Hi guys, thanks for tuning in to another
video on ForgottenWeapons.com. I’m Ian McCollum, and I am out here at the range today courtesy of the Morphy Auction Company up in Pennsylvania, and we have an Ultimax Mark 3 light machine gun here. This is a gun that was designed for Singapore
by a guy named James Sullivan, or Jim Sullivan. He is one of the engineers who was originally involved
in basically downscaling the AR-10 into the AR-15 design. He worked at Armalite for a while, and then he went off and
did some work on this gun and a couple others for Singapore. And the really interesting thing about this gun is it utilises,
in fact it pioneered, the concept of constant recoil. And that is the idea that the bolt never
fully impacts the back of the receiver, and so instead of a staccato series of impacts on your
shoulder, the recoil from this thing is basically one single continuous, steady push. And that makes it far more
controllable than a lot of other light machine guns. So, we see this today in guns like the Knight’s Armament
light assault machine gun, but this is where it all started. So, this is the first time I’ve had a
chance to actually shoot one of these. I’m really curious to see what
it works like, so let’s dive right in. That is exactly what constant recoil is advertised as
doing, that just sits there while you fire. It is really cool. Alright. Now, shooting this from the
ground is one thing, but to really get an idea for how effective that constant recoil
system is we need to shoot it standing up. It really is just as nice from the shoulder as it is from
the ground. Constant recoil systems are just awesome. Alright, I have more ammo. But I know
what my thoughts are on constant recoil guns, I’m curious to get someone else’s thoughts
on constant recoil. So let’s find someone who’s got some experience, perhaps with older
machine guns, and see what she thinks of it. Mae? – I heard you need a second opinion.
– I do need a second opinion. – OK. Alright, she’s already locked back. – Boom.
– Thank you very much.
– You’re welcome. – Seems straightforward. Well.
– You seem to like that. – Just a little bit.
– You’ve emptied the entire drum.
– Was I not supposed to? – Now the gun’s smoking.
– Is it supposed to? I’ve never quite experienced something like that before. I mean I’ve shot 5.56 from the shoulder before,
and I know there’s going to be some recoil, but the fact that constant pressure, you just
don’t feel it after the first shot. It’s amazing. – So it really is a real thing, it’s not just me?
– No – Like thinking that it’s gonna happen
and then it really is there. – Like effectively all you’re really controlling
is a little bit of vibration, but that’s about it. Otherwise, it’s like you said, I didn’t feel any
difference in pressure against my shoulder. It was absolutely constant
the whole way. That’s incredible. – It’s like a garden hose. And that’s the short little stubby jumpy
barrel too. That’s not the full length barrel for this thing. – What’s the full length barrel supposed to be?
– 16, 20, I think. – That’s impressive, that really is. – So the question arises, I suppose,
as to why more people don’t do this? – Well, I mean … are they produced like consistently?
Like is it something that they tend to manufacture and it tends to come
out perfect every time in production? – Yes.
– OK. – It is simply a combination of proper design elements,
but the issue is, as best I’ve been able to to figure it out, the issue is that this is only a thing in full-auto.
Constant recoil in semi-auto is meaningless.
– Right. – Because semi-auto is always going
to be bang, bang, bang, one at a time.
– There’s no point to it. – There aren’t actually that many light machine guns out there
that are intended for full-auto only that are newer than this. This dates to the 1970s, and if you think about
the light machine guns that are currently in use, you’ve got things like the FN Minimi, maybe the M240, both of which are older than this. And militaries are really happy with
those, and so they’re not replacing them. And so there isn’t a huge market for a new
design. … I think a lot of militaries think that this, the constant recoil thing, doesn’t really justify
replacing an entire fleet of light machine guns. – I don’t know, I feel like that
justifies it. Just the feel alone. – I kind of do too. So the Ultimax was the one that
really set this up, like the Ultimax was the first. And then today we have the Knight’s Armament light assault
machine gun. That’s even nicer than this to be honest … that is sweet. Yeah, so this was actually my first
time shooting an Ultimax as well. – How did you feel about it?
– I rate this a 10 out of 10, this thing is awesome. – I’d have to agree with you on that
one. It’s beautiful, it really was. – Would you take it into combat? – Absolutely. Are you kidding me? It’s the ultimate Ultimax.
– Yeah, it’s pretty nice. Alright, well, thanks for watching guys, hopefully you
enjoyed the video. If you are looking for an Ultimax, this one is coming up for sale at the Morphy
Auction House in their October of 2019 Extraordinary Firearms auction, along
with a whole slew of other machine guns. A big thanks to them for letting
us bring it out to the range here. I wanted to shoot it some, I think
Mae enjoyed shooting it as well.
– We appreciate it guys. – Thanks for watching.
– Bye. Sorry guys, I owe you a mag dump don’t I? Well, we went ahead
and put the long barrel on because it’s a nice cool barrel. We’re gonna go ahead and dump
30 rounds through it, but to be honest, I’ve always kind of wanted a show
on the History Channel, and I figured if I want to get them interested in working
with me, I need to do something a little different, I need to appeal to what the
History Channel’s interested in. So, instead of me doing a mag dump,
I’ve invited a Sasquatch to do a mag dump. […] There’s your ammo. Barp.