TFBTV Guns of SOCOM Ep. 2: The Mk12 Special Purpose Rifle + AEM5 Silencer

James Reeves
by James Reeves

Guns of SOCOM, Ep. 2: In this episode, James introduces viewers to the Mk12 Special Purpose Rifle. The Mk12’s primary purpose was to provide a light, precise rifle that could be used in close-to-medium-long range combat. In other words, it needed to be more effective and more accurate than the M4 while being almost as maneuverable, but with an optic that could be dialed down to engage at closer ranges, or zoomed in to reach out to longer distances. Although the Mk12 was originally designed by the Navy at NSW Crane, it made its way into the hands of all special operations units and became a favorite of U.S. Marines in Middle East combat zones.

James’ friend Chris was kind enough to volunteer his beautiful Colt/KAC combo Mk12 for use in this video, which was shot at the NOLATAC Training Center in Avondale, Louisiana. Ron Allen of Allen Engineering graciously sent an AEM5, the suppressor this gun is issued with, for use in this video.


– Colt/Knight’s/Armalite Mk12 Special Purpose Rifle
– M4 Carbine

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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Biff Biff on Sep 13, 2018

    I think this video was a good overview of the Mk 12. I can see the point the clone nerds make, but most viewers just don’t care. They had a good example of the type in the video and explained some of the basic history behind it.

    I hope to move out of IL someday and be able to own some supressors. I had kind of written off the AEM5 as old technology. But everyone that reviews one seems to be impressed. I find myself wanting a Mk12 Clone, although as a shooter I would probably not bother with an exact copy.

  • Batou878 Batou878 on Sep 14, 2018

    I like the response emoji's! Thumbs up for this :-)