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August 23, 2002, 08:33 PM
A buddy of mine emailed these URLs:
Looks like a fun toy...
August 23, 2002, 10:02 PM
Any word on how well it functions? Can you buy the belt fed upper and put it on a M16 lower? Ciener used to make an AR/M16 belt fed conversion. Only drawback was you had to use his specially made links.
August 23, 2002, 11:07 PM
Thankfully I've had the chance to use a FN Minimi so I'm not too jealous.
But I'd still love to own one of those 'Shrikes'.
August 24, 2002, 12:03 AM
Ares Defense Systems, LLC (http://www.aresdefense.com/)
edit: Looks like it sells for $2,495.00.
August 24, 2002, 12:10 AM
They've got a neat little movie here http://www.aresdefense.com/
that shows one of these things in action.
I know someone that has a few of them on order - when they get in and are running I'll post a note about how they work.
Hkmp5sd - this came from Ares (the Shrike folks) - it might help answer your questions.
Q) What model Shrike should I order?
A)The "AR15" type, "Pre-Ban" Shrike 5.56 model has a semi-automatic style bolt carrier, threaded 16" heavy barrel with flash-hider and is intended for use in conjunction with a "pre-ban" semi-automatic lower receiver. This model would also be suitable for use with an NFA Registered "Auto Connector" or "Lightning Link". (All National Firearms Act Rules Apply)
The "AR15" type, "Post-Ban" Shrike 5.56 model has a semi-automatic style bolt carrier, 16" heavy barrel with permanently attached muzzle-brake and is intended for use in conjunction with a "post-ban" semi-automatic lower receiver. This model would also be suitable for use with an NFA Registered "Auto Connector" or "Lightning Link". (All National Firearms Act Rules Apply)
The "M16/M4" type, Shrike 5.56 model has a full-automatic style bolt carrier, threaded 16" heavy barrel with flash-hider and is intended for use in conjunction with an NFA Registered select-fire or full-automatic lower receiver. This model would also be suitable for use with an NFA Registered "AR15 Auto Sear," "Drop In Auto Sear," and "Auto Sear II." (All National Firearms Act Rules Apply)
August 24, 2002, 02:14 AM
Thanks for the info! It is on my "want" list. I'll wait for some hands-on reviews before taking the plunge. (TFL forum once again is going to cost me a great deal of money! :) )
August 24, 2002, 09:02 AM
The CMG-1 lives again!!!
"Everything old is new again.":)
August 24, 2002, 10:24 AM
Remember, fire only in short bursts lest you ruin your barrel. Also have the tools to change barrels after you've worn one out.
August 24, 2002, 06:28 PM
I've been following the Shrike 5.56 for a couple years now. Yes, from what the designer has told me, you can buy a belt-fed upper and put it on an M16 lower. That's basically the point of the system--to turn an M16 instantly into a belt-fed LMG/SAW.
I don't have currently information about the durability of the barrel under heavy full-auto fire. I'll inquire about it. I would think they would make the barrel thick enough and with the proper metallurgy to be able to handle the LMG role.
I posted a heads up about the Shrike on my site(DefenseReview.com) at http://www.defensereview.com.
If it proves to be reliable and durable, it's a winner.
There's also information about the Shrike on Full-Auto.com(http://www.full-auto.com).
I'm not crazy about the FN Minimi. For one, I think it's too heavy for a 5.56 light machine gun. I'd rather go with the Ultimax 100 MK3 or Israeli Negev Commando.
August 24, 2002, 06:31 PM
Here's the direct link to the Shrike 5.56 article on my site:
I'd really like to get one of these puppies for testing, so I can do a real in-depth torture test piece on it.
I'll have to work on that one.
August 25, 2002, 01:24 PM
August 26, 2002, 02:23 PM
the best test location should be at the creek this Fall
bring yer ammo fund piggybank
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