Caliber: Unknown (caseless)
Quite an astonishing feat in firearms design, the Caseless Ammunition Rifle (CAR) was designed by Rik van Bruaene, the manager of VBR-Belgium. It was designed in response to the Heckler & Koch G11, and works in a similar fashion to H&K’s weapon, with the magazine being inserted horizontally over the top. The magazine holds up to 120 rounds; this amount of firepower is typically reserved for light machine guns! An alternate model, known as the CAR-2, was also produced, aimed at limiting the firepower for infantry soldiers, with a magazine of 75 rounds. Unfortunately, the CAR didn’t make it past prototype stages. Although VBR-Belgium hasn’t released any official reasons for the cancellation of the CAR project (along with almost all of their small arms), I suspect it was the result of both police intervention and moral fears from Rik himself. VBR-Belgium has made it no secret that Belgian police forces have confronted them over their potentially lethal designs (these are not the kind of weapons that you’d expect civilians to be armed with!), whilst the VBR-Belgium website once noted whether it was “moral” for soldiers to be armed with 120-round rifles. Not a lot of information regarding the CAR project, but still an interesting weapon either way.
I’d love to see a weapon of that boxy shape with today’s rail and attachment encrusted aesthetic.