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P360 Azrael

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P360 Azreal

Type

Semi-automatic pistol

Place of origin

Etoile Arcture

Service history

In service

2009 - present

Used by

See Users

Production history

Designer

Sequoia Weaponworks

Designed

2005-2008

Manufacturer

Sequoia Weaponworks

Unit cost

US$850

Number built

Shucks, so many

Variants

Subcompact, Compact, Combat,
Tactical, Match

Specifications

Weight

0.67 kg (Subcompact)
0.73 kg (Compact)
0.81 kg (Combat)
0.88 kg (Tactical)
0.92 kg (Match)

Length

164 mm (Subcompact)
178 mm (Compact)
200 mm (Combat)
224 mm (Tactical)
235 mm (Match)

Barrel length

83 mm (Subcompact)
99 mm barrel (Compact)
113 mm barrel (Combat)
125 mm barrel (Tactical)
127 mm barrel (Match)


Cartridge

  • 6.5×25 mm CBJ

  • 9×19 mm Parabellum

  • Action

    short recoil operated,
    Browning-type tilting barrel

    Rate of fire

    200 rounds/min practical

    Effective firing range

    50 m vs point target,
    200 m vs area target

    Maximum firing range

    400 m

    Feed system

    13 rounds (Subcompact)
    15 rounds (Compact, Combat)
    18 rounds (Tactical, Match)

    Sights

    square blade and rear
    notch 3-dot combat w/
    tritium inserts, dovetail
    mount

    The P360 "Azreal" is a fully ambidextrous, short recoil-operated, locked breech, single- and double-action, semi-automatic, magazine fed handgun. It is chambered in the 6.5×25mm CBJ cartridge to defeat enemy manpower protected by body armour up through NIJ Level III at ranges up to 50 metres. This round closely resembles the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge both in terms of dimensions and firing impulse, and the P360 can be easily converted to fire conventional 9mm ammunition by a simple barrel change.
    The P360 builds on the earlier successful family of P270 "Diablo" handguns, which it replaces in production, and shares the same modified Browning-type operating system, magazine feed system and user controls. The P360 is manufactured to be lighter, tougher and more durable, featuring improved ergonomics, while delivering superior accuracy and controllability with a double action/single action trigger for high first round and follow-up hit probability. It can be carried as the offensive pistol for special forces, concealed carry for protection officers, a hold out pistol for aircrew, and as a duty weapon for military and law enforcement.

    Design


    Partially disseambled P360 showing the steel slide and barrel, recoil spring/guide
    rod, polymer frame, detached backstrap insert, stainless steel magazine, and
    9mm Parabellum and 6.25mm CBJ ammunition for comparison.

    Action

    The P360 is striker fired, with an internal firing pin safety and exposed spurless hammer. The operating system is based on a modified Browning-type linkless cam-locked breech action using a shaped cam to withdraw the barrel from engagement with the slide. The rifled barrel is secured in place by a steel cross pin to the frame and fits to the chamber, locking surfaces and a rear unlocking lug, that also controls movement of the slide and ejection port. The recoil buffer is a captive dual recoil spring system, this being a buffering spring telescoping a piston containing a return spring fixed to the forward stop underneath the barrel.

    Trigger

    The two-stage Match trigger has a short and light pull, with a bit of take-up followed by a crisp and sudden let off and very short trigger reset suited to combat shooting. The trigger operates in either single-action mode with a manual safety engaged to block the hammer and a pull of the trigger required to release it; or double-action mode with or without the manual safety engaged, where the hammer is decocked or half-cocked and requires a pull of the trigger at the full length of the draw to cock the hammer and release it to strike the firing pin. After a double-action pull all follow up shots are then made with a single-action trigger that is reset to double-action by reengagement of the safety.

    Safeties

    In single-action mode the pistol can be carried cocked-and-locked at Condition One (round chambered, hammer cocked, and safety on) for instant employment, or in double-action mode with hammer down for the first round. These modes are controlled from a frame-mounted multifunctional manual safety/decocking lever that disconnects the trigger and hammer and blocks the firing pin, and has three positions for safe, fire and decocked. For added security against inadvertent or negligent discharge an additional trigger safety lever can also be optionally actuated that locks the trigger from moving backwards and must be depressed first to release and fire the weapon. A loaded chamber indicator is located atop the slide just behind the ejection port that engages whenever a cartridge is in the chamber, and is a non-protruding red coated pin that can also be felt by touch in the dark.

    Barrel

    The cold-hammer forged steel barrel is of two piece construction and has a chromium plated rifled polygonal bore that reduces deformation of the bullet and enhances velocity. The polygonal rifling is six grooved with a right hand twist with one turn in 9⅘ in (250 mm), that lack corners at the bottom of the grooves where fouling may otherwise accumulate. A low barrel bore axis and crisp trigger pull reduces felt recoil and muzzle flip for greater accuracy on the first shot and multi-shot strings, allowing faster indexing of the front sight during follow-up shots.

    Receiver

    The single piece grip, frame and receiver is made of durable, abrasion and impact-resistant DuPont Zytel Super Tough ST-8018 polymer (14% short glass-fibre reinforced Nylon 66 polyamide) moulded over a lightweight stainless steel chassis. This chassis consists of a reinforcement insert for the frame and a pair of guiding rails that provide a frictionless bearing surface along which the slide rides during operation. The slide has a case hardening/corrosion resistant salt bath carbonitriding Tenifer or Melonite matt non-glare black surface finish for maximum durability. Internal metal parts, including springs, are coated with a special Dow Corning anti-corrosion process to reduce friction and wear.
    The slide, barrel, breech and bolt is milled from a solid billet of AISA 416 chromium-nickel stainless steel by computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery. The slide has a rounded snag-free shape that is radiused and smoothed with bezelled corners to allow easy draw from a holster. Deep widely spaced cocking serrations on the front and rear ends provide superior grip when handling with wet or gloved hands. A MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny/STANAG 2324 accessory rail and universal mounting groove are moulded underneath the barrel on the front reciever for use with tactical accessories including LED flashlights, visible light/infrared laser illuminators, etc.

    Grip

    The grip has been designed for maximum ergonomic comfort, having an optimal grip angle of 111°, finger grooves, a frame recess with deep ergonomic thumb notch, recessed ambidextrous control levers for a snag-free slim profile, an oversized rounded trigger guard (some models having a recurved hook for the index finger of the supporting hand to allow a firm two-handed grip), and an extended grip at the tang (beavertail) to protect the shooting hand against slide bite and allow a higher grip of the weapon. These features combine with a low barrel bore axis and balanced weight of the slide to encourage a natural hold that distributes recoil evenly over the web of the hand, reducing muzzle flip and aiding fast acquisition of the line of sight.
    The grip can be individually tailored to a users preferences with removable curved backstrap inserts (palmswells) and side panel pistol grips of different sizes and thicknesses to fit an operator's hand. The side panels are made of Carbon Kevlar (a carbon-fibre and Kevlar aramid fibre mixed weave in an epoxy resin matrix.) They do not shrink, warp, crack or splinter under stress like rubber or wood, are stippled for a firm grip, and will protect the firer's hand from an explosive slam-fire failure of the weapon.

    Feed

    The feed system is a tapered double column magazine that loads into a bevelled polymer framed magazine well. It is designed for quick operation with finger recesses on both sides of the magazine well to ease manual extraction of the magazine, and the magazine release lever recessed into the finger groove in the grip. The magazines are constructed from corrosion resistant stainless steel polished to a No. 8 mirror finish for frictionless drop free operation. A black polymer floor plate provides an extended finger rest and are fitted with a rubber pad to aid fast combat reloading (i.e. by slamming of the magazine into the feed).

    Ammunition

    The weapon can fire 6.5×25mm CBJ or 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition with a simple barrel change. The 6.5×25mm CBJ cartridge has the same overall dimensions as the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge and generates the same level of firing impulse but has superior loadings and ballistics. The cartridge case is of aluminium alloy weighing only 5 g. The projectile of the standard ball round is a high ballistic coefficient 4 mm sub-calibre spitzer tip tungsten bullet weighing 2 g (31 grains) held in a plastic sabot, fired at a muzzle velocity of 830 m/s from a 200 mm barrel, or 780 m/s from a 125 mm pistol barrel. The round offers superior penetration to 5.56x45mm NATO SS109/M855 ball ammunition, and is effective against most grades of body armour, automobile panels and even lightly-armoured vehicles.
    Advantages of the 6.5×25mm CBJ cartridge over 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition include a high impact velocity, a high hit probability due to flat trajectory, high energy transfer to the target and low levels of barrel wear and corrosion. As well as the ball round, other loadings include: a "Löffelspitz" or spoon-tip ball (ST) for more rapid yawing on impact, a high energy transfer (HET) full-calibre hollow-point bullet for reduced penetration, a heavy full-calibre subsonic armour-piercing round (Subsonic AP), a reduced penetration training loading (TRP) with a saboted tungsten powder bullet to match the trajectory of the ball round, and a full-calibre frangible load for short-range training and close combat, which matches the trajectory of the HET. In addition, blank and drill rounds are produced.

    Sights

    The slide is milled with dovetails that will accept a wide variety of factory and aftermarket sights. The supplied sight is a low mounted Partridge type three-dot combat sight with a rear notch adjustable for windage (1 click per 0.5 MOA) and a front blade. The sights are CNC-machined from lightweight solid billet 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum alloy. There is one large front dot and two rear dots, each being a glass lamp filled with pressurized tritium gas that glows a bright green at night or in low light, while inlaid white rings provide a white dot in daylight.

    Accessories


    Suppressor

    The Sequoia Weaponworks Suppressor is a quick attach/detach combined muzzle compensator and sound suppressor that reduces noise, flash and recoil. It is mounted by muzzle threads and can be attached/detached without affecting weapon accuracy or zero. The suppressor consists of an outer body of lightweight hard matt black anodised 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum alloy, and inner vortex generating baffles for diffusing muzzle propellant gases consisting one symmetrical blast baffle of ordnance grade MIL-A 46100 steel armour plate and several asymmetrical baffles of 2024-T3 aluminium alloy separated by spacers. The suppressor is dry and maintenance-free in operation and can reduce recoil by 50%, sound signature to 28-33 decibels (dB), and muzzle flash by 100%.

    Illuminator

    MK 2 Multifunction Illuminator

    Weight

    90.5 g

    Construction

    Zytel polyamide nylon resin

    Lens

    moulded glass aspheric lens

    Laser driver type(s)

    laser diode & infra-red emitting diode

    Device type

    light emitting diode

    Peak power

    7mW

    Rating

    Class IIIb, Eye Safe, Continuous Wave

    Wavelength

    infra-red @ 830nm (Green)
    visible white light @ 650nm

    Intensity

    visible white light @ 200 lumens, 6000K

    Beam divergence

    0.5 mrad

    Range

    visible white light @ 50 m flashlight
    30 m spot in daylight
    200 m in low-light/total darkness
    infra-red @ 50 m spot night or day

    Adjustment

    windage and elevation

    Power source

    2 x CR123A 3V 1550 mAh lithium cells

    Battery life

    4+ hours of constant laser runtime
    7+ hours of pulsing laser runtime
    1½+ hours of laser and visible light runtime
    20+ hours of constant visible illumination

    Operating temperature

    -10 °C~+50 °C

    The Emerson Optronics MK 2 Multifunction Illuminator is a combination white light/infra-red solid state Class IIIb laser aiming module weighing only 90.5 g. It is housed in a fully sealed, ruggerised, weather-proof engineering polymer housing and is mountable to its host weapon by a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail. The laser module is fully self-contained including separate visible white light and infra-red laser diodes, integrated laser driver circuits to drive each system, a surface polished glass aspherical wide-angle optical lens, and a diopter focus ring. Each laser can be boresighted to the weapon with full adjustment for windage and elevation, and will retain zero when the unit is removed and remounted. A three-position activator switch lever on the module is positioned just forward of the trigger guard for finger-tip operation, or the illuminator can be controlled using a remote cable switch or pressure pad attached to the pistol grip.
    The laser diodes produce a peak power of 7 milliwatts (mW) adjustable by a temperature compensating circuit to ensure a constant eye-safe power output level of 650 nanometres (nm) of visible light or 830 nm of infra-red light. The visible light laser diode is selectable between two visible light modes: flashlight mode (6000K white light, 200 lumens high-intensity brightness, range 50 metres) and aiming spot mode (white 0.5-mrad beam, range 30 metres in daylight and 200 metres in low-light/total darkness). The infra-red laser diode has a single aiming spot mode (green 0.5-mrad beam, range 50 metres) and is clearly visible to 2nd and 3rd generation night vision goggles and scopes. Both the visible and infra-red modes allow facial recognition at 25 metres. The battery system provides approximately 20 hours of constant visible illumination or 4 hours of infra-red illumination running on two standard CR123A 3V rechargeable 1550 mAh lithium camera batteries.

    Users


    Etoile Arcture

    • Etoile Arcture Ground Forces

    • Etoile Arcture Aerospace Forces

    • Etoile Arcture Maritime Forces

    • Etoile Arcture Special Forces

    • Etoile Arcture Gendarmerie Force

    • Police Service of Etoile Arcture

    Arcturia

    • Armée de Terre

    • Service Aéronautique

    • Force Navale

    • Force Marine

    • Forces Spéciales

    • Corps des Marine

    • Service Gendarmerie

    • Sécurité intérieure

    Astograth

    • Astograthian Army

    The Albertania

    • Albertanian Army

    Eothasia

    • Crowned Eothasi Army

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    Specifications (P360 Combat)


    • Cartridge: 6.5×25 mm CBJ, 9×19 mm Parabellum

    • Action: short recoil operated, Browning-type tilting barrel

    • Locking: locked breech

    • Weight: 0.81 kg loaded (15 rounds)

    • Overall length: 200 mm

    • Barrel length: 113 mm

    • Muzzle device: ?

    • Feed type: 15-round, detachable box magazine, double column

    • Sights: square blade and rear notch, 3-dot combat w/ tritium inserts, dovetail mount

    • Muzzle velocity: 870 m/s

    • Effective range:

      • 50 m vs point target

      • 200 m vs area target

    • Safety/selector automatic firing pin block, trigger safety, decocker/safety lever, loaded chamber indicator

    • Rate of fire: 200 rpm practical

    • Trigger: DA/SA (double action/single action

    • Trigger pull: 22.24-35.6 N double action, 17.8-26.7 N single action

    • Unit replacement cost: US$850

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