Its name is AGADA, Hebrew for “Legend”, and it promises to break “with a 500-year-old rifle design tradition”. CAA USA, a company already known for its micro conversion kits such as the one for Polymer80 GLOCK models, has teased some details of the innovative AGADA PCC rifle via the company’s YouTube Channel – the rifle will be officially unveiled at the next NASGW Expo on October 26-29, 2021.
You can watch the video to learn more, but for those in a hurry we are giving away some spoilers below.
Video: AGADA rifle features
AGADA rifle, shooting from a “boxing position”
In the video LTC. (Ret.) Mikey Hartman, CEO of CAA USA, introduces the various components of the gun. In detail, the AGADA features a fire control group design that, according to the manufacturer, “exploits the natural flow of the arm in the boxing position by using a downward pull to activate the very light 2.5 lbs. trigger pull. The ergonomic forward grip is off-set and angled forward and can quickly be adjusted to any shooter’s specific requirements without removal from the rail.”
The adjustable cheekpiece also provides an increased surface area that keeps the shooter’s head in an optimal upright position while the stock is resting against the shoulder. The folding stock folds to the opposite side and the rifle will be capable of firing when folded.
Thanks to its oversized opening the magwell allows faster mag insertions. The AGADA will have an incorporated last-round, bolt-hold-open with release lever feature. There will be two safeties - one in the pistol grip and the other an ambidextrous safety in the lower.
The patent-pending AGADA rifle will use a gas blow-back operation and will be available for right and left-hand shooters. It will also use 9 mm and, in the future, 10 mm GLOCK magazines, as well as CAA USA proprietary magazines. It will be available in three basic configurations: 16-inch rifle, 10-inch NFA SBR and 10-inch Carbine with faux suppressor pinned and welded to an OAL of 16-inches. They state that MSRP is expected to be $899, but they don't specify for which configurations.
Hartman explains the rationale behind the design: “Most of my 22-year military career I spent training the IDF army on how to shoot a rifle. When I established the marksmanship / sharpshooting school and wrote the shooting doctrine, I tried to find a system that would prepare each and every soldier for combat and to achieve the desired outcome. The very way soldiers held their rifles always frustrated me, whether it was a Galil, M4 or Tavor. The gun is just not designed for the human body. We, by definition, must contort our body to hold the pistol grip, pull trigger, hold forward grip, and even place our head on the stock / cheekpiece. When we started to design our new rifle, I did so with that in mind and adjusted, sometimes radically, every point of contact of our body with the rifle. It will be the most comfortable gun you will ever hold. That I guarantee.”
We at all4shooters.com have a soft spot for innovative firearms. If it's not a joke – in fact some doubts may arise – we are quite curious to see the actual AGADA rifle in action...