GA Personal Defense Weapon

The 10" Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) is a proposed automatic rifle made by the Government Arsenal of the Philippines, based on the M4 carbine/M16 rifle. It cycles fully automatic with specially developed 7.62×37mm Musang subsonic and supersonic rounds.[1]

GA 10" Personal Defense Weapon (PDW)
GA PDW with EOTech red-dot sight
TypePersonal defense weapon
Place of originPhilippines
Service history
In serviceUnder Development
Production history
DesignerGovernment Arsenal (Philippines)
ManufacturerGovernment Arsenal (Philippines)
No. builtPreproduction prototypes only
Variants10" PWD
Mass6 lb (2.7 kg) empty
7.3 lb (3.3 kg) with 30 rounds
Length35 in (890 mm) (stock extended)
32 in (810 mm) (stock retracted)
Barrel length10 in (250 mm)

Cartridge7.62×37mm Musang
Caliber7.62 mm (.308 in)
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt (Direct impingement)
Effective firing range300 m (330 yd) effective
Feed system30-round box magazine or other STANAG magazines.
SightsIron sights or various optics

The weapon is under development with 50 prototypes undergoing field testing and evaluation with Special Operations units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.[2]


Designed to replace the MP5 submachine gun and 5.56mm carbines used by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in close combat use, its design objectives included increased lethality over subsonic 9mm and 5.56mm cartridges, improved controlability, reduction in size and weight, and a maximum effective range of 300 meters.[1][2]


  1. "Small Arms Repair and Upgrade Unit" (PDF). Bullet-in. Philippines: Government Arsenal, Department of National Defense. June 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  2. "An Accurate Short to the Future of National Defense" (PDF). Bullet-in. Philippines: Government Arsenal, Department of National Defense. June 2014. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
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