Remington R4

Remington R4
Remington R4 Rifle.JPG
TypeAssault rifle
Semi-automatic rifle
Place of originUnited States
Production history
ManufacturerRemington Arms Company Government Arsenal
Barrel lengthR4 Patrol/Operator/Enhanced: 11.5 in (290 mm)
R4 Patrol/Operator/Enhanced: 14.5 in (370 mm)
R4 Patrol/Operator/Enhanced: 16 in (410 mm)
R4 Patrol 20 in (510 mm)[1][2][3]

Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO
ActionGas-operated, direct impingement[4]

The Remington R4 is a firearms platform based on the AR-15/M16/M4/M4A1 series designed and manufactured by Remington Arms.[5][6]


In 2012, when the R4 was introduced, the platform was available in four variants: the 7-inch R4-C, 11.5-inch R4-E, 14.5-inch R4 and 20-inch R4-M.[6][5][7] In 2018, the platform changed to three variants: the R4 Patrol, R4 Operator, and R4 Enhanced.[4]

In 2012, the Queensland Police Service placed an order for 420 R4 carbines at a cost of almost AUD$1 million to replace the Ruger Mini-14.[8]

Close-up Remington R4 rifle receiver

In 2013, Remington announced it had been awarded a US$47 million contract by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, for the Philippine Army and the Philippine Marine Corps, placing an order for over 40,000 R4 carbines.[9] The Armed Forces of the Philippines later increased the order to 63,286 R4s which are designated as the R4A3 which is equivalent to the Colt M4 RO977 model and replaces early model M16s.[10][11][12]

In March 2015, Remington announced that it would offer the R4 to the civilian market.[13]

In July 2018, Remington announced that it had been awarded a US$28 million contract by the United States Army for 5.56mm carbines on behalf of key international allies.[14][15]


In 2019, Remington unveiled a modified version of the R4, intended to function as a battle rifle by firing the more powerful 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge.[16]


See also[]


  1. ^ "Model R4 Operator". Remington Defense. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Model R4 Patrol". Remington Defense. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Model R4 Enhanced". Remington Defense. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Remington Defense 2018 catalogue" (PDF). Remington Defense. pp. 9–10. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Remington Defense 2012 Catalogue" (PDF). pp. 14–15. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b "R4". Remington Defense. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Gun Review: Remington R4-Entry". The Firearm Blog. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  8. ^ Chamberlin, Thomas (2 December 2012). "Cops want this rifle to even the odds against crime". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Philippine Military Awards Assault Rifle Contract to Remington Defense". Remington (Press release). February 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  10. ^ Eger, Chris (26 July 2018). "Remington secures contract for Army carbine order". Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  11. ^ Acosta, Rene (14 August 2014). "Soldiers, Marines get new carbines". Business Mirror.
  12. ^ Wong, Kevin (1 April 2014). "Philippine Army acquires R4 carbines". IHS Jane's International Defence Review. 47 (4). Archived from the original on 28 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Remington Defense Products Now Available Commercially". Tactical Wire. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Remington awarded Army carbine contract". Remington (Press release). 25 July 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Remington Defense Wins Army Contract for 5.56mm Carbines". Tactical-Life. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Official webpage". Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Police rolling out the heavy artillery". 5 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Remington R4s Reach Iraq". Silah Report. 18 April 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.

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