Previously only available to law enforcement, the popular RISE Watchman rifle and pistol are headed to civilian market.

The RISE Watchman rifle and pistol, previously available only to law enforcement agencies and officers, is now available to civilian consumers. The successful platform famously takes recommendations from SWAT officers, patrol officers, military snipers, competitive shooters and firearm instructors to create a unique package. The platform immediately became extremely popular, with multiple departments choosing the Watchman for its officers.

RISE Watchman Rifle & Pistol Details

In November, we reported the Watchman Pistol would be available to civilians in 2020. Now it’s official, and both the pistol and the popular rifle variant are going to be offered to non-law enforcement customers.

Chambered in .223 Wylde, the Watchman comes standard with a RISE match-grade trigger. RISE is known for its AR trigger options, so that’s a nice start. A free-floated 416R stainless steel barrel provides accuracy and proprietary weight reduction. The barrel is a favorite among competitive shooters, according to RISE Armament. Meanwhile, the air-gauged, button-rifled Watchman shoots sub-MOA with most factory ammo. Many shooters regularly record hits out to 600 yards with heavier bullets.

The rifle also features a 16.1-inch barrel with a mid-length gas system for more manageable recoil. The pistol configuration comes with an 11.5-inch barrel and a carbine-length gas system. The Veil flash hider ensures flash minimization in low light environments.

The Watchman’s handguard boasts a continuous 12 o’clock top rail, MLOK slots, and QD points spanning 360 degrees for limitless customization options. It has a slim profile for comfort and a skeletonized design for weight reduction. For more information, visit

RISE Watchman Features

  • Forged aluminum receivers
  • Premium black nitride bolt carrier group for dependability and smoother shooting
  • Ambidextrous safety
  • Magpul pistol grip
  • Magpul MOE stock on the rifle; SB Tactical SBA3 brace on the pistol
  • Rifle weight: 6 pounds, 8 ounces; pistol weight: 6 pounds, 2 ounces
  • Includes one magazine
  • Backed by RISE Armament’s lifetime manufacturing warranty
  • MSRP: $1,349 (rifle) and $1,449 (pistol)

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