POTD: Ohio Ordnance REAPR – Machine Gun in .338 Norma Magnum

Eric B
by Eric B

You’re watching and reading TFB’s Photo Of The Day, and we have a belt-fed monster on display. It’s made by Ohio Ordnance Works and REAPR stands for Recoil Enhanced Automatic Precision Rifle. They call it a revolution for modern military general purpose machine guns (GPMG), designed to surpass SOCOM military specifications. The caliber is .338 Norma Magnum, but it can be swapped to 7.62 NATO if needed.

It reminds me of a modernized MG42. Am I wrong? Or is it a slick machine gun in one of those PRS chassis, with a stock and pistol grip added?

REAPR Features: Lightweight, highly portable battlefield suppression system chambered in .338 Norma Magnum with a 7.62 NATO conversion kit, simple and robust receiver, toolless field stripping, and one-handed barrel changes. A system that breakdowns into three major components in under ten seconds, small enough to fit into an operator’s backpack!

Designed from the ground up by the advanced engineering team at Ohio Ordnance Works. With over 40 years designing, manufacturing, and supplying US and allied military divisions with industry-leading, battle-ready, belt-fed weapon systems.

The REAPR fits a backpack. I think you need a few more backpacks for the ammo.

If you want to learn more, check this video out.

Full-volume production begins in April 2024, with test quantities available now. I highly doubt we will see a semi-auto version of it.

Source and images: Ohio Ordnance Works.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Max Mller Max Mller on Mar 02, 2024

    Screw the XM7 rifle and making everybody a DMR marksman.
    This is the real deal. Making MGs so light that you can replace your 5.56 M249 with a 6.8 or 7.62 LMG and your 7.62 M240B with a .338 that has almost the same reach as a ma deuce in .50bmg.

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    • Max Mller Max Mller on Mar 14, 2024

      @Andrew But who needs logic when logic doesn't pay for funny powder and pretty girls, while the military industrial complex absolutely does?!

  • Potates Potates on Mar 05, 2024

    Really clever feed tray design.