Manual gun Ares "Shrike" was born as an attempt to make a conversion kit to convert a full-automatic version of the M16 machine gun in a belt-fed (tool support platoon, Squad Automatic Weapon in American systematization). Such samples caused by the desire to unify the weapon at an infantry platoon have been pursued in the 1960s — 70s, but they were all more or less bad, because it was based on standard machines, in which the receiver had to cut a window for the ribbon supply, also invent methods drive tape transport mechanism, while the power of regular gas operated mechanism M16 was not enough to secure the ribbon supply in all criteria.
In 1998, the Yankees Geoffrey Herring (Geoffrey Herring) decided to approach the dilemma more constructively, creating from scratch receiver box with feeder belt, quick-trunks and reliable gas engine, which is applicable for installation on the bottom of the receiver (lower receiver) full-automatic M16. The first models of such a conversion kit has been called "Shrike", was shown in 2002, but their completion took another almost 8 years. As a result, at the present time the U.S. company Ares Defense Systems, Inc released a whole line of tools, based on the receiver and the mechanisms of "Shrike", which includes a tool with a belt, a shop or a combination diet, different barrel lengths, different fittings, etc.
Besides the usual majority of Yankee ergonomics M16 machine guns line Ares "Shrike" are comparable to a small weight — so in the basic configuration of the "empty" machine gun Ares "Shrike" with the combined power (tape + shop) actually weighs 2 times less than the machine gun FN Minini / M249 Para of the same caliber.
The centerpiece of Ares "Shrike" is developed by Ares receiver with the latest bolt group and venting mechanism. Mechanisms guns are driven vapor-automatic small stroke. Vapor and the piston assembly located on the left of the trunk and the trunk compartment disconnected together with it. Quick-trunks, air cooling. The barrel is locked by rotating bolt with 6 circular lugs having a more solid structure in comparison with a standard M16 automatic gates. Receiver Ares "Shrike" is open at the top and bottom of the design. It is placed on top of the removable flap in which a gun located embodiment feeder belt actuated pin into the upper part of the bolt. In the embodiment AAR (Ares Automatic Rifle) magazine-fed receiver cover is of the ordinary construction, with all this transition from the feed store just to the combined back and is less than a minute, by the substitution of the receiver cover. Own the bottom of the receiver box Ares "Shrike" with 2-cross pins attached to a full-box shock spukovogo mechanism (lower receiver) M16 or M4 machine using a "submachine gun" trigger mechanism and the receiver stores. In addition, the company developed its own version of Ares boxes trigger mechanism for the version with only belt-fed. It stores on the site of the receiver is placed bracket for the container with tape. Machine gun Ares "Shrike" uses standard Loose iron belt with cartridges 5.56NATO, any standard stores that are compatible with the M16 — box-shaped container 20, 30 and 40 rounds, drum dual capacity of 100 and 150 rounds of ammunition. In the basic version all the gun range Ares "Shrike" fires from closed bolt, automatic fire and single shots, but the chances of alteration under fire from an open bolt by setting a corresponding set of change parts of the firing mechanism.
Accessories range guns Ares "Shrike" includes standard butt of machine M16 or M4, pistol grip and fore-end control fire with the guide type Picatinny rail, which is usually placed on the front handle-type Grip Pod, combining in itself is actually a pen and small-sized pull-out bipod for shooting with it stops. Sights are also put on napravlyayuschuyutipa Picatinny rail, located on the lid of the receiver, and may include both standard open sights, and any collimator, night scopes and optional user. More Soup for guns range Ares "Shrike" may include an adapter for mounting on infantry machine-tripod, and the M203 40mm grenade launcher (mounted under the handguard Picatinny-type rail on), laser designators, tactical lights, etc.
machine gun Ares "Shrike" with the combined power system, charged with ribbon
machine gun Ares "Shrike" with the combined power system, charged the standard box magazine
machine gun Ares "Shrike" with only a belt-fed, short barrel and M203 grenade launcher
machine gun Ares "Shrike" with only a belt-fed, and M203 grenade launcher mounted on infantry machine-tripod
machine gun Ares "Shrike" with only a magazine-fed (installed 100-ammunition store Beta-C)
machine gun Ares "Shrike" with only a magazine-fed
receiver, removable barrel and slide group gun Ares "Shrike"
Length 571 — 1010 mm, depending on the configuration
Barrel length 406 mm
and 318 mm as standard and 508 mm
Be unloaded 3.4 kg with a barrel 406mm
Nutrition Tape + shop