Enhanced Battle Rifle

Happened across this picture this weekend:

SEKEIK, Iraq (October 17, 2006) – Sgt. Chris Walsh, from the Wyoming Army National Guard Police Training Team, provides overwatch security for fellow Soldiers in Sekeik, Iraq. Photo by Spc. Billy Brothers.

The weapon appears to be an Enhanced Battle Rifle by Sage International. I checked one of these out at February’s SHOT Show, but hadn’t seen pics of one in use in Iraq (except in Sage’s literature) until now.

It’s based on the good old M14 but adds modern goodies like a collapsible stock and MIL-1913 rails for use with today’s gadgets. This would seem to make a nearly perfect Designated Marksman weapon. Standard M14s and M1As are used by many in the squad DM role, as are flat top M16s accurized with better barrels and other enhancements.

Designated Marksmen generally have scopes and are used at the squad level in “sniper lite” and counter-sniper roles as needed. They fill the gap between standard riflemen and specialized snipers.

Any thoughts on the Sage EBR? You can get a better look by clicking on the image above, or you can see an even larger version by clicking here. Originally found at ARCENT.


  1. The Sage EBR is pretty sweet and seriously enhances the old platform, but maintenance is pretty tough. I spent a little time with one about a month ago and field stripping and cleaning take a considerable amount of time. Don’t forget your allen wrenches either.

  2. I like it but not a big fan of a collapsible stock on a rifle that powerful. A fixed stock with a big buffer spring would significantly reduce recoil and muzzle climb. Can we just order about a million of them and chuck the M16?

  3. I like the idea of the spring buffer, Bram. That technology, which is used in the .50 cal sniper rifle, is one of the reasons I can’t believe we still arm our guys with those damn .22 cal pop guns. It seems to me that if you built a spring/damper system into the stock, it would become easy for our guys to shoot some heavy hitting stuff like magnum rounds. Maybe they could make the mechanisim trigger activated so you could still cave a terrorist’s face in with the stock if you had the misfortune of getting that close to one of the maggots.

  4. Dfens – Yes a spring-buffer makes heavier calibers manageable. It also kills one of the arguments against the M-14 40 years ago – that the recoil of the 7.62 NATO was too much for women soldiers and our small-statured Vietnamese allies.

  5. Yeah, that’s exactly what the M-16 is, a weapon for the least common denominator. I have no problem at all with them designing airplanes to fit as many sizes and shapes as possible. Since it’s my tax dollars, I want the best at flying the airplane flying the airplane, not someone who happens to be the same size as the dude that designed the thing. When it comes to infantry, on the other hand, screw the political correctness crap, size matters. In hand to hand combat size really matters as does upper body strength. My wife can shoot an M-16 without any problems and I have to tie a rope around her waist to keep her from blowing away in a strong breeze. Our guys were shooting 30-06s in the last war we won.