Ultimate Ultimax? The Improved 2000 Model

by Miles

In what some would say might be one of the best prototype versions put forth of the Ultimax yet, the 2000 model initially came into the United States for U.S. Military trials, specifically the Marine Corps. It is almost an “Americanized” version of the Singaporean invention (designed by James Sullivan) with larger grips to accommodate bigger hands of American shooters. Gone are the hole punched STANAG magazines and replaced with a standard STANAG magazine well, but also gone is the excellent 100 round drum that was specifically designed for the Mark II. A Picatinny optics rail was added to the receiver but because of the square-shaped design of the bolt, it had to be welded instead of riveted or bolted in place. Issues with the charging handle and buttstock were addressed, allowing for a much more reliable platform in both regards. However, a Paratrooper version was created with a shorter barrel and folding stock. Although this did make the platform much more compact, it took some away from the constant recoil system being fully taken advantage of.


Ultimax 2000

Utlimax Mark II


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  • Gusbutts Gusbutts on Apr 09, 2018

    It feels like only things made before the year 2,000 had 2000 in the name. Now that we're almost two decades out it kind of makes the thing in question feel old and outdated.

    • Anonymoose Anonymoose on Apr 09, 2018

      @gusbutts The P2000 came out in 2001, and then they renamed the P3000 to the P30 because they knew they couldn't keep going with that naming scheme.

  • John John on Apr 09, 2018

    "Are" not permitted, TFB. Attacks or insults towards the author or commenters "are" not permitted. Sheesh.

    Anyway, I'm sad that the latest Ultimax prototype was messed up. The safety should have had a detent, because no one's going to get a gun that has a safety screwed up. And the stock should have been left untouched; the minimal recoil is a major selling point of the system. And the rail merely welded on doesn't inspire confidence. It's just... I can see how the Textron trials will go, if this is any indication, and they won't be fun.

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    • John John on Apr 14, 2018

      @Chris22lr Well, that makes me feel better. Thanks for the info. :)