Truvelo Raptor rifle given cosmetic do-over

Truvelo, a South African company is best known internationally for manufacturing traffic lights, also makes firearms – notably the infamous NEOSTEAD Bullpup shotgun and the Raptor rifle.

Truvelo Raptor Rifle

I was very pleased to see that the Raptor has been given a makeover. The older stock made it look like a cheap toy rather than a real rifle.

The old style stock … they need to update their website.

Truvelo claim the gun provides excellent controllability during full auto fire due to the recoil and bolt system. It also features is the ability to easily switch between 5.56mm NATO and 7.62x39mm.

Calibre 5.56mm NATO and 7.62x39mm
Weight empty 4 kg
Barrel length 9″ (Carbine) and 12″ (Assault Rifle)
Length 530 mm (stock folded), 790 mm (open)
Magazine 30 Rounds
Flash hider standard
Foldable stock standard
Rate of fire 650 rpm

A big thank you to Lusaka for the information and photo he provided.

Steve Johnson

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  • R.A.W.

    Based on the safety and magazines they’re using, I wonder how internally similar it is to a galil/r4.

    • R.A.W., I wondered that as well.

  • XxleoxX

    What the hell is wrong with the flash hider on the old version?!

  • XxleoxX

    nevermind it’s fine, for a second it looked bent

  • subby

    Looks like the best AK yet.

  • Carl

    What’s the deal with all these carry handles on rifles? Do the manufacturers actually think somebody uses them?

  • Clodboy

    The “twisted” flash suppressor on the old version may have been an attempt to prevent the wire from slipping out when using it as a makeshift wire cutter.

    Anyway, I really dig the design. Looks like a rugged, economical, no-nonsense rifle.

  • jdun1911

    Is that a copy of the Smith’s Vortex or did they buy it from them?

    I find it interesting that the carrying handle is placed in a way to force optic to mount in the rear (or front), away from the charging handle. It solve the problem of the optic getting in the way of the charging handle.

  • Vitor

    How it’s mechanisms reduce recoil? It doesn’t explain in their website…

    • Vitor, I do not know – that it what the salesmen claim.

  • Lance

    Still looks too cheap and weak. Plastic body cheasy butstock and carry handel breaks too easiliy. Stick with a standerd issue R-4 thats made of metal.

    No wonder no one has bought the gun.

    • Faf

      Lance,why would you give a shit about the carry handle breaking easily,who the hell uses it anyway??!!!

  • R.A.W.

    I imagine that it’s low recoil by simple virtue of being 5.56x45mm and 4kg.

  • Big Daddy

    It looks like a cheap attempt at modernization (G36) in a poorly made version of a Galil. Typical of what a bunch of bean counters and desk commandos would come up with. I pity anybody who would actually have to go into a fire fight with that POS.

    Is it that hard to make a basic combat rifle, especially in such a weak cartridge? You might as well just make AK’s, I have seen people make them in their homes.

    Just a waste of time and money by these companies and Governments.

  • Lusaka

    Re: the reduced recoil, they claimed it was due to moving the recoil mechanism sitting above the barrel, down closer to the barrel (I guess a bit like lowering the center of gravity) and a shortening of it to reduce the imbalance caused by the moving parts – their theory being it resulted in a more controllable gun. I did not/could not try it so can’t vouch for it so, until it is settled on Youtube, we wait for proof 😉

    • Lusaka, thanks for your comment.