CAA USA, best known for their Micro Conversion Kits for popular service pistols, is teasing their upcoming Agada Carbine, with ergonomics unlike any other pistol-caliber carbine on the market. The Agada, which is Hebrew for “Legend,” will be officially unveiled at 2021 NASGW Expo this October.
The Agada joins an ambidextrous upper with dedicated left- or right-handed grip units to provide a natural “boxer” style of grip. It doesn’t use conventional grips and even the stock takes a slight turn away from modern designs.
The Agada is CAA USA CEO Mikey Hartman’s project to provide users with a new style of shooting intended to be more comfortable and instinctive. “Most of my 22-year military career I spent training the IDF Army on how to shoot a rifle,” said Hartman. When I established the marksmanship and sharpshooting school and wrote the shooting doctrine, I tried to find a system that would prepare each and every soldier for combat and to achieve the desired outcome.”
“The very way soldiers held their rifles always frustrated me, whether it was a Galil, M4 or Tavor. The gun is just not designed for the human body,” Hartman said. ” When we started to design our new rifle, I did so with that in mind and adjusted, sometimes radically, every point of contact of our body with the rifle. It will be the most comfortable gun you will ever hold. That I guarantee.”
Chambered for 9mm Luger, the Agada Carbine is compatible with Glock-pattern magazines and will ship with in-house CAA mags. A 10mm Auto Agada is also in the works. The Agada uses a direct-blowback action.
Of course what sets the design apart is the Agada’s very unusual grip configuration. Both the rear grip and adjustable foregrip angle to the side away from the bore of the carbine. The rear grip is turned around, with the bottom of the grip ahead of the trigger, and instead of pulling the trigger to the rear, the shooter pulls the trigger down.
Additionally, both of the grips can retain a spare magazine, allowing the Agada to carry three magazines by itself. The magazine well has a large cutout on the side that lets users load at an angle without taking your eyes off the target, further conforming to the ergonomics-first approach to the system.
The Agada Carbine will be offered in three configurations, all configurable for right- or left-handed use. The models include a 16-inch full-size carbine, a 10-inch short-barreled rifle and a 10-inch non-NFA carbine with a permanently attached faux suppressor.
All of the models feature folding stocks in addition to ambidextrous controls, and will be able to fire with the stocks folded. In addition to a thumb safety, the Agada uses a passive grip safety, which allows users to take advantage of the very light 2.5-pound trigger pull.
The MSRP is expected to be $899, and while full details will only be available following the official launch, we’ll get the info to you as soon as possible. For information about the rest of the CAA USA line-up, check it out online.