Although it has yet to see widespread use in the field, the Magpul Masada is a shining example of recent advancements in assault rifle design. The rifle was first introduced in 2007, and in 2008 Bushmaster bought the license to produce the rifle under its own brand name in partnership with Remington. Numerous design changes were made to the original Masada, and the name was changed to the Bushmaster/Remington ACR (Adaptive Combat Rifle) - Bushmaster producing the civilian version, and Remington producing the US military version - the only differences being the barrel and foregrip. The ACR went into general distribution at the beginning of 2010.
The Magpul Masada will immediately feel familiar to M16 platform users, with similar controls. However, the rifle also borrows several design features found in other weapon systems, including a short-stroke gas piston system, forward charging handle, and heavy reliance on polymer parts. In addition, there are several next-gen features, including an adjustable gas-system, ambidextrous controls, a non-reciprocating charging handle, and a quick-change barrel system.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of the Masada is its modularity. Each of the sections can be changed out independently, and in rapid time, with minimal use of tools (most of them can be done purely by hand). Barrels come in various lengths, with 10, 14, 16, and 18 inch all readily available. The stock can be switched between an adjustable fixed stock, adjustable folding stock, and adjustable sniper stock (based on the Magpul PRS). 5.56, 6.8, and 7.62 calibers are also supported. Take a look at the attached video for a more in-depth look at this exciting piece of kit.