Fact file: R4 assault rifle

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The standard assault rifle of the SA Army. Pictured here is an  early model with wooden furniture and carrying handle. 

Type:

Gas-operated assault rifle.

Associated project names:

Not known.

Numbers:

Not known.

Cost:

Not known.

Manufacturer:

Denel.

Calibre:

5.56x45mm NATO.

Mass:

4.3kg empty, 5.1kg with 35-round magazine. (R4)

Magazine capacity:

35 rounds (standard magazine), 50 rounds (assault magazine)

Length:

1.005m.

Barrel length:

0.46m (R4), 0.332m (R5), 0.195m (R6).

Muzzle velocity:

988m/s.

Rate of fire:

650rpm.

Effective range:

450m (R4), 300m (R5), 150-200m (R6).

Comment:

 

A licensed version of the Israeli Galil, itself based on the Finish Valmet m/62, inspired by the AK47. Heavy and bulky – but reliable. Development started after the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 and production was underway by 1972. The weapon entered South African service in the early 1980s. Manufacture was underway in SA by November 1979.