Skip to comments.Shrike 5.56 by ARES Defense Systems Finally Makes it to Production.
Posted on 01/10/2005 11:16:50 AM PST by 45Auto
The Shrike 5.56 LMG(Light Machine Gun) upper, by ARES Defense Systems, LLC, is in production and currently available for pre-order(both in select-fire and semi-auto-only configurations), and the ARES Defense Systems site is up and running. If you remember, DefRev reported on the Shrike 5.56 and ARES Defense Systems some time ago.
If it works as advertised, the Shrike 5.56 just might throw the Squad Automatic Weapon(SAW)/LMG market right on it's ear. When fitted to a standard M16 or M4 lower, the Shrike, coming in at about 8 lbs, turns said weapon into a lightweight SAW/LMG that is supposedly every bit as or more reliable than...
its much heavier competition in the "squad automatic weapon" category. The FN M249 Minimi for example, currently in use by our armed forces, is significantly heavier and more cumbersome, even in its new MK46 MOD 0(for the Navy SEAL's) or M249SPW configurations. "SPW" stands for "Special Purpose Weapon", by the way.
The MK46 MOD 0 and M249SPW both weigh 12.6 lbs. The Shrike 5.56 set-up even appears to be about 2.5 lbs lighter than the universally-acclaimed Ultimax 100 LMG/SAW, made by ST Kinetics of Singapore, and roughly 7 lbs lighter than the Israeli Negev Commando LMG/SAW, made by IMI(Israel Military Industries). Only time will tell if the Shrike's performance under harsh battlefield conditions can equal that of either the Ultimax or Negev, both of which are supposed to be highly reliable and durable under adverse conditions. Again, ARES Defense Systems is taking orders right now. Both full-auto and semi-auto(pre-ban and post-ban) uppers are available. I believe this product will prove to be a very big deal in the small arms/tactical firearms market, if it works as advertised, and is reliable and durable. I've spoken with the designer on a number of occasions, and have been waiting a long time for the Shrike 5.56 to be available to the public. It should be noted that DefenseReview.com has no financial stake or interest in the Shrike 5.56. We just really like the concept and significant promise the system has demonstrated.
5.56 is too light.
Haven't we learned any thing from the battle field over the past 40 years?
So now you can "rock-and-roll" on that prarie dog town, or take out that squad of rabbits invading your garden.
For all the money spent to create a light machine gun (that, incidentally, fires a round that the Army no longer considers adequate), they could have redone the 'Sixty (which fires a round that anyone in their right mind considers adequate). Yes, the 'sixty is heavier, but not by much, and it has a far more serious reputation.
That thing loaded with 5.56 green tip would have been perfect for Advance Party security sweeps.
I would rather get shot with a 7.62 thasn a .223...
Link belt fed, now we're talking mean! Sure the 5.56 is a pea in a pod, but we have warehouses of them that need to be lit off in the direction of some ugly guys with head scarves on.
The issue of these LMG's really comes down to the ability to put automatic, suppressive fire down at a range beyond the capability of the squad/platoon's rifles. The M60 - modeled after the WWII German MG42 - does a very good job of that, and, as you point out, isn't all that heavy (19 lbs). The 5.56mm round has ballistic issues at longer ranges, and therefore should not be used for a LMG.
yeah 7.62 ... but those are wimpy 7.62 rounds .... give me 30-06 any day. (7.62 X 63 [M-1 Garand] versus 7.62 x 39 [AK-47])
that analogy really broke me up!! not too often you get a chance to drop a jimmy hat reference. hahaha
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