21st Century M14/M1A Battle Rifle: Meet the Troy Modular Chassis System (MCS)

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by David Crane
defrev at gmail.com

January 7, 2008

Troy Industries, Inc. is currently making a patent-pending modular chassis system for the M14/M1A rifle that uprates it to a true 21st-century 7.62x51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO)/.308 Win. battle rifle for U.S. military Special Operations (SPECOPS) tactical/warfare operations. It’s called, appropriately enough, the Troy Industries M14/M1A Modular Chassis System (MCS). According to noted gunwriter Charlie Cutshaw, the Troy M14/M1A MCS is basically the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to tactically upgrading your M14/M1A rifle, and is such a significant improvement over previous attempts to upgrade the M14 rifle, that is, essentially nonpareil and in a class by itself. DefenseReview assumes that Mr. Cutshaw is alluding to both the Sage International, Ltd / NSW Crane Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) chassis and Troy’s previous-incarnation M14/M1A rifle chassis called the Troy Rock SOPMOD M14 Commando Carbine (unconfirmed/unverified).

The M14/M1A MCS is…

CNC-machined from a solid billet of 6061-T6 aluminum and is designed to significantly enhance all combat-relevant aspects, including reliability, accuracy, and tactical accessory-mounting capability. Interestingly, the M14/M1A MCS allows for a lower bore axis, placing the barrel in direct line with the shooter’s shoulder, just like an AR-15/M16 variant rifle or SOPMOD M4/M4A1 Carbine, providing a straight-line (a.k.a. in-line) recoil impulse and reduced muzzle rise and muzzle climb for enhanced control, yielding more hits on target, especially during rapid-fire strings against multiple and moving targets.

The MCS, of course, features an integral Mil-Std-1913 "Picatinny" Quad Rail / Forend Rail tube for mounting tactical rifle accessories, including combat optics, lasers, tactical white lights, vertical foregrips, etc. The top rail is a full-length rail.

If you purchase a Troy M14/M1A Modular Chassis System (MCS), you’ve currently got two premium buttstock choices: a Vltor Modstock telescoping stock or MagPul Precision Rifle Sniper stock. However, Defense Review would think that a MagPul CTR Carbine Stock, MagPul UBR (Utility/Battle Rifle) stock, or Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) SOPMOD Buttstock Assembly (a.k.a. Crane Stock a.k.a. SOCOM Stock) would also be viable tactical buttstock choices for the MCS.

The Troy MCS is available in two colors: Tactical Black and Dark Earth (a.k.a. Coyote Brown). The MCS utilizes a Tango Down pistol grip and Tango Down Rail Grips (a.k.a. rail covers a.k.a. rail panels).

It looks like Troy Industries has teamed up with Fulton Armory to build an M14/M1A "Modular Combat Rifle (MCR)", which reportedly combines the MCS with original GI or Mil-Spec M14/M1A rifle components/parts.

The Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 M1A carbine is also a viable weapons platform for the Modular Chassis System (MCS).

DefenseReview hasn’t run a Troy MCS-outfitted weapon, yet, but we’re going to try to get our hands on one for testing. Who knows, perhaps we’ll have the opportunity to do just that at SHOT Show 2008.

Company Contact Info:

Steve Troy
Troy Industries, Inc.
128 Myron St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: (413) 788-4288
Fax: (413) 383-0339
Email: Sales@troyind.com

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