Monday, March 5, 2012

Windham Weaponry AR-15 Review

First AR-15

This week is my 36th birthday and for my gift from my wife I set my sights on getting a new rifle.  For years I have been dreaming of an AR-15 platform rifle.  As with any firearm, I did my research in order to make an informed purchase.  I had a price range that I needed to stay in, which placed some limitation on the selection, but in the mid-range prices there are still plenty to choose from.  Many of the folks within the on-line community suggest that you buy the parts and build your own.  Being completely new to the AR world, I preferred to buy an complete AR, learn all that I can about it, then as a future endeavor piece one together myself.  So at the end of my research, I ended up buying an AR-15 MPC .223/5.56, with a lifetime, transferable warranty made by Windham Weaponry.

Here are the specs on the rifle:
.9 Lbs. (without magazine)
34.5” (30” with Telestock collapsed)
.223 Rem. / 5.56mm NATO
Semi-Automatic, Gas Impingement System
30 + 1- Ships with one 30 Round Magazine (accepts all std. sizes)
Manual Lever with Indicator Markings on Both Sides of Receiver
M4A4 Type Flat Top Upper Receiver with Detachable Carry Handle
Forged 7075 T6 Aircraft Aluminum with Aluminum Trigger Guard
Hardcoat Black Anodize Finish
Carpenter 158 Steel - MP/HP Tested
16” M4 Profile, Chrome Lined with A2 Flash Suppressor
4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel
1 Turn in 9” - Right Hand Twist
6 Position Telescoping Buttstock with Windham Weaponry Logo
M4 Double Heat Shield Handguards / A2 Black Plastic Grip
A4 Dual Aperture Elevation & Windage Adjustable: 300 - 600 M
Adjustable Height Square Post in A2 Standard Base
Hard Plastic Gun Case with Black Web Sling & Operators Manual

I took this wicked rifle to the range for an afternoon to sight in the iron sights and throw some lead down-range.  I bought Hornady .223 40 grain rounds to sight in, and some Tulammo .223 62 grain as junk ammo to shoot until I couldn't shoot anymore! First I sighted the rifle in at 30 meters which I was able to do with 9 rounds as you can see from this picture.  The shot placement started high and left, and then ended at center.
100 meters
200 meters
After that I then sighted in at 100 meters, then did some shooting at 200 meters.  Both of these groups were made with the Tulammo "junk rounds", and these are the targets with my best groups at those distances.  Overall I am very happy with how this rifle shoots with just iron sights.  I can't wait to take it back out and keep working on my marksmanship!  I am excited to post my next range report soon, as well as some other outdoor adventures I have planned coming up!


  1. I've been looking for a decent AR. I will have to see if they have any Windham ARs in my area.

    1. I went to Cabelas in Wheeling WV on Saturday and purchased the last WW MPC they had in stock. This is my first AR 15 and like Misplaced Alaskan, I felt it was better to purchase an assembled ready-to-go rifle for my first one. I have to wait a week to take it to the range but feel very confident that it will function flawlessly; the reviews are great.


  2. What are you shooting in? That's a weird sound when you fire.

  3. Ken- I only found one dealer here locally that was carrying them, and they only had one left in stock.

    The Department of Natural Resources rifle ranges in our area are equipped with tubes, about 15' x 4'. They say it makes it safer by creating tighter firing lanes. It does create a heck of a noise though!

  4. Walmart and Cabelas carry the Windham line now. Was at a demo shoot using the Windham rifles. Shot 2500 rounds with not a single misfire. I now own one. You wont be disappointed.

  5. Greetings from 6,000 miles to the south in Houston. My local gun shop, where I've bought several firearms, suggested the Windham, even though I was willing to spring for a Smith, Colt, Rock River, or Bushmaster (the gun guy says, "The Bushmaster is the same gun, except it's $100 more and has a plastic trigger guard and a 1 yr warranty." I hesitated, as I still remember the Skyy POS, a product of former Kel-Tec people.

    But, he told me he bought one himself (yeah, at wholesale!). Anyway, I decided to give another startup a chance. Only to the range once, and zeroing was out of the question with 20-30mph winds, but I did shoot a couple of full mags. No failures. And everything seemed familiar, even though I've not touched one of these since I turned in my M-16 before leaving Vietnam in 1968!

    I did put on a Hogue grip to replace the Mattel special. I like the removable carry handle, as I'll probably want a scope to compensate for my vision limitations. All in all, though, this was a really fun purchase.

  6. The Bowser- Thanks for your post! I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying your WW AR-15 as much as I am enjoying mine. There are a few things I want to change out and I want to replace the commercial buffer tube and stake the receiver. I am very pleased with it.

  7. Jeremy, thanks for the review. A friend of mine recently purchased a Windham and also had great things to say about it. I am planning to buy my first AR in April or May and have heard A LOT of positives about the Windhams.

    Thanks for mentioning the types of ammo that you were able to use successfully. That will be helpful.

    I'm looking forward to following your blog.

    Safe shooting to you and hopefully in a few months we can compare results and experiences with the Windham.

  8. KC- Thanks for posting. I'm excited to hear about your own experience with the AR you end up purchasing. I love to hear reports from others! I appreciate you following the blog as well, and I'll be posting another short range report in the next few days...this one covering a handgun. I look forward to comparing our results with the Windham!

  9. I love my WW AR15! First day I had it we put about 200 rounds of soft point 50 grain down range with some tight shot groups. It's a great rifle at a great price point AND the company put people back to work. You can't lose with this rifle. I just put a red/green dot on it and I can't wait to zero it in.

  10. Read some reviews and waited until they came in at Cabelas here in Post Falls, ID. I wanted the heavy barrel and the price was right @ $849. Sighted it in at 25 yds at the Spokane gun club and got quarter sized groups with cheap ammo. Trigger is a bit heavy but not bad. Put the Magpul BUIS sights on the flat top. I think they make a great rifle for the money. I wanted a good M-4 shooter at a reasonable price - I think it's a keeper! Good luck with yours.

  11. Is he NOT wearing eye protection?????????

  12. No I wasn't as when I arrived at the range my glasses were broken in my gear bag. I was determined to put some shots downrange, and so far I am no worse for the wear. I have since obtained a SWEET pair of Pyramex photo-chromatic safety glasses that I use when I go shooting!

  13. Just bought mine today can't wait to go to the range tomorrow and fire some rounds this is my birthday present as well thanks for posting the review.

  14. Thank you for taking the time to write up and post your review. I'm hoping to purchase my first AR15 soon and the Windham is at the top of my list. From everything I've read, it appears to be a very nice rifle and a good value for the money. I also like the idea of supporting this new business that put all those former Bushmaster employees back to work.

  15. I compared pricing and styles of different mfg's, but was guided by a friend (active duty Navy) and the recommendation was Windham. Since this is my first AR, I purchased the SRC and made a few additions/modifications to the platform. What a great gun. Price was extremely competative and the big problem is that friends can't find the gun at dealers.

  16. I have had my Windham Ar-15 about 3 weeks now.......I am going broke......buying ammo.....can't stop shooting it....I LOVE IT! I got the better half shooting it she wants one! So back to Dunn's Sporting Goods I go! I just got her a Ruger 9mm, which she loves, but hasn't shot it since I got the AR-15. So we will both have one this weekend, but she can buy her own Will continue reading your blog. God Bless America!

  17. Great gun. Better finish than my Sig Sauer but looser. Seems to be a little misaligned but shoots straight. Choked on a Tulammo but the gun is not broken in yet. Changed to quad rail and holographic sights. I really like the balance.

  18. I just bought Windham ar15 from Big 5 and shot 100 rounds before it jammed on me but I still love the gun.

  19. Great posts everyone! Thanks for commenting on your experiences with this firearm. I have a few modification I plan to make to it, but I still haven't had any failures at all.

  20. I bought the last two today at Walmart with all this Ban talk going on. We seem to be all sold out of AR's in the entire state of Alaska!! Can't wait to fire them!! Got to be stingy with my ammo.

  21. Bought my Wimdham in the fall of 2012 and have been to the range a couple of times, not really sighting in but just plinking and getting used to the gun. Having a BUNCH of fun. Was SHOCKED at the tight groupings at 50y & 100y with the iron sights (Diamond Head). Going "all in" and using on a spring Javalina hunt using only iron sights and certain it will dial in with limited rounds and end up 100% reliable (not planning on a back up gun). Cleaning is identical to any AR15, dad (Vietnam, Gulf, & Bosnia) says its ditto to M-16 meaning anyone can master/clean/maintain this rifle, and the quality is TOP notch. Let you know how the pig hunt goes!

  22. The same pistol i found another article its same or any varieties are in AR-15!!!

  23. Jeremy- you have had this weapon for a year. What are your thoughts now? Worth the spend or would you spend a little more for more features on another brand? What are you "sacrificing" for the money? I know some of these $7-800 AR's won't have a bolt cover for example. Thanks

  24. I'm going to order a Windham M-4 Complete Upper for my new build AR-15. I can't wait!

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  26. I have both windham mpc and vex-ss. No miss fires with hundreds of rounds fired through them. I reload my own ammo as well as use .223 and 5.56 cheap rounds from the local sporting good stores when on sale. The AR-15 rifles from Windham are well worth the money and their service dept. is always there to help with information or a upgrade part.I have owned the vex almost 2 years and the MPC almost a year. No misfires no problems.