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CR-21
Country of origin

South Afrika

Designer(s)

Vektor

Production began

1997, prototype

Weapon type

Bullpup Assault rifle

Caliber

5.56x45mm NATO

Overall length

760 mm

Barrel length

460 mm

Weight

8.2 lbs

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

35 rounds

Cyclic rate

700 rpm

The Vektor CR-21 is a modern South African Assault rifle (CR-21 meaning Combat Rifle 21st Century) chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition. It has been designed by the Vektor division of Denel as a possible replacement for the South African Army's current R4 assault rifle.

First unveiled in 1997, the rifle utilizes the bullpup like the Singaporean SAR-21, Israeli TAR-21 and the British SA80. This enables the rifle to be as short as a typical carbine, whilst still retaining the muzzle velocity of longer assault rifles.

The weapon is a slightly modified successor to the R-4 (IMI Galil being produced in South Africa) which utilizes the rotating bolt and gas operations within the rifle a little better. The high endurance polymers and plastics that are used in the rifle give it a relatively high reliability and low weight. The CR-21 comes with a standard 1x magnification red dot sight that can be easily slid off of the front mount sight and such things as the vertical foregrip that can be removed to attach a grenade launcher similar to or a M203 40mm Grenade launcher. Finally, after many of the upgraded features of the weapon it also has in store for its user, a rifle cleaning kit housed within the butt stock of the rifle.



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