2 Vets Bravo

     2 Vets is just what is sounds like -- run by Dean and Amber Brandly, both long-service veterans. (Dean jokes that he married above his pay grade.) They use a lot of proprietary hardware and specialist designs in their rifles, in what they call the B5 package -- handguards, rails, stock, pistol grip, and finish.  The Bravo is not 2 Vets' (or 2VA) first design; it is merely the latest. The Bravo is on the base AR plan, but differs in many ways. Chief of these is the left-side charging handle, attached to a reciprocating nickel-boron bolt. The 16-inch barrel is cold hammer-forged barrel operating by direct impingement. It has not only a birdcage muzzle brake, but a target crown under it. It has perfectly-matched upper and lower receivers. It has an extended bolt release, standard AR controls.  The receiver has a monolithic MIL-STD-1913 rail, and it retains the standard A2 front sight.  The pistol grip is by Umbrella Corp, and it has self-designed handguards and six-position sliding stock.  There is no forward assist; "the charging handle is the forward assist."  The charging handle may be screwed into either side of the bolt, with case ejection on the right.  The Bravo's receiver and handguards are deliberately made wider than normal -- this adds to weight, but increases strength and rigidity.  It's a tough rifle.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Bravo

5.56mm NATO

2.95 kg

10, 20, 30

$633

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Bravo

5

3

1-Nil

4/5

2

5

41

 

2A Armament BLR-16

     Notes: The BLR-16 is an attempt to produce the best possible AR by combining as many off-the-shelf components as possible without getting redundant. The BALIOS-lite upper and lower receivers incorporate titanium alloy, and many of the internals are also of titanium alloy.  Above the receiver, and locking into the rail above the handguard, is a MIL-STD-1913 rail variant called the BL-RAIL by 2A.  This may use 2A’s proprietary tension lock design for attachment, M-LOK, or KeyMod’s locking solution.  The 16-inch barrel is secured by a titanium barrel nut, with a titanium gas block, and titanium takedown pins.  The barrel is made of 416R stainless steel and is tipped by a titanium T3 compact muzzle brake; however, this is on threads and may be replaced by any number of muzzle brakes or suppressors.  The barrel uses the M-16s thick/thin “government profile.”  The pistol grip is a MagPul MIAD, while the sliding stock is made by Mission First and is lighter than the standard M-4’s stock, and adjusts to six positions.  The magazine well is flared for ease of loading. The bolt and bolt carrier is cryogenically-treated and has a BCM-Mod4 charging handle. In perhaps the only “standard” feature, a normal buffer and buffer spring is used. The trigger group is called an ALG-ACT group and may be adjusted for pull weight. The finish for the receivers is Type-III anodized. All that titanium makes for a light rifle.  And an expensive one – nearly $2200 in real life, and even expensive by game terms.

     I couldn’t resist statting this out for automatic fire, though in fact it is a semiautomatic-only weapon.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

BLR-16

5.56mm NATO

2.27 kg

10, 20, 30

$649

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

BLR-16

5

3

1-Nil

4/6

2

6

42

 

556 Tactical Deathpunch

     Notes: Like so many firearms companies, 556 Tactical started out as a company to produce limited runs of custom guns for friends and family.  And the Deathpunch is decked out like a race car, with its fire-engine red receiver and barrel, yellow and black controls and dustcover (it is an AR clone), black charging handle, and a monolithic MIL-STD-1913 rail. The stock and handguards are checkered, and the top and bottom of the handguards also have rails, which are black.  The flash suppressor is black, and the proprietary magazines have pull handles and are black with a yellow logo on the sides.  It is visually very impressive; and based on the Ferrari.  Only seven were produced, and members of the designer's rock band had dibs on them almost immediately.  However, they are willing to produce more on special request.

     The Deathpunch is a fully automatic SBR, with a 14.5-inch heavy fluted floating stainless steel barrel, tipped with a Tactical StrykerHype flash suppressor.  The rifle comes with a telescopic sight and a foregrip along with a finger stop.  The internal parts, including the bolt carrier, is chrome-plated.  The upper and lower receiver is made from billets of 7076 aluminum and the trigger is a CMC 3.5-pound curved profile trigger that is gold-plated. The pistol grip is from Magpul, and the stock is a B5 systems SOPMOD sliding stock. There are folding adjustable Samsom LoPro sights. The receivers are all autographed by Zoltan, the band leader and designer.

     When you have a Deathpunch, you don't just have an assault carbine, you have a work of art.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Deathpunch

5.56mm NATO

3.13 kg

10, 20, 30

$576

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Deathpunch

5

3

1-Nil

4/5

2

6

37

 

AAC MPW

     Notes: The aim of the MPW is to produce a carbine with more punch than the 5.56mm NATO in SBRs. Two versions of the MPW have a 9 and 12.5-inch barrel and are legally (in the US) an SBR, while the other is a standard-length carbine.  (Note that the 9” barrel version is no longer produced and is not found on MPW’s site anymore.) The MPW can take any straight or curved 5.56mm magazine, but not fancy ones such as the 75, 90, and 100-rounds ones made by third parties.  The barrels are finished in black nitride inside and out, which for the bore yields better corrosion resistance.  The muzzle is threaded, but sold with a standard A2-type flash suppressor. The barrel is free-floating. The handguards handguards are a full-length KAC URX III handguard with a MIL-STD-1913 rail, and there is also a short rail under the handguard near the front.  Iron sights are not sold with the MPW, but BUIS are sold separately and BUIS of any type may be attached to the rail.

     Operation is by direct gas impingement, and the bolt carrier is nickel-boron-coated for additional lubrication, meaning that the MPW requires less lubrication than most AR-15-type weapons.  The interior of the receiver halves have a further high-phosphorus electroless nickel coating.  The Bolt itself is phosphated shot-peened steel Carpenter 158 bolt. The special o-ring on the extractor is designed to fuction up to 150 degrees and down to -40 degrees F.  The extractor spring is of premium material and winding.  The extractor pin is made of S2 tool steel, superior to most AR-15-type rifles.  The gas key is properly staked with Permatex gasket-seal compound. The trigger group is a Geissele single-stage trigger with a low pull weight, and the stock and pistol grip are from MagPul.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

MPW (9” Barrel)

.300 Blackout

2.74 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$701

MPW (12.5” Barrel)

.300 Blackout

2.89 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$740

MPW (16” Barrel)

.300 Blackout

3.04 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$777

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

MPW (9” Barrel)

5

3

1-Nil

4/5

3

Nil

19

MPW (12.5” Barrel)

SA

3

2-Nil

4/5

3

Nil

32

MPW (16” Barrel)

SA

3

2-Nil

5/6

4

Nil

46

 

Adams Arms COR Ultra Lite

     Notes: The COR (Competition Optics Ready) is a rifle designed for competition, especially 3-Gun Matches, incorporating a lot of input from 3-Gun shooters and other competition shooters.

     It has a Picatinny Rail above the receiver, and a longer length down the top of the handguard (though non-continuous), and one below the handguard.  It has Diamond micrometer-adjustable rear sights and a folding post sight with protective ears.  The COR is well balanced, especially when optics are installed, though it is a bit heavy, but this contributes to its light recoil. The front of the lower handguard  rail comes with a hand stop.

     The 16.5-inch barrel is of medium profile with a slotted VDI Jet muzzle brake. The barrel is perhaps too light for a competition rifle, and in competition you want a nice, stiff barrel, and the skinny barrel has seriously compromised accuracy beyond 100 meters.  (It cannot be simulated in game terms, however.) Most shooters find difficulties beyond 100 meters, but some have been able to score consistent hits at 500 meters with a scope installed. The barrel is finished in Melonite.

     The COR uses a Magpul MOE stock, a fixed stock instead of the sliding stock of most ARs these days.  This does lighten the rifle. It also has a Magpul MOE K2 pistol grip, with a compartment inside to store batteries for optics.  The Hyperfire trigger pulls at the same weight and pull distance whether the top or bottom of the trigger is pulled. The trigger is double-sprung to ease the pull weight, and it is only 3.5 pounds.

     Most internal parts are sprung for positive engagement. (Adams does not recommend dry firing the COR for that reason.)  The bolt carrier has several deep lightening cuts in it, but is mostly an AR bolt group with extra springs in the firing pin and a stronger spring in the extractor (and, as many readers of these pages will know, my biggest problem with the M-16 and AR-15 is extraction failure).  The light bolt is also easier for the light piston to move, and allows for a less beefy recoil spring and recoiling mass. Operation is by short-stroke piston rather than direct gas impingement.  This, especially on the COR, keeps the chamber and innards much cleaner.  The action cycles smoothly and felt recoil is light.  The receivers are Type III Class II Hard-Coat Anodized.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

COR Ultra Lite

5.56mm NATO

3.23 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$662

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

COR Ultra Lite

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

42

 

Adams Arms Tactical EVO

     Notes: This is another AR-15 clone.  Many gun experts feel that the AR-15 platform has gotten a bit stale, that everything that can be done with an AR-15/M-4 has been done, and only minor cosmetic changes differentiate the various AR-15 clones.  Most manufacturers seem to take one part from one manufacturer, another from another manufacturer, have their barrels made by a few expert barrel makers, etc.

     Adams Arms distinguishes itself by it’s gas piston system, designed from the ground up for a mid-length system.  Adams makes its own working parts, from the recoil spring and buffer mass to the precision barrel and low-profile gas block. The EVO is capable of digesting almost all sorts of ammunition, use any lubrication, and feeds from virtually any AR-15-compatible magazine.  In addition, the magazine well is beveled. The EVO comes in a carbine-length and SBR-length rifle, as well as a pistol; the barrels are government contour and free-floating.  The rifle has an upper MIL-STD-1913 rail that extends from the receiver and interlocks with the full-length rail atop the handguard. Below the handguard is another short section of rail, able to take any number of accessories as well as a bipod.  Barrels include a 14.5-inch-barrel SBR and a 16-nch carbine barrel. Other SBR-length barrels include 7.5 inches, 12.5 inches and 11.5 inches. These are also the pistol barrel lengths. The barrel itself is made from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel. Barrel finish is Black Nitride with a QPQ Melonite coating. Finish for the receiver is a Hard-Coat Anodization. The barrel and working parts have been treated with Adams Arms’ Salt Nitriding Melonite process, with the piston coated with a Nickel-Boron composition. The EVO does not normally come with sights, but BUIS can be added to the upper rail, and the EVO in this entry is treated as such. The stock is a sliding skeletonized 6-position stock.

     The Adams Arms gas piston system has an Achilles Heel – it gets dirty fast, and the piston can lock up in dirt and carbon.  Note that to get that dirty, it takes a while – and the gas piston system is nickel boron coated to help keep the gas piston going, even when it is black with grunge.  The gas system is contained in a small space, limiting the amount of gas and dirt that can go into the piston area.  It can take thousands of rounds before the EVO locks up due to fouling.  The gas piston system is a short stroke system that appears to be a hybrid of the SKS and M-1 Carbine.  The result is that more gas exists from the ejection port after each shot.  The gas system is adjustable, allowing for adjustments as fouling increases and for use with a suppressor or a muzzle brake. (For game purposes, the EVO below has a flash suppressor, which is normal for an EVO.)  The trigger is described by one gun writer as a “meh trigger,” meaning it has the same squishy feel as most AR-15 clones and is not conducive to tight groups.  The EVO is a combat rifle and not a competition rifle. Perhaps the most damning comment of the EVO is the one made about all Adams Arms products – absolutely abysmal customer service.

     The EVO seems to lend itself to military/SRT/automatic use.  This has been included in the stats below as a “what-if.”

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Tactical EVO (16” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

3.22 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$599

Tactical EVO (14.5” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

3.12 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$583

Tactical EVO (12.5” Barrel)

.300 Blackout

3.86 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$742

Tactical EVO (11.5” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

2.89 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$551

Tactical EVO (7.5” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

2.57 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$507

Tactical EVO Pistol (12.5” Barrel)

.300 Blackout

2.7 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$691

Tactical EVO Pistol (11.5” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

2.72 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$500

Tactical EVO Pistol (7.5” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

2.61 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$456

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Tactical EVO (16” Barrel)

5

3

1-Nil

4/6

3

6

43

Tactical EVO (14.5” Barrel)

5

3

1-Nil

4/5

3

6

37

Tactical EVO (12.5” Barrel)

5

3

2-Nil

4/5

2

6

33

Tactical EVO (11.5” Barrel)

5

2

1-Nil

3/5

3

6

26

Tactical EVO (7.5” Barrel)

5

2

1-Nil

3/4

3

7

12

Tactical EVO Pistol (12.5” Barrel)

5

3

2-Nil

4

4

9

28

Tactical EVO Pistol (11.5” Barrel)

5

2

1-Nil

3

3

8

21

Tactical EVO Pistol (7.5” Barrel)

5

2

1-Nil

2

3

8

10

 

Adcor DI/GI

     Notes: The DI and GI are almost the same rifles – the DI uses Stoner Direct Gas Impingement, while the GI uses a gas piston.  While this makes the GI a mark more reliable, this is not accounted for in game rules, and for game purposes, they are otherwise the same carbines.  They are essentially AR-15s built to a higher standard, with tight tolerances and carefully shaped parts, including a chromed bolt carrier group and bolt.  The GI version has a gas regulator which can be manually adjusted for things like dirt, fouling, and grenade launching.  The sliding stock is an Adcor design, but is very similar to one of Magpul’s designs. The grip is also custom, including what Adcor calls “aggressive texturing.”  It can be had with a forward charging handle, on the bolt carrier; if it does have this option, it will still retain the rear charging handle as well.  The upper receiver has a key-locked rigid MIL-STD 1913 rail system, and this continues onto the upper handguard; this is in addition to the three other handguard rails.  Unlike an AR-15, opening the halves of the receiver requires only a pinch on the retaining pins, instead of pushing the pin out.  Construction is largely of polymer and 7076-T6 aluminum, though of course the barrel and most of the internal parts are of steel. The barrel has a “GI profile,” which means that the muzzle end is heavy to support the weight of an M-203 grenade launcher (which otherwise, cannot be mounted, as the rifle lacks the mounting hardware).

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

DI (16” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

3.08 kg

10, 20, 30

$589

DI (18” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

3.11 kg

10, 20, 30

$611

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

DI (16”)

SA

3

1-Nil

4/6

2

Nil

41

DI (18”)

SA

3

1-Nil

5/6

3

Nil

49

 

ADM Universal Improved Carbine Mod II

     Notes: The ADM UIC is designed for trackers -- those who must go ahead of the unit and find the traces of any an enemy's passage, no matter how small.  These persons need a quiet but powerful weapon to fell enemies without giving their position or presence away,  The ADM UIC is therefore lightweight, silenced, and camouflaged to the user's needs, and with a scope to allow long shots if necessary, and angled adjustable iron sights.  These are attached to a flattop MIL-STD-1913 rail. The controls are fully ambidextrous, including the magazine release.  The controls are furthermore oversized.  The pistol grip has a small compartment, as does the stock.  There is a further rail down the handguard, as well as small ones down the sides and the length of the underside of the handguard.  The charging handle has no latches, having a "force to be overcome" feature.  The suppressor is made for the rifle and helps give the rifle a neutral sense of balance. The telescopic sight is included in the cost.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

UIC Mod II (12.7" Barrel)

5.56mm NATO or 5.56mm NATO Subsonic

2.81 kg

10, 20, 30

$1031

UIC Mod II (16" Barrel)

5.56mm NATO or 5.56mm NATO Subsonic

3.14 kg

10, 20, 30

$1095

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

UIC Mod II (12.7" Standard)

SA

3

1-Nil

7/8

3

6

23

UIC Mod II (12.7" Subsonic)

SA

2

1-Nil

5/6

1

3

21

UIC Mod II (16" Standard)

SA

3

1-Nil

8/9

2

6

33

UIC Mod II (16" Subsonic)

SA

2

1-Nil

8/9

1

3

27

 

AKU-94

    Notes: This is a bullpup version of the various AK-series weapons, generally sold as a kit to convert existing AKs rather than a full weapon.  It was not a Russian weapon, but instead was sold in the US and Europe, as well as some other parts of the world, by a couple of American companies.  It was one of the few bullpup rifles available to the general public before the war, most bullpup weapon being produced exclusively for military and police forces.  The conversion from standard AK to AKU-94 configuration takes about 2 hours and takes an Easy: Gunsmith or Difficult: Small Arms (Rifle) roll.  The resulting weapon is over 25 centimeters shorter, but has a creepier trigger pull.  In addition, the construction of the AKU-94 is such that left-handed firers tend to have the charging handle hitting their face during firing, so it is definitely a right-handed weapon.  The new weapon is also not as well balanced as a standard AK. 

     Production of this weapon stopped with the Brady Gun Bans, but picked up again in the late 2000s using imported parts under Century International Arms.  These were designated the Century 1975, and built only in 7.62mm Kalashnikov.  For game purposes, this is identical to the AKU-94 in 7.62mm Kalashnikov.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: Though there were some reports of Russian and Chinese troops using these weapons, the reports of Russians using them are probably misidentified OTs-14s, and the Chinese weapons were probably locally-manufactured weapons of similar design and characteristics.  Though there were some civilians who had this modification done to their weapons, the AKU-94 was never a widely-used weapon, and most of them were made from AK-47s or AKMs.  There were most likely almost no conversions of AKMRs to this standard, but such a modification will exist only in the Twilight 2000 world.

     Merc 2000 Notes: This is mainly just a novelty type of conversion.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

AKU-94 (AK-47/AKM/AK-103-Based)

7.62mm Kalashnikov

3.96 kg

30, 40, 75D

$782

AKU-94 (AKMR-Based

5.45mm Kalashnikov

2.95 kg

30, 40, 45, 60, 75D

$490

AKU-94 (AK-74/AK-100 Based)

5.45mm Kalashnikov

2.95 kg

30, 40, 45, 60, 75D

$490

AKU-94 (AK-101 Based)

5.56mm NATO

2.75 kg

30

$540

AKU-94 (AK-102 Based

5.56mm NATO

2.55 kg

30

$500

AKU-94 (AK-104 Based)

7.62mm Kalashnikov

3.76 kg

30, 40, 75D

$742

AKU-94 (AK-105 Based)

5.45mm Kalashnikov

2.3 kg

30, 40, 45, 60, 75D

$450

AKU-94 (AK-107 Based

5.45mm Kalashnikov

2.7 kg

30, 40, 45, 60, 75D

$565

AKU-94 (AK-108 Based)

5.56mm NATO

2.95 kg

30

$615

AKU-94 (Kit Only)

NA

3.03 kg

NA

$380

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

AKU-94 (AK-47/AKM/AK-103-Based)

5

4

2-Nil

4

3

9

40

AKU-94 (AKMR-Based)

5

3

1-Nil

4

3

7

35

AKU-94 (AK-74/AK-100 Based)

5

3

1-Nil

4

3

7

41

AKU-94 (AK-101 Based)

5

3

1-Nil

4

3

7

37

AKU-94 (AK-102 Based)

5

3

1-Nil

3

3

7

24

AKU-94 (AK-104 Based)

5

3

2-Nil

3

2

6

27

AKU-94 (AK-105 Based)

5

2

1-Nil

3

3

7

27

AKU-94 (AK-107 Based)

5

3

1-Nil

4

2

6

41

AKU-94 (AK-108 Based

5

3

1-Nil

4

2

5

37

 

Alexander Arms AR-17

     Notes: Though the AR-17 recognizably uses the AR-15-type as its base, it departs from the AR-15 in many ways, not the least of which is its chambering in .17 HMR.  Like most rimfire rifles, the .17 HMR round does not develop enough gas to reciprocate an operating system that uses gas; instead, the AR-17 uses straight blowback operation.  The AR-17’s barrel has a heavy profile and is free-floating, but the barrel is lightened without losing strength by the cutting of spiral grooves into it.  The barrel is 18 inches long and tipped by a flash suppressor which doubles as a rebar cutter, though the manufacturer admits that the flash suppressor doesn’t really do anything to stop the almost-nonexistent flash, and the .17 HMR round is probably not strong enough to cut rebar; the flash suppressor is for the most part simply there for looks, and protect the target crown.  The handguards are of round composite with lots of cooling holes in either side, underneath the front of the handguard is an attachment point for a bipod.  The rest of the AR-17 is strongly-built, with a bolt-carrier group of ETD-150 high-strength steel; this bolt-carrier group is chromed for reliability.  The bolt-carrier group itself is clearly stamped “.17 HMR” in large letters to avoid accidental placement in a non-rimfire rifle.  The extractor is hardened stainless steel.  The upper and lower receiver are of aircraft aluminum.  Atop the upper receiver is a MIL-STD-1913 rail; there are no iron sights, as the AR-17 is designed to be used with optics.  Though a standard trigger group is normally supplied with the AR-17, Alexander Arms will ship the rifle with a special trigger pack that can be tuned in any way by a knowledgeable individual.  Magazines for the AR-17 are proprietary and made of polymer; the pistol grip is also polymer and is shaped like that of an AR-15A2.  Though current AR-17 magazines hold only ten rounds, Alexander Arms has high-capacity magazines in the works. The AR-17 is equipped with a sliding M-4-style stock.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The AR-17 is not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

AR-17

.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire

3.08 kg

10

$373

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

AR-17

SA

2

1-Nil

4/5

1

Nil

57

 

Alexander Arms Grendel

     Notes: This is another development of the AR-15 series by Alexander Arms.  Again, the modifications to existing AR-15s basically consist of replacing the upper receiver and barrel unit with a new one of Alexander Arms manufacture.  It was designed to address shortcomings in the 5.56mm NATO round, by replacing the round with a new one which has superior ballistics and stopping power.  As with the Beowulf, the Grendel is rumored to be testing with the US military. They have a collapsible stock, MIL-STD-1913 rail instead of a carrying handle, and a muzzle brake to reduce felt recoil.  Civilian versions do not have the MIL-STD-1913 rail or the muzzle brake, nor do they normally have a bipod.

     Like it’s big brother the Beowulf, the Grendel got a makeover in the mid-2000s.  The Grendel line split into several versions, each with several barrel lengths.  The Advantage or the Tactical may be equipped with up to five MIL-STD-1913 or Weaver rails (four on special handguards, and one above the receiver). Others simply have a rail above the receiver, and some have one on a low-profile gas block at the front (primarily for a BUIS). These rails are monolithic, being machined to be a part of the rifle and from the same billet as the upper receiver. The base version of the Grendel is now the Grendel Tactical, which has either a 10.5, 14.5 or 16-inch barrel. Other than being match-quality, the barrel is standard profile and of standard quality. The barrel for the Tactical is of chrome-molybdenum-steel alloy, with the bore being chromed.  The muzzles are threaded to allow the use of a muzzle brake or a silencer instead of the standard flash suppressor.  (Versions with muzzle brakes and silencers are not included below.) The surface of the bolt has a color-case hardened finish, and has been peened and phosphated; an optional bolt has a triple-tempered surface, which is refined by hand and hardened and peened.  The bolt’s finish is a thin-but-dense chrome plating.  The ejection port, learning from lessons past, is designed specifically for positive ejection of the 6.5mm Grendel round.  Most stocks for the Grendel are M-4-type sliding stocks, though some versions have fixed A2-type stocks.

     The Grendel Advantage is essentially equivalent to the original Grendel, using a choice of 19.5-inch of 24-inch barrels.  Roughly equivalent in size, but in most ways, the Advantage is more related to the “made over” Grendels.  Many of the Advantage’s features are the same as those of the Tactical.  Advantage barrels are made from stainless steel, and are chromed inside the bore.  They are of heavy profile and match-quality.  Though essentially designed as a rifle just short of a DMR-type rifle, the Advantage also has handguards with four-point MIL-STD-1913 rails. Another rail is above the receiver, and a low-profile gas block with folding BUIS.  Also standard with the Advantage is a light alloy bipod designed to be adjustable for height, cant, and allowing for 20 degrees on either side of pivoting.  The Advantage does come equipped with a low-power scope (about 3-5x). The Advantage is also known as the AWS (Advantage Weapon System).

     The Grendel GDMR (Grendel Designated Marksman Rifle) is in fact an actual Designated Marksman Rifle.  The core of the rifle is as per its predecessors, but the trigger is a match-quality trigger, and the 16, 20, or 24-inch barrels are match-quality, floating, and of a heavy profile.  The Grendel GDMR has only one MIL-STD-1913 rail above the receiver and another very short rail above the gas block; the GDMR also has rear and front folding BUIS.  The GDMR comes with a bipod as per the Advantage above. Along with a telescopic sight which is normally of 2.5-7x power.  Construction is generally heavier and most parts are hand-fitted.

     The Grendel GSR (Grendel Sniper Rifle) is sort of like the GDMR, but more so.  It was designed from the ground up as a sniper rifle.  The GSR uses a fixed A2-type stock, with a heavier buffer to somewhat reduce recoil.  The chromed-bore barrel features precision-cut rifling, with match-quality, free-floating, heavy-profile barrels; though they are normally tipped with an A2-type flash suppressor, a plain barrel with a target crown can also be had. These barrels can be 20 inches long, 24 inches, or an astounding 28 inches in length. A light alloy bipod (usually one of the Harris makes) is standard; this bipod is normally chosen with adjustments for can, height, and some amount of pivoting in mind.  Though it is a semiautomatic rifle, the GSR has a charging handle attached to the bolt instead of the normal AR-type rear-mounted bolt handle.  The handguards are composite and round but otherwise plain, and are well ventilated.  The upper receiver retains its MIL-STD-1913 rail; BUIS are not normally sold with the GSR.  The trigger pack is a match-quality pack. One of several scopes are sold with the GSR.

     There are also some versions of the Grendel that are meant for, shall we say, the more discriminating buyer.  The Grendel Entry has a 19.5-inch stainless steel barrel that is match-grade and free floating.  The buyer may specify a standard Alexander Arms barrel or a Shilen barrel. The upper receiver has a MIL-STD-1913 rail, but a round composite handguard. Finishes include black and a variety of camouflage patterns.  Though meant primarily for civilian hunters, it also has a barrel length that lends itself to use by a designated marksman or a sniper.

     The Grendel Overwatch (also known as the Grendel OWS) is, as the name indicates, a rifle designed for Designated Marksmen, and uses a longer 24-inch, stainless steel, free floating, match-grade barrel.  The barrel may be tipped with a target crown or a flash suppressor (or at the buyer’s option, a muzzle brake or even a silencer/suppressor). The barrel may be an Alexander Arms barrel or a Shilen barrel. As with the Entry (and indeed, most of these premium Grendels), the finish may be basic black or one of a variety of camouflage patterns.  The handguards are virtually identical to those of the Entry, but is made of composite material; the upper receiver retains its MIL-STD-1913 rail; the Overwatch also has a low-profile gas block topped with a small section of rail (generally for use with a BUIS sight).  In design, it is similar to the Grendel GDMS with a 24-inch barrel, but in details it is very different.

     Alexander Arms also makes gas-piston-driven versions of the Tactical.  For game purposes, these are identical to the Tactical; however, as far upkeep is concerned, the GM may want to keep that in mind.

     Magazines for the new version of the Grendel are standard AR-15/M-16 magazines with the proper guts to hold and feed the 6.5mm Grendel round.  This allows for more magazine capacity choices.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Grendel does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Grendel (19.5” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

3.07 kg

10, 17

$1190

Grendel (24” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

3.19 kg

10, 17

$1328

Grendel Tactical (10.5” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

2.95 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$609

Grendel Tactical (14.5” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

3.07 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$650

Grendel Tactical (16” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

3.28 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$665

Grendel Advantage (19.5” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

3.62 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$1386

Grendel Advantage (24” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

4.12 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$1515

Grendel GDMR (16” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

4.2 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$1265

Grendel GDMR (20” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

4.64 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$1405

Grendel GDMR (24” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

4.9 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$1539

Grendel GSR (20” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

4.24 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$1408

Grendel GSR (24” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

4.46 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$1543

Grendel GSR (28” Barrel)

6.5mm Grendel

4.63 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$1676

Grendel Entry

6.5mm Grendel

3.63 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$689

Grendel Overwatch

6.5mm Grendel

3.89 kg

5, 10, 17, 20, 30

$940

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Grendel (19.5”)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

5/6

2

Nil

71

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

5/6

1

Nil

91

Grendel (24”)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

6/7

2

Nil

88

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

6/7

1

Nil

114

Grendel Tactical (10.5” Barrel)

SA

3

1-1-Nil

3/5

3

Nil

29

Grendel Tactical (14.5” Barrel)

SA

3

1-1-Nil

4/5

3

Nil

48

Grendel Tactical (16” Barrel)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

4/6

3

Nil

55

Grendel Advantage (19.5” Barrel)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

6

3

Nil

73

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

6

1

Nil

95

Grendel Advantage (24” Barrel)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

7

3

Nil

91

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

7

2

Nil

118

Grendel GDMR (16” Barrel)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

6

2

Nil

59

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

6

1

Nil

77

Grendel GDMR (20” Barrel)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

7

2

Nil

77

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

7

1

Nil

101

Grendel GDMR (24” Barrel)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

8

3

Nil

94

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

8

2

Nil

122

Grendel GSR (20” Barrel)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

7

2

Nil

78

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

7

1

Nil

101

Grendel GSR (24” Barrel)

SA

3

1-2-Nil

8

3

Nil

94

With Bipod

SA

3

1-2-Nil

8

2

Nil

123

Grendel GSR (28” Barrel)

SA

4

1-2-Nil

8

3

Nil

94

With Bipod

SA

4

1-2-Nil

8

2

Nil

146

Grendel Entry

SA

3

1-2-Nil

7

3

Nil

74

Grendel Overwatch

SA

3

1-2-Nil

7

3

Nil

110

 

Alexander Arms Genghis

     Notes: This is basically an AR-15 carbine modified to fire 5.45mm Kalashnikov ammunition (which Alexander Arms calls the .21 Genghis round; Alexander Arms’ round does differ in several ways from the 5.45mm Kalashnikov, but not in any way that can be simulated with Twilight 2000 game mechanics).  The Genghis features a 16-inch barrel; it is not typically equipped with a flash suppressor, being designed primarily for the civilian market, but does have a MIL-STD-1913 rail instead of a carrying handle, and is built to otherwise meet or exceed military and police specifications.  (Versions with carrying handles instead of MIL-STD-1913 rails are also available.) Ten-round magazines are normally supplied with the Genghis, but modified AR-15/M-16 magazines with larger capacities are also available.

     It should be noted that of the time of this writing (Aug 2012), the Genghis is no longer found on the Alexander Arms web site.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This rifle is not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Genghis

5.45mm Kalashnikov

3.4 kg

10, 20, 30

$509

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Genghis

SA

3

1-Nil

5

2

Nil

44

 

Alex Pro Econo Carbine

     Notes: This carbine is designed to be inexpensive in price, but not cheap in quality.  Though it lacks many of the features of other ARs, it is not a bare-bones carbine, with some nice add-ons and features.

     The 16-inch military-profile barrel is phosphated, and finished in M16 Nitride.  It is tipped with an AR-15A2-type birdcage flash suppressor.  The barrel is of 4140CM steel. The chambering uses a .223 Wilde chamber, which means that it can use military and civilian ammunition interchangeability.  It uses a carbine-length gas system (direct impingement). The trigger is a single-stage Milspec trigger, which is like a standard AR trigger, but has less of a pull weight. The bolt carrier group is finished in slick nickel/boron which is otherwise Milspec.

     It uses a Magpul MOE handguard, with a design similar to an AR-15A2 pistol grip. The handguard is roughly rectangular and has several cooling slots.  It is fairly short, and there is a long length of exposed barrel.  It has a six-position M-4-type sliding stock. The Econo is designed specifically for Magpul P-MAG polymer magazines, it can also feed from standard AR-type metal magazines or polymer magazines.

     The Econo comes with a Vortex Strikefire II red dot sight; though it does not come with iron sights, they are available from Alex Pro Firearms, and it can mount almost any sights and optics on its receiver-top Picatinny rail.  Though it has no handguard rails, the front of the handguard has a short length of rail for a BUIS front sight or laser or white light device.

     The Alex Pro 5.56mm Carbine Rifle is similar to the Econo Carbine, but fires only military ammunition, and is even less expensive (RL) than the Econo Carbine. It has a skeletonized Magpul MOE sliding stock, and a 12.5-inch APF T-MOD handguard with a long Picatinny rail on top continuous with the rail atop the receiver. At the front of the handguard at the bottom is a very short length of Picatinny rail, meant to be used with optics such as a laser or flashlight, or accessories like a bipod.  It has BUISs, but no red-dot sight. A version of this rifle is finished in one of several colors, ranging from simple Flat Dark Earth to a camouflage pattern or even an American flag job.

     The Tactical Varmint is designed not only for varmint shooting, but competition.  It used the .223 Wilde chamber of the Econo Carbine, with the nickel/boron treatment of the bolt carrier group, but has an 18-inch medium contour barrel.  It has a 14-inch Quad-Rail handguard, with a top full-length Picatinny rail, continuous with the receiver rail, and further short lengths of rail on each side at the rear end of the handguard and one short length at the front.  This rifle too comes with the red dot sight.  A variant of the Tactical Varmint, the Long Range varmint, has a 24-inch heavy contour tipped with a target crown instead of a flash suppressor., with the bolt carrier based on the AR-10 instead of the AR-15.  The gas system is rifle-length.  The trigger is a CMC 3.5-pound trigger. The Field has a barrel of 20 inches, and is a 4140cm medium contour barrel.  The Long Range Varmint and the Field do not have the red dot sights.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Econo Carbine

5.56mm NATO

3.36 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$721

5.56mm Carbine Rifle

5.56mm NATO

3.18 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$577

Tactical Varmint

5.56mm NATO

3.63 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$748

Long Range Varmint

.243 Winchester

4.16 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$817

Econo Field

.243 Winchester

4.01 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$767

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Econo Carbine

SA

3

1-Nil

4/6

2

Nil

40

5.56mm Carbine Rifle

SA

3

1-Nil

4/6

2

Nil

40

Tactical Varmint

SA

3

1-Nil

4/6

2

Nil

54

Long Range Varmint

SA

3

2-Nil

6/7

2

Nil

69

Econo Field

SA

3

2-Nil

5/6

2

Nil

53

 

AR-57

     Notes: Produced by a company called, appropriately enough, AR57, the AR-57 is an AR-15A2 with a new upper receiver and barrel which allows the weapon to fire the 5.7mm FN cartridge.  Certain parts of the AR-15A2 (or A3) version (with or without a sliding stock) are required to use this modification; it will not work on a stock AR-15 or AR-15A1, as it will not cycle properly, and essentially produces a bolt-action rifle.  The new upper receiver comes in a version with 16.04-inch barrel or (where legal) an 11-inch-barrel SBR configuration.  Both FNH and AR57 produce proper magazines for use with this configurations; though aftermarket magazines are produced by ATI and KCI, these magazines have proven prone to failure in the AR-57 conversion.  The 5.7mm FN round performs quite well in the longer barrels, increasing range, stopping power and penetration (unfortunately, not measureable in Twilight 2000 terms), and the resulting conversion is slightly lighter than the standard AR-15A2 or A3.  The AR-57 conversion is primarily sold as an upper receiver set and magazine well conversion and not as a complete rifle.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

AR-57 (Fixed Stock, 16.04” Barrel)

5.7mm FN

2.15 kg

10, 20, 30

$425

AR-57 (Fixed Stock, 16.04” Barrel)

5.7mm FN

2.15 kg

10, 20, 30

$445

AR-57 (Fixed Stock, 11” Barrel)

5.7mm FN

1.95 kg

10, 20, 30

$372

AR-57 (Fixed Stock, 11” Barrel)

5.7mm FN

1.95 kg

10, 20, 30

$392

AR-57 16.04” Upper

N/A

0.82 kg

N/A

$204

AR-57 11” Upper

N/A

0.75 kg

N/A

$179

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

AR-57 (Fixed Stock, 16.04”)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

3

Nil

42

AR-57 (Fixed Stock, 16.04”, HV)

SA

2

1-1-Nil

5

3

Nil

50

AR-57 (Folding Stock, 16.04”)

SA

2

1-Nil

4/5

3

Nil

42

AR-57 (Folding Stock, 16.04”, HV)

SA

2

1-1-Nil

4/5

3

Nil

50

AR-57 (Fixed Stock, 11”)

SA

2

1-Nil

4

2

Nil

25

AR-57 (Fixed Stock, 11”, HV)

SA

2

1-1-Nil

4

2

Nil

30

AR-57 (Folding Stock, 11”)

SA

2

1-Nil

3/4

2

Nil

25

AR-57 (Folding Stock, 11”, HV)

SA

2

1-1-Nil

3/4

2

Nil

30

 

Armalite AR-18

     Notes: This weapon was designed in the 1970s with experience gained from the M-16 series.  Armalite found that there were a lot of countries that wanted to license-produce the M-16, but did not have the modern facilities required to produce the more complicated M-16.  The AR-18 was designed to be simple and cheap to produce, as well as being relatively “soldier-proof.”  The US Army tested it, but did not produce it; it was then licensed to Howa Machinery in Japan, NWM in the Netherlands, and Sterling in Great Britain.  They also got virtually no military contracts, and Sterling sold its license to a company in the Philippines (who also got no military sales).  Much more lucrative was a semiautomatic civilian version, the AR-180; tens of thousands of AR-180s were sold to civilians in various countries.  The AR-18S is a shortened AR-18, similar in concept to the CAR-15. Bayonets and rifle grenades can be used, if the flash suppressor is removed.

     A later civilian version, the AR-180B, is somewhat different than the standard AR-180 and bears some elaboration.  The AR-180B uses a lower receiver made from polymer strengthened with a steel liner.  The shape of this lower receiver mimics the original lower receiver exactly, so that an upper of an AR-180 may be placed on a lower from an AR-180B and vice versa.  The trigger group of the AR-180B is borrowed from the AR-15 instead of being the original AR-180 design.  The front and rear sights are also borrowed from the AR-15A2, though the protective ears are different from those of the AR-15A2, and there is no elevation adjustment wheel on the AR-180B (elevation adjustments are done on the front sight).  The scope mount is of original AR-180 design.  There is a new design magazine well which allows the use of AR-15, M-16, and AR-18 magazines.  The magazine release button is thus the same as on an AR-15, and there is a small protrusion to prevent its being pressed accidentally.  The AR-15 has a sort of “half-pepperpot” muzzle brake instead of the original flash suppressor.  The barrel is slightly longer at 19 inches.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: Starting in 1995, production of military AR-18s started again in the Philippines and Great Britain, who managed to sell a large amount of them to African and Southeast Asian countries.  Sterling later produced more for issue to local militia units loyal to the Crown.  NWM in the Netherlands also produced some AR-18s, and they were used by Dutch and Luxembourg resistance fighters against the French.  In the US, many as Russian or Mexican soldier (or sometimes, Milgov, CivGov, or New American soldier) discovered that their enemy was a local militia soldier armed with an AR-180 converted to automatic fire. 

     Merc 2000 Notes: This was surprisingly common in issue to people working for US or British intelligence, due to the problem with tracking down exactly who made the weapon, and the ease with which its parts could be made.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

AR-18

5.56mm NATO

3.04 kg

20, 30, 40

$608

AR-18S

5.56mm NATO

2.78 kg

20, 30, 40

$524

AR-180B

5.56mm NATO

2.72 kg

5, 10, 20, 30, 40

$639

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

AR-18

5

3

1-Nil

5/6

2

6

48

AR-18S

5

2

1-Nil

3/4

2

6

19

AR-180B

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

51

 

Armalite Defensive Sporting Rifles

     Notes: This is a collection of three rifles primarily designed for home defensive, but can double as hunting rifles.  They are similar in design and philosophy.  The RL price is rather inexpensive (though of course the game price may not concur). The DSR is based on Armalite’s M-15 series.

     The DEF-10 is a 5.56mm version with a MIL-STD-1913 rail atop the receiver and another very short one atop the gas block.  It has round M-4-length handguards and an M-4-type 6-position sliding stock.  The upper and lower receivers are also Milspec.  Though it ships with a Magpul 20-round polymer magazine, the DEF-10 can take other sorts of military, steel, and polymer magazines.  The DEF-10 does not come with BUIS; you must buy them separately.  A variant, the DEF-10F, has a conventional A2 front sight instead of the railed gas block.  Both are identical for game purposes. The barrel is 16 inches and tipped by an A2 flash suppressor.  It is made from 4140 chrome/moly steel, and the barrel is hand-lapped twice. The bore is hard-chromed.  The barrels have been compared in quality to Krieger-made barrels, but are all Armalite.  The barrels are free-floating and Melonite-finished.  The trigger is two-stage, but is very crisp and without a lot of takeup.  However it is stiff: Robert Jordan, a noted gun expert, has measured it at 10.94 pounds primary pull weight, and many shooters trade out the trigger block for a better one. Controls are not ambidextrous, unless you include the charging handle.  Felt recoil is manageable, though muzzle jump is pronounced.  Some have experienced the rounds sticking on what appears to be a burred feed ramp; however, this is easy to fix, if you know what you’re doing.

     The DSR-10 is essentially the same as the DEF-10, but in 7.62mm.  It does not have a lot of extra features, similar to the DEF-10.  Barrels, handguards, Mil-STD-1913 rails, are all similar, if not identical.

     Though it is sort of a secret at Armalite, it is rumored that the DEF-10 and DSR-10 can be fitted with an M-203 grenade launcher.  The DSR-10 is technically a Battle Rifle, but is included here for completeness.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

DEF-10

5.56mm NATO

2.88 kg

5, 10, 20, 30, 35

$591

DSR-10

7.62mm NATO

3.58 kg

5, 10, 20, 25

$1021

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

DEF-10

SA

3

1-Nil

4/6

3

Nil

42

DSR-10

SA

4

2-3-Nil

5/7

4

Nil

47

 

Armalite LEM-15A4

     Notes: Unlike most of ArmaLite’s AR-15 clones and models, the LEM-15A4 was designed with law enforcement in mind, and its sale to US civilians is restricted.  It is very much like a semiautomatic version of the M-16A4, with its flattop receiver and MIL-STD-1913 sight rail; however, the barrel is only 16 inches, and is heavier than that of the M-16A4.  The handguards are specially made; they are the same length as an M-4’s handguards, and include a mount for a full-sized flashlight on top and offset to the left.  The LEM-15A4 comes with an Elcan Optical Sight, but will accept any sort of NATO-compatible sight or scope. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon could sometimes be found as a substitute standard among US troops, particularly among those raised by CivGov forces after the November Nuclear Strikes.  Most of these were modified for automatic fire.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

LEM-15A4

5.56mm NATO

3.18 kg

7, 10, 20, 30

$739

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

LEM-15A4

SA

3

1-Nil

4/5

2

Nil

47

 

Armalite M-15

     Notes: The M-15 is essentially a modernized version of the AR-15, and may also be regarded to some extent as a smaller version of Armalite’s New AR-10 Series.  The M-15 comes in four basic versions: the M-15A2, basically very similar to the AR-15A2, but with a heavy barrel, muzzle brake, carrying handle a la AR-15, and round handguards and a stock similar to those of the AR-15A2.  The standard barrel is 20 inches, but there is also a carbine version with a 16-inch barrel.  The M-15A4 is basically the same weapon as the M-15A2, but uses a flattop upper receiver with a MIL-STD-1913 rail.  The M-15A4 is meant to be used with various optics, but there is a very short MIL-STD-1913 rail in front of the handguards, and iron sights may be attached to the two rails.  The A-15A4 is a little lighter than the M-15A2.  The M-15A4(T) is a target version of the M-15A4; the rifle version uses a 24-inch heavy barrel which is target crowned and designed for accuracy, and it has no muzzle brake or flash suppressor.  The upper receiver is flattop and has a MIL-STD-1913 rail, and the handguards are round and made from aluminum.  There is also a carbine version of this weapon; this has the heavy target barrel, but it does have a muzzle brake and the barrel is only 16 inches.  The trigger of these two versions is a National Match two-stage trigger.  The M-15A2 and A-4 Carbines are special models designed for military and police use; they may have automatic fire capability as options, use an M-4-style folding stock, and may have a 14.5-inch or 16-inch barrel with a flash suppressor instead of a muzzle brake.  The M-15A4 LE Carbine is flattop; the M-15A2 LE Carbine has a carrying handle.

     The M-15 Light Tactical Carbines (LTCs) are…well…light. They are perhaps the lightest full-sized AR carbines on the market. This is partially due to the skeletonized KeyMod handguards, a low-profile gas block, and to lighter, yet stronger metal.  Their 16-inch barrels are free-floating in their handguards, and have the standard thick-thin government M-16 profile. They are made of Chrome/Moly steel, and are tipped by an A2-type flash suppressor that sits on threads and can be replaced.  They have a MIL-STD-1913 rail above the receiver, connected to one above the handguards. The finish is anodized for the upper and lower receivers and a manganese phosphated barrel.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-15A2 Rifle

5.56mm NATO

3.67 kg

10, 20, 30

$655

M-15A2 Carbine

5.56mm NATO

3.18 kg

10, 20, 30

$614

M-15A4 Rifle

5.56mm NATO

3.58 kg

10, 20, 30

$655

M-15A4 Carbine

5.56mm NATO

3.18 kg

10, 20, 30

$614

M-15A4(T) Rifle

5.56mm NATO

4.17 kg

10, 20, 30

$653

M-15A4(T) Carbine

5.56mm NATO

3.22 kg

10, 20, 30

$618

M-15A2/A4 LE Carbine (14.5” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

3.18 kg

10, 20, 30

$569

M-15A42/A4 LE Carbine (16” Barrel)

5.56mm NATO

3.18 kg

10, 20, 30

$585

M-15 LTC

5.56mm NATO

2.72 kg

10, 20, 30

$596

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-15A2 Rifle

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

57

M-15A2 Carbine

SA

3

1-Nil

5

2

Nil

41

M-15A4 Rifle

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

57

M-15A4 Carbine

SA

3

1-Nil

5

2

Nil

41

M-15A4(T) Rifle

SA

3

1-Nil

7

2

Nil

73

M-15A4(T) Carbine

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

43

M-15A2/A4 LE Carbine (14.5” Barrel)

5

3

1-Nil

4/5

2

6

34

M-15A2/A4 LE Carbine (16” Barrel)

5

3

1-Nil

4/5

2

6

40

M-15 LTC

SA

3

1-Nil

4/6

3

Nil

42

 

Arms Tech Compak-16

     Notes: The idea behind this weapon was to produce a compact version of the M-16 while avoiding the massive muzzle blast and firing signature that such a weapon normally produces.  To this end, Arms Tech used a standard M-16 lower receiver and paired it with a modified upper receiver using a specially designed barrel shroud/muzzle brake.  The standard buttstock was replaced with a sliding wire stock, and the carrying handle was replaced with a MIL-STD-1913 rail (the stock Compak-16 comes with an Occluded Eye Sight licensed-produced from a South African design). The cyclic rate has also been reduced to 600 rpm (though this has no effect game-wise).  The rifling allows for the effective use of either SS-109-type or M-193-type ammunition, as well as subsonic rounds.  Arms Tech has also designed a silencer for use with the Compak-16, which is easily attached and removed, as well as one which replaces the barrel assembly and becomes an integral part of the Compak-16.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: Though it had little success with the military or police, survivalists and militia members in the US liked the Compak-16, especially female members. 

     Merc 2000 Notes: This is mostly a civilian niche weapon, though there has been some experimentation by the US military, the CIA, and various Federal agencies.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Compak-16

5.56mm NATO

2.5 kg

20, 30

$873

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Compak-16

5

2

1-Nil

2/4

2

4

23

 

Auto-Ordnance M-1 Carbine

     Notes: The M-1 Carbine was designed in response to a 1940 US Army request for a weapon to replace the pistol and submachinegun in rear area troops.  However, a lot of M-1 Carbines were actually used by infantry leadership personnel, paratroopers, commanders, and suchlike; it was modified, reworked, and put into uses far different than it’s intended role as a weapon for support troops.  It continued in service until well into the Vietnam War, where it was often issued to ARVN troops and strikers working for US Army Special Forces.  Before military production stopped, almost 6.5 million of them had been built in the US and Italy (by Beretta).  M-1 Carbines are still in use in 2010; they were sold and given away by the US government to civilians, bought by police departments, and given to Third World armies supporting the US cause during the Cold War.  There are still some civilian arms companies manufacturing the M-1 in small numbers, and they also have been modified for many different calibers by both manufacturers and individual weaponsmiths. Today, virtually all M-1 Carbines are in the hands of private owners; it seems to have never lost its cachet. As with the M-1 Garand, the M-1 Carbine was produced by a large number of companies during World War 2, and later copies were also produced by several countries (both licensed and unlicensed manufacture).

     There were four variants of the M-1 Carbine built by the US government: the basic M-1, a standard format rifle; the M-1A1, an M-1 with a folding metal stock built for World War 2 paratroopers; the M-2, a selective-fire version of the M-1; and the M-3, an M-1 built specifically to mount the then-new IR sniper scopes being experimented with at the end of World War 2.  (Only 2100 M-3’s were made, and most of them were converted back to the M-1 specification later.) Construction of the M-1 was deliberately kept as simple as possible without sacrificing quality, and most World War 2-era M-1 Carbines will still function today with standard maintenance.  The balance is good, and the 18-inch barrel wears well despite a relatively long length of exposed barrel.  The stocks have a space for a small cleaning kit in them accessed through the buttplate, except on the M-1A1, where an abbreviated version was built into a part of the folding stock. Various changes were made during production to simplify production; most of these alterations revolved around the amount of wood used on the handguards and their configuration, though the magazine catch was also modified from a button to a lever. Some versions also had a muzzle device for the launching of rifle grenades. The M-1 Carbine was well liked by most troops, despite complaints about its relatively-anemic cartridge.

     In 2005, Auto-Ordnance began making a new version of the M-1 Carbine, and later introduced three other versions.  Their version, the AOM-130, is not an exact reproduction; the stock is of stained birch instead of the linseed oil-finished walnut of the original version.  The Auto-Ordnance Carbine has some later M-2-style features, such as a safety which consists of a rotary switch instead of a crossbolt safety; an M-2 style bolt instead of the original “flat” bolt (though it does not contain an auto sear); the rear sight is of the improved M-2 variety; the front sight is protected instead of being open; and the weapon has a bayonet lug.  Furthermore, the rear sight is more adjustable than the standard M-2 sight.  There is also a slight weight difference; the Auto-Ordnance M-1 Carbine is heavier than the standard M-1 Carbine.  The AOM-130 is shipped with 15-round magazines, but can also take 30-round magazines (if you can find one).  The AOM-140 is identical, except for a modification that allows it to take only a 10-rund magazine specially designed for it; it is designed for sale in California.  The 10-round magazine will not fit in any other of the new Auto-Ordnance M-1 Carbine versions.  For game purposes, it is otherwise identical to the AOM-130. 

     The other versions are the AOM-150, which is a copy of the M-1A1 folding-stock version; again, there is a weight difference, and the AOM-150 has the same modifications as the AOM-130.  The AOM-160 is a sort of modern version of the M-1 Carbine; it has black polymer furniture, a black oxide finish on the external metalwork, and a side-folding polymer stock mounted on a steel frame.  The polymer of the pistol grip is rubber-coated and checkered, and has a small finger stop at the bottom.  The barrel shroud is steel and perforated for cooling (though I wouldn’t think it would really be necessary).  Despite all the polymer, it is the heaviest of the new Auto-Ordinance M-1 Carbines.

     Fulton Armory makes a faithful copy of the M-1 Carbine, accurate in almost every detail despite modern production techniques.  Chiappa M1-22 makes a similar weapon, but it is even more faithful to the original with most construction details and methods identical to the original except for some updating and re-sizing for caliber fired.  The stock is Italian Hardwood which is varnished and weatherproof, and which has the side-mounted sling with a slot in the side of the stock that takes an oil bottle.  At the buyer’s option, the stock may be polymer instead of wood; this may be black or Muddy Girl camo. Instead of the gas operation of the M-1 or M-2, the M1-22 uses blowback operation, which is more reliable with rimfire cartridges. The Polymer rear sight is removable and adjustable for windage and elevation.  The trigger guard, barrel band, the front sight post, and bayonet lug are also of polymer; and external metalwork is blued.  The trigger itself is zinc alloy.

     Some 50% of parts of the M1-22 are interchangeable with those of an Auto-Ordnance M-1.  This includes the entire stock of both types. Though relatively few have been made, a variant, the M1-9, is chambered for 9mm Parabellum. Barrel lengths, like the original, are 18 inches, with no muzzle device.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Auto-Ordnance versions of the M-1 Carbine are not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-1 Carbine

.30 Carbine

2.36 kg

15, 30

$316

M-1A1 Carbine

.30 Carbine

2.53 kg

15, 30

$341

M-2 Carbine

.30 Carbine

2.36 kg

15, 30

$316

AOM-130

.30 Carbine

2.45 kg

15, 30

$311

AOM-150

.30 Carbine

2.44 kg

15, 30

$342

AOM-160

.30 Carbine

2.64 kg

15, 30

$342

Chiappa M1-22 (Wood Stock)

.22 Long Rifle

2.27 kg

10, 15, 30

$280

Chiappa M1-22 (Synthetic Stock)

.22 Long Rifle

2.49 kg

10, 15, 30

$290

Chiappa M1-9 (Wood Stock)

9mm Parabellum

2.68 kg

10, 15, 30

$390

Chiappa M1-9 (Synthetic Stock)

9mm Parabellum

2.68 kg

10, 15, 30

$400

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-1 Carbine

SA

2

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

50

M-1A1 Carbine

SA

2

1-Nil

4/6

1

Nil

50

M-2 Carbine

5

2

1-Nil

6

2

4

50

AOM-130

SA

2

1-Nil

6

1

Nil

50

AOM-150/AOM-160

SA

2

1-Nil

4/5

1

Nil

50

Chiappa M1-22 (Wood Stock)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

31

Chiappa M1-22 (Synthetic Stock)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

31

Chiappa M1-9 (Wood Stock)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

1

Nil

45

Chiappa M1-9 (Synthetic Stock)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

1

Nil

45

 

Barrett M-468 Carbine

     Notes: This modification of the M-16/M-4 series was designed specifically for use by US special operations forces.  The weapon was initially tested in very limited quantities in Afghanistan starting in 2002, and some are also being used in Iraq.  The M-468 is essentially a stock M-4 or M-16 lower receiver with a new upper receiver and barrel designed by Barrett, and firing new ammunition designed by Remington.  The new upper receiver has a bolt carrier group designed for the new cartridge, and the weapon is fed from modified M-16-style magazines.  The upper receiver is fitted with a MIL-STD-1913 rail in lieu of a carrying handle, there are four further such rails on the handguard, which is similar to that of the M-4 SOPMOD.  Folding iron sights are fitted to allow clear use of optics and accessories. 

     Recently, a version with a short 12.5” barrel and the capability to mount a suppressor has been designed.  This version is primarily aimed at military users (particularly special operations), and a civilian version is not planned, as the barrel is too short for legal civilian sales in the US.  In this version, the muzzle brake is much more beefy, and a sliding stock is standard.

     The model number “468” refers to the year 2004 (the official date of entry into military stocks) and the caliber (6.8mm).  Barrett also produced a semiautomatic version for civilian use, without all the bells and whistles.

     In 2008, Barrett released the REC-7 (Reliability Enhanced Carbine, designed in 2007) carbine.  This is essentially an M-468 with the operation changed to use a gas piston system instead of a straight Stoner-type gas impingement system.  More of the key components are of stainless steel, particularly the innards.  The gas regulator is adjustable, allowing for the removal of the flash suppressor and attachment of a silencer.  The iron sights are folding types.  Barrel length is 16 inches with a heavy barrel.  The stock is an M-4-type sliding stock. In 2010, Barrett introduced the REC-7 in 5.56mm NATO.  At the same time, the stock for all REC-7s was changed to a Magpul MOE sliding stock, an adjustable gas regulator was added for suppressed fire, and the upper receiver has a MIL-STD-1913 rail as well as four-point rails on the handguards.  The top rail forms a continuous rail, including one above the gas block.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-468 (Fixed Stock)

6.8mm SPC

3.86 kg

5, 10, 28

$747

M-468 (16” Barrel, Folding Stock)

6.8mm SPC

3.86 kg

5, 10, 28

$767

M-468 (12.5” Barrel)

6.8mm SPC

3.88 kg

5, 10, 28

$881

REC-7

6.8mm SPC

3.46 kg

5, 10, 28

$736

REC-7

5.56mm NATO

3.46 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$591

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-468 (Fixed)

5

3

1-2-Nil

6

2

5

45

M-468 (16”, Folding)

5

3

1-2-Nil

4/6

2

5

45

M-468 (12.5”)

5

3

1-1-Nil

4/5

1

4

31

REC-7 (6.8mm)

5

3

1-2-Nil

5/6

3

6

46

REC-7 (5.56mm)

5

3

1-2-Nil

4/6

2

6

40

 

BF1 Vindicator

     Notes: Introduced in 2004, this is a truly weird small-caliber weapon: a belt-fed, rimfire carbine.  It is normally only available in semiautomatic form, but an automatic version is available to Class III dealers or police, military or certain government agencies.  Currently, the stocks are made of laminated walnut, but other stock options are promised for the future.  The BF1 can take clip-on and bolt-on bipods without modification, but a bipod is not provided as standard equipment.  The sights are a proprietary design and consist of a combination of a post rear sight and a front sight called a “spade” (due it’s shape being reminiscent of a spade in a deck of playing cards).  This system helps cut down on target obstruction from the sights themselves.  Current BF1’s are chambered for .22 Long Rifle and .17 Mach 2 Rimfire, but in the future, Eric Graetz (the designer) plans to chamber the weapon for .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire and .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

BF1 Vindicator

.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire

3.59 kg

25 Belt, 50 Belt, 100 Belt

$438

BF1 Vindicator

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

3.51 kg

25 Belt, 50 Belt, 100 Belt

$362

BF1 Vindicator

.22 Long Rifle

3.58 kg

25 Belt, 50 Belt, 100 Belt

$240

BF1 Vindicator

.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire

3.79 kg

25 Belt, 50 Belt, 100 Belt

$282

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

BF1 Vindicator (.17 Hornady)

5

2

1-1-Nil

5

1

2

49

BF1 Vindicator (.17 Mach 2)

5

2

1-1-Nil

5

1

2

43

BF1 Vindicator (.22 Long Rifle)

5

1

Nil

5

1

1

33

BF1 Vindicator (.22 Magnum)

5

1

Nil

5

1

2

41

 

BCM Recce-16 KMR-LW

     Notes: BCM (Bravo Company Manufacturing) is well known for its custom versions of ARs and its drop-in upper and lower receivers, but its complete ARs are less well known.  One of these is the Recce-16 KMR-LW, a lightweight version of some of their other ARs.  The rifle is of high-quality; the 16-inch barrel is made of 1159E Certified steel, inside a KMR-Alpha 13 free-float handguard, and tipped by a compact muzzle brake.  The barrel profile is described as “enhanced light weight,” about like a medium-weight barrel in game terms.  The Recce-16 uses an M-4 feed ramp barrel extension, and the bore and chamber are chromed. The barrel finish is Manganese Phosphate.  The bolt is an HPT (High Pressure Tested) bolt, which is also MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected), and shot-peened. The bolt carrier and gas key are chromed.  The extractor is of tool steel and has an insert to ensure positive extraction.  The receiver halves are of standard M-4-type aluminum alloy, hardcoat anodized. The buffer and spring are a standard M-4 assembly, except that one of the weights in the buffer tube is of tungsten instead of steel. The Recce-16 has a match-quality trigger and an M-4-type sliding stock. Atop the receiver and handguard is a long length of Picatinny rail.

     An automatic version is included below for general interest, though the actual Recce-16 is semiautomatic-only.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Recce-16 KMR-LW

5.56mm NATO

2.63 kg

10, 20, 30

$642

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Recce-16 KMR-LW

5

3

1-Nil

4/6

2

5

42

 

Bushmaster Carbon-15

     Notes: This has been described as an improvement over the original Carbon-15 by Professional Ordnance.  (Bushmaster acquired the Carbon-15 after Professional Ordnance declared bankruptcy in 2002.)  It is, in appearance and operation, quite different from the AR-15, from the lightened stock to the “miniaturized” bolt carrier group.  The biggest difference is the use of light carbon-fiber construction in the new stock, handguards, and even the upper and lower receiver housings.  The bolt carrier group is much shorter than the standard AR-15 bolt carrier group due to the deletion of the forward assist; it is felt by Bushmaster that its Carbon-15 design, together with improvements in ammunition, make the forward assist unnecessary.  The selector controls are ambidextrous.  The Carbon-15 uses a flattop receiver; a MIL-STD-1913 rail extends from the rear of the upper receiver to the end of the handguards.  The barrel is heavy, but made of lighter alloys and is fluted, further driving down the weight without compromising accuracy.  The Carbon-15 has a new muzzle brake that is extremely effective, actually driving the barrel down when firing.  At present, the Carbon-15 is available only in a semiautomatic version, but an automatic version is contemplated for the future for law enforcement and military use.

     A post-ban variant of the Carbon-15, the C-15M4 (Carbon-15 Model 4) is an M-4-style Carbon-15 which still has the carbon-fiber upper and lower receiver and handguards, but there is also a partially-synthetic collapsible stock.  The barrel is similar to that of the standard Carbon-15, but is not fluted.  Unlike the Carbon-15, the C-15M4 will accept standard M-16/AR-15/M-4 parts.  The C-15M4 uses standard AR-15/M-16/M-4 magazines; automatic versions are sold only to military or law enforcement concerns. Another post-ban variant of the Carbon-15 is the Carbon-15 in 9mm Parabellum; this version is basically a C-15M4 rechambered for 9mm, with appropriate changes in the sights.  Though technically a submachinegun instead of an assault rifle, it is included here for completeness.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Carbon-15

5.56mm NATO

2.02 kg

10, 20, 30

$764

C-15M4

5.56mm NATO

2.49 kg

10, 20, 30

$614

Carbon-15

9mm Parabellum

2.59 kg

10, 30

$301

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Carbon-15 (5.56mm)

5

3

1-Nil

5

2

5

41

C-15M4

5

3

1-Nil

4/5

2

5

34

Carbon-15 (9mm)

5

2

Nil

3/5

1

3

35

 

Bushmaster M-17S

     Notes: This weapon was originally designed in Australia by a company named Edenpine, and meant for sale on the civilian market.  Edenpine realized that Australia’s rather restrictive civilian firearms laws would severely limit its sales in that country; therefore, Edenpine reached an agreement that Bushmaster would build and sell the M-17S under the Bushmaster name, with Edenpine receiving royalties from each sale as well as money from the licensing of the design. 

     The M-17S is basically a bullpup version of the AR-18 in a semiautomatic version.  The Bushmaster company made no apologies for the fact that it would use any magazine that would fit in the AR-18, AR-15, or M-16 series, nor the fact that it could be very easily converted to automatic fire.  The operating parts of the M-17S are largely made from stainless or chrome-plated steel, with the upper receiver being made almost entirely of a single aircraft-grade aluminum extrusion and the lower receiver from fiberglass-filled nylon composites.  Because of the bullpup layout, Bushmaster was able to lengthen the barrel to 21.5 inches, giving the M-17S greater accuracy than most assault rifles. The M-17S has a carrying handle topped with a MIL-STD-1913 rail.  The M-17S is specifically meant for use with optical sights or other aiming accessories, but it does have rudimentary backup iron sights.  The M-17S is no longer in production, but when it was, it was primarily built as a semiautomatic rifle, with a flash suppressor for police/military use or without one for civilian sales.  (Rumors state that a small number were also built with automatic fire capability, but this is not confirmed.  I have included stats below for automatic fire just in case.) 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: There was some limited military and police use, but this was mostly a weapon used by civilians and militia forces.  Most were found in the US, but some were also found in the UK. 

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-17S

5.56mm NATO

3.72 kg

10, 20, 30, 40

$601

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-17S

5

3

1-Nil

5

2

6

55

 

Bushmaster XM-15E2S Dissipator Carbine

     Notes: The Dissipator is a carbine variant of the M-16A2 that uses standard-length M-16A2 handguards and a front sight placed further forward than most carbine variants of the M-16A2.  This means that despite the shorter length, the sight radius is almost identical to the standard M-16A2, which allows a little better accuracy.  It also allows better dissipation of heat than a normal M-16A2 carbine (hence the name), and means that the Dissipator can mount the M-203 using a standard M-16 interface rather than having to have a custom-made interface. 

     Other versions of the Dissipator include the Shorty, which has a fixed stock, the Target Model, which is almost identical to the M-16A3 and A4 except for the burst/automatic selector, and semiautomatic-only versions of the weapon for civilian use (these do not have flash suppressors or bayonet lugs, and cost $6 less than their military counterparts).  Other than civilian sales, the only large-scale users of the Dissipator series as of 2002 were the US Department of Energy. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: As the Twilight War intensified, the US company of Bushmaster became, along with Colt, Armalite, and a few other companies, a major supplier of M-16 series weapons to the US military and its allies.  (Some US soldiers were actually equipped with the Dissipator Target Model instead of the M-16A3 or A4.)  They did not have much luck with the Dissipator before the war, but as Bushmaster was one of the weapons manufacturers that survived the November Nuclear Strikes, the MilGov asked them to distribute some of their Dissipator Carbines to some of the militia units formed in the aftermath of the nuclear strikes.  MilGov thought the carbine would be especially suited to female militia members, and some of the younger members (some militia members were as young as 12 in some places).  Bushmaster complied and even manufactured a limited extra quantity, hampered only by irregular supplies of raw materials. 

     Merc 2000 Notes: As the Notes, except that the Dissipator is also routinely supplied to CIA-equipped mercenaries.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Dissipator Carbine

5.56mm NATO

2.98 kg

20, 30

$766

Dissipator Shorty

5.56mm NATO

2.98 kg

20, 30

$746

Dissipator Target Model

5.56mm NATO

3.19 kg

20, 30

$788

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Dissipator Carbine

3/5

3

1-Nil

4/5

3

4/6

40

Dissipator Shorty

3/5

3

1-Nil

5

3

4/6

40

Dissipator Target Model

3/5

3

1-Nil

6

3

4/6

55

 

Bushmaster XM-15LE Superlite Carbine

     Notes: This is basically an M-16 with a collapsible stock, shorter barrel, and otherwise made as light as possible and still maintain the tactical utility of an M-4.  The handguards have 4-way MIL-STD-1913 rails to allow the mounting of as wide a variety of accessories as possible; there is another MIL-STD-1913 rail on top of the receiver, which does not have the usual carrying handle.    There are two versions; the military model, as described, and the civilian model, which is semiautomatic only, has no flash suppressor or bayonet lug, and does not have the special handguards.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Superlite Carbine

5.56mm NATO

2.99 kg

10, 20, 30

$585

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Superlite Carbine

5

3

1-Nil

5/6

3

6

40

 

CAV-15

     The CAV-15 is an unusual sort of M-4/M-16 clone; the lower receiver, stock, and pistol grip, are made of one piece of composite material, specifically Nylon 6 filled with glass fiber.  The handguards are made of the same material.  This material is very strong and totally resistant to corrosion.  It can also be molded in virtually any color and even to a specific shape if the user is willing to pay, allowing for cheekpieces, individual hand shapes and sizes, etc.  The manufacturer, Cavalry Arms, offers a lifetime guarantee on the lower receiver and handguards that they will not break.  The company makes the composite components in several different colors: black, green, tan, and even yellow, blue, and pink.  The usual M-16/M-4 carrying handle is eschewed in favor of a flat top with a MIL-STD-1913 rail.  Four models are available: the Commando, a military carbine not available to civilians; the Trooper, a civilianized Commando; the Scout, a semiautomatic carbine with a longer barrel; and the Rifleman, a full-sized rifle.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Commando

5.56mm NATO

2.77 kg

10, 20, 30

$548

Trooper

5.56mm NATO

2.72 kg

10, 20, 30

$543

Scout

5.56mm NATO

2.85 kg

10, 20, 30

$563

Rifleman

5.56mm NATO

3.06 kg

10, 20, 30

$605

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Commando

5

3

1-Nil

5

3

7

34

Trooper

SA

3

1-Nil

5

3

Nil

34

Scout

SA

3

1-Nil

5

3

Nil

40

Rifleman

SA

3

1-Nil

6

3

Nil

55

 

Century Arms C-39v2

     Notes: At the time of its introduction at the SHOT Show in 2014, the C-39v2 was the first AK produced entirely in the US.  (It is actually made by a “well-known” firearms manufacturer, but that is all I have been able to find out.)  The C-39v2 is an SBR, which means that additional paperwork and taxes are required in the US and several other countries for ownership.

     The barrels for the C-39v2 include 10.6 and 12.4 inches.  The barrel is of chrome/moly 4150 steel, treated with nitride for corrosion resistance and better heat dispersion.  The barrel is tipped with a birdcage-type flash suppressor, which can be removed by anyone with armorer skill and replaced with other muzzle devices. The receiver is 4140 ordnance-quality steel, also nitride-treated.  The trigger group is a RAK-1 Enhanced Trigger Group, which is single stage but has a relatively light pull weight.  The magazine release is made T-shaped, with the top of the T protruding on either side of the forward trigger guard; many test shooters have apparently requested this, being easier to actuate.  Sights are standard AK sights, and there are attachments for a side mount for sights.  This is a Century Arms proprietary mount that can be used with eastern and western sights. Most of the furniture is standard AR-15-type furniture, but modified specifically for an AK.  This includes a Magpul MOE AK pistol grip, MOE AK handguard, and a Zhukov-5 side-folding stock.  The stock is in line with the axis of the barrel.  Unfortunately, with the stock folded, the safety bar and the trigger are a bit difficult to manipulate, so fire with the stock open is best.  Muzzle blast can be described as…one writer called it “howitzer-like,” and recommended full ear muffs, especially the sound cancellation type.  He recommends that the extra money and paperwork to mount a suppressor. Muzzle blast likewise can be blinding, especially when dark.  As this rifle has easy-to-see military and police uses, I have included automatic fire stats for a “what-if.”

     The C-39v2 is unusual for a modern assault rifle in that it comes with no Picatinny or Weaver rails.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

C-39v2 (10.6” Barrel)

7.62mm Kalashnikov

3.64 kg

5, 10, 30, 75D

$772

C-39v2 (12.4” Barrel)

7.62mm Kalashnikov

3.72 kg

5, 10, 30, 75D

$791

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

C-39v2 (10.6” Barrel)

5

3

2-Nil

4/5

2

6

24

C-39v2 (12.4” Barrel)

5

3

2-Nil

4/5

2

6

30

 

CMMG Mk 4

     Notes: The Mk 4 is chambered in the 5.56mm cartridge, as well as some in .300 Blackout, which is gaining popularity and has been tested by special operations. Though it is one of the lesser-known AR-15 clones, it is regarded highly by those who know it.

     The receivers, like most AR-15 clones from a given company, are basically identical. Receivers for the Mk 4 are of 7075-T6 aluminum – forged and not stamped.  They typically have an upper receiver with a MIL-STD-1913 rail, with a folding BUIS that may be attached to it. Triggers are Mil-Spec, as are the pistol grips and stocks (or the sliding type).  Barrels have chromed bores, and most have a “government profile.”

     The Mk 4 was the first of the series for CMMG.  It’s chrome-moly-vanadium barrel uses a trick to get around the laws in the US – the 14.5-inch barrel has an extended flash suppressor, giving it a “sort-of” 16.25-inch barrel. It uses an M-4-type stock, pistol grip, and handguards. The Mk 4A4 is their full-size rifle, with a 4150 (4140 for the .22 version) Chrome-Vanadium Steel barrel 20 inches long coated with a Nitride finish for extra wear resistance.

     The Mk 4LE is designed primarily for law enforcement.  It comes in two versions: the basic Mk 4LE, and the Mk 4LE (OR) or Optics-Ready.  The OR version has no front sight, having a low-profile gas block and a short length of MIL-STD-1913 rail above it.  It also has a MIL-STD-1913 rail above the receiver, M-4-type handguards, and an M-4-type stock.  For game purposes, the basic LE and OR are the same, except for the above. Available in four calibers, it is useful in many situations. The Mk 4LEM, is also similar to the LE, except that it has mid-length handguards and a front sight further out, which gives a better sight picture and smoother operation and reliability (which unfortunately has no effect in game terms).  The barrel is of “government profile” and medium taper, which does help accuracy a little (a very little).  The barrel is slightly shorter at 16 inches.  There is also an LEM (OR) version.

     The Mk 4T is a version of the Mk 4 designed to use silencers as well as flash suppressors, and they have a threaded barrel to make this happen.  The 16.1-inch barrel has a government profile, a medium taper, and can be 416 stainless steel or nitrided 4140 Chrome-Moly steel (this makes no difference in game terms).  The handguards are designed by CMMG, and are called RKM KeyMod handguards.  It is a one-piece handguard with up to four MIL-STD-1913 rails, as well as an interlocking one atop the receiver. The gas block is low-profile and is below the muzzle end of the handguard, not touching the handguard.  There are no front or rear iron sights, though the rifle comes with a pair of BUISs. The handguard creates a free-floating barrel. The Mk 4RCE is similar to the Mk 4T, but is aimed primarily at competitive shooters. Instead of a flash suppressor, the RCE’s 16.1-inch barrel is tipped with A CMMG muzzle brake called the SV.  The trigger is a Geissele Automatics SSA match trigger, which is two-stage. The stock and pistol grip are Magpul MOE pieces.  The same RKM-14 KeyMod Free-Float Handguard, but it is longer, so that only about an inch and a half of the barrel is exposed.

     The Mk 4D is designed to be tough, yet accurate; this means that parts are put together with great precision and sometimes hand-fitting.  The 16.1-inch barrel has a government profile, with the RKM14 Handguard and a free-floating barrel. The pistol grip and stock are by Magpul. The trigger guard is also Magpul, designed to take a gloved finger. The Mk 4S is much the same, but with an 18-inch barrel, standard A2 sliding stock, pistol grip, and trigger guard.

     The Mk 4 3GR is designed specifically for use in 3-Gun Competition.  It uses a stainless steel 18-inch medium tapered barrel, which is inside an RKM14 KeyMod handguard, and is tipped by a compact muzzle brake.  It has a Geissele 2-stage trigger inside a Magpul trigger guard designed for use with gloves. The Magpul MOE stock is not sliding, but is adjustable for length and has a recoil pad as well as a hollow in the stock for cleaning kits.  The pistol grip also has a small compartment, normally used for batteries for optics. Tolerances are tight and precise.  The Mk 4 3GR is designed for precise shooting and rapid engagement, using a variety of optics.

     The Mk 4HT is one of the specific versions around which rumors swirl of possible military use or testing. It comes in a variety of chamberings, including one specifically for training use.  The barrel is of heavy profile and is threaded on the end to allow a silencer to be fitted. A special cap can be fitted to protect the threads when not in use, or a flash suppressor or muzzle brake may be mounted. The 5.56mm and .300 versions can have a 416 stainless steel barrel, or nitride 4140 Chrome-Moly barrel, 16.1 inches long and heavy profile. (The .22 version comes only with a 4140 Chrome-Moly barrel.)  An HTP versions made, which is piston driven instead of by direct gas impingement.  The HT uses an RKM11 KeyMod free-float handguard; the HTP uses an RKM9 handguard, which fits better with the pistol system. The pistol grip, trigger guard, and stock are M-4-types, Mil-Spec.  I have included some figures for automatic versions and for use with silencers, just in case. For game purposes, the HT and HTP are identical.

     The Mk 4V is a hunter’s weapon, optimized for varmints and small game. Key for the performance necessary is a 24-inch fluted barrel, made from 416 stainless steel and floating in an RKM14 KeyMod handguard, with the associated rails.  The barrel also has a target crown. The pistol grip is an A2 grip, but the stock is A1.

     Designed primarily for military and police use, the Mk 4K is also popular among those who have the proper paperwork and permissions.  It has a 12.5-inch medium-weight barrel with a fixed compact muzzle brake.  The barrel is a Crome-Moly which is nitride. The stock, trigger guard, and pistol grip are Magpul MOE designs, with the stock heavily skeletonized.  The Handguard is an RKM11 KeyMod free-float handguard; the barrel quality gives the Mk 4K a bit more accuracy than a normal barrel of this short length.  The rifle is otherwise quite light and handy, and rumors also are in the wild of military testing and use. The Mk 4K is clearly thought of with the military in mind. The Mk 4PDW is similar in concept, having a short 8.2-inch barrel.  Like most PDWs, it is meant to be used by vehicle vehicle crews and rear-area personnel who do not need a full-length rifle, but more than a pistol, as well as personnel who expect a lot of CQB,It has a short RKM7 KeyMod free float tube. The Mk 4PDW has a Magpul sliding stock, pistol grip, and trigger guard. The cartridges used work better in a short package than the 5.56mm round.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Mk 4

5.56mm NATO

2.95 kg

10, 20, 30

$573

Mk 4A4

5.56mm NATO

2.95 kg

10, 20, 30

$611

Mk 4A4

.22 Long Rifle

2.67 kg

10, 20, 25

$267

Mk 4LE

.300 Blackout

3.04 kg

10, 20, 30

$769

Mk 4LE

5.56mm NATO

3.04 kg

10, 20, 30

$590

Mk 4LE

9mm Parabellum

3.04 kg

10, 25, 32

$306

Mk 4LE

.22 Long Rifle

3.04 kg

10, 20, 25

$246

Mk 4LEM

.300 Blackout

2.95 kg

10, 20, 30

$772

Mk 4LEM

5.56mm NATO

2.95 kg

10, 20, 30

$593