KRG FOX-42 Precision Rifle: Magpul Massoud Revenant

    Big news for tactical and precision rifle fans: Justin J, the designer of the prototype 7.62x51mm rifle companion to the 5.56mm Masada – called “Massoud” – has kept his idea for a semiautomatic 7.62mm rifle alive in Kinetic Research Group’s prototype FOX-42 precision rifle.

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    The Massoud was not simply an enlarged Magpul Masada, despite its outward similarities. It differed in using a four-lug bolt and a hybrid direct impingement/tappet method of operation. The new KRG FOX-42, in turn, is not simply a rebranded Massoud; the tappet gas system has been dropped in favor of a fixed piston fed from a DI-esque tube, akin to the gas system on the Tavor.

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    KRG also had on display their Remington 700 chassis, designed with light weight, low cost, and precision in mind. They had on display their two current chassis, the Whiskey-3 and the X-Ray, as well as their new 180-Alpha chassis, expected to ship in the first quarter of this year.

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    Further, they featured a new magnesium and carbon-fiber chassis, the Habu:

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    The FOX-42 is for now just a prototype; many of the components of the rifle on display were made via rapid prototyping, including the lower receiver. KRG is hoping to bring the rifle to market first as a precision semiautomatic sniper rifle, and then expand into tactical rifles. However, they were very keen to receive feedback on the product, and expressed a lot of flexibility in how they might bring the product to market.

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


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