Elite Rifles

What makes Elite "elite"

You don’t want your colorguard throwing just any old hunk of wood in the air. We don’t either. 
Meet the World Class, best-selling rifle in the industry! Living up to their name, the Elite rifle series outperforms and outsells competitors year after year, and it is clear why.
Dependable. Elite rifles are used by the world’s top drum corps, winter guards and marching bands.
Personalized. The “Official Rifle of WGI” has a variety of options in sizing, accessory color, and strap material, allowing you to outfit your rifle line with exactly what they can handle. From the original Elite 4, to our “twixter” hybrids (Elite 2 & 5), to the harder-skinned Elite Pro’s, this series outperforms the rest because it offers exactly what your colorguard needs.
Elite rifles may not be the solution to the holes and dents in the band room ceiling, and they may not prevent scuffs across the music hall floors. But at least you can choose an appropriate design that will make these classic conflicts a little less likely to happen. 

Elite Rifles

Elite Pro
Our popular Elite rifles are now available in high impact plastic. Spin them on grass or concrete and have confidence they won’t break.

• Made from high density polyethylene, which is stress crack and impact resistant, as well as recyclable
• One-piece molded construction, no seam to split apart
• Each rifle is perfectly balanced, eliminating the need to add weights • Equipped with leather strap and end pads
• End pads are stapled to rifle so they won’t fall off
• No taping required
• Guaranteed against breakage under normal use
• Choose from black or white leather strap and silver, black or gold bolt

Suggested Retail: 
     36" w/ leather strap (approx. 2.1 lbs): $57.50
          RIPRO771
     39" w/ leather strap (2.4 lbs): $59.75
          RIPRO776

Elite Pro
Our popular Elite rifles are now available in high impact plastic. Spin them on grass or concrete and have confidence they won’t break.

• Made from high density polyethylene, which is stress crack and impact resistant, as well as recyclable
• One-piece molded construction, no seam to split apart
• Each rifle is perfectly balanced, eliminating the need to add weights • Equipped with leather strap and end pads
• End pads are stapled to rifle so they won’t fall off
• No taping required
• Guaranteed against breakage under normal use
• Choose from black or white leather strap and silver, black or gold bolt

Suggested Retail: 
     36" w/ leather strap (approx. 2.1 lbs): $56.50
     39" w/ leather strap (2.4 lbs): $58.75


Elite Rifles

Elite 2


The Elite 2 rifle is a hybrid of the Elite 3 and Elite 4 rifles. It marries the length of the Elite 4 with a butt plate size similar to the Elite 3. This rifle is a great option for students who want the challenge of a longer rifle, but aren't quite ready to graduate to a heavier rifle.


• Length: 39"

• 4.25" butt plate

• Weight: 2.3 - 2.5lbs 

• Cosmetic Options:

     Rifle Bolt Colors: silver, black, gold

     Strap colors (leather only): Black, White

     Strap options: Leather, Web (black), none

          • RI765 (no strap)
            RI766 (leather strap)

            RI767 (web strap)


Elite 3


The Elite 3 rifle is a slightly smaller and slimmer version of the Elite 4 rifle. The slim dimensions of this rifle make it easier for younger performers to toss and control.





• Length: 36"

• 4.25" butt plate

• Weight: 2.2 - 2.4lbs 

• Cosmetic Options:

     Rifle Bolt Colors: silver, black, gold

     Strap colors (leather only): Black, White

     Strap options: Leather, Web (black), none

          • RI770 (no strap)
            RI771 (leather strap)

            RI772 (web strap)


Elite 4


The Elite 4 rifle is typically used by drum corps and world class winter guards. It looks larger on the field and on the floor due to its length and butt plate. The Elite 4 rifle is typically used by the most experienced performers due to its size and weight.



• Length: 39"

• 5" butt plate

• Weight: 2.4 - 2.6lbs

• Cosmetic Option:

     Rifle Bolt Colors: silver, black, gold

     Strap colors (leather only): Black, White

     Strap options: Leather, Web (black), none

          • RI775 (no strap)
            RI776 (leather strap)

            RI777 (web strap)


Elite 2


The Elite 2 rifle is a hybrid of the Elite 3 and Elite 4 rifles. It marries the length of the Elite 4 with a butt plate size similar to the Elite 3. This rifle is a great option for students who want the challenge of a longer rifle, but aren't quite ready to graduate to a heavier rifle.


• Length: 39"

• 4.25" butt plate

• Weight: 2.3 - 2.5lbs 

• Cosmetic Options:

     Rifle Bolt Colors: silver, black, gold

     Strap colors (leather only): Black, White

     Strap options: Leather, Web (black), none

     Unpainted Plain Stock (34"): $19.95

     Plain Stock (34"): $20.95

Elite 3


The Elite 3 rifle is a slightly smaller and slimmer version of the Elite 4 rifle. The slim dimensions of this rifle make it easier for younger performers to toss and control.





• Length: 36"

• 4.25" butt plate

• Weight: 2.2 - 2.4lbs 

• Cosmetic Options:

     Rifle Bolt Colors: silver, black, gold

     Strap colors (leather only): Black, White

     Strap options: Leather, Web (black), none



Elite 4


The Elite 4 rifle is typically used by drum corps and world class winter guards. It looks larger on the field and on the floor due to its length and butt plate. The Elite 4 rifle is typically used by the most experienced performers due to its size and weight.



• Length: 39"

• 5" butt plate

• Weight: 2.4 - 2.6lbs

• Cosmetic Option:

     Rifle Bolt Colors: silver, black, gold

     Strap colors (leather only): Black, White

     Strap options: Leather, Web (black), none



Elite 5


The new Elite 5 color guard rifle is a hybrid of our popular Elite 3 and Elite 4 rifles. The length and butt plate gives the illusion of a larger rifle on the field. It is designed to be slightly smaller and lighter than its parents though, allowing performers of any size and strength to toss and control the rifle.


• Length: 37.5"

• 4.75" butt plate

• Weight: 2.2lbs 

• Cosmetic Options:

     Rifle Bolt Colors: silver, black, gold

     Strap colors (leather only): Black, White

     Strap options: Leather, Web (black), none

          • RI780 (no strap)
            RI781 (leather strap)

            RI782 (web strap)

Elite 5


The new Elite 5 color guard rifle is a hybrid of our popular Elite 3 and Elite 4 rifles. The length and butt plate gives the illusion of a larger rifle on the field. It is designed to be slightly smaller and lighter than its parents though, allowing performers of any size and strength to toss and control the rifle.


• Length: 37.5"

• 4.75" butt plate

• Weight: 2.2lbs 

• Cosmetic Options:

     Rifle Bolt Colors: silver, black, gold

     Strap colors (leather only): Black, White

     Strap options: Leather, Web (black), none

Pricing Guide - Elite Rifles (Prices shown reflect price of an untaped rifle. Ask your retailer for price of pre-taped rifles) 

Elite 2 (39")

Elite 3 (36")

Elite 4 (39")

Elite 5 (37.5")

No Strap

$31.70

$30.25

$33.00

$33.00

Web Strap

$34.70

$33.00

$36.00

$36.00

Leather Strap

$38.25

$36.50

$39.50

$39.50

Unpainted Plain Stock (34"): $20.70
     RI702U
Plain Stock (34"): $21.70
     RI702

Here are some considerations when selecting the perfect rifle for your color guard:


  • How old/tall is your group?
    Cadet and middle school groups are typically shorter than high school and varsity teams. Consider the heights of your rifle line when selecting sizes. A 39” may be perfect for a world class group, but your middle school cadet guard may be only slightly taller than their rifles.
  • How experienced is your group?
    A brand new rifle line may not be strong enough yet to control a longer, heavier rifle. A shorter rifle is easier to control on tosses and catches and will serve as a wise starter. A longer rifle has more to control and clean. A more experienced group may be ready to graduate to a longer 37.5” or 39” rifle (our top DCI groups spin 39" rifles). If you have a new but naturally strong group, a longer rifle may be a positive challenge.
  • How big is your rifle line?
    A small rifle line takes up less space on the field and floor. You may want a longer rifle that commands a slightly larger presence. However, if your rifle line is larger, or if you have an entire ensemble spinning rifle, you can use smaller weapons without compromising presence and effect.
  • What are you looking for in a strap?
    The leather strap stretches with time and use, making it malleable while still maintaining some tautness over time. The web strapping can be automatically adjusted to the desired looseness, but won’t have the flexibility of the leather strap. Don’t want a strap at all? You don’t need one!
  • How much care and prep will you want your group to put on their rifles?
    Our Elite 2-5 is made of solid wood and requires taping to reinforce naturally weak areas. To maintain a clean appearance, tape will need to be replaced too keep it looking fresh. However, the Elite Pro series is made out of single-piece molded, high-density polyethylene, which is stress crack and impact resistant. You will not need to tape these rifles, but clean-up with a rag will keep it looking show ready.

Here are some considerations when selecting the perfect rifle for your color guard:


  • How old/tall is your group?
    Cadet and middle school groups are typically shorter than high school and varsity teams. Consider the heights of your rifle line when selecting sizes. A 39” may be perfect for a world class group, but your middle school cadet guard may be only slightly taller than their rifles.
  • How experienced is your group?
    A brand new rifle line may not be strong enough yet to control a longer, heavier rifle. A shorter rifle is easier to control on tosses and catches and will serve as a wise starter. A longer rifle has more to control and clean. A more experienced group may be ready to graduate to a longer 37.5” or 39” rifle (our top DCI groups spin 39" rifles). If you have a new but naturally strong group, a longer rifle may be a positive challenge.
  • How big is your rifle line?
    A small rifle line takes up less space on the field and floor. You may want a longer rifle that commands a slightly larger presence. However, if your rifle line is larger, or if you have an entire ensemble spinning rifle, you can use smaller weapons without compromising presence and effect.
  • What are you looking for in a strap?
    The leather strap stretches with time and use, making it malleable while still maintaining some tautness over time. The web strapping can be automatically adjusted to the desired looseness, but won’t have the flexibility of the leather strap. Don’t want a strap at all? You don’t need one!
  • How much care and prep will you want your group to put on their rifles?
    Our Elite 2-5 is made of solid wood and requires taping to reinforce naturally weak areas. To maintain a clean appearance, tape will need to be replaced too keep it looking fresh. However, the Elite Pro series is made out of single-piece molded, high-density polyethylene, which is stress crack and impact resistant. You will not need to tape these rifles, but clean-up with a rag will keep it looking show ready.

Choosing a rifle to compliment your group doesn’t have to be a pain. But it does require knowledge of what will be best for your guard. DSI offers rifles that will fit your needs and are customizable. At the end of the day, there is no “bad” choice, but an ineffective choice could be the difference between an adequate guard and a spectacular one.