Colt MARS

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MARS
TypePersonal Defense Weapon
Place of originUnited States
Production history
DesignerColt
Designed1997
ManufacturerColt
No. built3
Specifications
Barrel length10.5"

Cartridge5.56×30mm MARS
9x30mm MARS
ActionGas-actuated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity790 m/s (2,592 ft/s)
Effective firing range300 meters
Feed system30-round box magazine
Sights1.5x optical sight

The MARS (Mini Assault Rifle System) was an experimental, scaled-down variant of the M16 rifle tested by Colt as a personal defense weapon (PDW) around 1997.[1] It was chambered for the experimental 5.56×30mm MARS cartridge.[2] The 5.56×30mm cartridge fired a 55-grain projectile at 790 m/s (2,591.9 ft/s). The rifle was patented in 1998 (US patent no. 5,827,992).

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=1239 Small Arms Review. COLT'S 5.56X30MM MARS (MINI ASSAULT RIFLE SYSTEM) PROGRAM. By Christopher R. Bartocci. V12N4 (January 2009)
  2. ^ http://www.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=1239 Small Arms Review. COLT'S 5.56X30MM MARS (MINI ASSAULT RIFLE SYSTEM) PROGRAM. By Christopher R. Bartocci. V12N4 (January 2009)

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