May 1, 2014 at 12:24 am #102180
No doubt most of us fall into a category that does not include a budget to afford, as in one case I am aware of, $11,000.00 for an auto sear to convert an HI91 to full auto. Oh and the $200 fee as well.
So, what kind of alternatives might be available to fill in for such a role? Will a semi-auto with a heavy barrel and drum mag be made to work effectively in such a role? Or are there any alternatives
May 1, 2014 at 2:22 am #102181Yankee TerrierParticipant
title 2 firearms are difficult to find, a true gpmg or squad automatic weapon especially so. There are beltfed support weapons that are semi auto with crankfire adaptors and you can get a view of them at Belfed shooters.com
May 1, 2014 at 6:59 am #102182
I’ve been thinking about this for a while.
And my idea has always been this:
– take a AR 15 rifle with a CHF barrel and a quality bolt and BCG.
– Add bumpfire possibly one of those new internal bumbfire called taccon (or some such)
-(this link has some hype but its the general idea) http://robarguns.com/blog/2013/11/20/taccon-3mr-trigger-system/
– Add a Bipod
– get some 100 rd Drum Mags
= Field expedient SAW
PS: maybe a pre SHTF heavy weapons section in a FREEFOR platoon can consist of a couple of these plus a 50 Cal weapon to turn cover into concealment (for urban ops) plussed up with a couple of riflemen as spotters/protectors/ammo carriers.
May 1, 2014 at 8:35 am #102183John LangdonParticipant
The Taccon trigger is simply a response trigger that paintballers used to use all the time. I wondered when it would be applied to real firearms:
May 1, 2014 at 10:21 am #102184Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
You can bumpfire relatively accurate with practice without accessories, that said the various gimmicks springs and stocks are not worth the money for anything other than plinking.
Now there is room for Geissele’s various Triggers, I would stick with the ones made for combat use vice three gun types.
Videos demonstrate rates of fire, you don’t need any faster.
They are two stage triggers with faster resets.
May 1, 2014 at 10:50 am #102185
Thanks for the heads up on the Geissele triggers. They are do to release a trigger for the Tavor. The stock trigger on the Tavor, well,… it does work. But it’s not fun, heavy, long, gritty takeup. The stock trigger reset is pretty good.
May 1, 2014 at 11:32 am #102186
Ares Defense makes a belt-fed AR upper.
It’s pricey at $3499.99 and no word on availability and price of spare barrels.
However, it seems to me, that as with regular old mag fed ARs, the biggest hurdle is the cost of feeding it. If you think you can burn through ammo quickly doing mag dumps, just wait until you start working with 200 rd. belts.
I believe there are other similar products out there.
May 2, 2014 at 10:22 am #102187
We run a SAW at our shoots sometimes. Usually load/sell 25 and/or 50 rd belts. They do go pretty fast if the shooter just wants to dump a belt. OR you can get three or four short bursts(TRIGGER CONTROL) from a 25rd’r or six or eight bursts from a 50rd’r.
May 2, 2014 at 10:25 am #102188
I should have added that it seems to me that full auto fire has a pretty specific time and place for its use. But what the heck do I know, I still prefer 20 round magazines in my semis and 25 in the squirt guns, heh, heh.
May 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm #102189LloydParticipant
I ask this question from the perspective of a long time shooter with NO mil experience, and very limited trigger time with full auto…
Is a squad machinegun as much psychological as anything else? I mean, most shots are going to miss the target, so isn’t the MG’s job primarily to suppress by putting many rounds (quickly) close to the bad guys? And if so, can equal suppression be achieved with accurate semi-auto fire?
An example of what I mean would be using “sharpshooters” in support, deployed similarly to a MG team.
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May 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm #102190
I don’t believe “equal” suppression is possible when comparing the SAW to a semi auto rifle, but the question you might want to ask is, “Can I support (logistically and physically)a SAW (or a civilian equivalent) in the field?”, and “Is the amount of suppression I can provide with my semi auto acceptable from a ‘cover my buddy’s ass’ perspective?”. I believe that even though it’s not equal in rounds down range, enough rounds can be delivered by a semi auto to make the bad guys second guess any attempts they might want to make to gain target acquisition by sticking their heads out of cover. Tell me again how much weight your used to carrying in you Load bearing gear, and how much does the weapon weight that you normally carry? A SAW weighs 18 lbs empty, and the basic load I carried was 4-200 round drums (one in the gun, 3 on the LBE)Food for thought
May 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm #102191Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
I believe two men trained properly, working in concert as a team with AR’s and decent triggers can match a SAW’s performance.
Question is do you really need it?
May 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm #102192
Here is what I have built to suit that role:
That is a 150rnd ARMATAC SAW-MAG.
Advantages of a mag-fed over a belt fed(semi-auto):
If something goes wrong with the drum I can use mags.
If my gun goes down for some reason I can hand off the drum to the “new” SAW gunner.
Pretty much any AR with a bipod and drum or not can fill that position if you think you need it.
I think that fast and accurate fire is about as good as you can do without spending 25K.
May 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm #102193
What kind of barrel is on it?
What kind of trigger?
May 3, 2014 at 2:26 am #102194
It is a BCM standard 16″ mid-length. The trigger right now is an older(good one) RRA 2-stage tuned by John Holliger at WOA. Nothing special.
May 3, 2014 at 8:57 am #102195
May 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm #102196
Interesting article on the trigger.
Video comparison of 2 triggers.
May 14, 2014 at 7:08 am #102197
I have Geissele S3G triggers in all my ARs. It’s important to note that while not recommended they do fill the role I anticipate better than any other trigger.
May 14, 2014 at 11:26 am #102198
I have Geissele S3G triggers in all my ARs.
Depending on how many ARs you own, your trigger budget is bigger than my rifle budget!
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