Vektor R4

The Vektor R4 is an assault rifle in service with the South African Defence Force since 1980. It was used during the Angolan Bush War and Namibian War of Independence. The R4 is manufactured by Denel Land System and replaced the 7.62mm FN FAL, as it was exported to Serbia and Rwanda. Fitted with a folding stock, it was conceived to be used by tank crews and airborne troops.

Basically, the Vektor R4 is a South African version of the Galil rifle, thus, being both accurate and very dependable. Its automatic ejection system runs on ignition gas, using a long-stroke piston that moves in a gas cylinder, which is situated above the rifle barrel. It fires from a closed bolt 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition, being fed from a 35-round, detachable, box magazine. The R4 also features a fire selector switch for two firing modes (single shot and fully automatic) and safe.


Type: assault rifle

Caliber: 5.56 mm

Weight: 4.3 kg

Barrel length: 46 cm

Efective range: 500 m

Rate of fire: 700 rpm



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