For Sale: Crossfire AR15/12 Gauge Pump over/under rifle. Rifle was purchased new from the factory, and is in the box. MFG by Saco Defense in Maine ISO-9001. I have never fired this rifle, and it comes complete.
Priced to sell at
plus $20 shipped to your FFL. NOW $900!
16 Inch 1/9 Twist AR15 Barrel, Hammer Forged by Saco Defense, NATO 5.56
18 Inch 12 Gauge barrel, Hammer Forged by Saco Defense
Lower Handguard rail
1-30 Round included (Accepts all AR15/M16 Mags)
2-4 round 12ga mags included (will accept 3 inch shells)
Video, Owners Manual, and Sling Included
3 Choke Tubes from the Factory
quick-detachable swivel bases
Length 37.5 inches
Please e-mail me with all questions!
From Guns Magazine, Oct 2000 by Holt Bodinson
Designed as a tactical weapon, this unique part-rifle, part-shotgun is great for turkey and varmint hunting as well.
Designed by Crossfire and engineered by Saco Defense, the Crossfire MK-1 is a .223/12 gauge over/under, selective fire, repeating, pump action rifle/shotgun. We first heard about the Crossfire last year. but as is often the case with new designs, production was delayed.
Staying in communication with Bob Gates, Crossfire's National Sales Manager, we waited over a year while the firearm was slightly re-engineered at Saco Defense for ease of production. Saco, by the way, manufactures all the Weatherby rifle lines, as well as the MK-19 automatic 40mm grenade launcher and the M2 and M60 machine guns. As might be expected, this defense contractor produces firearms under strict ISO-9001 quality control standards.
The production models are now flowing and available for purchase, and we were pleased to get one of the first production units available.
As might be expected, the origins of the Crossfire lie in the law enforcement and military communities. Here is a dual caliber, repeating firearm system that has obvious applications for executive protection, SWAT operations, prison or embassy security, close-quarter urban combat and routine police patrol duties. These are all operations that could benefit from giving the participants an immediate choice of either a rifle or a shotgun or, in the case of the shotgun, a choice between lethal or non-lethal ammunition.
As a hunter, I was interested in the sporting attributes of the Crossfire. Sportsmen have enjoyed combination rifle/shotguns for at least two centuries. SxS or O/U combination guns were not uncommon throughout the muzzleloading period, and more recently, sporting models like the Germanic drillings or our own Savage O/Us go to the field daily.
Having the choice of either a rifle or a shotgun with the push of a button is a real plus in many types of hunting. Having a repeating shotgun and a repeating rifle at your command with a flick of the switch is simply revolutionary.
The greatest limitations of our traditional crop of combination sporting guns are that they offer only one or two shots with a particular caliber and they're typically built on hinged, break-open type frames. Not so with the Crossfire.
Fully loaded, the Crossfire carries a four-round, removable, 12 gauge rubber-coated magazine that forms the comb of the stock. The magazine and chamber accept either 2 3/4" or 3" shells. The magazine well of the .223 rifle portion of the Crossfire can accommodate any AR-15 or M-16 style magazine, although the factory-supplied sporting magazine, that seats flush with the magazine well, holds only five rounds.
The action of the Crossfire is actually two independent actions with separate, reciprocating, multi-lugged bolts, fired by a single trigger. The selector switch on the left side of the action has three clearly marked positions. In the center, which is a raised, tactile type tab, the Crossfire is on "safe". Depressing and pushing the switch up activates the shotgun mechanism and moving it all the way down engages the rifle.
Movement of the selector switch is firm enough to minimize the possibility that the switch could be accidentally moved from the desired setting, whether during carry or handling. There is also an action release tab housed within the front sight band between the two barrels. Pushing forward on the tab releases the slide, thereby allowing the action to be cycled for loading, firing and unloading.
The shotgun barrel is 18" long and is supplied with three "Invector" style choke tubes -- F, M and IC or Skeet. The Crossfire choke tube wrench is rather interesting. It's a simple flat piece of black-oxidized metal with the relevant choke tube "notch" codes clearly engraved into it. What a great idea! The little wrench also carries a handy key-chain ring at one end.
The rifle barrel is 16" long and is chambered to NATO 5.56mm standards, The twist is 1:9 and will stabilize the standard NATO SS109 bullet as well as some heavier hunting bullets. Both barrels are hammer forged by Saco.
The top of the Crossfire receiver carries an integral -- and increasingly universal -- Picatinny rail that can accommodate open sights, scopes, red dots, night vision devices and frankly, any optical device that can be secured by Weaver-type mounts. As supplied by the factory, the Crossfire comes with a detachable, ghost ring aperture rear sight that is adjustable for windage with the help of a screwdriver. The M-16 type, post front sight is adjustable for elevation by depressing the pin lock with the point of a bullet and rotating the post up or down.
The composite stock of the Crossfire actually wraps around the receiver and makes up the butt stock, pistol grip, trigger guard and magazine well. The composite forearm features an accessory rail that could carry white light or laser devices as well as a forward assist handle that we found indispensable to the operation of the gun. The Crossfire carries quick-detachable swivel bases and is supplied with a nylon sling.
The Crossfire is supplied in either an overall pleasing black oxide finish or Realtree Hardwoods camouflage. Weight runs about 9 lbs. and overall length is 37 1/2".
Careful attention is necessary to become proficient with loading, unloading, firing and safely handling the Crossfire. The company not only includes a clear and detailed owner's manual, but also an invaluable video tape that thoroughly covers the operation of the Crossfire, After you have viewed an instructional video like Crossfire's, you have to wonder why every manufacturer doesn't include one with their firearms.
Will consider trade for NEW ar15 from RRA, Bushmaster, Armalite, or Colt.
BTT with new price of $900.