by David Crane
defrev at gmail.com
January 7, 2008
Troy Industries, Inc. is currently making a patent-pending modular chassis system for the M14/M1A rifle that uprates it to a true 21st-century 7.62x51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO)/.308 Win. battle rifle for U.S. military Special Operations (SPECOPS) tactical/warfare operations. It’s called, appropriately enough, the Troy Industries M14/M1A Modular Chassis System (MCS). According to noted gunwriter Charlie Cutshaw, the Troy M14/M1A MCS is basically the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to tactically upgrading your M14/M1A rifle, and is such a significant improvement over previous attempts to upgrade the M14 rifle, that is, essentially nonpareil and in a class by itself. DefenseReview assumes that Mr. Cutshaw is alluding to both the Sage International, Ltd / NSW Crane Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) chassis and Troy’s previous-incarnation M14/M1A rifle chassis called the Troy Rock SOPMOD M14 Commando Carbine (unconfirmed/unverified).
The M14/M1A MCS is…
CNC-machined from a solid billet of 6061-T6 aluminum and is designed to significantly enhance all combat-relevant aspects, including reliability, accuracy, and tactical accessory-mounting capability. Interestingly, the M14/M1A MCS allows for a lower bore axis, placing the barrel in direct line with the shooter’s shoulder, just like an AR-15/M16 variant rifle or SOPMOD M4/M4A1 Carbine, providing a straight-line (a.k.a. in-line) recoil impulse and reduced muzzle rise and muzzle climb for enhanced control, yielding more hits on target, especially during rapid-fire strings against multiple and moving targets.
The MCS, of course, features an integral Mil-Std-1913 "Picatinny" Quad Rail / Forend Rail tube for mounting tactical rifle accessories, including combat optics, lasers, tactical white lights, vertical foregrips, etc. The top rail is a full-length rail.
If you purchase a Troy M14/M1A Modular Chassis System (MCS), you’ve currently got two premium buttstock choices: a Vltor Modstock telescoping stock or MagPul Precision Rifle Sniper stock. However, Defense Review would think that a MagPul CTR Carbine Stock, MagPul UBR (Utility/Battle Rifle) stock, or Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) SOPMOD Buttstock Assembly (a.k.a. Crane Stock a.k.a. SOCOM Stock) would also be viable tactical buttstock choices for the MCS.
The Troy MCS is available in two colors: Tactical Black and Dark Earth (a.k.a. Coyote Brown). The MCS utilizes a Tango Down pistol grip and Tango Down Rail Grips (a.k.a. rail covers a.k.a. rail panels).
It looks like Troy Industries has teamed up with Fulton Armory to build an M14/M1A "Modular Combat Rifle (MCR)", which reportedly combines the MCS with original GI or Mil-Spec M14/M1A rifle components/parts.
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