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Masada Technote

Masada Technote



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Published by: Mago Invisivel on Oct 09, 2008
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Designed and built by the Magpul design team in approximately 4 months as anexperiment in firearms design, the Masada™ is an evolution of proven technolo-gies in a lightweight package optimized for mass production.The Masada™ Adaptive Combat Weapon System is rapidly reconfigurable for length, caliber, magazine compatibility, stock type, and fire-control setup. Corefeatures include a gas-piston operating system, tool-less quick-change barrel sys-tem, multi-adjustable folding stock, and integrated storage.Transition from the M16 weapon series is facilitated with similar control placementand function of many critical controls thus requiring minimal re-training. Backwardcompatibility with a number of AR-15/M16 parts allows for a wide variety of cus-tom configurations using commonly available components.
Masada™ Design History
Initially the design intent of the Masada™ system was to enhance the features of the M16/AR15 rifle.Many weapon designs were examined throughout the course of research. In eachcase, features were discovered that were liked and disliked. The goal of Masada™ became clear: Incorporate what Magpul considered the best featuresof the most successful weapon platforms into a single, unified design. Attempting to retrofit the M16 system with the highly desirable features of a next-generation weapon system turned out to be unnecessarily difficult, prohibitivelyexpensive and in the end still fell short of expectations. In March of 2006 the proj-ect based upon the M16/AR15 series of rifles was abandoned.
Starting from Scratch
In the fall of 2006, Magpul Industries restarted the project from scratch. After reviewing the past research, the proven AR180 was selected as the basis of theoperating group. Six operational prototypes were modeled, analyzed, test firedand built in approximately 4 months for the 2007 SHOTShow.Unlike many weapons of its type, the Masada™ concept is not based on any gov-ernment solicitation or specification sheet. Rather it is a culmination of ideas andfeatures the team feels is critical for designing a first-rate fighting weapon.
MAGPULMASADA™ ADAPTIVE COMBAT WEAPON SYSTEMBACKGROUNDPolymer M16 project as it was beforebeing abandoned in favor of a newsystem based on the AR180 platform.
The Masada™ rifle is user configurable via six main components.
-Upper Receiver (serialized)-Operating Group-Lower Receive-Barrel and Gas Piston Assembly-Handguard-Buttstock AssemblyMAGPULMASADA™ ADAPTIVE COMBAT WEAPON SYSTEMFEATURESUpper Receiver (serialized)Barrel and Gas Piston AssemblyHandguardLower Receiver Operating GroupButtstock Assembly

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