Milli Piyade Tufegi, National Infantry Rifle
2007 - 2009
2014 - present
Turkey - Kalekalip
Turkish army requirement is for up to 500.000 rifles.
- UNIT COST
Powerful caliber with long range
Ability to mount optics and accessories
Rather large and heavy
The MPT-76 is a modern battle rifle of Turkish origin. It was developed in the late 2000's by MKEK as a next generation service rifle for Turkish use. The design of the MPT-76 is based on an earlier prototype weapon, the Mehmetcik-1. This was in turn inspired by the German HK 416 assault rifle.
The MPT-76 is a gas operated weapon that uses a short stroke gas piston and a rotating bolt. Overall the MPT-76 can be considered an AR-15 type rifle with visiual similarity to the HK 417. It features a quad Picatinny rail on the forearm and a retractable polymer stock. A removable carry handle and polymer angled grip in front of the magazine well give the MPT-76 a distinctive appearance.
The MPT-76 fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round from a 20 round magazine. It is a select-fire rifle, although its caliber makes full automatic fire of limited use. The cyclic rate of fire is 650 rpm. The MPT-76 will be produced in three barrel lenghts, with the longest one for use in the designated marksman role.
The MPT-76 has been adopted by the Turkish military. The total requirement is for up to 500.000 rifles. An initial batch of 35.000 was ordered. Reportedly the MPT-76 is also used by Azerbaijan.
MPT-76: The MPT-76 is a modern battle rifle. It is produced in only one version, but barrel lenghts of 12, 16 and 20 inches are available. The MPT-76 can be hard to distinguish from the German HK 417 since layout and features are quite similar. The large detachable carry handle and polymer angled grip are unique features, but are removale accessories as well.
- MPT-76 (16-inch)
|Magazine||20 round detachable box|
|Operation||Gas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||650 rpm|
|Barrel length||410 mm|
|Muzzle velocity||800 m/s|
|Weight||4.18 kg empty|
|Sights||Iron sights, Picatinny rail for optional optical sights|