RIPPER Mk3 | INFANTRY RIFLE
The Ripper Mk3 is a gas-operated, magazine fed weapon based on the highly successful SOPMOD M-14 by Specialist Dynamics, a Paddy O Fernature-based company; and the FN Herstal P-90.
It is the standard rifle issued to all members of the NH Military on deployment and training. It is also issued to vehicle crewmen and similar roles in a carbine form.
The rifle is a joint POF-New Hayesalian project, designed for the requirements of a New Hayesalian service member. The weapon was first rolled out in special forces units in 2009, completely replacing the Ripper Mk2 in January 2013. At the creation of the New Hayesalian Army in 2009, the Ripper Mk3 became a symbol of the Army, seen on the Army Badge.
The long piticanny rail mounts most types of modular equipment, as seen in the above image. With heavy-duty construction using -6 6061 aluminum and 4140 chromoly parts machined from solid billet and composites, the weapon requires less cleaning and is more durable than the Ripper Mk2 while firing the same ammunition. The weapon includes a built in flash suppressor and tactical LED light towards the front of the muzzle. The handguard of the rifle is free-floating, which improves accuracy as pressure put onto the weapon does not influence the balance of the weapon's barrel.
The NATO standard 7.62mm ammunition was chosen for it's standardisation across New Hayesalian small arms, wide availability and high level of penetrating power.
The weapon incorporates 2 trigger pressures, at 2.7 and 5 kilograms of trigger pressure, which activate semi-automatic and fully automatic fire respectively. The trigger incorporates a single-shot lockout button located on the trigger which is extended when activated, preventing the trigger from being fully depressed. The weapon provides quick and accurate fire at opportunity targets, an accurate rapid fire rate of 400 meters, and a longer deliberate range depending on the skill of the operator.
The Ripper Mk3 was designed to fire the powerful 7.62mm round. While the 5.56mm cartridge was an option in the design phase, the 7.62mm was chosen as it is likely that potential enemies of New Hayesalia make use of body armour, necessitating a higher caliber of ammunition to counter this threat. It also provides commonality and eases logistics requirements as the Ripper Mk3 uses the same caliber round as the HK417 marksman rifle and M240L light machine gun.
Unlike the conventional magazine of the Mk2, the semi-clear polymer magazine of the Mk3 is loaded from the top of the stock, in a manner inspired by the FN P90. This design allows for an additional 10 rounds, compared to the Ripper Mk2, to be loaded into the weapon and for weapon operators to visually check the amount of rounds remaining. While the design of the magazine, featuring a swivel and ramp component, seems more complicated than conventional magazines, the magazine has proven to be as reliable as it's conventional colleagues. Ejected shells eject directly down, making brass collection on the range easy and preventing instances of hot brass ending up in the shirt of the next firer on the line.
The Ripper Mk3, like all long rifles in service in the New Hayesalian Military are equipped with Argus' Back Up Iron Sights and service members are issued .
Operators must keep their weapon in top condition at all times. The Ripper Mk3 disassembles during a field strip into a barrel assembly, bolt assembly, hammer assembly and stock. The Ripper Mk3 is proven to be reliable, with an average of over 3000 rounds fired without a malfunction during tests. Hardy construction reduces instances of jamming in the field when exposed to particulates such as mud and dirt.