MADSEN LAR (Denmark)
In 1962 the firm of Dansk Industri Syndikat AS released the LAR (Light Automatic Rifle) for potential sales across the globe. The design made use of high-tensile aluminum to reduce weight, the bore and gas system were chromium plated (which would become an issue for the early M-16's which did not have this feature) to help reduce fouling of the weapon. The rifles were available with a wooden stock or a metal detachable stock, later models were available with a folding metallic stock design. By 1965 the design came to a halt as sales of the FN FAL and Heckler & Koch G-3 had already come to dominate the arms market of the period. From all reports the LAR was a mechanically sound design which would have been an effective weapon, however it's late introduction into the arms market race doomed it. The MADSEN LAR fired the 7'62x51mm-NATO cartridge, feeding from a 20-rounds magazine. Its weight was of 4.64 Kilos (EMPTY).
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