Reaper Weapon Support System

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The Australian Army is evaluating an over the shoulder weapon support system called Reaper.

 

The system is very simple. In fact it is a modified camera stabilizer. Here is a similar concept by Easyrig. The concept is either a chest rig or backpack system that has a bar that goes up and over the head. The operator hangs a video camera or weapon from the over hanging bar.

 

Of course I am sure there may be issues with negotiating in and out of vehicles or small spaces and possibly urban environments.

I was concerned about the shooter’s sight picture but it looks like the cordage does not obscure the optic too much.

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I think they should have gone the Aliens route and used a Steadicam rig and a MG42 because it would be awesome.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Liam

    That would be the Australian Army, not the British.

    • Tritro29

      … It’s even mentioned in the darn clip.

      • Jonathan Ferguson

        Yeah, but you’d actually have to watch the video to hear it..

    • Anonymoose

      mmm…jellybeans!

  • Budogunner

    SNAG.

  • Jack Morris

    Would the benefits of weapon stabilization outweight the issues of added bulk and potentially life threatening gear snags? Maybe, but you would look pretty silly in the field.

    • randomswede

      “If it looks stupid but works…”

      • Zack

        If it looks stupid but works… it still looks stupid. I wonder how the cost per unit of this contraption stacks up against the titanium 240B

        • randomswede

          Why not both?

  • Christopher Schmidt

    I see more problems than solutions with this. Machine guns are designed to be, and most effective when, fired from the prone. How do you prone out with this contraption? I guess you just stand or kneel and remain a larger target while being less effective at putting rounds on target.

    • CommonSense23

      Shooting a belt fed from the prone is often a luxury. Never did it once in Afghanistan. Always from the shoulder. Know plenty of other guys who had the same problems. Vegetation or the terrain, where the enemy attacks from can all easily prevent someone from going prone.

      • gunsandrockets

        Geez, no wonder the USMC went with the M27 IAR.

        • CommonSense23

          Going with the M27 is going to turn into a waste of time and money for the Marines. A mag fed gun isn’t going to be able to replace a belt fed.

          • gunsandrockets

            Well, after being in combat service for nearly five years the M27 seems to be working out okay.

            The fire-team of rifle squads is the only place the M27 is replacing a belt-fed weapon.

          • CommonSense23

            My problem with the M27 is it doesn’t offer anything over a free floated heavy barrel SOPMOD M4A1 other than a slightly longer barrel. The gun can’t compete with a MK46 for suppression. And as a DMR the M4A1 is will easily hold its own against it.

    • Laionidas

      It’s completely unrealistic to expect troops to go fly fishing, when they are deployed to places like Iraq. They need to stop this overengineering, and just give soldiers proper rations.

  • Dracon1201

    Pansies. This is a stupid idea that is sure to be discarded at the first sign of trouble, in addition to compunding back and neck problems for their troops. I’m pretty sure it’s never recommended to hang a 249 off the top of your head. The mobility problems will kill it. Snagging wires will ensure navigation of anything but open streets will no longer be an option with this device. Cameramen do not have the same requirements. This system is a bad idea.

    • AMX

      How would this cause back or neck problems?
      It’s supported at the hips…

      • Squirreltakular

        Where do you see hip support? The soldier in the video is only wearing a plate carrier.

  • imachinegunstuff

    We had something like this is the Marines. We called it a barbell and we didn’t take it on patrol. We lifted it in a variety of ways that would make us stronger and able to stabilize our own weapon.

    • Big Daddy

      Exactly. I saw it it when I was in the Army no time or inclination to workout. They used our time rather than training to fight we did police call and mop duty. Even though I was a combat arms in the Army we did little actual training. That was over 30 years ago, I see the Army returning to that mentality now.

      • sardiverdave

        Did you do nothing to combat things like climate change? That’s the real enemy, ya know.

    • Jeff Smith
    • DFCtomm

      If you’re planning on a heavy female presence, then the barbell won’t help.

  • martynW

    Add a Death Ray to that support, and I’m in.

    • Big Daddy

      War of the Worlds.

  • Trey

    If you want to shoot a gun designed to be shot from a prone position like Rambo, you got to have his muscles.

  • Big Daddy

    That’s one of the dumbest pieces of gear I ever saw. It has no practical use on a battlefield. That would be the first thing they leave when they go on a patrol. Try to get though a doorway in some small country….not happening. It’s just a complete fail. I thought it was only the DOD that wasted money on stupid ideas, I guess every country does it.

    • Nigel Tolley

      To be fair, your belt fed support weapon operator shouldn’t be coming into the house with you!

      • Big Daddy

        So if you’re under fire he should just stay outside? The Israeli Negev has a semi-auto feature for CQB for that reason. But it’s just a bad idea for many reasons that being one of them. Every time they try to lighten a soldier’s load someone tries to add more stuff on………..

        • Nigel Tolley

          True.

  • Hoff

    Finally, a shoulder thing that goes up.

  • Full Name

    Is that a razorback on his shoulder patch?

  • Edeco

    I’d have called it The Anglerfish Weapon Support System or the over-the-shoulder-weapon-holder

    • hallan

      I call it the “army hoist’, after Hills Hoist which was invented in Australia.

    • gunsandrockets

      Did someone say, Anglerfish?

      • Edeco

        O.O

        Whoa that’s amazingly weird but appropriate.

  • Cuvie

    Those are Australian Soldiers testing it, not British

    • AK™

      Their ancestors were British…

      • tsubaka

        as most americans as well but i don’t see the union jack on top of the white house

  • iksnilol

    Wouldn’t that big rod sticking up from your backpack snag on stuff?

  • mrt721

    Think “those big, heavy guns”, and women in combat.

  • Martin M

    If the US military got their hands on this, they’d want it to sport a camera, and antenna, and an anti-tank missile. Plus space for a moral patch. Oh, and it would cost 15 million dollars each.

    • Fred O C Cubed

      Add a Wolfhound and some sort of extended range PRC-117F/G antenna for Full Spectrum Operations.

  • John Yossarian

    Ain’t nobody ever heard of a sling?

    • Marcus D.

      Sling carries the weight on the shoulders, this carries it through the hips, just like a backpack, so it can be carried far more comfortably far longer.

  • Anonymoose

    I’m only interested if you can rig up an M2 on that thing.

  • thomas jones

    So aussie army with an Arkansas razorback patch on? What exactly is going on here?

    • Kevin Craig

      Beat me to it (as I sit here with my Razorbacks cap on my head).

    • Gruntaroo

      Aussies have no idea who the Arkansas razorbacks are.We definitely have no idea about US college sport.Does anyone outside the US?? I only found out about by accident when I traveled to the States.
      I’m a Sun Devils fan now from spending time in AZ last year.Hopefully I’ll be back this year…..for the women.

      7 RAR is called the “Pig Battalion” from it’s formation for the Vietnam war in 1965.
      They are trying to come up with equipment to make Infantry female friendly, the whole project has received a barrage of criticism from serving and former Grunts on social media

  • Anomanom

    I still want to see someone do a real test of a machine gun like a 249 or 240 on a steadycam rig. I’ve always wondered if it would actually be a functional setup. Would it make the gun mor stable when firing from a standing or kneeling position.

  • CanadianShill

    You better pull that lip in before it gets caught on a trip wire, Bubba Gump. Lol I see the reasoning behind this, but don’t see a situation where there’s a practical application… But then I’m a pipefitter not an tier-anything operator. Anywhere where you’re not going to be moving often, you can have a bipod down or at least go prone, every other one I see you want kind of a fluid no snag dealy…. Dunno lol unless it’s gonna be juggernauts from fricking COD brought to life.. Edit no you won’t be able to always go prone, but surely using a pack or rock or something is preferred to standing there statically

  • Nigel Tegg

    damn it… I was hoping you guys wouldn’t see this…

    FYI this won’t get off the ground, some idiot officer had a bright idea and sent it to 7RAR for trails, they won’t let it be adopted, especially as they work out of M113s.

    • hallan

      Well that’s what happens when your hire officers based on their sport performance.

  • doyle hill

    Hasn’t this already been done like 25 years ago in the movie Aliens when they modified a camera “gimbal” mount?

  • Riot

    Bring on the Kord

    • Giolli Joker

      Duh… I just posted the same thought! 🙂

  • Tassiebush

    I reckon my Nation must be planning to resurrect the walking fire concept.

  • Giolli Joker

    It needs more Kord…

  • Widgt

    Is May 10 an Australian/Southern Hemisphere version of April fools day? There is no way this thing is legit.

  • Greg Kelemen

    If it enhances off-hand accuracy by a significant margin then the comm-aerial type snag hazard is totally worth it.

  • gunsandrockets

    For those numerous occasions one needs to fire 20+ pound automatic weapons from the shoulder in the standing position without support or mount. Bipods are for sissies!

  • Blackhawk

    I’d think some sort of shoulder rig like marching band drummers use would be less cumbersome.

  • PopTartGUN!

    We’ve got one of those in our kitchen; you hang bananas from it to ripen.

  • Mike11C

    LOOK! It’s half man, half scorpion, and it’s carrying an M249 SAW!