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    Ohio Ordnance’s REAPR: Bridging the Gap in Machine Gun Firepower

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    The Ohio Ordnance Works (OOW) REAPR, an acronym for “Recoil Enhanced Automatic Rifle,” made waves at the 2024 SHOT Show.

    This belt-fed medium machine gun, chambered in .338 Norma Magnum but convertible to 7.62x51mm, stands poised to fill a critical niche in modern warfare.

    It symbolizes the evolving face of military firepower, presenting a solution to current shortcomings in standard-issue armaments.

    Initially spurred by solicitations from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Marine Corps, the quest for a machine gun to eclipse the limitations of the 7.62 NATO cartridge has been ongoing.

    The solicitation, now seemingly eclipsed by the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) program, set forth stringent requirements for this new class of weapon: a weight under 24 pounds, a rate of fire between 500 and 600 rounds per minute, rail compatibility for mounting systems, inclusion of both suppressed and unsuppressed barrels, tripod mounting, compatibility with M240 mounts, and the precision to engage at 2,000 meters.

    The REAPR serves as a bridge between medium machine guns like the M240 and heavy machine guns such as the M2 .50 BMG, offering a balance of versatility and firepower.

    It remains lightweight for dismounted use yet maintains accuracy and range comparable to the .50 BMG. Employing a roller-delayed operating system, while not entirely novel, is a unique feature for a belt-fed machine gun.

    With a firing rate of 600 rounds per minute and a quick-change barrel system, the REAPR enables efficient operation.

    Unlike the cumbersome process required for barrel changes on guns like the M240, the REAPR allows for one-handed barrel swaps, reducing downtime.

    Its slim profile and ergonomic design make it more manageable to carry compared to the M240, with features like a folding stock and the ability to break down into three pieces for easy transport.

    Marine Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Commander, Charlie Company, 2nd Lieutenant Gibson, performs maintenance on an M240 CO-AX machine gun, mounted on a LAV during the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Re-qualification (LAR-REQUALEX) ’98.

    The patented sliding feed tray allows for seamless loading without obstructing optics, while ambidextrous controls and compatibility with AR-type pistol grips enhance usability.

    Custom-made stocks from B5 and options for vehicle and aircraft mounts further expand its versatility.

    Machine-gun tape with bullets
    Machine-gun tape with bullets

    Equipped with a suppressor, the REAPR mitigates noise and muzzle flash, aiding in concealment and reducing the risk of detection by the enemy.

    machine guns and boxes of ammunition
    machine guns and boxes of ammunition

    Despite weighing slightly over 26 pounds, it is lighter than the M240 and delivers superior performance with the .338 Norma Magnum round. This high-powered cartridge, designed for long-range precision, enables the REAPR to penetrate military-grade body armor at distances of up to 1,000 meters, surpassing the capabilities of the 7.62 NATO round in range and energy.

    AK-47 machine gun isolated
    AK-47 machine gun isolated

    In summary, the REAPR emerges as a formidable weapon capable of overcoming various obstacles and neutralizing threats at extended ranges, reflecting advancements in modern warfare technology.

    Relevant articles:
    Fear the REAPR – The Ohio Ordnance machine gun, Sandboxx
    Ohio Ordnance Works – REAPR, The Armourers Bench
    Ohio Ordnance Works REAPR: new U.S. MG in long range caliber .338 Norma Magnum with reversible belt feed, All4Shooters.com

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