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Product Review: Rouge M14 "Juggernaut" Chassis

-- Reviewed by GunsAmerica.com

Finding the perfect tactical rifle isn’t so simple for some folks. We have to complicate matters, because we just don’t want what everyone else has. Trust me on this one guys and gals. Nobody you know has the Juggernaut Tactical Rogue M1A Bullpup stock from US Tactical Supply. It is an aluminum bullpup masterpiece that will not only add just over 2 pounds to your M1A/M14, it will also be kind enough to set you back a righteous $899. Who can resist that?

I first ran into this bad boy while researching the entity known as “FPS Russia” on Youtube. You may have seen his videos online, as some of them are fairly extreme. He loves to blow stuff up. Turns out FPS is actually not a Russian at all, but an American playing a Russian character for the videos. The amazing thing is that he seems to be able to source every manner of machinegun and techno-soldier toy known to the military industrial complex. He even has helicopters and armed flying tactical drones. This is why some of his videos receive sometimes several million views in the first couple weeks they are up.

Kevin Swanson at US Tactical Supply, who is the primary contact and retail channel for the Juggernaut Rogue, did a video with FPS Russia using a full auto M14, and then he followed it up by making a special FPS Russia version of the Rogue stock that has been chromed, and limited to only ten pieces at $1299 each (a few are left as of this writing). No it isn’t the best coating for hard use in desert, nor is chrome the most ideal urban camouflage, but it’s cool enough for most gun club ooohs and aaaahs, which is a specialty for the Juggernaut Rogue anyway. Not a gun nut alive will be able to resist a turn of the head for this tricked out M1A bullpup, and that alone is worth the close to a grand it takes to own one.

What we found most surprising about the Rogue was how stable and well designed the system is made. This is no cool tricked out toy…

Well, it kinda is, let’s face it, but it isn’t just that.

What the Rogue really does is give you a .308 caliber weapon with a full 16″ barrel and the velocity that goes with that, in a package the size of the tiniest SBR (Short Barreled Rifle). The only other gun that can say this in the world is the Kel-Tec RFB, but for one you can’t get them, and this is an M1A, a United States battle rifle, not an experimental and untested design. The RFB is a nifty gun, but it’s no M1A. If you know how to treat an M1A/M14, they will go and go forever, and they almost never jam or fail to fire.

 At the cost of a couple pounds plus, with the Juggernaut Rogue you dispose of the entire, somewhat awkward and lanky length of the shoulder stock on a stock M1A. It is heavier, granted, but you can turn corners with a full snot .308, (7.62×51 NATO) in a package that even though it is 11 pounds, seems light and manageable, because of the small size. That is a nasty tactical weapon, not just a cool bullpup toy, and that is why the Rogue has already been sold through US Tactical to private soldiers worldwide. They even have their own DoD number, so even though they won’t tell us about it, the Juggernaut Rogue is most likely in the field with our troops as well.

We built our Rogue on a standard SOCOM 16 from Springfield Armory. It is already not a light gun, coming in at eight and about three quarter pounds with an empty magazine. The Rogue brings that total up to a nearly flat 11 pounds empty, with the 20 round magazine. It is noticeably rear heavy, so with the sling swivels set up the way they are, both in the rear, you end up with a butt of the gun that comes into your shoulder naturally, and pivots and points like it is a part of your shoulder. Even though it is over two pounds heavier, the Rogue version of the SOCOM handles quicker than the straight stocked version. We added a tactical scope and front handle for our pictures, and the company promo pics have a red dot on top and Magpul front grip.

A side benefit of the Rogue is that it also seems to enhance the accuracy potential of the M1A, which is perhaps the biggest complaint you hear about the gun in general. The front top handguard of the M1A/M14 is held on by a metal spring clip that fits into grooves cut into the rear of the barrel. It takes some force to get that clip on correctly and the pressure of that spring is thought to pull the harmonics of the barrel to one side. This is thought to contribute to the average 2-3 MOA you can expect from an off the rack gun. The Rogue free floats the barrel, so the accuracy potential should improve on paper. In our tests, the best that our resident US Army Sniper Ben Becker (who also did the assembly on the kit) could shoot with it was about 1.5-2 inches at 100 yards, which translates to 1.5-2 MOA. That is considered really good for an M1A out of the box without any accurizing or competition parts. It is also competitive with the other .308 battle rifles out there, the AR-10, FAL, HK-91, etc. Very few of those guns ever get into better than 2 MOA. What is also nice is that we took the top rail assembly off the lower to add the left cocking handle after the gun had been zeroed, and the zero remained true when the gun was put back together. The Juggernaut Rogue seems to be a professional weapon system.

Assembly of the Rogue is not as complicated as it looks. You take off the front scout rail from your SOCOM, remove the rear and front site, and lift the hand guard to separate the barreled action from the stock. Then you mount front and rear clamps, no gunsmith required, and bolt the chassis to these clamps with large Allen screws. The left side charging handle goes on the op rod (see the pictures), so you end up with both left and right charging capabilities. You clamp the top to the bottom with the same trigger guard system that holds together your standard M1A, and she’s ready to rock. The company has videos showing the process as well.

When we posted the original photo of this into Facebook, the first questions that came in were “how’s the trigger?” Well strangely enough, the trigger is exactly the same as it was before you installed the Juggernaut Rogue. There is a transfer bar between the trigger in the chassis and the trigger on your gun, that, once installed, will now be buried back into the rear of the stock next to your head. When you pull the trigger, you are in fact pulling the real trigger with the transfer bar. No internal modifications are required at all. A gunsmith can clean up an M1A trigger somewhat, but don’t try to modify it yourself or you may find that the gun begins to fire bursts instead of single shots. Ben was able to shoot it fairly well with the stock trigger and the transfer bar, and this is a battle rifle of course. Very few battlefields this side of the sandbox require a shot longer than a couple hundred yards, and this rifle fills that handily.

The Juggernaut Rogue is not the most elegant of devices, but she works and she’s sexy as all get out. “Bring Enough Gun” is the tagline for the Springfield SOCOM 16 M1A, and as much as we all love AR-15s, that little .223 is after all a woodchuck cartridge. The Rogue brings a whole new light to the .308 M1A as a small tactical battle rifle. Assembled, it is nearly as small as most pistol caliber subguns, and there is no need for a long and drawn out license for an SBR, where they are even legal. Even if your significant other won’t let you spend the $899, the Rogue makes a heck of a secret mistress (or mister), and a toy like this is always going to hold its value if you ever decide to move on to another love.

As we have said with many of these really nifty specialty guns and gun products, the Juggernaut Rogue *will dry up* at some point, and once they are gone they will become collectible as well. The M1A SOCOM is already one of the “must haves” for any self respecting gun accumulation. How much more so is one outfitted with a Juggernaut Rogue. It takes an already exciting gun and makes it incomparable to anything that will otherwise grace your safe, and even for an armchair tactical zombie killer, there is nothing like it out there. The Juggernaut Rogue is truly unique.