Updates for the No-Recoil Vulcan from Olympus Arms

James Reeves
by James Reeves

Montana-based Olympus Arms returns to SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range with their Vulcan rifle. James saw it last year and made a very popular video about it, but there are some changes that have been made and also, James wanted to know about the accuracy of this platform.

The company has been busy refining the design of the weapon and has decided to bring the bulk of its parts manufacturing in-house, making a significant investment in new machine tools. Described as a ‘recoilless rifle’, the Vulcan was originally developed as an offering for the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon program, where it was submitted under the name MARS. The Vulcan features a 16-inch barrel with a muzzle brake but can be run suppressed. The rifle has a pair of non-reciprocating charging handles on either side of the forend that complements its ambidextrous controls. The upper receiver of the Vulcan features a full-length top rail or the buyer has the option for a C-Grip Plus Rail with a break in the Picatinny to allow users to C-clamp. Uniquely, unlike an AR, the upper has a clamshell design for disassembly which adds to its intriguing propositions. The lower receiver’s controls and layout will be instantly familiar to anyone who has used an AR-pattern rifle, however, there is no rear charging handle or rear takedown pin. The Vulcan uses a long recoil operating system, where the rifle’s barrel reciprocates the full length of the action, effectively absorbing the 7.62x51mm round’s recoil. This unique design has lent the Vulcan a very intriguing characteristic; Olympus Arms suggests that the rifle has around the same felt recoil impulse as an AR-15, thereby ensuring improved follow-up shot accuracy. While the blast from the muzzle brake was significant, the felt recoil was minimal, especially when firing from a bipod. Maintaining a sight picture downrange was easy. With regard to its weight, the Vulcan comes in at 8.5lb.

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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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  • Steven Taylor Steven Taylor on Feb 02, 2024

    i ordered mine today. Tell you how it is in 8-10 weeks

  • Andrew Andrew on Feb 03, 2024

    Thank you for including a written portion with this entry. Since the goal was to re evaluate accuracy (precision, really), I would have liked a line or two about that, including procedure (is it cherry picked, did you remove “flyers”), number of rounds per group, number of groups fired, and distance.