By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com
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September 14, 2008
DefenseReview recently got the chance to run FERFRANS Specialties' new SOAR-P 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO)/.223 Rem. select-fire, gas piston/op-rod tactical AR SBR (Short Barreled Rifle)/subcarbines (10.5"-11.5" barrels) at the range. While the recoil impulse was a bit more "punchy" (less smooth, quicker impulse) than the FERFRANS direct-gas-impingement SOAR SBRs and carbines, it was no more so than anyone else's piston-driven tactical AR we've tried. And, since the SOAR-P piston AR SBRs run significantly slower on full-auto than anyone else's full-auto gas-piston-driven ARs (approx. 625-675 RPM) thanks to the patented FERFRANS Rate Reduction System (RRS), they're significantly more controllable on full-auto than competing piston-driven systems. More controllable means more hits on target. The RRS makes full-auto fire a viable CQB/CQC tool.
We ran the FERFRANS SOAR-P tactical piston AR SBRs suppressed and unsuppressed, and the guns ran reliably in both configurations. That said, we didn't have the opportunity to conduct a U.S. military-style high-round-count/adverse-conditions test and abuse the weapons accordingly.
Sighting on the suppressed weapon pictured was accomplished via an Aimpoint Micro T-1 mini-red dot sight and Aimpoint 3XMag magnifying optic mounted via Larue Tactical QD sight mounts (LaRue Tactical QD LT660 (Tall) for the Micro T-1 and QD Pivot Mount LT649 for the 3XMag) , which Defense Review highly recommends.
The FERFRANS SOAR-P piston-driven select-fire tactical AR SBRs are now available to military and law enforcement end-users.
Author's Note: The author is wearing a Tactical Command Industries, Inc. (TCI) Liberator II Tactical Headset System and Oakley tactical eyewear (Oakley Juliet sunglasses) in the photos, and, yes, it's just a coincidence that the lenses color-match the lens on the Aimpoint Micro T-1 combat optic (optical sight).
Company Contact Info:
214 Calle Moreno
San Dimas, CA 91773
O.P. Seberger Jr., Owner
P.O. Box 377
Shingletown, CA 96088
For Ordering Inquiries Contact:
MagPul Industries Corp
400 Young Court – Unit 1
Erie, Colorado 80516-8440
877-4MAGPUL Toll Free
MagPul Industries Corp.
PO Box 17697
Longmont, Colorado 80308-0697
Op-Rod – Operating Rod
SOAR – Special Operations Assault Rifle
AR – AR-15
SBR – Short Barreled Rifle
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