Turkey orders more MPT-76 service rifles

The Turkish Defense Ministry has announced the continued acceptance of their new service rifle, the 7.62x51mm MPT-76 in a new batch of 15,014 rifles for their armed services. This is out of an initial order of 35,014 rifles that was placed in June of this year. Now, the Jane’s report says this is for the Turkish army, navy, and gendarmerie. Which if we do some quick researching, combined is comprised of around 600,000 troops across the board. So a contract of 35,014 rifles could possibly be enough to arm some of the units dealing with PKK and the Syrian border. But again, this would only be at most, three divisions worth of troops getting this new rifle. Certainly not enough to equip all the initial training camps with them, in addition to the units that new troops would be reporting. However, like all new adoptions of a service rifle, it cannot come at once and will take a while for Turkey to fully phase out their current 7.62x51mm G3 rifles.

The MPT-76 is essentially a locally manufactured, and licensed version of the H&K 417 with the addition of a gripping surface between the magazine well and the forend. It has an extremely high carrying handle that has a slot in it where the picatinny mounted sights are used through. I suspect some of the actual end users will be taking this handle off, and putting it back on when turning the rifles into the armory. I certainly would. The thing is ungodly in size and seems to be unnecessary. In addition, the folding front sight seems to take from the SCAR platform in the folding design. Why Turkey is sticking with the 7.62×51 could be explained from a number of perspectives, but I would assume it has to do with the terrain the country is in. Unlike built up European cities, Turkey’s southern border with Syria is extremely wide open and is mostly desert. To the east, the fight with the PKK in Kurdish areas is similarly wide open, but covered with low laying vegetation. A 30 caliber round would do well in both of these environments as opposed to the NATO standard 5.56x45mm.

Turkey has ordered a second tranche (sic?) of its new MPT-76 service rifle, the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced on 16 December.

Signed with local company Kalekalip and worth TRY60 million (USD18 million), the contract for the second tranche includes 15,014 of the 7.62×51 mm chambered battle rifles for the Turkish army, navy, and gendarmerie.

The contract is the second part of an initial serial production phase including 35,014 rifles. The first tranche of this initial phase, including 20,000 rifles, was contracted to state-owned company Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) in June for around TRY80 million.

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  • BattleshipGrey

    I’m glad to see a country stick with .308 when their territory dictates it, even though they’re in NATO. Looks like the Beretta ARX had some influence in the design.

    So does this mean we get to update this picture?

    • Joey

      What does this article have to do with that map?

      • BattleshipGrey

        True, since it’s not specifically an AR15, but it is an AR platform, and Turkey is not highlighted.

        • iksnilol

          Well, since it isn’t an AR-15, M16 or C7/C8 variant I think the picture should stay the same.

        • May

          It’s more a knockoff HK417 than anything else. AR derived but not straight up AR platform.

    • Friend of Tibet

      China needs to be on the map too then, China manufacture commercial-spec AR15 rifles, bought M16 rifles and equipped some of its armed police with domestic M4. And yes Chinese made M4 are pretty decent, I run my Norinco CQ-A with BCM KMR13 and 4000 rounds so far with no issue.

      • hikerguy

        I have seen articles where Chinese Police SWAT Teams used the Norinco M4 in international competitions and did well. Is it DI or piston operated?

        • Friend of Tibet

          DI operated. 🙂

    • The gun is basically a straight clone of the HK417, what does the ARX have to do with it?

      • BattleshipGrey

        The partially straighter looking stock and the big curved grip that runs from the hand guard to the bottom of the mag well makes it look reminiscent of the ARX to me.

      • Kivaari

        Just the extra plastic in places that make it as ugly as the Italian rifle.

      • sd

        It is not a HK417 clone. It is an AR-10 derivative with a short stroke piston. It is not a DI gun.

        And its piston system is different than HK417’s. You can’t copy it directly because HK will sue you.

  • LazyReader

    That’s what the US Army needs……..7.62 service rifles….not specialty rifles
    rifles that put rounds down range and put bad guys in the grave in one shot.

    • Joshua

      Lol one shot. Not even poor shot placement with a M82A1 will put someone down with one shot.

      Plenty of guys taking dirt naps from 5.56, .308, and .50 but not many one shot kills.

    • DAN V.

      I think you meant to say 120mm.

      • LazyReader


    • Leonidas

      They are completely junk because of age. Probably they will be melted.

  • skusmc

    This may be the best battle rifle ever devised, but by sweet Saint Hathcock is that thing ugly. Looks like one of the weapons from those cheap AMERICA CORP! Chinese action figures my five year old plays with.

    • Some Guy

      Take away the stupid crap in front of the magwell and lose the carry handle and it’d look just fine.

      I dunno why anybody would look at the ARX and go: “yeah we need our rifle to look more like that”

  • Petto

    Let them have that cheap copy of Hk417 with Rail cover from Arx-160
    When they copy G3/MP5’s why not those newer HK guns haha

  • Chris22lr

    I was under impression that while MKEK Mehmecik prototype was indeed a restamped HK417, the Kale Kalip MPT-76 was not related to German rifle, apart from the fact that MPT is essentially upscaled variant of their own indigenous piston-driven AR-15 rifle.


    Why does everybody believe 5.56 is better suited for urban warfare? Doesn’t 7.62×51 penetrate brick walls way better? Because, you know, shooting from inside the buildings through small holes on the wall seems all the rage nowadays.
    By the way, while the south-western half of the Kurdish regions in Turkey is more or lass flat land, the noth-eastern half is extremely hilly. Average elevation should be about 2000 meters (6500 feet) with many summits between 3000 and 5100 meters.

    • DAN V.

      You can carry a lot more 5.56 while youre running up and down stairs, house to house, along with all the other gear and crap.

    • Bill

      Which makes having an actual battle rifle cartridge all the more important.

    • hikerguy

      I remember googling pics of Turkish soldiers and saw them using the smaller HK in 5.56 in many of them in more populated areas.Evidently they use a 2 caliber system to meet their needs. Seems since Turkey is majority mountains and flat lands the 7.62 better suits their needs there.

      • Kivaari

        Like we do. Except we have 5.56, 7.62, .300 WM and .338 Lapua.

    • CommonSense23

      Cause it simply is. It’s pretty rare to find something that is cover for 5.56 but concealment for 7.62.

    • Probably because 5.56mm weighs half as much as 7.62mm, and has much less recoil.

      7.62×51 M80 also doesn’t penetrate that much better than 5.56mm. If you take lead-cored gilding metal jacket stuff out and shoot CMUs/cinderblocks with them, most standard calibers will disappoint you.

    • The Brigadier

      Hills are classified as being less than a 1000 ft high. What you are describing are mountains and fairly impressive ones at that. 15000 feet high are about as high as the American Rockies. I think if you are conducting mountain warfare, .30 caliber weapons are in order.

  • Reef Blastbody

    Saw MAC’s mini-review of that when he visited the factory in Turkey. Would very much like one.

    The plastic dingus around the magwell comes off easily, along with the carry handle, so the goofy/ugly looks are trivial to rectify.

    • The Brigadier

      It appears to have a conventional slide handle. It also has the thickness of the SCAR. Is the design based on the SCAR in any part?

  • Bill

    The carry handle (as if rifles were meant to be carried like briefcases) may be larger to accommodate cold weather gloves. The AR handle/sight housing can be tight for those of us with mighty meat hammers encased in arctic gloves.

    • Kivaari

      M16 carry handles were used because the sights needed to be high. The prototypes showed the charging device within the handle. Then when changed to the current system, it became a place for mounting an optic. If anything was accidental, it was finding additional reasons to keep the carry handle.

  • Dracon1201

    Boy, once you take the crap off of that it looks pretty good!

  • Lance

    They are sticking to 7.62 NATO, but have t replace worn out G-3s they have used since the 60s.

  • The Stig

    Tranche is the correct word and spelling.

  • tony

    A straight 417 copy that insists on having local features so it can be labeled as proudly designed in Turkey. The sentiment of nationalism is strong in that region.

    • Serkan Bek

      its not a 100% copy. technicaly its not. it passed thru 42 NATO tests without fail

  • abecido

    Dear Turkey: Even if you do not export the MPT-76 to the US, please send us all your old G3 parts and magazines.

    • Kivaari

      They can’t be imported to the USA even as a semi-auto. The same laws that prohibit the other “assault rifles” prohibits those rifles. If they come here, they will have to be made here.

      • Xtorin O’hern

        then parts kits it is!

        • Kivaari

          Remember that many of the parts in parts kits have been de-milled. Then remind yourself that it is unlawful to build a new weapon using those parts and need to meet 922r rules. It is why an AK kit, doesn’t come with a barrel. It is also the reason such rifles are now “made in America”. We have all those brand new USA made AKs, as part kits are not lawful to build a 922r compliant rifles.

          • Xtorin O’hern

            but if you build it who the hell is gonna look closely enough to tell?

          • Kivaari

            Except customs inspects such shipments of gun parts. Why import parts that will end up having import issues? If the parts are cleared through customs, the ATF will be paying attention to distributors. A pile of parts for a failed rifle that never worked in the first place, sounds like a case of “Why bother”. Having the tools to make them here solves that problem. Like the Spanish 5.56mm kits now coming in. Where are the primary parts needed to build a rifle around? No barrels, no receivers and no US made parts that could use those parts. Surplus machinegun parts make no sense to own. I suspect there ae many more ruined 80% AR lowers around than completed rifles. To avoid a serial number, people buy an 80% lower and spend double the price or an existing rifle. I like the idea of making a gun at home. I can’t afford the machines or tooling needed to do the job correctly. Once it’s made what do you have? Usually junk.

          • The Brigadier

            Especially since Tac-Con sells an ATF approved trigger assembly with a selector switch for an internal bump fired system. They scanned the approval letter from the ATF on their website for the device so it as legal as all those crappy bump fire slide stocks. It fires slower than an old M16 A1 that was blazingly fast, but it does give an AR a fully automatic feel. At $250 to $350 depending on the model its a bargain and is a lot cheaper than replacing the lower receiver with all the ruined parts.

          • Kivaari

            Why bother? Getting the feel of a full-auto isn’t what I want. I have used quite a few FA guns. They are fun – but in the real world having a semi-auto M4 is fine by me. I have an SBR, not that it is needed, it is just fun. My SBR (SOCOM barrel) weighs more than a fixed stock AR15 using a pencil barrel. Getting 4.5 inches shorter doesn’t really offer anything of value. It is handier if I were in a patrol car. We went from MP5A2 to M4s. The MP5 is handier getting in and out. But, we adjust to the longer gun with a few practice runs.

          • Kivaari

            I had customers come in trying to sell me illegal guns. If you make one, don’t sell it to anyone as they may try to sell it lawfully only to find out its built on a machinegun receiver, the barrel is too short or any NFA rules they may get a bit ticked off and go to the police and tell them you sold them an illegal gun. That draws FBI and ATF agents looking at your operation. I’ve seen it happen. That gun store owner that has new stolen nigh vision device, and a few machineguns for “special customers” is hanging out there. When a customer gets contacted during a traffic stop and a PPSh 41 on the back seat happens to be there, don’t you think the cop will get a bit interested. Or you show it to a buddy, and they call the cops. It happens, I know people that have lost things as simple as used barrels for M2 HB machineguns, used to built single shot .50 cal rifles, only to be forced to de-mill the barrel with a cutting torch while agents stood and watched. Washington state prohibits any part used solely in machineguns. The agents wouldn’t let him turn the outside diameter smaller rendering it us-usable in a M2. Have M16 parts that are not de-milled or M2 carbine parts without a carbine and ATF wants to talk to you. Think it doesn’t happen, well you are wrong. Is giving up all your gun rights and serve time, do those little things and get screwed. There are some major gun dealers around the country that are sitting in prison cells or walking around as felons because they did special things for buddies.
            Is it worth it to you?

          • Xtorin O’hern

            now that just does not make sense, AK kits are perfectly legal, i’m not saying you weld the receiver back together i’m saying you spend the money to get a USA made receiver and then you have a rather unique rifle for not all that much money

          • Kivaari

            remember the finished product must conform to law. If you keep it to yourself I doubt anyone would ever know. I didn’t write the stupid law. I’ve just seen home assembled rifles, that were done very well. The issue is if it comes to the attention of those people that have to worry about such things. Like a gun dealer. If you have an ATF examiner do an audit, and he has a desire to screw with you, get ready, because they can. In some jurisdictions even the local law can get real bad about gun laws. We have all seen examples of ATF going after dealers for paperwork errors or like Stag, sloppy paperwork. I had to turn down some nice rifles over the years. I’ve turned down some nice machineguns as well. I’ve seen people ignorantly in violation that have a very nice war trophy. One was our former school superintendent with his Korean War bring-back PPSh41, standing on his deck in a photograph of him and his machinegun in the local paper. He was very lucky. I called him, and informed him of the error. He being a good man, called the sheriff. Or sheriff, being an OK guy told him to put it in his closet and don’t have his picture taken with it again. If it was any bigger place he’d likely be charged with a felony. He was guilty. At one time there were great Austrian FAL kits all over the place. They made grand rifles, that were illegal. Why, because we have stupid legislators and an ATF enforcing the existing laws. People say just enforce existing gun laws, except if they did we’d have millions of new felons.
            It is tempting to buy a parts kit and build a rifle. Chances of being arrest remain low. With my luck, I’d get found out. I had ATF on my case 30 years ago involving an Uzi and a suppressor. Lucky me, I figured it out while they were targeting me. That all started when I turned over a 50mm Russian mortar I had at the PD. I was overseas when the amnesty took place and did not get it registered. So when I returned from overseas, I took it the police department where I worked. After that, I kept finding little attempts to involve me in unlawful acts. After I published a couple magazine articles about NFA guns, it intensified.
            I know of dealers that screwed around with questionable goodies, that saw the gray bar hotel for a few years. I didn’t want to share a cell.

          • Xtorin O’hern

            yeah, i’m far from your position as generally i keep what i own on the down low, but if i were to sell a rather unique parts kit gun i do have the skills necessary to make it 100% legal

          • Kivaari

            That’s my point. I’d love to build from a parts kit, but every significant part, like a receiver and barrel have to be USA made. If you see the kits now advertised, none of them include a complete barrel. Some do have a new American made barrel.
            I was going to build a carbine using an Imbel complete lower assembly. Then ATF looked at the GCA ’68 and found they were supposed to have stopped all of those from entering the country. That is when kits became simply a pile of a few usable parts that typically have little value for use in a semi-auto rifle. What do you do with no barrel or a cut barrel? What is left of the action that is usable in an AK, when the trunion is cut (as it is the rifle)? For $250 you just bought an op rod, bolt, hammer and trigger and some other small parts. All of which could be purchased for much less than “a kit”. A kit of junk.
            If I had the tools again, a lathe and mill, I could build a rifle from scratch. Nothing novel that needs designing, just building up simple carbines. Over the years I’ve seen quite a few home shop made guns that are simply marvelously made. Some of the best are simple blowback actions. A few used existing parts from quite different guns, but a clever metal worker will simply amaze folks. What are they worth? I saw some in estates sales where I was asked to appraise them. What is a single home made .22 pistol worth? Who knows? But we have many clever men building great one-of-a-kind guns.

          • The Brigadier

            Yeah I purchased the plans to build a semi automatic .50 caliber rifle. There are a number of different barrels to choose from barrel makers and some were 48 inches long. I shudder to think what that monstrous beast would have weighed. I never did build it, but it was very simple with a five shot mag and a good strong tripod.

          • Kivaari

            Unless you have the special occupational tax and a potential customer in government, you just wont get far. An individual submitting a ATF Form 1 allowing the “making and registration of a firearm” (could be a bomb or rocket launcher) will be rejected. Since 86 we peons get stopped. I wanted to build a semi-auto Sten SBR, but using the open bolt method is rejected. Having the FA feature disabled wasn’t good enough. It would be an easy trick to make one, but it has to be closed bolt. Even the bolt has to be modified, changing the diameter and installing firing pin needing to be struck by a hammer.
            I no longer have access to the shop tools anymore. Both my brothers had machine shops, both are dead and the gear sold.
            I’m too old to get new gear. It sure would be fun to come up with one.

          • The Brigadier

            Once the Progressive communists are voted out of office this November, Trump said he is going to rein in the restrictive laws passed by Clinton and Obama. Cruz also said something similar. One of them is going to be the next President. Hillary is going to be arrested by the FBI soon as she lied about having classified emails and its just been discovered that she sent an email to a State Dept supervisor how to remove the classified clauses on a classified document she wanted him to email to her that the State Dept put on those documents to keep them from being emailed. That one will get her a minimum of ten years in prison if convicted. So will the State Dept idiot who did what she asked. Of course Obama can pardon her if he will, but she won’t be President if he does. Perhaps in a year from now we can both build what we want to do.

          • Kivaari

            She will never be arrested. She will get a pardon from Obama before she even gets arrested and booked. She should have been in prison decades ago.

          • M

            Since when is it “unlawful to build a new weapon” parts kits. Also, the last I heard fire control groups are fine to import. You’re skewing it to make it sound worse than it is

          • Kivaari

            If you buy an American made receiver or complete an 80% lower, and fill it with 922r parts it is lawful. If you as a licensed manufacturer use too many foreign parts ATF gets involved. So, lawful builders in the business wont violate the law. Now as a private person you could put a rifle together using unlawful combinations of parts. Well, no one will likely know unless you sell it or bump into a nosey cop that thinks you shouldn’t have it. It happens. People also build machineguns unlawfully. Well, don’t let your friends know, as they are likely to turn you in. Lots of things can be done unlawfully, and you live with the risks. Don’t speed and don’t wear your seat as it draws attention.

      • abecido

        They can be imported in compliant form with 922r compliance parts added here, as is done with many other rifles such as AKs, Tavors, VZ58s, and beginning this year the CZ Scorpion Evo and CZ 805. If the FCG is indeed standard AR, that would be three parts already available.

        • Kivaari

          That is why so many parts are made here. Almost no substantial part can be imported.

        • Kivaari

          If barrels, receivers, fire control parts cannot be imported, wouldn’t it make more sense to build the whole thing here? Like all the AK rifles currently made here?

    • Leonidas

      They are completely junk because of age. Probably they will be melted. (my first comment go wrong place)

    • n0truscotsman

      You dont want them things. Trust me.

      You wouldn’t even want old HK G3s from West Germany cut into parts kids TBH…

  • Rick5555

    The 16″ version weighs in at 9.3 lbs…unloaded. Good luck humping that thing around all day.

    • Kivaari

      Along with 250 rounds of ammo. I did it with a Galil in 7.62, and it early killed me. And I wasn’t getting shot at.

  • Zebra Dun

    So, Turks like the 7.62 x 51 NATO Battle rifle concept.
    That is good info to know.

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    I’ll take a 12-incher, please.