Canadian C7A2 Rifle

Tipped off by a buddy:

It’s the Canadian C7A2 rifle, basically an M16 with an M4-like collapsible stock.

In the comments on the post that inspired the tip, regular Heartless Libertarian noted:

I built my wife an AR in that configuration (she’s a foot shorter than me, so the collapsible stock lets us both shoot it). The long barrel still makes it awkward for room clearing (yes, I’ve done it in my own house, just to see) and nose heavy, a trait which would only get worse if you add stuff like tac-lights and PAQ-4s/PEQ-2s.

I didn’t think of the balance issue. That certainly seems like it could be a problem, especially considering that you’re only saving a couple of inches by going with the collapsible stock in the first place.

On the other hand, the Canadians certainly seem to be performing quite well in Afghanistan. Does anyone know how many of the Canadian troops use the A2? What has the feedback from the guys in the field been?

Pic from Colt Canada.


  1. I have seen US personnel who were carrying the full barreled M16 place the rifle at maybe a 45 degree angle and put the stock over their shoulder, while still keeping the cheek near the stock for a decent sight picture. When the person you are shooting is in the same room, that would seem like plenty of accuracy.

  2. That’s how my SWAT buddies taught me to clear rooms with an M16. You’re only shooting at someone a few feet away, it’s entirely reflexive.

  3. The Army is developing it now – they will probably make it a smaller caliber with a shorter barrel so they can add more accessories.

  4. I worked in and around Kandahar (SE Stan) from Early August 2006 until 5/16/07. The Kandahar Airfield (KAF) is the hub for the Coalition in SE Stan and was about a mile across the desert from the base I was stationed at. Canadian Forces provided the bulk of the Coalition Ground muscle in Kandahar Province, and had a correspondingly large presence at KAF as well as operating the Povincial Resconstruction Team (PRT) and Joint Command Centers (JCC) in Kandahar. There was also a significant CanFor presence stationed at our base. I saw very few long barreled, adjustable stocked C7s while I was there (for a variety of reasons, I had an extensive interaction with CanFors in all locations). The bulk of C7s I saw were fixed stock/long barrel with quite a few C7/M4 varients present as well. My favorite C7 story? I was standing around with my Security Team, waiting for our Principals outside an Ops Center at KAF one blistering early fall day last year. There were two prominent prefab concrete speed bumps in the dirt road in front of the OPs Center; a Canadian Trooper came by in a six wheeled ATV (the kind with a small bed over the back four wheels). He hit the second speed bump WAY to fast and bounced the back of his ATV off the ground. He also threw the C7 in the bed of the ATV out into the road! Unaware of what he’d done………he drove on down the road. I ran over and grabbed the C7, hopped into one of our armored F250s with one of my drivers and chased the Trooper down. Talk about pasty faced, when we caught up with him and gave him his rifle back! LOL! Guess his unit command wouldn’t have viewed losing his rifle with much humor!

  5. Pretty much seems to me like a M16A4 with stock adjustable for user proportions and body armor, as said, so I’m not sure how it would perform any different from the M16s in US military use. (I’ve handled M4 types at Fleet Week, but for some reason — 5’4, presumably normal proportions, and glasses? — rear-mounted scope and short stock do not go well together for me… admittedly doesn’t make me think too positively of the C7A2 setup.)