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Defense Review’s all over a couple of new guns from FERFRANS developed by, strangely enough, FERdinand and FRANcis Sy, Filipino immigrants who are building their SBRs and carbines in the promised land of Southern California. As the Sy boys see it, when it comes to select fire, less is more. “In a nutshell the heart of the FERFRANS line of weapons is the Delayed Sear Activation System which is a mechanical device that reduces the cyclic rate of full-auto fire of the M16 / M4A1 type rifles from 850-900 rpm to 550-680 rpm.” Check out the one-handed action in the video above. Besides staying rock steady, Fer and Fran say what makes their guns all that is they were designed to be machine guns first, instead of jimmying full auto into a semi gun. All we know is we want to run a few thousand rounds through one to see for ourselves.

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  1. FERFRANS? Really? The guns look cool, but FERFRANS sounds like a company that installs replacement windows or walk-in bathtubs.

  2. Can someone explain to me the very operator-esque right-left flip mag change sequence? I’ve seen it in Magpul videos, too. I guess I can see that flipping it left brings the mouth of the empty magwell closer to and more in line with the incoming mag, but what’s the purpose of the initial flip to the right, besides looking cool?

    • Matt,

      The flip to the left is to check the chamber to ensure that the bolt is locked to the rear and that the firearm has not experienced a stoppage/jam, the flip to the right is to eject the empty magazine.

      • As another justification, it can cause a bit more momentum when you flip the rifle back the other way and make mag ejection more certain. While looking cool, of course.

      • More or less; You rotate it to observe the ejection port so as to establish the nature of the stoppage (whether it’s a jam or just out of ammo), and then you rotate it in order to put a fresh magazine in it.

        Due to the ejection port being on the right side of the firearm, and most shooters being right handed, they have to rotate it counterclockwise to visualize the ejection port, and then clockwise in order to line up for the reload. The added bonus here is that you can hit the magazine release once you’ve established the nature of the stoppage, and the rotation in order to line up for the fresh magazine ensures that the empty mag gets out of your way.

        Theoretically, if you were firing a standard AR-pattern rifle LEFT handed, you would only need to rotate it clockwise to both inspect and change mags.

    • Matt, the flip to the right is to ensure the bolt is locked to the rear and that the weapon has not experienced a stoppage, the flip to left is to clear the empty magazine.

  3. Is that guy wearing a bike helmet painted flat black?

    Nice guns. I can see why some agencies have replaced submachine guns with SBRs.

    • “Is that guy wearing a bike helmet painted flat black?”

      Not quite.

      Many who think they’re HSLD types (whether or not they actually are) tend to avoid ballistic head protection most of the time, likely due to weight concerns, and subsequent negative effects added weight has on mobility.

      On the whole, they tend to acknowledge that SOME degree of head protection is necessary, in order to protect against blunt force trauma, and thus they tend to opt for non-ballistic helmets (which tend to weigh about half as much as comparable ballistic helmets) at least some of the time.

  4. I wish I could have a cool Tactical Mohawk like that operator does. Sadly, I cannot, but at least I have the same pants.

    • Why not cry to your elected representatives instead?

      While the NFA itself may be, at least arguably, constitutional, the Hughes ban is certainly NOT. Repeal the Hughes ban, and normal people will be able to afford machineguns again…

  5. Oi, Defense Review. Can’t stand that site. Terrible writing (Hey guys, lets jam as many acronyms as we can think of into each article to sound legit!) , too much supposition when they run out of facts, too many ads, bad layout, and too much self-promotion.

  6. Is the slow rate of fire better than the normal for anything but conserving ammo? I’ve shot a full auto M4 at normal rpm and it’s fairly controllable.

  7. I like defense review. However I’ve gotten the feeling over the last six months that David Crane must have some other logs in the fire. You’re lucky now if you can read one article every three-four days on that site these days. Where is our follow-up article on the tale of two custom midlength carbines? Where are new articles from guys like Mike Pannone that used to contribute? Course reviews, gun reviews? I miss the good old days when we would get articles like that almost bi-daily (or so it seemed).

    Also DC is pretty biased in some issues:
    1) Look up how many FERFRANS articles there are. Just look. He must be drinking buddies with those guys or something.
    2) That guy loves him some direct gas impingement. Not that he doesn’t believe in piston guns, he does. But he LOVES DGI.
    3) His FAVORITE piston (not to contradict myself) is absolutely Adams Arms. Once again… Just see how many articles his site has posted on it.
    4) He seems like a Next Generation Arms fanboy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I wish I could get my hands on one of Nathan Roads’ creations myself.

  8. I had a chance to fire all of their products last year and was very impressed with the function of their system. At no point during the entire day of the demo did any of the weapons have any issues, and trust me when I say that the entire group of about 20 shooters ran them hard. I would recommend that if you can find one, that you scoop it up.


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