It’s been nearly five years since the peculiar L5 rifle design was unveiled, which drew a lot of attention from firearm enthusiasts and the like due to its unique look and mechanism. Will it, however, live up to its initial hype and make it into the hands of the military?

Made in Colorado

Martin Grier invented the five-barrel electronic rifle in his garage in Colorado Springs, for which he spent $500,000 out of his pocket. His efforts were not in vain when the Army noticed his craft and requested a prototype for testing in 2018 as a potential replacement for the current service rifle.

Grier’s initial prototype weighs 6.5 pounds, less than half the weight of the Army’s current lightweight M4 Carbine. Its lightweight is primarily due to the rifle’s use of electronics rather than traditional mechanics, which eliminates the use of bolts and pistons.

“A multibore firearm, with several bores within a single barrel, could potentially exhibit many of the advantages of a multibarrel design, while reducing the size, weight, and complexity disadvantages,” reads Grier’s patent application.