Special Operations Assault Rifle
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|Special Operations Assault Rifle (SOAR)|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||See Users|
|Wars||Guerrilla Operations in the Philippines|
|Designer||Ferdinand and Francis Sy|
|Caliber||5.56 mm (.223 in)|
|Action||SOAR: Gas-operated, rotating bolt (direct impingement)|
SOAR-P: Short-stroke piston, rotating bolt
|Rate of fire||550-680 round/min|
|Feed system||Various STANAG magazines|
|Sights||Iron sights or various optics|
The SOAR is a selective fire 5.56×45mm NATO assault rifle firing from either a closed rotating bolt (direct impingement) for the standard SOAR model, or in a short-stroke piston rotating bolt for the SOAR-P variant.
It differs from the typical M4 due to FERFRANS' preference to better control on full-automatic mode. Among the features include a patented Delayed Sear Activation System that reduces its cyclic rate of fire in full-auto to just around 550 to 680 rpm, reducing muzzle climb and improving control-ability. It also uses a heavy machine gun barrel for increased reliability in sustained firing, rifled in either 1:7 or 1:9 right-hand twist.
The SOAR is available in both the standard SOAR or the piston-driven SOAR-P.
Barrel length options for the SOAR are in 10.5", 11.5", 14.5", 16", 18", and 20" lengths.
Known upgrades are known as the 10.5 Mk2, 10.5 Mk2-2 and the 11 Mk2.
- Malaysia: Limited use by Special Actions Unit of the Royal Malaysia Police
- Philippines: Philippine National Police Special Action Force, Lapu-Lapu City SWAT, Philippine Army Special Operations Command
- United States: Limited use with some SWAT teams
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