KUALA LUMPUR: The General Operations Force or Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA) is replacing the legendary Colt M16A1 assault rifle with another Colt fiream, the Advance Colt Carbine – Monolithic (ACC-M). The first batch of some 3000 ACC-M has already been delivered by SMEO last year while another batch of around 3000 units are expected in the second quarter of 2018.
PDRM ordered 15,000 ACC-M rifles from SME Ordnance Sdn Bhd (early last year) with the deliveries to be completed within five years. PDRM has also ordered 500 Advanced Piston Carbine (APC) from SMEO last year together with 50 9-inch M203 under-barrel launchers for VAT 69.
Unlike the APC which uses a gas piston for its operating system, the ACC-M is fitted with the traditional gas impingement system used on the M16 and M4.The APC has an 11 inch barrel while the 14.5 inch barrrel is used on the ACC-M.
It is likely that both carbines are fitted optics most likely the Aimpoint, Trijicon or the Elcan ones. Apart from the 5.56mm carbines, SMEO had also supplied some 200 Colt CM-901 rifles chambered for the 7.62mm cartridge specifically for police units operating in ESSCOM as a designated marksman rifle.
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