Special Operations Assault Rifle

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Special Operations Assault Rifle (SOAR)
Type Assault rifle
Place of origin Philippines
Service history
In service 2006-present
Used by See Users
Wars Anti-guerrilla operations in the Philippines[citation needed]
Production history
Designer Ferdinand and Francis Sy
Manufacturer Ferfans Specialties
Produced 2004-present
Variants Variants
Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO
Caliber 5.56mm
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 550-650 round/min[1]
Feed system Various STANAG magazines
Sights Can mount various Optical sights with Picatinny railing

Special Operations Assault Rifle (SOAR) is an assault rifle manufactured by the Philippine-based company Ferfrans and designed as an improvement of the M16A1 and AR-15 assault rifles and M4 carbine.


The SOAR is a selective fire 5.56×45mm NATO assault rifle firing from a closed rotating bolt. It has a gas-actuated piston-driven long stroke operating system, which uses burnt powder gases vented through a port in the barrel to power the weapon's moving parts. It uses a heavy machine gun barrel for sustained firing to produce a sub-machine gun with a high power caliber. The SOAR uses a unique patented rate reduction system (RRS) that reduces the cyclic rate of fire regardless of barrel length. This allows for controlled bursts without the use of a burst fire setting. The combination of the low cyclic rate, a compensator, and Selective Integrated Rail (S.I.R.) with vertical foregrip permits sustained automatic fire with no muzzle climb, making the weapon extremely controllable, and capable of overwhelming and accurate firepower.


Known variants include SOARs with 10.5, 11.5,[2] and 14.5-inch (370 mm) barrels.[3] Known upgrades are known as the 10.5 Mk2, 10.5 Mk2-2 and the 11 Mk2.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e [1] Retrieved on March 15, 2010.
  2. ^ Ferfrans SOAR AR-Type CQB Subcarbines/SBRs. Retrieved on October 27, 2007.
  3. ^ Special Operations Assault Rifle and 5.56 bullet Retrieved on October 27, 2007.
  4. ^ gallery. Retrieved on August 4, 2008.

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