The RS-35 is a semi-automatic battle rifle manufactured by Rickard Firearms & Defense. It is the 7.62x51mm / .308 Winchester alternative to the AR-15 based RS-15, and is also the successor to the relatively low-selling Model 40 semi-automatic rifle. It also has gotten a reputation for being a potential successor to the Mk. 14 EBR / M39 EMR's in service. In the public, it competes against Lewis Machine & Tool Company's LM308 (L129A1), Clicker C316, Kaizen Renegade ERCV, and XM17 ECR-H DMR. However, its role in the Rickard lineup has been questioned due to the introduction of the RX15-H DMR.
- Barrel is 18, 20, or 22 inches long.
- Chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO / .308 Remington cartridge, and is fed via a 20-round magazine.
- Designed in 2008, produced since 2011.
- Effective range is around 750 meters.
- Rate of fire: Semi-auto only.
- Weighs 8.1 pounds.
- Can be equipped with a keyhole or M-LOK rail system.
- Similar to the RS-15, the name only bears the name of Troy Rickard and Brian Stout, the lead designers of the design, as Michael Walker (the CEO of RF&D) has a hatred for AR-15 style rifles. Also, the "35" in the name of the rifle refers to both the AR-10 and the SR-25 (10+25=35).