Originally Posted By Shaffer:
Because when announced, was not the Masada touted as being developed in a shot period of time? And how long ago was that?
The working prototype, using hand fitted parts and rapid prototyping plastics, was developed in 90 days. That's awfully fast for a proof of concept from a small design firm like Magpul. However, going from those initial prototypes to a fully manufacture-ready, soldier-tested individual weapon system takes years of effort. There just isn't any way to shortcut this, especially if the effort is self-funded (meaning no .gov money) and not specifically tied to a contractable program.
For airsoft, Magpul could have done the R&D and been to market in 90 days. Components, batteries, barrels, etc, are all standardized. It would just have been packaging everything into an ACR-looking shell.