FERFRANS SOAR-P Gas Piston/Op-Rod Tactical AR-15 Carbines and SBR/Subcarbines for Special Operations

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By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com

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September 14, 2008

DefenseReview recently got the chance to run FERFRANS Specialties' new SOAR-P 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO)/.223 Rem. select-fire, gas piston/op-rod tactical AR SBR (Short Barreled Rifle)/subcarbines (10.5"-11.5" barrels) at the range. While the recoil impulse was a bit more "punchy" (less smooth, quicker impulse) than the FERFRANS direct-gas-impingement SOAR SBRs and carbines, it was no more so than anyone else's piston-driven tactical AR we've tried. And, since the SOAR-P piston AR SBRs run significantly slower on full-auto than anyone else's full-auto gas-piston-driven ARs (approx. 625-675 RPM) thanks to the patented FERFRANS Rate Reduction System (RRS), they're significantly more controllable on full-auto than competing piston-driven systems.  More controllable means more hits on target.  The RRS makes full-auto fire a viable CQB/CQC tool.

We ran the FERFRANS SOAR-P tactical piston AR SBRs suppressed and unsuppressed, and the guns ran reliably in both configurations. That said, we didn't have the opportunity to conduct a U.S. military-style high-round-count/adverse-conditions test and abuse the weapons accordingly.

For suppressed fire, we utilized an Ops Inc. (also written "OPS-INC") muzzle can (silencer/sound suppressor), which also worked well.

Sighting on the suppressed weapon pictured was accomplished via an Aimpoint Micro T-1 mini-red dot sight and Aimpoint 3XMag magnifying optic mounted via Larue Tactical QD sight mounts (LaRue Tactical QD LT660 (Tall) for the Micro T-1 and QD Pivot Mount LT649 for the 3XMag) , which Defense Review highly recommends.

We used MagPul PMAG 30-round polymer magazines, including both the standard PMAGs and MagLevel PMAGs, and they ran great, as well.

The telescoping/collapsible/retractable buttstock on the weapons pictured is a Vltor Modstock (Clubfoot model) built from what we believe is the Modstock Basic Carbine Kit.

The FERFRANS SOAR-P piston-driven select-fire tactical AR SBRs are now available to military and law enforcement end-users.

Author's Note: The author is wearing a Tactical Command Industries, Inc. (TCI) Liberator II Tactical Headset System and Oakley tactical eyewear (Oakley Juliet sunglasses) in the photos, and, yes, it's just a coincidence that the lenses color-match the lens on the Aimpoint Micro T-1 combat optic (optical sight).

Company Contact Info:

FERFRANS Specialties:

Ferdie Sy
FERFRANS Specialties
2649 E. Valley Blvd., Suite D
West Covina, CA 91792
626-893-8155 Office
info@ferfrans.net Email
http://www.ferfrans.net Website

Mailing Address:

FERFRANS Specialties
214 Calle Moreno
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-8094 Office

O.P. Seberger Jr., Owner
Ops Inc.
P.O. Box 377
Shingletown, CA 96088

For Ordering Inquiries Contact:

Ron Allen
Allen Engineering
Phone: 530-742-3248
Fax: 530-742-8758
E-Mail: mbsman@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.opsinc.us

Aimpoint Inc.
14103 Mariah Court
Chantilly, VA 20151-2113
Phone: 703-263-9795
Toll Free: 877- 246-7646 (877-Aimpoint)
Fax: 703-263-9463
E-mail: info@aimpoint.com
Homepage: www.aimpoint.com

Aimpoint AB
Jägershillgatan 15
SE-213 75 Malmö
Phone: +46 40 671 50 20
Fax: +46 40 21 92 38
E-mail: info@aimpoint.se
Homepage: www.aimpoint.se

LaRue Tactical
850 County Road 177
Leander, Texas USA 78641
512-259-1585 Office
512-259-1588 Fax
sales@laruetactical.com Email
http://www.laruetactical.com Website

MagPul Industries Corp
400 Young Court – Unit 1
Erie, Colorado 80516-8440
877-4MAGPUL Toll Free
303-828-3460 Office

303-828-3469 Fax
magpul@magpul.com Email

www.magpul.com Website

MagPul Industries Corp.
PO Box 17697
Longmont, Colorado 80308-0697

Military Cage Code: 1LX50
Vltor Weapon Systems
Tucson, AZ
520-408-1944 Office
520-293-8807 Fax
Oakley Government Sales
800-525-4334 Office



Additional Photos:


Op-Rod – Operating Rod

SOAR – Special Operations Assault Rifle

AR – AR-15

SBR – Short Barreled Rifle

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