Slide Fire Belt Fed AR-15 | SHOT 2017

Slide Fire debuted its own belt fed AR-15 at Shot Show 2017. It is a modified AR15 with a detachable belt receiver.

The belt fed into the side of the AR with the help of the feed system. The feed system is attached to the side of the modified AR receivers and can be removed or installed without tools.


Once the feed system is removed, the Slide Fire AR can resort to using standard AR-15 magazines. Slide Fire is proud that their belt fed AR can use standard M27 links. The same used in the M249 SAW. The Belt-Fed AR retails for $3500. At the moment they are only sold as complete firearms.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I bought a .22 belt fed upper a few years ago but it was a POS that I could never make work.

    • ostiariusalpha

      That’s because you are mechanically incompetent. ?

      • TheNotoriousIUD
        • Tassiebush

          I was thinking the happy international Women’s Day scene might better reflect your experience with that.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            If it was being administered by Morena Baccarin instead of some shady redneck from Florida id be on board.

          • Tassiebush

            You’ve got a point

          • Tassiebush

            I’ve always had you pegged as a man of good taste. (Hehe see what I did there)

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            You sicken me.

      • Tassiebush

        Good heavens you know that’s a sore spot!

  • Joe

    Cheaper than the Ares/FightLite MCR belt fed upper, but requires a dedicated lower.
    Hope it works out for them.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Going with a slide fire mechanism instead of a binary trigger is probably a mistake. Hope they sell these to whomever wants one, and come out with a more contemporary design later.

  • DavidV

    Good luck selling that overpriced range toy.

    • Amplified Heat

      Far better it be paired with a 15k$ M16 lower for ‘serious’ use, or restricted to mil/leo, you say?

      • jq1

        Not much for the 2A it would appear, eh?

      • DataMatters

        Looks like the lower in the pic has some serious modifications to it. I doubt anyone would chop up a transferable M16 receiver. Have to wait for the NFA repeal.

    • Porty1119

      Slidefire stocks are surprisingly easy to use, actually, to the point that they border on practical.

    • roguetechie

      Yes because at $3500 for a complete rifle it’s ONLY $1500 less for a whole gun than you could have paid in 2012 for JUST A COMPLETE BELT FED UPPER remembering of course that in 2012 you were still looking at AT BEST still needing to spend another $1000 to get a properly modified complete lower receiver compatible with your $5000 belt fed upper.

      So in 2012 at least 150 people happily paid $6000 at the very least to get a “complete semiautomatic only belt fed AR15” ….

      YET as of January 2017 a $3500 complete slide fire belt fed AR15 Guaranteed by slide fire to function with any M27 link that also has slidefire’s very best 6 position adjustable LOP ambi bump fire stock ….

      Somehow though a factory supported belt fed rifle with a feature set above and beyond anything else similar, from a company whose very solid reputation, good name in the industry, and etc which gives them frankly far more to lose than any other company yet whose offering is by far cheaper than anything offered now or to my knowledge EVER BEFORE going all the way back to mid 90’s pricing by Johnathan Arthur Ceiner…..

      According to you is still way overpriced etc?

      • DavidV

        Who cares how much things cost in 2012? What a stupid thing to compare prices to. I guess if someone was dumb enough to pay $1000 for a lower In 2012 then maybe they have the decision making skills for this, albeit cool, range toy.

  • GD Ajax

    Because the food stamp gun owners can’t afford to buy an Aries Shirke and make a payment on their trailer.

    • Jake

      oy vey!

    • Ebby123

      Plus the Shrike never really functioned IIRC.

      • SGT Fish

        it did. it just is no where near as reliable as modern military belt feds and has had a lot of issues, including receiver breakage

        • Ebby123

          I’ve heard differently, but I’ve never owned one so I’ll take your word for it.
          The reports I read/heard were of consistent failures, and then a “we’ve never heard of you” response from customer service at Shrike.

          Again, 2nd hand so take with a grain of salt.

          Bottom line is, if it functions reliably it will sell because its the only thing like it on the market besides the FN at 2-3 times the cost. If it doesn’t at least function reliably, then IMHO it really is a half-hearted joke of a product at that asking price.

          • GD Ajax

            An AR can’t work as machine gun because it’s a flawed system either way. Only HK got it right and that’s because its really a G36.

          • Anonymoose
          • GD Ajax

            No one carries all that anymore. Unless your saying the M27 is a Cold War relic too.
            With casket magazines, Belt fed is old hat.

          • valorius

            M27 is so uber you have to carry 22 mags for it and change them every 3 seconds. Boo yah.

          • valorius


          • Klaus Von Schmitto

            I want to know if that’s factory flecktarn.

          • Ebby123

            Yes we know. You’re right, and the rest of the world is wrong. Thank you for adding nothing to this conversation.

            Hyperbolic oversimplifications may make you feel good about how committed you are to a certain school of thought, but it does nothing to support a rational argument.

          • GD Ajax

            Or you Ar fanbois can’t admit that you are being conned, again. There is a reason that nobody has adopted an AR SAW.(besides a G36 in AR-15 drag)
            It’s because from an engineering standpoint, is that it can’t be done. The system is not meant to be used as a machine gun.

          • Ebby123

            Lol. There is only one fanboy here, and he’s the one who entered the conversation with unsupported dogma and hyperbole.

            1- Belt fed does not = Machine gun.
            2- ARs can most certianly can be used as a machine gun and frequently ARE all over the world.
            They cannot maintain the same rate of sustained fire that a purpose-built LMG can – just like a LMG cannot sustain the same rate of fire that a crew-served HMG can.

    • Disarmed in CA

      SNAP cash spends just as good on ammo as alcohol

    • roguetechie

      Except for of course that slidefire’s a much more reputable company than Ares

      The complete slidefire gun costing less than an Ares upper let Alone complete gun….

      PS.. You’re as usual pitifully wrong … Just mad because even the worst off Americans still having more freedom class and just in general being in every way superior to your pitiful ass…

  • Ebby123

    But does it WORK??

  • SGT Fish

    other than the patent infringement issue (somebody already made them that use standard links and patented it), I think its cool. but ill stick with my RPD Carbine with bumpfire stock shooting cheaper ammo with bigger bullets

    • Brett

      I believe they purchased it from the original creators.

    • b0x3r0ck

      Post a picture?

  • Disarmed in CA

    The sounds you are hearing are leftists heads exploding.

    • valorius

      I love that sound. 🙂

  • May

    I still dislike how the receiver has those big holes cut in the side, I know the belt feeder covers it but I wouldn’t want to try standard magazines in a lower that’s been chopped up like that.

  • Needs a Fostech Echo trigger, if possible.

    • ostiariusalpha

      I agree that a binary trigger is preferable, but it’s a bit egg on their face to resort to that when the entire company is founded on slide fire stocks.

      • Anonymoose

        What about a Fostech trigger, Slidefire stock, and lightweight BCG? With that combo you might be able to get a crazy rate of fire so you’d blow your entire year’s ammo budget in a weekend. 😀

        • hking

          slidefire and bumpfire stocks have a negative impact on binary triggers, it slows them down and makes it harder to use either component. Use one or the other.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Such beauteous glory is out of our reach for now, but the dream… the dream never dies!

      • That’s the point.

  • b0x3r0ck

    They need to sell this in parts. No matter how I think about it most of this rifle will end up in my parts bin.

  • OptimusDerf

    Does it bother anybody else that the belt is upside down? Brass to the grass, dammit. 😀

    • roguetechie

      You’d be right except this is a belt fed AR15 using m27 link not an m249 using m27 link…

      And the fact that this “upside down belt” look can be seen going back to Stoner’s original belt fed AR10

      Including in the patent document from back then…

      The belt feed mechanism slide fire has in their gun is very much a direct descendant of the mechanism shown in both the pictures of the belt fed AR10 and the stoner patent

      • The HK21 and HK23 also feed with the links down. I suppose that is the price you pay for converting a magazine-fed rifle into a belt-fed LMG.

  • Irish1776

    What can this do that a drum mag can’t? (Other than ruin a barrel faster)

    • Badwolf

      Do 61 rounds without stopping 🙂

  • Gus Butts
  • Wang Chung Tonight
  • Sledgecrowbar

    I don’t get why all the belt-fed AR options sit at this price point. It feels like it’s just beyond reasonable for most people who would be interested. The only buyers you’d actually snag are the narcissistic douchebags who spend $4000 on a wristwatch but drive a leased Hyundai. If it can be done for $500 over the price of the base AR, why not charge $1000 over the price of the base gun?

    Also, why can’t anyone get M27 links to feed through a custom-machined upper that otherwise takes standard barrels, bolts and handguards without having to modify a lower? You’d sell ten million of those.

  • valorius

    Really cool, but definitely not worth the price of six AR’s, at least not to me.

    • roguetechie

      Valorious at $3500 slidefire is seriously selling their complete belt fed rifles for less than any other company has EVER sold a belt fed AR15 going back to Ceiner in the 90’s!!!

      Oh yeah and BTW compared to what Michael’s Machines charges for their non nfa clone of hk23e ($13000)

      Or FN for their collector series nonnfa 249 ($7000 or so last I looked)

      Or Machine Gun Armory charges ($6000+ and if you Google their company name you’ll very quickly get the feeling that eveb though MGA expects you to pay in full up front and even on their site they say not to expect delivery for at least 6 months after ) PS (googling MGA makes it very apparent that their quoted 6 month minimum wait is really 13+ months at best…)

      • valorius

        I guess i just don’t see how it holds any real advantage in the fun department to a Slidefire equipped AR with a Beta C mag.

  • valorius

    I like that slidefire stock, they’re much cooler looking than they used to be.

  • Ark

    Slide fire is dumb, belt fed ARs are dumb, and a belt-fed slide fire AR is dumb squared. Fight me.

  • Jason Culligan
  • Steve Truffer

    So this is why Valkyrie isn’t selling them anymore….

  • Colonel K

    $3500! I’m out.

    • roguetechie

      Yes lol because $3500 is only the CHEAPEST complete belt fed AR15 EVER OFFERED…

      And Slide fire as a company is about an order of magnitude more reputable than ceiner, Valkyrie, MWS or whoever they’re calling themselves these days….

      Good call bro…

      • Colonel K

        I would need that money just to keep it fed. For those with the resources and a hankering to own an “affordable” belt fed quasi-MG, it would be a great deal, assuming it works reliably. Sadly, most attempts at belt-fed ARs have failed. I hope Slide-Fire fares better.