PSA Gen3 PA65 20" Rifle-Length 6.5 Creedmoor Stainless Steel Lightweight M-Lok MOE EPT Rifle

PSA Gen3 PA65 20" Rifle-Length 6.5 Creedmoor Stainless Steel Lightweight M-Lok MOE EPT Rifle


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SKU: 5165490945
UPC: 5165490945
MFR#: 5165490898

PSA Gen3 PA65 20" Rifle-Length 6.5 Creedmoor Stainless Steel Lightweight M-Lok MOE EPT Rifle

Barrel Length: 20”
Barrel Material: 416R Stainless Steel
Barrel Profile: Heavy
Chamber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Twist Rate: 1:8”
Extension: M4
Gas System: Rifle-Length
Gas Block Type: Low-profile 5 position click switch adjustable gas block
Upper Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
Receiver Style: PA10 Flat top with Feed Ramps
Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
Forward Assist: Yes
Dust Cover: Yes
Handguard Type: PSA 15" M-Lok Free Float Rail with Anti-slip and anti-rotation features
Bolt Carrier Group: Yes, Toolcraft PA65 BCG with extra power extractor spring and double ejector
Staked Gas Key: Yes
Lower Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Anodized
Fire Control Group: PSA Enhanced Polished Trigger (EPT)
Buffer Tube: 7075 T6 Aluminum
Adjustment: 6-position telescoping stock
Stock: Magpul MOE Carbine Stock, Black
Grip: PSA Overmolded A2 Grip, Black
Magazine: 20 Round PMAG

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You asked, we listened! Palmetto State Armory is proud to release our Gen3 PA65 Rifle!  The Gen3 model has been enhanced to improve the reliability and longevity of our PA65 platform. This new platform includes several features that have never before been included on our PA-65 platform. We hope you enjoy these new features and look forward to your feedback!

Gen 3 Benefits at a glance:

  • Lower Includes relief cuts for a broader compatibility with 308 BCG's
  • Twice Staked Castle Nuts
  • Standardized carbine length buffer tube with short, heavy buffer
  • Dimpled 416R Stainless Steel Barrel
  • 5 Position Adjustable Click Switch Gas Block
  • Extra Power Extractor Springs
  • 7075 T6 Charging Handle Included in all uppers
  • Black Nitride Gas Tube
  • Barrel Nuts properly torqued to military specifications
  • Anti-slip and anti-rotation handguards


With enhanced durability and improved function, the new and improved PSA PA65 Gen3 is here.  The Gen3 model offers a black nitride stainless gas tube to better resist high heat and corrosion while maintaining a glossy black finish.  All Gen3 PA65 models come with a dimpled barrel for ease of gas block replacement if you choose to do so. We have also included a newly designed click switch 5-position adjustable gas block so you can specifically tune to your load.

The Palmetto State Armory PA65 Gen3 features a forged receiver set that has been designed with a relief cut geometry to allow the use of a wider variety of aftermarket bolt carrier groups. A carbine length buffer tube with a short, heavy buffer coupled with a standard PA10 buffer spring. All Gen3 PA65 rifles from Palmetto State Armory come equipped with a Toolcraft BCG, which ensures thousands and thousands of rounds will feed through the rifle and an EPT or two-stage nickel boron fire control group with a 4.5lb pull makes for an easy but controllable course of fire.

Barrel: The dimpled, 416R Stainless Steel, 6.5 Creedmoor 1/8" twist, rifle-length gas system upper is paired with a Palmetto State Armory 15" Lightweight M-Lok free-float rail, low profile adjustable click detent 5 position gas block, and an A2-style muzzle device. The gas system is enhanced with a nitrided gas tube in order to better resist high heat and corrosion.

Upper:  Precision machined from forged 7075-T6 aluminum, then Black anodize hard coated to MIL-8625 Type 3 class 2. With enhanced dual retention anti-slip and anti-rotating handguards.  

Bolt Carrier Group: Bolt Carrier Group: Toolcraft 6.5 Creedmoor BCG is designed with double ejectors in order to ensure flawless cycling.  9310 steel bolt assembly, nitride treated for durability.  8620 carrier, with a nitride treated gas key properly staked with grade 8 fasteners.  Charging handle is also included. 

Lower: Precision machined from forged 7075-T6 aluminum, these lowers are then Black anodize hardcoated to MIL-8625 Type 3 class 2.  With an enhanced polished trigger (EPT), a Magpul MOE Carbine Stock, and a PSA Overmolded A2 Grip. This is an ideal platform for 6.5 Creedmoor.

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What is the weight of this rifle (PSA GEN3 PA65 20” 6.5 Creedmore Lightweight) ?
Cap-N-Red on Sep 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I held one at a local gun show - couldn't tell you the exact weight but I was very impressed. Super light compared to my m5e1 .308 18"
Have read a few reviews that people are having problems seating Magpul gen 3 magazines. Is there a problem with all gen 3 mags or just the 25 rounders?
David H on Sep 12, 2019
Is the lower on this a marked 6.5 Creedmoor Gen 3?
PJStudMuphin on Sep 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I bought the upper and lowers separately, but it is the same thing. The lower is marked as "G3-10 Multi," because it is an AR10 lower, and you can use 6.5 Creedmoor, 308. and probably other calibers. It's actually cheaper to buy the upper and lower separately.
Troublesome question.... If the Army is seriously considering the 6.8 cartridge, why is the civilian market devoting so much to the 6.5 ?
TC H on Sep 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is 6.5 creedmoor not grendel. The 6.8spc is a shorter cartridge for the AR15. The 6.5 creedmoor is a harder hitting long range round.
What would be a good 5 round clip for this gun?
Ty F on Sep 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This gun does not take clips.You want to be searching for a good 5 round Magazine.
what is the diffance between a 2 stage trigger &PSA . EPT trigger?
charles f on Sep 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: EPT is just a coated (smoother) mil-spec trigger (single stage). 2 stage has a distinct take-up stage, and then a break stage.
If you purchase a complete rifle, you get one magazine right?
Gary R on Sep 23, 2019

Yes that is correct.

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Palmetto State Armory Customer Service
Is this dpms style mags?
J H on Oct 4, 2019


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My Expectation was blown away
Just purchase this rifle from PSA, attached a SWFA 10X42 scope on it. For ammo I loaded some Hornady Match 6.5 Creedmoor 147gr ELD. I was expecting to do a lot of adjustment on the gas block since I load on the middle side of the loading data which I used for my bolt gun. To my surprise the rifle cycled and lock the bolt on the last round. With this ammo the gun was shooting sub MOA at a 100 yards.
PSA Gen3 PA65 20" Rifle-Length 6.5 Creedmoor with SWFA 10X42 scope
Shot at 100 yards Hornady 147gr Match ELD
October 12, 2019
1st impression - shoots staight and well put together. But mag issues
Took this to the range to day after picking it up at the FFL dealer at the end of last week.
Got a few rounds through it (had to manually load rounds - more on that in a minute).
Shot well, good group at 50yrds with only a few rounds through. Will update this when I can actually put some real rounds through it and stretch out distance.
Now the meat. Read this if you plan on using Magpul mags!:
At the range today and had issues with immediately with Magpul G3 mags not seating. :/
Got home and through the magic of the internet found a guy who had the same problem and found the issue being the 'over insertion stop'
I spent a few minutes with sharp pocket knife and now have magazines that feed!! Moral - either use different mags or plan on shaving down Gen3 Magpuls.
October 6, 2019

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