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New USAF survival rifle.

December 2014 Jordanian Air Force F-16 pilot Moaz Al Kasasbeh bailed out over an ISIS-controlled area of Syria. Captured by daesh terrorists Kasasbeh was very publicly burned to death.

Up till recently most USAF pilot survival packs had only contained pistols, this however gave a new impetus to provide pilots a more effective means of personal survival. The Aircrew Self Defence Weapon (GAU-5A), is a 5.56 mm caliber rifle crafted by the Gunsmith Shop is designed to provide downed aircrew with additional firepower while waiting for rescue.

The stand-off weapon is located in the seat kit of the ACES 2 ejection seat, can be assembled in 30 seconds, and is capable of hitting a man size target at 200 meters. The new rifle based on the M4 Carbine, now called the GAU-5/A, weighs under seven pounds. Receiver and barrel separate, pistol grip folds backwards. The rifle has no optic, iron sights only and comes with four loaded magazines. When assembled handles almost identically to a standard M4 carbine.



The ACES 2 ejection seats are used in the F-15C/D Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Viper, F-22 Raptor, A-10 Warthog, B-1B Bone and B-2 Spirit bombers.
 

2000AD

Old-Salt
And that pointing the thing at the ground instead of down the range between bursts invites an opportunity to put a few round through your own foot; as demonstated on one occasion at the range at Blandford Camp in Dorset in the late '90's when a police firearms officer did just that on a range day.
 
If you eject over enemy territory they are going to find you anyway, one rifle with 120 rds will only get a few of them before they get you, factor in that a pilot will have minimal shooting skills.

How likely is it is that such a weapon would ever be used ?
 

TamH70

MIA
The C-Clamp grip is de rigeur for Armalite-style rifles these days. There are some heretics out there though:


 
I'm not a firearms expert but even I can spot that sticking your thumb between the rear and front sight might make aiming a tad tricky.
The weapon has fairly high sights so his thumb is actually below the sight line. Besides, he’s an enlisted man, would never be flying anything that requires an ejection seat, fast movers are officers only territory.
 
The C-Clamp grip is de rigeur for Armalite-style rifles these days. There are some heretics out there though:


I use it for standing shoots on the range, not that I've fired a rifle since 2010.
 
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December 2014 Jordanian Air Force F-16 pilot Moaz Al Kasasbeh bailed out over an ISIS-controlled area of Syria. Captured by daesh terrorists Kasasbeh was very publicly burned to death.

Up till recently most USAF pilot survival packs had only contained pistols, this however gave a new impetus to provide pilots a more effective means of personal survival. The Aircrew Self Defence Weapon (GAU-5A), is a 5.56 mm caliber rifle crafted by the Gunsmith Shop is designed to provide downed aircrew with additional firepower while waiting for rescue.

The stand-off weapon is located in the seat kit of the ACES 2 ejection seat, can be assembled in 30 seconds, and is capable of hitting a man size target at 200 meters. The new rifle based on the M4 Carbine, now called the GAU-5/A, weighs under seven pounds. Receiver and barrel separate, pistol grip folds backwards. The rifle has no optic, iron sights only and comes with four loaded magazines. When assembled handles almost identically to a standard M4 carbine.



The ACES 2 ejection seats are used in the F-15C/D Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Viper, F-22 Raptor, A-10 Warthog, B-1B Bone and B-2 Spirit bombers.

How is the thing aiming the weapon with it's thumb blocking the post sight?

Ah, OK. Beaten to it.
 
If you eject over enemy territory they are going to find you anyway, one rifle with 120 rds will only get a few of them before they get you, factor in that a pilot will have minimal shooting skills.

How likely is it is that such a weapon would ever be used ?

Glass half empty kind of outlook?

There have been pilots in various wars who bailed out over enemy territory and were not captured. June 2, 1995 Francis O’Grady’s F-16 was shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina by a 2K12 Kub mobile SAM launcher and forced to eject. Spent nearly a week evading capture before being recued.

It is simply a step up from the pistol now provided in escape kits, that provide pilots a more effective means of personal survival.
 
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