Tuesday, April 10, 2012

C7 Rifle Colt Canada

C7 Rifle Colt Canada


From : Wikipedia

The Colt Canada C7 rifle is a service rifle variation of the M16 rifle that is manufactured by Diemaco/Colt Canada, a subsidiary of Colt Firearms after 2005, and used by the Canadian Forces, Hærens Jegerkommando (Norway), Military of Denmark (all branches), Iceland Crisis Response Unit, the Military of the Netherlands (all branches including the Royal Marechaussee) as its main infantry weapon. Following trials, variants became the weapon of choice of United Kingdom Special Forces. It has been used in various combat operations by the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.

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The C8 range are carbine variants of the C7 family, and is mechanically and aesthetically very similar to the Colt 653. Colt made the initial C8s for Canadian Forces as the Colt Model 725. The C8 has a 368 mm (14.5 in) A1 profile barrel like the Colt Model 653 M16A1 carbine, but with a 1 in 180 mm (7 in) rifling twist appropriate for the 5.56×45mm NATO C77 cartridge. The C8 incorporates the design improvements featured on C7 rifles

Canadian C7 Thermold Mags Link : Here

Weight 2.68 kg (5.9 lb) (unloaded C8A1), 2.81 kg (6.2 lb) (unloaded C8A2)
Length 840 mm (33 in) (C8,C8A1) 876.3 mm (34.50 in) (C8 SFW) (stock extended), 760 mm (30 in) (C8, C8A1) 800.1 mm (31.50 in) (C8 SFW) (stock collapsed)
Barrel length 368 mm (14.5 in) (C8, C8A1), 406.4 mm (16.00 in) (C8 SFW)
Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 750–950 rounds/min (cyclic)
Muzzle velocity 900 m/s (3000 ft/s) Effective range 400 m (440 yd) (effective)
Feed system Various STANAG Magazines.


Denmark bought the first batch of C7A1 in 1995 and C8A2 in 1996, designating them the M/95 and M/96 carbine. In 2004 the LSW, named LSV M/04 was added to the arsenal. These are to replace the German made M/75 (H&K G3), which has been the main infantry weapon since 1975.
The C7A1 is issued to standard infantry units of the Royal Danish Army. The C8A2 is issued to units where the physically longer C7A1 can be obstructive to that units primary work, such as logisticians, tankers and special units. Jægerkorpset and Frømandskorpset (Special forces) use the C8SFW with a 401 mm (15.8 in) barrel and extra front rails. The now defunct Patruljedelingen, a draftee LRRP-unit, also used the C8SFW.

The Netherlands

The most commonly used version in the Dutch Military is the C7. The Luchtmobiele Brigade (Airmobile Brigade), consisting of 11 Infantry Battalion Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers, 12 Infantry Battalion Regiment Van Heutsz and 13 Infantry Battalion Regiment Stoottroepen Prins Bernhard uses the C7A1, and the C8A1 (Diemaco C8FT) is mainly used by the Korps Commandotroepen, the paratroopers of the Luchtmobiele Brigade (one company per battalion), the Korps Mariniers and most of the recon units of the various combat units, including the Forward Air Controllers and the reconnaissance units of the cavalry and the artillery.
Many of the Dutch Army's C7s have had an overhaul: the rifle's black furniture has now been replaced by dark earth furniture. New parts include a new retracting stock, the Diemaco IUR (Integrated Upper receiver) with RIS rails for mounting flashlights and laser systems, and a vertical foregrip with built-in bipod; the thermold plastic magazines have now become brown in color. The ELCAN sighting system has also disappeared in favour of the Swedish made Aimpoint CompM4 red dot sight.

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