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While POF-USA is recognized for its gas-piston rifles, the Olde School rifle is designed with a traditional direct-impingement gas system. What makes this system different from those used in other ARs is that it utilizes a gas tube manufactured entirely from Inconel, which increases reliability by improving the amount of heat that the gas system can handle.
As with many previous POF-USA rifles, the Olde School uses the company’s proven E2 extraction technology, which redirects a small amount of gas back along the neck of a spent cartridge to aid with extraction. For added versatility and dexterity, the Olde School also incorporates completely ambidextrous controls and sports an 11.5-inch M-Lok compatible M-Rail forend for mounting attachments..Buy POF Olde School 308
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The Olde School rifle is available with either a 14.5- or 16.5-inch barrel for a total length (collapsed) of 34 or 36 inches. The rifle is lightweight, weighing just 8 pounds with the 14.5-inch barrel and 8.2 pounds with the 16.5-inch barrel.
The term Olde School dates back way to the early 1800’s. It refers to a traditional and common way of doing things. The Olde School from POF uses a direct impingement operating system and is packed full of functional benefits that POF excels at delivering like complete ambidextrous controls, 11.5” M-LOK compatible M-Rail, E2 extraction technology and a straight Iconel gas tube. The Iconel gas tube takes reliability to the max by nearly doubling the heat the gas tube can sustain. The Olde School truly combines the old with the new.Buy POF Olde School 308 Winchester
Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF USA) is best known for its outstanding piston-driven AR-type rifles, but Olde School, the company’s new model, is a traditional gas-impingement .308. Well, almost. It has an adjustable gas block that provides settings for normal use, suppressed use, and mechanical use — in effect, a straight-pull bolt action.
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The operating system is the biggest departure from the POF USA norm, so let’s look at it first. The carbine has a straight gas tube made from Inconel, a superalloy, which is said to increase the heat-handling capabilities of the system by almost double. The front end of the Inconel gas tube is fixed into a sturdy gas block, at the front of which is a locking, finger-adjustable knob that controls the amount of gas that flows rearward into the action.Buy POF Olde School 308 Winchester
For normal function, the top of the knob is marked with — you guessed it — an “N.” For use with a suppressor, depress the detent pin and rotate the knob 180 degrees to reduce the amount of gas flow. And if you really want to quiet the firearm as much as possible when firing suppressed, you can rotate the knob 90 degrees clockwise (when viewed from the breech end), which cuts off gas flow entirely and eliminates the clang of the bolt cycling.
To remove and clean the simple, robust gas adjustment knob, rotate it 90 degrees the other direction (counterclockwise) and pull it out of the gas block.
The test carbine’s barrel is 16.5 inches long — 12.5-, 14.5-, and 20-inch versions are also available — and made of 4150 Mil-B-11595E chrome-moly alloy. It’s match grade and is deeply fluted to reduce weight while maintaining stiffness. Nitride coated to resist corrosion, it’s rifled with a 1:10 twist and threaded 5/8×24, which is compatible with most .30-caliber muzzle devices.
“N” is for normal. Depress the detent pin and rotate the gas block adjustment knob 180 degrees for suppressed use or 90 degrees clockwise for mechanical, straight-pull bolt-action type use. Rotating the gas block adjustment knob 90 degrees counterclockwise allows it to be removed for cleaning.
And on the subject of muzzle devices, the Olde School .308 comes with POF USA’s triple-port compensator, which very effectively reduces recoil and muzzle jump. As its name suggests, the device has three massive ports on each side. Additionally, it has four very small round ports on top: three at 1 o’clock and one at 11 o’clock; the small upper ports enable the brake to be tuned to eliminate the typical up-and-right jump when fired. A small, streamlined locking nut sandwiched between brake and barrel
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Lik all brakes, the triple-port compensator is loud. Coupled with the short 16.5-inch .308 barrel, it’s very loud. Even with foam plugs screwed deeply into my ear canals and a good set of muffs over them, it still made my ears ring. Having lost a good portion of my hearing, I’m rather protective of what’s left, so I didn’t care for that at all. (It must be noted that the excessive loudness isn’t a characteristic unique to this particular carbine; in my experience, all sub-18-inch .308s bark loudly.)
Previously, POF USA specialized in piston-driven firearms. The introduction of the Olde School line adds a traditional gas-impingement model. Note the stout, adjustable gas block and the straight, Inconel gas tube. Also important is the free-float handguard with full-length rail that extends over and bolts to the top of the upper receiver.
Housing the well-made barrel, adjustable gas block, and Inconel gas tube is an innovative, free-float handguard that the company calls M.R.R. (Modular Railed Receiver). Billet machined of 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, it’s of monolithic design; in other words, a portion of it extends rearward, over the top of the upper receiver, and screws down onto the receiver, making for an extremely rigid and consistent optic-mounting surface. It’s such a cohesive part of the carbine that POF USA terms it a “two-piece upper receiver.”
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Although one is not included, a very nice low-profile quick-disconnect sling mount that interfaces with the M.R.R. rail is offered by POF USA as an accessory.Buy POF Olde School 308 Winchester
Upper and lower receivers are also billet machined of tough 7075-T6 aluminum and are some of the finest AR-type actions I’ve had the pleasure of examining. Beautifully matched, they have nice features like an integral oversize trigger guard, and the fire controls on the Gen 4 rifles (including the sample tested here) are universally ambidextrous. And while I didn’t make much use of them because I’m a set-in-my-ways right-hander, they’re beautifully made and tuned.
Upper and lower receivers are beautifully machined from billet stock. Note the integral oversize trigger guard and ambidextrous fire controls. POF USA’s Olde School .308 carbine is fitted with a Magpul MOE grip and CTR stock and comes with a 20-round magazine. The single-stage match-grade trigger’s pull averaged 3 pounds, 15 ounces.
One thing I did find rather useful was the bolt catch activation button located at the front upper end of the trigger guard. It made it really easy to lock the bolt rearward. Just yank the charging handle rearward with the support hand and press the button up with the trigger finger. Done.
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Receivers are anodized black, NP3 coated, or painted with olive drab or burnt bronze Cerakote.
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A chromed bolt, nickel-plated carrier, and NP3-coated cam roller make for easy cleanup and outstanding reliability in POF USA’s Olde School. Note also that the gas key is machined integral to the carrier.
Inside the receiver, parts are as impressive. The bolt carrier is nickel-plated and has an integrated bolt carrier key. The bolt is chromed, and the cam pin features an NP3-coated roller.
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For test shooting, I mounted Trijicon’s new AccuPower 1-4X 24mm scope with BDC reticle. With the elevated height caused by the handguard extension rail atop the upper receiver, in order to maintain a decent cheekweld, standard-type medium-height rings were required.
With three of my favorite match-grade .308 factory loads and a couple of bulk-type 7.62×51 NATO loads on hand, I set up a target at 100 yards and began shooting. With AR-type rifles, which tend to be fired a lot and fired a lot while hot, I tend to be rather merciless in my testing protocol, so I ran Patriot Ordnance Factory’s new Olde School .308 carbine aggressively through its paces, firing three consecutive five-shot groups for average without allowing the carbine to cool. True to its quality heritage, the carbine held point of impact even when very hot, and group size didn’t open up measurably.
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While superb for real-world use, the 1-4X magnification of the scope made consistent sighting tricky. Even so, three of the five loads averaged 1.5 minutes of angle (MOA) or better, and the others weren’t much bigger. I felt slightly guilty for testing such a finely built carbine with a fighting optic. In all likelihood, it would have grouped at least one load under 1 MOA with a high-magnification precision scope.Buy POF Olde School 308
.308 Olde School POF USA Predictably, with the short 16.5-inch barrel, match ammo velocities were lower than factory ratings, averaging in the 2,500 fps range. Speed with 7.62×51 ammo was higher, pushing 2,649 and 2,686 fps respectively.
With accuracy testing complete, I ran the POF USA .308 through several informal drills, shooting from 15 yards to 300 yards, attempting double-taps, evaluating pointability, and so forth. While recoil was noticeably more than that generated by .223/5.56-caliber AR-type rifles, it was manageable because of the aggressive muzzle brake. But precise, fast repeat shots weren’t exactly a breeze.