By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
January 30, 2015
One of the fun things about SHOT Show is seeing products you didn’t expect to see there, especialy when they’re just being carried around at the show by smaller company personnel. The M+M M10X 7.62x39mm Russian AK-type long-stroke gas piston/op-rod (push-type operating rod) semi-auto-only tactical rifle/carbine is one of those products. When DefenseReview (DR) saw an almost-production-ready prototype at SHOT Show 2015, we found ourselves liking its overall design aesthetic, which is kind of European modernist in style. It looks and works/operates somewhat like a cross between a modernized Kalashnikov AK-47/AKM and a SIG 550-series rifle.
The M10X sports an ambi (ambidextrous) safety/selector switch, ambi chargring handle (i.e., hot-swappable from left to right sides), top and bottom MIL-STD-1913 “Picatinny” rail system with MLOK mounting points on the sides of the tactical handguard, MapPul pistol grip and buttstock (on the gun pictured), and a 5-position adjustable gas block/plug. To shotgun it open you just push a lever on the rear of the AK-type lower receiver. We also noted what appear to be polymer MagPul BUIS (Back Up Iron Sights) mounted on the top rail. The M10X uses an AK-type firing mechanism. The piston/op-rod system pulls right out the front for fast, easy maintenance. You just need a 7.62x39mm bullet/cartridge to push a little pin in, first.
M+M’s Michael Meier told DR that the M10X represents a major redesign of the M10-762, but we’re not yet familiar enough with the M10 to analyze it. Just as an interesting side note, the M+M M10X’s bolt carrier group (BCG) doesn’t travel as far inside the upper receiver as the AK-47/AKM’s. We didn’t get an isolated look at the M10X’s BCG, though.
Bottom line, the M10X is a cool-looking gun. Let’s just hope it actually works (goes “bang” every time, and is combat-accurate), and is as rugged as it looks. We’re currently flying blind on that particular front. That said, we’re primarily tactical AR and AK guys over here, but the M10X is another welcome choice in the market, and worth checking out. Designing a new semi-auto or select-fire firearm is never an easy thing, so DR always appreciates it when we see it.
Defense Review would like to thank Mr. Meier for taking the time to take us through the gun on video (see below).
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