Several months ago, in a phone conversation, Alex Robinson, owner of Robinson Armament, told me he was working on a new rifle project for the military. He couldn’t disclose very much at the time, but it certainly sounded very interesting. Well, it now appears that he was talking about the brand new Robinson Armament RAV02 MC (pronounced "RAVE") select-fire rifle/carbine.
Available in 5.56x45mm, 5.45x39mm, and 7.62x39mm, the Robinson Armament RAVO2 MC is designed to solve all the problems currently being experienced by the M4/M4A1 carbine, including the ammunition performance problems. According to the company’s website, "soldiers who have shot it…
prefer it hands down over the M4 Carbine." They then go on to say that "even using the 7.62x39mm round, it is as accurate as an M4 Carbine. It can digest steel or brass cased ammunition fed through AK47 magazines and drums. The Rifle Features the S.I.R. (Swan Integrated Rail System) which gives the rifle Accessory Rails (Picatinny Rails) at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 O’clock positions. The reliability also surpasses the M4 Carbine."
In all honesty, the RAVO2 MC really just looks like a shortened M96 Recon Carbine with a rail system installed, but we’re guessing there’s a good bit more to it, and we hope we’re right.
All DefRev can say is, we sincerely hope the RAVO2 MC rifle, particularly the carbine version, lives up to every bit of corporate hyperbole, because our Special Operations forces in Afghanistan deserve to have a carbine that works correctly. If it were up to me, if the RAVO2 MC is truly reliable, durable, and combat accurate, I’d equip our guys with the 7.62x39mm carbine version for most CQB work, especially when they’re working with suppressors. The barrel on the RAVO2 MC carbine looks to be around 12", and appears to come with an AK-74-style muzzle brake attached. The RAV02 MC is only available to military and law enforcement.
Robinson Armament is definitely a company to keep your eye on.