The HVLAR was created because of an operational need for accurate firepower for the individual operator.  The SAW was suppose to close the gap between the infantry rifle and the Machine Gun but the weight was a disability in a running gun battle.  The HVLAR was designed to be lightweight for increase maneuverability delivering suppressive firepower and CQB capable.  It also brings to the table a level of accuracy in full-automatic fire not capable with existing Squad Automatic Weapons. Other features includes a semi auto selector that allows the HVLAR to be operated in semi-auto mode and can be used as a designated marksman rifle increasing its versatility.  With the short stroke rate reduced piston system, the HVLAR will work in almost all environment making it more a realistic option in real world combat scenarios.

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FERFRANS’ objective in creating the High Volume Light Automatic Rifle (HVLAR) was to close the gap between the infantry rifle and the machinegun.  Although the SAW was to address this gap, it is not effective in combat operations. Current combat engagements with terrorists and insurgents combined swarming tactics at CQB distances and strike from positions among civilian population.  This requires a specialized weapon that emphasizes lightweight and portability in order to deliver maximum dismounted maneuverability and accurate firepower sustainability.[/tab] [tab title=”Features”]


Although the SAW brings a great deal of firepower to the fight, it is heavy and very difficult to maneuver.  The weight of the weapon is slowing the gunner down. Accuracy was a problem also in automatic fire that it is only used to suppress area targets.  The lighter FERFRANS HVLAR will deliver the firepower to suppress point and area targets of immediate concern without sacrificing accuracy, weight and length.  It utilizes a cyclic rate and impact stress reduction system that will reduce the cyclic rate of full-auto fire to about 650 rpm making full-automatic fire controllable and accurate.  It operates with a 90 round magazine and will also work with a 30 round M16 magazine.


Current Combat operations occur at different distances in both jungle and urban settings.  Offensive operations at these distance requires running, jumping to the ground, getting up, zigzagging and the use of almost all shooting positions and transitions to close in for the kill.  The gunners with the SAW can not keep up with this because of the size and weight of the weapon.  The FERFRANS HVLAR is portable, lightweight and can deliver accurate full-auto fire, perfect for fire and maneuver scenarios.


FERFRANS HVLAR have two features to answer the accuracy shortcomings of the SAW.  First is the Rate Reduction System that makes the HVLAR fully controllable in full-auto fire to engage, suppress and eliminate point targets.  Second, terrorists and criminal elements use civilians as human shields, the FERFRANS HVLAR will help the soldier in engaging his target because the HVLAR’s controllability will ensure accuracy even in full-auto fire. It is also equipped with a selector switch that will enable him to use accurate semi-auto fire.


The SAW is very expensive and will require links and specific ammunition to work reliably (SS109).  It also requires a professional gunsmith to maintain and repair.  With the current economic slowdown, it will be expensive to purchase, operate and maintain.

The FERFRANS HVLAR will work with any ammunition and has less maintenance than the M16 Infantry Rifle.[/tab] [tab title=”Specifications”]

Caliber: .223 Rem. / 5.56 NATO
Effective Range: 600 Meters Max
Barrel Length: 14.5″ & 16”
Overall Length: 32.5” (Butt Stock Un-retracted), 35.5” (Butt Stock Retracted)
Magazine Type: Will accept any M16 type magazine 30, 40, 90, 100, 150
Cyclic Rate: 650-700 RPM
Weight: 9.5 lbs. (Without Magazine)
Butt Stock: Retractable
Ammunition: M193,SS109/M855, Any Mil Spec 5.56 caliber ammunition
Barrel Twist 1:9 or 1:7
Type of Operation: Short Stroke Piston
Type of Fire: Safe/Semi/Full – Rate Reduced
Reduction System: Delayed Sear Activation System
Other Features: No Muzzle Rise
Operator can pick the number of rounds fired in full-auto
Reduced Impact Stress
Reduced Rate of Fire
Rail Interface System
Forehand Grip Bipod
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