Special Operations Assault Rifle

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Special Operations Assault Rifle (SOAR)
TypeAssault rifle
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service2004-present
Used bySee Users
WarsGuerrilla Operations in the Philippines
Production history
DesignerFerdinand and Francis Sy
Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO
Caliber5.56 mm (.223 in)
ActionSOAR: Gas-operated, rotating bolt (direct impingement)
SOAR-P: Short-stroke piston, rotating bolt
Rate of fire550-680 round/min[1][2]
Feed systemVarious STANAG magazines
SightsIron sights or various optics

The Special Operations Assault Rifle (SOAR) is an assault rifle manufactured by FERFRANS and designed as an improvement of the M4 carbine.


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.[3]

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.[2]


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.[2]

Known upgrades are known as the 10.5 Mk2, 10.5 Mk2-2 and the 11 Mk2.[4]



  1. ^ "FERFRANS SOAR AR-Type CQB Subcarbines/SBRs: Photos and Video on the Way". 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  2. ^ a b c "FERFRANS SOAR". FERFRANS. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
  3. ^ "FERFRANS SOAR P". FERFRANS. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
  4. ^ gallery. Archived 2009-02-03 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on August 4, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d Ferfrans Rate Reduction System.[permanent dead link] Retrieved on October 27, 2007.
  6. ^ "Firm converts M16 to M4 rifles for Lapu police force". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 2015-10-08.

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