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Bushmaster ACR

in Gun Discussion Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:58 am
by HampsterW | 461 Posts

The Bushmaster Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR) is the production name for an updated version of the Masada Adaptive Combat Weapon System. In late January 2008, Bushmaster entered into a licensing agreement with Magpul whereby Bushmaster would take over production, future development and sales of the Masada. It is a patent pending self-loading rifle platform designed by Magpul Industries of Erie, Colorado. The rifle was initially developed over a period of four months, completely independent of government funding. Prototypes were displayed at the 2007 SHOT Show in Orlando, Florida. Originally scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2008, Bushmaster announced on May 16, 2008, that the consumer release would be delayed until Q1 2009, due to a focus on military projects. On November 18, 2008, Bushmaster released a statement saying, "The ACR is being redesigned to be a superior offering to compete for the next generation US Army infantry carbine and subcompact weapon requirement and will be available to select customers in 2009." The ACR was one of the weapons displayed to U.S. Army officials during an invitation-only Industry Day on November 13, 2008. The goal of the Industry Day was to review current carbine technology prior to writing formal requirements for a future replacement for the M4 Carbine.

Design

Magpul Masada, the design origin of the Bushmaster ACR
The original Magpul Masada design represents an amalgamation of several recent rifle designs, incorporating what is considered by its designers to be the best features of each in a single, lightweight, modular rifle platform. Design features from the Armalite AR-18 (short-stroke gas system), the FN SCAR (upper receiver, charging handle location), the Heckler & Koch G36/XM8 (liberal use of polymer components), the M16/AR-15 (trigger pack), and the M16 (barrel, fire control group) are clearly prevalent. The rifle also includes several features developed by Magpul, such as a quick-change barrel/trunnion system, adjustable gas regulator, non-reciprocating charging handle, and storage compartments located in the stock and grip. Just prior to the deal with Bushmaster, Magpul made additional changes to their design—the most obvious of these is the relocation of the ambidextrous operating handle to a forward position (somewhat similar to the Heckler & Koch G3 and Heckler & Koch MP5 series of weapons). Experts from Magpul Industries have on several occasions mentioned that depending on the barrel length of the weapon, the rate of fire is estimated to be in the range of 600-800 rpm (this is an estimate; specifics have not yet been verified).
Bushmaster Firearms, with the help of Remington Arms (a sister company in the Freedom Group, Inc portfolio that includes Bushmaster, Remington, Marlin, and DPMS Panther Arms brands) has also made some design changes based on extensive environmental and functional testing specifically to meet the emerging requirements of the US military in both the carbine and subcompact weapon versions of the ACR family. It is expected that the rifle will be offered to military customers in 5.56mm NATO, 6.8mm Remington SPC, 6.5 Grendel, and possibly in .30 Remington AR, with the same lower receiver and the user just having to switch out the barrel, bolt face, and magazine to change calibers. It is also expected that the ACR will have barrel length options of 10.5″, 12.5″, 14.5″, 16″ (commercial), and 18″. Among options for the ACR include Fixed Adjustable (in terms of length of pull and check weld), folding adjustable, and a sniper stock based on the Magpul PRS stock, and four handguard options including long and short polymer handguards with heatguard and attachable rails, aluminum Trirail and, on the Remington model, a five sided aluminum handguard that can be user configured with Mil-std-1913 rail elements.
The Model of the rifle for military use would be the Remington ACR.[citation needed]
The magazine conceived for the 5.56mm version of the ACR rifle is called the PMag, a high-impact, 30-round polymer magazine claimed by Magpul to be significantly more resistant to wear, shock, and harsh environments than other counterparts on the market. The PMag is STANAG 4179-compatible, as it will readily fit any STANAG magazine firearm, including the M16 rifle family. The Bushmaster ACR's modular construction even allows the user to fire several other rounds, including the 7.62×39mm round with an alternate barrel and lower receiver.
Availability and Recall

The ACR is stated to be available in the 2nd Quarter of 2010 for military, government and commercial customers. The ACR will be available in greater quantity (tens of thousands) in the commercial marketplace in 2010. According to an official press release from Bushmaster, the rifle will have suggested retail price between $2,685–$3,061.00[9] – twice as much as early price quotes of "around $1500," causing public outcry and dismay of the rifle from a large portion of the firearms fraternity and potential civilian end-users. Semi-automatic versions will be available to the commercial market from Bushmaster, and selective fire versions available for military and law enforcement under the Remington name. As of April 2010, civilian market rifles are available for sale.
On October 15, 2010 Bushmaster issued a recall of all ACR rifles instructing users to "Please immediately discontinue the use of your ACR rifle" along with instructions to contact customer support for an RMA. Bushmaster stated that the recall was issued due to "a possible firearms performance issue that may develop with a small number of ACR rifles" and goes on to state that "Bushmaster discovered a design flaw which could result in multiple rounds firing continuously when the trigger is pulled". Bushmaster has stated that it will cover all of the costs associated with the repairs to the recalled rifles.
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RE: Bushmaster ACR

in Gun Discussion Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:53 am
by Greasy Paws | 111 Posts

Nice gun.Fired one yesterday in 5.56.Lot of things I liked better than the AR platform.NO thanks due to price though.


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RE: Bushmaster ACR

in Gun Discussion Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:57 am
by HampsterW | 461 Posts

Yeah, $1500 (bare bones) I could swallow but 2-3K, I will continue to "like" my AR's.


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RE: Bushmaster ACR

in Gun Discussion Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:00 pm
by luckybychoice | 55 Posts

there is a recall on ACRs now,if you own one might want to inquire as to what the recall is for.


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RE: Bushmaster ACR

in Gun Discussion Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:32 pm
by Greasy Paws | 111 Posts

recall was for trigger issues causing a slam fire condition.They are being real quiet about why the recall...but I am in the know!


"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." --Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book

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RE: Bushmaster ACR

in Gun Discussion Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:27 pm
by catfish88 | 27 Posts

I'd like to handle one of these. I agree the price is way to expensive. It will be interesting to see how it fairs against FN's SCAR. FN already has there foot in the door and selling SCARS to special forces units and maybe more I don't know. But, the SCAR is too damned expensive for commerical sales as well, in my opinion. I wonder if in time the prices will come down some.


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