Weaponology of the week – Silver Shadow AR15 based Gilboa Snake Assault rifle

The AR 15 Assault rifle has proved itself a worthy combat weapon throughout the world, so is there room for improvement? Well maybe not improvement, but certainly there is room to elaberate and the israeli weapons manufacturer, Silver Shadow, did just that with the  Gilboa Snake AR 15-based double-barrelled assault rifle.

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The end result is a rifle that fires two rounds with each pull of the trigger, essentially double-tapping on a single trigger pull or both magazines being emptied together on fully auto.

The rifle is chambered in 5.56 NATO and uses a piston system (not direct impingement).  Both barrels are about 9.5″ long, are chrome lined and have a 1:7 RH twist.

Unloaded, the gun weighs about 9.4 pounds.  According to the US Army, a standard M4 weighs about 7.5 pounds with a sling and loaded magazine.  So, figure a little more than two extra pounds for the extra metal.

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The upper and lower receivers of the Gilboa Snake are machined from aluminum alloy billet.  The flat top upper has a full-length Picatinny rail for adding optics and iron sights as you like.  The flip-up iron sights shown on this model are made by Troy Industries.

The theory behind the Gilboa Snake is the importance of the double-tap. With one pull of the trigger, two bullets are fired an inch apart from each other, and hopefully, they will strike an inch apart from each other.

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Silver Shadow is an Israeli manufacturer of military firearms.  Many of their employees, from the executives on down, are former members of the IDF and Israeli Police Force.  Needless to say, they bring a critical eye to the development of any new weapon platform.

 

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Probably more suited to close quarter combat situations I’m sure the Gilboa Snake will carve a name for itself in its own right.

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October 26, 2014

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