LV Seven Weapon Techniques 16″ 300Blackout Nightingale Rifle


Ladies V Seven rifle LV7
Women V Seven Rifle LV7

U.S.A. –-( Should you’re into premium AR’s, you have possible heard of V Seven Weapon Techniques (V7).  Began by Joel Allen, V7 was birthed after the dying of John Noveske: Joel, Noveske’s lead store tech, left to forge his personal path.  Centered on utilizing unique supplies equivalent to magnesium, titanium and lithium-aluminum alloys, V7 machines these in components with exacting tolerances.  After launching Darkish Hour Protection to supply up extra budget-minded components (and a few extra distinctive objects), Joel and his household have fired up the engines on a challenge lengthy within the works: Women V Seven (LV7).

LV7 Nightingale out of the box
Women V Seven Rifle LV7 Nightingale out of the field

We have seen “girls” rifles earlier than which sport nothing greater than pink furnishings to distinguish themselves.  The entire lineup of LV7 rifles have been designed for, and by, the women who work at V7.  The burden is down, the contours easy.  LV7 pulls no punches on the subject of high quality components, utilizing most of the titanium, lithium-aluminum and magnesium choices discovered on their different choices.  With Four rifles supplied on their web site, V7 despatched off the Nightingale for myself and my spouse to co-review.  The rifle might be arrange as a looking AR, minus the 5-round journal for testing, although it is going to possible must be despatched again to LV7 earlier than looking season begins.

Here is the Nightingale’s tech specs:

  • Cerakote KelTec Navy Blue (H-127) with Black Sort III Hardcoat Anodizing
  • Light-weight charging deal with
  • 7075 higher receiver
  • Extremely-light port door Air mannequin
  • Extremely-light port door rod enlarged finish
  • Titanium BCG in DLC black (Titanium provider w/staked mil-spec key, 9310 bolt w/nickel boron end, mil-spec firing pin & retaining pin)
  • Hyper-light magnesium 15″ M-lok handguard w/ 7068 aluminum barrel nut
  • 16″ 300 blakout stainless fluted barrel coated KG black (Melonite stainless gasoline tube & 17-Four stainless gasoline block in KG black)
  • Melonite metal thread protector in 5/8×24
  • 7075 decrease receiver
  • Extremely-light aluminum takedown/pivot pins
  • Extremely-light magazine catch/launch
  • Hybrid 57 diploma proper hand selector
  • 7075 Carbine buffer tube
  • Teflon coated carbine motion spring
  • Extremely-light fast detach endplate
  • Extremely-light fortress nut
  • Enhanced Teflon coated H1 buffer
  • Titanium grip screw and buffer retainer
  • Titanium Geissele set off/hammer pins in DLC black
  • Geissele G2S set off
  • Magpul MOE Okay Grip in black
  • Magpul MOE SL-Okay inventory meeting in black
  • Rifle weighs: 5 lbs. Four oz
  • General size: 31 inches

The Nightingale differs from the Hummingbird and the Swan in colour (robins egg and shimmer aluminum, respectively) and caliber (5.56mm for each).  It additionally differs from the Valkyrie Quail in colour (desert verde), barrel size (18″) and caliber (.224 Valkyrie).  One closing distinction is the Nightingale’s lack of muzzle gadget, given {that a} disproportionately excessive proportion of .300 Blackout customers might be needing a suppressor mount which is almost at all times particular to their can.

Nightingale out of the box
Nightingale out of the field

To get this gun prepared for vary day, I wanted so as to add a pair issues.  For an optic I mounted Nikon’s M-Tactical 3-12x42SF Mk1-MRAD scope (hereafter, M-Tac).  Nikon has actually impressed me over the previous couple of years, and their line-up simply retains getting higher.  The M-Tac has actually clear glass and was greater than appropriate for the duty of reviewing this rifle whereas taking pictures out to 200 yards.  I additionally connected an AAC suppressor mount, so my spouse may use her 762SDN-6 suppressor.

762SDN-6 suppressor
762SDN-6 suppressor

We had 4 manufacturers of ammunition readily available, two supersonic masses and two subsonics.  Barnes 110 gr Tac-TX black suggestions and 120 gr Federal Energy Shok rounds have been the proverbial hares, whereas Remington UMC 220 gr OT-FB  and American Eagle Suppressor 220 gr OTM have been the tortoises.

We had four brands of ammunition on hand, two supersonic loads and two subsonics.
We had 4 manufacturers of ammunition readily available, two supersonic masses and two subsonics.
This Federal round left a 1" crater in the backside of a mule deer's heart last year, at 190 yards from a 6.5" (V7) barrel.
This Federal spherical left a 1″ crater within the bottom of a mule deer’s coronary heart final 12 months, at 190 yards from a 6.5″ (V7) barrel.

Chronograph knowledge:

  • Barnes 110 gr – Avg: 2367 FPS
  • Federal 120 gr – Avg: 2165 FPS
  • Remington 220 gr – Avg: 1025 FPS
  • American Eagle 220 gr – Avg: 1006 FPS

Whereas there are some manufacturing facility masses accessible in .300 blackout which have a fame for glorious accuracy, the 2 supersonic rounds examined have extra of a fame for accuracy within the decent-to-good vary.  Their actual declare to fame is excellent-in-class terminal efficiency.  This Federal spherical left a 1″ crater within the bottom of a mule deer’s coronary heart final 12 months, at 190 yards from a 6.5″ (V7) barrel.

The 2 subsonic rounds are each budget-minded, quiet plinkers, identified for his or her economic system over efficiency.  With that in thoughts, let’s take a look at among the teams we pulled out.

Ladies V Seven Rifle LV7
Women V Seven Rifle LV7
barnes 110 gr
5 spherical of Barnes 110gr at 50.  Teams hovered round 2 moa.
federal 120 gr
Federal 120gr at 50, .7″. The Federal spherical was essentially the most constant, staying between 1.33 and 1.75 moa.
Federal at 100, 2.3″, together with far backside proper, a known as flyer.
remington 220 gr subs
Remington 220 gr
American Eagle 220 gr, Vital vertical stringing, in line with the broader customary deviation in bullet velocity

After slightly grouping, we began working the metal plates and working towards goal transitions.  Provided that this can be a girls rifle and since I enlisted the help of my spouse, I will take this opportunity to move the mic so she will share her impressions.

Given that this is a ladies rifle and since I enlisted the assistance of my wife
Provided that this can be a girls rifle and since I enlisted the help of my spouse

“The Nightingale was spectacular. Mild, modern and cozy. With subsonic ammo, it was extremely simple to shoot with out a lot of any kick to it. My solely criticism is it was a bit too lengthy for me, having been spoiled I feel with SBRs. A ahead vertical grip would ease the size. I might be more than pleased to take this for my first hunt, feeling amply snug with the caliber, together with the burden and precision. I respect the simplicity of it as effectively, petite and highly effective.” -Regina Nanorum

As for what I take into consideration the rifle: it’s easy.  From the teflon coating on the recoil spring and buffer to the lightened titanium BCG, all the pieces about this gun is about as much as run easily, quietly and with little recoil.  It is a very gentle taking pictures gun when in comparison with different AR’s with related set-ups in the identical caliber.  The scant weight (barely over 5 lbs) makes this rifle deal with very effectively.  Transitioning from one goal to a different may be very pure, with not one of the tendency to swing previous the goal that comes with heftier rifles.  Whereas I’d have favored to see some higher teams come out, I do not doubt the rifle’s means, relatively blaming my very own rust and the usage of looking and plinking ammo relatively than match goal ammo for an accuracy check.  Even so, the Federal 120 gr spherical would nonetheless be dropping rounds right into a deer coronary heart previous 300 yards, a lot farther than most would take sport with this cartridge.

As with each product from the V Seven, LV Seven and Darkish Hour Protection triumvirate from the Allen household of companies, high quality is not at query when contemplating whether or not or to not purchase.  The machining is exact, clear and intelligent.  Match and performance are undoubtedly flawless.  As normal, that stage of element has an impact on the top value.  You aren’t getting to make use of titanium and magnesium components, DLC and boron coatings and a Geissele set off and are available at budget-build price.  The Nightingale runs $2179, with LV7 line-up spanning from there as much as $2559.

About Rex NanorumJens Hammer

Rex Nanorum is an Alaskan Expatriate residing in Oregon along with his spouse and children. Rising up on industrial fishing vessels, he discovered his subsequent journey with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. After 5 excursions to Afghanistan and Iraq, he adventured in regards to the west coast turning into a industrial fisheries and salvage SCUBA diver, rated helicopter pilot teacher (CFII) and private coach, earlier than turning into a gear reviewer and author.”

-Rex Nanorum



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