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PWS Modern Musket (Direct Impingement) Line

PWS 14" DI Rifle

Primary Weapons Systems recently announced that they were releasing a new line of direct impingement (they are abbreviating it and calling it the DI line) uppers and complete rifles being called the Modern Musket line.

DI Uppers

The DI uppers are being sold without the bolt carrier group and charging handle but the rifles are complete out of the box. There are currently three uppers offered on the PWS site: two 14.5" version that are both pinned but offer different muzzle devices and one 16" version. They are all .223 Wylde (shoots .223 REM and 5.56mm NATO).

PWS DI-14 Upper DI-14 - MSRP $699
PWS DI-14LE Upper DI-14 LE- MSRP $699
PWS DI-16 Upper DI-16 - MSRP $699

PWS released this video providing an overview on the line:

DI Rifles

In addition to the line of DI uppers PWS is also offering a line of complete DI rifles under the MK1 line.

Currently we are aware of three Modern Musket rifles and we have received demo versions of two of the three. It does not appear that PWS has added the rifles to their site (as of this writing).

The three DI rifles are:

  • D110PA1B: 10" pistol with Triad556, MOE grip, and we believe this will come with a pistol brace
  • D114RA1B: 14" (pinned  FSC556 for overall barrel length of 16") rifle, Magpul MOE grip / MOE stock
  • D116RA1B: 16" rifle with FSC556, Magpul MOE grip / MOE stock

With the first shipment (and perhaps the subsequent few) the rifles / complete pistol will include a Lucid optic. There is no guarantee that this optic will be included after the initial delivery.

Below are photos of the versions we have received to date. We'll post updates when we receive the additional models or uppers.

From the PWS announcement (6-3-2014):

PWS is pleased to introduce the Modern Musket™ direct impingement (DI) series of rifles. Known for producing reliable and accurate piston driven AR-15 rifles and a DI accessory line designed to enhance any AR platform, PWS is now offering one of the most dependable and accurate DI rifles available.
The new DI line is called the Modern Musket™. The Modern Musket™ brand is a message that PWS embraces. This DI rifle is your defense rifle: your defense of your home, family, and your right to the freedoms outlined in the Constitution. These are the guns the 2nd Amendment was written to protect. As technology advances, our right to keep and bear arms must remain the same. The musket was the greatest weapons advancement for a citizen at the time of the American Revolution and today, the AR-15 holds that role.


The Modern Musket™ line is chambered in .223 Wylde and available as a 14.5” and 16” DI rifle and 10.5” DI pistol at all participating dealers for a special introductory price of $1349.95. For or a limited time, each rifle and pistol will come equipped with a Lucid HD7 Red Dot optic ($249 value).

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