Weapon Wednesday – USAF GAU-5A Compact M-4 Carbine

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AIR FORCE
  • The GAU-5A is a modified M4 carbine designed to keep aircrews alive in emergencies.
  • The weapon was rebuilt to fit in the storage compartments of ejection seats.
  • In emergencies, the GAU-5A  can be used to ward off enemy search parties until rescue.

The U.S. Air Force developed a new assault rifle that breaks down into two pieces, allowing it to be stored in the ejection seat of modern jets. The GAU-5A carbine is designed to provide the firepower necessary for aircrew to defend themselves until rescue. read more