Carbon 15

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Carbon 15
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Carbon 15 SBR
TypePistol / Carbine / Rifle
Place of originUnited States
Production history
ManufacturerBushmaster Firearms International, LLC
Variants9mm Pistol, Type 21/21S Pistol, Type 97/97S Pistol, Type 97S Rifle, 9mm Carbine, Top Loading Carbine, Flat-Top Carbine, .22 Rimfire Rifle, Model 4, Type R21 Rifle
  • 1.31 kg (2.88 lb) (Type 97 Pistol)
  • 1.81 kg (4 lb) (Type R21 Rifle)
  • 20 in (50.8 cm) (Type 97 Pistol)
  • 35 in (88.9 cm) (Type R21 Rifle)
Barrel length
  • 7.25 in (18.42 cm) (Type 97 Pistol)
  • 16 in (40.6 cm) (Type R21 Rifle)

Muzzle velocity1,750 feet (530 m)/s[1]
Feed systemVarious STANAG Magazines.

The Carbon 15 is a family of lightweight, magazine-fed pistols, carbines, and rifles developed by defunct United States weapons manufacturer Professional Ordnance, with the design picked up after some time by current manufacturer Bushmaster Firearms.


The Carbon 15 line of weapons[2][3] are closely based on the Colt AR-15 design. They are distinguished by their carbon fiber construction, which provides an extremely lightweight frame, which is also extremely durable; chemical, water, and heat resistant. The Carbon 15 line are generally 5.56 mm (.223 caliber) weapons, however there are 9 mm versions of the Carbon 15 pistol[4] and carbine.

Early in 2009 Bushmaster, the primary manufacturer of Carbon-15 pistols/rifles, has begun to include the ejection port dust cover and forward assist in their Carbon-15 M4 rifles.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Carbon 15 pistol review" Gunblast Online Magazine
  2. ^ "Carbon 15 line" Bushmaster Archived December 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Johnn Walter (March 25, 2006). Rifles of the World. Krause Publications. p. 42.
  4. ^ "Carbon 15 Type 97s" Bushmaster Archived December 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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