Virtually all modern standards of firearms, one way or another, may be supplemented by a variety of electrical devices to facilitate the introduction of guns or improve the properties. These electrical devices are available most disparate list from simple laser sights, ballistic computers to small, with utmost precision to calculate the correction in the shooting at the far distance. In fact, you can even talk about the fact that electronics albeit slowly but surely comes to the world of firearms and soon settle there forever and everywhere. Meanwhile symbiosis rather small hand firearms and electronics — quite a rare phenomenon, but even that is, hopefully. Most brightest examples of traditional weapons plexus closely with electronics solutions presented different projects under the sonorous names «weapon of the future», «soldier of the future» and there is still something coming that says that even the designers do not expect a real spread in their own creations real. But there are actually operating standards and their properties and the ability to really surpass that now stands in the armies of many advanced countries. This article will try to get acquainted with one of the most promising samples manual firearms, and specifically with the ARX-160.
This standard was developed tools within applets «Soldier of the Future» for the Italian army. Despite the fact that the main work on the development of this small complex took over the company Beretta, she not only had a hand in the creation of ARX-160, so that attribute all awards given arms company would be unfair. In fact, the rifle range ARX-160 is an already completed firearm consisting of machine chambered 5.56 x45 and singly sorokamillimetrovogo grenade, but the work related to electronics this standard are maintained to this day. Itself for itself was relatively complex, lightweight, and ergonomic. Much attention has been paid to the modularity of guns, in other words on the basis of this gun, at least, plan to do something else, because it is unlikely that all of this is inspired by the new-fangled trends in fashion of arms. In shooting complex ARX-160 found the most extensive use of polymers that, but do not make an unbalanced instrument to external influences, but significantly reduce the weight of guns, so standard with a barrel length of 406 mm and weighs a bit less 3 pounds, though excluding electronics. Besides, the gun barrel may also have a length of 305 mm. Length with folded butt guns of 750 mm (for trunk shows 406 mm), with decomposition, but shifted to the stop butt length ARX-160 is equal to 950 mm and with a hundred percent buttstock length is 1000 mm. So it is not a tiny gun. Incredibly fun that design tools differ from current models of the past, which seems almost designed in order to collect on gryazyuka for themselves, although there is nothing to complain about, but all the same instrument has a smooth shape, which in my opinion only plus. In general, if you have already read the cleanliness, the standard is obviously not intended for mass weapons, so some aspects in favor of the best ergonomics, minimum weight, etc. forgivable, but this is my personal worldview. Powered rifle range ARX-160 from detachable box magazine standard NATO staff is detachable box magazine capacity of 30 rounds. Is noteworthy that the instrument can be used and Russian 5,45 x39 with a small substitution of parts, in general, this applies to all other ammunition, close departed on his own on the initial powder charge.
As already mentioned above, the basis of a new small complex of the future has become automatic grenade launcher and, by the way, this part of the project was already fully prepared in 2009. Nothing extraordinary in the arms no, it’s completely normal machine with automatic built on the removal of powder gases from the barrel with a small stroke gas piston. The trigger mechanism allows automatic guns and a single fire, mounted under the barrel single-shot grenade launcher under sorokamillimetrovye shots to hold the handle when it is used is store guns. Much more interesting is that almost all controls instrument duplicated on both sides of ARX-160, also by simple manipulations can be configured release of spent cartridges in the right direction. In general, about the latter, I personally can not read as progress faster, it shortsightedness designers. For some reason it is always assumed that the adaptation of tools under fire from the left shoulder / arm only needed to make this thing a weapon more comfortable for lefties and completely forgotten about that and right-hander would be possible in such a situation, when the news consuming more harmless will be unfamiliar with his hands. This may be due to injury or that more often because of the location of asylum, and in this case to create a partially disassembled gun, so it was more comfortable, somehow surprising. Much more luxurious solution to the problem is the release of spent cartridges forward on a separate channel parallel to the barrel, which, incidentally, and in the implementation easier. In general, automatic grenade launcher and most commercial vehicles, built on decisions already proven time.
Where are all the more difficult with electronic instruments. The fact that the final version of the electrical part of small complex ARX-160 is not up to this time, something is constantly added, upgraded and improved. Now electronics instruments represents the real computer is not the greatest in the case. Contains a device collimator sight, low magnification optical sight, night sight, separated from it by the imager. In addition, the device also includes a laser rangefinder, ballistic computer for grenade launcher. While for the latter are controlled by the undermining of grenades on approaching the target, like the one that was implemented in the U.S. in the same program from 25 millimeter shots, but so far about the results do not apply. Also they say about a particular communication device and define your own, but how and what works well is unclear. In general, bustles a little box of high impact plastic for full eyeballs
Summarizing acquaintance with this instrument, it should be noted that the gun itself came out very, very good, but far from the electronics is not all clear. So a lot of features and abilities to try to lay this instrument, which, in principle, completely real, in that even really accomplish all of this firmly and durable, but how much it all will cost a very big question. Plus, do not forget also that even a weapon that shoots itself practically and comfortably, and perfectly, and he himself a fighter should be able to handle the instrument with an efficiency not worse than using electronics. In the end, the «brains» guns may be damaged, take the battery, etc., but the ability to use the same open sight line and calculate the motion of flight shot grenade behind him not to wear. In general, like it was not comfortable, and be able to use the tool without any kind of mind-blowing Pribluda novels of the past century is also necessary.
Cyril created Karasik