Vektor R4 assault rifle

The R4 is a 5.56 mm assault rifle introduced into service with the South African Defence Force in the early 1970s, replacing the 7.62 mm FN FAL rifle, manufactured in South Africa under a license agreement from Belgium as the R1. The weapon is produced by Vektor (a small arms division of Denel corporation, currently Denel Land Systems).The R4 is a licensed variant of the Israeli Galil ARM assault rifle with several modifications; notably, both the stock and magazine are now made of a high-strength polymer and the stock\'s arms were lengthened, adapting the weapon for the average South African soldier.

Vektor R4 assault rifle
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Vektor
Origin South Africa
Country Name Origin Year
South Africa 1975
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
South Africa View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Vektor View

Weight - 4.3kg (9.48lb) (R4)3.7kg (8.2lb) (R5)3.6kg (7.9lb) (R6)

Length - 1,005mm (39.6in) stock extended / 740mm (29.1in) stock folded (R4)877mm (34.5in) stock extended / 615mm (24.2in) stock folded (R5)805mm (31.7in) stock extended / 565mm (22.2in) stock folded (R6)

Barrel length - 460mm (18.1in) (R4)332mm (13.1in) (R5)280mm (11.0in) (R6)

Cartridge - 5.56x45mm NATO

Action - Gas operated, rotating bolt

Rate of fire - 600-750 rounds/min (R4, R5)585 rounds/min (R6)

Muzzle velocity - 980m/s (3,215ft/s) (R4)920m/s (3,018.4ft/s) (R5)825m/s (2,706.7ft/s) (R6)

Effective range - 300 to 500 m sight settings

Feed system - 35-round detachable box magazine

Sights - Flip rear aperture, hooded forward post

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