MASAF on Display in Iranian Naval Exposition

    An Instagram account and an Iranian defense media site have brought to light some new photographs of the Iranian MASAF (اسلحه مصاف) M4 clone that we first reported on in 2016. Along with some detailed photos of the clone are some other small arms on display, all taken at a recent Iranian Naval exposition in Iran. For the most part, it appears that very little has changed on the MASAF. This isn’t surprising due to the rifle along with the Fatah appear to be forgotten projects in Iranian small arms development. Although not completely new, the handguards appear to have an improved version of Iranian M-LOK at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, in addition to diagonal slots around the 2 and 1 o’clock positions on the handguard itself. Again, these aren’t new developments as they were seen on the MASAF over a year ago at a Tehran defense exhibition. These rifles appeared to have both 20 round and 30 round magazines inserted into rifles on display. This is probably owed to the Fatah influence which was seen with 20 round magazines that matched the digital camouflage scheme that the rifle itself was finished in.

    Also present were two versions of the Iranian Kalashnikov AK103 7.62x39mm clone that we also reported on in May of 2017. Of important note here is the lack of any Picatinny rails at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions on the forward handguard. In our earlier reveal post, it is most definitely clear that the AK103 clones have these Picatinny rails. The Instagram post refers to these AKs as the “TAK-224”.

    Notice in this close-up, the rifle on the right appears to have a button instead of a lever that retains the gas tube. Unless of course the lever is simply rotated all the way down in this image. This does appear to be a small change in the rifle design if the button solution is the case.

    The Iranian license-produced version of the MP5K PDW was also on display as the TK9 Tondar.


    The images marked DEFA Press.IR came from the website Defa Press, but we regret that we couldn’t find the precise URL for the associated article.


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