Long Recoil Vulcan

Montana-based Olympus Arms returns to SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range with their Vulcan rifle. The company has been busy refining the design of the weapon and has decided to bring the bulk of its parts manufacturing in-house, making a significant investment in new machine tools.

Described as a ‘recoilless rifle’, the Vulcan was originally developed as an offering for the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon program, where it was submitted under the name MARS. The Vulcan features a 16-inch barrel with a muzzle brake but can be run suppressed. The rifle has a pair of non-reciprocating charging handles on either side of the forend that complements its ambidextrous controls.

The upper receiver of the Vulcan features a full-length top rail or the buyer has the option for a C-Grip Plus Rail with a break in the Picatinny to allow users to C-clamp. Uniquely, unlike an AR, the upper has a clamshell design for disassembly which adds to its intriguing propositions. The lower receiver’s controls and layout will be instantly familiar to anyone who has used an AR-pattern rifle, however, there is not rear charging handle or rear take down pin.

The Vulcan uses a long recoil operating system, where the rifle’s barrel reciprocates the full length of the action, effectively absorbing the 7.62x51mm round’s recoil. This unique design has lent the Vulcan a very intriguing characteristic; Olympus Arms suggests that the rifle has around the same felt recoil impulse as an AR-15, thereby ensuring improved follow-up shot accuracy.

While the blast from the muzzlebrake was significant the felt recoil was minimal, especially when firing from a bipod. Maintaining a sight picture downrange was easy.

With regard to its weight, the Vulcan comes in at 8.5lb. It carries an introductory Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $3,999; however, pricing will increase post SHOT Show to $6,795. Olympus Arms has evidently put in considerable work and innovation, making the Vulcan a weapon to keep an eye out for.

Matthew Moss

Matthew Moss

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Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. He also runs Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of The Armourer’s Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms.

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