The POF USA Renegade Plus (5.56 NATO and .300 BLK) is a direct impingement AR-15 from Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF USA) located in Phoenix, Arizona. POF was founded in 2002 by aerospace engineer, Frank DeSomma. POF was the first to manufacture and sell gas-piston-operated ARs in the U.S. market. Under Mr. DeSomma’s leadership, POF has established a reputation as a premium brand of ARs known for their innovative engineering, design and top-notch quality.
Why Consider a POF USA Renegade Plus?
While the POF Renegade Plus isn’t a budget priced AR, it’s not the most expensive AR out there either. And although there are other manufacturers who make reliable, good quality AR-15s in its price range, none of them offer the many innovative features that are included in the Renegade Plus.
The POF Renegade Plus utilizes a forged upper receiver and a billet lower receiver with ambidextrous controls and an oversized integrated trigger guard. The circumference of the POF’s 14.5″ M-LOK handguard is a little bit larger to accommodate the increased height resulting from the use of a straight gas tube with their taller, proprietary adjustable gas block. The handguard also incorporates a cutout enabling easy access to the adjustable gas block when changing settings. Overall machining is excellent. The anodized black finish is smooth and attractive.
And although there are other manufacturers who make reliable, good quality AR-15s in its price range, none of them offer the many innovative features that are included in the Renegade Plus.
POF USA Renegade Plus Features
- 16.5” Nitride Heat-Treated Barrel
- Nitride Heat-Treated Triple Port Muzzle Brake
- DIctator Adjustable Gas Block with 9 adjustment settings
- High-Phosphorus Nickel Coated Bolt Carrier
- Drop-In Flat Match Grade Trigger (3.5 lb Pull Weight)
- KNS Precision Anti-Walk Pins
- Tomahawk Ambidextrous Charging Handle
- Anti-Tilt Buffer Tube
- Oversized Heat Sink Barrel Nut
- E2 Dual-Extraction Technology
- 14.5″ Renegade M-LOK Handguard
- Mission First Tactical Furniture (including the Mission First Tactical BMS- Battlelink Minimalist stock)
Gen 4 Billet Lower Receiver Features
- Ambidextrous Bolt Release with Enhanced Bolt Catch
- Ambidextrous Safety Selector
- Receiver Tension Screws
- Oversized Mag Well Flare
- Ambidextrous Recessed Finger Rest
- Ambidextrous Magazine Release
- Oversized Integrated Trigger Guard w/ Grip Relief
- Ambidextrous Bolt Hold Open
- Available QD Rear Sling Mount
Dimensions: POF USA Renegade Plus
- Length: 34″ (collapsed)
- Rail Length: 14.5”
- Weight: 6.3 lbs
- Barrel: 16.5″
- Caliber: 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK
Price of the POF USA Renegade Plus
MSRP is $1,899.99, but you should be able to get it for less at your local gun store.
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At the Range
Having shot over 400 rounds through the POF Renegade Plus, it has run flawlessly. As you might expect, the triple port muzzle brake does a great job reducing muzzle rise, but it is VERY LOUD and CONCUSSIVE, particularly indoors. Therefore, use of a suppressor may be the way to go if you shoot regularly at an indoor range.
The DIctator adjustable gas block came in handy when using a YHM Turbo Suppressor. However, even with the gas dialed down, using the YHM Turbo still resulted in an unbearable amount of gas in my eyes, so I changed out the POF charging handle for a Griffin Armament SN-ACH charging handle…problem solved.
The Weight Factor
Reducing weight on my rifles has become an increasingly important priority for me. While I don’t need to have the lightest rifle possible, I am trying to bring down weight where I can, generally buying the most economically priced, lightweight, parts.
That said, the POF Renegade Plus alone weighs approximately 6.3 lbs, which is not crazy heavy, but, even with a lightweight optic, a K suppressor, and a 30 round mag, this brings the total weight of the Renegade Plus up to roughly 8.25 lbs.
Obviously, adding other accessories such as a weapon light, LPVO, foregrip, etc., could significantly increase overall weight to well over 10 lbs. Especially with a suppressor at the end of a 16.5″ barrel, the additional weight is definitely noticeable.
So, I decided to lighten up my Renegade Plus, which meant replacing a number of parts with the following:
- Faxon 16″ Duty Series pencil barrel
- Ballistic Advantage (same as Aero Precision) Atlas S-One MLOK 15″ handguard
- Aero Precision stripped upper with no forward assist
- NBS low mass BCG
- Smoke Composites carbon fiber buffer tube and separate stock
- Dirty Bird AR-15 Anti-Walk Pin Set
- Lantac Titanium Ultimate Takedown pin set
- Radian Weapons Ultralight AR-15 QD end plate
- Radian Talon 45/90 – GI safety selector
- 2A Armament aluminum magazine catch/release assembly
- Strike Industries polymer ultimate dust cover
- V Seven ultra light castle nut
By using the above parts, I reduced the overall weight of my POF Renegade Plus (unloaded) from 6.3 lbs down to about 4.9 lbs!
Compare this to the Daniel Defense DD4 RIII (16″ barrel and 12.5″ handguard) which weighs 6.52 lbs or a Sig M400 Tread which weighs 7 lbs.
The POF Renegade Plus is a great example of superior firearms engineering, evidenced by it’s extraordinary fit and finish, thoughtful design and generous number of top-notch features that you won’t find anywhere else at this price point. If you’re looking for an outstanding AR-15, check out the POF USA Renegade Plus. For more information, visit the POF USA website here.
Unique Innovations and Features
Below are the many innovations and features of the POF Renegade Plus you simply won’t find on other factory built AR-15s.
Drop-In Flat Match Grade Trigger
Nitride heat-treated for ultimate strength and corrosion resistance with a crisp 3.5 pound pull weight and KNS Precision stainless steel, non-rotating, anti-walk pins. Read more about the POF drop-in flat match grade trigger here.
High-Phosphorus Nickel Coated Bolt Carrier & Roller Cam Pin
DIctator Adjustable Gas Block
The 9-position DIctator Adjustable Gas Block lets you tune the Renegade Plus to the appropriate operating speed when running a suppressor. Without this ability to adjust rate of fire and gas flow, the increased level of back pressure within the rifle system from the suppressor can prematurely wear parts and increase the amount of gas/carbon introduced into the chamber.
The DIctator also features a straight gas tube which eliminates the heat buildup that occurs at the bent section of a standard gas tube. This is a very important feature for suppressed rifles which are prone to higher heat levels. By reducing the built-up heat, the gas system becomes more reliable and longer lasting.
Oversized Heat Sink Barrel Nut
Nitride Heat-Treated Triple Port Muzzle Brake & Barrel
Anti-Tilt Buffer Tube
Tomahawk Ambidextrous Charging Handle
14.5″ M-LOK Handguard
Gen 4 Ambidextrous Billet Lower Receiver
This beautifully machined billet lower includes Ambidextrous Bolt Release with Enhanced Bolt Catch, Ambidextrous Safety Selector, Receiver Tension Screws, Oversized Mag Well Flare, Ambidextrous Recessed Finger Rest, Ambidextrous Magazine Release, Oversized Integrated Trigger Guard w/ Grip Relief, Ambidextrous Bolt Hold Open and QD Rear Sling Mount.
Ambidextrous Bolt Hold Open
E2 Dual-Extraction Technology