Here’s the lowdown on Reuben Foster’s assault weapon


Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49er linebacker, leaves Santa Clara County Jail, Sunday evening, Feb. 11, 2018, after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of an assault rifle in Los Gatos. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

For the second time in less than a month, San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Reuben Foster has been arrested, this time on suspected offenses of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon. The incident played out early Sunday at a Los Gatos residence.

So what kind of weapon was it?

According to an archived police dispatch radio recording of the 911 call, “the RP (reporting party, apparently Foster’s longtime girlfriend, whom he is alleged to have assaulted) advises there should be at least two AR-15 weapons in the house.”

But multiple sources familiar with the investigation told this news organization that police found a single SIG Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle, or SBR. Foster, who was released Sunday after posting $75,000 bail, was booked on a single count of possession of an assault weapon.

The 516 is a relatively new model based on the AR-15, the civilian version of an M16. According to the gunmaker’s website, “the tactical world is full of ARs. But only a select few are tough enough and accurate enough to be called a SIG. The SIG516 is the natural evolution of the platform, with a host of enhancements designed to survive anything, anywhere.”

Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49er linebacker, leaves Santa Clara County Jail, Sunday evening, Feb. 11, 2018, after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of an assault rifle in Los Gatos. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

And there’s more from firearms maker Sig Sauer that would titillate any hard-core aficionado of semi-automatic weapons: “An adjustable gas valve allows operators to increase the flow of gas when using lower pressure ammunition or when adverse conditions require additional energy,” says the weapon’s description. “Reduced flow and the off-position enhance the use of suppressors. Barrels feature an A2 flash suppressor and are threaded 1/2×28 …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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