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Two new combat rifles

The two most interesting. I was kind of hoping the Masada would take off. But it hasn’t and I figure there’s a reason for that.

7 Responses to “Two new combat rifles”

  1. TigerStripe Says:

    Magpul should have held on to the Masada and/or not sold it to Freedom Group/ Cerberus.

  2. Mike V. Says:

    I thought the licensed it, not sold it; but Bushmaster’s involvement was the kiss of doom IMHO.

  3. HL Says:

    Yeah, I think the Masada became the ACR, which is a nice rifle, but it lost out to the SCAR…of course then the military decided they didn’t need a new 5.56 and so both were dumped, leaving only the SCAR heavy (7.62 NATO) on the table.

    As for the Tavor, its awesome…but hardly new. hasn’t it been in service for more than 10 years?

  4. Dan Says:

    Help me out, please. What is the benefit of a bullpup other than looking different? I’m old and used to seeing “regular” style firearms.

  5. SayUncle Says:

    Shorter overall length or longer barrel in same size gun.

  6. Dan Says:


  7. HSR47 Says:

    The issue with the Masada/ACR is that it has never gotten real support on the manufacturing side.

    Magpul granted Bushmaster/Remington/FG/CCM an exclusive license to produce it, and BM/Rem/FG/CCM collectively has decided that it isn’t particularly interested in supporting the platform.

    Frankly, if BM/Rem had actually been willing to produce the firearms, and/or if Magpul had been willing to enter into wider licensing agreements, The design probably would have gotten much more market penetration.

    As it stands though, you can sometimes find the rifles (usually ~2,100 and up), but any accessories/spare parts (rails, bolts, barrels, etc) are virtually non-existent.

    Who wants to drop 2k on a rifle when the manufacturer doesn’t want to actually support the platform?

    Conversely, when it came to the Tavor, IWI came to market looking to actually SELL the damned things. As such, they actually made them, and they made accessories. People have responded to this by buying the rifles; Other companies having noticed this have responded by making aftermarket parts. As a result, IWI has probably sold more Tavor rifles in the last 12 months than Bushmaster has sold ACRs in the last 5 years.