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MKEK MPT-76

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Battle rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Turkey

  • NICKNAMES
    Milli Piyade Tufegi, National Infantry Rifle
    Mehmetcik-2

  • DESIGNED
    2007 - 2009

  • DESIGNER
    MKEK

  • PRODUCTION
    2014 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Turkey - Kalekalip

  • QUANTITY
    Turkish army requirement is for up to 500.000 rifles.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Powerful caliber with long range
    Ergonomic design
    Ability to mount optics and accessories
    Rather large and heavy

Introduction

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.

Design

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.

Firepower

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.

Users

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.

Variants

MPT-76

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.

TypeBattle rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine20 round detachable box
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire650 rpm
Barrel length410 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity800 m/s
StockRetractable
Length920 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight4.18 kg empty
SightsIron sights, Picatinny rail for optional optical sights
Remarks-

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