By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2024
ABOUT OHIO ORDNANCE WORKS
Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc. is a fully licensed manufacturer & dealer of Title 1 and Title 2 firearms and accessories. OOW is an arsenal-level shop that machines, assembles, applies finish treatment, test fires, and ships goods from its shop. This allows for hands-on project management and quality assurance. Ohio Ordnance Works proudly serves the United States Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Air Force, and over 43 international allied military divisions. They are also registered with the US Department of State as an importer and exporter and engage in international trade regularly as approved by the appropriate US agencies.
Robert Landies, the founder and owner of Ohio Ordnance, has a 45-year-long career in the ordnance industry. He started at the TRW Jet Engine Division and then worked his way to their Torpedo Division. He learned about military small arms and their operating systems as a collector of military arms.
Today, Ohio Ordnance Works has over 80 employees at their 35,000-square-foot facility and supplies thousands of light, medium, and heavy machine guns to forces worldwide.
THE OHIO ORDNANCE REAPR
The REAPR is a lightweight, highly portable battlefield machinegun system designed from the ground up around the .338 Norma Magnum cartridge with a 7.62 NATO conversion kit, a simple and robust receiver, and one-handed barrel changes. The REAPR breaks down into three major components in under ten seconds, small enough to fit into an operator’s backpack.
“Ohio Ordnance Works is pleased to introduce the Recoil Enhanced Automatic Precision Rifle (REAPR) – a revolution in modern military general purpose machine guns (GPMG). Designed to exceed SOCOM military specifications while delivering a unique combination of accuracy, reliability, durability, and field maintainability. The REAPR represents critical innovations in firearms technology with advancements for all military ground forces.”
The one-piece uniquely constructed steel receiver with integral rail for increased accuracy, reliability, and receiver life. The top cover and feed tray can be slid to the side to load or clear a stoppage and back into place. This option was created for the use of optics that extend over the top cover. The feed tray can also be adjusted to feed links from either side, with ejection out the bottom. The charging handle is ambidextrous, and the forend is equipped with M-LOK slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.
The receiver is also fitted with standard mounts to fit into an M240 cradle. The trigger group can be removed with one pin, and the crossbar safety is the same as an M240 for familiarization.
The buttstock can be folded to the right or left and features an adjustable length of pull comb height and shoulder rest.
THE BOLT & BARREL
It is equipped with a quick-change barrel that can be inserted and removed without the need to depress a latch, lever, or button, increasing the simplicity, reliability, and ease of barrel change. It quickly converts to fire 7.62 NATO live/blank/training munitions.
Type: Roller Delayed Operating System
Caliber: .338 Norma Magnum
Magazine Capacity: Disintegrating Metallic Links
Sights: Picatinny Rail
Barrel Length: 24.4 Inches
Barrel Twist: 1/9.4 Inches
Muzzle Thread: 5/8 x 24
Overall Length: 54.5 Inches Extended Stock, 44.25 Folded Stock
Weight: 26.8 Pounds
The REAPR is made for Special Forces Operators that require serious firepower in a compact weapon. A suppressed belt-fed machine gun chambered in the powerful .338 Norma Mag, a rate of fire of 550-650 rounds per minute, an effective range of 6,700 meters, and the ability to break it all down into three pieces that fit into a backpack make it the perfect weapon.
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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Off Grid, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.
Contact him at [email protected]