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M+M10X: When a Swiss Reservist Designs a Rifle for the American Marksman

By Oleg Volk

What happens when a Swiss reservist who is also an engineer and a shooting enthusiast designs a rifle for the American marksman? M+M10x, that’s what! Michael Meier applied more than 15 years of experience with manufacturing and engineering parts for Swiss rifles and AK variants to the task, along with his consideration for the preferences of the users. True to its name, 10x is a precision self-loading rifle with a crisp 3.5-pound trigger and a nitrided barrel capable of holding 1 MOA with match ammunition. As a nod to its Swiss roots, the rifle features an adjustable gas regulator and a Magpul Zhukov variable-length folding stock that actually improves on the SIG 550 design. Also improving on the 550 is the ambidextrous safety selector that’s easily reachable with an average size hand. For the well-equipped American user, the 18-inch monolithic Picatinny rail on top and M-LOK slots all around the forend give ample room for every accessory possibly desired.

M+M10x is chambered for 7.62x39mm, a solid short- to medium-range defensive cartridge available both in match and cheap range fodder forms. Around the world, it’s one of the most common rounds for a good reason. The rifle uses inexpensive and robust AK magazines. The mag latch is a part that M+M also sells to AK owners to improve the seating of magazines. It’s designed to adjust to magazines of inconsistent dimensions and hold them in precisely the same position for more reliable feeding. Unlike the AK, this rifle was intended from the start to be an accurate individual weapon. To that end, it was built from the ground up to accept optics and to shoot accurately enough to make magnified sights worthwhile. Crisp and consistent, the trigger feels lighter than its actual 4.5 pounds of pull.

The heart of this rifle is a steel receiver that’s embedded into an aluminum extrusion forming the forend as well. That extrusion, thin and light but very rigid, is hinged at the front to connect to the stamped steel lower. Despite the 1.5mm thickness...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N10 (December 2017)
and was posted online on October 20, 2017

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