The Magpul Masada Adaptive Combat Weapon System is an new and revolutionary assault rifle platform designed and manufactured by Magpul Industries of Erie, Colorado.
The assault rifle was initially designed and developed over a four month period, without any form of government funding. Sample models were on display at the 2007 SHOT Show in Orlando, Florida. The design of the assault rifle is still currently under further development and is tentatively scheduled for full commercial and governmental release within the first quarter of 2008.
The Masada represents a combination of several recent and popular rifle designs, ultimately becoming what is considered by its developers and designers to be the premier features of each in a lightweight, single, modular assault rifle system / platform. Design features from the FN SCAR (upper receiver, charging handle location), Armalite AR-18 (gas system), stock, the Heckler & Koch G3 (trigger pack), M16 (barrel, fire control group including trigger), and the Heckler & Koch G36/XM8 (liberal use of polymer components) are clearly utilized within the rifle. Magpul has also developed several features for the assault rifle, such as an adjustable gas regulator, a quick-change barrel/trunnion system, non-reciprocating charging handle, storage compartments located in the grip and stock and an integral flip-up front sight.
Naming of the Magpul Masada
The Siege of Masada is where the rifle gets its name. Magpul company articles and press releases regarding the rifle clearly state that "Magpul Industries is not Jewish owned or Israeli backed, however Magpul has always found the story of the Masada as a bold example of defiance."