By David Crane
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Photo and Video Credit: Jeff Gurwitch
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November 12, 2013
Yesterday, Soldier Systems published a piece on the Ohio Ordnance HCAR (Heavy Combat Assault Rifle), which is essentially a modernized, 21st-century SOPMOD-version M1918 SOPMOD BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle). Well, they might have beaten us to the punch on it (kudos to them), but DefenseReview (DR) writer/contributor Jeff Gurwitch got to run the HCAR suppressed at the range, recently (courtesy of Osprey Global Solutions), and we've got some photos and video of it, as well. Gurwitch reports that the mag-fed HCAR is cool, but it's heavy (REAL heavy), has a bad trigger, is semi-auto-only, and the bolt carrier doesn't lock back on the last round. DR agrees that it's a cool-looking gun, but in our analysis, it's unfortunately a weapon without a combat nitch, and no matter how much you modernize it, it will remain so.
If you want a modern select-fire battle rifle, you've now got much lighter and more modular weapons like the FN MK17 SCAR-H and AR-type Knight's Armament Co. M110 SASS/SR-25 EM Carbine. If you want a modern semi-auto-only tactical/battle rifle, you've got AR-format weapons like the LaRue Tactical PredatAR 7.62, LaRue Tactical Suitcase Rifle Takedown PredatOBR 7.62mm, DRD Tactical Paratus P762 Gen-2 7.62mm takedown rifle, and Lewis Machine & Tool LMT LM8MWS 7.62mm. If you want a modern machine gun, you've now got relatively lightweight, compact belt-fed medium machine guns/general purpose machine guns (MMG/GPMG) like the FN MK 48 MOD 1 7.62mm and U.S. Ordnance M60E4/MK43 MOD 1 7.62mm, which provide much more firepower and are thus far more capable than a select-fire HCAR. Understand that infantrymen used to fire the BAR on full-auto from the hip while they were walking forward or from the bipod while prone, rather than firing it from the shoulder. Why? Because it was friggin' long and heavy.
Defense Review therefore sees the Ohio Ordnance HCAR SOPMOD BAR as an interesting and cool novelty, rather than a serious 21st-century combat weapon. It's a literal blast from the past, though, and we still like it, anyway.
Editor's Note: Notice the Salient Arms International (SAI)/War Sport LVOA tactical AR carbine, Salient Arms International SAI Glock pistol with combat optic, and Gen-2 LaRue Tactical Suitcase Rifle takedown PredatOBR on the Osprey Global Solutions (OGS) table in the embedded photos below the video clip.
Company Contact Info:
Knight’s Armament Co. KAC M110 SASS/SR-25 EM Carbine/Compact 16″ 7.62mm NATO Battle Carbine with KAC 762 MAMS Muzzle Brake and KAC QDC and CQB Muzzle Cans (Silencers/Sound Suppressors): Range Session (Photos and Video!)
Lewis Machine & Tool LMT LM8MWS (also written LM8 MWS) 16″ “Slick Receiver” Monolithic Rail Platform 7.62mm NATO/.308 Win. Tactical AR-10/SR-25-Type Battle Rifle/Carbine Upper Receiver(s) with Lightweight Modular Rail System
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