Truvelo Raptor rifle given cosmetic do-over

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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.

Calibre5.56mm NATO and 7.62x39mm
Weight empty4 kg
Barrel length9″ (Carbine) and 12″ (Assault Rifle)
Length530 mm (stock folded), 790 mm (open)
Magazine30 Rounds
Flash hiderstandard
Foldable stockstandard
Rate of fire650 rpm

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

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  • Big Daddy Big Daddy on Oct 22, 2009

    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 Lusaka on Oct 27, 2009

    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 ;-)

    • Steve Steve on Oct 27, 2009

      @Lusaka Lusaka, thanks for your comment.