In the fall, we saw FightLite’s Raider (“SCR Pistol”) at NASGW, and it generated a ton of interest. Also, a ton of questions about whether the little pirate pistol would be shootable or controllable. Or possibly even wrist-snapping. SHOT Show’s Industry Day on the Range answered these concerns as I put a few rounds downrange through the Raider plus a short belt of ammo, full-auto style, through FightLite’s MCR . . .
The Raider is a pussycat. In part because of the aggressively recoil-reducing muzzle brake but also because it’s a short-barrel 5.56. There just isn’t much recoil being generated in the first place.
The grip angle is obviously a bit on the heavily-raked side, but nothing GLOCK fans won’t happily adapt to.
My only real complaint about the SCR platform is how far forwards the magazine release ends up being in relation to your firing hand. Overall, though, I think it’s ready for swashbuckling ship-to-ship raids. Raiders are shipping in 5.56 now and will be available in 300 BLK soon.
FightLite’s MCR is sold either as a complete rifle or as an upper receiver for use on any standard AR-15 lower. It’s a full-on belt-fed 5.56 with a quick change barrel and hinge-open receiver top. Basically, it’s an M249 SAW scaled down to work as an AR-15 upper receiver.
I fired a short belt full-auto and it made me smile. It’s probably a good thing I can’t own the giggle switch-equipped version, though, as my ammo and barrel budget most definitely couldn’t keep up