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Civilian Rifles - Vol.2

Civilian Rifles - Vol.2

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MAGPUL Masada / Bushmaster ACR –Adaptive Combat Rifle (USA)
Data for Standard versionType / action
 gas operated, rotating bolt
 5.56x45 / .223 Rem, possibly others suchas 7.62x39 M43
Weight unloaded
 3.3 kg
 716 mm / 28.2" folded, 947 mm / 37.3"stock fully extended
Barrel length
 406 mm / 16" (also 318mm / 12.5", 368mm / 14.5" and 457mm / 18")
Magazine capacity
 30 roundsThe Masada rifle was developed by US-based company Magpul Industries, whichbecame famous for its line of aftermarket accessories and replacement parts for firearms.Work on the new modular rifle, suitable for civilian, police and military applications anddesigned more or less along the lines of the SCAR program commenced in 2006. Firstprototypes were shown to the public in 2007 at ShotShow, and early in 2008 it wasannounced that new rifle (previously known as Masada) will be mass produced byfamous American gun-making company Bushmaster Firearms. Current plans are tointroduce civilian and police (semi-automatic) versions in mid-2009, with military select-fire version scheduled for production in late 2009. It is also planned to introduce Masada / Bushmaster ACR rifles in 5.56mm / .223 Rem caliber; other calibers might follow later.Magpul also is developing a 7.62x51 / .308 Win version of the Masada / ACR rifle,provisionally known as Masoud. It is still in early development and no information isavailable on its date of release to the public.
MAGPUL Masada / Bushmaster ACR - Adaptive Combat Rifle in standard configuration, 2008 prototype
The Masada / Bushmaster ACR rifle is gas operated, semi-automatic or selective-fired(Military version only) weapon of modular design. It utilizes aluminum alloy upperreceiver, with polymer pistol grip / trigger / magazine housing (lower receiver) unitwhich is attached to the upper receiver using cross-pins. Various types of lower receiversare planned to accommodate different types of magazines (i.e. Ar-15 type magazines asopposed to AK-type magazines). The trigger / manual safety unit is made as a singleremovable item, and it mostly utilizes Ar-15-compatible parts. The barrels of ACR / Masada are quick-detachable, with short-stroke gas pistons attached to each barrel. Toremove the barrel (for change, inspection or maintenance), user has to remove polymerhandguards, then swing down the wire lever, located below the barrel, turn the barrel tounlock and pull it forward and out of the receiver. All barrels are free-floated withinhandguards to achieve consistent accuracy. Bolt group also is made as a single unit, withcaptive return spring and rotary multi-lug bolt which locks directly to the barrel breech.The standard magazine housing, which is suited to accept Ar-15 type magazines, hasambidextrous magazine release buttons. The ambidextrous bolt stop release button islocated at the front of the triggerguard. Safety lever is also ambidextrous, and charginghandle can be installed on either side of the gun, depending on user preferences.Depending on the version (or user preferences) ACR / Masada rifle can be equipped withvarious Magpul-made buttstocks, fixed or side-folding, and adjustable for length of pull(some also with adjustable cheek rest). Each Masada / Bushmaster ACR rifle gas integralPicatinny rail on the top of the receiver; additional accessory rails can be installed onforend according to user preferences. Masada / Bushmaster ACR rifle can be fitted withremovable iron sights, and/or with any optical or night sight with appropriate mounting.
MAGPUL Masada / Bushmaster ACR - Adaptive Combat Rifle in SPR configuration, with 18.5in barreland fixed adjustable 'sniper' stock 
MAGPUL Masada / Bushmaster ACR - Adaptive Combat Rifle in Entry configuration with 12.5in barreland side-folding stock.

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