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CrossFire Rifle/Shotgun

Post by Cutaway on Thu 10 Apr 2008, 8:14 am



The "Crossfire" rifle was originally designed as a Police weapon that had to be reliable, light, easy to use (thanks to its all pump-action working system) and capable of shifting between the most-used police long gun calibers (namely 12-gauge and 5'56x45mm/.223-Remington). The weapon was engineered in the United States by an independent firm called "Crossfire LLC", about which I know nothing, and by SACO Defense out of Saco, Maine, than part of the General Dynamics Weapon Systems and now in all intents and purposes known as SABRE DEFENCE. The weapon was built in 7074-T6 aluminium (much like the US M-16 assault rifle), and sported polymer parts. Feeding was via STANAG magazines (for 5'56mm/.223R, with M16-style controls and mag release) and via a large feeding port on the left side, for the 12-gauge shells; on the left side there also was a selector to switch from 12-gauge to 5'56N/.223R (hence why it was called a "Select-fire weapon"; not 'cause it was full-automatic in nature, but because the shooter could carry it with both calibers chambered and choose which one to use according to the situation).

The perspectives for a good weapon-to-be were all there to be realized. Fact is that at one certain point (unclear exactly when) the manufacture of the Crossfire rifles was given to SAM - Shooter's Arms Manufacturing Inc. of Manila (Philippines). This was probably made once the Crossfire slated itself as a purely civilian product, since the professional market greatly expressed disinterest in the design, probably seen the huge quantity of other firearms already available on the market for them (mainly of the trusted, tried-and-true M-16 design) and also seen the greater weight of a firearm that had to be carried with full STANAG magazine and additionally with 6 to 8 12-gauge shells. The weapon was thus thrown on the civilian market: being a pump-action with thumbhole stock, it was legal in most legislations. Distributors were several, from Crossfire LLC to HESCO and up to Special Services Arms for the "Crossfire 88P" variant, which was a 7'62x51mm/12-gauge variant and fed by M-14/M1A magazines. Unfortunately, it didn't appealed on the civvie market either, and furthermore user reports gained it a reputation of unreliability, poor accuracy, high weight, and accidental KBs. Several variants were tried on the US market since its introduction in 1990 up to the 2001, when it faded forever.
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