The Falkor FG-9 is a pistol caliber carbine that is ready to go right out of the box. The majority of the parts in the FG-9 are manufactured by Falkor which gives them ability to strictly enforce the quality control of the finished product.
The story of Jon Patton’s first ever centerfire rifle hunt. Armasight invited me to south Texas to hunt something called Nilgai. We brought along some Falkor Petra 300 Win Mag rifles and some Underwood prototype ammunition.
When it comes to the highly modular platform that is the modern day AR-15 it is pretty easy to get tooo tactical or tacti-cool. I know, I said it, but it is true. Sometimes it is best to hit the range with just the bare essentials. No crazy over-engineering or fancy tactics that require calculus and a kestrel. That is where Falkor Defense is coming from with their NEW “The Standard AR-15” chambered in .223 Wylde.
While many people are trying to one-up their range buddies with the flashiest and wildest AR-15 they can assemble, Falkor Defense went the opposite way. They set out to create a great AR-15, but with only the components and quality you minimally need to complete most any task. The complete build-out of what “The Standard AR-15” would look like can be read below as presented by Falkor Defense.
After reading a specification list like that which includes a billet machined receiver set and many other hand-selected or crafted parts the MSRP of $1,599 begins to make more sense. Although, that price-point still stings my eyes. To further drive home the point of having the bare necessities, Falkor Defenseprovides this extremely concise public statement:
The latest in FALKOR Rifle Technology, tastefully distilled down to just the basics. Everything you need. Nothing you don’t.
For our more innocent readers out there, that hashtag at the end stands for “basic as fudge.” Simply meaning this is meant to be a no frills rifle, but everything you would essentially need.
The AR marketplace is saturated with options these days, so when Falkor Defense introduced The Standard, I was a little surprised. Why would a company known for their high end AR platforms decide to make something in an entry level platform and what would set them apart from everyone else. One thing I wanted to clear up, this is NOT a budget AR. This rifle has a MSRP of $1599. While there is nothing wrong with budget AR platforms, this rifle falls into the category of a Daniel Defense or BCM. Some people may want to say that this is not an entry level platform, but it is an entry level for what I would classify as a tier 1 rifle. These rifles are for the person looking for a “working” rifle, like competitors, LEO, serious enthusiasts, and serious hunters. Curious about the rifle I reached out to Falkor to see if I could run one for a little while. They graciously lent me one for a month. One of the first things I noticed upon receiving it was the attention to detail in little things. For example, it comes in a hard case, which many rifles in this category do, but instead of just egg foam, it had cut hard foam with addition cutouts pre-cut but not removed for things like optics. Nice touch for sure, but obviously does not effect the shootability.
I received this weapon in a nice pelican style case with foam cut out that held the upper, lower, and two spare mags. The pelican case has extra foam that can be removed to mount scopes, lights, lasers and bipods; which I took full advantage of to trick out this DMR rifle. Mounting a Leupold Mark 5 HD 5-25 scope, VZ M-lok Grips, a nice set of bipods and a PEQ 15 for night shooting. This rifle was now setup to do some testing.
Zeroing the rifle with M852 ammunition. Specs on the ammo are 168 grain Sierra MatchKing HPBT; 42 grains IMR 4895. The load is rated 2550 feet per second. Having a case of this ammo and using it in the military for competition style shooting, I thought this would be the best ammo to test through this weapon. Wanting to see how this bullet would do in 1:11 twist Dracos barrel compared to other DMR’s I have shot before (i.e. M110, “SASS”, M21, M14, M14EBR, SR-25, GGP Heavy, Aero M5, DPMS and other AR10 models).
Zeroing at a standard 100 meters, this gun was easily sub moa. After warm up I wanted to see how fast and accurate this rifle could be. Setting up a series of drills for two novice shooters where they had to solve a simple math problem and the targets they were shooting at were numbered 1-8. Having three seconds to solve the problem, find the target and make an accurate shot on a two inch circle/square/triangle, the margin for error was very small. These two shooters have not shot competition or sniper rifles beforehand, could easily make these shots with this weapon. Fascinated with how accurate it was I ended up teaching a small class, simple DMR/distance shooting techniques with it due to the fact it worked every time, never had a failure and was highly accurate. Most DMR’s I have shot you always have to dial in to figure out what ammo it likes or doesn’t like, the 308 rifles can be a bit picky. This was not the case with this weapon.
The ALPHA has a long M-Lok rail capable of attaching all M-Lok systems, hand stops, grips, lights, lasers; I chose the VZ Interlock Alien hand stop and recon rail grips so that I can get a good hold when walking while holding the gun up and down. Being in a sleek flat dark earth finish, I tried to break up a little bit of the color with those grips. This rifle weighed nowhere near what I thought it would be coming in at 9 pounds before I added all my accoutrement. The ALPHA has no sharp angles and is very ergonomic to move in and out of vegetation with. The pistol grip and buttstock that come with the ALPHA are very easy on the hand and had adjustments for the cheek and shoulder so you can adjust pull depending on if you were short or long armed.
The Falkor break easily tames the 308 round and does not cause a large flash. This was apparent when I took the rifle out to my local range to shoot at night. At twilight, turning on the PEQ 15’s red laser and walking it onto target at 100 meters giving me the ability to engage steel with my NVG’s. I set this up this way to show how easy any DMR enthusiast can set up the Falkor ALPHA for pig hunting, SWAT, or boogaloo setup. NVG’s being very attainable to most shooters now, I like to set up rifles for day and night. The controls on the rifle make it very friendly for night operations, being ambi for the bolt release, magazine release and the ability to lock the bolt open. The magazines having metal feed lips are also easy at night to load and increase the longevity of the magazine itself.
I would put my highest recommendation if anyone needed a highly accurate, light weight, easy to deploy out of case DMR style 308.
This review was over one week of owning the rifle; I was not paid or compensated for this review and did this at my own will. I am not employed in any way shape or form by Falkor Defense.
Michael Weston: 10 years United States Army serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and held several positions including Sniper, Sniper Team Leader, Weapons Instructor, Designated Marksmanship Instructor and Night Vision Instructor.