-15 rifle that meets the highest standards of quality, one that we would trust our lives to, while also being affordable for the average American.

Inspired by the legacy of the Pennsylvania rifled muskets that helped our forefathers win their freedom from European tyranny and settle the rugged frontier, the Citizen Rifle represents a modern take on a timeless American tradition. We believe that every law-abiding citizen should have the opportunity to own a reliable and well-made firearm without breaking the bank, and now you can!

After countless trials and experiments, we are proud to introduce the Citizen Rifle, an amalgam of the latest standards in firearm construction ready to be customized to your needs. Built on our Citizen lower receiver cut in the M16 pattern, the Citizen rifle is built with 100% Made-in-America parts and assembled with pride here in Virginia. Whether you’re a seasoned shooter or a first-time gun owner, the Citizen Rifle is the perfect choice for those who demand reliability, performance, and value in their firearms.

Join us in celebrating the spirit of American independence and self-reliance with the Citizen Rifle. Own a piece of history with a firearm that embodies the values of our nation’s founding while delivering top-notch quality at an affordable price. Trust in the Citizen Rifle for a firearm you can depend on when it matters most.

Order your Citizen Rifle today and experience the perfect balance of quality and customization with our Citizen Rifle Builder where you can customize your rifle to fit you and your needs.

“Every citizen should be a solider. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state”

Thomas Jefferson

“If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one”

Luke 22:36

“No Kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a citizen and a slave”

James Burgh


Lower receiver:

  • Machined from a 7075 T-6 aircraft-grade aluminum forging
  • Manufactured to mil-spec dimensions
  • Precision broached magazine well
  • Hard anodized per Mil-Spec 8625 Type 3 Class 2 
  • Compatible with mil-spec components and most aftermarket parts
  • Made in Virginia

Upper receiver: 

  • Forged from 7075-T6 A3 grade aluminium
  • Hard anodized per Mil-Spec 8625 Type 3 Class 2 
  • M4 feed ramps
  • Made in the USA


  • 16″ 4150V  chrome, molybdenum, and vanadium
  • M4 barrel extension
  • Mid-length gas system with refined aluminum gas tube
  • 5.56mm NATO chambering
  • 1:7 twist
  • .750″ diameter low-profile gas block
  • A2 flash hider 
  • 1/2-28 muzzle thread

Bolt Carrier Group:

  • Mil-spec Carpenter 158® steel
  • Full auto-rated and cut
  • USGI+ Specification
  • Nitride finish


  • Magpul grip and stock included
  • Magpul sling included
  • Magpul MBUS Gen 2 sights included