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Janes Defence: Turkey's MKEK has produced a Trials run of 200 MPT select fire Assault Rifles, in 7,62 Nato, for trials by the Turkish Army.
( MPT : Standard Infantry Rifle). Design is based on AR10/AR15 with HK417 features thrown in...Looks like an overgrown M16...collapsible stock, combination front vertical Handle with retractable Bipod, Picatinny Rails on Top, carry Handle, flip up front and rear sights; Rails can also be attached to sides of Fore-arm. Important internally is the Non-sprung independent Gas Piston, and only one ejector?extractor ( unlike the HK417's two)

Requirements by Turkey are for up to 500,000 rifles, for the Army and subsidiary other organisations. Since MKEK has a production capacity of only 15,000 rifles a year, they are expected to either Expand, or subcontract out to other (Turkish) gunmakers.

After the initial Trials with the 200, another batch of 5,000 will be produced by 2015, incorporating any improvements deemed necessary from the results of the trials...these will also be given thorough field trials ( probably including "real combat" by Turkish troops on NATO duties.)

Go to the article...great Picture of Rifle.

Turkey has a long History of "Full Power" infantry rifles, from the 7,65mm and 7,9mm Bolt rifles, through the US M1 Garand, to H&K G3 etc; All (autos) except the Garand have been manufactured under Licence in Turkey; quality is top notch, matching German levels of QA.

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Why bother with a carrying handle? Is this a responspe to the widespread adoption of ceraminc body armor. Does this mean there will be cheap surplus 5.56 within the next five years? Isn't Iraq considering abandoning 7.62x39 in favor of 5.56?
 
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