MC-R Modular Caseless Rifle
This weapon is the MC-R "Modular Caseless Rifle" prototype by CRYE ASSOCIATES. I like its look and design, and I think it would be a great entry in any Armed Forces' arsenal. Yet, I don't like the fact that it is made to fire CASELESS ammunitions. Too much problems of reliability, from feeding to possible cook-off, and I think that the way to look for is the ol'good' cased ammo, at least for the next 100 years. That's why I started to think that, hey, maybe reverse-engineering the MC-R from a "Modular Caseless Rifle" to a "Modular COMBAT Rifle", using standard cased, readily available, very widespread ammunitions, and relative magazines, would boost the operational readiness of the weapon and make it a great hit for the current military operations. My opinion is that such a Modular Combat Rifle should fire the .7'62x51mm-NATO cartridge, taking the 30-rounds magazines made for the FN FAL by the Belgians, for the L1A1-SLR by the British, and still being made in the USA by DS-ARMS for their SA-58 rifles series (at least, for the "Mini-OSW" selective-fire carbine offered for Military/LE). And that' was the system I thought to implement: the bolt travels back to "grab" a round from the magazine, "hooks" it and "drives" it to the chamber. When the round is fired, the bolt travels back again, and a certain amount of the gas generated by the shot is "pumped" to push the case back from the chamber one bit. Finding itself in the void, the case falls down by its own weight and is ejected from the downside-placed ejection window, while the bolt "grabs" and "hooks" another cartridge and "drives" it to the chamber for a second shot. This all, in a good fire repetition in semi-automatic fire (a skilled user should be able to fire at least 2 rounds per sec. in semi-auto, highly-trained personnel shall have their rifles with lightened trigger to fire at least 3 rounds per sec.), a fairly controllable cyclic rate of 600 Rounds Per Minute in full-autofire and about 100/1200 RPM when firing in controlled burst mode (2-rounds or 3-rounds: the last round is out of the barrel before the shooter can feel the recoil of the FIRST shot, so that recoil does not afflicts the accuracy, much like in the Nikonov/Abakan AN-94, and in the HK-G11, one of the few good features of that weapon). Being the ejection downwards, the cocking handle and the fire selector controls placed ambidextrously, the Crye MC-R retrofitted as such is readily employable by all users. A mercury recoil dampener (something seen at a SHOT Show of some time ago in a .50-BMG pistol, see them HERE, HERE and HERE, ) should do the rest as for kick reducing. And all these rails on the frame and on the top should provide the weapon all the "Modularity" it needs to be a viable, future military combat rifle. Sure, it would represent a drawback to .7'62x51mm-NATO; but military operations in the present and in the recent past have demonstrated that the currently-used .5'56x45mm-NATO loads (I repeat, the CURRENTLY-USED MILITARY LOADS) severely lack stopping power (I still say that .5'56x45mm-NATO would be a helluva manstopper, if they'd be allowed to use frangible ammunitions). Many of yours think that it'd be time to shift to, so to speak, .6'8x43mm-SPC Remington Cartridge, or .6'5mm/.26 Grendel; but let me object that the .7'62x51mm still has range, accuracy and stopping power to spare; that its overpenetration problems can be fixed with the use of the right ammunitions; and that, differently from .6'8mm-SPC or .6'5-Grendel, it is already available in huge quantities.
Submitted by: PT-The Italian Commie