by David Crane
A little over a year ago, I wrote a story on the Arms Tech Recon Rifle. Well, in early November 2002, I got to shoot Arm’s Tech’s Compak-16 select-fire subcarbine/SBR (Short-Barreled Rifle), which is basically a shortened version of the Recon Rifle.
I actually had a lot of fun shooting ths gun. Ideally, I would have liked to put at least 300-500 rounds through it. As it happens, I was only able to fire about 3 or 4 fully-loaded 30-round magazines through the weapon. I did not experience any malfunctions whatsoever during my session. Felt-recoil on the Compak-16 was…
about what you’d expect for a 5.56mm subcarbine. Since I was nursing a bad left ankle that I did not want to put my weight on, I was not able to use as aggressive a forward stance as I would have liked, while running the gun on full-auto. You may notice this in the video.
The Arms Tech Compak-16 SBR/Subcarbine reportedly achieves higher velocities out of its short barrel than other SBRs, due to the barrel’s "progressive gain twist" rifling, a feature that’s proprietary to Arms Tech weapons, from what we understand.
Cyclic rate on the Compak-16 subcarbine is 550-650 rpm, depending on the customer’s requirements. Barrel twist is 1:9. Arms Tech is now offering a compact suppressor for the Compak-16 called the MD-556/02, which, according to the company, is "optimized for any 5.56mm weapon system.
If the reader downloads and views the video accompanying this story, he/she should take notice of the EOTech 552 Holographic Diffraction Sight mounted on the Compak-16 I’m firing. The EOTech 552 is one of my two favorite optical rifle sights, the other being the Aimpoint CompM2. IMO, the EOTech is currently the fastest sight for mulitiple target engagement in CQB scenarios.
DefRev will be adding an addendum to this story very soon containing a link to a scan of Arms Tech’s brochure for the Compak-16. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the video of your humble editor-in-chief running it a little bit.
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Right-click here to download/save video, and watch DefRev editor-in-chief, David Crane, load and fire the Arms Tech Compak-16 subcarbine. The active hearing protection David Crane is wearing in the video is a pair of Walker’s Game Ear’s Power Muffs Quad. These muffs are extremely comfortable and worked perfectly during our range testing of various weapons at SWAT Round-Up 2002.
Click on this link to read a previous DefRev article about the Arms Tech Recon Rifle, the Compak-16’s larger brother.