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Weapons: Theft Resistant Assault Rifle
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November 9, 2007: The Mexican armed forces are introducing a new infantry weapon, the FX-05 "Xiuhcoatl" (or "Fire Serpent" in one of the Indian languages). The FX-05 was designed and developed in 16 months by two army generals. The weapon is a 5.56mm assault rifle similar to the U.S. M-16. It is manufactured in Mexico, using no imported parts. It has a Picatinny Rail for scopes and other devices. It uses either 30 round box magazine, or a hundred round drum magazine. There are standard and short barreled (for urban operations and police) versions.

 

The eight pound FX-05 replaces the larger ten pound G3, a 7.62mm rifle, manufactured in Mexico under license from Heckler & Koch. The similarity of the FX-05 to the German Heckler & Koch G36 brought accusations that the Mexican rifle was an illegal copy. Heckler & Koch representatives came to Mexico earlier this year and carefully examined the FC-05, and  concluded that there was no copying. Still, the two rifles are amazingly similar.

 

One big advantage if the FX-05 is that it is only for military use. This provides the Mexican government much better control over the weapon issued to its soldiers. The distinctive features of the FX-05 will better control unauthorized use as well. Moreover, shell casings and bullets, have the distinct mark of this rifle, making it easy to detect illegal use. Any stolen rifles will be easier to track, since only the military can possess them. Mexico began issuing the FX-05 last year. About 10,000 have been manufactured so far.

 

 

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Horsesoldier       11/9/2007 8:45:07 AM
One big advantage if the FX-05 is that it is only for military use. This provides the Mexican government much better control over the weapon issued to its soldiers. The distinctive features of the FX-05 will better control unauthorized use as well. Moreover, shell casings and bullets, have the distinct mark of this rifle, making it easy to detect illegal use. Any stolen rifles will be easier to track, since only the military can possess them. Mexico began issuing the FX-05 last year. About 10,000 have been manufactured so far.
 
Mexico has long restricted civilian ownership of any weapon chambered for common military cartridges.  Whoever wrote this bit would do well to explain how this weapon is somehow more theft-proof or resistant to misuse by criminals, etc., than their existing system, as I don't see much change.
 
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oOOOo       11/9/2007 9:21:39 AM
"shell casings and bullets, have the distinct mark of this rifle, making it easy to detect illegal use."
 
To me that suggests a unique rifling pattern leaving a distinctive mark on any slugs shot from a fx-05 barrel, as well as a unique stamp from the fx-05 firing pin. Thus any slugs or cartridges cycled through Xiuhcoatl should scream fx-05 to forensic ballistic analysis. wiki pic etc
 
Do they take it a step further and have a SERIES of unique rifling and pin signatures coupled with detailed, accurate, and useful records of weapon issue to narrow a search for an illegal source?
 
Would any of that matter to someone willing to acquire and use illegal weapons in Mexico? Seems to me the current Mexican conflict is more about firepower and influen$e than the strength of legal casework.
 
The zero imports factor is a nicely effective bit of protectionism from our erstwhile nafta partner.
 
 
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ker       11/9/2007 12:37:02 PM
If a "Fire Serpent" shows up some where you know that it came from a military only manufacture.  So selling the weapoons for export or to mexican users on a black market will bring less moeny.  The weapon hast to stay hidden.  There is a difference between not being able to let people check serieal numbers and not being able to let people see the weapons profile.  It creats complications. 
 
None of this means much unless the Mexican military jumps on cases of missplaced weapons.  If they are agresive in their inforcment the uniuqe weapon helps.
 
A more important implication is the difficulty for misplaced troops. If a squad is moon lighting with or with out the consent of their comanders they need to think about evedence they leave behind more.  Troops who have spare weapons or brass cacthers will raise suspicions. 
 
The idea of microscopic varieations in the firerring pins, extractors and ejectors that would not only let investigators conect a spent round with a weapon but search and index of weapons and know where that weapon should have been at the time is meaningfull.  Most likely you could not determin the serial number of the weapon in question but it's location and aproximit time of manufacture. That could lead to the unit it was isued too. 
 
Dream solution is a bar code inprinted in the rifing and the front of the bolt that numbers each bulit and casing with the weapons number.  Then you issue shells with tagents in the propelent and lead.  Big brother should go to South of the border.
 
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Horsesoldier       11/10/2007 9:23:18 AM
If a "Fire Serpent" shows up some where you know that it came from a military only manufacture.  So selling the weapoons for export or to mexican users on a black market will bring less moeny.  The weapon hast to stay hidden.  There is a difference between not being able to let people check serieal numbers and not being able to let people see the weapons profile.  It creats complications. 
 
I don't think the 7.62x51 caliber G3 or 5.56mm M16 type weapons currently in use by different units of the Mexican military were ever legal for civilian ownership in Mexico, so my question is how is the new rifle any different.  The other weapons would also have to be hidden from the authorities as well, etc., unless I am misunderstanding how Mexican firearms laws work.
 
The only specific benefit I can see is that it sort of resets the clock on the military misplacing its weapons, and does rule out any possibility of mistaking a black market Mexican military rifle as coming from some other source, like AR-15s being smuggled south across the border from the US or G3s being smuggled in from other nations using those weapons in Latin America like El Salvador.
 
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davod    Money   11/11/2007 7:23:17 AM
"The FX-05 was designed and developed in 16 months by two army generals."
 
Who will retire on the profits.
 
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