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August 11, 2012
Last updated on 8/14/12.
DefenseReview (DR) got a chance to interview 3-Gun competition shooter Robby Johnson of Remington Defense at NDIA Joint Armaments Conference 2012 about the Remington ACR PDW SBR (Adaptive Combat Rifle Personal Defense Weapon Short Barreled Rifle) and Remington Individual Carbine (IC) candidate at NDIA Joint Armaments Conference 2012 in Seattle, Washington. According to Johnson Remington ACR PDW 5.56mm NATO (5.56x45mm NATO) SBR was originally developed as part of an effort to comply with the Individual Carbine Competition (ICC) weight requirement of 8 pounds (8 lbs) or less with a loaded magazine, which meant that an empty ACR carbine (14.5" barrel, no ammo) had to come in just under 7 lbs at approx. 6.8 lbs empty. Remington was able to take about to reduce the Remington ACR carbine's weight by about 2 lbs to meet the IC weight requirement.
The Remington ACR PDW SBR sports a 9.75" barrel in order to come in within 20 inches (20") with the buttstock folded, which was a federal contract requirement. The ACR PDW weighs approx. 6.5 lbs, according to Johnson.
The Remington ACR PDW and ACR Individual Carbine candidate both utilize the Remington MSR (Modular Sniper Rifle) barrel nut system rather than a QCB (Quick Change Barrel) system for optimal accuracy, since they were seeing some point-of-impact shift with the original QCB system. The Remington Defense ACR development team also modified the ACR's ambidextrous (right/left swappable) charging handle to make it a folding charging handle, for superior ergonomics/usernomics. The folding charging handle makes the handle longer when being used, making it easier to operating with gloves and when various combat optics and tactical accessories like an AN/PEQ-15 (ATPIAL) or AN/PEQ-16 is mounted. The new folding charging handle can also be locked into position for barricade shooting.
Johnson claims that the ACR's short-stroke gas piston/op-rod (push-type operating rod) operating system is now squared away and that the weapon is now even more reliable under adverse combat conditions than AR-15-platform weapons, including the Colt M4A1 and Heckler & Koch HK416 (also written HK 416), as well as other gas piston/op-rod ARs, which implies that Remington probably feels it's also superior to the Remington R5 RGP (Remington Gas Piston) carbine (unconfirmed/unverified). Defense Review wrote about the the prototype version of the Remington R5 RGP, the "Remington R4 GPC (Gas Piston Carbine)" prototype weapon, a couple years ago.
DR would very much like to see how the latest Remington ACR weapons platforms stack against the FN Herstal FN SCAR PDW, Heckler & Koch HK416C (HK416 Compact) PDW and FERFRANS SOAR-P 7.5" tactical piston AR PDW, respectively, in a military-level adverse conditions/high-round-count test with regard to
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