First Look: Rock River Arms Predator HP LAR-BT3

posted on January 21, 2022
Rock River Arms Predator HP LAR BT3 Lead

What It Is: A fully outfitted AR hunting rifle for varmints, predators, hogs and deer.

Why We Love It: Chambered in the venerable .243 Winchester, this AR is field ready and capable of MOA accuracy.

Rock River Arms consistently produces AR-platform rifles for hunters that are well built and loaded with features and the new Predator HP LAR-BT3 is no exception. RRA BT3 billet uppers and lowers come standard on these guns, as does a low-profile gas block and rifle-length gas system. The fluted, cryogenically treated 20-inch barrel is made from stainless steel and features a 1:10” twist rate. The barrel is threaded ⅝x24 and comes with a Rock River Predator muzzle brake. The two-stage trigger is smooth, clean and easy to control, and the oversized trigger guard makes it easy to use even when wearing winter gloves.

The 17-inch Rock River free-floated extended rail offers M-Lok compatibility, so you can easily mount sling studs or bipods. Speaking of mounting space, the full-length top rail offers plenty of real estate for mounting scopes, thermal optics or anything else you like. The six-position adjustable Rock River Arms CAR stock allows you to customize length of pull quickly in the field, which is a major benefit on a hunting rifle like this. In the summer or early season while you’re hunting hogs and varmints, you can extend the stock, and when winter arrives and you’re chasing whitetails and coyotes in bulky clothing, you can shorten it to accommodate bulky garments. The stock also offers QD attachment points, and a Hogue rugger pistol grip is also standard.

This AR-platform rifle comes with a metal magazine and weighs in at 9.2 pounds. Overall length is 39 inches. Rock River Arms promises sub-MOA accuracy for all their Predator HP LAR-BT3 rifles. The Rock River’s accuracy and long list of hunter-friendly features make it an ideal all-around hunting rifle.

The new Pradator HP LAR-BT3 has an MSRP of $1,675. For more information, visit



Hunting License Sales 2020 2021
Hunting License Sales 2020 2021

Hunting License Sales Down in 2021, But Remain Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

The 2022 National R3 Symposium wrapped up last week in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The 220 participants representing over 100 different organizations with an interest in hunting and shooting sports were the first to lay eyes on data released from the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (Council), documenting a slight decrease in hunting license sales in 2021.

#SundayGunday: Benelli BE.S.T. Lupo

Get a closer look at the Benelli BE.S.T. Lupo, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

Behind the Bullet: 27 Nosler

Nosler took the venerable .270 caliber to a new level with the introduction of the 27 Nosler. Conceived as a 21st century upgrade, the cartridge delivers previously unobtainable downrange ballistics by pairing the ultimate combination of case capacity with modern long-for-caliber bullets.

First Look: TruGlo Intercept Rifle Scope with Expanded BDC Options

TruGlo has reintroduced its Intercept rifle scope for 2022, with new features designed to give shooters a broader range of options and improved performance in the hunting fields.

Tetra Hearing Introduces Land Management Program

Designed to protect against the harsh sounds you may encounter on the farm, Tetra Hearing has introduced its Land Management Program as an add-on program for its Shield Series devices.

Recipe: Venison Shank Split Pea Soup

Curing and smoking venison shanks provides many recipe options, but using a couple of them to make split pea soup with plenty of meat is a perfect meal for hunting camp.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.