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USAF’s GAU-5A Takedown Survival Rifle Enters Service

ZA_Survivalist

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If the rifle is disabled when taken down, what is the point of needing to take the barrel off when one could just separate the upper from the lower?
I guess you save some inches with the upper.. but still.
 

User 1234

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Even if this kit makes the rifle two inches shorter than separating the upper and lower that may make the difference in fitting inside the ejection seat or not.
 

ZA_Survivalist

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Even if this kit makes the rifle two inches shorter than separating the upper and lower that may make the difference in fitting inside the ejection seat or not.
Fair, but its minimal. Its more government spending when there could be other options that are available and fit the space required.
 

osprey

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I am guessing the 4+ extra inches saved is what allows it to fit under the seat. It does seem like much to do about nothing otherwise.
 
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10.5" rail, QD adds another inch, thread for FH is another half-inch--how long is the barrel extension? Am I right thinking this looks like a 12.5" barrel, or is it more likely a 14.5?

What I've distilled so far:
  • Lower Receiver: A1 partial-fence
  • Grip: FAB Defense AGF-43S folder
  • Stock: M4 waffle, some sources also cite original SB15
  • Did not see any ambi safeties or Norgon catches
  • Upper: Standard flattop
  • Barrel: ? ? ? (14.5 middy? 12.5 or 10" carbine?)
  • Muzzle device: A2 flash hider
  • QD System: Cry Havoc QRB with some kind of protective cover
  • Handguard: Midwest G3M10
  • Rear BUIS: Magpul MAG527 MBUS Pro LR
  • Front BUIS: ? ? ?
  • Magazines: 4x GI 30-round, flat Coyote Brown - https://media.defense.gov/2019/May/09/2002130077/780/780/0/190506-F-MM641-018.JPG
 

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